St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel
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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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#866
Reviews:
1,292
Ratings:
3,214
pDev:
9.2%
Bros Score:
4.32
 
 
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Photo of quadmad
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured cold from the fridge into a Chimay chalice. Fine bubbles in a creamy head. Lots of carbonation keeping the yeast floaters in motion. Sharp peppery taste.

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Photo of Vandelay1863
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of teromous
3.26/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a review of the smaller bottle. On the back label it says: "A04 12 18"

Appearance: The body is a very hazy beige. It has a humongous white fluffy head.

Aroma: It has a light spicy hop aroma which smells a bit like bay leaf and sweet smelling hay. There is a bit of a yeast aroma which doesn't give off any of the traditional Belgian esters. After a while it picks up a very light dough scent.

Taste: Up front there is a very light yeast character mixed with just a light touch of herbs. Very low on character.

Mouthfeel: The body is very light and it is extremely drinkable. The beer does an outstanding job of hiding the alcohol in this beer and it drinks like a beer that is less than half its ABV.

Overall: The beer doesn't have much character and it would be suited for those who aren't a fan of strong Belgian yeast esters or flavors. It does an expert job of hiding the alcohol and making the beer drinkable but it still feels like it is lacking something. It's worth trying at least once just to see if you prefer a Tripel with a lighter character but it isn't the first one I would recommend.

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Photo of jroof1
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-Looks the part. Slightly darker than a pilsner should be. Frothy/creamy two and a half to three fingered head. Fairly carbonated with some yeasty floaters (expected).
S- Sweet malt, spice (coriander), well crafted phenolic notes, yeasty slight clove aroma as well. Definitely pick up the aroma of apricot.
T- Sweet and malty of course. Slightly spicy with an even slighter bitterness. I actually pick up a good bit of ginger as well! Some honey as well. Maybe some stone fruit? Pear and apricot seems to be present.
F-Medium bodied. Rich mouthfeel that's pretty sticky. It works well.
O- Very, very good tripel. As always, St. Bernardust doesn't let down. A very pleasant, well crafted and well rounded beer that is honest to the style.

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Photo of Oleg85
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ajm5108
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-gold, soapy blanket cap, lots of carbonation. Classic aroma, the fruit phenols are bouncy & inviting, apricot & banana abound. Taste is a little huskier - the yeast has some a mild black pepper heat to it and some earthy tones to balance the fruity esters - perhaps too much so. Finishes with a mild bitterness. Would have liked a bit more expression from the esters but still a good beer.

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Photo of Andrew4321
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fossage78
3/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Moulinblues
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ned57
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hopsohard
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jbertsch
3/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Surprised such a great brewery would put out a lackluster beer. Not much wrong with it other than the flavor and character needs to be turned way up. Only barely tastes like a triple. Flavor is muted, just some faint hints of clove combined with the appropriate yeast to trll me its a tripelm notf good enough to buy again. Ill stick to westmalle.

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Photo of MJ64
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of uu1
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of pegelstrand
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BillRoth
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good example of the style. Laying another down with some of my other Tripels for a horizontal some day. Time will tell.

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Photo of Iwanttheonewithhops
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MeIquiades
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Holderness
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L — Pours a very slightly hazy pale golden body with a two-finger solid white head produced with gently aerated pour. Great retention and some lacing
S — Lemon, wheat, coriander, jasmine, honey, grassy hoppiness
T — Honey sweetness alongside herbaceous hops, fruity yeast esters, and metal
F — Immensely smooth, fluffy, buttery. A little cloying on the sweetness
O — Getting a hint of oxidation on this one, which may have effected the flavors some. Sweetness is a little much too. And the price

76/100

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an extremely clear medium to dark gold color with a massive thick, billowy white creamy head. Lot of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass and an abundance of sprightly carbonation.

S - The nose is hit with a massive wall of musty, aromatic pears, white grape skin, some yeast, straw, delicate spice, and some pepper. An overall very dry aroma - smells amazing.

T - Lemon, pepper, spice, some banana esters, pear, citrus, and a lingering peppery lemon spice with some earthy, spicy bitterness. Very crisp.

M - Rather full bodied for a Tripel but it works perfectly.

O - This beer is just fantastic. After reviewing over 3,300 beers, how did this ever elude me? Was certainly familiar with the beer, evidently I never had it before when I thought I did. A timeless Classic - recommended.

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Photo of 1971bernat
1.5/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 3,214 ratings