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St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel
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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
Ranking:
#819
Reviews:
1,280
Ratings:
3,171
pDev:
9.2%
Bros Score:
4.32
 
 
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262
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
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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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Agent1
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
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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4/5  rDev -5.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -35.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of mjtiernan
4.24/5  rDev 0%
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 -1.7%
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 -5.7%

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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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 -4.5%
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 +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of beergoot
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
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 +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 3,171 ratings
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