St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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4.23
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Photo of russpowell
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a resounding pop! Pours a slightly hazed apricot (clears later). Super head retention & very good lacing

S: Pineapple, passion fruit, & lemony hops once warm

T: Big-time, tropical fruittyness (apple peels & pineapple), some honey, & a bit of lemony hops up front. Lemony & grapefruitty hops, pus dates, apricot, & more pineapple & honey as this warms. Finishes fruitty, with a hint of vanilla & some more lemony hops

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, some creamyness, warming sensations, 2/3rds through the bottle

Drinks pretty easy for the complexity & abv. Not the best tripel out there, but pretty good

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Photo of Jason
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl slender brown bottle with a “consume before end of 2004” freshness date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Hazy pale amber, darker than a lot of tripels I have had and the lace is just ok as it leave only a ring.

Smell: Faint whiff of alcohol, fruit and solvent but mostly toned down. Touch of tropical fruit as well in the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Nicely layered and infused carbonation, fluffy moderate body that goes creamy underneath the crispness. Solid dry malt character, phenols are present with waves of herbal flavour and the sweet and spicy alcohol delivers some fruitiness to the taste buds. Chalky yeast. Undertone of hops show a tired bitterness but all of the other flavours pick up the slack to keep things in balance.

Drinkability & Notes: Hmm … not exactly what I expected or even what I see a tripel as but there is no doubt this is a good beer. Nothing earth shattering, just good.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a St. Bernardus chalice.

That monk is just so dern happy all the time! He must be enjoying nigh-constant Bernardus brews... This-a one pours a clear pale golden straw topped by nearly a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises heavy clove and pepper, banana, spicy yeast, a tiny bit o' that farmhouse stuff (hmm), and some lemon zest. basically, it smells like a tripel. The taste follows, brining those spices to the fore, backed by some nice banana and citurs blends, and finishing with a nice flourish of pepper and cardamom. The body is a fluffy medium, with a sharp carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a very nice, nearly archetypal tripel. Get some, and be as happy as the monk!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow in color with some light visible carbonation and some visible sediment in suspension. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: This beer has the aroma of banana, light fruit (pear), and some lighter notes of spice (like clove). There is a light presence of alcohol.

T: This beer is fairly sweet with banana and some light fruit (pear). In addition, the taste is much spicier than the smell with clove being the predominant spice.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer is enjoyable but you can definitely detect the presence of the alcohol. I like the light fruit sweetness combined with the banana. Definitely more of a sipping beer than a session beer.

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

Picked up a bottle of this when I was up in Massachusetts. Review from notes.

A: Pours a rather hazy light yellow/golden color with a two finger white head on top. Very slow dissipation to a thin layer on top that left behind some sticky lacing.

S: A nice and complex nose, with some lemon, orange, and a bit of banana (but not as much as other Tripels I have had). There is some doughy malt as well as the typical Belgian yeast aroma and some light pepper and coriander.

T: Light citrus fruits hit immediately, lemon peel and orange peel and to a lesser extent lemon and orange fruit. Banana plays a bigger role than it did in the aroma. There is a bit if bubblegum and a doughy flavor as very present along with some light spice.

M: Medium bodied and rather smooth with a good level of carbonation, maybe a touch high.

O: A solid tripel, deserving of its status as one of the "classics" in the style. Been on a tripel kick in the last few months it seems and this one is up there, but not at the top.

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Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tight near-white head. Notable cloud of yeast suspended in the glass. The color orange-light amber. Lots of clumpy lace.

Pleasant background brown sugar and molasses. Warming aroma of raw alcohol.

Creamy and mildly sweet. The finish is more sour than sweet. The body is thinner than most Tripels and the carbonation is near the level of soda. The alcohol presence is not overwhelming, which I like. Overall, this is an easy Tripel to enjoy.

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Photo of billab914
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Pumking chalice. It poured a hazy, pale, golden straw color with a bubbly head to it that settled out pretty quickly.

