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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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Photo of Kromes
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy gold with a large fluffy white head. Lots of carbonation. Got a little yeast suspended in the beer. Must have been jostled on the car ride.

S: A bready belgian yeast aroma. There are some floral notes and some sweet honey-like aromas. There is also an alcohol aroma.

T: A sweet malty flavor at first with a little bit of yeast funk. It is overcome by the alcohol flavor and warmth with some peppery, clove-like spice that linger with the alcohol into the finish.

M: Highly carbonated, provides a nice peppery spice feel to the beer.

D: A very good tripel....very tasty and well crafted.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle served into a St. Bernardus chalice

Pours a sunny yellow color -- like a persimmon. It's plenty cloudy, but there's no visible yeast floaties or anything of the sort. Less than a finger's worth of eggshell white foam. It's quite loose and flowy, but not (as you may then think) composed of large bubbles. Meager lacing.

Give this beer a few minutes to breathe after you pour it into a glass. My first smell yielded nothing, but the next one basically exploded with aroma. Bananas and honey -- like when you add both of those things to a plain breakfast cereal like Corn Flakes -- come strong out the glass, followed by loads and loads of white flowers. That floral scent plays well with the orange and stonefruit that peeks out as the beer warms. There's a touch of clove here too, as expected. This beer opens up a lot, but with the small caveat that the alcohol also becomes apparent in the nose as the beer warms.

The taste is slightly less impressive, but perhaps only because it is more blunt. It's lacking in that floral character that the nose had, which means that the beer is throwing a lot of fruit at you at once: orange juice, banana, and what tastes like an apricot Jolly Rancher (only without the sour). The booze is part of this flavor profile, but not in an inherently bad way. It cuts through some of the sweetness and draws out the clove spice notes from the yeast strain. This is a well-made Tripel that tastes classic, tastes timeless.

The mouthfeel seems at first the weakest aspect of this beer. And indeed, if you merely sip it then it feels woefully thin. But if you take a proper swig then its soft body becomes apparent and you appreciate the balance between carbonation and harsh alcohol bite.

Overall, this is quite a good Tripel. It's a classic for obvious reasons. I'm not as impressed with it as I wanted to be, but it's still plenty impressive.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter, foamy white head sticks around. Murky gold in appearance. Spotty lacing.

Big time juicy fruit aromas. Malty whiffs. Freshly cut hay.

Taste is very balanced. Tart green apple upfront. Tangy and has a nice belgian twang from the yeast. Has a mild spice componant, coupled with carmelized brown sugar. Hop is herbal and leafy, touch of lemon.

Full bodied and adheres to the palate. This beer is becoming a part of me. Finishes semi dry with a lingering sweet boozy note.

This one sure does drink well. Every sip makes me want to take another. Its fairly strong, but its not overpowering. Complex, yet mellow. Good brew here.

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Photo of der_meister
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RedHaze
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of bditty187.

Pours a hazy orange color with a thick, frothy two finger head that slowly settles to soapy cap and leaves behind sheets of lace.

Smell; slighty peppery to start, and then some lemon zest comes through along with bubblegum and cloves.

Taste; the citrus flavors stand out up front (lemon & oranges), with a nice bit of bread dough in the middle and finishing with the peppery spices and cloves with a touch of banana pushing through. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, with really nice carbonation.

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Photo of bruachan
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from an arrowine gift pack (with glass)

golden color with plenty of suspended yeast sediment. not much of a head, but a consistent foamy layer. i would have expected better as the heads on the two St. Bernardus dubbels are quite ample and poofy. some lacing

the nose is very citrusy with some light toffee/caramel hints
the flavor is again citrusy, and shows some spice (corriander, clove?). as well as apricot and light biscuit flavors.

the mouthfeel is slow. not chewy, but it coats the palate nicely. very spritzy at first. one criticism is that the word "chalky" came to mind in terms of texture, which is interesting since someone else made the same comment. yeast?

this stuff isn't as nice of an experience as Pater 6 and Prior 8, but still very good

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Photo of klipper
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bjohnson
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden peachish color with a one and a half frothy and foamy white head. Nice pillow like retention with sticky thick lacing forming on the edges. Wheaty thickness like a wet blanked. Fruity aromas with cloves, orange peels, lemon zest, and banana notes making themselves known first. Slight zing of carbonation tickles the nostrils.

Wheaty flavors take over the mouth and curl under the tongue. Fruity notes dance on the roof of the mouth exuding clove, banana, orange peel, lemon zest, and melon. Dryer aftertaste with a starchy mouthfeel. Silky soft on the palate. Bold and thick on the palate even though it fools you with it's softness and lightness. A very nice drinking tripel. One that I will revisit at some point.

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Photo of walshclimb
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very attrative gold body with bubbly head that slowly thins to a film and leaves a nice lace. Smells sweet and slightly musty with an hint of flowers. Sweet, slightly fruity with candied sugar IF and a nice citrus aftertaste with just the slightest hint of bitterness. Light bodied, very dry texture. Pleasant and very drinkable. This is not a style I drink often, but I would definitely try this one again.

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Photo of soxfan02
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Blkstrapblkfly
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

World benchmark in my eyes for a Tripel. Always a safe choice.

