St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel
BA SCORE
93.1%
Liked This Beer
4.24 w/ 3,166 Ratings
St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium
sintbernardus.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#807
Reviews:
1,280
Ratings:
3,166
Liked:
2,946
Avg:
4.24/5
pDev:
9.2%
Alströms:
4.32
 
 
Wants:
261
Gots:
491
Trade:
4
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Photo of bjd88
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of geexploitation
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours just shy of clear, with a big, foamy white head that kicks up on the pour and remains as a dusting throughout the session. Loads of Brussels lace. Very hoppy aroma -- some pear, white pepper, and light candi sugar. On the tongue, very sharp bitterness (more than most tripels) backed by white-fruit sweetness, full carbonation and an intense herbal quality at the finish. There's a nice creaminess to the taste and mouthfeel. Overall, this is an excellent tripel. Not my favorite one -- to my mind, it swings over too far in bitterness -- but it's up there.

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Photo of John_M
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this on tap on several occasions here in Baltimore. While always good, there does seem to be considerable variation in the quality of the beer, perhaps based on how long the beer has been on the gas. In any event, had this beer on tap at Mahaffey's yesterday. I believe it was tapped at least several days ago.

The beer pours a hazy golden peach color with very good head retention and excellent lacing. On the nose I get a hint of citrus, honey and gingerale. The beer smells pretty good, but tastes even better. I get some moderate sweetness initially, but the beer finishes with considerable hoppy bitterness, leading to a pretty dry flavor profile. Nevertheless, there are attractive flavors of melon, apple, orange citrus and honey. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and the beer is remarkably drinkable for the 8% abv. The alcohol is very well disguised in this beer, and this is one of the easier to drink tripels I've come across.

Perhaps not spectacular, but a very nice beer nonetheless.

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Photo of AD17
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Snamnoum
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a fair amount of sediment in the bottle but smell and flavor were unaffected. Very carbonated after opening almost fizzy. You can pick up light malt in the nose and I could definitely smell the alcohol. Appearance in the glass after pour is cloudy and hay colored. Definitely a well balanced beer, light floral hoppiness contrasts well with the sweetness of the malt. Effervescence keeps the beer drinkable and saves it from being an other wise pretty heavy beer. In my opinion a damn good brew.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle served in my ST tulip. Best before end 08 02 13 indicated on the back label. Pours a burnished, golden-orange with a creamy/frothy 2.75 inch head. Clarity is semi-hazy, with tiny bubbles effervescing in solution from the stem to cap. Head exhibits excellent retention, eventually settling into a 3/4 inch cap that is refreshed with a swirl. Delicate strands of lacing are exposed and adhere to the side of the glass during the tasting. Nose reveals light citrus fruit (perhaps some apricot), cloves, a spicy/peppery quality and a suggestion of candi sugar and honey. Taste follows nose - a little grassy and the herbal quality is less spicy than suggested by the nose. There's also a slightly stale yeast flavor that comes out towards the back and somewhat quashes the sweetness that presents in the middle. Light fruit is more rounded and less citrus-centric. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a slightly scaly carbonation and a finish that falls a little short of semi-dry. A very nice and well-balanced tripel. This tends to be a hit or miss style for me, but this is definitely a hit in my opinion.

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Photo of MDekker
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours out gold in color, mostly clear with an incredible frothy head that remains more than 10 minutes later as I let it warm a bit. I didn't get it all out of the bottle, but the inch and a half remaining in the bottle is loaded with sediment. Nice lacing as the head fades too.

S: A very dry, straw and hay aroma. Notes of grape, like champagne or white wine.

T: Subtle, luscious fruit flavors, like apples and grapes. A little sour. The hop finish is subtle as well. Nothing is potent about this flavor, it's just all very well done.

M: Smooth and pleasant, creamy but not thick. Just great.

D: Goes down easily. Overall, a nice experience. My first tripel, and a good one, it seems to me.

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Photo of Onibubba
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hard pour into a Tulip leaves about an inch of creamy head with a rather remarkable staying power. Nice lacing too. Color is a hazy gold. Very appealing. Aromas have some alcohol notes and a sweet but inoffensive spicyness. The spiced pear taste is fainter than I would have thought with a nice touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. Nothing overpowering here. Alcohol remains hidden save for the smell. Though this first appeared to be nicely carbonated, it gave way to a more creamy feel as the beer warmed - very smooth. Nice. Very nice.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a VERY pale golden straw color with a fairly cloudy haze. The head is massive, hard to pour correctly unless you go super slow. The head is fluffy and super light. Incredible lacing on the glass and crazy rockiness to the head as it lowers. The smell is typical of an awesome pale belgian. Hints of apples, apple cider/juice, belgians spices and pepperiness. The flavor is sweet, fruity and peppery.The light peppery hop flavor is no challenge to the malty sweetness. The warmer it gets the maltier it tastes. The feel is smooth and slightly tingly from the carbonation. This is very drinkable. Great belgian pale.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque yellow-orange with a monstrous creamy head. Huge lacing.

Smell is sweet fruit (orange and lemon), spices, yeast and hops.

Taste is strongly of sweet citrus and spice flavoring. Peppery with great bready yeastiness, bananna, and cloves. Slight hops flavoring appears in the clean finish.

Mouthfeel is full and soft with a clean finish.

This brew is a little sweeter than expected, but it is still an excellent brew.

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Photo of madelf66
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mitchster
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a semi-cloudy apricot, forming a tall and expanding white head with a meringue consistency. Excellent retention and very good lacing. Carbonation is medium-strong. Aroma is very good....fresh red and green apples, strawberries, peaches, a ton of sticky pale malts with a bit of husken character, honey, and a very light nose of apple-cider vinegar. Taste recapitulates the aroma, with a nice honey-smacks cereal taste. Medium-light body, very easy to drink. Alcohol is imperceptible. Finishes slightly dry with a mild hop bitterness and toasty grains. Hop flavor is hard to distinguish but I can smell it in my belches, along with bananas. Surprisingly, this triple is not very sweet. Adding the dark brown yeast adds the expected breadiness, but also a flourish of honey. As it warms, alcohol becomes noticeable and adds a peppery touch to the finish.

This is not a mind-blowing tripel. It's very good, but I've had better (Grimbergen, Victory Golden Monkey, New Belgium). I wouldn't pass this up, but then again, I wouldn't necessarily seek it out. Still, I recommended trying it.

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Photo of Lothore
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly cloudy tangerine hue with a large eggshell head that slowly fades to tons of lacing.

S- Smell is sweet and deeply reminescent of Belgian yeast. Spicy and funky with light apricot undertones.

T- Taste is a array of blended spices, earthy belgian funk with a dry, tangy finish that leaves you constantly going for another sip.

M- Somewhat light with a good amount of carbonation that dances on the tongue and tickles the throat as it goes down.

D- This is highly drinkable and even though i'm not a huge Belgian fan this tripel really does it for me. It takes a Belgian yeasty taste that turns me off to quite a few other beers and makes it so enticing its hard to put down.

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Photo of chcfan
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
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 -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Srkolodn
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LarryMyers
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of zknight
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigIslandfarmer
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of justintcoons
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
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 -2.4%
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 -2.1%
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 -2.1%
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 StormAles
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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