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 itcomesnpints
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A colossal white cloud of foam sits on top of a dusty gold bath. Bubbly foam left on Duvel glass.

Spicy pear, warming alcohol, clove, Belgian yeast and green apples meet the nose.

The taste mimics the nose. The mouthfeel is smoother than smooth. The alcohol fits perfectly in the flavor profile. Creamy, warming, beautiful.

Not only one of my favorite Tripels, but one of my favorite Belgians brews altogether. St. Bernardus stands as one of the best breweries in the world.

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Photo of sneakybird
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one pours a hazy gold with a hint of orange and a solid finger of pure white head. Seems more persistant and with better lacing than the previous St. Bernardus offerings. Lots of banana and clove on the nose and maybe a little earthy or spicy bitterness.

Banana and clove are evident from the first sip, with some tropical and/or citrus fruit coming through at the end with a slight, but quenching, acidity. The alcohol is invisible, an impressive feat at 8%. It has a light to medium body, very crisp and highly carbonated. Finishes dry and very refreshing, with a hint of lemon.

Extrordinarily easy drinking but certainly no lack of complexity. I could almost knock back a few of these on a hot day if not for the high price and alcohol. A really fantastic brew.

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Photo of markaberrant
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - slight haze, peachy orange colour, thin white head. no lacing.

S - wonderful aromas of honey, pears, lemon peel, floral hops. I REALLY like this.

T - smooth, controlled sweetness. Awesome peachy, pear, apricot flavours. Snappy finish is a combo of spice and hops.

M - Alcohol is extremely well hidden, but it does have a nice warming effect. This beer has very bright flavours, but soft mouthfeel and carbonation gives it a gentleness.

D - Just an awesome beer, I'm so glad I can get this locally now!

I have only previously tried the Abt 12, and I didn't see what the fuss was. However, this is a different beast. I love a good tripel, but this one pushes the envelope with a distinct aroma, perfect sweetness, and a refined smoothness. I love it!

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Photo of akorsak
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a 750 mL C&C bottle, poured into a Chimay goblet. The ale was cold when I opened it around 1930 this evening. Not it is near room temperature.

Appearance: The ale is a solid, hazy yellow color. Earlier, it was clearer, but there must be some lees giving me a haze. There is a small ring of lace around the glass.

Smell: The aroma of a sweet fruit is the first thing that I notice. I can't place it, but it is definitely sweet and fruity.

Taste: The ale has a slightly spicy pepper undertone. Over top of that is a nice fruity, yeasty softness. And for a tripel, the alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Spicy and sweet at the same time, excellent in the mouth.

Drinkability: I should have purchased a few more bottles, this is the best tripel I've had.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from Tres Bonne Cuisine on Overland in Boise for $3.25.. Today was my first trip to this store, and I was blown away when I saw this. I never remember seeing St. Bernardus brews in Boise... granted the tripel is the only one they had.. but still fantastic for the Boise BA's.

Poured into my Delirium tulip.. decanted to leave behind most of the yeast.. 2" head that left sheets of lace... Slightly hazy golden brew.

Aroma is pale malts and yeasty fruitiness... white peaches, low apricots and whiffs of strawberry... touches of spice.

Tropical fruit flavors are abound in the flavor.. mango and melon .. and more peach essence... the subtle sweetness ties everything together perfectly.. a little white pepper adds alot of complexity... Viscosity is a solid medium for the style, but it's a creamy medium.

Overall world class hands down. I am sooo happy that I have access to this beer now. Thanks to Barbara at TBC.

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Photo of Gusler
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a tenebrous rusty orange-yellow color, the head behemothic in size, texture that of whipped cream and the color a dazzlingly white with enormously thick glutinous sheets of lace that clean mightily to the glass. Nose is yeast laden, malt, hints of lemon peel, with and underlying sweetness. Front is ambrosial, the top middling in feel, the finish is devilishly carbonated, divinely hopped droughty long lasting aftertaste. This bottle borders on being 2 years old, the high ABV is quite evident in the “Belly Warming”, and the deep malt body adds much to this beer. Oddly enough, seems people either love it or dislike it, I “Love it”!

