Watou Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Watou TripelWatou Tripel

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

Appearance - dull murky oat color with tons of yeasty sediment and a large cream white head. Massive amounts of sticky lace.

Smell - Extremely doughy yeast, lemony citrus, alcohol, phenols, and some cloves.

Taste - alcohol is present upfront, followed by citrus then yeast/pale malt, and rounded off by some pretty spicy notes. One of the more complex tripels I've had. The spicy finish was a nice touch. Also malt added some substantial sweetness for this style that I quite liked.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability - light/medium bodied, and medium/high carbonation. Rather chewy for the style but not a negative. Although the alcohol isn't hidden its fairly tame for the abv making this beer very drinkable and thoroughly enjoyable. Still don't quite understand the difference between St. Bernardus and Watou but have to say I prefer the later. Well worth another purchase

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

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle, bottle was at least a year and a half old

Appearance: very cloudy, poured smoothly with a lot of sediment which stuck to the foam, billowing head which receded slowly

Smell: smelled very grainy, perhaps like oats, yeasty, decent alcohol aroma

Taste: tasted just like oat bread or a multi grain bread, definitely yeasty, slight sweetness, almost no alcohol

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy, light to medium body, slight carbonation

Drinkability: decently drinkable, the after taste is full and nutty/grainy which is the only detractor, good flavor and pours well

It's worth a try

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet... the beer pours a golden color, a little haze in there and a decent amount of carbonation. Good look to it.

The beer smells of sweet honey flavors up front. A little floral notes mixed in but honey dominates.

The floral notes come out more in the taste than the smell... and the honey notes fade some. Very typical belgian floral notes to this one... it's good but not the best I've ever had. I like the bitter floral notes at the end of the sip a lot.

The dominant floral flavors prevent this one from being super drinkable. I'd love to have another, but I wouldn't want it right away, I want something else to give my taste buds a change of pace first.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a St. Bernardus goblet.

It's clear with a pale amber hue. The white foamy head doesn't stand too long on its hind legs, but, once back on all fours, it lingers on, seemingly unendingly. Kinda reassuring, actually. Some variable-length deposits of webbed lacing is formed, evidence of the fortitude contained in this glass. This just wouldn't be a tripel without some clove and banana, and our boy doesn't disappoint. In fact, it downright appoints. *Insert rim shot here* But seriously, folks, the banana and clove are there in abundance, joined in their nasal migration by some coriander, orange peel, and pineapple, not a rare combination but not wholly ordinary either. It should come as no surprise, then, that the taste takes these elements and introduces them to a new habitat. Yes, there is a risk that they won't get along so well in their newfound captivity, but, so far, they seem to be adapting just fine. In fact, they are even joined by a warm breadiness and a rounded tartness. Not only are they interacting with no problems, they're downright getting along. It's what you always hope for when you get involved in flavor relocation and confinement. The modd is light, but not too light: some necessary seriousness is bound to find its way in. But that's life. Regardless, things go down quite smoothly, allowing for happiness to continuously pervade for some time. Well, back to observation...

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

You gotta love a brewery that makes two tripels (and great ones at that)! This one pours hazy copper with a big layer of bubbles. Nose is huge banana, with clove, juniper, pineapple, and a hint of caramelized sweetness. Flavor is quite smooth, with a well-balanced sweetness, banana, and a finish of anise and clove. A great example of the style and one of my favorites tripels.

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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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Watou Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 561 ratings