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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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Photo of Dawkfan
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +2.1%
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 -0.7%
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 +17.9%
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 -4.5%
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 +3.3%
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 +5.4%
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 +10.4%
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 -43.9%
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 -11.3%
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 +0.2%
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 +5.4%
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 +0.5%
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 -14.2%
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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Photo of xodin
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden blonde with particulate caught in a sort of static dance, permanently placed in equilibrium throughout the beer. A tall retentive head, about 1/2 the height of the liquid persists for a couple of minutes before fading. Mild aromas of clear candies, with hints of spice and perhaps some very subtle fruits come off the pour. Similar to the aroma, the taste is creamy, full of the clear candy with hints of spice and fruit--very mild throughout. Not much complexity, which is to be expected for the style; however, compared to the St. Bernardus siblings, I find myself left wanting more. Moderately full in the mouth and smooth through the swallow and finish, leaving a slightly sweet aftertaste. It remains true to the Tripel, but lacks some character, best to stick with the Abt 12 and Prior 8 IMO.

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the liqour store down the street.

Poured into my Keizer Karel chalice.

Nice appearance. Hazy golden yellow with a white fluffy head that sticks around for quite a while. Visible carbonation.

Lots of fruits on the nose. Almost like a weisbeer with some sour and yeast notes.

Sweetness on this tripel comes first and follows the nose except this is most definetly a tripel and not a weissbeer.

A medium to full body. Tons of carbonation is a very pleasant way.

I wonder why this is the first time I´m drinking this. It´s easy to obtain and fairly cheap )mind you that I live in Holland). Westmalle gets all the love but this one is a winner as well. Will be pciking this up more often. Recomended.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle split with onix1agr. Poured into duvel tulips.

A- two big fingers of bright white rocky head that holds for a bit before settling to a thin cap and a few stray spots of lace. Hazy straw yellow orange in color.

S- lots of tropical fruits and spicy belgian yeast. Some biscuity malts and a touch of floral honey.

T- nice spark of spicy belgian yeast with some musty dusty to it that rolls slowly into a fruity hit. Some honey and wild flowers. Malts are bone dry and powdery.

M- about medium in body with a big bright carb that foams up and brings a creaminess with it. No sign of the abv on the palate.

D- this is a classic trip and one that I'd take any day. Another killer brew from one of the best.

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Photo of portia99
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle (best by 7/23/12) poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - An aggressive pour yields a cloudy, dirty, yeast particulate filled medium golden color. A full three fingers of fluffy off-white foam fills the glass to the rim and slowly falls to the surface leaving a tall collar and sheets of lacing all over the surface of the glass.

S - Spicy and a touch astringent. Cloves, lemons, oranges, grainy, bready. Lots of Belgian yeastiness.

T - Spicy but more balanced than in the aroma. Much higher bready malt base. The slight astringency in the aroma carries into the flavor as well giving the gentlest of twangs on the tongue. Belgian yeast with its spicy, estery, clovey flavors gives a firm kick and really plays off of the grainy/bready malt. Hops really are low in the flavor profile, not much more than a balancing influence.

M - A rather high carbonation level that gives a bit of a foamy but full feel that matches the significant body provided by the malt. Much smoother than many tripels I've had - alcohol is actually hidden fairly well - not getting any warmth from it or flavor either.

D - A very well crafted tripel. Balance is the key here. There is a lot going on and it all seems to blend together near flawlessly. Really like the fruity aspects of this beer, the subdued alcohol, even at 8% and the smooth body. Not sure why its taken me so long to review this one...definitely one I come back to fairly often.

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Photo of Jesse13713
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Three full fingers of head with a soapy look to it. Very impressive lacing. Pours a cloudy orange-brown. A slight yellow tint as well.

Smell - A very wine-like smelling beer. Hints of coriander and grapes. A slight champagne smell as well. Citrusy with very light hops. Sweet and light fruits as well.

