St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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

A: pours a cloudy cedar color into a St. Bernardus ballooned goblet with about two and a half fingers of white head that leaves a nice lacing.

S: a lot of bananas and a lot of clove, spices galore and a lot of biscuit notes.

T: a lot like the nose but a bit spicier. Same banana and clove, a bit biscuity and nutty.

MF: full bodied and a bit warm, still a spicy astringency and great effervescence.

O: awesome triple but the only time I've ever seen it was part of the sampler/ gift glass pack so I'm sure its kinda hard to find. But still a great beer.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC.

A classic foam white rock hard head but not building so much off the pour perhaps about two fingers. A dull yellow that is cloudy for the body but nice looking none the least.

Bouquet is an immediate dankness and yeast, but not much else it seems to be going on. Looking for something bold, or impressive and it's just not here. Good but kind of ordinary.

Taste and feel improves. Big sense of chewy bread, with an incredibly dense body. The beer feels like it has "girth" to me, it seems so large and bold but not overpowering or difficult to drink. It's a classic tripel density yeast feeling but the feel on this is so incredilbly dense even with a nice crisp snap on the finish it's kind of shocking.

Regardless of nose, it's still a fantastic brew. Wonderful tasting very unique and crushing feel beer. Delicious.

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

The beer pours a nice cloudy medium gold and produces a rapidly building white head, which collapses rather quick.
Smelling the beer a citrusy fruit bouquet as well as some grains are dominant.
The taste up front is certainly citrus , peach, some banana with spice. In the middle the selection of flowery hops balances the fruity beginning. At the end we enjoy Belgian yeast and a delicate grainy aftertaste. Very well composed and extremely drinkable. The alcohol is very well hidden. I would drink this beer at any time. Great job!

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy dark yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the oranges and lemons with some Belgian yeast notes. I also get a little bit of bready malt. The flavor is a mix of Belgian candy sugar with some orange and bready malt notes. There is also a little bit of alcohol present. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Eigenslam
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Body has a nice deep golden tone, the head is a white creamy color. Retains its head extremely well.

S - A light citrus smell with a bit of honey, but I can't get much other than that.

T - Amazing aftertaste, the beer itself is very spicy and sweet. Quite malty, with a distinctive taste of honey and bananas. Rich flavor without any single overpowering taste, each blends in well and contributes to the flavor.

M - Medium carbonation, does not sit too heavy. Feels moderately crisp.

O - A decent beer, something to definitely consider if you enjoy tripels.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.29/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on draught into a St. Bernardus goblet in Poperinge, Belgium, whilst waiting for a belbus to pick me up to take me to the Westvleteren abbey. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head with nice cream lacing. Decent thickness. Hazy orange colour. Poor retention is understandable considering the 8% ABV.

Sm: Fruit esters: orange and citrus mainly. Hoppy but light strength.

T: Hoppy body with lingering estery notes through the finish. Relatively simple build for a tripel. Balanced but somewhat bland. Not a beer to be served at cold draught temperature; it's better suited as a summer afternoon beer to be sipped intermittently.

Mf: A bit chewy, but delightfully light. Nicely smooth and refreshing.

Dr: Nothing special, but fairly priced if you're in Belgium. Give it a go, but don't expect a great abbey beer.

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Photo of Mosley1212
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my DFH Snifter. Last of the St. Bernardus Mix pack for me.

A--Light golden yellow with an orange tint. White fluffy head.

S--Sweet banana. Clove. Pineapple. Allspice.

T--Warm banana. Plum. Raisins. Spice. Clove.

M--Warm. Heavy Carbonation. Lots of Fissure feel.

O--This is a quality brew. Very Comforting and refreshing.

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Photo of Lunch
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle poured into my oldschool St. Bernardus globe goblet.

Pours and deep and dark golden yellow with some haze and three fingers of a frothy white head that sticks around and leaves some thick lacing. Smells beautiful with a heavy dose of Belgian yeast, citrus, apple and spice. Some banana is in there too. Taste is equally as complex with some nice sweetness and Belgian spice blend perfectly with the yeast and the citrus. Fuller-bodied for the style with vibrant carbonation. Perhaps my favorite Tripel.

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Photo of jgagne
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a-A fabulous murky gold. With a grand white creamy head

S- a prominent smell of citrus, honey and small hint of bananas

t-What flavor. A great mix fruity sweet spicy goodness. With a wonderful aftertaste that goes down smooth.

M- sits quite light, with a medium carbonation. And is actually spicy while sitting in your mouth.

o-Probably one of my favorite beers. I have had several other tripels including La Fin Du Monde and i still prefer this one. Great beer and i will enjoy it for many years to come

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.39/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy with zero head. A medium brown with a tinge of orange throughout. Not surprisngly, no lace.
Smell is malt, sour, banana, spices and sour apple. Well balanced.
Taste is weak witj malt, sour, green apple, light spice and a hnt of vinegar. Not as good as th nose.
Medium body with lighter than expected carbonation. I wish I could rate this as well as everyone else. I love theor other brews a lot but this one just came up short to me. I'm hoping this one is bad honestly.

