Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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4.26 | pDev: 9.15%
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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RaulMondesi from California

4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yeah, this one bangs like Baby Animal smashing the drums. You know that wild muppet, home boy is legit - like this beer. I mean really though, what can I say? It’s good. Real good. And it makes me want to feel. How I just want to feel.

Aug 19, 2021
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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

7/11/2021 4:25pm EST
Fort Myers Beach, FL

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle (FL 06 06 21) into a 15cl St. Bernardus tasting glass.

Look: A matrix of fine white glass spheres stack upon the surface to form a head which hangs around for some time above the foggy pale to medium amber (SRM 6.5) body. Lacings reminds one of how full the glass once was and tells a story.

Smell: Coriander, citrus, fennel with some freshly milled wheat.

Taste: Deceptively light and crisp which belays the ABV. Juniper, citrus soaked wheat and thyme dance together in a way that is reminiscent of a summer day at a cool crisp lake. A hint of warmth extinguished by the shade.

Feel: Freshly laundered flannel bedsheets. Airy but substantial--compliments of the generous carbonation.

Overall: Exemplary for its style, but breaks no new ground. A refreshing harmony of ripe white fruits treat the senses with a splash of tempered warmth.

Jul 11, 2021
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Caged and corked. Best by date on "cap" is '04.08.22'.
Mostly clear, pale gold colored body. Lots of large bubble white head with each pour. Leaves behind webs of lacing.
Aroma of stone fruit, ester of pencil eraser and something close to banana and cloves, along with straw.
Taste is full of stone fruit, Belgian yeast, and sweetness from the candi sugar and malts. Has a grassy base. Has a bit of spice. Mostly a sweet flavor but with the dry yeast. Aftertaste minimizes the sweetness and allows more of the yeast.
Medium mouth feel. Champagne like with the bubbles in the mouth. Big carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.
Classic Tripel with the sweet fruit, yeast, malt and spice. Massive head expression slows down the drinking experience.

Jun 19, 2021
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.23/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330 mL bottle. Cloudy golden with a bit white head. Nose is clove and banana sweetness. Tastes of banana, spicy clove, sharp alcohol, light sweetness. Lingering booze. Surprisingly alcoholic in flavor. Clove spiciness lasts into the aftertaste. Soft carbonation and medium bodied. Not my favorite, but at least it isn't overly sweet.

May 01, 2021
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle
stamped 05 07 22
L: slightly hazy golden body; fluffy white head holds good retention
S: pale grain, spicy & fruity Belgian yeast, bread, white wine, grass
T: flavorful & complex: bread dough, pale malt, chardonnay, white grape, apple, spicy/earthy/grassy hops, faint banana
F: fuller body, alcohol is warming & slightly hot at times, higher carbonation, dry finish with moderate bitterness
O: it’s been years since I had this one; just as good as I remember

Apr 15, 2021
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lebynthos from China

4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Phenomenal beer. Poured from a 330ml bottle into a goblet. Light hazy orange in the glass with generous white head which dissipates slowly. Nice bit of apricot on the nose along with some general Belgian fruitiness. Sweet and fruity on the palate with a good maltiness. Full bodied and almost viscous. Very little alcohol bite despite the ABV. Perfect beer for warm summer evenings.

Apr 07, 2021
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trevormajor from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter at 50 degrees F (recommended drinking temp):
L - golden straw colored with a white soft head that lingered
S - Belgian yeast, straw
T - Belgian yeast and clove predominantly with a bit of citrus creeping in
F - medium mouthfeel and carbonation
O - very nice tripel, flavors are well balanced

Mar 23, 2021
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BalancingBrooms from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Almost clear golden yellow with hints of orange with a rocky 1 finger head with tight bubbles that lingers and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is of spice, clove, and Belgian yeast with hints of citrus. Taste follows the nose with nice Belgian yeast blast with tamed balance of clove, spice, and citrus peel. Folds into a light pale malt, with hints of banana and pear that ends dry. Lingering feeling is all body, medium with full carbonation that increases the feel. Overall a wonderfully balanced beer that is a perfect example of the style. No aspect sticks out but all works in harmony.

Mar 22, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle, will soon be available at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 8%. Slightly hazy pale yellow colour, huge white head. Strong and "typical tripel" aroma: notes of Belgian ale yeast, fruit, flowers, mild spices and white kandij sugar. The medium sweet flavour is spicy and moderately fruity, with decent hops in the finish. Has everything you expect from a tripel.