Taste - A bold and consistent Belgian ale. Strong grape and apple flavors. A very sweet fruit-type beer. Light citrus hops and a slight yeast flavor. Light spices linger in the background as well. The aftertaste is like a white merlot, if that makes any sense.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Very carbonated and sweet in your mouth. The mouthfeel is that of sweetened apples and grapes. This would be perfect to pair with fruit. Quite refreshing. One of the best and most unique Belgian ales I've had the pleasure of experiencing.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle labeled 08 02 13, poured into a Chimay goblet. Hazy, dark yellow body with a great three-finger eggshell white head. Dissipates leaving some sticky lacing along the glass and a thin film of foam on top.

The aroma is dominated by fruity esters, followed by some grape and ending with a little spicy yeast. Nice.

The flavors are superb. Sweet fruit flavors that seem to combine grape, peach, and some citrus. The spicy Belgian yeast provides a great balance to the finish.

Creamy mouthfeel and a high level of carbonation make this freakishly drinkable. The alcohol goes nearly unnoticed. Fantastic brew.

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Photo of kjc51478
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice opaque golden orange color with one finger of dense off-white head. Aroma is citrus, rose water/floral, and spice. Taste is also citrusy, sweet, with a hint of cinnamon. There is also a very mild bitterness towards the end that merges into a lightly bitter finishing. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth. Very nice Tripel.

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Photo of crnipeter
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, BB date reads 09-25-2012, into tulip. Clear, effervescent golden body is overlain by airy white head that doesn't last and completely dissipates. I'd expect the head to be firmer and creating more lace as subsides. Aroma exhibits light, somewhat bready, toasty malt character with a nice interplay of fruity esters, phenols, sweetness and alcohol. The significant fruity esters are represented by orange, pineapple, mango and peach, followed by moderate spicy and clove-like phenols, evident candy sugar sweetness and restrained soft spicy alcohol. As far as the aroma section is considered, the balance between esters and phenols is leaned towards the former while in the flavor dept the later prevail. Soft malty body embraces dominant peppery phenols and spicy alcohol flavor, subdued citrusy esters of orange, and moderately high bitterness that seems to result especially from the yeast-derived phenols as well as from hoppy bitterness. The relatively high bitterness combines with moderate carbonation to lend a dry finish with spicy aftertaste. The body is medium-light and somewhat creamy from the slightly warming alcohol.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

246th review on BA
bottle to Chimay goblet
12 oz bottle 300109

App- A lot darker than I would have thought, A lot less head than I would have thought. A golden wheat color with only a one finger head to it.

Smell- Missing a Belgian yeast on the nose. Very apple and grape forward. Almost a wine smell without the tannins to it.

Taste- I take back the previous two statements because of the taste. The classic triple taste. Has the yeast on the taste, the sweetness to it and some thickness.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carb level as well. Leaves a sweet apple taste on the finish. Was nice.

Drink- Its a St. B Triple. You know its good.

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Photo of BeanBone
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A thoroughly hazy golden-orange body with lots of bubbles around the glass and lots grainy sediment in the bottom. Up top, a finger and a half of very bubbly off-white head with average retention and lacing.

Aroma: A mix of peppery spice, grassy hops, Belgian yeast, dark fruit, and golden fruit over a sweet pale malt body. A bare whiff of booze once it warms.

Flavor: Again, a mix of citrusy hops, golden fruit, white pepper, sweet cereal-grain malt, and thoroughly Belgian yeast. Everything is balanced well, with each element complimenting the others. No sign of the alcohol in the flavor, even after it warms. Pepper, yeast, and grainy malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A medium-full body with medium carbonation and a neutral finish. No sign of the booze.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable, especially given the moderately-high alcohol content.

Verdict: Full of character, balanced well, enjoyable throughout, and easily quaffable, St. Bernardus' Tripel is a great little brew. It's perhaps my favorite Tripel so far, as well as a stellar introduction to the brand.

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

Reviewed from notes 1/31/2011

A: yeasty, slight citrus fruits

Ap: golden yellow-orange with a frothy 2 finger white head, dissipates quickly, leaving a thin layer of white foam, minimal lacing

B/T: mild carbonation, crisp

Af: apples, yeasty, bready

O: delicious, a good refreshing treat


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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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