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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,267
Ratings:
3,125
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
Wants:
252
Gots:
471
For Trade:
4
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Reviews: 1,267 | Ratings: 3,125
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Time for a revisit!
Consumed in honor of a recently deceased relative... who kinda looked like the fellow on the bottle. Bon Voyage, Sam.
The 750 mL model which I presume to be much fresher than the 330cL versions I had quite some time ago.
This guy was much clearer looking; golden with a pretty white head.
The odor is not quite as gorgeous as it was last time around, but still appealing. Much drier... much more like champagne.
The flavor is much more like champagne as well. A sharp bite with a dry finish; some lingering fruit flavors after the bite has gone. Pear is dominant, hints of coriander here and there... cameos of golden raisins.
A bit of a coarse bitterness pops up here and there but it's nothing to be concerned about.
An excellent tripel.... an excellent brew. This is what a dry tripel should be like. A hard choice between this and Westmalle's tripel.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle. Cloudy golden yellow with a tall white head that was fed by a constant stream of bubbles. Nice creamy thick lacing. Rich sweet fruits aroma with some pears and a nice amount of spice as well. Notes of yeast and doughy malts came out as well. Starts off with a smooth sweet fruit medley of pears and some others I couldn’t quite pick out. A good mix of spices, yeast and bread came though to balance the sweetness and add great depth to this. Finishes up dry and spicy with hints of fruit. Fantastic taste with plenty going on. Good thickness to the body with plenty of carbonation, perhaps a tad too much at times. Greatly drinkable stuff as well. Easily one of the best Tripels I have ever had.

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Photo of dgallina
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle dated best-before 7-28-2008

Great looking beer. Poured an extremely clear and strongly-carbonated golden orange-yellow. Left a small blanket of very persistent foam and super-sticky lace. Fragrant with cloves, bananas, very clean sweet alcoholic citrus. Creamy and smooth mouth-feel, with big carbonation from lots of tiny bubbles. Light citrus up front, turning slightly medicinal, herbal, in the center before finishing with strong hop bitterness, alcohol and cloves. Taste is a little thin in the middle, but overall the beer is subtle, flavorful, shockingly light and easy drinking.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle into a pilsner.

hazy golden orange with a frothy white head. leaves a touch of lacing.

fruity sweet aroma with candy sugar and a hint of the alcohol content. a touch of belgian yeast and belgian spiciness.

medium-bodied and a high carbonation. bready malts with herbs and an alcohol sweetness. much more subdued than the 12 in flavor. goes down easy, but fairly reserved for a tripel.

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

Dark , slightly cloudy gold...frothy head..some lacing..settles to 1/4 in head. Flakes of yeast will not disperse even with a good swirl...should have left them alone?...they're dancing with the bubbles....I'll chew 'em. Freshness date 1/07.
Smells of fruit, malt, yeast ...some alcohol.
Tastes pretty complex..alcohol is prominent..some light banana flavor, especially as it warms...a little clove, some sugar,some slight cider ,and a nice dry , lightly bitter finish.
Medium to heavy mouthfeel..medium carbonation....just right.
Pretty drinkable even at 7.5%.
A really good Belgian Tripel. Savor this one slowly....then have another. This was a nice gift from my girlfriend....a 4 pack for Valentine's day ! ( ...the woman cares ).

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Inch tall head that settled into about a 1/4 inch covering that lasted throughout. Nice lacing. Very nice looking glass of beer. Golden, honey colored. Very tiny, compact carbonation.

Smelled of yeast, fruits, alcohol. Very well balanced. No particular aroma stood out, but all worked together.

Delicious, well balanced. Some fruit, some yeast, some hops, some malt, all working together. A very balanced beer on a par with Westmalle Tripel.

I noticed a lot of carbonation that made my tongue tingle a bit, otherwise I'd give it a 5 on mouthfeel. Warmed the palate after it went down. Slight bitter and alcoholic aftertaste that warmed and then left the palate quickly.

Very drinkable, but tasted strong with the alcohol not as well hidden as the Westmalle. But an excellent, delicious beer. And my wife says I look like the monk on the label!

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

Poured into a goblet, the resulting head was huge. It diminished quickly over it's peach colored body. Full of floaties, this one. A strong fruity spicy nose, furthered the spicy taste. Snappy yeast, apples, citrus, bready, flowery. Complex and flavorfull, this one masks it's rather heady amount of alchohol magnificantly. Top notch.

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Photo of maddamish
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Short review here:

Spices abound in this beer. You have a bit of orange and lemon citrus mixed with spice and a bit of pepper notes. The head was thick and creamy but quickly disappeared and turned into minimal lacing. The spice notes dominate in the nose.

