Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Ranked #7
Ranked #2,085
4.24 | pDev: 9.2%
Sep 13, 2022
Jan 07, 2001
Notes: St. Bernardus Tripel is a traditional abbey beer that follows the classic tripel style. In the Watou region a tripel is often referred to as a ‘Bernadetje’. A fine tribute that pays homage to Bernadette, the youngest daughter of Evariste Deconinck, the man to whom the monks of Abbaye Sainte Marie du Mont des Cats sold their Belgian property in 1934.
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Slightly aged from a mix six pack.
Pours a hazy golden orange with finger of foamy white head.
Aroma slightly yeasty, bready malts, a bit fruity - green apple, banana, spice.
Malty and bready sweetness on the palate with Belgian yeast, banana, spices - limited bitterness.
Brightly carbonated, smooth and a bit sweet - medium mouthfeel - surprisingly light for 8%.
Stands the test as a legend.
Sep 13, 2022
Rated: 4.05 by One90proof from Alabama

Aug 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Legendary_Geko from Florida

4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Look: Straw color, I suck at pouring beers so i'm just rating off color

Smell: Smells alright, not amazing but not bad either.

Taste: This is where it shines, this beer tastes almost perfect to me, it's not bitter at all, it's very sweet, I am very surprised.

Feel: Super smooth, not chewy at all, almost water like which I like.

Overall: This is an amazing beer, I highly recommend this to anyone. I've never had another beer of this style but I feel like it would be hard to top.
Aug 21, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 75cL bottle best by July 20th 2023

On the pour into my belgian glass, a very nice billowy white 1.5 finger head that actually grows over the rim of the glass over time instead of dissipating until you start drinking. The body is a light gold with a very thick yeasty haze. Some decent lacing.

Aroma carries a very big dose of belgian pale ale yeast character with some light and tart barnyard notes. A light biscuity malt character is hiding behind all the yeast. Not a very hoppy beer.

Taste is very similar to the aroma but the malt shines through extremely nicely. Light malts and some bright fruity and spicy yeast notes. Not very bitter bit there is some bitterness present, but the yeast character balances the malts very nicely.

Feel is big and soft, but drinkable despite the big abv. This beer is pretty dangerously drinkable and smooth. Some warming in the chest from the alcohol but the brightness of it makes this almost refreshing. A nice sunny beer.

Overall this is a very nice tripel, and insanely drinkable for the style, but still carries true to style belgian yeast notes. Quite delicious and even with the big beer, beer beginners seem to enjoy this one as well.
Aug 21, 2022
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Sampling a corked and caged 750 ml bottle poured into my chalice. Cage is date stamped best before 4-03-23.
Bottle is at cellar temp and has been in my cellar for a few months.
the beer pours a bright clear golden color with many very active streams of carbonation rising to the surface. A frothy bleached white head of 1 cm foams up on the pour but is a large island that slowly rotates on the surface in my glass.
Aroma is some cloves, green apple, pears, some banana, Belgian yeast bready notes, and hints of a general spiciness. Not really boozy anywhere on the aroma and no hop profile.
First sip reveals a light to medium body with very fine and prickly carbonation. Texture is smooth to a little thinner, not as sticky as I thought it may be.
Flavor is similar to what the nose advertises, with some light fruits: green apple and pear, hints of banana and clove and some general Belgian yeast doughy notes. I dont get any hops. There is some black peppery spiciness that comes through on the finish.
Overall this is a complex Tripel with a nice mix of flavors that all work well together. Glad to have tried this one, enjoying it quite a bit.
Aug 21, 2022
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
11.2 ounce bottle, poured at 50° into a Weihenstephaner Braupakt chalice - on St. Bernardus Day 2022. “Best by 05/02/24” on the bottle’s label.

