St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

3,148 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 brendanbeer
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a. nice bright golden color. nice white lacing head.

s. fruity and bright smell, citrusy and a bit floral at times.

t. nice. i cant help but compare this to my recent experience of the abt 12, which is superb. this is not so impressive, the fruit and hops have a nice complexion, the floral notes linger with the bitterness, but its a little too mellow for what i expected.

m. smooth, nothing really comes out at me to note. its nice, but nothing special.

d. pretty drinkable all in all, not really appealing, but it has its moments. overall its just not a complete beer to me, its lacking major flavor connections and enhancements.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After a nice pfff from opening, pours with a very agressive head tall and dense over a golden straw beer. A bit hazy and with great carbonation.
A get a mildly spiciness with some sutle fruity esters.
A spicy malt taste with some alchol warming.
Medium bodied beer with a dry finish and a slightly bitter aftertaste.
Drinkable? 10/4 good buddy.

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Photo of stcules
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange color, with a lot of floating things. White foam, still quite beautiful.
In the smell bread crust, yeast, dry flowers, white flowers, notes of white grapes.
Fresh, pleasant, full. Hay and camomile, touch of pear.
Again yeast and bread crust in the taste, light notes of almond, flowers, whitefruitiness.
Bodied and full, good personality, but still easy to drink, not heavy.
Average body, well hidden alcohol, malty aftertaste, then fruity.

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

750ml poured into Chimay Chalice

A- Cloudy deep golden hue, nice creamy head with some decent lacing when it froths down.

S- Sweet fruity characteristics in the nose. Some hints of the malts and a little of the yeast shine through.

T- The sweet fruity notes expand on your palette in the front, followed by some yeast and a little bitterness. The booze is barely detectable, but there when you look for it. Very nice balance of flavors.

M- Medium bodied, kind of creamy, decent carbonation.

O- I think St. Bernardus is a class act, the king of the secular brewers that brew abbey style beers. This beer lives up to it. It is definitely one of the finest tripels out there and has a one up on La Trappe's tripel in my ranking book. This is a regular in my tripel line up and should be in yours. Not to strong, not to heavy or sweet, just good, and a nice beer to knock a few down.

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Photo of ChadQuest
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mybe it just looks better in the St Bernardus glass, there is an 1/2 inch cap that wont leave, not that i want it too.
The aroma is strong in the spice and yeast department, it's strong and wafting out for feet. I cant help but give the taste a 5, there is so much juicy citrus packed into each sip, with a tangy yeast light tartness, over all the crisp fruits like pear and apple and esters. this is greatness. This is so approachable and the light dryness just begs you to to set the glass down.

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Photo of BennyL1
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another offering from St. Bernardus, can't wait. Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into Bernardus chalice.

A - Beer is a very nice golden amber color with a good two fingers worth of white pillowy head from a fairly aggressive pour. Very nice lacing along the glass as well.

S - Rich aromas of cloves, yeast, and banana. A touch of alcohol in the nose as well.

T - Fruity up front beautifully balanced throughout the drink, slight bitterness at the end. Banana, apricot, clove, and yeast characteristics are all present. A bit of alcohol warmth at the end to finish it off very nicely.

M - Medium body with spot on carbonation. Finish on the dryer side.

D - Wonderful drinkability. Its beers like this that make me want to be a monk and brew beer all day. Try this beer, you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of Ninjabrew
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a 12 oz bottle, in to a Duvel Tulip glass produced a nice "three finger plus" head. Body is an orange/straw with suspended bubbles that just hang there. Laseing didn't quite stick around too long for a Belguim Triple that is.

Smell: In a word - Yeasty!

Taste: Butterscotch and bananas with maybe some clove taste on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than I expected, for whatever thats worth.

Drinkability: Not bad, I could actually drink more than one of the 11.2 oz bottles.

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Photo of obywan59
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my St. Bernadus oversized wine glass. "drink by date" of 02 08 13

Pale golden amber like a weak apple cider with a 1 finger white head.

Spicy. Not as much going on as with the Prior 8. Lighter on the Belgian yeast. Cleaner and fresher though. A bit of pineapple. Very nice.

Taste of banana and clove. Light Belgian yeast again. Superb.

Very smooth. A bit of a bite, but less so than the Prior 8. Light alcohol burn, the alcohol is better hidden. Not as complex as some of the other St. Bernadus offerings, but very well balanced.

The only thing slowing me down was the ABV (with an able assist from the Prior 8). 2 would be enough for me if drinking it solo.

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Photo of Zimbo
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

More hazy golden to look at than Westmalle Tripel, this beer keeps a constant thinnish head. There's a firm zesty honey quality on the nose as it begins spritzy and ends with a zing. Though solid and reliable this just doesn't fully deliver the complexity and development I would expect from a top tripel. Good but not great.

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

Pours a murky orange/amber color with a large inch and a half bright white head. There is excellent head retention and a good bit of lacing left behind as it receeds.

