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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Photo of djbow
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy gold color with a 2 finger head of very tight bubbles that posses good retention. Nice lacing with mild alcohol legs.

S: Caramel, yeast / spice, ripe fruit, malt and alcohol. Almost a quad.

T: The taste follows the nose. Caramel, yeast / spice, ripe fruit, malt and alcohol. Very big beer flavor. Again, this beer is almost a quad.

M: Light / medium body, spot on pallet cleansing carbonation. Smooth overall, well balanced with mild alcohol warmth.

O: To me this beer is a slightly smaller version of the St. Bernardus Triple. It is a good beer and given the right food paring it has its place. This said, I do prefer the St. Bernardus Triple.

Glass: Tulip.

Serving Temp = 51F.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at a tasting at MrHirschybar's place.

Pours a murky orange-yellow with a white head that settles to a thin film on the top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of malt, spices, yeast, and some fruity aromas. Taste is of the same with a fruity finish. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good and tasty tripel. I am glad I was able to try this one as I have never seen it around in stores.

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Photo of frankiepop
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle & into St. B's goblet that says "Watou." So cool to drink Watou from a Watou glass! The perfect glass???? Fair smoke on opening that produced a dark to light golden brownish beer. Quite cloudy. Nice white head with some good lacing.

Aroma is dominated by the yeast, cloves, and banana notes. I don't know I stole that but a sweetness arises up from the beer nice. Oops I spilled some.

This is kinda surprising dry and tasty beer. Really not bitter. Not sweet. Creamy with little alcohol flavor. Kind of light and spiced nicely. Balanced.

A wonderful tripel that is comparable and different from Chimay, but definitely in that league. I would agree that St. Bs Tripel or Delerium Tremens are better tripels, but in the league. But like a good Belgian brew, Watou passes the test as a beautiful, complex, enigmatic, and spell binding.

Complements Sun Ra and his Arkestra musics! Download Live at Montreaux. Peace out.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Fitzgerald's in Eagle River. Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into Lost Abbey tulip. 13 05 13 code on back.

A: Pours a cloudy mustard yellow with an attractive white 2 finger flothy head. Last forever, leaving some real nice lacing, that leopard prints the glass.

N: Some nice Belgian yeast notes supported by some clove-like spice, and bananas. Perfume like hop aroma.

T: Very fruity, some nice orange notes with esthery banana, and clove. A good amount of spice or pepper is apparent.

M: Very effervescent. Lively mouth feel, while have a good creamy texture.

D and O: Fun and easy to drink. A nice bright flavor that has good depth.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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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Photo of hippityhops85
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Photo of tdm168
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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 +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 +7.7%
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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Photo of Converge
4.1/5  rDev +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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Photo of seabass87
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
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 -0.5%
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 -7.5%
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 +0.7%
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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Photo of FanofHefe
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, best by 20 08 13, poured into a Duvel tulip. This beer is hyper-carbonated. Huge 4-finger white head over a cloudy, light yellow body. The head eventually settles and leaves some ringlets of lacing along the glass.

The aroma reminds me somewhat of a witbier minus any substantial citrus. Sweet malt and yeasty spices. Light notes of peach and apricot.

The flavors mix pleasantly and feature sweet, light fruit and the traditional spiciness from the yeast. Sweet, bready malt in the background. The fruity flavors from the yeast pop out more as it warms.

Medium mouthfeel that has just a little of the alcohol present. Not the best tripel but a solid offering overall.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. Best by date is 20 08 13.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden from the fridge into my tulip, but clears completely after 40 minutes or so. The puffy white head has decent retention, but doesn't last until the beer clears, just a few thin, wispy areas are left.

Smell: Good, but not the most impressive. Sweet, light fruits and clove. Doesn't have much of the characteristic St. B yeast aroma.

Taste: More pronounced clove flavor than smell. Mildly fruity. There's a surprising alcohol bitterness and a little herbal hops flavor. Finishes a bit dry with a little powdery yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation a little on the low side for a tripel. Medium feel with a slight stickiness and dry finish.

Overall: An OK tripel. Low points are too much alcohol flavor and too dry of a finish. A letdown because St B is such an awesome brewery.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloud, unfiltered farm honey body. White head atop.

S - Big nose of sweet, dark, raw honey. Some light and floral alcohol scents wafting around.

T - Alot of sweet honey notes up front. Floral hops and some sweet, warming alcohol. Some sweet dried grains and bread on the palate.

M - Smooth and warming in the mouth this is a tasty tripel. An aftertaste of crisp almost lagered charachter.

O - An excellent beer, great for any tripel or sweet honey blonde enthusiasts.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pour a hazy Golden colour with a large White head that retains well and laces.

