Watou Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into a tulip. "Best before" date is 12/22/2011 so I think I'm good to go.

Appearance: light, slightly hazy golden color with some almost stationary floaties. Head is three fingers in size and bright white. Can't wait to dig into this one!

Smell: aroma is light but with very nice pear and tart apple characteristics. Quite enjoyable.

Taste: nice sticky malt with a bit of residual sweetness. Fruitiness trends more toward the apple in the flavor, but it's more of a basic maltiness that abounds. There is actually some bitter hop flavor toward the end of this, which, while a little uncharacteristic of the style, is pretty good here. Quite good, though it doesn't have me jumping out of my seat.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation. Not as creamy as a lot of other tripels, but still quite creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: a nice, solid, tasty, drinkable if not exceptional tripel. I'd absolutely have this again.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy bronze color with golden highlights. It had a foamy, tan head that left streaks of intricate lace on the glass.

S - It smelled yeasty with notes of grains, banana and clove. There was even a slight funkiness.

T - It tasted fruity and spiced. Good caramel and grain flavors with a yeasty kick. There was some clove present.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium bodied Belgian ale.

D - St. Bernardus never fails to deliver a great brew. This tripel is is no exception.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking orangey color on it with a billowy white head, cloudy body with a lot of carbonated bubbles. Great thick aroma, citrusy and Belgian sugary with a touch of champagne and passion fruits. Taste is solid if unspectacular, but still superior to many tripels I've had. Very light taste with some spices present. Just an all-around good beer here.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my St. Bernardus Watou chalice. Pours a very crisp looking golden color with huge frothy and creamy white head. Leaves excelent sticky white lacing on glass walls.

Aroma is ever so sweet and inviting. Reminds me of champagne. Lot's of fruit...light crisp fruit, grapefruit maybe. Aroma is musty like most good Belgian Tripels.

Wonderful flavor. Creamy mouthfeel. Crisp and light. On the other hand, booze is a little stronger in the mouth than I anticipated. Overall though, sweet...tasty, light and fruity...musty. Excelent Tripel!

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange with a frothy, well-carb'd head that dies slowly. Great citric/orange smell along with Belgian funk/yeast and hints of spices and sweet malt like caramel. A great fruit taste of a citric/orange variety that is blended with sweet malts like caramel, minor spices and clove. A medium body that is chewey and also has a well-carb'd feeling but not bubbly like champagne for a crisp dry finish. Not an overpowering or somewhat sour tripel; more balanced and easy to drink. A quality beer all the way.

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden and has a fizzy head that leaves good lacing.
Smells of banana esters and alcohol.
Tastes like the banana a little but has a more peppery taste to it, even though I find that a little strange.
It has a strong carbonation that coats the entire mouth.
A strange beer that has had enough aging to make it taste nice,

I like this beer.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a triple on the side of a fantastic blonde. nose is very intensely taffy, bit of honey, pollen. with a body and feel that is voluminously bready sweet like challah bread. honey suckle floral sweet. wonderful esters... that dessert of all blondes. wonderful carbonation. quite sweet which i could see would deter people but very concealed abv.

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

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a rich lightly hazed lemon gold color with a 1 ¼" fluffy white head that recedes slowly. The beer is filled with dozens and dozens of tiny bubble streams. Sipping leaves sheets, patches and occasional speckled patterns of lacing. Even midway through the beer there are sheets and patches of foam clinging to the sides of the glass. At the end of the beer sipping still leaves bits of speckled lacing, there is a patch of foam on the beer, and some foam clinging to one side of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a faint sweet malt character that blends well with such things as pears, lemon zest, honey and even white pepper. There seems to be no alcohol present and there is only a faint herbal background from the hops.

Taste: The flavor is subtle and complex. There is some fruity character (mostly pear) and some honey, along with some peppery spiciness. The herbal hops are mixed in and bounce around the mouth chasing away the sweetness and preparing the tongue for the next sip.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light-bodied and silky smooth with ample fine carbonation that is continuous. The finish begins in sweetness that then tapers off to a lightly astringent spicy dryness.

Drinkability: I think this is a really drinkable tripel. The balance of flavors is quite good and their interplay makes sipping this one an interesting experience with each sip. I most certainly will have more of this one and expect that buying more will be a regular event.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown bottle, best before 23 Jul 2012, poured into the correct glass. The beer came from the famous fridges in the Brouwerhuys, (the brewers house) the beautifully appointed B&B next door to the brewery. Highly recommended as a place to stay if you ever get the chance to visit that area of Belgium.

This review was done while sitting at the huge round table in the guest lounge, no better place on earth to drink St Bernardus beers!

The glass held a hazy, golden orange beer, a large foaming, creamy white head sat on top.

The aroma given off were complexed and diverse, pepper, lemon zest, corriander, cloves and bread dough. All those but with a beery undertone as the alcohol esters mingled around them.

Sweet, yet acidic taste, a master blend of all thing good about Belgian beers and St Bernardus in perticular.

Very drinkable in every sense of the word.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a tinge of orange, decent sized head with a bit of fizz to it, some yeasties floating about.

