Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Belgian Tripel
Ranked #6
Ranked #1,030
4.26 | pDev: 9.15%
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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Photo of RayCannata
3.15/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I love St Bernardus Abt 12 and Christmas Ale. And really enjoy their Prior 8. But this tripel is just drier and blonder, and less malty and dark than the Belgian tripels I enjoy most.

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Photo of jjholmes
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My opinion changes regularly, but today this is my favourite tripel. Drier than most examples, which is a good thing. The fruity esters give peach and apricot notes, lots of tart grape, some citrus. There’s also a tiny bit of honey in there. And some pepper. There’s only one respect in which this in any way less than perfect, and that’s the carbonation, which is fractionally too lively for mine. It’s a small thing. An otherwise perfect example.

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Photo of MNAle
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Amber to golden color, rising bubbles are plentiful, up to a relatively tall, creamy, bubbly head from a very careful pour. Slightly hazy with suspended yeast. The head recedes moderately quickly, leaving some lacing just above and following the head down to a cap. Nice sheets on the opposite side of the glass as you drink.

Aroma is bready and fruity. Ripe peaches and apricots. Spicy - clove and black pepper. Slightly funky. Crackery and earthy.

Taste is dry and fruity. Earthy and spicy. The ripe to perhaps overripe fruit - peach and apricots - mellows out a very slight bitterness. No hint of the ABV - the alcohol is well hidden. The finish and aftertaste are very dry. The bready, crackery malts compliment the spicy pepper and fruity esters, but with not even a hint of sweetness.

Body is moderate with noticeable carbonation tingling.

Well crafted beer. A joy to enjoy! ;-).

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Photo of sjrider
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle - opaque deep golden straw color with white head leaving a bit of spotty lacing. Nose is fruity,yeasty and malty sweet. Taste follows with some mild spice and a slightly tart/dry finish.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy brassy golden color with hints of orange. A soft mousse looking head, not huge, but nicely sized, displays excellent retention.

The aroma is heavy on the fruity esters, with notes of peach, apricot, citrus, lime and grape. The yeast also yields aromas of peppery phenols and a touch of rustic funk. The malt aromatics evoke notes of honey and dry cracker.

The taste opens very dry, with notes of citrus, lemon and musty grape, initially more tart than sweet. Medium bodied with effervescent and lively carbonation, the candi sugar helps lighten the body and increase drinkability. The peppery spices soon open up, as well as some earthy hops bitterness and rustic notes. The alcohol is amazingly well hidden, not boozy, just a touch of spice. Dry cracker malt background throughout along with a dry citrusy finish, notes of sweet fruit, including peach and apricot, open up further into the drink.

Somehow I’ve never had this until now. Great example of a Tripel. Elegantly crafted and sublime.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Huge amounts of foam upon pouring from the bottle. Mostly clear/slight haze - beautiful gold color - head recedes just a bit but remains extremely active.

Smell has a nice bready / sweet malt aroma - some saltine crackers - not super pungent but decent level of aroma

There's a slight bite of herbal hops and powerful Belgian yeast flavors - spices fade in - gets pretty sweet for a bit and then in comes dry bread and biscuit - slight banana/orange/citrus undertone as well - then some more spice at the end - very flavorful

Feels medium bodied and very effervescent - pleasant on the palette / tongue - great carbonation

Overall this is an amazing Tripel and now one of my favorites - I'm not sure what took me so long to try this one - very flavorful - can't really think of any flaws but maybe a touch more of orange/citrus and spice (without losing all of the yeast/bread/biscuit/cracker aspects) and to bring out some of these amazing flavors in the aroma. Amazing beer and could drink this daily.

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Photo of detgfrsh
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle. Orange color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Smells of Belgian yeast -- fruit and clove notes. Medium feel with prickly carbonation. Bready and fruity flavors with a spicy hop finish. Excellent!

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Photo of cwm51662
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

So this poured with a big head, , had to pause to get it all in the glass. The hazy particles spun like a very slow tornado until dispersing throughout. Smell is kind of a poser..."very ripe bananas and floral" pretty well covers it.taste is a bit banana and orange peels.

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Photo of jkblr
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle bb 05 03 19 poured into a St. Bernardus goblet at just above fridge temp 8% ABV. The beer pours orange tinted pale amber in color with creamy off white head. The head recedes to a thin cap of tight, tiny bubbles. There are some yeast floaties and the beer is a little hazy. The aroma is sweet and mildly fruity with just a hint of clove. The taste is candied pale malt with some spicy black pepper and clove coming through before a medium bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation and manages to be prickly, creamy and almost dry simultaneously. No alcohol presence in the aroma or taste. Overall, excellent. Another world class example of the style. Big, bold and flavorful while completely drinkable.

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Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear light golden pour with 3 fingers of fluffy white head. Great lacing... a bit of sediment at the bottom of the glass.

S: Yeast and citrus... grains, honey, and peppercorn.

T/F: Bread and yeast.. lemon citrus and spice. Honey sweetness... apple skin, pear, a bit of banana and clove. Floral and grassy. Light hopping for balance. Medium bodied. Creamy carbonation.

O: A classic Belgian tripel. Complex flavor and tasty.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow color with a thick white head that recedes to persistent wisps of foam. Smell is cloves with some malt background. Taste follows on with the cloves and spice well balanced by the malts. Rich, tangy mouthfeel with good, crisp carbonation levels. Very long finish. Overall a great example of this style and well worth a try.

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Photo of biiru_ojisan
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a big, creamy white head. Golden color. Not sure if it's just chill haze, but mine poured almost completely opaque.

Nose is crackers, honey, pepper, floral, hint of clove, banana.

Taste is slightly sweet honey. Oranges, pepper, spicey,, very ripe banana. Slightest twing of alcohol. A bit floral. Finishes dry, inviting you for another sip.

Mouthfeel is a bit more than medium bodied. The alcohol warmth is noticable, but not harsh. Light to moderate carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer. Not my favorite offering from St. Bernardus though.

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Photo of srw
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amberish color with a nice big foamy white head. Nice lacings remains. Smells of citrus and spices. Taste some dark fruit and spices along with caramel. Medium body and high carbonation. Very enjoyable Tripel

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Photo of spectru
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
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 VoxRationis
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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 bark
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
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 Hanglow
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
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%
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 -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes 2/14/12: Pours a dull golden orange with a large, long lasting, beige, dense head of foam that leaves thin rings of spidery lacing. Aroma is slightly acidic, Belgian yeast with fruity esters of apple, peach, hints of orange, faint banana and a little alcohol. Taste is acidic, bready malt, yeasty esters of grape, pear, other white fruit and hints of citrus; a peppery start last through the finish. A bitterness develops in the finish and intensifies into the aftertaste. Alcohol is decently hidden but detectable throughout; as would be expected it becomes more noticeable as the brew warms.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.43/5  rDev +4%
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 -16%
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 NeilSilber1
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
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 Libeertarian
3.47/5  rDev -18.5%
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 Franziskaner
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
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 -2.6%
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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