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 VoodooBrew
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Watou Tripel is clear and bright golden in color. The aroma displays the familiar "Belgian" fruity/yeasty elements. On the palate, I was surprised by the subdued nature of this beer. Malt is up front, with a bitterness that creeps into the medium finish. This Tripel drinks soft and easy, and I suppose I like it, but it's not too terribly interesting.

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Photo of safaricook
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Blind Tasting Tripel Project of Fall 2015
L Foam was unstable and dissapeared quickly, orange, a little murky, some suspended yeast, coarse and plenty bubbles
S Pears with some clove, some booze, some sweetness
T some pears, fruity malt sweetness, dry and peppery on the end, no hopping or bitterness to speak of
F light body evervescent, tickling carbonation, just a little burn to it, drink-ability is lowered by high burpiness
O a flawlessly crafted Tripel, however, a bit boring, lacks character, middle of the road

Blind tasting is very revealing. I always thought that this bear was great, but either I was influenced by breweries name or my taste has changed. Still, really good beer and not offensive.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orangey-brown. Medium tan head. The nose is sweet with honey and hints of bread and yeast. A little fruity. Taste is medium-sweetness off the top with some yeasty notes. Some spice on the finish and again, yeast lingers. Some earthy notes off the back. Mouthfeel and lively and turns to a drier finish. Finish remins me of Orval, meaning somewhat of a woody hint. A nice triple but hardly the best example of the style. Looking for a little more liveliness. Sweetness was good and overall drinkability was decent.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
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 BMMillsy
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy yellow with lots of big fluffy head. Slight hint of spice on the aroma with minimal fruit, pears if anything, dry yeastyness. Tastes refreshing but was expecting more flavor, this has a hint of yeasty spice on top of slightly watered down honey sweetness. Very dry finish, with high carbonation and light palate. A decent beer, but doesn't stand up to the Quality of the Abt 12.

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Photo of phishgator
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A gourgeous pour into a bowl chalice with a large foamy head. The aroma is sweet like cotton candy. The taste and mouthfeel are thick and slick. Too much malt and candi sugars bring down the experience of this brew. The alcohol is well hidden but, you can feel it by the end. I would say that there are plenty of tripels out there to be drank.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*Pours a dark hazy orange gold with big pillowy head. Lots and lots of sediments and lacing.
*Smells of light lemon citrus. Sweet malts
*Tastes of very sweet warming malts. Bitter sweetness follows the rear. Almost chewy.
*Think bold full bodied mouthfeel. Sweetness seems to suck the moisture from my mouth.
I am not overwhelmed by this brew. It is easy drinking though.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two-finger off-white head that goes slowly and leaves a good lace. Cloudy, light amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is lemony. Some yeast is visible, taste is sweet that mellows to a tart finish. Alcohol is not noticeable. 750ml bottle for $8.90 from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of corby112
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First pour from a well settled bottle reveals a light golden hued pour into a tulip with a 60/40% split on the favor of the tripel. Loads of seemingly endless carbonation bubbles assault the 2 “ frothy ivory spumescent cap. Painted pillowy frothy sticky lattice lace left.
Second pour is obviously, more yeasty and cloudy.

Unadulterated yeasty broad scents. Musty notes of ripe apple. Bread dough follows up the nose.

First swigs: Biscuit dry flour pancake malts with a sprinkling of cloves and pears. Dry clean aftertaste with a spritz of apple cider or rummy apple cake. Becomes a bit peppery. The 7.5% ABV becomes palatable.

Chewy full body. A bit “full” for the style. Tacky on the lips and tongue and dry in the long run. There is no lack of carbonation here. This is a foamy frother.

Last swigs: Muted cloves meets pancakes and cider. Biere de garde. Started with a perfect pour and subsided from there. $8.30 bottle. Caged & corked with a smudged off top cap freshness date. Painted label back states that St. Bernardus makes this. A fine tripel,but lacks the bright Allagash of the Westmalle fruit.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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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 Czequershuus
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a clear yellow with a large head. The aroma offers up apricot, tart lemon, clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The flavor has notes of banana and apricot at first, followed by nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon with a good dose of sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a touch of heavy sweetness. Overall this is not as complex as other examples of this style, but is more easy drinking for it.

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

Being a tripel, this beer should have a nice big foamy head. However, despite my best efforts, I could only coax out a finger thick froth that quickly died down to a skim on the top.

It does pour a nice orange-tinged gold and is fairly clear.

This beer has a lemon and honey scent with some flower-like notes. A little simpler than I hoped.

Taste is quite nice with a candied orange dipped in honey flavor. Not cloying, but the sweetness is a main component. On the back end I get a nice peppery bite that offsets the sweetness nicely.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy but with a tingle mixed in with it from the carbonation.

I'd get a little bored with this one after one or two and want to move on to something else.

I brought this sample back from Brugge, Belgium. It has a drink by date of 17-03-08. My bottle says it is 7.5% ABV.

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Photo of mjacquard
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
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 kelvarnsen
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IronDjinn
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 330 ml brown bottle, best before date listed as 07 01 13. Pours out a cloudy apricot hue, tight spongy white head.

Dry yet sweet aromatics, with fruity esters and light peppery phenols.

Light malt and fruity esters at first in the flavour, the finish drops immediately to a mouth puckering dryness that lingers long into the aftertaste, musty with touches of spice.

Medium-full mouthfeel, creamy smooth texture, low carbonation.

A well put together Tripel, just too dry for my personal liking.

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Photo of changeup45
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is part of the St. Bernardus mixed 6 pack I purchased. Pours a cloudy, murky golden color. Nice amount of head and lacing. Faint fruity, citrus aroma. Sweet and tangy citrus flavor with a quick alcohol rush. Touch of malts, vanilla and a grainy yeast note. A little tart. It's pretty easy drinking and refreshing. Overall I'd give it a slightly above average overall mark but that's it. I'd have it again but for the price I'm sure I can find better.

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Photo of bashiba
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a dirty yellow with a thin white head.

Smell is light and fruity with a touch of apple.

Flavor is light and musty with hints of banana and mango, light grassy hops try to keep up with the fruity sweetness, but overall the sugar overpowers the hops.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp and finishes dry.

A decent tripel, but I don't care for it near as well as the regular St Bernarudus Tripel.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, poured into a long tulip glass.

Cloudy, peach colored body with lots of sediment floating around. Large head that leaves good lacing.
Aroma is yeasty with grassy, floral notes.
Taste is in balance between malt and hops. Although it's not that strong, it has an alcoholic taste.
Body feels medium, crisp and carbonation is medium to high.

Overall it is a decent Tripel. Not the best I had but neither the worst.

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Photo of Magery
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of benlhoest
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Watou Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 564 ratings