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

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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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Ratings: 3,200 |  Reviews: 1,288
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of MaxOhle
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Joecaddie
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of alostplot
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ccozzi
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of OriolesFan1008
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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

750mL bottle - printed as 8.0% ABV

Pours a hazy yellow orange with a nice fluffy white head. The head does not fade much with nice lacing all over the glass.

Smells sweet and malty with a fantastic fruity / yeasty smell.

Taste is sweet and malty up front, followed by a wave of fruity Belgian yeastness. Has a nice malty aftertaste that lingers. This is a superb tasting tripel.

Body is good for the style. Plenty of carbonation to keep it hopping.

Insanely drinkable. This is a top shelf tripel in all respects.I will definitely pick up another bottle the next chance I get.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A huge, soapy, white head sits atop this hazy, tangerine-colored brew. Head just kind of exploded on me and it's taking forever to settle, meanwhile spotting my goblet with lace. Decent amount of yeast swimming around inside. I definitely poured this shitty.

Smell: Green apple, orange peel, caramel, spicy herbal tones, alcohol and sour yeast.

Taste: A decent amount of sourness here, mainly made up of Belgian yeast and green apple. Spices and herbs show through mainly in the beginning before being rounded out with toasted malts and fruity esters. Alcohol is present throughout, though it's light and adds a nice touch. Flavors all blend together very well.

Mouthfeel: Not as carbonated as expected, which was a good thing - probably my biggest beef with Abt. 12. This tripel is quite smooth, with medium body, syrupy texture, and a dry finish.

Drinkability: A very smooth and very enjoyable tripel. I initially gave it lower ratings across the board, but it got better and better as the session progressed. Wish I had another one actually...

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Photo of MattGrimley
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of aforbes10
3.19/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle label has been punched at 3, 8 and 9, although im not sure if that means anything.

Huge white head (4 inches) that goes down to about 1/8 inch aver period of 10 minutes. Lots of nice lacing. tawny bronze color with lots of sediment.

Odor is mostly alcohol with malts, citrus (like sour fruits) and soy sauce.

Intricate flavor hidden beneath a really prevelant alcohol bite. Alcohol is too much to deal with at times.

tongue-numbing and tingly.

not too hot on this Tripel. i was excited because it was a christmas gift but it just didn't do anything for me. ive had better, and this just didnt cut it for me, especially because of the predominence of the alcohol.

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4.04/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Jaisell
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 33cl brown bottle as pictured and poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. A pretty gentle pour resulted in a brew with a murky golden color with a lot of loose floating sediment and a ½" white head that left minor lace.
The smell was citrusy, with lemon and tropical fruits at the fore, over a bready malt aroma akin to banana bread. Some peppery spice and floral hops notes also were present. A couple of exploratory sips revealed a complex flavor profile: a fruity sweetness derived from green apple, mango, and banana over a cookie dough malt flavor started the taste parade. An effervescent citrus taste played over the palate mid-range before a clove, coriander, pepper spiciness asserted itself. Each sip finished with a modest bitterness and astringent alcohol bite. The feel was medium-bodied, crisp, and dry.
Overall, a complex, wide-ranging beer. I could have done without the floaties but the taste and aroma more than made up for it. A fine tripel.

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

From the 33cl capped bottle.

Pours a hazy, deep golden hue. An inch thick frothy head that leaves sheeting lace. Smell is fruity and lightly spicy (Clove and vanilla). Hints of oak.

Taste is fruity and caramel malt. Really rich maltiness for a tripel and that oak is there again. Notes of sherry and candy sugar too. There is prominent alcohol n the mouth that helps to dry out the finish. Creamy and smooth, surprisingly drinkable and tasty.

They do nothing wrong. I am slavishly devoted to drinking St. Bernardus beer.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an Ommegang chalice. This is a cloudy golden color, fizzy with about an inch of head. Smell is a sour mix of fruits: pear, peach, and orange with some pepper and cloves mixed in. Taste is a nice mix of pear juice and spices. Alcohol is present but fairly mellow. Mouthfeel is very creamy.

This isn't the best tripel I've had, but it is very good.

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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 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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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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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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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 3,200 ratings