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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,579
Reviews:
1,306
Ratings:
3,252
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
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266
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532
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Photo of spectru
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A hazy light amber with lots of tiny little bits moving about in it, a big foamy white head. The head is so foamy, you can;t pour all the beer in the glass, have to wait a few moments for the head to recede. It does recede but not all the way down to nothing. The aroma is nice and rich, but not strong. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth. Flavor is mild, medium-bodied, with just a hint of alcohol. (8% ABV) A pleasant beer.

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Photo of JDJR
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jbehlar
3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scottyshades
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of mamaraza
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of moundbz
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shantzak
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VoxRationis
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a custom Sam Adam pint; best by 03/03/2020.
A: Pours a slightly, dark golden (basically bronze) color with exceptionally robust, off white head formation (basically the glass tried to fill with foam, albeit from an overly aggressive pour), leaving with a three to four finger head, excellent retention and lacing.
S: Tart/tangy nose. The aromas of grasses, grains and cardamom are notable out front [with a red berry note (more strawberry than raspberry)], evolving to less tangy with more banana and cloves notes as it warms.
T: Sweet and tart, but neither is overpowering. Banana and cloves definitely predominate, but with caramel, cardamom, red delicious apples, and red berries in the mix. Bitterness very out front and persistent, but ever very well balanced.
M: Medium to full bodied with robust carbonation, sufficient to cause tingling on the tongue throughout. Very rich mouthfeel.
O: A delicious Tripel. Complex, rich, perhaps even heavenly. I could see this in the role of what the ancient described as Ichar.

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

Photo of bark
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is gold, the liquid clear. The three fingers head is off-white and compact. It sinks slowly to a thin lid leaving no lacing on the glass.

The strong smell got notes of citric peels, French loaf, orange juice and spices like cloves and nutmeg. Alcohol and soap in the background.

The taste is clean with passing notes of orange juice, green grapes, fruit candy and fresh white loaf. Passing clean bitterness. Medium to full body. The aftertaste brings growing alcohol, fruit cake, honey, orange peel and white pepper. The finish is sweet with bitter orange inner peels, exotic species and fruit candy.

The carbonation is strong, the many small bubbles are fresh and long-lived.

A clean no nonsense Tripel.

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Photo of jmh21
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 3,252 ratings