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 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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Photo of ritzkiss
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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 +0.7%
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 -2.4%
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 +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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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 3,208 ratings