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Photo of eberkman
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Publick House in Brookline, Mass.

Pours a hazy orange-gold with a full white head. Smells of fleshy white fruit -- apples, pears, peaches, pluots -- and peppery spice. Some alcohol in the nose as well. Taste is similar -- fruity tartness and juiciness rounded out by a complex array of spices. Very peppery with traces of licorice and anise. Absolutely wonderful. Crisp and carbonated mouthfeel with excellent drinkability for its strength -- if you have a couple of them, you won't feel the strength until you stand up, so beware...

Anyway, as close to a perfect tripel as I've ever had.

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Photo of Eisen
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet: Thick white foamy head that faded slowly into a thick white top and sticky lacing over a cloudy orangish liquid with noticeable yeasties settling to the bottom. Smells like a triple should with nothing in particular standing out: yeast esters/tropical fruit and perfectly balanced hops and malt. Tastes like banana kiwi, citrus, slightly more bitter than sweet (which is good!), slightly spicy. It's soft and fuzzy, like a delicious pillow in your mouth (which is also a good thing!). Better than some trapist triples. Overall, a fantastic beverage from a fantastic brewery.

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Photo of horndecker
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the small 33cl bottle.

Brassy, orange tinged yellow color, huge head, very persistant froth, fine bubbles. Enthusiastic.

Big whiff of fruit, grapefruit, apricot, caramels or toffee. Something bright and peppery as well, orange zest, a bit of vegetal, cabbagey aroma, similiar to something I associate with good white burgundies.

After all that fruit in the nose, it's a surprise that the first taste is malt. Plenty of fruit rushes in after that, a little butterscotch too. It's so creamy and silky in the mouth. A wonderful full bodied spritz.

As it warms, other aromas make an appearance. Candied yams, perhaps carrots and brown sugar?

Exceptional, So quaffable. A treat. And easy to find. Hallelujah.

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Photo of grimreeser
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice light orange amber with a finger sized off-white head. Nice spicyness, belgian aroma. Light orange, raisin, and a bit of caramel. A bit of alcohol, but not too bad. Nice sweetness, very good carbonation as it dances along the tounge. Very dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of codekiln
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

appearance -
Cloudy, green, foggy/dirty; generous head at first that quickly dissipates but leaves a milky froth on the surface.

smell -
Milky, warm, toasty, soft, a hint of neroli, sweet greens (pea shoots), slightly sour

taste -
Toasty, sweet,

feel -
Rough at first due to carbonation, silk afterfeel

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Photo of baos
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this one the other night and did not take notes but i did take some mental notes, because this is a great brew.

A: Decent head, 'bout 3 fingers. Nice translucent light reddish brown body with the head white. Some lacing.

S: MMM Candi sugars, caramel. Dark Fruits.

T: mmm Near Perfect. I wish I could buy these ten dollars bottles everyday. Lemony on the git go then into a kind of sweet bread yeastiness that finishes dry and spicy. A nice alcohol warmth goes with the flavor as well.

M: Full body on this girl.

D: Pretty near perfect. As she warms in your glass she gets better.

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Photo of KLHBB
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Elegant. Butterscotch. A gentle pour from a bottle into a tulip glass, but so much head I have to stop. Hazy, golden amber, sedimentary stuff settling at the bottom. Smell: sweet, yeasty, candied orange. Taste: more candied fruit and a slight hop zing. Medium bodied, lovely.

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Photo of Bombelsky
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a trappist chalice. Label shows a monk enjoying his beer. It has a hazy, orange color. Off white, two fingers tall and very frothy head. Foam is diminishing and creates a small crown. Good lacing. Malty aromas of grain and hay. Lemon aroma upfront. Gentle citrus. Some apricot. Medium body. Soft carbonation, salty. Some spiciness. Wonderful sweet fruits and bitter strong punch in a mouthfeel. Well balanced. Fantastic long, bitter finish. Some sour notes. Served at 9 Celsius degrees.

Expiration date: 14.04.2017
Review date: 25.04.2016

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Hazy dark orange copper color with a thick creamy white head. A good level of retention, and each sip leaves generous lace clinging to the glass. A bit darker than I would expect out of the style.