This was a great beer and was very happy I was able to score this at the Acme on Market street in Akron because it was off the shelves and gone the next week.

Notes: There was a price check at the register and the bag boy was sent to check it out. He came back and said $5.00. I almost asked him to go back and get me three more. I didn't know what the price was and was prepared to pay more. I suspect it was more expensive than that but I am not going to argue with him.

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Photo of Gump
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This green label caught my eye one day at Surdyk's. I have been on the lookout for this beer for about a year now after seeing it on a BA list of top Belgian Triples.

Light pale colored pour with plenty of white dense head. Starts very foamy and eventually calms to an inch of head with moderate wet lacing in the glass.

Amora is fruity, woodsy and dry with a chalky sweetness and natural earthiness.

Excellent mouthfeel. Leaves the tongue tingly and mouth feeling dry

A very crisp drink and excellent mouthfeel make this a beer that stands out from the rest.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden body with a huge white frothy head.

Nose is sweet and malty. Some characteristically Belgian spice notes as well.

Flavor is sweet, sweet malt. Candi sugar is a big part of the flavor. Plenty of spices are there, coriander and clove. Yeasty malt forms the backbone. Slight warming from the alcohol. Overall, it's a mighty, mighty tasty tripel.

Mouthfeel is frothy and creamy, bordering on syrupy.

Drinkability is a little above average. I enjoy the style, but am unlikely to want more than 1-2 per sitting. Usually the sweetness gets to me and I want to move on to an IPA or a Pils.

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

a - An inch of fine bubbled foam which dissipated to a 1/4 inch layer that lasted to the bottom of the glass. Tons of lacing. Clear amber orange in color until you pour the beer from the bottom of the bottle into the glass then it appears cloudy from the yeast.

s - Very sweet malted barley aroma with sweet fruits backing up the barley.

t - A complex taste with dry medium toasted barley predominant. A light citrus fruity taste comes through behind the main flavors. An acidic finish.

m - Good carbonation, can feel the alcohol

d - Enjoyable to drink. I would drink this again. Goes down smooth and easy. I ate some aromatic cheese while enjoying this ale. It's flavor comes shining through.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.19/5  rDev -24.6%
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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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle, with Best Before End date 28 02 08, into my St. Bernardus chalice. A slightly thin head forms, about one finger thick, on top of a golden, cloudy beer. A little bit of lace forms as the beverage is consumed.

Sweet candy is the predominant aroma. Yeast follows and is supported by slight hints of ground pepper and corriander aroma as well.

Alcohol is noticeable in this one, but attractive; definitely in the background. Like most of the other offerings from St Berny, I taste pepper and yeast and sweet candi (one of those white or cream colored pieces. Anybody know what flavor that is?) Fruit is subdued in this offering. Hops are fairly obvious, but a great balance is achieved.

Medium body with an alcoholic warming sensation. Slick mouthfeel that coats the tongue and teeth, leaving traces of goodness to be savored for several minutes after initial and final tastings. For 8% ABV, very drinkable.

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Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy peach color with a huge blooming (almost to much) head that consumed the whole beer now a fluffy head on top of a Belgian tripel is nice but this went a bit overboard.I notice a little funk in the aroma like a saison in some ways with its mentioned funk and peppery spice with just a light note of citrus,quite spicey on the palate cloves coriander and black pepper really come thru with an underlying candi suger elemant.A nice creamy mouthfeel lended itself well to this brew.A nice tripel but I have had better the Witkap tripel I had just yesterday to me was more broad and enjoyable,all in all not bad but to me not worth the hype.

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

Courtesy of bditty187.

Pours a hazy orange color with a thick, frothy two finger head that slowly settles to soapy cap and leaves behind sheets of lace.

Smell; slighty peppery to start, and then some lemon zest comes through along with bubblegum and cloves.

Taste; the citrus flavors stand out up front (lemon & oranges), with a nice bit of bread dough in the middle and finishing with the peppery spices and cloves with a touch of banana pushing through. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, with really nice carbonation.

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

Poured a nice creamy orange color with a thick creamy light tan head with great retention.

Smell was a very nice complex combination of sweet candi sugar, citrus aromas, cloves, pepper, and other spices.

Taste is full of tart citrus flavors, cloves, and pepper. Not at all sweet like I would have expected.

Mouthfeel is very crisp with a dry finish.

A very drinkable Tripel.

