St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

3,152 Ratings
St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of brystmar
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy copper, tons of sediment in suspension between the fizzy bubbles. One finger of relatively thin white head; mild lace. "Enjoy before 2013-08-20" on the label.

S: big fruits and malt. Citrus, yeast, biscuits too.

T/M: fruitiness melts into the spicy yeast as the suds go to work on my palate. This is a creamy, full-bodied brew with an exceptionally pleasant mouthfeel. Hops show up towards the end for some balance bitterness-wise, but the finish is sweet & boozy overall.

O: I really noticed how much more refined this beer was once it warmed up -- let it sit for ~10 min after pulling from the fridge to work up its self esteem. Delicious; second fiddle only to Tripel Karmeliet.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2010)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

A clear and bright golden, shining yellow. But the magnificence of this pour is the beer's head. The hugely, thick, foaming head rises to the rim of the glass like a beast, staying and hovering there unmoving for a long while. The beer is sticky and leaves the glass extremely messy. A perfect tripel pour, and oh my! what a head!

The aromas in this beer are spectacular. They're big and pungent, yet not overpowering. This beer smells of sweet fruits: pears, lemon, and apples especially, sweet syrup, and spicy, tangy Belgian yeast. The quintessentially perfect Belgian tripel aroma.

A hugely flavorful tripel. A magnificent blending of fruity flavors, earthy balance, and spicy Belgian yeast. It's perfect. The fruit elements are sweet and fresh, but they don't overpower the simple earthy undertones, some slight bitterness, a bit of sticky sweet syrup, and the perfect Belgian yeast complement. Perfect.

I suppose the only place this beer doesn't quite find perfection is in the mouthfeel department. It's close, but I don't quite want to give it the perfect 5. There's nothing to complain about, as this beer is medium bodied with more than ample carbonation, certainly not a single complaint here!

Just about perfect. There isn't a lot more to be said about this beer that hasn't already been said, but in my mind, this is just about the pinnacle of a tripel.

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Photo of hardy008
2.88/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy gold with a three finger white head with poor retention and little lacing. The aroma is very sweet, maybe even overly sweet. Candy sugar, grape bubblegum, spices, hops, and Belgian yeast.

The taste is just like the aroma. Sweet, in fact too sweet. Candy sugar, grape bubblegum, Belgian yeast, spice hops, and some pepper. This is sweeter than I would like it to be.

Light bodied, above average carbonation, with a sweet aftertaste. I know Tripels tend to be sweet, and I really like sweet beers, but the sweetness of this beer went overboard for me.

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Photo of Avantyawn
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 corked n caged. First tasting of this beer, have had their quad...

A: Huge frothy white head. Beautiful! Murky hazy unfiltered golden ale with lees. It looks absolutely fantastic.

S: Orange peel, bubblegum, Bananas, cloves , vanilla, slighty toasty and rough, or rustic, smelling for a tripel. There is nothing to hide with this beer. Perfume like.

T: Taste follows the smell, very smooth, gets better as it warms. Tasty! There is a very bright celebratory flavor to this beer, I am impressed. This beer is not messing around.

M: Rustic tough chewy mouth. Chewier than most Belgian ales I have tried. A strong fresh bubbly frothy carbonation this has. I think this is a very fresh bottle.

Overall, this is a serious Tripel, I am enjoying it greatly. This is an amazing and powerful beer, not for chugging due to its intense floral characteristics. A real sipper, even at 8 %.

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Photo of jpro
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Widmer tulip glass...

A: Cloudy orange with a massive, white pillowy head that leaves a fair amount of webby lace; yeast floaties in the mix... looks a little darker than what’s in the monk’s chalice on the label.

S: Very grainy / wheaty, rustic breadiness; smells wholesome; some banana bread yeastiness, too.

T: Doughy malts; some peppery and lightly tart yeast toward the finish; earthy / leafy hoppiness rounds things out.

M: Medium-full and high carbonation; surprisingly bitter finish (more than I was expecting, at least).

D/O: Nice mouthfeel and smooth; a very drinkable tripel... not as sweet / tart as some others.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Clear golden body with a large white head. Great retention, ok lace.

S: Bright, but soft booze. It sounds like a bit of an oxymoron - the aroma is distinctly alcohol, but it’s sweet rather than harsh on your nose. Honey and coriander round out the bouquet.

T: Sweet malt and wildflower honey. Delicious, chewy, white grape flavor through the first 2/3rds of the profile. Balanced spice on the backend; coriander, white pepper.

M: Nice carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. Sweet and lightly spicy finish.

