St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel
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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 muratgurer
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent tripel, in the style of Chimay Cinq Cents. Yeasy, relatively full-bodied. Decent sized head, some retention. Not much lacing. Fruity and somewhat spicey, much like Chimay or Westmalle (but not as lively as the latter). Overall, as good as most of the best tripels, but not as good as Westmalle, my favorite (and the original) of the style.

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Photo of NJB145
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought in Cerveteca in Lisbon, drank at home in Coimbra and poured to a Leffe chalice.

A: The body is yellow-ish to orange-y but slightly more yellow. It's a bit opaque which is a downside and had lots of deposit hanging around which is not good. But the one finger thick white head had lots of retention and some lacing.
S: The aroma is mostly yeasty and malty giving prevalence to the belgian yeast.
T&M: The taste is very good being based on three different profiles of citrus, yeast and malts. Basically these three together create a rather sweet major profile that's very interesting with the minor bitterness that comes next. Both the taste and the mouthfeel are very well structured together.
O: I have to say that even by having a weaker presentation and aroma, I find this Tripel better than the Quad from St. Bernardus. Or is it just this beer talking?

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Photo of Drew966
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Bernardus Tripel pours the color of a new copper penny with an off white head from a brown 11.2 ounce bottle. There is a pleasant fruity aroma, apricot comes to mind as does pineapple. The fruit isn't as noticeable in the flavor, although aspects still come through. There seems to be more of an herbal flavor that dominates however. Definitely one to try.

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Photo of AMo
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

St. Bernardus Tripel pours a golden, peachish, orange with a nice fluffy head. The smell is good, medium to strong with malt and fruit like aromas. Its taste is good and unique, sporting a crisp floral like taste. Mouthfeel is light with a medium carbonation. The carbonation gives a kind of airy bubbly feel. Overall the drinkability of this beer is really good. It packs a good subltle kick with a well blended taste and smooth feel. I found it to get better at mid glass, but still it was nice the whole way through.

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Photo of Avantyawn
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 corked n caged. First tasting of this beer, have had their quad...

A: Huge frothy white head. Beautiful! Murky hazy unfiltered golden ale with lees. It looks absolutely fantastic.

S: Orange peel, bubblegum, Bananas, cloves , vanilla, slighty toasty and rough, or rustic, smelling for a tripel. There is nothing to hide with this beer. Perfume like.

T: Taste follows the smell, very smooth, gets better as it warms. Tasty! There is a very bright celebratory flavor to this beer, I am impressed. This beer is not messing around.

M: Rustic tough chewy mouth. Chewier than most Belgian ales I have tried. A strong fresh bubbly frothy carbonation this has. I think this is a very fresh bottle.

Overall, this is a serious Tripel, I am enjoying it greatly. This is an amazing and powerful beer, not for chugging due to its intense floral characteristics. A real sipper, even at 8 %.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice straw gold appearance with rocky, meringue like head that dissipates quickly into a thin but resiliant white layer.

Nose is of pre-baked Pilsbury biscuits, clean lemon, and miscellaneous herbs.

On the palate this beer is well-carbonated with a rising, zesty citrus flavour followed by a sweet and tangy bite that leads to the finish. Citrus baked goods come to mind, such as pies.... lemon, maybe key lime, very citrusy.

Finish is long and rather tart, perhaps a touch bitter as well.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer has a nice cloudy peach color. Nice head to start off with but goes down to a lace that won't go away. This beer has nice carboniation. It has a very good smell. Malt plus fruit scents. The taste is lower on the Belgian spicy esters, which is good for a change of pace.

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Photo of timtim
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hazy golden with a huge white head. smells of yeasty semi sweet bread, a little banana, malt, hops, and maybe some lemongrass or something. tastes the same... a little sour and a hint of bitter, but well blended. to me it tastes like a tripel should. not over the top or outrageously unique. just a solid solid beer. feel great going down. not overly carbonated. alive. just right. easy easy drink.

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Photo of Coronaeus
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of larryarms847
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-hazy light golden yellow with a slight orange hue and very active champagne-like carbonation.

Lemony and floral/herbal notes, biscuits, apple skin, banana, and clove.

Biscuity and toast like malt sweetness, banana, lemon, floral/herbal bitterness, and yeasty.

Medium-bodied, high carbonation.

Overall, an extremely smooth and drinkable Tripel.

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Photo of kirkse
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a towering white head.

Smells of apricots and honey with a hint of lemon/citrus at the end.

Taste is very similar to the smell. Very sweet, (more so than I expected) with a little bitterness to round out the flavor profile.

Medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

Overall, this is a very pleasant and refreshing beer. It might not be my favorite triple, but it is still a very solid offering.

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Photo of Yesdog
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of dutchmenchad
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Small creamy white head. Not much lacing. Slightly hazy straw body.

S: Sherbet powder.

T: Laquer/nail varnish and sherbet. Neutral bread base and a slightly sharp bitterness. Initially sweet but the bitterness evens it out eventually. Agreeable mouthfeel. Nothing else to add.

O: Not as great as I remember but having bought this bottle in Korea I imagine its three months on a container ship might have taken its toll.

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Photo of mkh012
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip at 48°. Best before October 2018.

A nice shade of cloudy orange with a finger of white head. The head dissipates to a thin ring fairly quickly. Lively carbonation visible, and some sediment.

When I pop the cork, I can smell Belgian yeastiness immediately. Upon closer inspection, I get banana, green apple, white pepper, clove, and a little cinnamon. Vague lager-like qualities and soapiness.

Starts surprisingly creamy, with light banana, graininess, some apple skin, and zippy white pepper and clove. Dry-ish on the backend. Hints of lemon and peach.

Overall, expertly crafted, no doubt. A little bit forgettable, though, perhaps. The sum of its parts is highly drinkable and satisfying, but subtle. La Fin Du Monde remains my favorite in the style. This gets an 8+/10 from me.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A-Cloudy brew with extensive floaties, dull iced-tea brown in color. Yellow highlighting. Fluffy, light, bright-white head with very strong retention.

S-Slight spice is overtaken by a big fruitiness, pears and berries, with a slight honey character.

T-Sligh spiciness mixes nicely with a sweet maltiness, bready with a slight yeast character. Honey sweet in the middle. Alcohol smoothly enters the picture before the sweet and malty finish.

M-Creamy, moderate carbonation with a medium-full mouthfeel.

D-Exquisite, though the heaviness may make it a bit too much at times.

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Photo of RBuckley73
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Imacopyouidiot
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jbphoto88
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A chunky honey blonde and hazy beer. The cap is just off white and swirls like a map of the milky way. Like every other beer I've had from these fine monks this one has just as much rocky sediment pieces suspended in the mix.

Wow that's a good smelling beer. It's got some simple spices like pepper and clove but mainly smells like a bushel of sun ripened pears. Tart, sweet and one I can't wait to dive into.

Crisp and tart with a forgiving sweetness that really rounds out the flavor of this beer. Pear slices with a light squeeze of lemon followed by a touch of honey and malts. Contrasted nicely with a hint of white pepper. Very tasty.

The feel of this brew is subtle and works well with the flavors. Medium bodied with a nice fizz. This might be my favorite so far from the boys at St. Bernardus. The taste is on the money and mouthfeel and nose are right there too. Well worth checking out.

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Photo of RomanW70
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Track 84 in Warwick, RI. Pours deep orange/gold with a fluffy white head. Aroma of yeast, citrus, caramel, and hops. Taste much the same with strong notes of bread and yeast. Spicy on the finish. Very nice tripel. This is a staple of mine on tap.

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Photo of HalfFull
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A side by side sampling with Westmalle Tripel. The St. Bernardus is poured into a wine glass from a 330 ml. bottle. Opening the bottle caused an immediate flow of foam which was contained yet didn't allow for much in the retention department. A surface cap is easily regenerated however from the golden pour.

Nose is full of slightly husky malt and bountiful spices. Very pleasant and welcoming of a full inhalation.

Light and clean in flavor, somewhat candied vs. the Westmalle offering. Otherwise brisk and fruity. An easy drinking Tripel with a nice texture on the feel and a good spice profile. Touch sweet in the end but not nearly as are many of the style. Good balance..

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Photo of fx20736
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a chalice, served at cellar temp, so ~59f.

A hazy yellow somewhere between lemon, apricot and honey. Vigorously carbonated. 2 plus finger souffle of a linen white head that leaves broad, generous swaths of lacing.

Aroma of malt, sugar, yeast and Noble Hops. It's getting easier to detect Belgian yeast strains.

Mouthfeel; soft and supple

Taste: orchard fruits, alcohol esters a faint bitterness that has an Aspirin taste. There is a certain sourness, as from White wine which creeps in on the aftertaste.

Notes: My first St. Bernardus, coming from a gift pack. Heretofore I have not really enjoyed any of the pale Belgian Ales, whether they be BPAs, Saisons, etc. This one actually is pretty good. The flavors are well harmonized and the 'Band Aid' flavor does not overwhelm. Time will tell if I go back to this one.

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4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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