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St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 1,257 | Ratings: 3,086
Photo of jaredvanderview
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second St. Bernadus beer that I've had the pleasure of drinking. First impressions on the pour - beautiful, golden color and lots of activity from the carbonation, plus a big, thick and creamy head. Based on appearance alone this brew would receive a standing ovation from me. The smell disappoints a little as it is almost completely ether with only little hidden fruit/citrus. It tastes wonderfully malty and crisp with a nice, dry finish I've come to associate with these incredible Abbey brews. Perfectly balanced mouthfeel, creamy and light at the same time. On the way out of your mouth the beer leaves a sense of fruit, maybe even a little caramel, and the wonderful sweetness of the Tripel style beer. Overall, a great beer that is deserving of the title Abbey ale.

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Photo of n2185
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow-orange with three fingers of white head that fades into a thin cap with a little lacing.

S: Some spices up front followed by bubblegum and candy sugar aromas. There is a strong, chalky yeast aroma as well despite the bottle being stored upright for days and the pour carefully decanted.

T: Spices up front again along with candy sugar and bubblegum. Some light fruit flavors like bananas and grapes come through with a sweet, bready finish.

M: Medium-light body with highish carbonation, this beer is nicely attenuated so that it's pretty light and crisp. The yeast presence does detract from it, but only slightly.

O: A good tripel, overall, though I wish the yeast weren't quite so dominant. Still, it's tasty and very drinkable.

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Photo of uberabr
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a variety pack with a cool St. Bernardus goblet and Pater 6, Prior 8, and Abt 12. A good find!

Frothy white head and good lace. Head dies a little too fast. A light, golden blonde amber. Very murky, well carbonated.

Aroma is a malty lemon-peel. A peppery hay or straw.

Tastes yummy. Sour and a little bitter. A citrusy, malty, sweet aftertaste. The alcohol taste is complemented/masked well. Mouthfeel is excellent, full and bubbly. A very nice beer, although I don't quite see what all the fuss is about.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice tripel with a golden colour and a stable head.
Smell was coriander or grains of paradise(?) let's say herbal and some candy sugar notes. Also some maltiness and yeastiness.
Taste was fruity and spicy, so quite complex, after swallowing a bitter and dry aftertaste. some hops and light caramel or what I call amber/victorymalt taste. The hops add a citric note to the beer.
This beer has a nice balance between citric bittterness and the sweet, herbal taste. I think a tripel can be less sweet, which improved drinkability of the beer, but still very drinkable!

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark than most tripels, St.Bx3 is amber with a big, bubbly head. No lace but the bubble bath of a head did leave a lumpy half moon retention.

Lots of yeasty spice at first but that slowly mellows as the beer warms. Burnt, sugary chamomile.

Taste yields more yeasty spice with a palette cleansing dry finish. Pasty herbal lemon drop and butter combats the spice.

Maybe I was expecting too much for such a renowned brewery and one of the holy trinity of tripels (Westmalle, Karmeliet, & St. Bernardus) but the butter and the spice didn't mesh for me and I didn't pick up on any of the sweet orchard fruits that others have mentioned. Still I'd put more than a few (but not many!) tripels above this one.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bit dark with the style with a billowing white head and a bit of lacing. Nice Belgian spice with some fruity aromas. Taste is similar with the addition of some clove. Medium body with good spicing. Drinkability isn't quite as good as many of the stalwarts of the style. Despite a nice taste, it doesn't leave me clamoring for more.

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Photo of tronester
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a medium white head. Smells strongly of pear and alcohol. Taste is light grain up front, a spicy yeast strain in the middle, and a hint of tartness in the finish. Very little appearance of alcohol which is nice, as it can be apparant in many tripels. Mouthfeel is mindbogglingly smooth, low carbonation. Very rich. Good drinkability. This isnt as good as some tripel's I have had, but it is a good beer that I would gladly drink again.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden with monster creamy white head. Smells of belgian spices, some light fruits, and a bit of dry yeast. Taste is light fruits like pears and apples, along with some spiciness and funky dry yeast. Good beer. Enjoyed this more than the Watou version.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Corked & caged 750ml from a great BA (thanks Sean) split into Sam Adams Perfect Pint glasses with a mate.

A: Pale gold, clear until the yeast sediment hits, good carbonation, brilliantly white, soapy head leaves some ok lacing behind.

S: Banana, straw or grain, modest spices, slight medicinal & phenolic notes, soft fruit flesh, faint alcohol, bready, ghostly peppery finish.

T: Follows the nose, dry finish, bready, spices, faint green apples, apricot, faint, alcohol, touch of lemon peel and white wine characteristics.

MF: Medium-light, decent carbonation, drying mouthfeel.