Smell has a nice coriander and zest aroma, also has that Belgian yeasty scent that catches the nose.

Taste is overly carbonated, fills the mouth up with bubbles on a single sip like a cola does, the lemony zest really hits the sides of the tongue, sweet malt and candied sugar complement, but that darned carbonation is way too assertive, the strength is well hidden though.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Derek, much appreciated! Dark hazy amber. Frothy beige head creating some nice webbing. Black pepper and spices arise and fill the nostrils. Candy and fruity malt notes as well. Sweet candy fruit flavours with enough spice and bitterness to balance it all out. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, nice peppery aftertaste, with lots of alcohol warming taking place. Great example of the style, and a great winter warmer. Count me in!

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

Poured into Chimay goblet from 11.2oz bottle, stamped: 13 Oct 2008.

A - A hazel brown colored body, cloudy in appearance. White head about 1/2'' with semi-retention.

S - Very complex. Fruit esters including low banana and apples. Spice phenols of pepper, clove, and other peppery characteristics from yeast.

T - Blend of fruity characters, pepper phenols, and alcohol flavors. Malt sweetness greets the tongue with swirls of fruit flavor strains, peppery phenols transition into a dry finish, enriched by hops and yeast phenols. Low alcohol presence compliments finish.

M - A creamy, full body that is high in carbonation. Low warming.

D - A deceiving Tripel... light mouthfeel with a complex palate that has no spikes of flavor, just blends of taste intoxication.

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Photo of Casey10
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw a bottle of this and had to pick it up as look intresting.

A - Golden color with a thick head of over 2 fingers.

S - Belgian sugars, lots of clove and maybe ginger.

T - Great lots going on here now can taste the banana with the other sugars that make a belgian taste like a belgian very nice.

M - Smooth feeling, slight pinch from the alcohol and a small bite

D - Really nice would definately seek more great drink, really complex, and worth having another.

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Photo of berley31
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice pour with a large, frothy white head that hung around for awhile and then dissipated to about 1-finger size. Very nice lacing on the sides of the glass in web forms. Body is a dark-golden color and hazy.

S: Aroma comes through as mostly yeast and several examples of fruit, such as lemon, orange, and others I'm no good at identifying.

T: Bready yeast and fruity, hints of lemon and orange coming through. Finishes with a moderate warmth from the alcohol, but by no means overpowering. Very nice.

M: Great on the palate, with a medium-to-full body and creamy texture, and quite lively carbonation.

D: A very nice tripel; not quite up to snuff with the St. Bernardus Tripel, but still very enjoyable and actually fairly easy to put one back.

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Photo of generallee
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a goblet. There is a best before date of 21-06-10 on the back label and it was sampled on 7-1-09.

Appearance: Its head is foamy white in color, thin (about one finger) and fades quickly to a very thin wispy covering with very little lacing. The body is golden tan in color and has a hazy appearance with lots of tan colored yeast sediment floating in it.

Smell: The aroma has a sweet fruity and estery nose with hints of dry earthy yeast and some very light hints of spicy/floral hops.

Taste/Mouth: It starts with fruity apple and apple wood notes, mixed with light bready malty notes that have a honey on soft white bread sweetness. The flavor starts to dry and I notice hints of dry white grape notes and dry funky yeast. This leads into the finish along with mellow spice and bitterness from the hops. Its texture is lively yet smooth with nice champagne like carbonation inside of a solid medium body.

Notes: This was a very enjoyable Tripel. I liked the mellow sweetness that slowly dried out towards the finish and the champagne like texture and grape flavor.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this bottle the other day at State Line. Having loved the regular St. Bernardus tripel, I was curious to see what a second tripel from them would bring to the table. Best before 7th May 2010, served in my St. Bernardus chalice.

A: As is the norm with St. Bernardus beers, it's a feast for the eyes. Brilliantly clear golden orange/topaz with a thick, persistent white head that leaves lace as it recedes. Plenty of carbonation is visible

S: Pretty much everything I would want from a tripel. Fragrant and complex with a blend of mild floral characteristics, citrus, honey, a mild spicy character with fennel. Fruity, with some filtered apple cider character. Excellent. In addition, there's a yeasty character that reminds me of rising flour.

T: Opening with a prominent apple flavor, with a combination of green apples and apple cider, and a mild alcohol bite. As it warms up, the floral and honey notes become more noticeable. Yeasty before a drying, mildly spicy finish with a touch of alcohol.

M: Light and crisp, just like I like my tripels. Awesome stuff. High carbonation and a finish that could be improved by being a little more complex

D: I am thoroughly enjoying this beer but I'm not sure I'd pick this over the regular tripel

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Photo of cbutova
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

#2 in the St. Bernardus six pack sampler. Pours a golden yellow into my Chimay 25cl goblet with a bit of sediment , a good amount of carbonation bubbles a one finger head. The head is less creamy and more fizzy than the St. Bernardus Tripel, retention and lacing is lower in this beer. Smells of fruits (lots of apple), raisins, malts and some alcohol. Tastes of fruits (apples again, green ones), yeast, raisins and alcohol, the main difference between this one and the standard St. B tripel is the higher alcohol presence in this beer. Mouthfeel is creamy, good carbonation and still smooth with the alcohol warming the mouth during the finish. Drinkability is good, tasty beverage, think St. B tripel + apples + alcohol, alcohol might get old after a bit.