O: Sweeter and less boozy than an average triple, but not overly so. The flavors strike a fantastic balance of fruit, spice, malt, and booze.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Wonderful light orange color w/ a 2-3 finger off white head which lingers. The head is wonderfully cloud-like, and this beer looks the part. Very cloudy, w/ great carbonation and great lacing.

S- Smells of orchard fruit, yeast, slight malt. Nice zing, but very smooth balanced smell to this one.

T- I really want to give the taste a 5, but I'll grudgingly give it a 4.5. This is one of the best (if not the best) tripel I've had, and I've had a lot of them. All the smells come through in perfect balance and release on your taste buds. I can't find any issue w/ the taste. In fact... I'm going to switch this to a 5. Haha.... Perfection. On the fruity side for a tripel, but it's ridiculously good. Wow.

M- Again- amazing. Smooth, silky, light but very balanced. Great aftertaste, which lingers. Malt, fruit are in the aftertaste. The alcohol in this beer is extremely well hidden. In fact, that's my only minor gripe. I'd like just a tiny bit more alcohol burn. It's so smooth and drinkable though, that I really can't complain.

O- This is a World Class beer, and one of the best tripels on the planet. You owe it to yourself to buy this beer whenever you see it. I'd love to have this on draft someday, but it's near perfect the way it is. Cheers.

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Photo of micmillon18
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a St Bernardus snifter glass. No born on date.

A - Pours a hazy orange color. The head is thin though bubbly. There is a lot of yeast and sediment floating around in the glass.

S - Orange/ citrus fruits, ripe banana, yeasty, very faint alcohol scent.

T - Orange/ citrus, banana and other tropical fruity flavors upfront. Finishes with a faint alcohol burn and slight hop bitterness which helps to balance the fruits. Slight delicious tartness and a bit of yeast add to its overall complexity.

M - Crisp. Carbonation is in check. Light bodied though feels heavier than it actually is which lends to its complexity.

O - A complex and delicious tripel, dangerously drinkable; certainly one worthy of having again. Probably one of the better ones I've had with tons of fruity flavors meshing together.

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

33cl bottle at The Only, best before of 2013. Pours a grainy golden, hints of apricot - lots of suspended particles. Finger of fine foam which disappears to a few wisps.

Nose is quite fruity, banana and pear, hint of grains a light spiciness. Touch of alcohol on the swirl.

Really balanced, fine drinker. Pear and apples, light banana and tropical fruits, light grains and ethanol, spiciness (cloves), light sweetness with a pleasant dry finish, just a touch of alcohol but hides it well. One of the smoothest, balanced, easy drinking tripels I've had to date. Recommended.

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Photo of Arinthos
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml with best buy on side label and notes on the back "can be aged up to 5 years "

A- hazy light amber with alot of depth as the upper part of the glass is darker and the botton lighter. not much head or lacing.

S- slightly phenolic banana minimal esters yeasty and malty.

T- banana, vanilla, smooth dry malt and a little alchohol.

M- maybe mine is a fluke but I felt the mouthfeel was a little too carbonated I stored at 50 degrees in my beer ref. which may have contributed. and med-full body.

d- very drinkable i enjoyed very much.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear gold with tall fluffy, white head that dissipates slowly leaving behind sudsy lacing. Moderate carbonation.

N: Wheat, yeast, lemon zest and maybe some coriander.

T: Wheat bread, caramel, yeast and very subtle dark fruits, spices and maybe some floral and citrus notes in the finish.

M: Light bodied, sudsy and crisp.

D: Excellent drinkability! Another easy drinking Trappiste ale...big surprise! Balanced, crisp and delicious.

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Photo of Dawkfan
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- The pour into my goblet is lively. An insane amount of floaties, looks like I'm staring at an active fermentation, very unusual. Nice sized head that also has some brown flecks mixed in to it's bright white color. Thick lacing above a creamy cap. A lot of yeast settled to the bottom eventually and I haven't even poured the entire bottle.

S- First impression was very fruity a blend of pear, apple and some tropical varities which is odd but very pleasant. A lot of depth here. Belgian sugar and yeast in the mix as well. Sort of smells of banana bread spinkled with just a touch of clove & nutmeg too.

T- Just as bold as the nose. The same fruity sweetness carries through in the taste, the finish has a nice spice bite. Malt just brings everything together.

M- A great feel for a tripel. Velvety smooth going down, soft carbonation.

O- This bottle is nearly 3 years old and would of held on a lot longer I think. This brewery kicks the hell out of a lot of the trappist brews IMO, and this beer is at the top of the list. I need to grab some more of this stuff, just a solid all-around brew.

