St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of prost2hefeweizen
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - 4.25 poured into a chimay challis glass. Thick whit head with a red golden brown body
S - 4.5 fruit and nuts. Cinnamon spice and a yeasty fullness
T - 4.75 GRAPES up front. I got hit with cinnamon sweetness, nutty bread, plums, mango. Real fruity with slight nuttiness with a boozie finish. Delicious beer.
F - 4.25 super smooth. Light coat of mouth with low carbonation
O - 4.5 another great Belgium beer that I can really enjoy. Great distinct flavor. I'll have another.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: pours hazy gold (SRM 5) with rapidly rising bubbles under a 3.5" mousse-like off-white foam column that lasts over 5 minutes and produces Gothic cathedral window lace.

S: Belgian yeast fruit and spice aromas with a hint of light white toast to bread crumb. A light swirl releases pear aromas with a hint of bubble gum.

T: very creamy palate transporting yeasty fruit flavors over the tongue and traces of marshmallow. A very moderate bitterness provides balance at the end. It is mildly sweet and the flavors grow in depth and interest as it warms.

F: the body is medium which is light for such a big beer and the carbonation is medium high.

O: St. Bernardus is a delight in both flavor and texture. It is a real value considering the quality of the beer.

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Photo of EMH73
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very clightly cloudy golden yellow color with a two inch, well retained white head that left tons of lacing. Smells of classic Belgian yeast, sweet malts and spices. Tastes of sweet malts, Belgian yeast, cloves, banana, bread and an overall sweetness that is unique to this beer. Well carbonated, light to medium bodied, smooth mouth feel.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a beautiful golden-light-brown with a 3 finger head and a bowl full of lacing. The head dissipates slowly......The smell is grassy, yeast and sweetness. The first sip is an eye-opener with this tripel bringing some funky barnyard grassiness comparable to Orval.... There is breadiness, light malts with notes of candie sweetness, that finishes with a hint of tartness and a helping of bitterness and spiciness to boot. A dryer finish would have been perfect, but St Bernardus is often only medium-carbonated regardless of the style. In this case, it could have used a real zip of a finish to go along with that nice spiciness and bitter finish. Still, very potable.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a vibrant but cloudy yellow, solid 1" of white tightly formed head, does phenomenal in the retention department. A very sexy looking beer. Aroma is a blast of alcohol, phenolic yeast and spice rack.

Taste is also hot, plenty of plastic feels from the yeast. Tons of biscuit breadiness, the color of the beer doesn't convey how viscous a yellow beer can be. Some apple and banana notes in the mouth feel. A little bit of bitterness not evoking the traditional source of hops for its existence. Well carbonated and a slight pepper spiciness.

Interesting beer, better than your average tripel, a style I often don't get into but can respect.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale gold with a large head. The aroma features many classic notes - clove, nutmeg, banana, lemon juice, french bread, lemongrass, thyme, and anise. The flavor was clove heavy, with banana, bubblegum, thyme, carrot, and green. The savory notes were subtle, but unusual. The mouthfeel was fairly light with lots of foamy carbonation. Overall this is a nice Tripel with a lighter body, and some unusual but very pleasant highlight flavors.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.37/5  rDev -44%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: cloudy yellow. Lasting white head.
Aroma: fruit, ether.
Taste. Yeast, belgian Wang, late bitterness.
Feel. Pasty, bubbly. Not a fan.


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Photo of donspublic
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into tulip, minimal head and lacing. Hazy light golden in the glass. Smells of Belgian fruity esters and slight citrus. Taste different than most tripels I have had, not assaulted by copying sweetness, nice candy sugar sweetness quickly reigned in by mild bitterness, slight lemon flavor coming thru along with a spicy semi dry finish. Very thick and viscous in the mouth and a real nice clean finish. No signs of alcohol heat.

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a tulip at cellar temperature.

Pours a hazy amber colour. Head dissipates quickly.

Some subdued fresh fruit aroma.

Flavour is dominated by fresh stone fruit. Peaches and apricots. Vinous malt. This is a well-aged bottle, so the candi sugar sweetness and booze have mellowed considerably.

This is a nice but slightly forgettable tripel. I get a couple of these every year when the St. Bernardus Christmas box shows up at the LCBO, but I wouldn't look for it otherwise like I do the quads or dubbels.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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 josanguapo
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

From elcervecero. In La Trappe chalice. Playing Tomb Raider 2015. With Pok cheese. Great tripel. Refreshing, well hidden ABV, not too much sugary, with some peach and herbal notes. Perfect carbonation

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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 OldSwampy
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Juicy, elegant, sweet but not too sweet, spicy, and tingly, all in one beer. A hazy light gold ale with a white head that leaves minimal lacing. Nose is somewhat bready with spices and fruit dancing in the background. Taste is not as bready, with cloves and tree fruit smells dominant, some zing from alcohol also present, hints of darker woodsy notes, and altogether a fine balance. The flavor expands and fades steadily but gently. Mouthfeel somewhat sudsy but ending clean and tingly from alcohol. Classic.

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Photo of davidperez
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best before 07/08/16

Served in a St. Bernardus chalice, it pours a beautiful amber orange of a golden hue, slightly hazy. It forms a one-finger head, white and foamy, with some retention. The head wanes until it becomes a thin layer of foam, which never truly disappears.
Beautiful lacing.

What a delicious bouquet.
Huge banana and bubblegum esters, caramel, honey, slight fruit as in peach, green apple skin, lemon, creamy and biscuity, a note of spiciness, floral scent.
Truly, truly scrumptious.

