Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Ranked #7
Ranked #2,140
4.24 | pDev: 9.2%
May 19, 2023
Jan 07, 2001
Notes: 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 Enomas:
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Rated by Enomas from Portugal

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 01, 2022
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Rated: 4.46 by not2quick from Missouri

May 19, 2023
Rated: 4.16 by MrJones07 from Spain

Apr 16, 2023
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Reviewed by MrOH from Malta

4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Golden with big white, mousse-like head, excellent retention, thick bands of lace
Honey, green bananas, slight spice aroma
Honeyish malt, green bananas, pepper, clove, underripe apricot
Medium bodied, highly carbonated, clean
Damn good tripel
Apr 16, 2023
Rated: 3.5 by myterpsr1 from Maryland

Apr 10, 2023
Rated: 4.3 by cabsandking from Ohio

Apr 10, 2023
Rated: 4.4 by TheYeasticandoo from Massachusetts

Mar 21, 2023
Rated: 4.37 by lackard-b from Tennessee

Mar 19, 2023
Rated: 4 by Noelito76 from New York

Mar 18, 2023
Rated: 3.98 by LA2ED7

Feb 22, 2023
Rated: 4.41 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Feb 17, 2023
Rated: 3.96 by bottmfeedr from Texas

Feb 12, 2023
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Reviewed by Hayesbro from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Light hazy gold with a nice head. Wheaty aroma and taste, maybe a bit of banana, I don't get the clove and spice that people pick up on. Still very good, fairly sweet with low bitterness. Thick and tasty mouthfeel.
Feb 04, 2023
Rated: 4.29 by drstalker from Illinois

Jan 13, 2023
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
poured from a 330mL bottle into a st. bernardus watou stemmed bulb glass. pours a foggy orange with a fluffy white foam cap of almost two fingers. big citrus on the nose as well as a musty ceramic or porcelain or something like that. either way i dig it. taste follows but is a little spicy and clove forward as it warms. thick, full mouthfeel that finishes extremely smooths. hidden abv for sure. very easy drinking for 8% and damn flavorful. love the aromas and most of the flavors.
Jan 07, 2023
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Reviewed by hopsputin from New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
a: slightly murky dark burnt orange color. a hint of yellow towards the bottom of the glass. pours a 2 finger frothy off-white head

s: banana, clove, coriander, and big fruity esthery yeast notes upfront. grass and a hint of barnyard funk. nice earthy sweetness and some sharp Belgian spices again. crusty bread, pear, and green apple. great aroma

t: band aid funk and pears right away. green apple skin and a bready dough follow that. slight alcohol tinge and huge hits of coriander and cardamom add a spicy sharpness to this. pepper and very mild banana close this out with more of that bready backbone

m: full mouthfeel with moderately strong carbonation

o: pretty solid Tripel. i think the appearance could use a touch more vibrance, but every other aspect of this beer leads it to be above-average
Jan 02, 2023
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Rated by DavyJonesXXX from Texas

3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I like their dubbel more.
Nov 20, 2022
Rated: 4 by KT3418 from Colorado

Nov 12, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by rare_bird from Michigan

Nov 09, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by te99912_123 from Switzerland

Oct 27, 2022
Rated: 4.43 by Beer_Goblin from New York

Oct 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Beers-es from Virginia

4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From a bottle, pours a very slightly hazy gold. Huge head of dense white foam leaves thick lacing. Smell and taste feature the requisite clove and light banana, along with some barnyard funk. Slightly sweet, with no hint of booze. Very little bitterness. Fine Belgian.
Oct 20, 2022
Rated: 4 by howardnss from Pennsylvania

Oct 10, 2022
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Reviewed by lukymann from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Enjoyed on tap at Dulle Griet in Ghent.

Superb Belgian tripel. Classic banana, clove and spice notes. We’ll balanced with a pleasant sweetness. Eminently drinkable. Highly recommended.
Oct 05, 2022
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Slightly aged from a mix six pack.
Pours a hazy golden orange with finger of foamy white head.
Aroma slightly yeasty, bready malts, a bit fruity - green apple, banana, spice.
Malty and bready sweetness on the palate with Belgian yeast, banana, spices - limited bitterness.
Brightly carbonated, smooth and a bit sweet - medium mouthfeel - surprisingly light for 8%.
Stands the test as a legend.
Sep 13, 2022
Rated: 4.05 by One90proof from Alabama

Aug 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Legendary_Geko from Florida

4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Look: Straw color, I suck at pouring beers so i'm just rating off color

Smell: Smells alright, not amazing but not bad either.

Taste: This is where it shines, this beer tastes almost perfect to me, it's not bitter at all, it's very sweet, I am very surprised.

Feel: Super smooth, not chewy at all, almost water like which I like.

Overall: This is an amazing beer, I highly recommend this to anyone. I've never had another beer of this style but I feel like it would be hard to top.
Aug 21, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 75cL bottle best by July 20th 2023

On the pour into my belgian glass, a very nice billowy white 1.5 finger head that actually grows over the rim of the glass over time instead of dissipating until you start drinking. The body is a light gold with a very thick yeasty haze. Some decent lacing.