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Photo of MCDuhamel
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle into a chalice glass, at about 45 degrees.

A: Pours a crystal clear dark gold showing very vigorous carbonation. Head is not particularly large, but it forms an egg-white like cap that clings to the glass. Lacing is beautiful. One of the prettiest tripels I've seen.

S: Dried apple skins, a little banana and some bubble gum on the nose, although even as the beer warms it does not release much aroma.

T: On the palate one finds freshly baked bread, some apple and pear, and a bit of spice. A little banana, but no clove. The flavor fades to a fairly sweet finish, showing perhaps a hint of toffee or candi.

M: On the tongue, I perceive less carbonation than expected in light of the rapidly flying bubbles in the glass.

D: Perhaps a bit cloying for a tripel; not as dry as one might expect.

Overall: This is a very nice tripel, with a few characteristics that strike me as minor flaws. It is a gorgeous beer in the glass. Its flavor and aroma profile is on the milder side. The only issue in my view is that it is a bit too sweet for the style. Definitely a good example of an abbey tripel, though, and well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Anthony1
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured into a perfect pint

pours a very unattractive brown color with a thin, sudsy head that vanished without a trace. very bad start

smells like sweet rolls that have been soaked in water. taste is similar. It's like liquid bread.

not sure what was wrong, maybe i got owned on the specific bottle, but it was not good at all

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a small ring of white head. Aroma of sweet fruits (apple, pear, fig), applesauce, light spices. Flavor is yeasty/bready initial with apple skins and light fruits in the finish. Palate is a touch heavy, but overall this is a nice tripel with easy drinking. Enjoyable!

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Photo of pinotboy007
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light, cloudy amber with a styrofoam-like head that fades to a collar and a bit of lacing. Fine floaties.

S - Spiced caramel with some wet hay, but also has some underlying fruitiness.

T - Very nice - yum. Malt w/a touch of white pepper, banana and sweetness along with the slightest hint of Belgian barnyard "funk." It's like a distant relative of a Hefe, without the clove. The alcohol is there but it's very much in check.

M - Velvety with a slight carbonated finish that makes this seem almost refreshing.

D - Given the ABV for a Tripel, this is more than drinkable and wuld be a decent introduction to the style, I think. I'll buy it again.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Hazy dark orange color. Lots of thick creamy head with great retention and lots of lacing. Yeast floaties all throughout.

5.0 S: Amazing aroma. Tons of fruity esters. Pineapple, orange peel, over-ripe oranges, a bit of pepper, and a vegetal tomato paste.

4.0 T: Very tasty, though not as good on the tongue as it is on the nose. Lots of esters with the flavors mentioned in the nose. Really earthy with a spiciness to it.

4.0 M: Medium body. Healthy Belgian carbonation. Smooth.

4.0 D: Good beer. Wouldn't mind another.

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Photo of stephens101
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange with a large white, fairly quickly receding white head. Very little lacing is left behind. Smells of lights fruits (banana, apple, orange), yeast, sweet malts, and spice. Very typical, very excellent. Tastes spicy, malty and bready with a crisp mouth-feel that rounds off at the edges and gets good and a little more creamy on the way down. A few more drinks reveal some phenols and a faint sourness. Personally I like my tripels a bit creamier, but personal preference isn't going to detract too much from my thorough enjoyment of this brew.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into oversized wine glass form 11.2 oz bottle. pours a cloudy peachy color full of sediment. nice size white bubbly head. great head retention lasting till the end of the glass with a lot of great sticky lacing.

the smell is tart, sweet with a lot of light fruits. lots of spice. yeasty with a little phenolics. not quite what i was expecting, but good nontheless.

the taste is unlike any tripel ive had, but very very good. starts out sour which gives way to a nice blend of spices. which in turn give way to apples, pears, grapes, a little bit of alcohol. not a lot of that usual tripel yeast flavor coming through.

medium to heavy mouthfeel, starts with a high prickly carbonation then settles to a rather low carb towards the end.

very drinkable for a tripel, i would imagine this would age very well too. if your looking for a different kind of authentic tripel, this is for you.

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

Appearance: Hazy amber brown in color, with a moderate, dense white head which retains well, with thick sticky lacing, and abundant sediment.

Aroma: Rich spicy clove and caramel aroma, with strong notes of honey as well, and hints of earthy yeast.

Taste: Opens with strong fruit notes, overripe apples, pears, bananas, and red grapes. Pleasant clove notes are also prominent throughout the taste. Sweet caramel and buttery notes appear later. The taste draws to a close with a mild wave of herbal hops, which linger on past the end.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, with mild, zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very well-crafted, drinkable Tripel.

Presentation: Packaged in a 11.2 fluid ounce brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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