St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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

Pretty close to what a tripel should be: bubbly, fruity, sweet and tart, and drinkable with a high abv (for beer). The taste is a bit more like a good heffeweizen than the average tripel is with the doughy/banana flavor, but the candy, pears and tart apple are there too. Very accessible, and probably what I would use to introduce a newb to a tripel (don't want to scare them away with a real fruit/candy bomb off the bat).

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Photo of Gus7avson
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Apellonious
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle "A04 12 18" poured into a tulip glass, a hazy orange with a two finger bubbly white head that dissipates at a moderate pace. Guessing that means this beer is 2+ years old, a week expired. Aroma is yeast, spice, and a touch of sour/vinegar and ginger bread. The taste is mainly yeast/metallic with banana and bubble gum notes and peppery notes. Mouthfeel is medium light, carbonation is high and sharp. Overall, I can say I was looking forward to this, but probably should have checked the date, as this one seemed past its prime. Though I have no basis to compare it to. Must find another one with a little less legs on it and will re-rate it accordingly.

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Photo of quadmad
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured cold from the fridge into a Chimay chalice. Fine bubbles in a creamy head. Lots of carbonation keeping the yeast floaters in motion. Sharp peppery taste.

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Photo of Vandelay1863
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ImperatorScab
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of teromous
3.26/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a review of the smaller bottle. On the back label it says: "A04 12 18"

Appearance: The body is a very hazy beige. It has a humongous white fluffy head.

Aroma: It has a light spicy hop aroma which smells a bit like bay leaf and sweet smelling hay. There is a bit of a yeast aroma which doesn't give off any of the traditional Belgian esters. After a while it picks up a very light dough scent.

Taste: Up front there is a very light yeast character mixed with just a light touch of herbs. Very low on character.

Mouthfeel: The body is very light and it is extremely drinkable. The beer does an outstanding job of hiding the alcohol in this beer and it drinks like a beer that is less than half its ABV.

Overall: The beer doesn't have much character and it would be suited for those who aren't a fan of strong Belgian yeast esters or flavors. It does an expert job of hiding the alcohol and making the beer drinkable but it still feels like it is lacking something. It's worth trying at least once just to see if you prefer a Tripel with a lighter character but it isn't the first one I would recommend.

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Photo of jroof1
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-Looks the part. Slightly darker than a pilsner should be. Frothy/creamy two and a half to three fingered head. Fairly carbonated with some yeasty floaters (expected).
S- Sweet malt, spice (coriander), well crafted phenolic notes, yeasty slight clove aroma as well. Definitely pick up the aroma of apricot.
T- Sweet and malty of course. Slightly spicy with an even slighter bitterness. I actually pick up a good bit of ginger as well! Some honey as well. Maybe some stone fruit? Pear and apricot seems to be present.
F-Medium bodied. Rich mouthfeel that's pretty sticky. It works well.
O- Very, very good tripel. As always, St. Bernardust doesn't let down. A very pleasant, well crafted and well rounded beer that is honest to the style.

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Photo of Oleg85
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ajm5108
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-gold, soapy blanket cap, lots of carbonation. Classic aroma, the fruit phenols are bouncy & inviting, apricot & banana abound. Taste is a little huskier - the yeast has some a mild black pepper heat to it and some earthy tones to balance the fruity esters - perhaps too much so. Finishes with a mild bitterness. Would have liked a bit more expression from the esters but still a good beer.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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