St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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#868
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1,293
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3,216
pDev:
9.2%
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Photo of goatgoat
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by: 4/3/11. 11.2 oz

Pours a hazy orange yellow. The bottle was at rest and decanted (at least 2oz left in bottle) but there is still a lot of clumping suspended yeast. A gentle pour produces a weak frothy white head. That doesn't stick around long, with a few strings of lace.

Aroma is very bready, due in part to the suspended yeast I'm sure. Bananas, a nice clove and spice with a bit of alcohol.

The taste has a lot going on. Coating syrup, orchard fruits, musty bread, heavy clove, a nice bitterness... and it goes on, far beyond my capability to specify.

Medium body, smooth feel and a dry finish.

A little disappointed in the appearance after all the great things I've heard about St. Bernardus. Still this is an excellent brew. Challenging to define, yet very pleasant in the moment.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this once before and decided to revist since it was close to a year ago. I enjoyed this from a 750 chilled in a tulip

The color is golden apricot with translucent clarity and 2 finger fluffy cap w/ compact beading and visible carbonation with good retention and lacing. The smell is light with floral esters and mild hops which are more herbal with light clove scent augmenting with some honeydew fruit and mild malt notes which are slightly nutty in the nose.

The taste is dry with some mild yeast accompaniment and both spice and light fruit essence are noticeable in the taste with a mild creaminess from the malt and semi-high carbonation leaves a mild mineral taste w/ mild herbal hops which are experienced as the ale finishes with dryness on the palate and low alcohol impact on the taste in general. Overall I was very pleased with this as it develops increasing in temperature the spice character and hops seem to emerge with a a very flavorful quality and well rounded taste in general with strength matching the feel. This is what I consider a total package beer-wonderful and a high value as well, highly recommended

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rickyleepotts
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Last night we went to a beer class at Total Wine & More in Scottsdale. The class was sold out, and they were pouring Belgian beers. I am talking GOOD Belgian beers. We did a few American beers, but all were Belgian style. We did a dubbel, a tripel, a sour, a wit… we covered it all. We even did a quad. We did the St. Bernardus Abt 12, which is one of the best beers in the world and uses the same recipe as the Westvleteren. I have actually tried the Abt 12 next to the Westvleteren, and the Abt 12 is a better beer. But it was fun drinking all these Belgian beers, and trying some styles that I hadn't had in a while. My favorite was the bonus beer, an IPA. They always do a prelude to the next beer class, and the next beer class is on styles. We did the Ballast Point Sculpin IPA. If you haven't had this, and like hops, get some. It's amazing!

Today we are doing another St. Bernardus beer. The tripel has been sitting in the fridge and is just begging to be consumed. I also didn't want to do a bomber as we are going out tonight to continue celebrating Arizona Beer Week. We are headed to Chandler for some Black Note. The keg that was to be at the strong beer festival is being tapped tonight, and we have to try it again. We had it last year at the Beer Sellar, and I think about it all the time! Sadly, the Beer Sellar has closed. Not sure what happened, but we shared many great pints in that bar.

Let's pop the bottle on the St. Bernardus Tripel.

In the Glass: Not sure why, but this beer has a MASSIVE head. That's not a bad thing, because I usually take a few minutes to begin drinking the beer. The beer is also a nice gold color in the glass. It looks clean, healthy, and delicious! I didn't realize, until last night's beer class, that a lot of the breweries in Belgium own the rights to yeast strains. So the yeast being used in this beer won't be found in any other beers.

Nose: At first, I had some citrus flavors but then the yeast really takes over. It smells like straw. Wet straw, really. I haven't had a lot of tripels, but this one is highly rated on BeerAdvocate. The bros give it a 97… which is pretty high. But this is a brewery that makes good beers on a consistent basis. I am sure the flavor will top the aroma on this one.

Flavor: This is a little too cold, but the beer still produces some very nice flavors. At first, the bubbles attack the palate but they mellow out toward the back of the tongue. Then, as you swallow, sweetness kicks in and the finish is long, satisfying, and drying. I really like how Belgian beers just taste better overall compared to American beers. The mouthfeel is thicker, the flavor is more pronounced, and the aftertaste usually lasts longer and is full of flavor. This is no exception.

Mouthfeel: At first, there are a ton of bubbles on the front of the tongue. Those quickly leave the mouthfeel leaving a very full bodied and balanced finish. The swallow is where the majority of the flavor comes from, and every time I swallow the flavor is as powerful as it was when I first swallowed the beer. (I just burped, but it wasn't beer… it was lunch. Moving on!) This is a smaller bottle, not quite 12 ounces. I don't have much left, so I am going to leave what is left and see what the room does to it. I am sure this will open up as it sits there.

Aftertaste: Sweetness creeps in toward the finish, and it hangs on for a few minutes. Then dryness, the more you swallow, really takes over. I like this beer by itself, but I am sure this would pair well with food. Not sure what foods, but this is definitely a food beer. I bet this would taste amazing at the brewery in Belgium. Beers usually taste better served in their glassware in the country it was brewed! Guess we need to go back to Belgium.

This is another great example from St. Bernardus, and beers like this will leave me ordering a triel the next time we go out. (Speaking of that, I had a dry hopped tripel last night. It was from New Belgium and was served on cask. It was at Flanny's, a bar that I hate. Last night we had an equally horrible experience as we did the first time we went. Good thing the beer was delicious! I also had a smoked IPA on cask. Yummy!)

