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Watou Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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4.05/5
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553 Ratings
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 02-19-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,035
Reviews:
273
Ratings:
553
pDev:
9.63%
Bros Score:
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Photo of Yancey82
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Golden brown and slightly hazy. Smells yeasty like an old pub, which I suppose is how a Belgian should smell :-) the taste is well balanced and complex, sweet with the distinct alcohol flavor of a 7.5 ABV. Belgians aren't really my thing, but I find this one pretty agreeable. Would drink again.

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Photo of leitmotif
3.39/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brotherloco
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cam477
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PorterPro125
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: 330 mL Bottle

A- Pours a hazy apricot colour topped by a fizzy 2 1/2 finger white head. Lots of lacing.

S- Faint aromas of pear, apple, spicy cloves, and yeast. If one didn't know it was a Belgian before sniffing this brew, chances are they know afterward.

T-Apple, Pear, a little bit of cloves, and a lot of yeast. Refreshing Tripel.

M- Medium body and high carbonation. Great feel.

O- One of the best Tripels I've had to date. It's no Fin du Monde but it doesn't lag far behind! At 7.5% ABV, it's one of the lower alcohol Tripels I've seen so if you're looking for that Tripel flavour without the 8%+ ABV, give this one a try.

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Photo of Bf_89
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it with a fair amount of sediment. It has a nice thick white head that dies down slowly and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, apples, pears, some breadiness, pepper and faint cloves.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has Belgian yeast upfront, apples, pears, pepper, cloves and some bready undertones.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of CRObighit2
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kelvarnsen
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CurtisD
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of bjd88
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jrdawg
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheHammer
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured with a solid thumb of head that laced well and managed to stick around for some time. The body is a cloudy yellow with slight amber notes. Dark black specks of sediment stick to the sides of the glass, even despite a reserved pour. They are very noticeable from the ample carbonation in the body.

Smell: Even with ample warming, there just isn't enough of a presence here as white wine with notes of biscuit malt and touches of orange zest come forward. It's nice, but far too mild.

Taste: There is a very strong bready presence to this beer and it has almost a chewy consistency to it somehow. Starting out with ample soft biscuity malt that then turns to a fruitier candied orange peel and grape taste that honestly reminds me of the Italian cake Panettone, as it then ends with a bit of a white wine splash.

Mouthfeel: As I said it has an almost chewy consistency as the ample carbonation really kicks it into overdrive. The aftertaste is a mild wine taste, which takes on a bit of an acidic tone I'm not a fan of, but the calm excellent transitioning helps it's case too. Sadly though that wine aspect is partially because it doesn't hide it's alcohol content very well.

Drinkability: Surprisingly light bodied for something which such a high ABV and easy to drink. Refreshing but very flavourful, but still a bit winey for my tastes. Easy on the system though, but it lacks a crispness to it that I think it would benefit from.

Final Thoughts: I looked at this beer and knew that this was going to be the weaker beer between it and St. Bernardus Tripel. That said, the two beers seem to have far different focuses and interpretations on the style. This one focuses more on the breadiness and reigning in the flavour of the yeast, which makes for an interesting experience. A solid offering, regardless though.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TerryB
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of klipper
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rulisekmartin
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of alostplot
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Movember5
3.12/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very tasty beer. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of lillitnn92
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Watou Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 553 ratings
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