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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle has about 6 months of age on it.

Hazy golden color with a brilliantly massive craggy crystalic bright white head. Good lacing.

Lots of banana bread and clove, classic belgian tripel nose.

Surprisingly thin for a tripel. Slightly watery, lots of banana and clove on the flavor, snappy yeast bite to clear the palate. Brisk effervescence. Very unique brew with snappy bursting in your face flavors that kind of explode and face like a fireworks show. Not like any tripel I've ever had before. It's bold yet held back. For being 8% it drinks like it's 4%. You can seriously down this thing like a glass of water yet it still tastes like a pretty damn good beer. Some herbal and earthy yeast flavors. Subtle dry dried fruits. A complex and in your face brew with incredible drinkability? sign me up!

Not what you expect and then some, if that makes sense.

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Photo of Dougwillhike
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of kushlash23
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, off-white colored head that holds like a champ. Caronbation bubbles rising through the hazy golden colored liquid like upsidedown rain. Hints of tangy lemon, yeast, and spring flowers in the aroma. Sticky lace lingers as beer in the chalice disappears. Mellow lemon flavor, some light grains (wheat?) and light spices (coriander?). The finish is interesting, the flavor quickly fades leaving only the feeling of beer on the tongue, and a warm stomach. The beer is light and soft in texture, almost floating across the tongue. It's refreshing like a wheat beer, but with more body.

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Photo of bort11
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into my brand new St Bernardus chalice! Tall fluffy egg-shell white head that goes right to the rim of the glass and stays there. Leaves a thin web on the glass as it recedes. Color is a hazy golden apricot.

Smell has a mildly sweet and doughy with a nice yeast aroma. A bit of fruit mingles. Taste is also sweet, sort of like a short bread, but it is not overbearing at all. I can taste the alcohol a little.

Mouthfeel has a nice doughy body but does not seem over filling. Nice carbonation tickle. A very good Tripel

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

750ml bottle. Had to use a wrench to get the cork out. Gave a nice "pop." Carefully poured this one into a Westmalle chalice, slowly so as not to disturb the yeast in there. Golden, chill-hazed, pineapple yellow. Maybe some light orange color in the middle. Boozy aroma, yeasty, citrus fruity, and slightly sweet. Flavor starts out sweet, hints of apricot and oranges, maybe some pineapple, fruity to say the least. A wheat twang and bready maltiness mix nicely. Middle becomes a little bitter, and then a powdery dry finish. Nice amount of carbonation on this one. Become creamier as it warms. Booze is well-hidden when cold, becomes much more apparent as it warms. A great Tripel, but probably not my favorite. It's definitely worth the money to pick up a single 750 rather than a 4-pack. I think I still prefer Tripel Karmeliet, however.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear copper tinged amber color. The head is fluffy and delicate with amazing staying power. It leaves some frothy lace on the chalice as I sip.

The aroma is dominated by the Belgian yeast used. It has some spice with a slight tart funk to it. There is a wonderful sweet fruitiness that runs the gamut from pineapple and lemon to pear. I also am detecting a hint of alcohol.

The flavor is very similar to the nose. The yeast is still a major player, but not quite as dominant as in the aroma. The pale malts are wonderfully fruity with plenty of light sweet cherry, peach, pear, lemon and honey like character. This beer has a decent amount of dryness to it as well, and has incredible balanced. I started out thinking it tasted pretty good, and as I approach the end of the glass I am thinking this is DAMN good.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter end of medium with a nice amount of carbonation. It feels smooth and lively at the same time and finishes with a bit of a wash between sweet and dry that leaves a lingering spicy sweet and tart flavor on the tongue.

This is a super drinkable tripel that is not at all what I was expecting. Not nearly as in your face as some other examples and light on the palate. Besides some hotness in the nose, you would never guess this is an 8% ABV brew. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle at The Only, best before of 2013. Pours a grainy golden, hints of apricot - lots of suspended particles. Finger of fine foam which disappears to a few wisps.

