Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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4.26 | pDev: 9.15%
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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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.

Sunday at 09:43 PM
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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

4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | 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 New York

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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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really Surprised I haven't had this one yet poured at the Pittsburgh Winter Brew Festival. Smell and taste notes are full of Sugar Malts and Citrus fruits with a good semi dry finish. Body was medium with no lingering ABV burn. Pretty much lives up to the hype even though they had a difficult time finding people to sample.

Mar 01, 2020
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octortus from Canada (ON)

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

330 mL Bottle. ABV 8%.
Appearance: Veiled honey gold, Two fingers of airy and puffy off white head, Lots of suspended yeast, Under medium carbonation, Slight lacing, Broken cap remains, Good retention.
Aroma: Bready malt, Stone fruit (apricot), Peppery, Banana, Slight spice (clove), Floral, Honey.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, Medium carbonation, Slight alcohol warmth, Smooth, Slightly slick, Crisp.
Flavour: Wheat, Banana, Slight citrus zest, Bready malt, Yeast on finish, Slight caramel malt, Slight pear.
Overall: Fantastic Tripel! This fits the style very well and has great complexity. I can't really find a point that misses the mark.

Review: 121

Jan 23, 2020
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RayCannata from Louisiana

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.

Jan 14, 2020
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jjholmes from Australia

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.

Dec 24, 2019
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MNAle from Minnesota

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! ;-).

Dec 09, 2019
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sjrider from California

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.

Nov 22, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

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.

Nov 19, 2019
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sjdevel from Utah

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.

Aug 24, 2019
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detgfrsh from Texas

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!

Jun 30, 2019
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cwm51662 from Indiana

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.

Jun 16, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

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.

Feb 26, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

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.

Feb 20, 2019
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Retroman40 from Florida

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.

Jan 08, 2019
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biiru_ojisan from Japan

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.

Jan 04, 2019
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srw from Virginia

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

Dec 29, 2018
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spectru from Florida

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.

Dec 15, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

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.

Nov 13, 2018
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bark from Sweden

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.

Oct 30, 2018
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