Mar 20, 2021
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a mixed 4pck of treats of this brewer from my local Meijer store. It poured a hazy golden with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had Belgian malt and sweet notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with balegian sweet malt base and subtle hints of bread and yeast. The mouthfeel was medium in body and had fizzy carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer.

Jan 14, 2021
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Robinshutedrums from England

3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Typical golden tripple colour. Smells slightly sweet and yeasty. Taste is Belgium yeast heavy, bannana, earthy floral hops and light citrus fruits. Solid beer

Jan 14, 2021
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Rug from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 2/3/22

While browsing the store the other day I came across a gift pack of 4 St. Bernardus beers with a branded chalice. At only $22, I couldn't pass it up. I had only had Abt 12 of the 4 beers in the pack, and I'm very excited to try the rest

Pours a cloudy deep yellow with 2 finger of dense white head that very slowly fades to a cap that lasts infinitely and leaves nice lacing, streaming carbonation from the glass

The aroma is very floral and yeasty, bringing about notes of honey, clove, white pepper, doughy malt, and overripe banana. It's sweet, but offset by earthy spice

The flavor profile follows the nose but is amplified. It starts off with notes of soft bread, pepper, clove, and a touch of malty sweetness. On the swallow, I pick up notes of overripe banana, bubblegum esters, honey, and lemon

A light medium body pairs with gentle effervescent carbonation for a damn smooth beer. It's almost criminal how easy this goes down for an 8%. Finishes mostly dry with a touch of sticky sweetness

Hot damn this was a good beer! Really hits most of the notes I want in a Belgian beer and strikes a balance perfectly. I look forward to trying the others and having this one again

Jan 03, 2021
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

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

Bottle from the Packie, surprised I haven't rated this.
Lightly hazy light gold in color with a huge frothy white head that slowly recedes. Sweet honey like maltiness with earthy floral hops light citrus fruit earthy funk and light alcohol.

Dec 26, 2020
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RobertB412 from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a 33 cl. chalice (that came with the variety 4 pack). Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a fluffy head and decent lacing. Smells of candied malt, spices, some clove and yeast. Taste is similar to aroma with a hint of banana, wheat and hop bitterness. Medium body with good carbonation. A well balanced and tasty Belgian tripel!

Dec 25, 2020
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the big bottle in a snifter. This solid tripel pours a chill
hazed amber touched straw color, with a nice head of white foam
that subsides to a thick ring, thin clumping layer, and shows some
mighty fine lacing. Nose of faint clove, banana, soft wheat, and touches
of candy sugar dashed with notes of fresh bread. Flavors surpass the nose
nicely with balanced candy malts, white pepper, fresh bread, light clove,
coriander hints, faint herbal hops, subtle banana, and light cracker touches.
Very nice mouth feel; medium light body, medium carbonation that is effervescent
and prickly, and a lightly dry finish that is balanced between sweet and herbal

Overall, a SOLID offering from a great little brewery!


Dec 23, 2020
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Junior from Michigan

4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Pale golden color with a frothy white head.
S - Toasted malt, esters, and lemon.
T - Lightly toasted malt, light spice, clove, citrus, and an eatery finish.
F - Medium bodied with high carbonation.
O - Brilliantly crafted. Well balanced and easy to drink. This must be in at or near best in style.

Dec 18, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had my eye on the 4-pack that included a chalice for some time & during today's visit to the Friendly Greek Bottle Shop (FGBS), I decided to pull the trigger, even if it was all Bottles (eeek!).

From the Bottle (whoa!): "Tripel Abbey Ale"; "05[-]07[-]22".

I am getting a sense of their aging/shelf life from this indulgence, at least. Next came my Pop!ping of the cap, followed by a slow. gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting chalice. It quickly formed just under two fingers of dense, foamy, eggshell-white head with excellent retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) & I swear that I was judicious in my pour! This bespeaks yet another reason to age this one, if possible. Flocculation will lead to clarity, almost undoubtedly. Nose was about as musty as I have smelled in a Belgian (or Belgian-style) beer! It smelled like emptying the attic of old newspapers & if you are a reader & a bibliophile, like me, you will totally dig the odor! Mouthfeel was medium with loads of carbonation, scrubbing my palate clean as a whistle. The taste was interesting - spiced bananas, like the kind of Hefeweizen that I really like, but can rarely find.

In a Hefeweizen, fermentation under Lager (cold) conditions leads to a prevalence of clove phenols, underlain by banana esters, as opposed to the usual vice versa.