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Photo of klewis
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle - 02/28/08 best before date

A: Pours a slightyly hazy dark straw color with a modest frothy head.

S: Nice aromas of candy sugar, plum, and citrus with a bit of spice

T: Overall, this is somewhat bitter, but with great fruity flavors and a bit of spice kick. This actually reminds me a bit of a gewurztraminer.

M: Medium body with tons of carbonation and a very dry finish.

D: This is an excellent Belgian, and I like it significantly more than the Abt 12. The mouthfeel is a bit tiring, but the flavor is excellent, and this comes at an affordable price for a Belgian import.

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Photo of tdawgydog
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third out of four beers in the Belgian sampler this evening...

This was one of my favorites for the evening.

A - A little darker than your typical Triple, don't let this persuade you

S - A little sweet, a lot enjoyable.

T - Goes down extremely smooth, you really don't taste the alcohol content in this beer.

D - It left me wanting more but I only had this single bottle. I would go for this again.

M - Not overly gassy. This beer was well done. All in all a very successful evening.

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Photo of Christinanoel
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of magictacosinus
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass from a 11oz bottle. Freshness date is 08/12/14.

Appearance: An extremely cloudy, hazy bronze-amber color with perhaps a little bit of excess yeast that I allowed into the bottle. Oh well. Poured a massive head that filled the Duvel glass to the rim, but eventually settled. Carbonation starts out plentiful, but slowly recedes to a frothy ring Looks pretty good, but not like other tripels I've had.

Smell: Very sugary, to the point of candy sweetness. Toffee and caramel malts are abundant. There's a slight zingy spiciness to the aroma that reaches familiar territory to other tripels. The boozy nature of the beer accentuates the sweetness more than preferable for me, but hopefully it tastes different.

Taste: Great flavors! This still is a slightly different tripel than many others in terms of spiciness and sweetness, but the creaminess is everything you want in a tripel. It's quite fruity in flavor (bitter peaches, apples), and contains a yeasty aftertaste that is pleasant and bready. The hops are mild here, but definitely serve the malts in a proper way.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, chewy, smooth and quite refreshing. I expected this beer to be dry and spicy, but it proved itself to be the complete opposite. The alcohol provides a mildly warming experience, but the maltiness of this beer is really what shines here. It makes the entire drinking experience quite thick and unique.

Overall: An interesting take on the tripel syle and typically great beer from St. Bernardus. It's not quite my favorite selection of this style, but displays itself as a well balanced, flavorful, and ultimately refreshing beer. Due to it's excessive sweetness, it's not something I'd buy that often. Still, for the low price of 2 euros here in France, it's definitely a bargain unlike anything else. Recommended a try for sure.

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Photo of bigox420
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SQNfan
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden in color with a tinge of red this poured a very fine thick head that slowly dissipated. The nose was filled with banana, spice, yeast and mineral. In the mouth this is medium-bodied very well-balanced with an enticing mouthfeel that has some richness but is also silky soft. The flavors follow the nose which makes this both a nice beer for the summer, due to the flavors, and the winter with the density. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of dgilks
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intense spicy, citrus aroma. Notes and banana and cotton candy. Quite good.

Somewhat hazy peach colour with a big dissipating to small off-white head.

Mild, soft malt is the predominant flavour. I get some subtle citrus and spice notes and a nice interplay of fruit flavours.

Medium-full body with moderately-high carbonation. Balanced and quite good.

A tasty Tripel and very good. It's not my favourite but I would have it again.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Poured from the 11.2 oz bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. Appearance is a slightly cloudy golden hue with bright orange highlights, topped by a one-inch creamy white head. Simply beautiful. Tiny bubbles of carbonation keep on coming. Sweet aroma of Belgian yeast, bubble gum, a touch of hops, a little bit of banana, and a whiff of alcohol.
Creamy, slightly foamy body holds a palate of lightly sweet malt, Belgian yeast, and a touch of hops. Notes of banana, bubble gum, treacle, and a little bit of clove. Mouthfeel is creamy but then oddly dry on the finish, with more of an alcohol presence. I remember this being a bit tastier in previous encounters, but it's still good stuff.

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Photo of benyerd
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(A) Very hazy burnt orange color. Absolutly zero clarity. Small amounts of yeast floating though out the beer with some left in the bottom of the bottle. Mild head retention that left a very slight lace that faded.

(S) Very sweet smell that was not over powering but but was just about right for this style.

(T) Awesome taste! Mild in flavor but fits almost perfectly with this beer. Very impressed!

(M) Medium bodied and a medium mouthfeel. Slightly disappointed but still matches well.

(D) Very Drinkable and truely classic. One of my favorite but felt as if it could use a little something extra to really put it over the top.

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

Appearance: Straw colored. Slightly hazy. Huge Everlasting head. Nice

Smell: Aroma is a bit simple. Smells of BMC.

Taste: Complex. Immediate sugar taste dominates. Followed by complex estery flavors and finishing with a medium to light hop bitterness. Excellent balance. Wonderful flavors. Luscious.

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy. Still has they syrupy feel due to candi sugar. Very nice and fit to style.

Drinkability: A bit more drinkable than most triples, this lower bodied beer coupled with the excellent complex flavor makes this beer very drinkabile.

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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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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 3,222 ratings