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Photo of Stinger80OH
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dpodratsky3
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into tulip glass

A: Hazy, golden/light-orange, head recedes quickly to just barely covering around the edges

S: Pretty typical tripel aroma, phenolic with a noticeable sting of alcohol, hints of white fruit as well give it a slightly tart edge, very pleasant

T: Wow, take every aspect from the aroma, starts with some slight alcohol burn and phenolic flavors, but the alcohol doesn't have the edge that I thought it would, instead of lingering and burning, it transitions to a slight sweetness thats a combination of apple and very very light caramel malt, perfect combination and so smooth for a strong, yeasty beer

M: Not dry, carbonation stings, body is medium but the carbonation brings it down and allows you to drink it like a lighter beer

O: This beer looks good, smells better, and tastes amazing. The further you go into experiencing this beer the better it gets. One of the best examples of the style and so easily available.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A two finger billowy head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a hazy pale yellow orange color with some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, spicy, powdery yeast, esters, apples, pears, pilsner, and pale malts. Some warm alcohol in there too.

Taste: You take everything above and blend it into one delicious sip. So tasty and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, deceiving warm alcohol, a little chewy, a little dry, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: It's been sometime, but still an original and favorite of mine. I'll see you again in the future.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very clear, golden appearance. Towering white foam - three fingers thick, holds amazingly well. The carbonation is very bubbly throughout. Looks delicious. Bready, yeasty, banana notes in the aroma, lightly spicy.

Rich doughy malt flavors with nice fruitiness. Light citrus/lemony character with subtle, sweet alcohols. Almost candy sweet, but not overly so. Everything is in perfect balance. Finish has a mild bitterness which rounds things out nicely. The mouthfeel is very silky smooth, with soft, but foamy carbonation.

This Tripel has excellent complexity and balance, and is incredibly drinkable. One of the best of its class. Highly Recommended...

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Photo of r0nyn
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my DFH snifter.

Pours a hazy, orangeish yellow with a big fat white head that recedes slowly. Leaves quite a bit of sticky lacing that coats the inside of the glass. Bits of yeast gunk can be seen floating around, as well as some bubbly carbonation rising up to the top. Smell is full of yeast and fruity esters, with quite a bit of citrus rind and phenols. Some tartness, but not quite sour. After a few deep sniffs, the alcohol can just barely be detected along with some faint bubblegum sweetness.

Yeasty malts greet the palate to start and permeate the entire sip. Notes of banana, cloves and citrus fruits follow, providing a unique contrast to the initial maltiness. There's the bubblegum snap from the nose, followed by a definite breadiness that lingers into the aftertaste. Bitterness is extremely subdued and the hops are almost non-extant. Alcohol is masked very well, though it does peek through as the brew warms. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with minimal carbonation and a chewy texture from the yeast and breadiness. Finish is suitably dry, leaving you wanting more of it.

Drinkability is amazing with this brew. The breadiness coupled with the sweet fruit flavorings and pleasantly chewy mouthfeel make this tripel incredibly easy to quaff. It tastes almost like a slightly boozier version of a hefeweizen, which is one of my all-time favorite styles of beer. St Bernardus really has a dandy of a drink in this. It has done what I thought impossible and knocked off the venerable La Fin du Monde as my favorite tripel. Cheers to those merry monks who really know how to brew!

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Photo of mattfancett
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of petemorris
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent beer that, true to Belgian (and especially tripel) style, is sneaky in both the complexity of its flavor and the strength of its punch. Creamy and full-bodied, but dry, effervescent, and even refreshing in its finish. A bit underwhelming in its first impression, but then transforms almost magically on the palate into a parade of well-balanced flavors--the usual cast of yeast- and malt- derived fruits and spices with just the right amount of tartness and bitterness to balance it out.

I was surprised on pouring the beer by how tame (and disappointing at first) were both its initial aroma and head. The first estery/phenolic whiff of fruits and spices was plesant but subtle and short-lived. Rather than a thick rocky head, the beer produced large bubbles that supported only a thin layer. But its effervescence never died down, and that thin head proved to be long lasting and left behind a modest collection of Belgian lace. The first wave of flavor is likewise a bit underwhelming, if only because the tart (not astringent) tingling of carbonation dominates. But as the bubbles settle down in the mouth, they leave behind wave after wave of harmonious flavors--none of which are unfamiliar in a Belgian but nor does any single note dominate.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Oversized glass. Reenjoyed on jun´12 –sometimes I like to come to my early stage beers- Gold color, slightly foggy appearance. Thick, firm, lasting, small bubbled crown. Creamy texture. Yeasty, caramel malt, sugar & candy aromas, hints of ripe orange & apricot , spiced hues too. Gentle no cloying sweet-bitter upfront. Smooth creamy, fruity mouthfeel. Toffee notes. Spicy & kind warming feeling in the middle. Medium & flavorful body, moderate carbonation. Smooth spiced finish. Sweet ripe fruit & sweet malty character are shown on the aftertaste. Very well balanced beer. Very pleasant drinkability even in a hot day. Wow!!!

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Photo of blastoderm55
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of soupyman10
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a 25 oz. bottle of this for $12; busting it out for the special occasion of leaving the country for two years. Pours a light yellow-orange color, crystal clear, with two fingers of frothy white head on top. Leaves great lacing as it drains. Surprisingly clear, although the later pours were a little foggier. Nose is tons of spice, bread, cotton candy, light lemon as well. Mostly sweet, spicy malt. Great nose. Flavor is great as well, and improves drastically as the beer warms. Refreshing citrus. Not even a hint of alcohol. Tons of lemon, with some breadiness. Candy sweetness. Carbonation is good and bubbly, spicy and refreshing - it might actually hide a touch of the flavor, although it eases as it warms. Really liked this one, although I must recommend letting it warm up A LOT. A very tasty tripel.

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Photo of MAD
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of anthony-martinez
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of juju7
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
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 +3.8%

Photo of Dogpiss
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of Miket13
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
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 +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Grayson
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
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 +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hornet2003
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
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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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 3,216 ratings