Smell: Tons of fruity and spice notes in the nose. I expected the spicy yeast aroma, but the pineapple, apricot, and other tropical fruit really surprised me. Also seems to be some apple and cherry in there.

Taste: This is about as perfect of a flavor in a tripel as I can remember having. It starts out well, with a combination of toffee and honey providing most of the sweetness. Juicy apricot and pineapple come in before the spicy yeast takes over. Wow - allspice, cloves, maybe some cinnamon and pepper as well. A light herbal and citrus hop presence perfectly match the original flavors on the tongue. There is a touch of alcohol in the flavor that is tolerable.

Mouthfeel: Both crisp and creamy, it has carbonation to lift any residue off the tongue and keep each sip feeling fresh, but it has a soft creaminess that is quite pleasant. It starts juicy, but it starts moving toward dry by the end. A touch grainy from the unfiltered nature of the beer.

Drinkability: One of, if not my absolute, favorite tripels. This will frequently be found in my fridge.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color with some yeast sediment in suspention. It boasts a thick fluffy off white head with a slight yellow tint that fades slowly, leaving many laces.

This beer has a grainy aroma. It has an earthy yeast aroma as well. Some spices are present also. Coriander, and allspice. This beer also has a slightly cirtusy hop aroma.

This beer tastes much like it smells. It has a dominately grainy flavor. It has that signature Belgian earthy yeast flavor also. It is spicy with a hint of cloves. It also tastes slightly citrusy.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a grainy aftertaste. It is crisp and refreshing. It is well carbonated.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is not too overly high in alcohol, and the flavor is not overly aggressive.

Overall: This beer is good. It might be one of the best Tripel's I have had.

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Photo of Roguer
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful poor, with a one finger white head. Retention is good, and lacing is good. Brew is cloudy, and golden straw-colored. I left the yeast in the bottle.

Bright, yeasty and bready aroma at fridge temp. Banana, clove, citrus.

Classic tripel flavor. A little flat, and spicy, but strong notes of wheat, clove and spices, and light citrus and banana. Belgian yeast and mineral water.

Thick and Bready mouthfeel. Fairly lively, no sting or alcohol. Almost chewy like a stout, even cold.

This is an excellent Belgian tripel. Very traditional, relatively complex, extremely smooth. One of the better versions I have had, and another great beer from this brewery.

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Photo of Father_Raybob
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pale gold, slightly hazy with quickly diminishing fine-bubbled white head.

Nose - slightly Flemish style sour smell like fresh straw in a dairy barn. Very malt forward with hints of almonds and sour cherries.

Taste - very mild and well-balanced sour element followed by a huge wave of malt and nutty flavors. Alcohol is very well integrated and not evident even at 10 ABV.

Overall - Awesome beer from Belgium; very full-bodied and yet quite refreshing. I want another growler.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 33 cL bottle into snifter.
A: Cloudy pale orange with thick white head that has good retention and leaves behind excellent lacing.
S: Nice herbal/spice aroma. Slightly medicinal. Definite coriander. Alcohol esters on the nose too.
T: At first is very light with citrus notes. But this gives way to nice malt notes and heavier fruit and spice. A tale of two tastes...both equally impressive...nice complexity!
M: Nice body with taste that deepens and lingers! Very, very nice.
D: Definitely one of the best tripels I've come across! Relatively high ABV is well hidden. Excellent complexity. The more I drink this, the more I get out of it and enjoy it. A tremendous beer and definitely one to seek out and enjoy!

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Photo of Cresant
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Westmalle chalice. Dated best before: 03.07.08. Body was a semi-cloudy golden/orange color. Yeast particles are suspended in the body and don't seem to settle. White, light bubbles dissolve to form a creamy cap, then a collar.

Smell is not as full as I would have expected. Fruity and light. Grains. Very bready.

Taste was spicy, peppery. Rich and bready. Sweet malts and fresh grain. Hard candy. Ripe honeydew. Rather complex and enjoyable. Somewhat drying. I have been holding on to this beer for a while now. I waited until I was in the mood for a heavier/richer beer. This beer was not heavy though. It was very drinkable and the alcohol was very well hidden.

