St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

3,146 Ratings
St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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Photo of addiwilliams
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aaronh
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange beer poured with a huge, fluffy off white head. Head retention is amazing. Little trails of carbonation can be seen tracing up the sides of my goblet. The aroma is a powerful fruity mix of bananas and orange, with clove accents. Bready malt and yeast notes are also present along with some peppery hops. The taste is really nice as well, with complex malt and hop flavors intermingling, with dashes of alcohol and yeast. A decent citrus note steps in ocassionally. Very bitter finish that is also extremely dry. Not much sweetness at all in this one, actually. Dry up front and a dry finish. Maybe a slight fruity sweetness in the mid taste. I was expecting to savor this beer for a while, but it goes down very easily. Nice solid mouthfeel is a little spritzy from the very fine carbonation. The only thing holding back the drinkability is the ABV, as it is slightly noticeable on the palate. This is a very fine triple that I especially like because it leans toward the dry side and doesn't get too sweet. More like an Abbey IPA.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 11.2 oz bottle, in a St. Bernardus goblet. The color was a cloudy copper with an excellent, rich white head. The smell is very spicy with a hint of candi sugar sweetness. The taste is slightly sweet and very yeasty, and is well-spiced. Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy, with slight alcohol hints, but seems in line with the style. Drinkability-wise, could have a few more.

Though the Abt 12 is (justly) St. Bernardus' flagship beer, this Tripel more than stands as a good example of a quality tripel. St.. Bernardus is one of the great breweries of Belgium, and I will certainly enjoy this beer again!

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Photo of bjohnson
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden peachish color with a one and a half frothy and foamy white head. Nice pillow like retention with sticky thick lacing forming on the edges. Wheaty thickness like a wet blanked. Fruity aromas with cloves, orange peels, lemon zest, and banana notes making themselves known first. Slight zing of carbonation tickles the nostrils.

Wheaty flavors take over the mouth and curl under the tongue. Fruity notes dance on the roof of the mouth exuding clove, banana, orange peel, lemon zest, and melon. Dryer aftertaste with a starchy mouthfeel. Silky soft on the palate. Bold and thick on the palate even though it fools you with it's softness and lightness. A very nice drinking tripel. One that I will revisit at some point.

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Photo of tronester
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a medium white head. Smells strongly of pear and alcohol. Taste is light grain up front, a spicy yeast strain in the middle, and a hint of tartness in the finish. Very little appearance of alcohol which is nice, as it can be apparant in many tripels. Mouthfeel is mindbogglingly smooth, low carbonation. Very rich. Good drinkability. This isnt as good as some tripel's I have had, but it is a good beer that I would gladly drink again.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice cloudy medium gold and produces a rapidly building white head, which collapses rather quick.
Smelling the beer a citrusy fruit bouquet as well as some grains are dominant.
The taste up front is certainly citrus , peach, some banana with spice. In the middle the selection of flowery hops balances the fruity beginning. At the end we enjoy Belgian yeast and a delicate grainy aftertaste. Very well composed and extremely drinkable. The alcohol is very well hidden. I would drink this beer at any time. Great job!

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Photo of BlueSpader
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into my St.B's goblet that left nice sheeting and lace throughout. the body was a bubbly straw gold color.
s - fruity and sweet. hints of apricots and apples.
t - once again, fruity with hints of apricots and apples.
m - slightly thin to medium mouthfeel.
d - delicious beer, one of the best tripels i've had.

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Photo of janubio
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden colour, good head, some laceand sediments. Floral aroma, with some spices and fruits, coriander, cloves, dough, sugar. Medium to full body, sticky and oily palate. Taste is sweet, with cloves and coriander too, some toffee, candy, with a good alcoholic finish.

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Photo of gleemonger
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy burnt yellow-orange with dark floaties tossed around by the high carbonation. Large, foamy white head with long retention and thick lacing.

Blast of sweet banana, clove and a spicy peppery fruit bouquet. Very pleasant.

A very well blended mix of the banana clove Belgian yeast flavors with some earthy hoppiness, and a sweet, fruity backbone. Spicy, sharp and refreshing. Nothing really lingers other than the yeast a bit. No real standout flavor here, as each kind of just bats down the other all the way through the finish.