The aroma has a nice mix of pale, grainy and toasted malts along with a lemon zesty citrus. The Belgian yeast also comes through nicely with some fruity, spicy characteristics. Everything comes together very well in the aroma and feels pretty well balanced.

The taste mixes the lemony citrus nicely with fruity and spiciness of the Belgian yeast. It finishes a bit on the dry side with just a bit of bitterness. The flavors are excellently balanced and all of them get to come through at one time or another. Very nice tasting beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is very high with an almost champagne like bubbly quality. Drinkability is good, it was a very flavorful and well balanced beer overall and a fantastic example of the style.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my St. Bernardus goblet. A hazy golden yellow color with about two fingers of head. Not much lacing.

The aroma was floral and fruity, citrus notes, orange, lemon.

The taste was smooth and subtle, slight alcohol that fades quickly. Some bitterness to balance everything.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some good carbonation.

This is a very nice tripel that is very easy to drink at 8% ABV...

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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip. Best of date on the bottle is 14.06.13.

a - Pours a murky golden-brown color with two fingers of fluffy white head with nice retention and lacing and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, Belgian yeast, bready malts, and citrus. Smells great.

t - Tastes of Belgian yeast, spices, lemon, honey, bananas, and bready malts. Very nice, and a slight step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. The body is super smooth and creamy, makes it very easy to drink.

d - A great tripel all around. At 8% I thought it was very easy to drink and I loved the taste and mouthfeel. Would certainly have again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Unfiltered golden sunshine like tone with a nice layer of frothy white head leaves spread out Belgian style lacing, it's purdy. Aroma: Awesome pineapple bubblegum notes rich sweetness I'm loving this brew complex spiciness there, wow. Flavor: Nice fruit esters swarm the tastebuds this is the shit my style of a tripel. Creamy tone to it with the bubblegum sweet tone this is a classic tripel down to the T, nice spiciness. Mouthfeel: Creamy mouthfeel spritzy carbonation good stuff I'm loving this shit good stuff in my opinion. Drinkability: Excellent smooth delicate and hella drinkable.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded gold with a white head. Nose is mild. At first the thing that came to mind was pencil shavings (like when you sharpen your pencil with that little 2nd grade sharpener). Very slight citric tone. Overall though, the nose is very quiet. The flavor. Slightly woody tone on the tail end. But overall, it is extremely well balanced. Smooth and even. On the first sip, the feel was like I opened my mouth, closed my eyes, and had someone pour silk into my mouth. Beautiful. Hence the 5. Very drinkable. One to go back to again and again.

Normally when I see a beer reviewed so much with such a high score, I approach with trepidation. This one did deliver though. And I am glad to have been able to grab a bottle when I was in the Bay area.

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

Finally getting around to reviewing this beer. Thanks to Jeff for leaving it in my fridge.

Served in a Duvel oversized tulip.

The beer is a murky orange color. The fluffy white head is gargantuan, encompassing the upper half of the vessel, leaving copious lacing on stuck on the walls.

The aroma is oranges, yeast, bread, spice. Wow, this smells fantastic.

Complex, well balanced, fabulous. Coriander really comes through. Citrus and yeast blended to perfection. One of the best tripels I have ever had.

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Photo of stakem
3.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a matching St. Bernardus goblet. The brew appears a pale golden yellow color with a rich finger of white froth that slowly fades leaving a wall of lace sticking to the glass. Despite the most careful pour, a serious amount of yeast makes it's way into the glass making this look like one chunky brew. A swirl agitates about a finger back to the surface.

The aroma has some sweetness to it reminiscent of belgian candy sugar coupled with some pale fruit notes like apple and pear. There is a very mild yeasty spice almost like pepper also present before blending into a more familiar aspect of clove. A trace amount of herbal hops are also felt across the backend of the brew's nose.

The taste is a bit sweet and bready with notes of pear and apples with a complimenting fruity alcohol note contrasted by some herbal hops. Like some of the other St. Bernardus offerings, this one collectively almost comes off with a medicinal aspect to it. There are some earthy notes coming out of this mixing with yeast as the brew warms up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate to lighter level of carbonation. Overall not bad, but not a tripel I would drop my pants and run to have again. Worth a try if you never had it before, but this one was a little underwelming for me. While it offered some nice complexity, it just was ok.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged-corked bottle:

Pours clouded golden with a thick head that thins to a lasting cover, leaving broken rings of lacing.