The aroma is decent, and quite interesting. There are some fruity esters along with a touch of spice. It's slightly medicinal and there's also a touch of banana.

The taste is quite nice. Banana, yeast, and toasted grain all show up and it's really just beautiful.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and highly carbonated with a perfect carbonation tingle on the finish.

The drinkability is quite high. The ABV is moderately high, but very well incorporated into the beer. The nose was not quite what I was expecting but as soon as I sipped it I was delighted. It's simply art in a glass. St Bernardus is quite frankly one of the best in the world.

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Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky apple juice, near white 1 inch head, leaves slow. Not much lace.

S - Banana and clove. Malt in the back drop.

T - Lush tropical fruit, juicy fruit gum, wonderful Belgian yeast.

M - Medium body, great carb, great balance.

D - Even at this ABV, killer session. Just do it.

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Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a thin, short lasting head. Nice sweet aroma of yeast, fruit, brown sugar and spices. Mouth feel is harsh and dry. Full body. Taste is very similar to aroma: yeast, sugar and fruit (banana and apricots) with some spice notes. Long earthy finish. Very nice, complex brew, not very easy to drink though

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Photo of sweemzander
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Best by 05/07/13.

(A)- Pours a clear golden color that produced a huge foamy & fluffy white head with great retention behind it. Plenty of lacing as well.

(S)- Rather dry and earthy. Some nice clove and subtle banana/lemon fruits. Alot of yeast elements in the aroma; almost has some biscuit-like nuances.

(T)- A very creamy profile. Some nice banana and lemon with hints of bubblegum. Lots of clove starts to show itself as it warms. Dry and earthy on the finish.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and a great balance to it. Crisp, and refreshing with good fruits and dry yeasty characteristics.

(D)- An excellent triple. Everything I was expecting. Has a nice balance and smoothness. A very clean take on the style without being too earthy or funky.

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Photo of cnally
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

That smarky smirking monk on the bottle would be so pretentious if the brewery didn't kick so much ass.

An opaque hazy goldenrod body. A white foamy head sticks decently.

Aroma of major yeast and citrus grain. Spicy and earthy.

The flavor really delivers on the candi sugar. A sweet malty beverage that teters on being too yeasty, but finishes nicely with a peppery hop and a lightly toasted malt.

Bodacious mouthfeel and highly bubbly, decently dry but not astringent.

Very tasty one and plenty to love.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light mellow yellow, no lacing, not much of a head, unfilted floaters are visable

Smell - Floral yeast, bananas, spices, malts, pear, oranges, some hops and alcohol

Taste - Nice bitey fruity tripel. Plenty of yeast and wheat flavors. Lots of flavor with the fruits, espically banana and pear. Nice fizzy drink each time.

Mouthfeel - Warms mouth up with the alcohol. Sours tounge pretty good, but sweetens it up with the yeast and sugars. Aftertaste is bitter but doesnt last long, you could enjoy a IPA or such right after a glass of water

Drinkabilty - If it wasnt for the alcohol % this would be higher. A fantastic triple, lots of flavor, smooth, not overly bitter. One of the best, will drink again

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Photo of jsh420
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

best by 02 08 13

pour hazy golden orange with a 1 finger tight bubble white head that head in incredible retention and left spotted lacing

smells of powerful hops and malts - surprised me - big earthy fruity hops next to bready cereal malt

taste was just as good - hands down the best tripel i have had - just big flavors of both hops and malts - neither overpowers the other

mouthfeel - carbonation perfect - very dry - takes a small hit for leaving a little coat over the mouth

drinkability - loved every sip - its just a shame i can only find this beer sold in singles and for more then i want to spend on a regular basis

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Photo of projectflam86
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a thick white cap that leaves nice lacing down the sides of my glass. A bit of sediment in the bottom.

S- Warm Belgian yeast aromas with a hint of grass and citrus. Bready and malty with some sweetness present as well.

T- A bit hard to describe but this brew has that signature St. Bernardus flavor to must be the yeast they use for their brews. Light fruits, biscuits, lemon, and spice flavors are all noticeable. Definitely some herbal flavor and phenols are there as well. A nice sweet finish with a touch of warmness from the alcohol.

M- Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Spritzy and smooth at the same time.

D- A very well done brew here. I will certainly buy this again.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into 330mL St. Bernardus goblet.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange-gold color with a very large, fluffy white head that dissipates very slowly, leaving behind lots of thick ring of lace with some spots above it, and a layer of head that remains on top of the beer.

Smell: Citrusy with hints of apple and phenol, backed up by yeast, dough, and a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Starts off with an apple flavor that is backed up by some spiciness, finishing with citrus and yeast flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with lively natural carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: This is an extremely flavorful and fairly easy-drinking tripel. I feel like a fool for overlooking St. Bernardus for so long...

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Photo of zoso1967
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear copper tinged amber color. The head is fluffy and delicate with amazing staying power. It leaves some frothy lace on the chalice as I sip.