Nose is quite fruity, banana and pear, hint of grains a light spiciness. Touch of alcohol on the swirl.

Really balanced, fine drinker. Pear and apples, light banana and tropical fruits, light grains and ethanol, spiciness (cloves), light sweetness with a pleasant dry finish, just a touch of alcohol but hides it well. One of the smoothest, balanced, easy drinking tripels I've had to date. Recommended.

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Photo of Benesi88
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of BMoney575
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 5-2-11

Pours a cloudy golden orange color into a Duvel tulip. A foamy white head settles decently quickly, leaving a thick ring of lacing.

Smell is nice and sweet, lots of Belgian character and aromas of citrus, clove, banana, and a nice hoppiness at the end. Subtle, but complex and enjoyable.

Taste is surprisingly tart, lots of sweet malt at first, followed by and kick of hops that tapers quickly. A little boring in the middle, with the booze and bitterness coming in at the end. Not as good as the smell had prepared me.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but the carbonation is on the high side and definitely contributes to the harsh-ish finish.

Drinkability is decent, the flavors are pleasant and the booze is not as bad as it could be.

Overall, a solid beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of addiwilliams
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of neonbrown82
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

After falling in love with the ABT12, I decided I would try other St. Bernadus products. I quite enjoyed this one, though I don't think on quite the same level. Nonetheless it was still worth it, because I am savouring every last drop. It poured to a dark golden color with a thick white foam. The head retention was excellent. The beer almost seemed to fizz like a soda, regenerating the head. The smell is like a bouquet of flowers with some citrusy aromas. The taste is not quite as harsh as the quadrupel ABT12, and the mouthfeel revealed all kinds of complex fruity and floral flavors. The ABV is also quite lower thus allowing for a greater drinkability. On second thought, maybe I do like this better than the ABT12. I will definately buy more, as well as other selections by St. Bernadus.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.58/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours a cloudy copper with a one finger white head that dissipates in a minute. No lacing. Visible chunks of brown sediment float about in the beer. Very dark for a tripel, and chunks are not something I like in my beer. I hope this isn't spoiled. The flecks of sediment are a really, really big turnoff.

S - Dates, barley, molasses, apples and a bit of citrus. Smell is alright, the citrus clashes with the molasses and dates, but individually they are all pleasant odors.

T - Tastes very strongly of barley and sweet molasses. Nothing else except when the sweetness turns into a ascerbic aftertaste. It isn't that bad. But it really isn't that good.

M - Ugh. It is thin, carbonation is biting on the tounge (even though it doesn't foam or bubble like it is intensely carbonated) and leaves a film in my mouth. Sure, it quenches my thirst, but at what cost?

D - Either this is a bad bottle and this tripel spoils amazingly well, which I doubt (bottled 2004), or this is simply not a beer I enjoy. I have yet to taste a tripel that I would not choose over St Bernardus.

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Photo of biggred1
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy apricot with blonde highlights when backlit and a fluffy bone white head. Lemon peel and tropical fruity notes with a touch of alcohol and bready yeast. Light citrus fruity and banana estery flavors with a bit of coriander and mild citric hop flavor. This beer is truly perfectly bananced. Medium bodied with seltzery carbonation. St. Bernardus Tripel is a world class beer that may be taken for granted because of wide availability.

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Photo of SStein
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Dzu
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alamode
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of beerhunter13
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Scott_McCool
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of MaxOhle
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of BierFan
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a cervoise. Best before 08/31/10.

Appearance: Off-white head. Hazy orange body.

Smell: Doughy yeast smell. Little bit of fruitiness behind the yeast.

Taste: Doughy, spicy yeast. A little bit of cloves, apple, and bubblegum.

This is a fine beer. Not great, but fine.

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Photo of eulerthegrape
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of GuitarIPA
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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 Denzo
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of martyl1000
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 3,178 ratings
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