The smell is of bubblegum and cotton candy with floral, herbal, slightly grassy spicing.

The taste is lemony, grassy, herbal with bready notes with plenty of sweet maltiness and sugar sweetness. Sweet with a spicy herbal dryness in the finish.

Meduim-bodied with an airy effervescence. Spicing lingers.

Well-balanced with subtle complexities, this sips very easily.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden yellow with a ton of dense, foamy head that has great retention. The nose has notes of spices, white grapes, faint alcohol esters, and of course Belgian yeast. The taste is wheat, spices, yeast, and faint hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

This isn't bad. It's well balanced, the Belgian yeast definitely does it's thing here, and the alcohol level is well masked. This is an easy drinking tripel.

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

Appearance: perfectly opaque orangey color, with a fine, white head atop.

Aroma: full of soft spices, orange peel, lemon rind, spicy, citrusy, yeasty, full, magnificent.

Taste: excellent entry on the tongue & palate, beautiful, yeasty, rich and fruity.
Soft, yet earthy, hoppy, full-bodies, and delicious.
An excellent tripel, for the sugary aspect was much more subdued than other offerings which misinterpreted, perhaps, the portions of the sweetness in the style.

Seemed nothing more, or less, than perfect, without being mindblowing.
Very, very worthwhile brew.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC.

A classic foam white rock hard head but not building so much off the pour perhaps about two fingers. A dull yellow that is cloudy for the body but nice looking none the least.

Bouquet is an immediate dankness and yeast, but not much else it seems to be going on. Looking for something bold, or impressive and it's just not here. Good but kind of ordinary.

Taste and feel improves. Big sense of chewy bread, with an incredibly dense body. The beer feels like it has "girth" to me, it seems so large and bold but not overpowering or difficult to drink. It's a classic tripel density yeast feeling but the feel on this is so incredilbly dense even with a nice crisp snap on the finish it's kind of shocking.

Regardless of nose, it's still a fantastic brew. Wonderful tasting very unique and crushing feel beer. Delicious.

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

Poured from a 750 cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is a hazy, opaque, orange-caramel coloring with a foamy, light, bubbly, off-white head. Aromas of banana bread, cloves, cinnamon, all-spice, cardamom, subtle caramel, pears, and a bready backbone. Amazingly balanced and inviting. Flavors are smoothly sweet forward, with notes of banana, apple, pear, and a solid spice blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and coriander, with a subtle yeasty, Belgian funk. Smooth, creamy, light body, with a subtle edge in the backbone that keeps the aftertaste of banana bread and warming spices corralled. Smooth, slightly dry finish. This is a great example of the style. Delicious beer!

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

small bottle, states in 2 languages, neither of which is English
" consume before the end of 2004" or something like that. Pours orangy/golden with chunks of sediment, raises a 1 inch head and leaves tons o' lace. Nose is powdery sugar and faintly flowery. Taste like golden honey, flowers, melons, wonderfully complex and silky smooth on the tongue. Wildy yeasty. Alot of excitement in a glass! seak this stuff out and enjoy.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my DFH snifter, I can't find my St. B glass...grrr.

Beer is amber and hazy. Forms a HUGE head that falls away to one finder and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is high and steady. Looks awesome.

Oh sweet Jesus, it smells like awesome. Write awesome on a piece of paper and then smell it, that's what this is. Its estery and sweet with a level of great yeastiness (that's a word according to google). Its perfect.

Creamy medium bodied beer with a dry finish. The forward is mildly sweet. The midpalate is moderately sweet and estery. The yeast character is lower than you'd expect. This beer is awesome. One of the best tripels I've ever had.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Clear golden body with a large white head. Great retention, ok lace.

S: Bright, but soft booze. It sounds like a bit of an oxymoron - the aroma is distinctly alcohol, but it’s sweet rather than harsh on your nose. Honey and coriander round out the bouquet.