Lovable expressive carbonation.
It begins perfectly balanced, and both the sweetness and the bitterness are strong and discernable. Gradually, sweetness prevails, and in doing so, the notes reveal themselves.
Caramel, honey, floral note. Huge malty sweetness, biscuit. Lemon, underripe peach, apple, tamed orange zest, banana, coriander seeds, clove and white pepper.
The aftertaste has a huge herbal note that leaves a very refreshing feeling, like an iced tea; it is predominantly sweet, and oh so long.
I was fortunate enough to taste this quite chilled and then looking at the bottle to see that it was indeed the proper tasting temperature recommended by the brewery.
Medium to light body, so smooth and refreshing.
Long after this beer has gone, I still feel the herbal, floral note in my mouth, a freshening sensation, and that balance tilting towards sweetness.

This is the kind of beer that reassures you that wine can't beat beer.
Superlative tripel.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
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 OlaB
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: gives of a cloudy orange color, gives of a very high top of creamy head that half of it dilsolves rapidly , great lacings on the glass .

A: yeast, lemon, apples ,banana, burned sugar , floral hops and spices, got a very fruity feel in my nose

T&F: It starts of with a fruity mouthfeel and flavour, i sense both lemon and apples in the taste, in the middle i think the sweet yeast are kicking inn, i sense both the yeast and different spices inn the flavour, in the ending and aftertaste i feel floral hops, especially in the aftertaste that have a hoppy bitterness. a very complex and good balanced beer. Gives a very fresh mouthfeel.

O: A delicious triple, it was exiting to try this one and i was very impressed by this triple.Easy drinkable and great inn all senses . But my favorite from St.Bernardus will always be the Abt 12

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours gold with a good sized head that dissipates quickly and only leaves spots of lacing. Nose is lighter than expected with lemon, malt, and some yeasty notes. Flavor is a bit more robust with bright acidity, pepper, grain, and more bitterness than expected. Overall, an average tripel from this powerhouse brewery.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle.
Lots of warmth and comfort from this beer. Flavors and aromas of dried fruits/apricots, lemon, and spice. Nice medium, creamy body.

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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 sjccmd
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bready, fruity, and floral aroma. White pepper, perfume like. Apples, pears, and pie crust-like malt character. Cinnamon. Somewhat savory smelling.

Pours hazy golden with a frothy white head that recedes quickly but leaves sticky lacing.

Sweet honey bread. Almost doughy. Apples, cinnamon, white pepper. Rich and fruity. Snappy hop bitterness, but not much hop flavor. Fairly dry finish, but with lingering doughy, honey sweetness.

Medium full body with medium high carbonation. Fine, prickly bubbles, bring out hop bitterness. Snappy and bright.

More malt forward than others of the style. Less hop character, but with firm bitterness. Rich and fruity upfront but with enough snappy bitterness and a dry finish to keep the sweetness in check.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a hazey golden colour with a small white head that disapates to a thin layer. Aroma Apple, pear, sweet, fruity, malt, banana. Taste clove, fruits, banana, pear, malt. Not bad.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With its fruity/bitter balance cutting through the abundant garlic and herbs, this Tripel goes well with Uncle Bob's World-Famous vegetable soup... and probably a lot of other great foods, too.

Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die", a sequel to his CAMRA classic.
Listed in the 1001 Beers, this beers deserves to be there.
MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" said "The lighter, more flowery, Tripel has a pale amber color ... and the orangey-grassy flavors of Styrian hops."

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Photo of carp3tshark
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A fine example of a Belgian tripel classic yeast flavor, classic color, but then here is were I believe the bee falls short. Malt body is not carried through. It's a 1 finger head that leads to lacey glass trimmings. the straw-like aftertaste lack the coriander, clover, honey, orange flavors of it's contemporaries. I've sampled this beer on many occasions and have been duly disappointed. Don't get me wrong, it's still a top 20 style beer but there are other more deserving beers waiting (for hundreds of years) to steal it's lunch. Koenigshoven (aka la trap) from The Netherlands bests this beer. boom. take that abbey monks. - more malt body balance and a bit of sweetness and clover complexity and you can play with my favorites in this class, until then, mature for another couple hundred years. =Overrated but still damn good.

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Photo of dd43
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an outstanding tripel and one of the best versions of the style that I can recommend. Appearance wise this is slightly darker in color than the more brightly golden tripels I've seen. Carbonation is a little more frothy with larger bubbles than something like a Westmalle Trappist. This beer greatly improves as it warms up, the fruity esters from the belgian yeast really pop and lend increasing does of banana and baked pear. Not to mention that the belgian candied sugar takes on a more prominent role, without becoming cloying. Spice wise I get some clove and a general sort of baking spice character, but not like a diabetes dessert beer or anything like that. It's well done, restrained to not be overpowering. Not artificially spiced. I love the malt presence in this beer, it is sort of a honey glazed bread, rich and mouth coating. I think this tripel from St. Bernardus is very accessible for anyone that wants to experience the style, yet is complex enough for beer enthusiasts to dive into and dissect for a good long while. A must try.

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Photo of vainosuomi
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Opaque light golden/tan color, frothy off-white head
Smell: bready malts and yeast, little bit of banana and maybe some other fruits,
Taste: Sweet malts and yeast, apple, little bit of spice, citrus (maybe the hops?). Overall pretty sweet, with some sour apple/citrus. Slightly bitter and sour finish.
Feel: Crisp carbonation, medium-bodied
Overall a high quality tripel.

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