St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

3,135 Ratings
St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Brabander
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
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 +3.5%
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 +3.5%
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 +3.5%
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 +3.5%
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 +3.5%
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 +3.5%
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 +3.5%
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 rarevos
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
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 +3.5%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blackie
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Photo of wescj
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque, golden color with a half-inch head, probably the result of a timid pour into the chalice. Head hangs around for a while, and then reduces to some foamy islands and an outer ring which hangs a nice lace. Little yeast particles are suspended as far as I can see into the hazy, honey amber.

S: Very fragrant, very nice. Spice and citrus fruit are the melody, alcohol the harmony.

T: What you would expect from the smell: fruity, malty, yeast and spice. A bit of sugar. Well played, overall.

M: Carbonation is very soft. Medium bodied beer, overall.

D: Easy going, despite 8% ABV. I'm reviewing a 330ml, which is enough to leave me content, though I've had the 750ml before and it went down just as easy. Overall, a good pick.

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Photo of grub
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

DrJay hooked me up with this one as part of BC2. thanks jay!

330ml bottle, best before 05 06 08.

pours orangey amber with just a touch of haze. a huge fluffy white head rises up, falling very slowly and leaving clumpy lace behind.

aroma is great. light alcohol. big floral hops. bit of caramel. light spice - maybe corriander and orange peel. hint of slightly sweet orange and tangerine.

taste is great. medium-low bitterness level. very light spice. great light caramel character. bready malt. great floral hop character. slight orange sweetness. light alcohol. there's so much more depth to this than i can really describe.

mouthfeel is great. light body with a fairly dry finish. medium high well-integrated carbonation level.

drinkability is good. balanced, nice depth, right on for the style. this is a fine tripel and i look forward to finding more of it.

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Photo of masterallen
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden blonde with a cloudy opacity

S - Much like the taste, the smell of this beer was very clean and had hints of apples.

T - The taste was super clean and refreshing with a really fruity pallete, yet without the sweetness - this shouldn't be confused with lacking the sweetness.

M - This beer was awesome on the mouth. The flavour shot to the back of the tongue and ripped forward - I can't say enough good things about the mouthfeel of this beer.

D - It's cleanliness would entice one to drink a good bunch of these, however, the ABV would leave one on their ass if they put these back all afternoon.

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Photo of dar482
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a golden yellow color with a foamy large head.

The aroma has sweet citrus fruit of orange, a bit of tangerine, along with peppery spice and banana. There's some bready malt in there as well and a slight bit of alcohol.

The flavor follows with this clean balance of sweet orange, banana, apricot, onto a gentle crackery malt. There's a peppery spice and then finish hits you with a bitterness that leaves some drying and alcohol at the end.

The body is light with lots of carbonation.

This tripel is really fantastic. It's fruity, light, and highly drinkable.

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Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dmamiano
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a glass at around 55 degrees.
Nice deep ruby color with an impressive off white head with lacing that seemed to hang on extra long.
The aroma was fantastic with deep ripe plums, and a "bready" malt aroma.
Mouth feel was exceptional and the flavor almost perfect. Nice smooth, creamy and full mouthfeel was great and the malty flavors were almost heavanly. I notice no hops per say, but that was expected. The maltiness was of plums/raisons and a bit "bready"

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy yellow/orange color with some visible sediment (didn't get the pur cutoff in time). Poured a 3 finger billowy white head with good retention. Laced in thick even rings.

S: Citrus and yeast esters; sweet and spicy. Some caramel malt notes.

T: Light sweet fruits and bready malts. Very pronounced yeast flavors. Bitter to balance in the finish. Some alcohol.

M: Medium to full body. Perfect carbonation. Smooth, balanced with the slightest lingering malt/yeast aftertaste.

D: Flavorful and smooth (for a tripel). disguises the alcohol well.

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Photo of styrene
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 fl oz bottle into a Westmalle chalice. The bottle says that this beer is 8% abv.

Appearance: Attractive copper-colored body that is relatively opaque. Formed a thin head upon initial pour, which quickly turned into a thin lace of tiny bubbles. There's a tiny bit of sediment on the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Yeast and, maybe, peaches. The smell 'works', in any case.

Taste: Pretty light on the palate, though the alcohol gives the finish a little kick. There's really no bitterness to be found, nor would I have wanted there to be any. I'm picking up flavors of squash and nutmeg..this beer would pair up with a thanksgiving dinner quite nicely.

Mouthfeel: bold, but not syrupy or chewy. This bottle-conditioned brew is well carbonated and "tongue tingle" inducing. The finish is a little cloying..this beer demands respect even as it's going down your throat.

Drinkability: This is an excellent Tripel. The alcohol is something to watch out for, but I would recommend this brew to anybody curious to try the style.

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Photo of lhwjanssen
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sinistermadman
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy goldenrod color with a slight fizzy head. Smell is terrific. Sugar sweetness, fruit, yeast and a peppery spice are evident. Taste is constantly morphing between flavors. Lots of sweet malts, citrus, banana, clove and yeast bitterness. The flavor onslaught starts with a fiery blast of alcohol tinged citrus delivered effectively in a moderately carbonated body. Spicy, alcohol laden tinges linger for a while until it tapers into a fruity sweetness.

This brewery is rapidly becoming one of my favorites. If this brew has any downfall it is that it is a little on the sweet side. Still, an amazing offering that must be tried to be appreciated.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a beautiful golden-light-brown with a 3 finger head and a bowl full of lacing. The head dissipates slowly......The smell is grassy, yeast and sweetness. The first sip is an eye-opener with this tripel bringing some funky barnyard grassiness comparable to Orval.... There is breadiness, light malts with notes of candie sweetness, that finishes with a hint of tartness and a helping of bitterness and spiciness to boot. A dryer finish would have been perfect, but St Bernardus is often only medium-carbonated regardless of the style. In this case, it could have used a real zip of a finish to go along with that nice spiciness and bitter finish. Still, very potable.

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Photo of Neehan
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This poured a very nice light, golden amber with a very thick head that reduces in size but maintains its thickness with a substantial, soft lacing. Outstanding. The smell that follows is very pleasant and consists of very faint alcohol mixed with citrusy fruits. The taste is also fruity but with more complexity creating a nice, but balanced sweetness. The mouthfeel is extremlely light and fluffy in the mouth yet complete with substance. Quite drinkable. Not disappointed by this one that brings high expectations.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,135 ratings.
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