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

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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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Photo of goblue3509
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow gold color with a two finger head which recedes to skim. There is visible floatees in the beer and the beer leaves sticky fingers of lace. The aroma is of banana's, lemon grass, candied yeast and pears. The taste follows suit with the citrus notes up front before a candied yeast flavor takes over. The beer finishes with a lemongrass, pear, and banana flavor. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall a very solid beer, a nice aroma and look to pull you in, and a great taste to keep you wanting more.

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

750ml poured into Chimay Chalice

A- Cloudy deep golden hue, nice creamy head with some decent lacing when it froths down.

S- Sweet fruity characteristics in the nose. Some hints of the malts and a little of the yeast shine through.

T- The sweet fruity notes expand on your palette in the front, followed by some yeast and a little bitterness. The booze is barely detectable, but there when you look for it. Very nice balance of flavors.

M- Medium bodied, kind of creamy, decent carbonation.

O- I think St. Bernardus is a class act, the king of the secular brewers that brew abbey style beers. This beer lives up to it. It is definitely one of the finest tripels out there and has a one up on La Trappe's tripel in my ranking book. This is a regular in my tripel line up and should be in yours. Not to strong, not to heavy or sweet, just good, and a nice beer to knock a few down.

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

330ml bottle, Poured into a wide Westmalle challice from the 70's

Pours with a creamy yellowy body, some amber hints towards the edge of the glass. Thick and very dense yellow tinted head with great retention. Tonnes of patches of lacing all up and down the glass

Smell, almonds and fresh fruit. Some fresh estery tinged yeast, little bit of slightly roasted hazelnuts. Fresh bread and a crisp biscuity malt comes through, some fresh herbs especially corriander.

Taste, almost smokey and slightly creamy alcohol, spicy and slick nuttiness comes through with a touch of peppery hop character. Slightly musty woody yeast character, this beer reminds me of the old wood, fresh beer aromas of Cafe Gollem in Amsterdam. Sweet fresh fruit, some slight banana and peach. Clinging sweetness on the palette although not overpowering, some vanilla pod and rich clotted cream.

A superb tripel. Amazingly balanced with no flavours becoming too overpowering

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a frothy head that leaves strips of lacing

Smell: Tropical fruits, Candi sugar and a int of banana; very yeasty with plenty of phenols

Taste: Starts out very fruity with a tart undertone that develops and strengthens; quite peppery, in fact, a flavor that builds with a sneaky bitterness after the swallow; not as sweet and banana-flavored as other tripels

Mouthfeel: Light and frothy; almost velvety, with moderate carbonation; slight warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Enticing and intriguing, this is an unusual and challenging tripel

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Photo of scottyb88
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a hazy, golden yellow with great lacing and nice head

S- yeasty bread with lemon and clove, a hint of apricots and tangerine

T-similar to the nose, but with a citrus peel flavor balanced by the sweetness of the malt and fruitiness of the yeast; the hops are noticeable, but not overbearing, to balance things out

M-crisp and smooth; great medium body; a surprisingly dry finish with a lingering taste of sugar coated tangerine (the orange gummy circles with sugar on top comes to mind); nice carbonation

O-really hard to find faults in St. Bernardus; always has been one of my favorite breweries; fantastic beer

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

Now Quaffing: St. Bernardus Tripel

Presentation: 750ml corked bottle with what I believe to be a silk screened logo of a happy monk raising his glass.

I have been waiting a long time to try the tripel brew from St. Bernardus. Pours a pale yellow with a nice big creamy head. I opted to pour some of the sediment from the bottle which clouded the beer to an opaque apricot. Smell is sweet and spicy with noticable alcohol in the nose. The taste is very smooth and balanced and that is probably the highlight of this beer. Perfect balance of malts and hops in the backend with just the right amount of spice (corriander for sure). The yeast adds a bready dimension to the flavor and makes for a fuller body and mouthfeel.

Overall: This beer reminds me of why I chose the name, Tripel J. Perfect example of the style. Smooth and subtle and dangerously drinkable.

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

330ml bottle into oversized wine glass. best before "A 01 07 16", enjoyed on january 5, 2015

a: very opaque golden yellow topped with a finger and a half of foamy white head

s: banana, lemon, fresh bread, apricot, peach, mild spice notes

t: fruity up front (lemon, banana, apricot), with coriander, white pepper, honey, biscuit, and bread flavours following shortly after. malty sweet all around with a gentle bitterness at the end. maybe some hints of apples and pears

m: a very creamy medium body with soft, bubbly carbonation

o: an excellent belgian tripel. seems very textbook, which means it is delicious

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

Pours a murky orange/amber color with a large inch and a half bright white head. There is excellent head retention and a good bit of lacing left behind as it receeds.