Mouthfeel was medium to full in body (not too heavy). Smooth rounded texture. Very nice.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a goblet.

This is a beautiful beer! Pours a slightly hazy tangerine color. A shade darker than most tripels. Has a huge pillowy head that leaves sheets of lovely lace all over the glass.

Smell is noticable from a slight distance from the glass. Bright tropical fruits and sweet candy.

Taste is no sloucher either. Sweet candy sugar on the front end followed by a sharp twang of citrusy zest in the middle. Finishes with just a touch of alcohol and sweet malts.

Perfectly carbonated. Full and creamy.

Overall, a wonderful brew that I have been meaning to review for some time. This is probably my favorite Tripel. Has all the characteristics, sweet candy sugars, lots of malty goodness and a bouquet of fruit, perfectly balanced. Highly recommended!

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yeast-hazed peach, this sits approachably with otherworldly lace. Extra-credit is due for the full-package effect of a beer sitting in its proper glassware.

Nose is yeasty, prickly, with citrus, pepper, and zippy zing. Enticing, clean, and goes to show how important freshness can be, even in a style that allows age.

Taste manages a perfect tightrope walk between sweet and dry, resting at each point but never touching down in either. Just perfect, and what I’m looking for when I reach for a Belgian-style beer: neither overwhelmingly candi sugar’d up or aggressively carbonated. This is fruity in a similar way to gorgeous DIPAs.

The syrupy mouthfeel here could be a downfall, but as mentioned it isn’t onesided or here-or-there. Dry, spice-kick hoppy and yeast keep the package desirably drinkable, unquenching, addictive.

Only had 11.2 oz, but more would be graciously welcomed. I find that “go back for more” reflexes are rarely used for Belgian-styled beers, but I prefer this one to even Rochefort, surprisingly.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally sit down to review this fantastic beer, pours a dark russet brown with a slight orange hue to it, lots of head, fluffy and smooth, some nice lacing too. The aroma site back a bit, some nice fruits, some earthiness and spices. The taste comes out much more, a bouquet of all things delicious, the dark, rich, sugary fruits, some citrus too, the yeastiness, the earthy hops and herbal quality, absolutely delicious. The mouth is full, smooth and delicious, this is just an absolute treat and a testament to the celebration of the greatness of beer.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Wonderful light orange color w/ a 2-3 finger off white head which lingers. The head is wonderfully cloud-like, and this beer looks the part. Very cloudy, w/ great carbonation and great lacing.

S- Smells of orchard fruit, yeast, slight malt. Nice zing, but very smooth balanced smell to this one.

T- I really want to give the taste a 5, but I'll grudgingly give it a 4.5. This is one of the best (if not the best) tripel I've had, and I've had a lot of them. All the smells come through in perfect balance and release on your taste buds. I can't find any issue w/ the taste. In fact... I'm going to switch this to a 5. Haha.... Perfection. On the fruity side for a tripel, but it's ridiculously good. Wow.

M- Again- amazing. Smooth, silky, light but very balanced. Great aftertaste, which lingers. Malt, fruit are in the aftertaste. The alcohol in this beer is extremely well hidden. In fact, that's my only minor gripe. I'd like just a tiny bit more alcohol burn. It's so smooth and drinkable though, that I really can't complain.

O- This is a World Class beer, and one of the best tripels on the planet. You owe it to yourself to buy this beer whenever you see it. I'd love to have this on draft someday, but it's near perfect the way it is. Cheers.

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Photo of JBogan
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy orangish yellow with a large and foamy head which stayed around a long time and left some but not a lot of lacing.

Smelled of grapes and citrus with some alcohol present, especially as the beer warmed.

Tasted of grapefruit, orange, some yeast, a bit of alcohol. Very nice and refreshing.

Mouthfeel was really good. Medium bodied with a good smoothness and crispness going down. Nice amount of carbonation.

This was a truly enjoyable beer that I'd love to try again and share with friends.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,121 ratings.
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