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Photo of jizdepski
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

served in a maredsous goblet, not too cold. has a lovely apricot color, and is opaque. nice white collar that fades quick but stubbornly retains the whole way down. minimal lacing. nose is sweet and very fruity. little alcohol and mild clove notes. first taste is a little tart up front with some biting alcohol, but nothing extreme. mellows out nicely, pears are prevalent as are apples. sweet. got some coriander in there. finishes fairly clean with a lingering alcohol "mintyness". not overly complex, actually pretty straight forward for a tripel. mouthfeel is exceptional. very smooth, great carbonation, but not enough to distract from the flavors going on. an easy drinking trip for sure.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle (best by 5/7/13) poured into a St. Bernardus chalice

A: Pours golden hazy yellow with a massive 3-finger tight, foamy white head that pillows out of the top of the glass. Leaves a ton of clinging lace.

S: Light citrus, belgian yeast with a touch of banana/clove, noble-like hops, a hint of soap

T: The flavor up front is a mix of really light lemon, pear, and banana with a little spice (mainly clove) and toffee. There's just a hint of sourness. The noble hops just barely pop out of the background entering the middle. The pale malt takes over in the middle, mainly spiced toffee and sourdough. Finish has a little bitterness and hint of soap. Hops and golden malt linger for a bit. The alcohol is completely hidden.

M: Carbonation is a little lighter than typical for the style, the body is fairly light and crisp, but has just enough viscosity to slightly coat the palate and slide easily down the back of the throat.

O: This didn't blow me away, but it's a really solid beer, a little hard to grade. I'd like to give it a 4.25 on taste/overall, so I had to settle for 4 and 4.5 The one complaint is that the nice floral and fruit flavors fade very quickly on the palate and leave a rather and somewhat bland finish.

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Photo of diamondc
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is alive! Right when I popped the cork, foam creeped out, waiting to be poured and consumed. I'm half way through the bottle and its a given. St. Bernardus Tripel displaces Lindemans Cuvee Rene Gueuze as my favorite beer of all time.

Aromas is full of strawberries, banana, kiwi, gingerbread, honeydew and spring flowers notes. Incredible.

Candied dried fruits (especially pineapple), freshly picked spring flowers, nutmeg, milk chocolate flavors (how did they do that without using roasted malts?) with just the right amount of spicy, bitter hops to perfectly balance the sweetness on the tongue. This is Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory in a bottle. The 8% abv is undetectable. This shit drinks like water. Fucking beautiful.

This is the greatest beverage ever created (okay, I *still* haven't tried Westvleteren 12). It's good to be alive in a time where for $13 one can experience true happiness.

Buy or just die.

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

It took THIS long to try St. Bernardus Tripel? What in the world is going on? Well, the chance is here, splitting a 330 ml bottle with my cousin. On to the beer;

We're looking at an amber golden color with some cloudiness and a long lasting, puffy soapy head. Aroma...different at first. Sage and wildflowers notes rise out with a sweet, sugary crust. Warming allows canteloupe and apricot to appear, which helps boost the overall impression of the nose.

An interesting blend of flavors. Surprisingly complex, let me sort out the flavors I'm getting: honey, white pepper, canteloupe, wildflowers, and some phenol action. This beer dries up on the palate in a snap. The carbonation give the palate a massage with its bubbles. The alcohol is barely traceable.

Ok, so I expected a little more, but I'll leave this one being satisfied.

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

This beer poured a cloudy, murky dark orange in color with a two finger almost pure white foamy head. The aromas consist of bready pale malts, a boatload of yeast, citrus, bananas, and cloves. This has a nice spice to it. The flavor is very but in a light manner. It has a lot of yeast and citrus to it and is mildly sweet. It has a lot of flavor for a tripel and the alcohol is very well hidden. This beer drinks as smooth as any tripel that isn't La Fin du Monde. It almost melts in your mouth. I really enjoy this beer. I'm convinced this brewery can do no wrong at this point. I'd highly recommend this one.

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Photo of scoots511
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: straw-light amber colored, pours a creamy white head, head persists while effervescent tiny bubbles continue to come out of solution.

S: Slight smells of the malts and clean refreshing smell

T: Very slight taste of hops, slight residual sugar, really clean taste, not really sweet or malty, not much alcohol flavor, no strong yeast flavors either. A well balanced tripel

M: Highly carbonated beer turns foamy in mouth.

This has turned out to be one of my favorite tripels out there.

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Photo of yourchoice
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle enjoyed poured into a St. Bernardus tulip (from notes of last night).

A - Slightly cloudy dark straw pour. A head that is very close to pure white. Nice lacing.

