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 korndog
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful Belgian pour into a tulip. Everlasting head.

Smells of light citrus macerated in spiced candi syrup. I can't get enough of this aroma; it's divine and easily worthy of a 5.

Again, the fruit and spice combine with perfect caarbonation and a honey note to make this one of the worlds best beers imo.

Mouthfeel is near perfect with a lingering bite that cleans the palate and begs for more of the nectar like aroma and front notes.

Near perfect beer experience.

Update: Just had this beer again. How amazing it is to get a beer of this quality at your local Bev-mo. I'm so glad to see the awesome reviews on this site. What a treat. More memorable than their Quad IMO.

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Photo of marburg
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Memories of this beer's greatness sucked me in while I was shopping for Thanksgiving brews at Putnam's shop. I ... just ... couldn't ... stop ... myself.

Ripening banana colors -- shifts from yellowish to off-brown. A little hazy. Big poofy styrafoam head spouts off a laundry list of aromatic delights: banana, dried orange peel, tropical fruit, yeast, pepper, sweet bread...

Sugary malt sweetness is heavily interwoven with a potent alcohol kick and all sorts of subtlties -- pineapple, cookies, banana, oak. Disturbingly light feeling as it goes down -- very easy to drink -- despite its almost creamy presence rolling around on the tongue. Shazam!

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Photo of atsprings
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy straw yellow with an abundant head that is lasting and leaves spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma is a very strong blend of sweet fruits, spice, yeast and some earthy hops. The taste is a great balance of sweet malts, spice and earthy hops with an appropriate yeast bite. The beer is medium bodied and crisp with warming alcohol. This is an immensely enjoyable Tripel.

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Photo of Gump
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This green label caught my eye one day at Surdyk's. I have been on the lookout for this beer for about a year now after seeing it on a BA list of top Belgian Triples.

Light pale colored pour with plenty of white dense head. Starts very foamy and eventually calms to an inch of head with moderate wet lacing in the glass.

Amora is fruity, woodsy and dry with a chalky sweetness and natural earthiness.

Excellent mouthfeel. Leaves the tongue tingly and mouth feeling dry

A very crisp drink and excellent mouthfeel make this a beer that stands out from the rest.

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Photo of dwren89
4.89/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: hazy, golden amber, foamy persistent white head

Aroma: very aromatic,banana and clove with soft malt character, very yeasty with spicy hop additions

Taste: spicy with notes of banana and clove, malty depth

Mouthfeel: very smooth, rounded and balanced mouthfeel, little carbonation,

Overall Impression: A delicious and easy drinking Tripel, much easier to drink than Westmalle Tripel, and exhibits the spicey hops and yeast desired with strong malt background.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A hazed golden orange appearance. Volcanic streams of CO2 surface at extreme rates. A bigass crop of whipped white froth caps it off. After a few minutes, the head starts to look like a damn snocone. Beautiful appearance. Aroma hits home with some bready yeastiness, mint, candy, lemon pepper, must and earthy hops. On to the flavor, which can be summed up best as "subtlety to perfection." Cookie dough yeastiness, bready tones, mint leaves, soft candy tones, pepper, lemon, grass and yellow cakiness. This beer melts in the mouth like mother fucking cotton candy. Effin beautiful. And drinkable. Nothing alcoholic at all about this bitch. This one is a dandy. One of the best tripels I've had. Check that...THE best Tripel I've had.

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Photo of ghurux86
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a dark cloudy orange with creamy head. there is some lacing but nothing too exceptionally great.
smell: hops, alcohol, maybe banana, apple, and some citrus. very complex. smells great.
taste: taste is very good compared to other brews of this style. goes down nice and smooth. there is a hint of hops in the flavor but it is not overly bitter. there is a hint of an alcohol taste but it's not overpowering. alcohol is more noticeble in the after taste. flavor is pretty complex. not the best i've tasted but the best in this style definitely.
mouthfeel: great, what else is there to say? lightly carbonated, not overdone, not completely flat, just about right. also has a nice smooth feel to it.
drinkibility: i'd definitely have another. the only thing that takes away from this getting 5 is the noticable alcohol, especially in the aftertaste. it is still very drinkable, though, just not the very best.
overall it's a very great brew, the best tripel i've had.

