Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium
sintbernardus.be

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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#1,533
Reviews:
1,302
Ratings:
3,241
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
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Photo of ptarmigan98
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hokieguy95
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jeschaefer
3.27/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dsippel
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of soundaurora
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SayBoom
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nvr
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hanglow
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold, reasonable head

Fruit, spicey phenols, good nose.

Taste brings more of the same.

Alcohol absent. Definitely some noble hoppyness to this as well.

One of the best tripels around.

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Photo of DeerBeerFearDear
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

beautiful color. smell first had a weird feel to it but quickly realized that it was a rather soothing, captivating smell. Taste is wonderful. Overall feel is not that heavy surprisingly; tastes smoother than other tripel ale I've tasted, and is also lighter. Feels really light compared to its alcohol level, and I would even go far as to say this isn't a sipping beer. Feels that smooth. Very attractive beer, would love to drink this any hour.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this beer along with Pater 6,Prior 8, and ABT12 with a chalice in a gift pack. 11.2oz beer was poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. Beer is opaque golden straw color, or like most Belgian Tripel beers. Smell is mostly fruit, mostly apple and apricot overall. Taste is more of these fruits, and spice. Moutful is even, spicy, and vibrant compared to Prior 8 and Pater 6. Once again, no dark fruits are detected. Feel is highly carbonated, and finished sticky but very tasty with no aftertaste.

This is one very good Tripel, and will seek this beer out in the future. Highly recommended!

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Photo of GratefulFC
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden caulky straw color. Smell is slight hops. Not a lot of aroma. Taste is all hops and yeast, bitter aftertaste, oranges and fruit undertones. Just okay.

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Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of D-Duvelicious
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rlhj
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spaten454
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeilSilber1
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional Belgium Abbey Ale Tripel.

Pours bright copper yellow with thick frothy foamy slow fading head. Deep notes of spice ale - gold standard to follow!

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Photo of Kosena
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

look: pale yellow, lots of carbonation
smell: not strong
taste: hoppy, very high carbonation, easy and refreshing to drink, hides alcohol

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Photo of opieo
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Libeertarian
3.47/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken 07/30/17:

Bottle says best before 06/03/18, which if memory serves me, means March 6th, not June 3rd. I had four of these and I believe this is my third. I may hold on to the fourth until 2018 to review again then. Attempted to serve right close to 46°, the minimum suggested on the bottle.

Pale orange and opaque. Not too dissimilar to the Hoegaarden Wit I just had, just slightly darker and no visible sediment. Oh, and with a thicker, fluffier, longer lasting head, albeit still fine and even and lemon-white. Fast-dissipating at first, then creating a thick film and frosty lace. I can see why, fine bubbles continue to stream up in droves from the bottom. Smell is neither distinctive nor delicious. It is somewhere in the midst of vegetal, plain, metallic, and semi-tart, and I can barely detect what is here. Nothing negative about it, though. It is strange, the palate is delicious, and distinct, and yet reflects the aroma. Guess it is a matter of intensity. Not quite syrupy sweet, instead striking a perfect balance between the sugars and a note-meld of medicine/phenols/menthol/rind/metal/grass (hops and yeast in harmony). Finishes like a dry vermouth. There’s the ethanol, hitting you a second or two in as it has a chance to aerate between tongue and throat. You can taste it, but you can’t really feel it. Interesting sweetened black tea aftertaste. Better tasting than Chimay's, not quite as good as Bornem’s, which I think I’ve probably got “backwards” from most everyone else. I am sorry I don’t like these as much as I do Doubles or Quads or plain old Strong Ales, but it is still a choice style. Medium-bodied, softly effervescent beyond a few tingles at the onset, smooth, whipped almost.

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Photo of bluehende
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Skabiski
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Franziskaner
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gold in color with a lot of floaties suspended within the body. There's a fingernail of eggshell white around the rim and covering the vast majority of the top. The aroma is comprised of sweet light Belgian malt and lightly fruity Belgian yeast. I'm tasting lightly vinous pale Belgian malt and sweet, yet delicate Belgian yeast. The mouth is highly carbonated, crisp, and dry.

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Photo of chitoryu12
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy orange with a big white head that stays for several minutes. Opening a bottle causes a head to foam up out of the neck.

Smell: Banana bread, yeast, a bit of spiciness.

Taste: Spicy alcohol and malt, with a small amount of banana esters.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated and sharp. A little thin, countered by the foam that you have to drink through.

Overall: An excellent tripel and very fun sipping beer.

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Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 3,241 ratings