Light, crisp, refreshing with fairly heavy carbonation. Perfect for the style.

Very nice, but not quite at the level of some of my other favorite Tripels. I definitely appreciate how perfectly balanced and well crafted this is, though, for sure. A very, very nice beer.

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Photo of gshak
2/5  rDev -52.7%

Photo of Archemedies
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Photo of jjwisenheimer
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice. pours a semi-hazy yellowish amber with a finger of white, dense head that dissipates rather quickly.

smells fruity, namely apricot, plum and raisen. rather yeasty, with a slight alcoholic presence (not bad for 8% APV). pale and munich malts are detectable underneath the fruity character.

tastes malty, with ale yeast right alongside. pale and caramel malts are present, as well as notes of apricot and plum. a decent amount of soft CO2 here, without much bite. alcohol is present upon the finish.

aftertaste is of light hops, with a touch of alcohol. distant fruits still linger.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a creamy and smooth texture, a notable amount of CO2 without the bite, and a slight alcohol note upon finishing.

drinkability is decent. the alcohol will shy some drinkers away, and the fruity character will not be to everyone's taste, but this is a great example of the style. well balanced with good concentration. this is a good brew to savor and enjoy over a decent amount of time; let it warm and it will show itself. cheers!

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Photo of Flabbyjandro
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of dcloeren
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of chcfan
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of cavedave
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful gold, cloudy with yeast that I couldn't avoid, despite a delicate pour from a bomber (with laughing drunkmonk on label) into my Duvel tulip. Thick, cream, persistent head.

Nose is full of yeast, alcohol, pungent fruit, slight yet sharp herbosity on the edge of it. Wonderfully pungent.

Taste is a bullet of flavor shot at the tongue, strong peppery peach, soft biscuit, warm alcohol, which stretches into a looong finish of sweet fruit-dominated herbosity and understated caramel.

Mouthfeel is thick and clinging, magnificently so, yet light with carbonation and a dryness which is just right. Excellently enjoyable

Drinkability is better than any of the others of this style I've enjoyed. I think this bottle will be gone much too quickly for my sobriety's own good.

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Photo of GregSemenza
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Scott_McCool
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden peach color with a tall white head that leaves sheets of lace on the walls of the glass as it slowly recedes. Nose is quite floral with aromas of honeysuckle and perfume as well as a strong spiciness with notes of coriander, clove, and white pepper. Taste begins with tropical fruit, bubblegum, and a bit of medicinal phenols followed by some bready and yeasty notes. Flavors of raw honey and vanilla make an appearance towards the end with a bit of warming alcohol in the finish. Wow, very nice beer here.

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Photo of bobhits
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dense deep orange/golden wheat body, a good bit of yeast floating in there and a nice white head though the bubbles are a bit large given it less of a cream look than I like, but exactly what is expected of the style.

Farm house hops all over this one. Lemon grass, funk, pears, apples, just a great nose here. As it warms the farm house is turning more towards just Belgian spices and citrus fruits, but still just great.

I really expected a dry biting beer here, instead a wonderful fruit cock tale accented by a nice alcohol note and some hops. Pears, apples, spices....I'm even getting a buttery finish here. This is one complex beer.

There's a good bit of alcohol here, but that seems almost part of what makes this style and without it, I'd be disappointed. Easily the best Triple that doesn't change the traditional formula I've had.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: standard brown bottle, pretty ordinary Belgian label. They just can't seem to do decent labels.

Appearance: straw yellow in colour with a one-finger head that hangs about for a short time. Settles to almost nil with sporadic lacing.

Aroma: an intense aroma of Belgian yeasts, honey, citrus and biscuit malts. Pretty good.

Taste: plenty of spices with a touch of those citrus and biscuits. Definite Belgian yeast up front however.

Aftertaste: lingers well, with a gritty bitterness that sits well in the mouth.

Mouth feel: quite smooth, particularly as the beer continues to warm. Medium in body.

Overall: a pretty impressive but ultimately far too expensive Belgian Tripel. I do prefer the Tripels from The Little Brewing Co (Mad Abbot) or St Feuillien, both of which come in at a minimum of $20 cheaper than the case price of over AU$125 (2013).

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,146 ratings.
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