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

St. Bernardus Tripel

Apperance- nice light brown with a big creamy head. Light carbonation.
Smell- spice, pepper, clove, banana, vanilla, cherries and bread.
Taste- nice light fruitiness. Banana and cherry with a light spicy flavor. Well balanced.
Mouthfeel- smooth and so easy to drink. No strong alcohol taste.

Overall- A tasty Tripel that was too easy to drink. A beer worth revisiting again, soon!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A-This beer pours a deep golden hazy body with a slight brown hue. The head is a very creamy smooth off-white that last and last. There is a good carbonation of tiny bubbles and nice lacing with each sip.

S- The soft smell of roses and slight perfume are mixed with notes of bubblegum and pale malt. There is a very faint apple and pear note as it warms.

T- This beer has a spiciness in the initial taste followed by a slightly sweet honey and pale and crystal malt notes with some dryness in the finish. There is a slight carbonic acid taste in the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel but it has a fizzy texture that makes it feel fuller. No alcohol warmth or astringency.

D-This beer has a wonderful aroma but the taste doesn't follow thru with all the complexity. It is still very easy to drink and it drinks pretty quickly.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque yellow-orange with a monstrous creamy head. Huge lacing.

Smell is sweet fruit (orange and lemon), spices, yeast and hops.

Taste is strongly of sweet citrus and spice flavoring. Peppery with great bready yeastiness, bananna, and cloves. Slight hops flavoring appears in the clean finish.

Mouthfeel is full and soft with a clean finish.

This brew is a little sweeter than expected, but it is still an excellent brew.

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Photo of cooter
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A tiny-bubbled frothy head with outstanding lacing that produces a thick netting along the glass. Thick foam, starting from 1.5 inches and now down to one-half. Smells powerfully of kiwi and banana. Other scents include gentle hops and generic malts, tulip, and that fake cherry smell that candies have. When swirled and deeply inhaled, there is alcohol present.

Smoother than I thought possible. Phenomenal foam/beer interaction. Feels like drinking a carbonated pillow. Goes right to my head. Getting some strawberry scent and taste, a vodka or whiskey flavor, and an aftertaste very reminiscent of peaty scotch. Melon, canteloupe, slight raspberry in the taste. Well carbonated.

Exceptional. Wondrous. True artistry.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Finger size pure white thick as cement head. Completely opaque body.
S - Simple candy sugar and yeasty "belgian" aroma
T - Initially extremely light, followed by a burst of biscuity malt and thereafter candy sugar and pineapple flavors (but not sweet) and bitterness. A touch of toffee sets this off wonderfully.
M - Light body, vivacious carbonation, yeasty.
D - Well balanced, alcohol is perfectly integrated, good stuff.

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

Poured from a 33 cl. bottle.

Appearance: Light red/amber with a small ring of head.
Smell: Spicy with hints of nutmeg and lemon.
Taste: Very hoppy at first this then turns into a very sweet (dare i say honey like?) beer.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth.

Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of benmiliron
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the 4 bottle & glass gift pack. Hazy autumn light brown, bit of gold. Smell is divine, sweet fruit, heavy malt, fancy belgian wheat, hint of orange. Taste is divine. What a beer should be. Spice, orange, sticky malt, caramel. Spice and alcohol both heavy but blend very well. Velvety texture with a microscopic bubble.

A lovely beer, highly recommended.

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

33cl bottle poured into a Bokbier glass. Freshness date: 04/05/07

Appearance: hazy golden with a two finger head of white froth. Some sediment floating around as I poured it all in.

Aroma: really sweet, some orange peel zest and a lil bit of pepper in the nose.

Taste: goes down with flavors similar to the aroma. The belgian candi sugar makes this a very sweet tasting beer, sometimes that brings a warm flavor, but here the alcohol is still disguised well.

Mouthfeel: moderate amount of carbonation, medium bodied, slightly cloying.

Drinkability: I like the fact that this tripel is on the lower end of the ABV scale for this style., as with all of the St. Bernardus brews I've tried it is top notch.

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Photo of kingjames1
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've tried other Tripels and have enjoyed them all, but this is almost flawless. Pours beautifully - a hazy gold with an enormous, frothy, dense head. Smells sweet, fruity, yeasty, spicy, and a little doughy. Taste is amazing. Apricots, citrus, bananas, cloves, spice, pepper, and even some caramel and yellow-cake batter (wa?). The alcohol is also there, but it is nice and works well with it.

Mouthful is great, well carbonated, yet creamy. This IS liquid bread! Increadible (were all monks alcoholics?). Highly recommended, and the best of this style that I've had (superior to Westmalle in my opinion).

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,125 ratings.
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