Watou Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium
sintbernardus.be

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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556
pDev:
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of russwbeck
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy yellow-brown pour with some floaties. Small head leaves nice lacing down the side of my St. Bernardus Goblet.

S: The smell is yeasty with a huge hit of fruit and booze. Apples, pear, and enough dark fruits to make me think this was a quad.

T: The taste really continues the quad characteristics I'm getting here. A bit of a watered down yeastiness gives way to booze and dark fruits. The beer culminates with a dry light fruit back-end.

MF: Light, boozy, a bit low on carbonation, and creamy at times, but overall I found the body to be a bit thin.

O: I thought this was only OK. Not what I was expecting, a bit too light and not typical of the style. I found myself a bit confused drinking it. I picked it up when I bought the gift pack with the glass, this is probably my least favorite of all the St. Bernardus offerings.

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of hippityhops85
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into St. B's goblet.

Pours a cloudy light orange/hay color. Big white head that sticks around for the ride.

Nose is dominated by the Belgian Yeast, cloves, and banana-like notes.

Taste follows suit except with a crisp dryness on the back end. Enjoyable.

Definitely a solid tripel but pales in comparison to the regular St. B's tripel.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of tdm168
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orangish yellow with 1/2" of foamy, bubbly head that has good retention. The nose has notes of clove, wheat, and yeast. The taste is wheat, bubblegum, apples, grapes, clove, and yeast. The alcohol is slightly noticeable, but only adds warmth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and smooth.

Overall, this is a solid tripel. It's well balanced, complex, and delicious.

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Photo of julian89
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My fifth beer on the St. Bernardus tour.

Appearance- Very much a cider color, light brown and slight orange. Not as much head as others from this brewery.

Smell- Greater yeast smell, I get a strong hint of brown sugar. The fruity smell gives off pear and grape.

Taste- It's very light, the fruity taste is quite apparent. I predominantly taste grape. The taste follows the smell very well in this brew.

Mouthfeel- Light flowing and the carbonation does not overpower.

Overall- This is my favorite of the St. Bernardus brews as of yet. It's subtle mouthfeel, and light fruit taste are fantastic. It's well balanced and not over carbonated.

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Photo of Bowman2001
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden color, two finger head. Smells of spicy yeast, grain, with wonderful banana bread toward the end. I get a very smooth, balanced taste with some spice, banana bread, honey, and earth and grains at the back. Mouthfeel is creamy. Just enough peppery/prickly punch but not overwhelming. I enjoyed this quite a bit.

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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz goblet.

A - Snow-white foam bubbling out of the bottle the moment I open it. Conjures up about two fingers of thick white head. Translucent amber-orange with speckles of yeast throughout. The head recedes to a nice soapy cap of foam and leaves behind some really nice lacing.

S - Distinctly Belgian. Lots of Belgian yeast, candi sugar, and Belgian spices. Dark fruits, figs and plums. Fairly sweet, but also has a fair bit of clean wheat and grains. More earthy than it is floral.

T - Mainly dark fruits and yeasty wheat upfront, with a finishes comprised of strong spices and warming alcohol. The initial aftertaste also presents a clean grainy quality. My first impression is a tripel with a very simplified flavor profile, made much more straightforward. Notes of honey, figs, licorice and light hops. Some bready malt and citrus as well. Alcohol is masked well despite the flavor lacking a little. The fruitiness is subdued a fair bit. Hints of bananas and oranges float around here and there, but don't really come to fruition. Overall, not the most complex Belgian out there, but still very good.

M - A bit of a weak point for me. The carbonation is a bit inconsistent. Sometimes it feels light and bubbly, but others it comes on a little strong and prickly. Medium-to-heavy bodied. Phenolic spiciness in the finish, with a bit of warm alcohol and yeasty residue didn't make for a great combination either. The body does have a nice creamy feel after it warms up a bit, however.

D - Certainly a step below the St. Bernardus Tripel, in my opinion. A little easier to drink, but the flavor lacks a certain complexity that one would expect from a strong Belgian beer.

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4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 FL OZ bottle into tulip glass.

A- Chestnut brown. Dark for a tripel. Aggressive pour yields almost no head and leaves no lacing. Fair amount of sediment transfer.

S- Dark fruits - grapes, figs, plums. Smells more like a yeasty quad. Classic Belgian yeast gives a spiced bread aroma. Inviting.

T- Follows the nose. The bready yeast is apparently upfront and is combined immediately with the dark fruit flavors. This tastes like a sort of "Quad Light" - the bread, dark fruits, and spices are all there, but are subtle in character... The body is light and the transition is brief and unobtrusive, and the only discernible change is the nuttiness that comes in the aftertaste. Alcohol is hidden well, and there is little warmth. Honestly, this is delicious.

M- As I mentioned above, the feel of this beer is subtle and light - and the carbonation is almost non-existent.

O- This beer is great - but if you are excepting a tripel in the conventional sense of the style, you won't find it here. It takes all my favorite flavors from a Belgian quad and puts it in a light package. Highly recommended, and at a competitive price point (I got this beer for around $3.50, compared to most Belgians that go for $5-7) I will be coming back to this very soon.

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

Look: the beer pours a hazy orange color with a nice head.
Smell: sweet malts, yeast, candy sugar, caramel, pepper, fresh fruits and flowery hops.
Taste: Malts, grains, sweet caramel. Very fruity with citrus fruits, fresh apple, some banana and spicy pepper. Some spicy hoppy aftertaste
Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation and medium mouthfeel.
Overall: A nice beer, but there are many better ones in the style

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Photo of Knapp85
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Tripel pours out as yellow color with a decent looking white head on it. The smell had a floral and earthy mix of aromas. The taste has a bit of spice, hop bitterness and a slight sweetness. The mouthfeel of this beer is well carbonated and has a bit of a stinging feeling. Overall the beer isn't a bad Tripel.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opening the simple yet elegantly labeled bottle, nice carbonated hiss.After several moments, a thick cap of foam pushes out of the bottle.
Poured into my glass, this is an extremely carbonated triple. Murky golden unfiltered apple juice color, head is really nice.
Smells upfront of pear, overripe, sweet sour musty fruit-like, orange, a bit of pepper, but like previous reviewers have said, lacks a bit of the spice power found in stronger examples.
Digging deeper-bread, clove,honey,apple, peach, very fruity in the intial smell.
Taste is in a word--Great. Immense on the fruit-pear, apple, a hint of peach, banana, finish adds much more pepper than found in the smell. On the palate-sweet and complex in fruit, in the throat, well carbonated and spicy.
A standout quality however, is the mouthfeel-buttery smooth, velvety creamy-mixed with just the right spice. What can I say, it's from St.Bernardus?
Excellent beer, I will use this for cooking and pairings. Really didn't expect such a pleasant surprise!

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