St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding
1,257 Reviews
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
Reviews:
1,257
Ratings:
3,083
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
14.42%
 
 
Wants:
239
Gots:
442
For Trade:
4
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,257 | Ratings: 3,083
Photo of Immortale25
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish pint glass. Back label says best before end 20 05 14 meaning drink by May 5th, 2014.

A- Pours a hazy dark gold color with a two-finger head that retains and retains before finally settling at a 1/4 inch head with full sheets of lacing.

S- Wheat and Belgian yeast. Slightly soapy. A bit of spice is also detected.

T- Full-on helping of wheat flavor along with some rich yeast tones. Alcohol is masked properly making for a very passive drinking experience as sip after sip is taken, each one better than the last.

M- Fluffy and tingly with high carbonation being the reason. Medium body.

O- Like all other St. Bernardus brews it's simple, yet elegantly refined.

 688 characters

Photo of Stunner97
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- poured very nicely from my 750 bottle with a very thick white foamy head, very murky with just so much going on in this beer, golden yellow in color, very great looking complex brew

Smell- Plenty of good citrus, yeast, spice, and corriander nice triple smell but nothing overwhelming

Taste- Wow what an incredible tasting beer, a mix of great sweetness and spice at the end, long lingering delicious finish with a beautiful balance, apple and citrus really can be tasted in teh flavor, hard to make a much more balanced and flavorful triple,

Mouthfeel- thick creamy and smooth with good carbonation level,

Drinkability- I have to say in this current moment of my beer life this is probably the best belgian style tripel I have ever had, just so balanced so complex and so enjoyable, the ingrediants are so clean and you get no sense of 8 percent alcohol, what to me I love about this tripel is that the spicyness stops it from getting to sweet like some triples and keeps it balanced with beauty, one I could drink all nite and will keep around, the best of anyone style isnt something to be used lightly but to me at the current point this is it, try it you wont be sorry

 1,188 characters

Photo of jackndan
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

St. Bernardus Tripel: Mmmm, freaking terrific!! Deep amber colored beer. Great head, thick and long lasting. Aroma, some hints of yeast, some lemon. Bottom line, taste is wonderful. Some nice sweetness, with a hint of sourness as well that strikes a wonderful balance. I’m going to focus on finishing this beer rather than typing. Buy it.

 344 characters

Photo of oxmasterscream
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: White pillowy, fluffy head with major fizz action just below it. Head sat atop a slightly cloudy, golden brew, with big-time carbonation evident.

Smell: Candy sweet, pineapple, tart and sour fruits, sour apples, Belgian funkiness. Yum.

Taste: Crisp, sour apples up front, like a sparkling cider. Slight pineapple flavors showed through occasionally. Bittering finish was gradual and solid. Very nicely balanced. ABV not noticeable at all. Great, great tasting stuff.

Mouthfeel: Full and smooth, yet crispy as the carbonation excites the tongue and mouth all the while.

Drinkability: Hey, it doesn't get much better than this in this genre. Wonderful.

 674 characters

Photo of adowney523
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a Belgian-style chalice.

The color is golden-brown with lots of floating sediment. There is moderate carbonation and a quickly-fading head with good lacing.

Smell is a toasty, bready aroma.

Taste is very smooth, yet complex; the alcohol is barely noticable. There is a candy sweetness along with medicinal phenols and the bready malt taste up front. This fades to a noticable, but slightly alcohol warmth at the finish with faint hops.

This went down exceptional well with my roast duck. An excellent tripel.

 552 characters

Photo of Lupin
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My pleasant, balding friend greets me with a smile, gaily offering a glass of the same tripel I have poured into an inappropriate piece of glassware, a Dick's Last Resort stein.

750ml from a local Indian Package store. $8.99.

Cork pops easily and smells a lot like champaigne. Yeasts are very evident with the first whiff from the neck of the bottle. Head is fiercely bubbly and dissipates in under a minute. Loads of lemon in the scent and in a sip of the head, which is very pleasant. Body is murky from yeast and pretty dense carbonation.