O: Not as impressed by this as I thought I'd be, but its still a good beer, just not great.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 13 05 16 at 50 degrees into goblet
Aroma of coriander
Head average (4 cm), white, creamy, rapidly diminishing to
Lacing poor – occasional island of medium bubbles
Body initially light yellow, clear: as pouring continues sediment from the bottle rises and makes the beer medium yellow and hazy
Flavor is of spice and yeast, with the typical phenolic characteristics of most tripels. No alcohol, no malt, no hops noted.
Palate is light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

An unremarkable tripel which does not stand out from the crowd.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange in color, with a finger-thick white head. Great lace down the glass. Aroma is bready and yeasty, with spicy and grape-like notes. Flavor is very gently spiced and very smoothly balanced. Bits of orange, maybe some banana in the finish. Well-carbonated with a light mouthfeel and a dry finish. Still, this beer seems a bit "heavy" to me. The mouthfeel is perhaps a bit too creamy, and this could stand to be balanced by some additional tartness, or some extra kick in the hop department. Decent, but I couldn't drink several of these in a row.

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Photo of M_chav
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L- pours a light yellow with 2 inch forming head.
S - grass, lemons, pear, smells creamy
T - So this is not at all my favorite style of beer but this is definitely a creamy triple - completely covered alcohol and really smooth. I get banana bread with heavy creamer baked into the little noted yeast. This is not what I would call a classic belgian triple because it's so good!
F - Like mentioned above, this is creamy good, great balance
O - this may have opened my eyes to the style I never thought I could enjoy. a very good beer

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep brown with a small off white head that faded rather quickly. Lots of nice lace down the side of the glass.

S - Smell was very fruity, hints of grain, along with pears, plums, apricots and apples. Sloght hint of alcohol as well in the back.

M & T - First impression was very smooth, not really a biting flazvor though. Nice and mellow for a triple. Lots of fruity tones mixed in with a nice spiceness. Hints of apricots and pears were the most prominent, along with a big alcohol kick.

D - Overall this was a nice triple and good beer. A little big to be an everyday one, but I really did enjoy it and it can occupy a spot in my fridge anytime.


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Photo of Jwaks
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving : 750ml bottle

An impressive display of effervescent carbonations shows through a light honey orange body just below a slowly fading dense frothy cap that leaves abundanct thick sticky lacing on the glass. While head retention is great overall it is not as persitent when compared to other tripels.

Aromas of bitter yeast, solvents, a bit of orange zest, citrus blossoms and tropical fruits come through on a moderately perfumed nose.

Gentle tropical fruit flavors, notably papaya and tangerine, make a modest entrance with hints of yeast and medicinal phenols peaking through on the mid palate toward a smooth slightly fruity and floral finish. This brew leaves a very pleasing mild aftertaste featuring a bit of sweet fruit and earthy yeast. Flavor is very subtle and refined, on the other side of the coin it doesn't make a big impact leaving a bit to be desired.

Very slick and unctuous, this has a medium body and moderately full mouthfeel that allows it to go down with ease.

A great example of a tripel!


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Photo of Kudashov
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the Housemartins " Five Get Over Excited " on the Hi-Fi . I am about to crack into this capped , caged , and corked bottle with the Col. Meril Stubing from the Love Boat on the front . He - the monk on front , reminds me of Brother Rich who was my English teacher at the Franciscan Friar school which will remain nameless . Poured into my Rapscallion snifter the head is large and the golden color is murky . Glowing gold when held to the light . 2 finger head has reduced to a thin head with some lacing . Smells of honey and banana . The mouthfell is pleasant and the carbonation is smooth . This is the 2nd brew from St. Bernardus that I have tried , and just like the ABT 12 worth the time and money .

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Photo of Derek
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle from the LCBO gift pack says it's 8%?

A: Yellow-brown, quite clear. Pours with plenty of head, leaves a little lace.

S: Sweet bready malt, a little citrous and spice.

T: Dominated by warming alcohol. Fruity, sweet bready malt, with a little spice. Sweet, slightly tangy aftertaste. Lots of flavours.

M: Moderate body, moderate to high carbonation.

D: Quite good, though inhibited by the alcohol taste.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a goblet style glass.

The beer pours a yellowish brown/gold color. The head is comprised of a variety of bubble sizes. The actual hat of head dies off quickly, but leaves noticable lacing on the glass.

The smell is a combination of wheat and lemongrass.

Taste is rather complicated to explain. There is a sweet bitter element that is beyond my beer-cabulary to explain mixed in with a sweet, sugary belgain flavor. There is also a light flowery component that makes gives the aftertaste an herbal feel. It is really difficult to seperate the elements on this one. I can only assume the balance is perfect.

