St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel
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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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Photo of mariposafan
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just the slightest cloudiness in the bright golden body with a huge creamy head that lasts and laces wonderfully. The aroma is a little subdued and lacks some of the yeastiness that I expected, though what's there represents a world of citrusy fruitiness. A little alcohol in the aroma as well but even that's pretty subdued.

The flavor, on the other hand, is nothing like subdued. Lemony, organgy, a little grassy - it's bold and assertive. There's a little balancing bitterness that lingers a bit too long for my tastes. There's also a bit of a hard-water minerality there that adds an interesting character. Nothing like any other tripel I've tried.

The mouthfeel is pleasant, medium bodied with just a touch too much prickly carbonation.

A nice enough tripel but not quite what I was hoping for. I think the Westmalle/Karmeliet/La Fin du Monde set will still be my preferred purchases.

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Photo of smxr88
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a St. Bernardus goblet.

This beer poured a cloudy orange color with a very thick off-white head that lingered for awhile. This beer had a very sweet aroma. Sweeter then the other St. Bernardus beers that came in the 4 beer and glass gift-set I bought. It tasted very yeasty and lemony. It was delicious though. Good amount of carbonation. It was an overall delicious beer and would definitely recommend it.

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Photo of ales4baldo
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation-Typical 330 bottle. Really dark. Guess the guy on the label is St Bernardus?

Appearence-Im seeing a very foggy orange here. Has a nice finger and a half of head that sticks around. Beer color is cloudish orange and you cannot see through it.

Smell-A lot of Belgian yeast for sure. Orange peel, lemon zing as well. Some hops as well. Mostly orange here. Also smells like small hints of dough linger around in the deep abyss.

Taste-Tons of yeast is what i get from this beer. The small amounts of alcohol also make a showing when you drink it. Seems like i bit into a lemon, i get that lemon peel to it as well as orange and it sticks around. Spices for sure, would like to see a little more. Small amounts of maybe nuts of some sort.

Mouthfeel-Enters like a frothy brew for sure. Seems pretty heavy on the palate. Not dry but mostley leaves your mouth wet. Lingers around for a bit. Good carbonation. Seems to be a heavy beer everytime i drink it. It kinda fills me up.

Overall-Definitely a heavier tripple than what ive had before. Good solid tripple. One of the better ones. Affligem still holds my heart on triples. Spices and orange are a good mix.

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Photo of Kbogac
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a Chimay chalice. Cloudy dark yellow with a lose foam. About a half inch. Dissipates quick to a film. The first smell is heavy apple cider after a little warming it reminds me of canned fruit cocktail. Taste is very fruity. Pineapple, citrus, apple and a few others I can't define. Slight alcohol finish. Lots of carbonation with a lighter mouthfeel. Good Tripel but not one of my favorites.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden yellow with a ton of dense, foamy head that has great retention. The nose has notes of spices, white grapes, faint alcohol esters, and of course Belgian yeast. The taste is wheat, spices, yeast, and faint hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

This isn't bad. It's well balanced, the Belgian yeast definitely does it's thing here, and the alcohol level is well masked. This is an easy drinking tripel.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed golden orange color with huge plume of white froth, decent retention and lacing. Scent leads with a lightly sweet blend of watery, fleshy fruit (pear and apple) accented with citrus rind, Belgian yeasts bring light breadlines along with hints of banana, moderate spicing, grainy sweet malt profile. Taste is fruit forward before the spice, yeast and malt blend perfectly as the beer finishes. Medium bodied, bubbly. A fantastic fruity triple where the yeasts and spices don't overpower.

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Photo of RickS95
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with lots of funk it in. Obviously it's hazy, but you can still see all the sediment in it. On top sits a majestic pillow of fluffy white bubbles with huge retention.

The smell is unique to me. A bit like champagne, but with a strange combination of cake batter and mint.

Taste is classic Belgium. It's fruity, but at the same time ever so slightly astringent for balance. Some white grape and pear, with classic peppery spices.

As I mentioned in the taste, slightly sweet from the fruit, but balanced by the same fruit with a hint of acid. In the swallow, a light touch of hoppy bitter leading to a dry, cleansing finish.

I was going to give this a 4.5 overall, but I never got used to that minty feeling. Still, a world class beer.

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Photo of tony223366
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From my beer journal. Reviewed on September 20, 2011.

A: Nice pale color with a light tannish hint. Very cloudy in the center. Lighter around the edges. Very pale fizzy/fluffy head. Almost no retention. Lots of action from the carbonation though.

S: Very, very fruity with a caramel malt backbone. Slightly alcoholic on finish.

T: I don't get as much fruit as I expected but there is some citrus at first. Big caramel flavor followed by some herbal characteristics. Slightly warming with a very slightly bitter finish that doesn't last.

M: Nice extremely creamy and fluffy mouthfeel. Wow!

O: This beer was good but borderline cloying. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of jamescain
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow with small particles suspended in the beer. The beer is topped off with a fluffy white head about a finger thick that lingers until fading into a thin lacing over the top.

Aroma: Spicy and earthy hops blended with spicy Belgian yeast esters. Fruity pineapple and peach esters area also sharing the same space.

Taste: Spicy and bready with fruit notes accenting the yeastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium-high carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I guess my pallet is changing or I've just had too really good Tripels. I don't normally like them but the last two (including this one) I have very much enjoyed.

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3.32/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

Poured with a thick two finger head that quickly vanished, but stayed pleasantly bubbly throughout the beer.

Appearance: Clouded, orangeish-brown with a bubbly head.

Smell: The smell was lovely and not too alcoholic, and not overpowering with hoppiness as well.

Taste: Very sweet for such a strong beer, but didn't seem to offer much else otherwise. Average taste wise, as I suppose I prefer more complicated flavors.