Taste is lemony tart to the point where my novice tongue has difficulty describing any of the undertones. It's a good, friendly, taste though. Tart, but not as dry/tart as a white like hoegaarden. Definitely just the right amount of sweetness. Also, definitely not as spicy as allagash's tripel, which was more towards the duvel side of things. It strikes far fewer points on my palate than similar brews, but I find this rather refreshing.

The final pour adds a lot of the yeast base to the glass, which churns with larger chunks of brewing flotsam than before. Texture is noticeably thicker and creamier. Slight warming has little effect. Still very refreshing.

I'll definitely come back to this brew at some point, but most likely in a 12oz bottle. You don't have to pay too much attention to what's going on. Definitely a good starter brew for the genre, if you want to introduce a friend to a rather neutral tripel/belgian without all sorts of fancy spices to describe.

 1,533 characters

Photo of Zorro
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very mildly hazy gold with a puffy white head.

Smell sweet and spicy. Clean scent of ripe banana, cinnamon and cloves. Pleasant scent of honey, coriander and flowers. Alcohol carries a pleasant scent of black pepper and pipe tobacco.

Taste is sweet and fruity. Tasty honey and brown sugar dominate at first, then the spice gets stronger. Coriander is up front in the spice flavor. Nicely balanced flavor that doesn't let anyone aspect take over Mild acid shows up in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, creamy without getting choking.

Excellent drinkability. I would drink this every night if I could find it and afford it! Probably THE example of what a Tripel should be.

 687 characters

Photo of GbVDave
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice.

Best before 31.08.10

A: Pours a slightly hazy, luminous-gold color with a very creamy, off-white, one finger head that retains well and leaves a lot of lace in the glass. Quite effervescent.

S: Tangy apple and caramel at the forefront. Also noticed were toasted malt, banana, coriander, pear, and floral hops.

T: Green apple drizzled with caramel. Also along for the ride are toasted malt, spices, banana, candi sugar, sauteed pear, peppery floral hops, and a tiny hint of alcohol.

M: Creamy and full in the beginning, that turns dry at the middle and peppery in the finish. There is a nice tart fruit tang that runs all throughout this that is tempered, expertly, by the smooth and sweet caramel flavors.

D: This is so damn easy to drink! I finished this way before I completed this review. So simple yet complex at the same time. An honor to drink!

 915 characters

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: A very nice screen printed 750ml brown glass bottle. Cage and corked, the wisps of fleecing gray gunsmoke released from the neck once the cork was popped was incredible. Surprisingly listed as 8% Alc/Vol, when all other sources (including Tim Webb) proffer that this is 7.5%. Recommended to be served at 46-50°F, in a wide mouthed Goblet. I concur, the lower than average recommended temperature adds a refreshing thirst quenching quality to this strong ale.

Appearance: Thin golden straw color that has some barley sugar traits. The pearlescent white head rises easily from the body of the beer when poured. Lots of streamers punctuate the body and terminate below the floating head that is stiff and rocky but always smooth and never less than ½” thick. Leaves a nice thin layer of lacing down the glass sides as the Tripel is imbibed. It looks absolutely fantastic; this has all of the classic Tripel characteristics.

Nose: An aroma filled with Spices, hops, bready malts. A quick swirl serves to both replenish the head and release more of the fruity spicy aromas.

Taste: Lots of spicy hops, and a juicy Tripel-tastic mouth-watering character that literally oozes out of this beer onto the palate. A veritable Tripel explosion in the mouth reveals lots of peppery spicy hops. As the beer warms it does tend to develop a warming alcohol feel that slowly reveals itself, but of course that’s only if you give this Tripel the chance to warm, most imbibers probably will not.

Mouthfeel: Lightly chilled it has a smooth spritzy feel, aided by the finely dissolved carbonation, but always retaining a strong body. Refreshing and easily consumed, this beer has a fantastic feel in the mouth.

