Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Ranked #6
Ranked #2,090
4.24 | pDev: 9.2%
Mar 29, 2024
Jan 07, 2001
St. Bernardus Tripel is a traditional abbey beer that follows the classic tripel style. In the Watou region a tripel is often referred to as a ‘Bernadetje’. A fine tribute that pays homage to Bernadette, the youngest daughter of Evariste Deconinck, the man to whom the monks of Abbaye Sainte Marie du Mont des Cats sold their Belgian property in 1934.
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Ratings by CantDrinkEveryBeer:
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Reviewed by CantDrinkEveryBeer from Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
I'm a sucker for old-school design so I love the simple, charming label. A flat color, a cheerful, cheeky monk – and who wouldn't be cheerful with a chalice full of beer? Best by date of 01-06-24. Poured into a tall goblet.

Look: Completely opaque. Beautiful burnt yellow, like the setting sun. Fine sediment floats about, slowly whirling in the intense carbonation. Dense, pillowy head with fantastic retention. Takes about five minutes for the head to start receding, and the lacings cling to the glass.

Smell: Gentle aroma. Wheat and honey. A hint of cloves.

Taste: Subtle, overall. Wildflowers, unripe tangerine, with the taste of sweet, bready malt as the base. Cloves come in as the beer is swirled by the tongue. Touch of dryness in the finish. That's the only detectable part of the ABV. The aftertaste is gentle and floral.

Feel: Super thick and smooth. Fills the mouth when held before swallowing. Sugary and sticky like cappuccino foam.

Overall: I love a good tripel, and this is exactly that. Delicious, straightforward example of the style.
Dec 31, 2023
More User Ratings:
Rated: 4.25 by TODDRESSEL1 from Indiana

Mar 29, 2024
Rated: 4.69 by Hazey92 from New York

Mar 23, 2024
Rated: 4 by BeerMe8 from Florida

Feb 26, 2024
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Rated by brianstrong2 from Tennessee

3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Excellent beer, but I prefer darker options of Dubbels and Quads so a bit skewed here. Probably should deserve higher numbers.
Feb 16, 2024
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Bottle purchased and drank at The Sovereign in Washington, DC.

This one pours a golden orange color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like pear, banana, citrus, wheat, floral bitterness, and white pepper.

This is basically spot on for the style – not quite as heavy as the style can sometimes be, with a super clean floral and peppery bitterness on the finish, with a really pleasant fruity sweetness up front. The sweetness is subtle and lovely, and not overwhelming.

This is medium bodied, very crisp for the style, and quite drinkable.

There really aren’t many better tripels out there.
Feb 08, 2024
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Reviewed by BJB13 from Maryland

4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
330 ml bottle poured into a Tulip.

Very nice glass of beer.
Hazy golden orange pour with a nice white and creamy head that persists and leaves plenty of lace. Nose is fairly strong, malty bread and baking spice, hints of honey. Tasting malty and rich but still fairly attenuated, sweet Belgian yeast esters, bread grain malt, notes of tangerine, has a bit of woody tang and hints of spice. Medium bodied with high carbonation, crisp over creamy with the creamy softness becoming more apparent as the carbonation dissipates.
Jan 26, 2024
Rated: 4.05 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Jan 15, 2024
Rated: 4.6 by Beecham from California

Jan 12, 2024
Rated: 3.13 by SeanP99 from North Carolina

Jan 11, 2024
Rated: 4.26 by dhebert87 from Texas

Jan 08, 2024
Rated: 4.88 by superwho24 from Arkansas

Jan 04, 2024
Rated: 4.19 by alexsergio from New York

Dec 31, 2023
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Rated by orangejuiceclick

1.95/5  rDev -54%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75
Not for me. A little sour for a tripel imo
Dec 24, 2023
Rated: 4.03 by BeerInspector from Delaware

Dec 23, 2023
Rated: 4 by AbeO

Dec 23, 2023
Rated: 4.21 by jak from North Carolina

Dec 23, 2023
Rated: 3.53 by a_pal0 from Italy

Dec 15, 2023
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Rated by Deano_53 from New York

3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Tasty, but not my favorite Tripel
Dec 03, 2023
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Reviewed by ResearchRado from Oklahoma

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bright golden. Sheet lacing. Opaque.

Yum. Banana. Bubblegum.

Bubblegum. Mild clove. Some sweetness but not syrupy.

Medium body. None of the sharp/metallic notes found in some tripels. Not as effervescent as some either. Wow, just reeeaaaallly unobtrusive.

Yes. Easiest tripel ever. So easy going.
Nov 25, 2023