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Photo of rbartow
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle corked, St. Bernardus Trippel Belgian Abbey Ale, Watou on the label.

Appearance: Burnt orange to gold, cloudy with a creamy white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Fruity, citrus overtones with toffee/caramel finish.

Taste: Very smooth and creamy, full mouth feel. Upfront apricot citrus character, maybe orange peel; followed by a sweet caramel or toffee flavor. Slight alcohol undertones, finishes buttery and dry with a slight sourness on the end.

Over all this was a great trippel. Very complex, it took a long time to decipher all the flavors present. I would have to say this is one of the best trippels I have ever had. Highly recommend.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky orange colour, finger of head with decent retention and no real lacing.

S - Super fruity with cloves, bananas and a touch of orange rind.

T - Classic tripel, quite sweet with the cloves and spices dominating, followed by some bananas and green leafy hops. The bitterness lingers alongside a musty caramel flavour.

M - Full bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes quite dry, leaving you puckering your lips and with your cheeks stuck to your teeth.

O - Tasty tripel and surprisingly hoppy on the finish. A treat indeed and a quality example of the style. High ABV is incredibly well hidden, making it dangerously drinkable. I have yet to be disappointed by anything St. Bernardus produces.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served at the Bad Apple from bottle into St. Bernardus goblet

A - Beer poured with a golden colored body; cloudy with a reasonably low amount of visible carbonation; 1 finger white colored head formed from the server's pour and held very well

S - Subtle hints of vanilla; malty; sour yeast smell; subtle floral notes followed up by honey, apricot and spices

T - Sour lambic/acidic taste; very astringent; olive; thick malt backbone; wheat/grains; citrus; apricot and honey

M - Dry, sour aftertaste; slight twinge of bitterness; slightly effervescent but mostly flat

D - Great Tripel; great blend of ingredients to create a unique Tripel brew; love St. Bernardus beers; highly recommended

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Photo of moshiric
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- slightly cloudy gold. Thick white head with a good amount of lacing.

S- The nose is very fruity. A lot of strawberries. The smell is very enticing.

T- strawberries at first then moves into some bread/ yeast.

M- a decent amount of carbonation. General taste, not one specific flavor stays on the palate.

O- this is one of my new favorite triples. A bit more drinkable than westamalle's, but equally delicious.

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Photo of atlasproaudio
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a great tripel. I think St Bernardus is one of the best breweries of the classic trappist style, even though they are no longer actually a Trappist beer.

The balance of this beer was excellent. Big, fruity and yeasty all in very good senses of those words. As expected from the style, low IBUs. I can't say enough good things about this beer, I need to get a keg of it.

My only gripe was that the head size and head retention was over the top. I had to pour it in two seperate well oversized glasses (and this was carefully pouring down the side of the glass) and wait close to 10 minutes for it to settle. No big deal, and perhaps necessary to the style.

Note this was from the 750ml bottle, have not tried the 11.2 oz.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 5-2-11

Pours a cloudy golden orange color into a Duvel tulip. A foamy white head settles decently quickly, leaving a thick ring of lacing.

Smell is nice and sweet, lots of Belgian character and aromas of citrus, clove, banana, and a nice hoppiness at the end. Subtle, but complex and enjoyable.

Taste is surprisingly tart, lots of sweet malt at first, followed by and kick of hops that tapers quickly. A little boring in the middle, with the booze and bitterness coming in at the end. Not as good as the smell had prepared me.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but the carbonation is on the high side and definitely contributes to the harsh-ish finish.

Drinkability is decent, the flavors are pleasant and the booze is not as bad as it could be.

Overall, a solid beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into an oversized goblet. Pours a pale amber orange, with a thick, fizzy white head comprised of compressed tiny bubbles that slowly dissipate.

Has a grassy, peppery spicy smell, herby almost, with heady yeast and a tart, citric aroma.

Creamy, tart, almost sour and fruity, with orange and floral notes and a slight underlying fizziness. Mildly spicy yet sweet, with low bitterness to finish, this is an incredibly well balanced and very tasty beer.

Medium bodied, creamy yet carbonated, this is a very pleasant feeling brew.

Wow, I've never really been a fan of Belgian beers, but this is one amazing beer. I will be very sure to pick up other offerings by this brewer, and will look to have this one again as well.

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Photo of brystmar
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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 +13.2%
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 -32.1%
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 -2.1%
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 -3.3%
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 +9.7%
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%
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 -1.7%
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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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 3,219 ratings