S - Fruitiness, sweet spices. Swear I pick up banana. Alcohol is noticeable on the nose.

T - Some fruit (citrus and banana), spice and an awesome touch of what seems like toffee or caramel...maybe a robust honey. The toffee/caramel/honey makes this absolutely fantastic...Wow!

M - Medium body, ample carbonation. Alcohol noticeable on the nose, but not as much with the mouthfeel. Very nice.

O - Simply outstanding. A great tripel, probably my favorite thusfar. Again, Wow!

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Photo of ntatum
2.38/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark golden color with a two finger head (pretty aggressive pour).

Smell was more faint with some yeast and fruitiness.

Taste was a bit of a surprise. The only thing I could get out of this tripel was a banana/clove/nutmeg flavor (heavy on the nutmeg). These are not really flavors that I like in my beer and that's all my mind would focus on.

Beside the taste it was a drinkable beer, as it wasn't a heavy beer to me.

Unfortunately not one of my favorites. You can't like'em all.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 08.02.13 so nearly three years old. Thanks to CBA for this one.

A - Cloudy/hazy dark golden colour. Two finger white head fades to half finger cap than hangs on the whole way. No visible carbonation, probably due to the lake water appearance of this.

S - Yeasty and soapy. Some citrus there, but it's mild. Really mild aroma is suprising.

T - Tons of yeast and those Tripel style citrus notes dominated by orange. Some sweet spice comes in too but it plays a secondary role to the nice citrus flavours.

M - Good carbonation feels great as it moves the beer around. Medium to full bodied.

D - High. Love that typical Tripel yeasty/fruity combo. Wacky aroma scores this lower than it should be though.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good, delightfully distinct tripel. The times I've tried this on draft, it's stupid smooth - soft, ghostly. Pale blonde or maize color, hazy, with a fleetingly vibrant off-white, champagne-like, cottony head. Swirly blanket laid out after the fall, stays. Flowery, moderate boozy aroma. Cakey malts bubble underneath.

What I'm getting overall in the taste I can't describe any other way than this - white bread dough that has been rising for 3-4 hours and has just started to ferment. I make pizza dough often and this is exactly how I would translate that smell into flavor terms for this beer. Surely getting a mild phenol taste to that ferment and a candied vaguely bosc pear or golden raisin fruitiness as well. But, yes, that's the flavor. It's wonderful.

Alcohol tingles a little in the mouth and it's certainly present in the aroma but buried 'neath the fruity yeast. Expertly woven into the beery fabric of this brew. Different from the pack. Beer you could swill a lot of if endlessly available.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before on bottle is January 4, 2013.

Beer is a slightly cloudy golden colour, with a finger width of soft white head.

The smell is very striking and pleasant. Light fruits dominate, with floral notes and a hint of spice.

Taste is very much in line with the smell. Quite sweet, lots of ight fruits. Apple, peach, banana, and other leap out. Likk the nose, some spice is present, but i think the fruit is what is most noticeable.

Carbonation is clearly present, but is not overpowering. The beer is active but does not assault the mouth. Full bodied and feels wonderful.

Incredibly drinkable beer- the booze is quite hidden, and the taste is wonderful. Might be my favourite tripel.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a hazy Golden straw colour with a nice tight white head that retains well.

S - Plenty of passionfruit and pineapple with spice.

T - Nice spice up front and develops into a nice spicy citrus fruit flavour with a hint of honey. A top Tripel.

M - Medium body and carbonation that makes for a very smooth drop.

D - The overall balance of this beer ranks it amongst the cream of Tripels. Well worth a try.

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Photo of veinless
3.64/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark gold, with green tones. Good amount of floaters hanging out, which look pretty good. I don't know what was up with my bottle based on other reviews, but I got absolutely no head whatsoever. None. It poured like juice. Stirring the beer with the cap a little bit produced nothing either.

Nose is very nice, with pleasant semi-sweet fruit bouquet, with coriander in the smell as well. Nice earthy yeast is present too, to go with biscuity malt.

Taste is really well balanced, with lots of the fruit, namely orange and some sort of apricot, coming out with coriander and bready malt. Tiny bit of alcohol is present at the end, but it is not boozy or hot on the tongue, but more slight and sharp. Combined with the spice, it is tough to distinguish it from some foreign spice.

Mouthfeel is flat, making this beer full bodied, but not creamy or lively at all. Drinkability is fine for the abv, but carbonation would REALLY help to clean the mouth out and keep it interesting.

Carbonation is so minimal that it definitely hurts the beer, but I think this is an isolated case of my faulty bottle so I really want to try another.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,152 ratings.
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