St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel
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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
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 +3.8%
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 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 a nice wine.

Price paid...$7 and change.

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

Photo of Mar02x
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
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 +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OneTuffPony
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Spineypanda
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
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 +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of moshiric
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Appearance; Reminded me of mid-fall foliage in New England. Oranges, reds, yellows. Yeast very prevalent after pour.

Smell: Immediate hit with sweat apples (apple pie) and sweat corn.

Taste: Fantastic. This beer brings it. Very candied, crisp like the dessert topping.

Mouthfeel and drinkabilty: Could be one of the better singular beers I have ever had.

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Photo of vanrassel
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured into my Chimay goblet golden with a mushrooming head, looking not unlike the beer held by the smiling monk on the bottle. Here's to truth in advertising!

The aroma is sweetly malty, with yeast, vanilla and spicy coriander chiming in. The taste is an amazingly balanced combination of sugar and spice: a slightly carmelized brown sugar flavour, biscuity malt, clove spiciness and faint bitterness from hops. A smooth-drinking, full bodied beer that is dangerously drinkable for such a strong brew. Easily one of my favourites.

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Photo of JohnL9013
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an average head with a deep, cloudy, golden appearance, indeed, cloudier than I expected.

S: The smell is light, but fresh. Slight hop essense along with detectable fruit of some sort.

T: This is my first tripel and I can't believe how good this tastes. Firstly, the freshness is exceptional. Whatever bottle conditioning they're doing is working wonders. The taste is just very, very complex. It's not over the top, but it's just totally, totally balanced between fruit (berry) flavors, malt flavors, and hop flavors. I've never had a more flatline beer in my life where literally nothing pops out but there's so much going on. Very enjoyable.

M: Exceptional. Low carbonation, very smooth, very pleasant to taste.

D: Extremely drinkable but it is a high %age of alcohol, so please beware and don't try to drink more than one!

I'm new to this style, but I liked this a lot!

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Photo of Optimat0r
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

you cant go wrong with a stbernardus. this one pours a light caramel color, dried fruits aroma with a great mix of brightness. taste is excellent, a perfect example of the style, somewhat heavy bodied but light enough on the delivery, sweet fruit flavors and a hint of malts. drinkability exceptional; mouthfeel and taste is very good, despite abv could drink for long periods

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a great looking cloudy yellow/gold colour with an absolutely massive head that, while dying down rather quickly, still remains rather foamy throughout and leaves a mildly impressive sticky trail behind. smells of bread, spice, grain, a bit of fruit, earth and clay. picked up something of a tart smell as well. nice. this brew is medium bodied and just full of flavour, starting sweet, going to a bit of a bitter/dry earth flavour followed by some spiciness and a dry fruity finish, along with a slight alcohol warmth. this is one drinkable brew. a great tripel that i can't wait to try again. nice and refreshing yet bold and complex.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle, best before 08 Mar 10. Had this bottle for some time, my wife and I are staying at the brewery in two weeks time, so I've decided to open the one remaining St Bernardus I own before we travel. Very suprised to see I've never reviewed the tripel before.

Poured carefully into a Westmalle Chaice; no sediment in the pour, so a clear old gold body sits in my glass, on top a solid foam blanket of bubbles. Bubbles rise through the beer, it looks inviting. The head has the power, strenght and condition to stay complete throughout the tasting, very rare, even on the best tripels. The sediment was poured into a small wine tasting glass, it was taken after the review.

Dough aromas, with yeast, but this isn't any sort of bread in my hand. The sediment had a more vinegarous and potent smell.

A deep warm glow desends down your body as you sip the beer, this is good stuff. It feels a lot heavier than the 8%ABV it admits too, some real body in this master of tripels.

I am very lucky (various reasons) and have had many Belgian tripels, both on tap and bottled, this is without doubt one of the best.

I mentioned in the review I would be staying at the brewery, well the first beer I had from the fridge in the Brouwershuys was a Triple and it was poured for me by no less than Hans Depypere, the owner of the brewery. The fridge is free to use if you are staying at the lovely appointed and furnished B&B.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear copper tinged amber color. The head is fluffy and delicate with amazing staying power. It leaves some frothy lace on the chalice as I sip.

The aroma is dominated by the Belgian yeast used. It has some spice with a slight tart funk to it. There is a wonderful sweet fruitiness that runs the gamut from pineapple and lemon to pear. I also am detecting a hint of alcohol.

The flavor is very similar to the nose. The yeast is still a major player, but not quite as dominant as in the aroma. The pale malts are wonderfully fruity with plenty of light sweet cherry, peach, pear, lemon and honey like character. This beer has a decent amount of dryness to it as well, and has incredible balanced. I started out thinking it tasted pretty good, and as I approach the end of the glass I am thinking this is DAMN good.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter end of medium with a nice amount of carbonation. It feels smooth and lively at the same time and finishes with a bit of a wash between sweet and dry that leaves a lingering spicy sweet and tart flavor on the tongue.

This is a super drinkable tripel that is not at all what I was expecting. Not nearly as in your face as some other examples and light on the palate. Besides some hotness in the nose, you would never guess this is an 8% ABV brew. Highly recommended.

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Photo of aasher
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a cloudy, murky dark orange in color with a two finger almost pure white foamy head. The aromas consist of bready pale malts, a boatload of yeast, citrus, bananas, and cloves. This has a nice spice to it. The flavor is very but in a light manner. It has a lot of yeast and citrus to it and is mildly sweet. It has a lot of flavor for a tripel and the alcohol is very well hidden. This beer drinks as smooth as any tripel that isn't La Fin du Monde. It almost melts in your mouth. I really enjoy this beer. I'm convinced this brewery can do no wrong at this point. I'd highly recommend this one.

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Photo of mobyfann
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $13.99 for the 4-piece sampler with 'sniffer' glass...

This ale pours a hazy amber golden base with a huge white head, exceptional retention and very nice lacing effects on the glass. The aroma isn't too complex nor distinguished. I get a strong sense of malt and a sweet smell like lemon mixed with some alcohol.

The taste is supurb for a tripel. The body isn't too heavy but it's filling enough, the malt flavor is exceptional, the hints of fruit tones are adequate with the malt; however, the spices in this ale give the overall flavor a nice kick, but with the moderately strong body, is nearly perfect. The mouthfeel is smooth almost creamy in the mouth. The drinkability is a touch too heavy from perfection, but so close.

Final Thought: This Belgian is clearly the best that this brewery has to offer in terms of overall quality, which really says a lot...

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Photo of TenHornsProud
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy straw/orange with a huge, fluffy, fine white head that lingers and laces.

Smells of floral hops and subtle bready malt with general sweetness and some fruit character. It smells refreshing, if that makes any sense.

Taste is sweet up front with some honey and bread character that goes into a more bitter middle and ends on a sweet yet dry bitter finish, has floral, slightly citric fruit notes.

Medium to lighter body with high carbonation is right on for the style.

Really nice tripel here. It is dry yet sweet in taste, bitter, floral, slightly bready from the yeast and just really drinkable.

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Photo of bskrtz
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cold -- poured from 11.2 bottle to tulip shape beer challice

A) Murky copper that glows gold when held to the light. Lots of 'floaties' and small, white lacy head

S) Sweet malt, raisons, baked bread, root beer

T) Surprizingly mild. Sweet dark fruit & citrus. Displays some sour tones. Some spice -- perhaps clove

M) Effervescent bottle conditioned fizz. Holds a fine carbonation until the glass is drained

D) This is an excellent Tripel but as is the case with Tripels, beware the 8% alcohol.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 93.1% out of 100 with 3,166 ratings
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