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Watou Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 02-19-2002

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle served in a tulip at room temperature.

Hazy light amber colour. Soapy two-and-a-half-inch head dissipates quickly. Some lacing.

Light fruity yeast esters dominate on the nose. Citrus peel. Some vinous malt.

Very little spice for a tripel. Subdued fruit. I'm picking up some ripe peach and apricot as well as citrus. Not much sweetness or booze in this well-aged (close to a year) bottle, but I do get a nice hit of boozy warmth on the finish.

Prickly carbonation. Medium body.

Yet another solid old-school Belgian tripel. This is an old bottle I'd sort of forgotten about, and it seems to have benefitted from the ageing process. None of the sharp edges you sometimes get from a tripel are manifested here. Recommended. I'll try to pick up a fresher bottle for contrast.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of EMV
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip

L: Pours a cloudy light golden color. Two fingers of foamy white head. Good lacing.

S: Belgian yeasts... cloves and lemon. Bread and wheat

T/F: Pretty straightforward tripel... yeasty and malty with notes of citrus and fruit. Cloves and faint peppercorn. Honeyed sugars and slightly acidic. Feel is light and crisp. Finish is clean.

O: Not a bad tripel, but from St. Bernardus I was expecting superior... and this one didn't quite make it.

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Photo of MrDell
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


Watou Tripel
Tripel– 7.5% - 330ml Bottle – Best Before 16.07.2017

St. Bernardus’ Website:
Watou Tripel is a traditional abbey ale brewed in the classic "Triple" style of Belgium's Trappist Monks. This golden pale ale is mellow-sweet with lightly perfumed aromas and some spicy yeast notes. Rich and fruity with a soft mouth feel.

Appearance: Golden straw colour, clear. Small fast moving bubbles. Lighter than the St. Bernardus Tripel in colour. Fluffy, one finger, perfectly white head.

Aroma: Grassy hop notes backed by biscuity malt aromas. Lighter fruity nose than many Tripels.

Taste: Aroma carries over to the palate. With the grassy notes, then some spices in the middle - coriander, clove - then a malty finish which leaves behind a slight bitter orange taste. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied - light for the style. Smooth on the plate and a little drying in the finish. 4.25

Overall: Very nice, as one would expect from this legendary brewery. This is a lot more understated than the other Tripel from St. Bernardus, which personally I prefer. This one still is a solid, very drinkable ale in its own right though. Apparently it was created for the French market but is now available on both sides of the boarder, as well as in many other countries.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hydrocity2
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ordybill
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11.2 OZ bottle into a tulip glass. The appearance is a golden cloudy color with heavy unfiltered sediment. The aroma is big on citrus. The taste is citrus and acidic.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 330 ml bottle with an expiration date of 16-07-17. Serving at about 50 degrees on March 14, 2016.

The pour is an attractive looking pale yellow with a lingering, soft and delicate white puffy head.

What an array of aromas including toasted breaded malts, orange, apple, coriander, clove, Belgian candied sugar, and Belgian yeast.

Medium and very soft, smooth texture.

Like the aroma the taste brings out a pleasant toasted sweetness in the Belgian malts, orange, lemon, and other fruity notes, spice, and a sweet low hop bitterness to finish. Extremely well balanced and easy to drink. I am stunned that I have never reviewed this one until now because I know I have had it before.

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Photo of mltobin
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RMentair
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jakea
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fortyfield
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ardeer
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vixie
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I should have let this one settle longer, it foamed right out of the bottle when I opened it. It is a nice copper color with a large off white head. Lot of carbonation, make sure it has rested a day or two before opening.

One of the stronger smelling examples of the style I have come across. Very fruity, apple, pear, and citrus notes. Quite a bit of yeast in there, giving the smell a bread like character.

Like the smell, a lot of fruit in the taste. There's apple and pear, also some sweetness like honey. Has a nice spiciness on the back.

Fairly thick and smooth going down, one of the thicker examples of the style.

I think my biggest complaint with this one is not buying more of it. It is a little different than the usual triple in that it has fewer citrus notes than I expect, but that makes it somewhat unique. It goes down easy, very drinkable for the strength, and has plenty of flavor. Worth a try.

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Photo of drmeto
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

-pours a hazy golden-amber with a big,quickly dissipating,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-lots of big yeast chunks floating
-earthy,white bread,banana,pineapple,clove,honey,floral,oranges,mandarines
-high carbonation
-light to medium body
-alcohol noticeable
Quite different from the St.Bernardus Tripel.Can't quite match it.

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Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MJ63
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZEB89
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of babaracas
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear medium orange, one finger thick soapy white head, trails lace partway down the glass. Smell: baked apple, pear, biscuit, coriander note. Taste: cooked pear and a bit of apricot jam, note of steely caramel, a bit bready, mildly grassy and peppery. Medium-plus bodied, chill carbonation, warming alcohol note. At this abv this is a great tripel.

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of constantine_272
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bug fluffy whit head that retained a few kilometers for quite a while. Beer is golden brown with a large amount of sediment (that I mostly kept in the bottle with a slow pour). Nevertheless some cloudiness still got into the glass. Steel mineral on the nose with sweet oats and yeast wheat bread. The sweetness continues into the taste with wheat bread and biscuit again but with a rich brown sugar, agave and molasses. A tangy earthy dried leaf continues through the midsection with a rich cedar bark note and a touch of sand. A prickly epervesent tingly bite finishes with a fruity pear and prune note. The finish is excellent. The prickly tangy finish wonderfully balances the sweetness and earthyness. The beer leaves a mildly dry and medium salty finish. Overall, quite delicious. As a whole it delivers a lot of flavor in a balanced package.

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Photo of al_al1357
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenBreeg
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Watou Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 556 ratings
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