Mouthfeel: Was ideal. I enjoyed every sip in my mouth.

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Photo of mooseo
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A - Hazy golden brown with a large dense creamy white head.

S - Sweet aromas of citrus, banana, yeast, and some malt.

T - Taste follows the nose, beginning with sweet citrus notes followed by yeast and biscuit-like malts. A touch of alcohol comes through. Well balanced. Also a bit spicy on the back end, adding complexity.

M - Smooth, full bodied, and creamy. High carbonation. The finish is dry.

D - Delicious tripel! I'm really glad I tried this, everything is great in this brew. It has good drinkability and the high ABV is masked well.

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Photo of julian89
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the 4th on my St. Bernardus tour.

Apperance- Light orange, not as much head as other bernardus. Murky base, not very transparent.

Smell- Sweet base, citrus with both lemon and orange. It has a faint aromatic citrus hops smell.

Taste- Smooth, malty, with lemon and orange fruit taste. The carbonation stings the taste buds almost making the flavors mute if swished around. The initial taste is simple and sweet.

Mouth: Lots and lots of carbonation is dead on, from what I've seen in other reviews. St. Bernardus is typically highly carbonated. In this case I think its makes a negative effect because it overpowers the late mouth feel. The initial mouthfeel is smooth, but then the carbonation and alcohol overpower.

O- I enjoyed it, but I prefer the Abt. 12 or Witbier over the Triple. It's sweet, smooth, and simple, but very carbonated.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this beauty into a Chimay chalice. The beer makes a fist size of foam, and the body is mildly hazy with a golden orange color.

The aroma this produces is powdery confectioner sugar, citrus hops, and some orange rind.

Taste wise this Tripel is pretty sweet. Lots of candied sugar character here. There are nuances of orange rind, but the taste is pillowy soft and not bitter at all.

Feels richly carbonated, powdery and warming in the end.

I'm glad I finally had this beer after being a BA for so long. Well overdue in my opinion

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4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

The tripel has an impenetrable but consistent haze broken only by an occasional piece of sediment floating by. The body is a glowing orangish yellow. There is a shallow rim of head that dissipates quickly before you have time to watch it. It leaves some amoeba-like creatures on top but little lacing. It's clean and simple.

A pungent grass/hops/funk aroma swarm the nose. It's earthy and traditional and reminds me of the outdoors. There are slight accents of lemon and peach. Vibrant and clean, this smell isn't over-thought but is interesting enough to be inviting.

The taste is superb. Once again, not over-thought at all. The grass and hops really come through here, moving the citrus and funk a bit to the background.

Smooth, thin, very well carbonated. Perfectly appropriate.

Crisp, simple and satisfying. I love it to death.

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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is the quad of all quads it seems. Everyone tries to make this beer and there is reason for it, its amazing. Quads are a style that is broad yet it has one main premise, quality, and this brings it greatly. Dark raisin color, smell of dried fruits, brown sugar and spice. Tasting of a combination of molasses, dates, candy, a bit of belgian chocolate, and maple. Mouthfeel is super smooth and easy drinking, I have never had a 10 percent that hides it so damn well

Its an amazing beer, we all know this, so I dont have to tell you if you have not tried it. Just buy it, take a drink and understand.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Trois Pistoles snifter. Back label stamped 13 09 13.

Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow body. Huge white head with decent retention and low to moderate lacing.

Smell - Musky corn. Slight banana.

Taste - Very smooth. Very corny. Almost like an American Adjunct Lager. Well hidden alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Superbly smooth and creamy, especially due to the carbonation. The head and carbonation is beautiful and one of the best of any beers ever.

Overall Drinkability - This beer is all about the smoothness of the mouthfeel, and inoffensive characters. The first sip is really complex, but after that it levels off and becomes less so.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a really nice golden yellow color with a fluffy white colored head on top. The smell of some spice, yeast, and banana were on the nose in this brew. The taste of the beer was nice lightly spiced with a soft sweetness in there as well. The mouthfeel of this brew was soft, medium bodied and quite enjoyable. Overall I found this to be one of the better Tripels I've had.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass from a 11oz bottle. Freshness date is 08/12/14.

Appearance: An extremely cloudy, hazy bronze-amber color with perhaps a little bit of excess yeast that I allowed into the bottle. Oh well. Poured a massive head that filled the Duvel glass to the rim, but eventually settled. Carbonation starts out plentiful, but slowly recedes to a frothy ring Looks pretty good, but not like other tripels I've had.

Smell: Very sugary, to the point of candy sweetness. Toffee and caramel malts are abundant. There's a slight zingy spiciness to the aroma that reaches familiar territory to other tripels. The boozy nature of the beer accentuates the sweetness more than preferable for me, but hopefully it tastes different.

Taste: Great flavors! This still is a slightly different tripel than many others in terms of spiciness and sweetness, but the creaminess is everything you want in a tripel. It's quite fruity in flavor (bitter peaches, apples), and contains a yeasty aftertaste that is pleasant and bready. The hops are mild here, but definitely serve the malts in a proper way.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, chewy, smooth and quite refreshing. I expected this beer to be dry and spicy, but it proved itself to be the complete opposite. The alcohol provides a mildly warming experience, but the maltiness of this beer is really what shines here. It makes the entire drinking experience quite thick and unique.

Overall: An interesting take on the tripel syle and typically great beer from St. Bernardus. It's not quite my favorite selection of this style, but displays itself as a well balanced, flavorful, and ultimately refreshing beer. Due to it's excessive sweetness, it's not something I'd buy that often. Still, for the low price of 2 euros here in France, it's definitely a bargain unlike anything else. Recommended a try for sure.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 93.1% out of 100 with 3,166 ratings
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