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Photo of bceaglejoe
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured a translucent (cloudy) orange-amber color into a tulip glass. A rapidly rising head immediately sprang up, and retention was great throughout the drinking of this beer. It showed a rather high amount of carbonation right off the bat. The scent was one that blended grapes and red wine, with slight floral (rose) hints. There was a heavy malt presence in the scent, and it enveloped my nose. This could be one of the best beer aromas I've ever encountered.

Tasting: A slightly citric flavor came across on the front, followed by sweet malty characteristics, finally concluded by the warmth of alcohol. It was a sweet, sipping beer with a virtually nonexistent hop profile. There was a strong bread-y aftertaste as well that lingered in my mouth. The beer itself had a medium body. It was wonderfully complex in that every flavor that I had expected from the style came across. There are some beers that I've seen that use an overpowering hop presence to mask imperfections in the beer, but this beer blended all its elements extremely well. There was no harshness on the tongue, despite the high alcohol content. It rolled across very easily. This beer gets better as it gets a little warmer, too.

This beer is highly drinkable as a sipping beer, ideal for a wine and cheese hour or for dinner. The higher alcohol content may catch some by surprise, mainly because it is so well hidden by the flavors. At $3.99 per 11.2oz bottle (where I found it), this beer is meant for special occasions (or tastings at home, where I reviewed it). Definitely one of the best that I've ever tasted.

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Photo of MrDell
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5


St. Bernardus Tripel
Tripel - 8% - 330ml bottle – Best Before 28.08.17

Appearance: Golden, clear, ale with a perfectly white head - 4 fingers, dropping to half quite quickly. Medium to high levels of carbonation. One thing I noticed was just how much yeast has been added for the bottle conditioning of this beer when the bottle is held up to the light, and yet it all stays at the bottom of the bottle enabling you to pour a perfectly clear beer into the glass – this is a real ‘testament’ to the water used in the brewing process.

Aroma: Strong notes of juicy oranges, straw, some classic hop aromas, other sweet, ripe fruits including apple and fresh pears. Spices from the yeast. Very nice.

Taste: Sweet apple and oranges upfront straight away and this lasts all the way through with the yeast coming in the middle and then giving way to a very brief second where the alcohol is just detectable (very well hidden though, and certainly doesn't drink like an 8% brew) then we're back with the sweetness for a very long, pleasant finish. Not bitter at all. The yeast strain can be easily identified as St. Bernardus – the old Westvleteren yeast.

Mouth feel: Smooth and gentle, not dry or bitter at all. Very neutral as in not dry, not oily.

Overall: A world class tripel, easily on a par with Westmalle which is widely considered to be the bench mark for the style. Perfectly balanced, must buy more! 10 / 10.

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Photo of techdiver
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a one finger foamy white head that dissipates slowly leaving a small cap and leaves modest lacing.

Sweet malt, spice, and hops to the nose.

Marvelous taste, echoes the smell. Very well balanced and totally enjoyable. One of the best, if not the best triple I've had.

Mouthfeel is excellent, nice carbonation, and just a joy to imbibe.

Drinkability is exceptional as well. ABV is well hidden, and at 8% not as devastating as the quadrupel.

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Photo of Greggy
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- 1 finger head that slowly recedes into a nice cap. Big sedimentation on the copper colored body.

S- Banana, yeast, fresh flour, alcohol, dates.

T- Nice malty sweetness of yeast, banana, clove, light date, dry finish with some spice. Initial pepper is large.

M- Light tingle of carb and pepper.

D- This is a great triple. Definitely a must have if you've never tried it.

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Photo of jstilwell
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite of all the Belgians, thought I'd finally put my down my thoughts. Grabbed one out of my mix pack on Saturday night.

A: A cloudy golden pour into my duvel tulip. Bright white lasting, head with beautiful lacing.

S: Sugar Butter Cookies and Yeasty Banana Bread

T: Smooth but complex with the distinguishable belgian yeast overtones. Hints of vanilla and very creamy with a warm but mild alcohol finish.

M: Velvety and Frothy, a treat for the mouth, quite smooth.

D: Yeah I could do several of these even at 8 %. Too bad there's only one in this mixed sixer. Big thanks to the wife for the Christmas gift.

OVerall perhaps THE best representation of the style!

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Photo of ndolover
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: golden yellow color, with a few fingers of head that faded quickly leaving some good amount of lacing.

