St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel
3,171 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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Photo of n2185
3.9/5  rDev -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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Photo of TenHornsProud
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Photo of DARIVA
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%
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 +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
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 +6.1%

Photo of DunkelWeizenWitFan
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of sfprint
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, lots of small bits of sediment, relatively dark orangy yellow brown. Not much of a head but it has a spacy quality. Moderate but difficult to see rising carbonation.
S: Slightly over ripe pineapple, mild sugary/plasticy quality that i don't find offensive. Dense, a hair sweet and yeasty, nice.
T: Very special taste. Unique. Almost a sherbert like, though less sweet, fresh, the yeast sits in an unusual place, in the middle, somewhat heavy. elusive bitterness. Quite good.
M: Medium body, hair of tartness. barely astringent.
O: A nice tripel, but on the heavy side.

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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