The aroma is dominated by the Belgian yeast used. It has some spice with a slight tart funk to it. There is a wonderful sweet fruitiness that runs the gamut from pineapple and lemon to pear. I also am detecting a hint of alcohol.

The flavor is very similar to the nose. The yeast is still a major player, but not quite as dominant as in the aroma. The pale malts are wonderfully fruity with plenty of light sweet cherry, peach, pear, lemon and honey like character. This beer has a decent amount of dryness to it as well, and has incredible balanced. I started out thinking it tasted pretty good, and as I approach the end of the glass I am thinking this is DAMN good.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter end of medium with a nice amount of carbonation. It feels smooth and lively at the same time and finishes with a bit of a wash between sweet and dry that leaves a lingering spicy sweet and tart flavor on the tongue.

This is a super drinkable tripel that is not at all what I was expecting. Not nearly as in your face as some other examples and light on the palate. Besides some hotness in the nose, you would never guess this is an 8% ABV brew. Highly recommended.

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

Triples might be the best looking beers in my opinion. This one has a nice rich orange color and a bone white head. The body is a bit hazy but you can still see the amazing tiny bubbles.

S - Spicy up front, slightly medicinal in a tantalizing way, very peppery, pale malt and bread come if you dig for it, some sort of fruit as well, but it's hard to pinpoint which one.

T - Fruity upfront (mostly orange), peppery in the middle leady to a spicy finish that is smooth then dry; warming malt in the middle with a raisin aftertaste. Very complex.

M - Very full body but light as usual from the 'champagne' yeast bubbles.

D - Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip. Best of date on the bottle is 14.06.13.

a - Pours a murky golden-brown color with two fingers of fluffy white head with nice retention and lacing and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, Belgian yeast, bready malts, and citrus. Smells great.

t - Tastes of Belgian yeast, spices, lemon, honey, bananas, and bready malts. Very nice, and a slight step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. The body is super smooth and creamy, makes it very easy to drink.

d - A great tripel all around. At 8% I thought it was very easy to drink and I loved the taste and mouthfeel. Would certainly have again.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a orange gold body, with a small whhite foam head.

S: Was a little sweet, toasted malts, toffee, vanilla with some peppery spices, citrus and yeast.

T: Lots of malty sweetness up front, toffee, vanilla and buttered biscuit. The spiceds come through in the middle and on the back end along with a slight citrus undertone.

M: A nice medium bodied bitter that leaves a thick slick and creamy taste on the palate.

D: A really well put together Tripel. Booze is well hidden. This is a must try Tripel!

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Photo of DelMontiac
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively from a 11.2 fl oz bottle into a 16 oz tulip. Was looking for a 750 mL, but the store was out. I purchased 2 bottles 4 months beyond it best by date of 07/05/10. I got 'em for $1.85 each, so I figured, what the hell.

A: Poured a hazy copper with a 2 finger white head that fizzled down slowly. Some tiny yeast chunks swimming around - it has probably been sitting for some time and compacted well. Really, not the best looking tripel.

S: This is where it's at. I love the smell of all the Sint Bernardus products. This tripel is heavenly in the nose with everything that's honey and spice. Slight bread dough as well.

T: Compliments the nose well - sweet sweet clover honey with simmering candied friuts (apricots, oranges, honeycrisp apples). The finish is more hoppy and dry than what I remembered from other times I've had this beer. Very good. Trying not to open the other bottle right away is going to be difficult.

M & D: Very smooth, medium bodied brew of which I could drink several in a sitting because it's just so damn enjoyable.

Overall: If I don't find "some strange" in the way of tripels when I shop, this is likely the one I'll take home when the tripel mood strikes...which is frequent.

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Photo of chalsk
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma of grapefruit hints of hops. Pours a nice amber golden haze. Very lively beer. Nice medium head. A very doughy tripel. Different from any other tripel I have had. Has notes of banana and even bubblegum, which is a first for me with beers. A creamy beer that has some bitter on the backend. A delicious brew. But not of the level of the Chimay, Chouffe, or Tripel Karmeliet.

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Photo of dubinsky
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into my Bruges snifter with a nice amber color with a thin one finger light white head which quickly receded. Lots of floating bits in this one. Not very clear. I think its cause i dumped the entire bottle and didn't stop like i probably should have.

S - Quite a subtle nose on this one. Gentle notes of belgian yeast come in up front as well as citrus and notes of sweet stone fruits come in next. Some spicy phenols and alcohol are present.

T - This really doesn't taste like it smells. Don't get me wrong, i like it, but is not what i expected. Its very dry and has a subtle Belgian yeast flavor. Hints of lemon and spice that i cant quite identify. It also has a decent herbal hop presence.

M - Very dry with a medium body and a strong carbonation. This is one crisp beer.

D - Although its as dry as cotton, its got great flavor and is quite drinkable. Definitely not a session beer, but a great one to end the night with.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,148 ratings.
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