St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium
sintbernardus.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,135
Reviews:
1,269
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
Wants:
252
Gots:
473
For Trade:
4
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Photo of juju7
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally got around to one of these. Worth the wait. Sexy looking bugger - massive, evenly spread head and very smart lacing. The tripel to end all tripels. Great nose of banana, orange rind, nutmeg and yeasty goodness. Mouthfeel is full and luscious. On the palate the phenols come out to play along with the hops. Toffee brittle comes to mind. The bitter sweet finish is simply boneriffic. Primo.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
4.4/5  rDev +4%

Photo of Dogpiss
4.4/5  rDev +4%

Photo of Miket13
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy apple cider color, a heavy white head that settles relatively slowly, leaving some very thick lacing on the glass. Aroma is very fruity sweet, hints of raisins and apricots. Taste is somewhat sweet as well, with hints of apple, and a somewhat oakey flavor. Bits of yeast flavor as well. Mouthfeel is very smooth, creamy. Just the right amount of aftertaste.

I really enjoyed this beer. It doesnt appear to be as "spicy" as other belgians i've tried. Very nice. I think the more I try, the more i want to try. I'm becoming more of a fan of belgians with every one I try.

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Photo of Corburk
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Grayson
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Novice tongue weighing in.

A: Pours a light, pale yellow with some fluffy head.
S: Powerful fruit, some bready notes with a little clove at the end.
T: Still sticks to fruit - most notably apricot, banana, raisin, finishing with a little clove, I believe.
MF: Not at all offensive - Creamy, mostly. Doesn't linger for too long.
O: A sure favorite when looking for fruity - I will definitely come back to this.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hornet2003
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Jasper Liquors, 08/07

Appearance: Gold. I'd truly describe this beer as gold coloured. A little cloudy with sediment and a 1 one finger on the pour that decreases to a slight bubbling top afterwards.
Smell: Banana and apple. Black pepercorn as well as sourdough bread.
Taste: Sweet and much like the aromatic end of the beer. Light frutiness and spicy. The alcohol lends a sweetness which contrasts starkly with the yeast sourness.
Mouthfeel: Low-moderate carbonation. The carbnation s such that the flavours are presented where they should be...Sweetness at the front and bitterness at the back.
Drinkabiltiy: This is a doosie beer. 8% is too much to drink a few of, but the alcohol flavours are so subdued that they could go down quite easily.

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Photo of Alastair1993
4.4/5  rDev +4%

Photo of BierJager89
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Translucent golden straw color with a white foamy head.

S: Some orange undertones with cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg in the nose.

T: Lots of orange with a nice compliment of cardamom and nutmeg.

M: Smooth for a tripel and medium-light, bodied. Almost foamy.

O: Not their best beer, but certainly not their worst, and an excellent example of the style. Very tasty.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with three fingers of dense white head. The head recedes slowly and the lacing is incredible.

S: Musty chamomile yeastiness starts out with orange zest and peach. The beer is very nicely balanced, yet on the dry side. Extremely complex.

T: Similar to the aroma - I get a nice spiciness with some sweet peach and orange zest. Fairly dry and very nice.

M: On the thin side with strong, yet creamy carbonation. A touch soapy.

O: A great Tripel. A touch of fruity sweetness with a complex spice to balance. Fairly dry throughout. No alcohol flavor whatsoever.

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Photo of Duhey2
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a 750 ml bottle today to try something different. Until reading the reviews here, I didn't realize what a gem I had.


The initial taste was very sweet and to my virgin palate, was very rich....like crepes suzette (orange and lemon rind, butter, and sugar). The head was rich and about two fingers worth from the top of my glass.


Since I'm a hefe drinker, dare I admit I dropped a slice of lemon in the glass to cut the sweetness?

Overall, an excellent beer and definitely one to sip on....like a nice wine.

Price paid...$7 and change.

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Photo of dblinkhorn
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured the 11.2 oz glass bottle into a glass tulip-shaped goblet (11.5 oz). Date on back 09-07-07.

Appearance - Amberish straw coloration. A very large immediate head (about three fingers) that dissipated quickly to a lasting fine layer, velvety head. Lacing all the way down the glass. Contains a cloud of "floaties" and the beer itself is quite hazy.

Smell - Sweet, with a strong prescence of fig and raisin, right off the bat. The end has a background chocolate and coffee malt scent. The alochol aroma is almost non-existent.

Taste - Again, very sweet. The figs and raisins I smelled are not nearly as predominant in the taste. The taste is much sweeter than the smell, with a slight alcohol burn following through to the finish. The flavor is very complex, yet I have difficulty explaining it well. Extremely satisfying, though. Indeed, an exquisite flavor.

Mouthfeel - Almost perfect! This beer has absolutely the most perfect amount of carbonation I have ever felt in my mouth. The mouthfeel is just PERFECT!

Drinkability - For what this beer is, the drinkability is superb. It is smooth, not overpowering in the least, very flavorful, complex. The mouthfeel is sublime. Excellent.

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Photo of Kingcurio
4.4/5  rDev +4%

Photo of Mar02x
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a light brown cloudy color with a large, persistent head. The lacing is thick and lasting. The smell is heavy and has an intense malt flavor. The taste is intensely malty and sweet….well balanced. The mouthfeel is heavy and slightly chewy. This beer is awesome – drinkability is, well…..drink this!

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Photo of brywhite
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OneTuffPony
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Spineypanda
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color and has a good lasting head.
My first thought on the smell is that it smells like champagne, a nice fruity hint and after it warms a bit the Belgian yeasts and malts come through a bit more.
A great flavor! Has the tastes of the alcohol and the basic flavor of a tripel but it has such a refined taste.

I love this and will buy it again!

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Photo of ChuckS
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of moshiric
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- slightly cloudy gold. Thick white head with a good amount of lacing.

S- The nose is very fruity. A lot of strawberries. The smell is very enticing.

T- strawberries at first then moves into some bread/ yeast.

M- a decent amount of carbonation. General taste, not one specific flavor stays on the palate.

O- this is one of my new favorite triples. A bit more drinkable than westamalle's, but equally delicious.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

St. Bernardus Tripel Belgian Abbey Ale, 8% alcohol. 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a St. Feuillien goblet.

A- Pours a beautiful ripe orange colored fluid with an evenly hazed glow in sunlight. Tight bubbles make of a nice frothy head that leaves a mildly rounded lacing on the glass.

S- Fresh citrus fruits come to mind oranges, tangerines, and lemon. Sweet candied sugar and alcohol esters fume in the back of the nose.

T-M- Like the smell the taste does nothing but prove the excellence of this Tripel. Flavors include overripe fruits of citrus nature, musty malts, alcohol esters and tangy Begian yeast. Mouthfeel is chewy with a lingering yeasty thickness that allows the flavors to dance and roll over the tounge. Creamy finish with nothing but excellence from beginning to end.

D- I love this beer! I could drink this one every day if my cash flow allowed. Great complexities, smoooth and an alcohol content that would keep you grounded. Cheers!

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Photo of drumline
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bomber poured into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance - Pours a hazy gold, with a thick creamy white head, and incredible lacing.

Smell - Very fruity nose. Hints of apples, pears, and a slight bubblegummy sweetness and peppery spice.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Fruity malt tastes up front that mirror the nose, with a spicey and dry hoppy finish. Yeasty/bready flavors throughout. Mouthfeel is excellent, with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Very pleasant to drink; the ABV is hidden really well. At the end of every sip, you're left wanting more and more. Dangerously drinkable.

Definitely one of the best Belgian tripels I've ever had.

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,135 ratings.
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