Blonde, golden haze, rich foamy head, great lacing. But I had to ding the rating becuz the lace disappeared half way through the experience.
Belgian Ale = Belgian Lace, right?
Smell is sweet and flowery, little bit of spicey corriander, bread, familiar Belgian yeast.
Taste is smooth; fruit, earthy field flowers, slight bitter bite blends well with the sweetness.
Feel is silky, medium carbonation, creamy. Drinks bigger than its 8% ABV, but flattened out toward the end.
Overall, damn nice Tripel that falls short of Trappiste Rochefort’s Tripel, in comparison.
Aug 20, 2022
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Rated by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A great example of the style.
An easy drinking Tripel.
Aug 13, 2022
Rated: 4 by bacher468 from Pennsylvania

Jul 30, 2022
Rated: 3.94 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 05, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by NorbertB1974 from Germany

May 14, 2022
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Rated by Fedorable

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Citrus and then Belgian malty goodness
Apr 30, 2022
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Reviewed by jngls from Germany

4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
BBE 6/11/23. 33cl bottle to wine glass.

Look: Pours a slightly opaque golden orange with a pillowy, long-lasting head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Some floaters visible.

Smell: Sweet, malty and grassy. Banana and green apple. A bit citrusy.

Taste: Notes of banana, green apple and almond. Malty and sweet. Minimal bitterness.

Feel: Crisp and smooth. Fresh with a medium carbonation.

Overall: Doesn't stick out as much as the Abt 12, but it's still a very good beer. Typical Belgian tripel. Highly drinkable and less alcoholic than many other examples of the style.
Apr 20, 2022
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Reviewed by HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
I'm writing a new review of this because I don't think my August 2020 one did it justice.

The appearance is quite hazy but translucent burnt orange, with a soapy white head that condenses down into a small white head with good retention.

The aroma is tart orange peel, orange candy, and hay. Sour, sweet, and citrusy!

Flavors upfront and throughout are heavily orange/citrus-dominant. There's a prevalent barnyard funk and tart sourness that puts this akinly toward lambics. Banana, bubblegum, and doughy malt make are the undercurrent here but they are subtle. Finishes out dry with notes of hay. The tartness lingers.

Fluffy carbonation and pillowy mouthfeel. Feels ample upfront but nothing really lingers; it's clean and dry with effortless drinkability.

A fantastic and unique take on the tripel that moves it more in line with the lambic. Excellent.
Apr 04, 2022
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a cloudy, but not completely opaque ange color. Two to three finger sudsy white head forms on the beer. The head settles in and dissipates somewhat, but never fully disappears. A half inch layer of velvety foam remains on the beer and shows excellent retention. Aroma has notes of malt, clove, pepper, spice and some belgian yeast notes. It is not really fruity at all on the nose leaning on the malt and spice notes.

Taste follows the nose with notes of malt, belgian yeast, clove, with subtle notes of apple and banana. Much like the nose, it leans heavily on the spiced notes. There is a certain alcohol warmth to the beer that is more felt than tasted. Feel is light to medium bodied. Smooth and bright. Heavily carbonated.

Overall this is a very nice tripel - I like that it leans more into the spiced notes which seems somewhat unique based on the ones I have had this weekend.
Mar 28, 2022
Rated: 4.08 by Gemini6 from Michigan

Mar 27, 2022
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Reviewed by Mdog from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Cloudy gold, tight head.

Smell: Sweetness, clove, yeasty.

Taste: Mild sweetness, then a yeasty mix of cloves, black pepper, and citrus zest.

Overall: Finally revisiting and reviewing St,. Bernardus Tripel. I was big into tripels when I first got into craft beer in the early 2000's. It seemed a logical step up from wheats/wits. This is a classic example of a tripel, and still tastes great.
Mar 26, 2022
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Reviewed by jonphisher from New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A darker dirty straw color, very cloud, big puffy white head with lively carbonation.

A surprising bright and lemon citrus like smell, there is spice hiding behind it and just the slightest bubble gum like banana smell.

The taste surprise too as the notes hiding in the aroma show themselves much more in taste. There is also a graininess to this beer.