The aroma is decent, and quite interesting. There are some fruity esters along with a touch of spice. It's slightly medicinal and there's also a touch of banana.

The taste is quite nice. Banana, yeast, and toasted grain all show up and it's really just beautiful.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and highly carbonated with a perfect carbonation tingle on the finish.

The drinkability is quite high. The ABV is moderately high, but very well incorporated into the beer. The nose was not quite what I was expecting but as soon as I sipped it I was delighted. It's simply art in a glass. St Bernardus is quite frankly one of the best in the world.

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Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant hazy golden yellow with an enormous fluffy white head that refused to go anywhere for the duration.

The aroma is unmistakably St. Bernardus with the signature fruity esters - bubble gum and banana - from the yeast. There is a light spiciness to the nose and some sugary apples and pears.

The taste is much the same but seems even sweeter and much fruiter with the pears and apples really coming to the front. The yeast backbone is hefty and imparts the banana sweetness that I got in the aroma. The finish has some peppery spices but less than some tripels I've had.

The mouthfeel is extremely creamy and close to full-bodied for the style. Lots of carbonation as well.

St. Bernardus makes some world class beers and this one is no exception. It's an insanely drinkable, uber-fruity, sweet tripel that holds it's own with some of the best out there. I love this stuff.

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

This is a very good tripelbeer. Triple is one of my favourite beers and this was was rather new for me. I think i have drank this for many years but forgot all about it.

Poured in a Maredsous chalice the beer is nice goldenyellow with a very big head. After a while the head disappears leaving a few lacingrings behind. A very fresh smell comes out of the glass. I can smell the yeast which is used and also some fruits like citrus and orange.

Almost no carbonation in the glass but this doesn't has any effect on the beer.

For a tripel this is almost the best i have drank in my life. Only my houstripel (Westmalle) has been drank and loved more by me.

Now i will finish this wonderfull tripel

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

Pours out in a St. Bernardus glass with aa cloudy orange color with floaties and a big head of thick meringue. Leaves a nice lace as it fades, but not quite as much as the Abt 12.

Smell is spicy with citrus fruit and a big yeast presence.

Taste is rich with the same yeasty, doughy flavors, orange and lemon, even some sugary sweetness. The spices are all there and couple with some hoppiness to give it a nice little bite. The overwhelming maltiness gives it a really solid backbone, and I really enjoy the taste.

The mouthfeel is solid and robust, and it really complements the big flavor well.

Overall: Great tripel that has a huge flavor. St. Bernardus still hasn't done me wrong.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden, honey-like color with one and a half fingers of fizzy white head into a St. Bernardus chalice. Slightly hazy appearance with some sediment as well. Great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma is fruity with clove like spice and the yeast expected for the style, with a touch of toffee.

Taste has many good flavors, none of which overpower the others. Nice sweet malt, with soft spice and light fruitiness make up this great tasting tripel. 8% alcohol is unnoticeable, making this very drinable. Another great beer from St. Bernardus.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

St. B's Tripel has a pleasing medium-golden color, not quite entirely clear though. There is a healthy amount of carbonation bubbling up in the glass, and the head is whipped-cream like and just under 1" thick at the kick-off. It is not long after that the head compacts down to a thin, tightly-packed layer of bubbles. Lacing is fair, at best. The nose suggests dryness, and comes across as being peppery and even a bit musty. Body-wise, it is medium to medium-plus. The carbonation doesn't attack the tongue, yet flows fairly nicely over it. A lot of malt hit my palate at the outset, and strangely reminded me of the good dose of malt in a well-made Oktoberfest! There was some dryness in the finish, and a peppery flavor did make an appearance as well. Yet it was not as sharp and spicy as some of the style. Now, that is not necessarily a bad thing here, as I rather enjoyed this one. In addition, a warming sensation makes it's way southward during my drinking pleasure! Skol!!

overall: 4.4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


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

A: Lively golden color with fair amount of turbidity, very simular to a heffe. Lovely white head that lasts a few seconds as well.

Ar: I fucked up and used a glass that reeked of dish soap. Fuck.