Drinkability: This is just way tooo drinkable. Lightly chilled this monster is easily toppled and it is very easy to forget about the strength. I wondered if this 750 would be the last beer of the night, but I find it went all too quickly, giving me some time to polish off the Pater 6 I have in my fridge before I hit the sack.

Overall: This is a very tasty, dangerously quaffable Tripel. I don’t normally go for chilling Belgium Ales, but this one certainly does benefit from a little temperature depression around the upper 40’s.

Damn good, and at $7.49 for the 75cl, this is another winner from the smiley faced bald-headed monk chappies at Sint Bernardus. No wonder they look so happy.

 2,423 characters

Photo of xmorgan
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought from Bev Mo. 11.2 oz bottle, served in chalice.

Pours a very cloudy amber/orange with a pure white head.

The head dissipates rapidly, with a modest amount of lacing.

Smell: slight citrus, alcohol nose. A bit of spice comes through.

Taste: a bit of malt, yeast and some spice.

Mouth feel: light and a bit of a double impact in the carbonization, like a one-two hit as it comes into your mouth.

drink ability: The 8% of this hits you halfway through. This beer is quite drinkable and I could easily have another after this one was done.

all in all a good Tripple, not great, but solid.

 599 characters

Photo of markman
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

St. Bernardus Tripel: 11.2 oz bottle, best before 31-12-06, 57 º F:

Crystal clear gold with a nice frothy white head…a promise of beautimus lacing. But the aroma hits before the eyes can take it all in. Yeast, ginger, maybe even some pineapple. Creamy smooth on the tongue, and then there it is…the ginger again. Malt steps up to fill in with some subtly sweet tropical fruitiness. Finishes with a dry-fruity-malty-lightly-hopped flavor that sticks around for a while. This is one hell of a tripel and, unlike many it’s contemporaries, at 7.5% it is dangerously drinkable.

Cheers...

 592 characters

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a dense meringue like three inch head. A cloudy deep gold color. Lightly sweet but dry at the same time. A bit of orange crosses my tongue. Smells Belgian in its complexity (imagine that), a fruitiness and a mustiness is here in the nose. A sharpness in the taste is present from the carbonation (this beer is well carbonated). There is some spiciness in the nose too. Very well put together triple, there is a certain softness/ roundness from the malt that ties this beer together very well. Definite alcohol notes if you look for it, but definitely not in your face. Displays the classic Belgian lacing as you work your way through your glass. One of the best, if not the best, examples of the Tripel style of beer.

 728 characters

Photo of beermanbrian
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark golden color wtih tons of carbonation flowing to the top. The highlight of the appearance is the nice fluffy white head that hangs around and leaves some spiderweb lacing.

First whiff is fruity, citrus and apricot. This is followed by the expected yeasty spiceyness, pepper mostly. The 8% dosn't show itself. Taste has all the flavors you smell but is suprisingly subtle. Fruityness dissapears and the mild spicey pepper flavor takes over. Some bready malt flavors. Finishes bitter which makes it nice and dry.

Overall, i found this one supper enjoyable. It maybe isn't as over the top as many of the "extreme" beers but it's full of flavor and makes for a great drinking beer. I could enjoy this one over and over again.

 728 characters

Photo of BeerNemesis
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

St. Bernardus Tripel. On tap @ DBGB

Appearance:
Served in a tulip glass, it was a very inviting, slightly cloudy burnt honey orange with a frothing, creamy white head of about 1.5". Lacing was spectacularly thick and the head retention was superb. Looks delicious!

Aroma:
Fruity aroma, with sweet toffee in the background and apricot and banana in the foreground. Some brown sugar's in there as well.

Taste:
Wow! What a consumate tripel we have here! So creamy and smooth, but we'll get to that soon... My immediate first thought was "bananas," others have pointed to apricots. Whatever that fruitiness is, it sort of wallowed around in my mouth -- both uplifting and bright, but also thick, creamy, and deep.The buttery, toffee/caramel/brown sugar trifecta seeps in next, giving the fruity esters a nuanced and playful and delicately toasted malt backbone.