Super lively carbonation on the tongue, a semi drying citrus feel on the tongue and a minor grainy like bitterness.
Mar 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured at fridge temp. Pours a nice opaque orange with LOTS of head. Nose is orange, wheat, honey, marmalade, vanilla, and a nice floral note. The taste is so smooth. Orange creamsicle, honey, yeast, bread, more marmalade, cereal, and a nice light fruity note. Nicely integrated and such as easy drinking beer. Finish is slightly dry and light. Definitely near the top of my list of tripels.
Mar 18, 2022
Rated: 4.3 by ElGallo from New Hampshire

Mar 11, 2022
Rated: 4 by Enomas from Portugal

Mar 01, 2022
Rated: 4.17 by cbcrunch from Wyoming

Feb 16, 2022
Rated: 4.07 by Cameron_S from Florida

Feb 13, 2022
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Reviewed by imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
pours a hazy honeyed amber gold body with cream colored rocky frothy foam head that has high retention and leaves layered sheets of thick suds behind as it settles to a low murky island cap with medium sized halo

aroma is yeasty, wheat sweet, and spice laced. clove and banana and bubblegum galore, batman. white pepper and mellowed fruit; damn-near like smelling an elvis sandwich honestly with a tad bit of creamy nuttiness, bready malt, and melted banana with clove honey

tastes about like an Elvis sandwich. clove honey, loose nutty funkiness tinged bready malt, melted banana fruitiness.

mouthfeel is super high carbonation and lighter-bodied with a slight heft to it. runs pillowed and smooth with a doughy inner layer before finishing bright and semi-dry with a slightly herbal earthy hop laced with serious bubblegum and belgian spiced Elvis sandwich aftertaste

if an Elvis sandwich is or could be your jam, this brew is adjacent. considering so many mom'n'pop coffee shops around here know me to order an elvis themed drink now and then, and I'm decades in to perfecting that sandwich, I may be a bit biased. not too sweet here, finely balanced in fact. the weird nuttiness is a simple nod after dedicated servers to the melted banana and honeyed malt with belgian spices flaring up galore. ugh. might be my favorite Trip
Feb 03, 2022
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Reviewed by jimmah120 from Minnesota

4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Not much clarity, yellow-orange. Smells aigt, tastes better. Lots of bright banana/clove yeast esters, not too sweet either, super easy to drink. Kind of a hit of hard water at the end, not my favorite Belgian but still an undeniable winner
Jan 28, 2022
Rated: 4.22 by misteil from Ireland

Jan 25, 2022
Rated: 3.92 by DonFelice

Jan 18, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by doctorgary from New York

Jan 16, 2022
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Rated by nelsonracite from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Looks golden brown. Smells of yeast and wheat, also a sweet note. Taste of light malt, and sweet notes of fruit? Overall a great beer.
Jan 16, 2022
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Rated by ivanbrew

5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
One of my top favorite beers for Friday night light body sparkle and lovely sweet and hoppy finish! Cheers!
Jan 15, 2022
Rated: 4.06 by rawbraves from Colorado

Jan 04, 2022
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Rated by shu from Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Citrus, yeasty, malty pale ale. Very high drinkability
Dec 26, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by Tenebris

Dec 15, 2021
Rated: 4 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania

Dec 11, 2021
Rated: 4.23 by SierraFlight from Virginia

Dec 09, 2021
Rated: 4.4 by VolatileAgent7744 from Kentucky

Dec 04, 2021
Rated: 4.69 by irishevans from California

Dec 04, 2021
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Reviewed by Tony787 from Canada (ON)

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I bought the mixed pack of Belgium beers at the LCBO in Ontario.
Poured a 2finger creamy head into glass .
Almost like a wheat beer smooth and we'll balanced flavors in all these beers from the brewery in Belgium I find it amazing that the alcohol is hidden in most of the beers so smooth.
Overall the Tripel refreshing and enjoyable to drink .
I'm glad I bought this mixed pack I should go back for another pack and save it for the summer time .
Dec 01, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Stratscott

Nov 16, 2021
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Reviewed by Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into snifter. Opaque pale yellow, persistent white head.

Nose is wheaty, Belgian whit style aroma.

Taste follows. Banana and sweet smooth maltiness.

This is not my favorite style of Belgian ale, but it's very good at what it does. Hits the right notes and drinks well.
Nov 15, 2021
Rated: 4.35 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Nov 06, 2021
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