St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

3,136 Ratings
St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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Photo of chcfan
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle split with onix1agr. Poured into duvel tulips.

A- two big fingers of bright white rocky head that holds for a bit before settling to a thin cap and a few stray spots of lace. Hazy straw yellow orange in color.

S- lots of tropical fruits and spicy belgian yeast. Some biscuity malts and a touch of floral honey.

T- nice spark of spicy belgian yeast with some musty dusty to it that rolls slowly into a fruity hit. Some honey and wild flowers. Malts are bone dry and powdery.

M- about medium in body with a big bright carb that foams up and brings a creaminess with it. No sign of the abv on the palate.

D- this is a classic trip and one that I'd take any day. Another killer brew from one of the best.

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Photo of BdM
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Srkolodn
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LarryMyers
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of zknight
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigIslandfarmer
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of justintcoons
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear gold with tall fluffy, white head that dissipates slowly leaving behind sudsy lacing. Moderate carbonation.

N: Wheat, yeast, lemon zest and maybe some coriander.

T: Wheat bread, caramel, yeast and very subtle dark fruits, spices and maybe some floral and citrus notes in the finish.

M: Light bodied, sudsy and crisp.

D: Excellent drinkability! Another easy drinking Trappiste ale...big surprise! Balanced, crisp and delicious.

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Photo of bigman147
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: Pours a cloudy orangish hue with a soft puffy head. Head slowly fades with a persistent head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Fruity aroma of apple cider and maybe pears. Slightly grassy herbal character. Hint of warm alcohol with a slight black peppery spice.

Taste: Fruity spice. Taste of apples prevails with a smooth grainy character. Hop notes are sedated and bitterness is minimal. Alcohol is mild and surprising not really overly present considering this 8% ABV. Pale malts and possibly malted wheat.

Mouthfeel: Fair body with a slight citrus acidity that helps cleanse the palate. Carbonation is strong and supports the fruity acidity nicely. Overall, well balanced.

Drinkability: Maybe my only complaint of which some of it can be my own fault. Alot of the yeast poured out into the glass and caused a hazy mess on top of a large amount of floaters. This detracted from the overall appearance and in that the drinkability (I wouldn't feel comfortable drinking that much floating yeast. The yeast never settled either. Overall though its high alcohol and high in flavor and aromas. Worth a try.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A-This beer pours a deep golden hazy body with a slight brown hue. The head is a very creamy smooth off-white that last and last. There is a good carbonation of tiny bubbles and nice lacing with each sip.

S- The soft smell of roses and slight perfume are mixed with notes of bubblegum and pale malt. There is a very faint apple and pear note as it warms.

T- This beer has a spiciness in the initial taste followed by a slightly sweet honey and pale and crystal malt notes with some dryness in the finish. There is a slight carbonic acid taste in the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel but it has a fizzy texture that makes it feel fuller. No alcohol warmth or astringency.

D-This beer has a wonderful aroma but the taste doesn't follow thru with all the complexity. It is still very easy to drink and it drinks pretty quickly.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours an opaque golden color with 2 fingers of soft foam.
S - Aroma is yeasty banana.
T - Flavor is Belgian yeast and malt. A little spicy, a little sweet.
M - Mouth feel is crisp. Quite a bit of carbonation.
O -This Tripel is a bit different from others I've tasted. A very good Belgian.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a St. Bernardus chalice, the beer pours a gold/copper color with almost an inch off-white head. It smells like pears, bubblegum/candy sweetness and a bit of peppery spicyness. The taste is pretty similar to how it smells, but I can also taste some yeast and citrus. Mouthfeel is medium/full, a bit dry and very smooth. Drinkability is high too, it goes down pretty easy. One of the best if not the best Tripel style beers I've had.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out great and leaves some head with a strong lacing. The smell is very flowrey and really great. Has a sweet flowery nose to it, like a great beligan tripel. Taste is malty and sweet with buttery flavors. It has apple fruit tones. Mouthfeel is a little off, but very nice. I don't like this as much as other Belgians, but it does fine for itself.

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the liqour store down the street.

Poured into my Keizer Karel chalice.

Nice appearance. Hazy golden yellow with a white fluffy head that sticks around for quite a while. Visible carbonation.

Lots of fruits on the nose. Almost like a weisbeer with some sour and yeast notes.

Sweetness on this tripel comes first and follows the nose except this is most definetly a tripel and not a weissbeer.

A medium to full body. Tons of carbonation is a very pleasant way.

I wonder why this is the first time I´m drinking this. It´s easy to obtain and fairly cheap )mind you that I live in Holland). Westmalle gets all the love but this one is a winner as well. Will be pciking this up more often. Recomended.

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Photo of Raymond69
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz best before 20/09/07. poured cold into Orval chalice.