T: Sweet malt and wildflower honey. Delicious, chewy, white grape flavor through the first 2/3rds of the profile. Balanced spice on the backend; coriander, white pepper.

M: Nice carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. Sweet and lightly spicy finish.

O: Sweeter and less boozy than an average triple, but not overly so. The flavors strike a fantastic balance of fruit, spice, malt, and booze.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5/15/05- Purchased at Draeger's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 750ml bottle caged and corked. A best by date on the cap of the cage. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Brown, almost amber pour. Huge fat dirty blonde chunky head and excellent lacing. Huge chunks just clinging to my glass upon finishing. Literally could stick my finger against the dried lace and could pick up the glass without it falling off my finger.

Smell- Nice and sweet as well as a very sugary smell. Seems cookie dough is about best way to describe it as most reviewers of this have said about the same thing.

Taste- Sweet and sugary, maybe some vanilla, butterscotch?, caramel, and citrus fruit shavings (lemon, orange, banana). Almost like drinking a sweet fruit cocktail with a caramel suprise on the side.

Mouthfeel- Average to low carbonation, nice coating feeling from the thick caramel flavor.

Drinkability- Probably the best or at least comparable to the best tripel I have had. I just hope the store gets some more of these in soon. Time to stock up and age a few.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Having passed over this year-round and easily attainable Tripel multiple times, I figured it was a nice time to grab open and share with my girlfriend over dinner. Corked and caged 750 ml bottle, poured into two tulip glasses, pair with braised Hawaiian jerk pork.

A: Golden rustic light copper body with an active stream of carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass. The retention cap is really nice but this beer lacks every bit of lacing. I wouldn't say it's detrimental but I've seen plenty of Tripels give a better appearance than this one.

S: Alcohol esters are immediate on the nose along with a base of doughy yeast and some milled grain. A nice amount of spice, lemon and orange come through. I was surprised I didn't get any notes of banana in the fruit aspect but it still took on a very traditional aroma.

T: Orange and lemon fruits bring a rush of flavor to the palate, followed quickly with the classic Belgian yeast notes I've come to love and expect to taste. Light white pepper spice hints are towards the end, along with banana and bubblegum into the linger.

M: Highly bubbly and active carbonation, fairly light-bodied with a general "spritzy" feeling to it. I'd like this a bit less carbonated with a solid medium body to it.

This is a very classic approach to the Belgian Tripel and is a very good, solid demonstration of it. For me, the high amounts of carbonation were a bit of a distraction but the flavor profile stood on it's own. Overall, one of the better Tripels I've had but not the best.

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Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle served in a goblet.

I'm not impressed. Let me count the ways...

The aroma and flavor are just basic bready sweetness with a big of yeast and tiny touch of hops. Yes, this beer is smooth and really hides the alcohol, but I find the flavor bland and uninspiring. I had no problem taking my time with this one and probably won't return to it. There are better tripels out there.

UPDATE: 11/8/08 on-tap at Lee Gribbons in Emmaus, PA.
A much more impressive beer this time around. It was a touch on the thick side, for the style, but there was a great range of phenols. I mean this beer was spicy, damn. There were also mellow banana and subtle clove, matched with a sizeable hops bite of herbal lemon and citrus rind. Yum. Very tasty, but I might have trouble drinking a few of these.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Belgian beer in India. Found it at Take 5 restaurant in Bangalore on 100 ft. street.
Keep in mind, this is like finding a gold nugget in a pile of poo. So I enjoyed it!
Nice pour, although in an Orval glass, but who cares at this point. Hazy light orange/golden color with rather thin head (due to wide glass I bet). Slick look to it, not a whole lot of cling to the glass.
Coriander and orange peel dominate the nose. Some slight bready yeast and sweet malt come through as well.
Taste follows nose. Coriander spice and orange peel. Some other citrus flavors and soft banana hints.
Good feel to it. Nice slight bite, clean finish. Went well with steak.
and grilled veggies.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,083 ratings.
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