S - Plenty of malt aromas and yeast quite strong.

T - Plenty of sweet malts up front and a good amount of yeast. Finishes with a little citrus spice and booze.

M - Lots of carbonation and a medium to full body.

D - I rate this higher than the St Bernardus version because it's much bigger and fuller.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.78/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Part of a mixed 6'er from the brewery. Pours out to a cloudy burnt orange, forming a large white head with good retention and lacing. Big bubbles...not very creamy or soft. Well carbonated, opening with a loud Pssssht. Yeast sediment in the bottle. Best by 08/20/13. 7.5% ABV. The nose is particularly buttery, which is odd for a triple. Mixed in is green apples, candi sugar, pears and faint vanilla. Powdery mouthfeel with a light body, ruddy middle, and bone dry finish. The taste opens with green apples, phenol, clove, green bananas, followed by a wet newspaper, a medium-light chemical hop extract bitterness, and powdered sugar in the aftertaste. Almost oaky in it's dryness, like a chardonnay.

Not digging this one at all. Definitely not a very good triple, and something I wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of JayQue
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Tripel!!! I love St Bernadus beers. Poured this one into my Chimay goblet. Nicely carbonated, medium sized delicate bubbly white head and a hazy orange color. Traces of head remain throughout. Not much lacing.

Smell is great. Caramel malt, Belgian yeast, candi sugar and fruit (pears and apples). Among the top Tripels I have tried.

Taste is not quite up to the expectations of the aroma but it is good anyway. Caramel malt and Belgian yeasts are pronounced. The sweetness, fruit and spices kick in to a slightly lesser degree. Definitely black pepper is part of the spiciness...coriander as well. A good tasting Tripel.

Mouthfeel is rich. The spiciness and carbonation tickle the tongue. Goes down smooth except for a slight alcohol bite. Drinkability for a Tripel is good. I would seek this one out again.

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Photo of bierguru
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -
A radiant golden hazy, practically opaque body with plenty of visible carbonation and a frothy white head that retains well and laces out strong

S -
Aroma is a massive caramel malt bomb, with huge helpings of belgian yeasts. Flowery, honey and sweet.

T -
The flavor is a big sweet caramel base malt. It retains a good amount of the yeast flavor. Little to no bitterness from hops,
M -
Slick, massive carbonation with a good body.

D -
A delicious and even tripel.

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Photo of meatmallet
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden orange color with an off white head. Lots of sediment is suspended throughout with a good amount of visible carbonation too.

Smell: Pretty underwhelming for a St Bernardus beer. Caramel and pear with a little bit of spice and some of the Belgian malts.

Taste: Not as sweet as I was expecting but definitely not bad. Apricot apple white grapes and some light malts. Nice yeasty finish with a little bit of a must and bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Light body and light carbonation. Easy to drink with a 7.5% abv.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle, best by August 2013.

Pours a hazy straw orange with a frothy but lasting head. Good lacing and average retention for the style.

Aroma is the best feature of this beer. Yeasty and phenolic with notes of vanilla, orange and peach.

This is a spicy and sweet Tripel. Lots of orange peel, pepper and candi sugar. Bready and yeasty, with a slightly rubbery and chalky mouthfeel, yet excellent, fluffy carbonation. Finishes dry, but overall, I feel that this beer could be better attenuated: it's a bit too sweet to my liking. Nevertheless, it drinks smoothly with the slightly lower ABV, for a Tripel, that is.

A nice beer, but the standard St. Bernardus Tripel is better in my opinion.

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Photo of cnally
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A radiant golden hazy, practically opaque body with plenty of visible carbonation and a frothy white head.

Aroma is a massive caramel malt bomb, with huge helpings of belgian yeasts. Flowery, honey and sweet.

The flavor is a big sweet caramel base malt. It retains a good amount of the yeast flavor, but really relies on the sugars from the malt. Little to no bitterness from hops, which is rather welcome in this slippery of a beer.

Slick, massive carbonation with a good body.

A delicious and even tripel. Sweet.

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Photo of corby112
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a frothy 2 finger off white head that has excellent retention, only slowly settling into a thick cap that lasts throughout coating the glass with chunky lacing.

Nice nose with hints of peppery spice, crisp light fruit notes and sweet alcohol. Hints of apple, pear, citrus peel, lemon zest and candy sugar.

Very carbonated up front, tingling the tongue. Hints o slight alcohol, peppery spice, lemon zest and citrus peel. Creamy full body with sweet alcohol, light fruit and alcohol warmth in the finish. The spicy notes are more prominent than the sweet fruit ones but this is still very decently balanced and becomes more drinkable as it warms.

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Watou Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.02 out of 5 based on 543 ratings.
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