St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel
BA SCORE
4.24/5
3,171 Ratings
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
 
 
Wants:
262
Gots:
493
Trade:
4
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of rodney45
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Note: Found at the bowery whole foods, NYC. 330ml.

A: Almost beyond description. Deep tangerine or gamboge with a creamy everlasting ghost white head that lingers forever.

S: Pear, munich malt, corriander, flowery clove and caramel. Notes of lemon zest and honey.

T: First profile is munich and pale malt with an undiscernable noble hop forward flavor, not so much bitter as balancing. Secondary profile is of pear, peach, citrus and honey. Slight clove and lemon zest. Has a witte feel to it as well. End notes of cherry, caramel and belgian candied sugar. Very distinct trappist style yeast. Dry and crisp finish.

M: Effervescent massage for your lips that makes the whole experience beyond comparison. Very creamy. Medium body with medium carbonation. No hint of alcohol.

O: First beer ive given a five overall. This beer is simply without peer. Its greatest rivals would be rochefort 10 or the st bernardus 12. Fanstastic beer. Its creamy compexity is simply legendary. I'd absolutely recommend to anyone. This beer is so good its stupid.

I'd pair this with an earthfired pita and fresh garlic hummus.

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Photo of djbow
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy medium gold color with a 2 finger head of very tight bubbles that are well retained. Nice lacing with noticeable alcohol legs.

S: Caramel, yeast / spice, ripe fruit, malt and alcohol. Almost a quad.

T: The taste follows the nose. Caramel, yeast / spice, ripe fruit, malt and alcohol (well hidden). Very big beer flavor. Again, this beer is almost a quad.

M: Medium body, spot on St. Bernardus pallet cleansing carbonation. Smooth overall, well balanced with mild alcohol warmth.

O: To me St. Bernardus Triple is a very good representation of the style. I do prefer the St. Bernardus Triple over their Watou Triple. The St Bernardus is a more complete classic tripe and is an over all better finished product.

Glass: Tulip.

Serving Temp = 51F.

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Photo of Andlemc
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of gtermi
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This pours a very nice, some what cloudy, gold body with a 3 finger thick head that slowly fades and leaves a little bit of lace on the glass.

S: The smell is pretty different than most tripels. This has a nice bit of malt, some fruit and a slight quad style smell. Just amazing and so different.

T: This taste is just amazing! The Belgian yeast and malt just explode of my palate. As the beer lingers, I start to get a strong amount of fruit.

M: This is a very smooth Tripel. There is a nice tingle on the tongue and other than that it goes down like water.

O: Another great beer from Brouwerij St. Bernardus! There is so much flavor and it's just far superior than almost any other Tripel I have ever had.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of dansmcd
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky pale yellow with a finger of bright white foamy head which retains well and produces streaks of lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, apricot, spice, bread, lemon.

T - As expected from the aroma, yeasty, citrus, apricot, sweet dough.

M - Creamy full body, medium to high carbonation, spicy finish.

O - A great beer, I love tripels and this is a good one, however it just falls short of Westmalle and Karmeliet in my view due to not having the same level of intensity in flavour.

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Photo of iSip
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

St. Bernardus Triple, 25oz bomber: I love Belgian style beers, and was very excited to try this highly rated Triple. Pouring this beer into a glass creates a huge head, if you are not careful the head will fill the glass in an instant and it will not settle for a long while. The head really is the outstanding feature of this Triple. The body has a peachy color to it, and is translucent with visible sediment floating about. The aroma is there, with hints of champagne and apricots. I was hoping for more of the Belgian yeast and bready aromas to come through, but they were not to be had. OK, on to the flavors. The St. Bernardus Triple stays light on the tongue, with subtle fruit flavors and an undercurrent of, well, beer taste. Hmmm. I guess that is good that a beer tastes like beer, but the fun of Belgian style ales is that they are distinctively so unlike “beer”. Do not get me wrong, this was a wonderful Triple, but I was hoping for a religious experience, and it did not materialize.

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Photo of jfcaa193
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of heysuz
3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of casualfan
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Nuke77
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium yellow straw color with a nice firm white head with a bit of cloudiness. The scent is green apple speice and a touch of banana. The taste follows the nose quite closely but again is more intense than I expected from this beer. Seems to be a characteristic of St. Bernardus. Great carbonation and very cleansing. Excellent tripel.

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Photo of vkv822
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy, dark yellow with a fizzy, foamy white head.

The aroma consists of phenols, with some fruit esters as well.

The taste follows the nose, with phenol and fruity, slightly spicey esters.

A medium body, with fizzy, fairly active carbonation.

A fairly typical and well done example of what I would expect in a tripel.

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Photo of msarver16
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Riverared
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of danielp215
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of cartwar
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Reaper16
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle served into a St. Bernardus chalice

Pours a sunny yellow color -- like a persimmon. It's plenty cloudy, but there's no visible yeast floaties or anything of the sort. Less than a finger's worth of eggshell white foam. It's quite loose and flowy, but not (as you may then think) composed of large bubbles. Meager lacing.

Give this beer a few minutes to breathe after you pour it into a glass. My first smell yielded nothing, but the next one basically exploded with aroma. Bananas and honey -- like when you add both of those things to a plain breakfast cereal like Corn Flakes -- come strong out the glass, followed by loads and loads of white flowers. That floral scent plays well with the orange and stonefruit that peeks out as the beer warms. There's a touch of clove here too, as expected. This beer opens up a lot, but with the small caveat that the alcohol also becomes apparent in the nose as the beer warms.

The taste is slightly less impressive, but perhaps only because it is more blunt. It's lacking in that floral character that the nose had, which means that the beer is throwing a lot of fruit at you at once: orange juice, banana, and what tastes like an apricot Jolly Rancher (only without the sour). The booze is part of this flavor profile, but not in an inherently bad way. It cuts through some of the sweetness and draws out the clove spice notes from the yeast strain. This is a well-made Tripel that tastes classic, tastes timeless.

The mouthfeel seems at first the weakest aspect of this beer. And indeed, if you merely sip it then it feels woefully thin. But if you take a proper swig then its soft body becomes apparent and you appreciate the balance between carbonation and harsh alcohol bite.

Overall, this is quite a good Tripel. It's a classic for obvious reasons. I'm not as impressed with it as I wanted to be, but it's still plenty impressive.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting around to reviewing this beer. Thanks to Jeff for leaving it in my fridge.

Served in a Duvel oversized tulip.

The beer is a murky orange color. The fluffy white head is gargantuan, encompassing the upper half of the vessel, leaving copious lacing on stuck on the walls.

The aroma is oranges, yeast, bread, spice. Wow, this smells fantastic.

Complex, well balanced, fabulous. Coriander really comes through. Citrus and yeast blended to perfection. One of the best tripels I have ever had.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of benjaminpopp
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Peyton5410
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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