St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

3,156 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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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 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 ArchEnemyBrew
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Quafftastic
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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 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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Photo of WickedBeer
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ruckus232
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 Ounce brown bottle poured into a goblet

Appearance: Hazy slightly darker yellow color with a medium amount of head leaving some slight lacing

Smell: It has a granola/sweet oat with a slight fruity (banana) flavor

Taste: Fruity malty flavor with only a slight alcoholic taste in the background. Pretty sweet but not a normal strong sweetness, it is a nice fruity sweetness.

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Photo of puck1225
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a chalice. Cloudy gold color. Thin head with nice lacing. Great fruity smell. The taste is smooth and rich with pears, apples, caramel, and some raisin. Very nice beer!

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of fx20736
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a chalice, served at cellar temp, so ~59f.

A hazy yellow somewhere between lemon, apricot and honey. Vigorously carbonated. 2 plus finger souffle of a linen white head that leaves broad, generous swaths of lacing.

Aroma of malt, sugar, yeast and Noble Hops. It's getting easier to detect Belgian yeast strains.

Mouthfeel; soft and supple

Taste: orchard fruits, alcohol esters a faint bitterness that has an Aspirin taste. There is a certain sourness, as from White wine which creeps in on the aftertaste.

Notes: My first St. Bernardus, coming from a gift pack. Heretofore I have not really enjoyed any of the pale Belgian Ales, whether they be BPAs, Saisons, etc. This one actually is pretty good. The flavors are well harmonized and the 'Band Aid' flavor does not overwhelm. Time will tell if I go back to this one.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Allurex
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Goliath
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky orange/amber color with a large inch and a half bright white head. There is excellent head retention and a good bit of lacing left behind as it receeds.

The aroma is decent, and quite interesting. There are some fruity esters along with a touch of spice. It's slightly medicinal and there's also a touch of banana.

The taste is quite nice. Banana, yeast, and toasted grain all show up and it's really just beautiful.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and highly carbonated with a perfect carbonation tingle on the finish.

The drinkability is quite high. The ABV is moderately high, but very well incorporated into the beer. The nose was not quite what I was expecting but as soon as I sipped it I was delighted. It's simply art in a glass. St Bernardus is quite frankly one of the best in the world.

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

A: Hazy gold with a large fluffy white head. Lots of carbonation. Got a little yeast suspended in the beer. Must have been jostled on the car ride.

S: A bready belgian yeast aroma. There are some floral notes and some sweet honey-like aromas. There is also an alcohol aroma.

T: A sweet malty flavor at first with a little bit of yeast funk. It is overcome by the alcohol flavor and warmth with some peppery, clove-like spice that linger with the alcohol into the finish.

M: Highly carbonated, provides a nice peppery spice feel to the beer.

D: A very good tripel....very tasty and well crafted.

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Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mmmbeerNY
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of mithrascruor
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dull orange color with a decent off-white head that turns into a thicker film and leaves some lacing.

Smell: This tripel has a fairly mild aroma, with some hints of yeast and a bit of fruit (apricot and citrus).

Taste: Generally fruity up front (apricot, pineapple, orange) with yeast flavors coming in later, and finally some bitterness towards the finish. Mild bitterness and yeast in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and generally smooth, though with a bit of graininess. Light, tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Moderate ABV, but slight harshness in the flavor makes it a tad difficult.

Not my favorite tripel, but still an enjoyable one.

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Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Parmesan
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Beautiful clear golden orange color, with a carbonated white head and minimal lacing.

S: Apple cider, some lemon peel, grassy hops, cloves, and Belgian yeast, quit inviting aroma

T: Lemon, cloves, some pepper and grassy hops with some malt sweetness. Has a light bitterness at the end, no hint of the higher a very. Lots going on here, but it all works well together.

F: Light body, slightly under carbonated, fairly dry finish.

O: A really awesome tripel

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,156 ratings.
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