T: Mouthfeel is pretty much perfect. Effervescent enough to keep it interesting throughout, but not overwhelming. Best word I can use to describe the overal taste is clean. If you take a break after a couple sips, you can feel some of the alcohol come back up in your breath. The finish is creamy. I'll have to re-review this again, the glass is definitely keeping me from getting dat full flavor.

D: dangerously drinkable. Cold or a little warmed up.

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

11.2oz. bottle poured into my oldschool St. Bernardus globe goblet.

Pours and deep and dark golden yellow with some haze and three fingers of a frothy white head that sticks around and leaves some thick lacing. Smells beautiful with a heavy dose of Belgian yeast, citrus, apple and spice. Some banana is in there too. Taste is equally as complex with some nice sweetness and Belgian spice blend perfectly with the yeast and the citrus. Fuller-bodied for the style with vibrant carbonation. Perhaps my favorite Tripel.

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Photo of dzedaschroeder
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A cloudy burnt orange. Loose medium head that quickly shrank down to a thin film.

S - Faint overall. Bread, fruity, alcohol. Yeast and alcohol up front, citrus fruit at the tail.

T - Crisp citrus and spicy clove upfront, followed by a smooth bread and mild alcohol taste. (Strange, for me at least this smell and taste palate presentations were inverted)

M, D - Most Tripels I have had were very complex and lent themselves to slow, thoughtful drinking, but this beer (while still being complex) was very smooth. It's 8% ABV is hidden well, and one could easily gulp this down, if one was a hasty sort that is.

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

From SB 05- StuBob

Apperance: Honey gold with good white head that leaves a tight lacing.

Smell: A little alcoholic, definatley fruity like melons and a pinch of citrus. Bready but yummy.

Taste: Chucky fruityness laced with alcohol covered in yeasty goodness. Complex malt layers with hop spicyness muted but present.

Mouth: A full feel and nice carbonation good balance.

Drinkability: Smooth and sweet easy drinking and still a savory experience.

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Photo of Zombiefeynman
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Chimay goblet.

A: Pours an opaque, hazy golden yellow. Bit of an orange tint to it. Head is fluffy, and fills the rest of the goblet, so about 1.5 fingers' worth. Sticky trails left behind. Solid foam blanket, as well.

S: Banana and sweet malt; ripe, tropical fruit; some dry grain toward the back.

T/M: Up front I detect some banana and some breadiness, tart fruit (mango, peach). Finish has some anise, caramel, and a good long bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit chewy, like a good hefe.

D: This is a damn fine tripel. While the Westmalle and Chimay (Cinq Cents) are still my preferred tripels, that's not the fault of this beer. It's in a weird middle ground between the drier Tripels and the sweeter Tripels. It hides its alcohol extremely well. I've been buying 12 oz bottles of this, but I'm sold: if it's sold in bombers next time I hit the beer store, I'm buying those. Another wonderful beer from St. Bernardus.

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

I poured this legendary beer into my tulip style glass. I might have been too aggressive with my initial pour, but there was a ton of foam on top of the hazy beer. The foam was coming on so strong, that I had to pull foam off the top before it settled. The foam creates some really pretty lacing on the side of the glass.

The nose on this beer is pretty light and clean. I like the slight sourness from the belgian yeast. The flavor is sublime. This is one of the best tasting tripels out there.

This excellent beer is easy to find. I have tried a fresh bottle, while this bottle was aged for about a year. I recommend trying it fresh and in aging.

These monks really know what they are doing with this beer.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice a pale yellow with a one finger white head. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells strong of belgian yeast, with orange, apple, and white grapes. The taste is unmistakable belgian, again with apples and white grapes being the leaders of the fruity flavors. The mouthfeel is high in carbonation, which is just right for the style. When they wrote the book on begian Tripel, this is definatly a standard.

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Photo of Dayman766
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blackie
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Streams of bubbles from the bottom of the amber colored ale form small islands on the surface of the beer. The head is easily roused by swirling the glass. A slight lacing is left.

Smells of sweet malt and grain, almost a floral sweetness. A good amount of fruity esters are present. Alcohol hides in the back. Slight hints of yeast and spiciness.

Carbonation is medium and the body is creamy and somewhat slick on the tongue.

The first taste evident is the malty sweetness. Hints of fruits and yeast are also there. A kick of hop biterness comes through at the end and lingers for awhile. Alcohol not really evident anywhere.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 3,171 ratings
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