Aroma carries a very big dose of belgian pale ale yeast character with some light and tart barnyard notes. A light biscuity malt character is hiding behind all the yeast. Not a very hoppy beer.

Taste is very similar to the aroma but the malt shines through extremely nicely. Light malts and some bright fruity and spicy yeast notes. Not very bitter bit there is some bitterness present, but the yeast character balances the malts very nicely.

Feel is big and soft, but drinkable despite the big abv. This beer is pretty dangerously drinkable and smooth. Some warming in the chest from the alcohol but the brightness of it makes this almost refreshing. A nice sunny beer.

Overall this is a very nice tripel, and insanely drinkable for the style, but still carries true to style belgian yeast notes. Quite delicious and even with the big beer, beer beginners seem to enjoy this one as well.
Aug 21, 2022
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Sampling a corked and caged 750 ml bottle poured into my chalice. Cage is date stamped best before 4-03-23.
Bottle is at cellar temp and has been in my cellar for a few months.
the beer pours a bright clear golden color with many very active streams of carbonation rising to the surface. A frothy bleached white head of 1 cm foams up on the pour but is a large island that slowly rotates on the surface in my glass.
Aroma is some cloves, green apple, pears, some banana, Belgian yeast bready notes, and hints of a general spiciness. Not really boozy anywhere on the aroma and no hop profile.
First sip reveals a light to medium body with very fine and prickly carbonation. Texture is smooth to a little thinner, not as sticky as I thought it may be.
Flavor is similar to what the nose advertises, with some light fruits: green apple and pear, hints of banana and clove and some general Belgian yeast doughy notes. I dont get any hops. There is some black peppery spiciness that comes through on the finish.
Overall this is a complex Tripel with a nice mix of flavors that all work well together. Glad to have tried this one, enjoying it quite a bit.
Aug 21, 2022
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
11.2 ounce bottle, poured at 50° into a Weihenstephaner Braupakt chalice - on St. Bernardus Day 2022. “Best by 05/02/24” on the bottle’s label.

Blonde, golden haze, rich foamy head, great lacing. But I had to ding the rating becuz the lace disappeared half way through the experience.
Belgian Ale = Belgian Lace, right?
Smell is sweet and flowery, little bit of spicey corriander, bread, familiar Belgian yeast.
Taste is smooth; fruit, earthy field flowers, slight bitter bite blends well with the sweetness.
Feel is silky, medium carbonation, creamy. Drinks bigger than its 8% ABV, but flattened out toward the end.
Overall, damn nice Tripel that falls short of Trappiste Rochefort’s Tripel, in comparison.
Aug 20, 2022
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Rated by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A great example of the style.
An easy drinking Tripel.
Aug 13, 2022
Rated: 4 by bacher468 from Pennsylvania

Jul 30, 2022
Rated: 3.94 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 05, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by NorbertB1974 from Germany

May 14, 2022
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Rated by Fedorable

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Citrus and then Belgian malty goodness
Apr 30, 2022
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Reviewed by jngls from Germany

4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
BBE 6/11/23. 33cl bottle to wine glass.

Look: Pours a slightly opaque golden orange with a pillowy, long-lasting head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Some floaters visible.

Smell: Sweet, malty and grassy. Banana and green apple. A bit citrusy.

Taste: Notes of banana, green apple and almond. Malty and sweet. Minimal bitterness.

Feel: Crisp and smooth. Fresh with a medium carbonation.

Overall: Doesn't stick out as much as the Abt 12, but it's still a very good beer. Typical Belgian tripel. Highly drinkable and less alcoholic than many other examples of the style.
Apr 20, 2022
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Reviewed by HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
I'm writing a new review of this because I don't think my August 2020 one did it justice.

The appearance is quite hazy but translucent burnt orange, with a soapy white head that condenses down into a small white head with good retention.

The aroma is tart orange peel, orange candy, and hay. Sour, sweet, and citrusy!

Flavors upfront and throughout are heavily orange/citrus-dominant. There's a prevalent barnyard funk and tart sourness that puts this akinly toward lambics. Banana, bubblegum, and doughy malt make are the undercurrent here but they are subtle. Finishes out dry with notes of hay. The tartness lingers.

Fluffy carbonation and pillowy mouthfeel. Feels ample upfront but nothing really lingers; it's clean and dry with effortless drinkability.

A fantastic and unique take on the tripel that moves it more in line with the lambic. Excellent.
Apr 04, 2022
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a cloudy, but not completely opaque ange color. Two to three finger sudsy white head forms on the beer. The head settles in and dissipates somewhat, but never fully disappears. A half inch layer of velvety foam remains on the beer and shows excellent retention. Aroma has notes of malt, clove, pepper, spice and some belgian yeast notes. It is not really fruity at all on the nose leaning on the malt and spice notes.

Taste follows the nose with notes of malt, belgian yeast, clove, with subtle notes of apple and banana. Much like the nose, it leans heavily on the spiced notes. There is a certain alcohol warmth to the beer that is more felt than tasted. Feel is light to medium bodied. Smooth and bright. Heavily carbonated.

Overall this is a very nice tripel - I like that it leans more into the spiced notes which seems somewhat unique based on the ones I have had this weekend.
Mar 28, 2022
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