This was really spicy with a hint of banana sweetness & really has aging potential! Mmm. I am not trying to suggest that spices were used as (an) adjunct(s) as I am sure that they were not. This was all yeast-driven! It was really impressive. Finish was dry, bordering on gasping. I am definitely going to cellar a bottle of this one! YMMV.

Dec 14, 2020
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MesaDan from Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottle with drink by date of 2/3/22 (consumed 11/27/20): Nose has very slight sweetness with a Belgian/grass dankness; Light yellow hue and white lacey head; Light mouthfeel with effervescent carbonation; Taste Belgian yeast forward with lemon, spice & grass notes that trans sends to a nice dry finish with a bit of lingering bitterness.

Nov 29, 2020
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

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

Poured from bottle to glass chalice. Nice solid gold color with a big, soft, fluffy white head that falls to a cap. Aroma of yeast, fruit, and spice. Taste is banana, clove, earthy hops, yeast is evident. More bitter than sweet, but not dry in the finish. Feel is medium bodied with sharp carbonation. Overall the flavor is bold and tasty. I'd like a bit more dry of a finish, but this is good.

Nov 22, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L- Pale gold, slightly hazy, pours with 1Cm creamy white head. [ps. Some sludge left in bottle].
S- Surprisingly mild, just some light 'Belgian monastic' hints.
T- Akin to a Tripel's taste but with notably more prominent hops than I'm used to for this style.
F- It probably does feel up around 7.25-7.5% [vs actual 8%] but the vibrant hopping counteracts it to an extent.
O- I'm not quite sure what to make of this, it doesn't seem in the style of most Belgian Tripels I've had and usually relish. It's got a hoppy-zing on the palate for one thing, but not that deep fire-side sense you could kick-back at Xmas and relish slow-sipping one of them. It's very different to what I anticipated!. I'm certainly most surprised to see it rated at '95/World Class'! - what to make of that!?
330ml bottle BB: 07/02/22. Bought from TremblingMadness/York £3.15 for home delivery to London

Oct 24, 2020
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SimplySinister from Florida

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Restrained pour into chalice producing a pale yellow ochre colored brew with moderate carbonation and a white .5" head.

S - Hops, bread, citrus, honey.

T - Honey, hops, citrus, grapefruit. Mellow and delicious. There are hints of ginger and spice as well.

M - Clean, crisp, dry. Refreshing. Doesn't linger.

D - This is the lightest, most easiest drinking 8% I've ever had. Fantastic brew.

Oct 12, 2020
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Limazulu from Idaho

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- a really nice deep gold with big airy fluffy snow white head
S- pears, and the smell of a rising yeast whitebread
T- complex. I'm sensing a sort of ripe apple and/or pear, with yeasts and grains. Pretty sweet which I am told is typical of the style
M- Medium/full body, pretty substantively carbonated. Finishes really dry
O- I am not experienced enough to offer a definitive judgement on the brew. But I can only say good things about this classic.

Sep 14, 2020
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HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very hazy, translucent golden orange with a creamy white head. Good retention and lacing.

Notes of banana, orange, white bread, mango, bubblegum, and hay. Leans slightly sweet but with a medium dry finish.

Creamy feel, well carbonated.

A great tripel. Would taste better fresher, but still great.

Aug 10, 2020
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mothman from Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 bottle. Large white head. Good retention and lace. Very faint cloudy golden color.

Bananas, cloves, spices, Belgian yeast, and candies sugar notes. Faintly sweet. Artisanal bready malts, whatever that may mean. Has a toffee finish. Medium bodied. Smooth and easy drinking. A wonderful tripel that isn’t spiced to hell. Very balanced.

May 11, 2020
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ludachris from Canada (ON)

4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Its honey gold body looks powerful with four inches of whipped, chunky white head resting confidently on top. Plenty of carbonation is clearly visible through a soft haze.

It leans well into the sweet side of the Tripel spectrum. Lots of honey, banana, vanilla cream, and sweet clove. Soft and plush. The alcohol accentuates its ripe, sucral character. A spicy, chalky undertone pulls through as it warms.

It pulls in so elegantly. Banana, cream, and apricot are inundated with dry spice. Ethanol presents as perfumey and alive. Sweet, dry, and spicy find a seamless harmony here.

The feel is satiating and rich. There's an expansive, foamy quality that's gone just as fast as it comes in, leaving a coat of sweet clove behind. Criminally drinkable at 8%.

What a treat. I'm so happy to be back.

Mar 28, 2020
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