Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Ranked #7
Ranked #2,108
4.24 | pDev: 9.2%
Jun 05, 2022
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 Gemini6:
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4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Gemini6 from Michigan

Mar 27, 2022
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3.94 by Hawkfish from Washington on Jun 05, 2022
3.5 by NorbertB1974 from Germany on May 14, 2022
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4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Fedorable

Citrus and then Belgian malty goodness

Apr 30, 2022
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4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jngls from Germany

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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4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

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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4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by FBarber from Illinois

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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4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Mdog from Minnesota

Appearance: Cloudy gold, tight head.

Smell: Sweetness, clove, yeasty.

Taste: Mild sweetness, then a yeasty mix of cloves, black pepper, and citrus zest.

Overall: Finally revisiting and reviewing St,. Bernardus Tripel. I was big into tripels when I first got into craft beer in the early 2000's. It seemed a logical step up from wheats/wits. This is a classic example of a tripel, and still tastes great.

Mar 26, 2022
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4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jonphisher from New Jersey

A darker dirty straw color, very cloud, big puffy white head with lively carbonation.

A surprising bright and lemon citrus like smell, there is spice hiding behind it and just the slightest bubble gum like banana smell.

The taste surprise too as the notes hiding in the aroma show themselves much more in taste. There is also a graininess to this beer.

Super lively carbonation on the tongue, a semi drying citrus feel on the tongue and a minor grainy like bitterness.

Mar 26, 2022
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4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Beersnake1 from California

Poured at fridge temp. Pours a nice opaque orange with LOTS of head. Nose is orange, wheat, honey, marmalade, vanilla, and a nice floral note. The taste is so smooth. Orange creamsicle, honey, yeast, bread, more marmalade, cereal, and a nice light fruity note. Nicely integrated and such as easy drinking beer. Finish is slightly dry and light. Definitely near the top of my list of tripels.

Mar 18, 2022
4.3 by ElGallo from New Hampshire on Mar 11, 2022
4 by Enomas from Portugal on Mar 01, 2022
4.17 by cbcrunch from Wyoming on Feb 16, 2022
4.07 by Cameron_S from Florida on Feb 13, 2022
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4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by imnodoctorbut from Texas

pours a hazy honeyed amber gold body with cream colored rocky frothy foam head that has high retention and leaves layered sheets of thick suds behind as it settles to a low murky island cap with medium sized halo

aroma is yeasty, wheat sweet, and spice laced. clove and banana and bubblegum galore, batman. white pepper and mellowed fruit; damn-near like smelling an elvis sandwich honestly with a tad bit of creamy nuttiness, bready malt, and melted banana with clove honey

tastes about like an Elvis sandwich. clove honey, loose nutty funkiness tinged bready malt, melted banana fruitiness.

mouthfeel is super high carbonation and lighter-bodied with a slight heft to it. runs pillowed and smooth with a doughy inner layer before finishing bright and semi-dry with a slightly herbal earthy hop laced with serious bubblegum and belgian spiced Elvis sandwich aftertaste

if an Elvis sandwich is or could be your jam, this brew is adjacent. considering so many mom'n'pop coffee shops around here know me to order an elvis themed drink now and then, and I'm decades in to perfecting that sandwich, I may be a bit biased. not too sweet here, finely balanced in fact. the weird nuttiness is a simple nod after dedicated servers to the melted banana and honeyed malt with belgian spices flaring up galore. ugh. might be my favorite Trip

Feb 03, 2022
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4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75
by jimmah120 from Minnesota


Not much clarity, yellow-orange. Smells aigt, tastes better. Lots of bright banana/clove yeast esters, not too sweet either, super easy to drink. Kind of a hit of hard water at the end, not my favorite Belgian but still an undeniable winner

Jan 28, 2022
4.22 by misteil from Ireland on Jan 25, 2022
4.5 by doctorgary from New York on Jan 16, 2022
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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by nelsonracite from New Jersey

Looks golden brown. Smells of yeast and wheat, also a sweet note. Taste of light malt, and sweet notes of fruit? Overall a great beer.

Jan 16, 2022
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5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by ivanbrew

One of my top favorite beers for Friday night light body sparkle and lovely sweet and hoppy finish! Cheers!

Jan 15, 2022
4.06 by rawbraves from Colorado on Jan 04, 2022
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4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by shu from Georgia

Citrus, yeasty, malty pale ale. Very high drinkability

Dec 26, 2021
4 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania on Dec 11, 2021
4.23 by SierraFlight from Virginia on Dec 09, 2021
4.4 by VolatileAgent7744 from Kentucky on Dec 04, 2021
4.69 by irishevans from California on Dec 04, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Tony787 from Canada (ON)

I bought the mixed pack of Belgium beers at the LCBO in Ontario.
Poured a 2finger creamy head into glass .
Almost like a wheat beer smooth and we'll balanced flavors in all these beers from the brewery in Belgium I find it amazing that the alcohol is hidden in most of the beers so smooth.
Overall the Tripel refreshing and enjoyable to drink .
I'm glad I bought this mixed pack I should go back for another pack and save it for the summer time .

Dec 01, 2021
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

Poured into snifter. Opaque pale yellow, persistent white head.

Nose is wheaty, Belgian whit style aroma.

Taste follows. Banana and sweet smooth maltiness.

This is not my favorite style of Belgian ale, but it's very good at what it does. Hits the right notes and drinks well.

Nov 15, 2021
4.35 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Nov 06, 2021
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5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by ATL6245 from Georgia

Appearance: Cloudy, light amber. Thick fluffy white head with great retention.

Aroma: Fruity esters, apple & pear.

Flavor& aftertaste: Yeasty, slightly fruit like. Moderate bitterness. Alcohol bare perceptible.

Mouth-feel: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Dry start to finish.

Overall: Has nice lighter mouth-feel, but still plenty of body to. Typical Belgian yeasty aromas and flavors. Dry start to finish. A classic Belgian Tripel. Dangerously easy to drink for 8% ABV. There is a reason this beer is rated World Class!

Oct 29, 2021
3.5 by mpenske from California on Oct 25, 2021
4.38 by Hophazzard from California on Oct 20, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4
by AndreInNL

Purchased at a German grocer, fridge kept for one month. Poured from a 330ml bottle into a room temperature round Belgian glass, 5C at pour.

Look: Golden orange with slight haze, light foam almost encompassing the top of the beer. The carbonation kept pumping even after a 7-minute rest.

Smell: Typical scent off almost any Belgian beer. Sweet and yeasty, light hint of banana.

Taste: Sweet with a light malt, again banana, but slightly spiced. Hints of darker malt, but not indicated by the color. Medium body with a smooth finish.

Feel: For my taste, overly carbonated as with most Belgian beers. Extremely smooth mouthfeel despite the carbonation. Very large-bubble head reminiscent of soapy water with mild agitation, the agitation added greatly to a more pleasant mouthfeel.

Overall: The beer is incredibly drinkable once it warms more than the recommended drinking temperature and after agitation to release the aggressive carbonation and pleasant aroma of the beer. Bubbles still rising 20 minutes after pour, indicating that your parter may not be pleased to sleep next to you after drinking one of these hefty Belgian brews. I would purchase again, but would definitely let rest much longer and agitate early.

Oct 03, 2021
3.95 by marcrech from Brazil on Sep 25, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by RaulMondesi from California

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
4.31 by Catalinmunteanu from Romania on Aug 05, 2021
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