It is really unlike anything I've ever had before -- liquid joy funneled into a tulip glass. Some might point to the fact that the hops are a bit lackluster. I disagree. Sometimes unbalance works, and the graceful asymmetry of this beverage would have it no other way. It finishes bready and a touch on the dry side, and the banana flavor lingers in the roof of my mouth.

Mouthfeel:
Oh so creamy and smooth! I was very pleased, and swished it around in my mouth before every gulp.

Drinkability:
For 8%, I barely tasted the alcohol. Sure it was there, lingering in the shadows, but the taste was just too sublime pass up on. Who's going to let a silly thing like alcohol get in the way of enjoying another glass of this beauty.

Notes:
Up until now, Chimay Cinq Cents had all I ever wanted from a tripel. Today the jolly monk pictured on the St. Bernardus bottles blew my mind. Buy, consume, contemplate, be at peace. That is all.

 1,797 characters

Photo of AlexJ
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My long awaited sampling of this highly regarded triple begins. A golden honey colored potion wearing a white cloud of densely fluffy pure white head blesses my chalice.

The aroma is pure decadence. A dessert cart of sweet, earthly aromas. Theres an overall candy sweetness throughout containg hints of honeydew melon, candied orange peel, pear, spice drops, and pink bubblegum. There are tones of corriander and white pepper spice as well.

Mmm, all the above and then some. Sweet complexity and a multitude of flavors achieve perfect balance. There's enough candied fruit and carnival sweets in here to give you a toothache. At no point does this become cloying or too sweet, I just want more!

A lush, creamy mouthfeel is achieved by a medium/big body filled with tight, playful, and modest carbonation. A georgous triple, and one we should all seek out and enjoy! Thanks for sharing Gabe!

 899 characters

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured into my large St. Bernardus chalice. It pours a hazy honey golden color with a two finger head that is thick, frothy, and white. No real lacing or cascading to speak of.

S-Belgian yeast, some spice, and alcohol

T-Sweet from the alcohol, Belgian yeast, and a slightly tart finish. To me this is the best tasting version of the style, I love it.

M-Fairly thick and syrupy with the near perfect amount of carbonation.

D-I could drink this all day-its delicious and at 8% alcohol you could drink a few in a single session.

Overall, this is my favorite Tripel. I love this beer and I love this brewery. I must try for fans of the style.

 645 characters

Photo of ncfranklin
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into the St. Bernardus goblet.

A : A golden murky color. Pours with a very nice white head that settled to a solid rim.

S : Large floral notes with a hint of yeast, berry, malt.

T : Floral up front, with berry in the middle, some malt/yeast and a dry hoppy finish.

M : A medium to heavy body, with a nice fuzzy feel that results in a tingly lining on swallow.

D : Its a tripel so the alcohol is high, but this ones lighter flavors makes it very easy to consume in large quantity. Delicious.

Can't go wrong here for a nice pale color Belgian.

 571 characters

Photo of jgagne
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a-A fabulous murky gold. With a grand white creamy head

S- a prominent smell of citrus, honey and small hint of bananas

t-What flavor. A great mix fruity sweet spicy goodness. With a wonderful aftertaste that goes down smooth.

M- sits quite light, with a medium carbonation. And is actually spicy while sitting in your mouth.

o-Probably one of my favorite beers. I have had several other tripels including La Fin Du Monde and i still prefer this one. Great beer and i will enjoy it for many years to come

 510 characters

Photo of Redweasel
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a monster head even with the gentlest of pours.

Aroma is almost peachy with citrus. Expected some alcohol at 8% but it was not present. Smells delicious.

Holy fruit Batman. Hard to place, I get citrus, plum, peach, banana, and all kinds of tropical goodness my inferior palate can't place, melon or pineapple possibly.. Spicy, fruity and amazing. Silky smooth mouthfeel almost creamy. It "slides" down the mouth. The word slick comes to mind but not in a bad sense whatsoever.