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Photo of hefevice
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Lively gold with two fingers of white bubbly head leaving plenty of lace and lasting well. Aromas of orange peel and spice with a sweet malty background and a slight Belgian funk, although a little more muted than expected. Taste was a little medicinal, with a sweet malty start, spicy middle and a very dry peppery finish with a light bitter hop punch right at the end. Alcohol was a little noticeble, but not overwhelming. Palate was creamy and light as it should have been. Competent Tripel.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color with two fingers of fizzy white head.

Scent of sugars, yeast, and some fruit. It's good, but there is something a little off about it.

Taste is sweet with sugars, yeast, and malts. Balanced well with a good strength.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with carbonation keeping it lively.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dull orange color with a decent off-white head that turns into a thicker film and leaves some lacing.

Smell: This tripel has a fairly mild aroma, with some hints of yeast and a bit of fruit (apricot and citrus).

Taste: Generally fruity up front (apricot, pineapple, orange) with yeast flavors coming in later, and finally some bitterness towards the finish. Mild bitterness and yeast in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and generally smooth, though with a bit of graininess. Light, tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Moderate ABV, but slight harshness in the flavor makes it a tad difficult.

Not my favorite tripel, but still an enjoyable one.

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Photo of phils93rul
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice, poured from an 11.2oz bottle...

A: Golden Brown, medium sized bubbles, traces of sediment. No lasting head, small amounts of lace left.

S: Hints of alcohol, fruit, but nothing overpowering

T: Very smooth, warming alcohol on the back end.

M: Great carbonation on this one, it did not take away from the flavor, but was present throughout.

overall, a great beer, would buy this one again.

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Photo of biegaman
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lovely concentrate of orange tones with a squirt of lemon; pour it into a jar and try telling someone it's not marmalade - they won't believe you. With a little brightness behind you'll observe the hundreds of bubbles that vivaciously kick off the bottom each second. As result, the complexion gives air of a snow blizzard. It's been some time now and this carbonation continues to subsist and contribute profusely to the puffy, spotlessly white head.

I can't say for sure but it would seem like this brewery uses the same yeast strain for all their beers. Granted, it's a marvelous culture (see: St. Bernardus Abt 12) but I find it much better suited to darker beers. This has fruits but they don't match the colour of the beer; tripels should conjure to mind summer flowers and orchard fruits but in this I smell raisins, rye bread and stewed prunes. Despite a hint of vanilla, I'm not blown away by esters or phenols.

The taste steers us back on track with a big, hunky body of malt. This may be a delicate Belgian Tripel but it's just about as malty as any English bitter. It has a stiff, crisp toastiness and stale bready graininess but it's coated in the sticky, sweet sugars of boiled malts. It often feels grassy and earthy, like you're chewing on hay. And despite all the malt, it still senses a little light-bodied and a bit short on flavour, or something...

And that 'something' is two things actually: esters and phenols. This is lightly fruity in a very under-ripe sense. I suppose I taste a bit of still green pear or crab apple but there isn't anything remotely citruisy or vivid about the taste. Secondly, there's a huge gap where usually a peppery, zesty spice (often clove-like) adds a spicy, fiery dimension to compliment the alcohol and add texture. This is soft and mild without much fruit and spice to fall back on.

No matter how many times I revisit them, I've never been won over by either St. Bernardus tripels (this or the Watou Tripel). I just haven't tasted the spicy, summery, fruity effervescence that I love about Tripels. This is still a pleasurable thing to drink nonetheless and I wouldn't veer anyone away from trying it. But for me personally, I'll probably stick to Westmalle and Karmeliet for my tripels and leave St. Bernardus to the dubbels and quads.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours gold with a good sized head that dissipates quickly and only leaves spots of lacing. Nose is lighter than expected with lemon, malt, and some yeasty notes. Flavor is a bit more robust with bright acidity, pepper, grain, and more bitterness than expected. Overall, an average tripel from this powerhouse brewery.

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Photo of MrSeth
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a medium size goblet with an earthy gold color and a 4" white head, lots of lace and very good head retention. Lots of bubbly running up the sides of the glass.

Sweet corn, skunk, straw and toasted malt are evident in the nose. Medium bodied and VERY dry mouthfeel. Yeast and alcohol are also pretty forward in the profile. I can appreciate that this isn't another overly sweet Belgian ale. The flavors are almost subdued.. the malt and heavy carbonation do alot of the work here. This is only my second taste of St. Bernardus' ale, and I would definitely like to try more from them.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet glass.

Look - dark golden color, somewhat murky, with about two fingers' worth of fluffy white foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - fairly strong on the barley. The hops are very strongly present. Somewhat phenolic maybe.

Taste and mouthfeel - fairly strong on the barley, and hops are definitely more present, but the bitterness is very slight. Sweet in general. It reminds me a lot of true Bavarian beers. Texture is very well-balanced.

Overall - very tasty brew. It makes me nostalgic about being in Bavaria.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,086 ratings.
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