Aroma: The beer has a yeasty sourness with some malt, with alcohol in the background. Low hops present

Flavor: yeasty and sour with alcohol noticable but not overpowering. While I could taste hops, it was not the star. The delicate malt balance is what impressed me. How can so much alcohol be hidden behind the pale malt veil.

Mouthfeel: Full of tiny bubbles that di not overpower. medium mouthfeel.

Overall: This was an excellent example of a triple. I had a gusher with this I have had in the past. That is really all that I can fault this beer. As it is a really great beer.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me get this out of the way: I don't normally like tripels all that much. With that bitter business out of the way, let's get to my review.

Poured a fiery golden color with a down pillow like head. An inch thick and nappy creamy curls. There's a little bit of lacing.

My god, the nose is like heaven. Easily the yeastiest nost I've ever encountered. I also smell what I can only describe as crushed rose petals. If you've ever gone to a brewery or brewpub where you could smell the yeast, you have a pretty good idea of the nose of this beer. That smell dominates. If this was an air freshener I'd buy it without hesitation. With that said, there just weren't enough dimensions to the nose to warrant a 5. It was truly amazing, but not complex enough for a 5.

Taste is a lovely mix of floral notes, extremely mild grapefruit and pine, white grapes, lemon sans tartness, hushed caramel sweetness, floral notes ... far more than a schlep like me can do justice. Suffice to say that this is easily the best Tripel I've come across even though I don't usually care for them.

Mouth is densely carbonated yet somehow delicate and thick. Drinkability is sky high ... sure it has a high ABV, but I measure drinkability by my likelihood of purchasing again, not by how many I want to down in one sitting. This is beer, not a buffet for the gluttonous.

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Photo of KAVSE
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into Chimay chalice.

This beer poured an almost champagne color out of the bottle, settling into a murky orange in the glass. The nose contained hints of apricot and orange with a hearty, wheat smell.

The taste was very light and crisp - incredibly drinkable. There are hints of apple, apricot, citrus fruits with a slight alcohol aftertaste. What really struck me was that this beer wants to "wrap" around the tongue instead of simply sliding down the throat.

It immediately struck me as the perfect summer day beer but this is one to be enjoyed all year round.

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Photo of daledeee
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I always have trouble with these. I guess I haven't hung around with enough experts to identify what I taste. So here goes. All I know is that this is good stuff!!

This is the classuc Belgian taste. Very complex. I smell banana, butterscotch and bread or yeast. Lots of carbonation and bite. Hard to pour at first but head is soon under control. Clear unless you really stir up the bottom-a little cloudiness.

Tastes like the best wheat beer. Yeasty, fruity and rather tart. Very complex Not sure. I just know I like it.

This is top 5 beer for me. I could drink this all day- no I couldn't. Sorry moment of weakness 7.5% alchohol. Right behind the Apt 12. Just love it

Edit: Not quite a 5.

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Photo of kingjames1
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've tried other Tripels and have enjoyed them all, but this is almost flawless. Pours beautifully - a hazy gold with an enormous, frothy, dense head. Smells sweet, fruity, yeasty, spicy, and a little doughy. Taste is amazing. Apricots, citrus, bananas, cloves, spice, pepper, and even some caramel and yellow-cake batter (wa?). The alcohol is also there, but it is nice and works well with it.

Mouthful is great, well carbonated, yet creamy. This IS liquid bread! Increadible (were all monks alcoholics?). Highly recommended, and the best of this style that I've had (superior to Westmalle in my opinion).

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Photo of jreitman
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A wonderfully drinkable tripel that is surprisingly light. Nice orange color with tangerine/orange flavors very abbundant. Slightly sweet flavor with wonderful head. Having drunk the St Bernadus Abt the night before the tripel, I tasted a few similarities in the finish (caused by the water?). Overall, one of the best tripels I have had the pleasure of drinking

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Photo of merlin48
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 FL.OZ bottle..The FL stands for flavour, according to the smiling Friar on the label who told me so. It's difficult to review and describe this ale in light of all the previous reviews. Poured into a St Bernardus goblet a hazy honey yellow colour, with a magnificent head that billows and laces like a cumulus cloud.
Aroma poses one of the mysteries that only a monastery Belgian ale can provide. Banana nut bread with a spike of clove, bathed in orange rum. Taste mirrors the nose, with the addition of fried apples with a dash of cinnamon. Tastes like a heavenly nectar, not like a beer. Delightful..!