Overall, I've tasted the Pater, Prior, and Abt, this one just seemed special. As much as I enjoyed the other three, the Tripel went beyond my expectations. Never really tasted anything like it. Great, amazing beer.

I scored 4 bottles from work at a measely $6 a bottle. I'm stashing two for a a couple of years to taste on special occasions. A true top notch beer. How I'm just having my first one I'll never know.

 935 characters

Photo of drabmuh
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my DFH snifter, I can't find my St. B glass...grrr.

Beer is amber and hazy. Forms a HUGE head that falls away to one finder and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is high and steady. Looks awesome.

Oh sweet Jesus, it smells like awesome. Write awesome on a piece of paper and then smell it, that's what this is. Its estery and sweet with a level of great yeastiness (that's a word according to google). Its perfect.

Creamy medium bodied beer with a dry finish. The forward is mildly sweet. The midpalate is moderately sweet and estery. The yeast character is lower than you'd expect. This beer is awesome. One of the best tripels I've ever had.

 673 characters

Photo of SteffenM
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite Tripels. The first time I bought this beer it came withe glasses. Split the small bottle between two glasses. Amazing presentation with long lasting head retention.

 183 characters

Photo of IntriqKen
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy, milky pale orange with a beautiful full white head that melts to a very, very heavy, glass sticking lacing.
Aroma is heavenly fresh and sweet with pale malt an mild citrus...oranges and tangerines.
The head is like covering your lips with wipped cream. Mouthfeel is tingly and very, very full.
Taste is tangerines, manderin oranges, sharp biting sting from the tiny carbonation on your tongue then the alcohol burn....
very drying as you swallow, but a lingering sweet citrus in the mouth makes you want another sip...and another sip...and another.
This is the kind of beer that would make one find religion and join the abbey.

 648 characters

Photo of Metalmonk
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple nice "glug"s out of the bottle on the pour, which created a decent size head, not too big but substantial and fluffy. Doesn't last too long but that's ok because it's the color of this beer that impresses: strong golden-caramel shine, made hazy by tiny bits of sediment and light, mellow bubbles.

Smell is average for the style: strong yeast, stronger malts, mild spices and a floral presence.

What a flavor. Pleasant (and apparently very high quality) malts/yeasts in the front, with a buoyant array of spice characteristics, extremely well-blended and balanced. Mild but assertive alcohol warming sensation trails throughout the mouth and up into the nasal passages. The mouthfeel is full and chewy and tingly and, again, warming. I can't think of a beer with a better texture at the moment. This just hits all the right buttons.

Drinkability? High. Very high. It's just so damn good, who cares if it's on the higher ABV scale at 8%? But too much of any good thing is a bad thing, so I usually limit myself to two a day, tops. Not two St. Bernardus a day, I ain't Daddy Warbucks. Planning on following this with a Victory Hop Wallop. It's Friday. Should be a fine night.

 1,188 characters

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 brown bottle poured into a goblet; unsettling yellow in color, with off and on orange peel showings. A sparkling and white bubbly soapy head. The nose is fruity, with sugar plum, banana bread and cloves. Non-moving yeasty particles make their presence known. Incredible tastings--chewy peppery spices, plums, yeast and fruity malts. The body contains some bread/biscuit flavorings. Bubble gum, bananas and more peppery notes are noted. Finishes dry and very satisfying; the definitive definition of what a triple should be! A gem!

 535 characters

Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Man, I wish I had a smiling Monk T-shirt. He's about the coolest label I've seen in a while. Appearance was a very gold orange with tons of cloudy yeast and a giant white head. Smell was of yeast and alcohol with a bit of the fruity notes showing through. The taste was amazing. Upfront fruit, perhaps some apple as well as apricot. Followed by bready/yeast and sweet caramel flavors. Mouthfeel was creamy and satisfying. Drinkability was very good as well, better than their abt 12. All in all an amazing experience. I recommend this to anyone who can obtain some.

 565 characters

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,083 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!