St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

3,138 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 gustogasmic
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, rich gold with intensely swirly carbonation, leading to a weightless 3" white head. Very nice lacing- even and in small clumps.

I have to pull hard to get much odor- it's a distinctly yeasty banana-bread.

the taste is wonderful and subdued- a balanced light banana, candy sugar, and light wheat bread.

mouthfeel is sublime. The carbonation folds out beautifully, and leaves a nice tingle on the tongue and a dryness, despite the creamy feel of the initial sip.

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Photo of TheMyers
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of kylethebrilliant
5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of rydev24
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of samie85
3.45/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy (due to a not so careful pour) orange color with two pillowy fingers of white head.

Smells of sweet grain with some light bubblegum and very light clove notes.

Very sweet grain upfront with a much spicier finish than the nose lets on...clove, and a bit of bitterness on the finish.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation and finishes dry and warming.

My first Tripel was Tripel Karmeliet and that kind of turned me off to the style as I wasn't a fan of the phenolic spicy qualities. I've since tried a few other examples and St. Bernardus has been the mildest in terms of these notes which I appreciate.

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Photo of TranceTF
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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

I've been aging this one for 6 months or so - best by date of 16 June 2014. Poured into a Bernardus chalice.

Poured a hazy straw color with lots of fluffy white foam. Head reduced to a little less than a finger with lots of dense lacing on the sides of the glass. Smelled great - lemony and slightly boozy, with lots of yeast. The taste mirrored the smell; lots of citrus and banana, with some buttery biscuit malt. The mouthfeel was very creamy with lots of carbonated zip. It perfectly accentuated the taste.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. One of the best versions of a tripel I believe I've tasted, and this brewery consistently brings it. Awesome stuff.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of goblue3509
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow gold color with a two finger head which recedes to skim. There is visible floatees in the beer and the beer leaves sticky fingers of lace. The aroma is of banana's, lemon grass, candied yeast and pears. The taste follows suit with the citrus notes up front before a candied yeast flavor takes over. The beer finishes with a lemongrass, pear, and banana flavor. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall a very solid beer, a nice aroma and look to pull you in, and a great taste to keep you wanting more.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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 vegasmac99
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Agent1
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

And so we begin, Het Kapittel.

Appearance - Quite a strong, deep golden color. Slightly hazy. Nice head, but not nearly as much on this ale as you might typically find on the Abt 12. Creamy and white. Good retention, though! Impressive lacing, too.

Smell - Surprisingly, one of the most prominent aromas seems to be alcohol. Grassy hops are noticeable. Nice, fresh buttery bread and yeast. Rosewater, honey, even subtle lemon/ citrus notes. Lots of floral accents with complex spices and dry hops.

Taste - Vanilla bean, banana, Belgian candi sugar, flowers and herbs (banana leaves), dry Saaz pilsner hops, fresh bread or vanilla cookies, honey, cloves and a tangerine finish. Slightly sour and yeasty. Very well balanced. This is where this beer stands out.

Mouthfeel - Leaves your tongue buzzing. Very tart due to the complex Belgian dry-hops, yet all the candi sugars keep the dry hops on the tongue relaxed and balanced. You can feel this trigger all areas of the mouth. Leaves a nice sugary coating on the mouth with a warm alcohol sensation.

Overall - A fantastic Tripel. More on the sweet side compared to giants like Westmalle, Koningshoeven (although Koningshoeven is quite similar in sweetness) or Chimay, but nonetheless, incredibly complex and precise. Dry, sweet and fruity, yet elements of sourness make this beer very enjoyable. There is an amazing breadth to this beer. Clearly, a carefully crafted Tripel!

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

Enjoyed this 11.2oz bottle out of a porter glass.

A: Pours a very hazy light orange hue with a huge 4-finger, white foam that slowly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving a nice trail down the glass.

S: Aromas of Belgian Candies, yeast, and sweet fruits.

T: Starts a little sweet and has a fruity yeast middle followed by a little bitterness. Alcohol definitely present but blends in with the sweetness.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent Tripel. Well rounded and tasty.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,138 ratings.
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