Frothy pour produces a rocky head that leaves some lacing. Yellow/orange hue with some yeasties floating about.

Smell is malty/bready , some hops coming through.

Taste. Sweet & yeasty , hops slightly round this out with some tartness.

Mouthfeel is slightly heavy , carbonation is high.

Drinkabitly is OK for a sweet beer.

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Photo of Bustersuess
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of arguemaniac
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Plenty of yeast in both the aroma and flavor. The palate offers plenty of rich but well-rounded malt sweetness, some definite honey, some bright but fairly dry fruitiness and a delicious grain character. While it gets eclipsed by all the malt and yeast, but there certainly is some flowery hop spice in there too.

Defeinately above average, a well-done and very drinkable Tripel from a great Belgian brewey.


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Photo of Rob__
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mirish72
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a mixed St. Bernardus six pack (2 tripels, 2 dubbels, 1 quad and 1 wit)and this was the first I tried. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Poured an orange copper, almost amber. The pour was viscous, with visible yeast floating around. The beer had a one finger head and nice lacing.

Sweet aroma, smelled of citrus fruits, traces of spices and yeast.

Very balanced taste and the alcohol was very masked for 8%. Beer had average carbonation and was very drinkable. This was the first St. Bernardus I have ever tried and I'm looking forward to tasting the rest.

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Photo of jsapunor
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a chalice. A very nice hazy gold color with a big pure white head with lots of bubbles. The head lasts.
I can definitely smell the yeast and some hints of fruit.
Highly carbonated, more than I expected but not out of line for the style. A nice silky mouthfeel.
The taste is smooth and subtle. Milder than Westmalle Tripel or La Fin du Monde but all the right parts are there for you to enjoy. While this wasn't my all time favorite the first time around it's still a very high quality beer. I have another bottle that I'll open soon and enjoy. If you like your Tripels with strong flavor maybe this isn't for you but it's going to please a lot of people.

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Photo of sd123
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MerkinMan
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Bright buy cloudy gold color with crazy carbonation. Bubbles were escaping the bottle as soon as I opened it. Small bits of yeast are suspended in the beer.

S:Yeasty and spicy. Very similar smell to a Saison. A second whiff reveals faint fruity / peppery notes.

T: First impression is dry and woolly / goaty. Spicy characteristics are similar to coriander if it is not the yeast itself. Hops are very subtle, but there. The trademark St. B raisiny dark fruit tastes show up once the beer warms a little -- even a little vanilla, yes? Green apples / pears too.

People who do not understand how some taste fruity notes in beers without fruit in them are advised to get one of these and drink it around 50 degrees.

I keep my beer fridge at 40 degrees, and must remember to let beers like this one reach the recommended temperature in the future since they really open up after warming just a few degrees -- I digress.

MF: While this beer is one of the best tripels I have tasted, the mouth feel is its best feature. This beer explodes inside the mouth, seemingly doubling its surface area. Very fluffy mouthfeel. I don't give many fives. . .

D: Tripels are not my favorite at all, but like I mentioned above this is one of the best I've had, and it may encourage me to try others. Most of the tripels I have had have not been nearly as complex as this example, seemingly relying on alcohol content alone. I will try more, but for now, if I am reaching for a tripel, it will be this one.

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Photo of JustinBrousseau
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SleepyMonk
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled 33cl bottle poured into an open (westmalle brand) chalice.

Pours out to reveal a dullish amber hue with a yeast haze finish. Head is full and thick with quantity slightly above 2 fingers and impressive amounts of sticky lacing.

The aromatic spectrum is dominated by fruits with a particular emphasis on citrus. Whilst this is common amongst several Triples, this one is made up of very lively and fresh notes.

Hops characteristics make a strong appearance in the mouth but once again its those lively fruit elements that give this Tripel its own unique taste. Dry grainy yeast has a bit part n the overall mix but its largely hops from the sticky and chewy beginning until it dries off with alcohol.

I'm new to the St Bernardus range and can say this and the quad are some very fine beers

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Photo of brystmar
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy copper, tons of sediment in suspension between the fizzy bubbles. One finger of relatively thin white head; mild lace. "Enjoy before 2013-08-20" on the label.

S: big fruits and malt. Citrus, yeast, biscuits too.

T/M: fruitiness melts into the spicy yeast as the suds go to work on my palate. This is a creamy, full-bodied brew with an exceptionally pleasant mouthfeel. Hops show up towards the end for some balance bitterness-wise, but the finish is sweet & boozy overall.

O: I really noticed how much more refined this beer was once it warmed up -- let it sit for ~10 min after pulling from the fridge to work up its self esteem. Delicious; second fiddle only to Tripel Karmeliet.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,136 ratings.
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