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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -35%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet. Best before 28 03 14.

A: A slow pour gave me a perfect proportion of head/body. White and pillowy two finger head tops a muted golden body. Some haze and lots of activity.

S: Oh my. This smells delicious. Very aromatic and complex. Light and dark fruits, orange peel, breadiness, some banana and clove/coriander. A dose of sweet toffee and light brown sugar. I could smell this all day.

T: A quick touch of sweetness instantly gives way to fairly intense acidic spiciness. Not many individual flavors are jumping out at me. White pepper, some biscuit, and bitter orange/lemon rind. A fair amount of alcohol burn in the bone dry finish. Faint malt sweetness in the aftertaste.

M: Highly carbonated and quite astringent. Light to medium body.

O: I got more enjoyment out of the incredible aroma than I did out of the flavor, but it’s complexity makes it easy to see why this is such a well regarded beer.

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4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL bottle (best by 9/25/2012) into a St. Bernardus chalice. Before I even pop the cap I can see all the chunky floaties inside the bottle (which hasn't been jostled a bit for weeks) - so I open and pour extremely carefully. And even before I can get the bottle to the glass, foam is peeking out of the mouth of the bottle - this is a seriously carbonated beer, which I think stirred up all that sediment as soon as I opened it. Despite my best efforts, tons of yeastie beasties make their way into my glass. I know, not a big deal. But I have to dock points for appearance. The head is minimal, barely a film across the surface, because of how carefully I tried to pour. Good carbonation anyway.

Aroma is pale malt, sweet fruit, candi sugar, yeast and booze. Mostly smells of dried apricots, a little butterscotch.

Taste has an apple juice quality - sweet and clean. Really dry and crisp, definitely enjoyable. A hint of warming booze.

Mouthfeel has a bit of a sharp bite due to the carbonation. Otherwise very nice and dry.

Overall I guess I expected more from this beer. It's good, but I prefer La Fin Du Monde and Delirium Tremens.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

A - Voluminous four fingers of uber fluffy and airy pure white head comprised of tons of big chunky bubbles... Excellent retention that never really fades leaving one plus fingers worth of fluffy pillow head... A cyclone of rapid paced carbonation swirls in the middle of the glass with some random stray bubble surrounding it... The color is a golden honey with an ever so faint haze...

S - A nice mix of orange and lemon zest... Candied sugars... Belgian yeast... Some grassy and hay notes... A slight bit of clove... Some pear and golden delicious apple notes... Very appealing and spot on for the style...

T - Lemon zest... Orange zest... Belgian yeast... Candied sugars... Pear... Apples... Bananas... Light cloves... Golden raisins... A touch of bubble gum... The candied sugar sweetness lingers for quite a while... Everything in wonderful balance... Great complexity...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Light yet brisk carbonation... Sleek... Smooth... Even a bit sticky... A bit heavier than expected for the style...

D - Defiantly deserves its lofty place in the pecking order of world class Tripels... A must try for any self respecting BA... Something that I will gladly drink with regularity...

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

Poured into brand gobblet. Taken from notes. Reviewed under medium natural light.

Appearance: Orange to gold brew with thin tannish white head. Deep yeast like haze. Low non perceived effervescence.

Smell: Medium intense to intense aroma.The aroma is of spices, orange zest, clove and a strong malty melanoidin like backbone.

Taste: Medium to medium high in intensity. Hot, spicy, floral. Very assertive spiciness, almost reaching astringency. Some yeast and melanoidin character aswell.

Mouthfeel: medium full bodied. low carbonation. low bitterness. low acidity. round on the palate.

Overall: Found it enjoyable and complex enough with a distinct personality. Made for an enjoyable drinking experience.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a decent light yellow color with a relatively thin white head. Light spice, bubblegum, and apricot and raisins highlight the aroma. Taste is pretty well-balanced with a noticeable alcohol presence coming out in the end, upending the malt/ester initial presence. Finishes a the sweet-side. Good mouthfeel: medium bodied with a lively yet soft carbonation that adds to the overall smoothness.

A good beer and worth more visits if a Belgian-styled brew is what you're looking for.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow-orange with three fingers of white head that fades into a thin cap with a little lacing.

S: Some spices up front followed by bubblegum and candy sugar aromas. There is a strong, chalky yeast aroma as well despite the bottle being stored upright for days and the pour carefully decanted.

T: Spices up front again along with candy sugar and bubblegum. Some light fruit flavors like bananas and grapes come through with a sweet, bready finish.

M: Medium-light body with highish carbonation, this beer is nicely attenuated so that it's pretty light and crisp. The yeast presence does detract from it, but only slightly.

O: A good tripel, overall, though I wish the yeast weren't quite so dominant. Still, it's tasty and very drinkable.

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

Pours a cloudy straw/orange with a huge, fluffy, fine white head that lingers and laces.

Smells of floral hops and subtle bready malt with general sweetness and some fruit character. It smells refreshing, if that makes any sense.

Taste is sweet up front with some honey and bread character that goes into a more bitter middle and ends on a sweet yet dry bitter finish, has floral, slightly citric fruit notes.

Medium to lighter body with high carbonation is right on for the style.

Really nice tripel here. It is dry yet sweet in taste, bitter, floral, slightly bready from the yeast and just really drinkable.

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3.25/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly cloudy beer with a beautiful head.

S: Can recognize the smell of anise and the smell of lemon.

T: Spicy and slightly bitter beer.

M: Spicy beer with a slight tingling sensation and a moderate foam.

O: Fairly drinkable and tasty beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh Bernie, you saintly, smiling beer bro; unfortunately, every big bottle of your beloved tripel was around $13 everywhere I looked. I’m glad I found an 11.2 oz. bottle for less, though – and with expensive beer, less is definitely more.

Brewed about two and a half years before the date of this tasting (Best before “12 02 14,” five years after the bottling date).

A: Beautiful Belgian head – a sudsy off-white cream sits at a dense inch and a half. What’s great, though, is the retention: this head doesn’t dissipate, it just thickens in spots (forming hills and valleys of density in the cream). This is some seriously good-looking foam. The color, too, is a wonderfully hazy fruit-juice yellow-amber, loveably cider-like. Lacing everywhere.

S: Bright, funky, and fruity: hints of white wine and apricot swell up lightly on the forefront. Biscuity malts with a roasted/toffee darkness lay flat, with a clovey, lemony funk providing some herbal complexity. Earthy and straw-like to the core; unmistakably smooth and inviting.

T: The palate is just like the nose, but even more pronounced. The biggest flavors here are straw and coriander, which light up with a peach, apple, and apricot wheat tone. Light cream ale tastes and a vanilla hue appear just as some Noble-tasting hops arrive for the perfect, zesty balance. Finishes with a dry clove flavor and some peppery spice. Excellent, drinkable, delicious.

M: This beer has an excellent presence, fizzing lightly on the tongue with an oily finale. Some astringency puts the zest on a slight pedestal, elevating its character.

O: A mild Belgian for this style, but still excellent. Drink up, guys; this one rocks.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefe-Weizen glass, and the aromas, other than alcohol were extremely faint. The color was unlike anything id ever seen before, like a burnt orange(this is the first Tripel ive ever tasted). The lacing & carbonation, was also the best ive seen! The head continued to reappear as i worked my way down the glass(sure this might be because i drank it out of a Hefe-Weizen glass instead of a snifter...but maybe not)the mouthfeel was medium with a lemon/citrusy/mild alcohol favor that lingers on in a very tasty way, not dry.
I need more than the 1 bottle I recieved in the St.Bernardus 4-pack with the free snifter, to evalute this better,but i am certainly willing to do more research!!!

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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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