Watou Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Watou TripelWatou Tripel

Brewed by:
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 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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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle tried 7 Jul 2007.

Pours with a large light yellow head, well carbonated. Slightly hazy golden orange-wheat color. Smells earthy, sweet, bready and grassy. Starts quite yeasty, lightly spicy. Some citrus and caramel, sweetness increasing as it warms. Finish is drier with alcohol becoming more noticeable. Medium body, moderate alcohol.

Decent but not my favorite tripel.

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Photo of stumac
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours up a murky peach color with tons of little flakies. great white head lasting the whole ride. perfect lacing on my chalice. the nose is yeast, light fruits, a little alcohol spice, pale grains. I taste basically the same as the nose. add some coriander, Belgian candy sugar, subtle burnt toffee. full bodied, high Belgian carbo. a good drinker. Not my fave beer but definately true to Brouwerij St. Bernardus' good name...

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.88/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 5/5/2008 (bottle):

Pours a golden amber colored body, very cloudy, with a foamy white color head, big bubbles. Alcoholy grapey aroma. Lightish aroma. spicey, watery, alcohol. Maybe banana. Light grape taste. Sweet. Some wheat, but nothing else.

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

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a golden orange color with a puffy white head that left some lacing as it dissipated. The aroma is of tart apple skins, musty metal, and light tropical fruit. The taste is more of tropical fruit, coriander, white pepper, lemon and green apple, light banana and clove, and a bit of a malt presence. Sweet but balanced, ABV well hidden, crisp carbonation with a noticable malt body. A rock solid tripel, nice tripel flavors but nothing earth shattering.

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Photo of biegaman
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A sun ripened summer time peach that beams with bright, brilliant rays when held up to the light; everything about this seems to me so summery and pleasing. Most clarity (and all radiance) is preserved despite a light haze. A fuzzy blanket of head permanently flutters and all down the glass leaves prints of white iris flowers. This is a thing of beauty.

The bouquet first pricks the nose with a fragrant peppery spice that smells good enough to marinate a steak in. The other part is floral in a perfumy potpourri kind of sense, combining dried flower petals, spices, herbs, and an assortment of orchard fruits. It has all the esters and phenols needed to convince me this will be a good beer.

The taste, however, turns out to be a little simple for my tastes. It is drying and flat, possessing nowhere near the mellowed spice or subtle fruit sampled in the aroma. There's a little toast and a little croissant but in the end this is simply bready. The only other flavour I manage to note is that of a green, under-ripe pear.

The seven something percent alcohol is relatively modest for the style so I'm glad none of it shows. That said, I'm not finding the beer as refreshing as some of it's 9 percent counterparts. It's flat, grassy and overly bready. I'm finding it to drink more like a saison, although again, not a saison I'd be particularly fond of.

I've had this beer on many occasions now and however much I love the tripel style, it has never managed to win me over. I really like this brewery and everything about the beer is textbook Belgian tripel, yet, I wouldn't place it in the same league as the Westmalle or Karmeliet. Oh well, St. Bernardus has plenty of other great beers to stock the cellar with!

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

White fluffy head on a dark gold, almost amber beer. Smell is very subtle; some esters and winey notes.

I like the taste. Not overpowering, dry but not astringent, good balance with a bit of spicy-sour finish.

Very spritzy carbonation and nice aftertaste. Very drinkable for a strong ale.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle has a code of 15 09 08 on it. Perhaps bottles on the 15th of Sept 2008?

Poured into a gold-rimmed Witkap chalice.

Foamy head with tons of tiny bubbles. Lots of suspended yeast particles - almost to a fault.

Belgian aroma but not much sweetness at the beginning. Difficult time describing the aroma. Halfway through picked up sweetness on the finish. Almost like a ripe fruit or caramel. Temp went from mid 40's to mid 50's at this point.

Remarkable soft, pillow head still present 3/4 of the way through consumption.

Overall a fine beer tarnished a bit by all the appearance of yeast chunks.

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Two inch very light almost whit head. That quickly dissipates with minimal head retention or lacing. Hazy golden yellow colored beer.

S- This beer smells great with lots of nice fruity character. Orange, light great fruit, and tangerine, some peppery notes and light hoppyness. Maybe a little Cinnamon and nutmeg.

T- The flavor in this beer is hard to keep up with. It starts with some orange zest then juicy orange flavors, lots of pepper and and herbal spiciness. Some roasted and smoky flavors towards the end. There is also some really good sweetness going on throughout the beer almost reminds me of caramel apples. The aftertaste is similar to the aftertaste of eating a tangerine or orange.

M- Very good mouth feel some thickness but not overpowering. Good carbonation and well balanced hops.

Overall- This is a very drinkable beer for how complex it is. It is not too thick or to light and has so much going on in the smell and taste. I will have to revisit this beer some time in the future.

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Photo of smcolw
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge near white head. It starts tight but dissipates to large bubbles s-l-o-w-l-y; leaves a rocky center. Hazy yellow color. Some interesting strands of darker yeast sediment are suspended in the broth.

Mild aroma of spent grains and freshly malted barley.

First impression is that this is highly carbonated, almost like a soda pop. There is a light lemony presence to an otherwise lightly sweet molasses touch. The aftertaste is toward the tart side.

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Watou Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 87.2% out of 100 with 547 ratings
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