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Photo of jsh420
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

best by 02 08 13

pour hazy golden orange with a 1 finger tight bubble white head that head in incredible retention and left spotted lacing

smells of powerful hops and malts - surprised me - big earthy fruity hops next to bready cereal malt

taste was just as good - hands down the best tripel i have had - just big flavors of both hops and malts - neither overpowers the other

mouthfeel - carbonation perfect - very dry - takes a small hit for leaving a little coat over the mouth

drinkability - loved every sip - its just a shame i can only find this beer sold in singles and for more then i want to spend on a regular basis

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Dark golden and quite cloudy. About a finger of head rises with decent retention and falls to a persistent thick collar. Minimal lacing.

S - Lots of apples and pears upfront with splashes of white grape juice. Lemon zest, green tea, and sweet honeysuckle are all under the surface. Absolutely amazing.

T - This shit is blowing me away. Huge fruity taste of pears soaked in white grape juice and slathered with honey. Quite sweet early on. As the pear begins dying out the white grape persists and takes on a moderate vinous character. A phenolic flavor rises but combines with the sweetness and fruit in such a way that reminds me of some sort of vanilla flavored honey. Sweetness finally drops off and leaves a sort of pleasant medicinal flavor with tea-like and herbal overtones. Moderate bitterness follows with a slightly citric finish. Alcohol is COMPLETELY hidden.

M - I never thought I'd find a tripel with this lucious of a mouthfeel. Soft but tight carbonation with a velvety medium body. Liquid silk. This is probably the most amazing aspect of the beer overall; a quality that jumped out at me before I had any time to taste or smell.

D - I want to take in copious amounts of this brew with huge gulps. It's amazingly good, slides right down the throat, provides the perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness, and has absolutely no hint of alcohol. St. Bernardus Tripel has provided me with one of those few amazing moments along the great journey.

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Photo of orfeu
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle. Hazy spun gold with rocky, sticky snow white head. Driving carbonation from the bottom of an Ommegang cervoise. Cavalcade of fruit aromas: pineapple, mango, peach, canteloupe. Yeasty sugar cookie scent as well. Muskmelon flavor predominates, then pineapple. Overall, fruity esters yield a soft, round flavor. Clean, grassy hops and funky sour yeast flavor through the finish, which, all things considered, is surprisingly dry. Pineapple juice/peach nectar burps. Smooth and soft mouthfeel, bordering on syrupy, but all the fruit flavors tend toward juicy. Medium body. My god, what a fine tripel! One would be hard pressed to find a more excellent example of the style. Superb.

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Photo of budgood1
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

my first belgian...cloudy golden color, moderate head and some thin lace left after a few minutes. aromas of caramel apples and pears. taste is delicious beyond compare. complex and layered. fruits and spice hide an underlying malt body and dry alcohol finish. simply awesome. can't wait to dive into this style.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2010)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

A clear and bright golden, shining yellow. But the magnificence of this pour is the beer's head. The hugely, thick, foaming head rises to the rim of the glass like a beast, staying and hovering there unmoving for a long while. The beer is sticky and leaves the glass extremely messy. A perfect tripel pour, and oh my! what a head!

The aromas in this beer are spectacular. They're big and pungent, yet not overpowering. This beer smells of sweet fruits: pears, lemon, and apples especially, sweet syrup, and spicy, tangy Belgian yeast. The quintessentially perfect Belgian tripel aroma.

A hugely flavorful tripel. A magnificent blending of fruity flavors, earthy balance, and spicy Belgian yeast. It's perfect. The fruit elements are sweet and fresh, but they don't overpower the simple earthy undertones, some slight bitterness, a bit of sticky sweet syrup, and the perfect Belgian yeast complement. Perfect.

I suppose the only place this beer doesn't quite find perfection is in the mouthfeel department. It's close, but I don't quite want to give it the perfect 5. There's nothing to complain about, as this beer is medium bodied with more than ample carbonation, certainly not a single complaint here!

Just about perfect. There isn't a lot more to be said about this beer that hasn't already been said, but in my mind, this is just about the pinnacle of a tripel.

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Photo of dstc
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful hazy golden color with nice off-white head that tends to stay around.

Nice soft fruity nose with hints of the alcohol coming through.

Taste heavenly. Little bit of everything there, sweet, fruity, smooth and refreshing.

Full, smooth mouthfeel. Buttery and nicely carbonated yet not heavy.

Love it. Another fantastic St. Bernardus brew!

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,117 ratings.
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