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

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1,267
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3,125
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
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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!

Cheers!

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

This beer pours a pale gold with a large head. The aroma features many classic notes - clove, nutmeg, banana, lemon juice, french bread, lemongrass, thyme, and anise. The flavor was clove heavy, with banana, bubblegum, thyme, carrot, and green. The savory notes were subtle, but unusual. The mouthfeel was fairly light with lots of foamy carbonation. Overall this is a nice Tripel with a lighter body, and some unusual but very pleasant highlight flavors.

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

tiny creamy bubbles formed a humongous head on this beer. gauzy yellowish tan.

scent is very faint, malts are the primary smell, a little hoppy bitterness.

tasty and sweet, malty and smooth. very clean flavor. A little light citrusy flavor.

very enjoyable and smooth for the 8%. ABV.

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Photo of mariposafan
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just the slightest cloudiness in the bright golden body with a huge creamy head that lasts and laces wonderfully. The aroma is a little subdued and lacks some of the yeastiness that I expected, though what's there represents a world of citrusy fruitiness. A little alcohol in the aroma as well but even that's pretty subdued.

The flavor, on the other hand, is nothing like subdued. Lemony, organgy, a little grassy - it's bold and assertive. There's a little balancing bitterness that lingers a bit too long for my tastes. There's also a bit of a hard-water minerality there that adds an interesting character. Nothing like any other tripel I've tried.

The mouthfeel is pleasant, medium bodied with just a touch too much prickly carbonation.

A nice enough tripel but not quite what I was hoping for. I think the Westmalle/Karmeliet/La Fin du Monde set will still be my preferred purchases.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy blonde color with a nice cap of white head that retains nicely for a whilke but eventually fades to a ring around the glass that leaves some lacing behind.

Smells bready sweet, farmhouse funk, and an underlying tartness.

The taste is excellent, flowers and bread-sweetness, unidentified fruit flavors.

Excellent beer, even more flavor as it warms.

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Photo of GreenThumb
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Tulip glass at the Yardhouse in the Houston City Centre. Arrived with no head.

Appearence was a medium gold color with no head.

I expected a deep fruit smell but found no real smell at all, except for a slightly aroma of alcohol.

The taste was surprisingly rich for such a light colored beer. Flavors of banana and dark fruit were prevalent. There was a buttery / butterscotch after flavor which was exceptional followed by a very slight tinge of alcohol which was well balanced by the deeper flavors of the beer,

Mouth feel was thin but unobjectionable. The light mouth feel compliments the large flavor character of the beer.

This is an easy drinking beer, as most triples are.

I think St. Bernardus could be paired with cheeses for an experimental jaunt into beer-food pairings. Perhaps Manchego or Romano.

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into my St. Bernardus goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, murky orange-brown, with two fingers of white head that just sits there. Subsides slowly and leaves blankets of lacing.

Smell: Sweet. Honey, bananas, and a slight tang. Not as strong smelling as others.

Taste: An initial tangy bite, which fades into an incredibly smooth taste of bananas, honey, and vanilla. Very nicely done, and very enjoyable. Not the most complex-tasting tripel, but one that just tastes good. A mild hint of the alcohol is noticeable. Long lasting, smooth aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, as to be expected, but it almost was too harsh for the smooth taste. Would have liked to see this one toned down a little bit.

Drinkability: A very enjoyable tripel. Probably my favorite St. Bernardus offering. It's not necessarily the one I would go seek out if I was in the mood for a tripel, but one I enjoyed drinking and would have again.

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Photo of Jmoore50
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn impressed with this one!

The appearance is murky gold with a frothy foamy head. One thing I love about Belgians, or the ones I have run into, is that they give off great head. THis one leaves a thick lacing down the sides of the glass as well. Floaters everywhere, bottle conditioning is visible.

The smell is very faint, cloves and lemon grass with Belgian yeasts.

The taste is superb! Some type of clove and lemon grass in the taste. A very nice dryness with light Belgian yeasts. Very drinkable and very tasty. There are hints of other spices, just cannot pinpoint them out. Beautiful blend of dry spice and hints of lemon.

The mouthfeel is a bit over carbonated, but I could drink a few bottles of this! Drinkability is amazingly high, cannot get enough.

Thanks for the extra Nesued!

J

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Photo of BadBadger
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This triple pours a slightly cloudy golden color. The head was minimal. The smell was a mixture of yeast and malts, with hints of fruit and alcohol. The taste was slightly sweet but not much else. The mouthfeel was refreshingly crisp. A descent triple to give a try. But not one I would recommend going out of your way to search out.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/2/08 Updating review:

Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice, it has a hazy apple-cider color. Small white head that dissipated rather quickly. Spotty lacing. Certainly not a typical tripel.

Aroma is sweet, malts, some hay and citrus. Somewhat yeasty.

Taste is sweet, malts, apricots/orange/peach. Some hops come through in the taste. Somewhat tart at the end.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium bodied and smooth.

Overall, a decent tripel, though not typical. It is certainly drinkable. Would go nice with a variety of food. There are certainly better tripels out there, but that shouldn't deter anyone from trying this.

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Photo of bosco7
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 33 cl bottle into oversized wine goblet. Pale amber with some haze. Plenty of head with web like lacing.

Pear, green apple, yeast, coriander, and soap in the nose.

Sweet upfront with some caramel flavors. Other flavors include pear, coriander, soap and yeast. Spicy. Mildly hoppy.

Chewy mouthfeel yet well attenuated. Very interesting.

Good beer. The other beers produced by St. Bernardus (specifically Abt 12 and Prior 8) are far better.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color of a field of wheat. Thick, cannot see through the beer. Aroma is slightly sweet with hints of banana. This rain is ruining my mood for this beer. I am trying to be fair in my review. I have another bottle and will have to re-review it later. Flavor is pretty complex. Picking up some wheat, some breadyniess, and then there is a whole bunch of fruit flavors with a big fat banana as the predominant fruit. Lots of yeast. A very bubbly beer. Almost sletzer like until I let it sit for a few. Full body with an almost creamy feel to the finish. Goes down smooth enough--but like I said this weather is not for this beer.

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Photo of ENogueira
3.85/5  rDev -9%

11.2 oz bottle dated 6/2/17. Poured in St. Bernardus chalice. Golden color, with medium head that doesn't last very long. Smells very pleasant; sweet fruits and spices. The taste is great, even though mild alcoholic hints are evident. Citrus flavor, with other fruit notes. Carbonation is on the high side. Overall, very good.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle from Magnolia Foods in Lynchburg. $4 for a single.

Appearance: Opened at refrigerator temp and it was a minor gusher-- had my glass ready though, and didnt lose a drop. The gusher head was huge, but susided into normalcy leaving a smooth creamy white head for the remainder of the glass (excellent retention). Sheets of semi-sticky lace. The color is a just slightly hazy yellow-orange.

Smell: Very sweet, very fruity. Peaches, pears, and a few grapes thrown in. Banana too. Clove and yeast. Just a great smelling tripel.

Taste: I'm struck by how spicy and peppery this is. The bready yeast qualities are pretty dominant too. Much, much less fruity than the smell would suggest. Not at all bad, very good actually, but I wanted more from St B, particularly after smelling this thing. It finishes a little bitter, with some sharp ethanol flavor.

Mouthfeel: It feels like a trippel. Bubbly and sticky coating in the mouth. Could be bigger feeling.

Drinkability: Smellability is very high, but I really dont think I'll be going back for this again. Its a good beer, but not the best. Not cheap either. Maybe I was too harsh. I had high expectations I guess.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,125 ratings.
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