St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium
sintbernardus.be

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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pDev:
9.2%
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Photo of DelMontiac
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
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 -5.7%
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 -19.8%
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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Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy golden with a thin white head.

S - Fruit and spice blended nicely with yeast notes. Apple, pear and maybe even golden raisins. Blends into fruit cake as it warms.

T - Clove with a lot of yeasty esters. Sweet malt with candied fruit and bananas. The banana becomes more pronounced as it warms.

M - Medium bodied and creamy. Maybe a touch slick.

D - On the fruity, spicy side of the style but very nice.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dull orange color with a decent off-white head that turns into a thicker film and leaves some lacing.

Smell: This tripel has a fairly mild aroma, with some hints of yeast and a bit of fruit (apricot and citrus).

Taste: Generally fruity up front (apricot, pineapple, orange) with yeast flavors coming in later, and finally some bitterness towards the finish. Mild bitterness and yeast in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and generally smooth, though with a bit of graininess. Light, tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Moderate ABV, but slight harshness in the flavor makes it a tad difficult.

Not my favorite tripel, but still an enjoyable one.

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Photo of alkemy
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy, nearly opaque golden copper color. An aggressive pour yielded two fingers of off white head that quickly faded to a few millimeters. The first thing I noticed in the smell was a sour note. There was also some orange peel, but the sour note didn't match this. Some spice and caramel sweetness as well. After further sniffing the off-putting sour faded and the caramel came on more prominently. Pretty sweet initially. Then a fruity note comes through...this part is very good. Orange stands out and banana and bubblegum are pretty faint. The carbonation is a bit biting, but it matched the taste quite nicely. It also seemed to aid in the peppery finish. Alcohol was hardly noticeable. Pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, drinking it a bit early from its 2013 best before date, but hey, it's freaking cold outside...

This beer pours a hazy medium tarnished golden yellow colour, with two fingers of fizzy, creamy white head, which leaves a sloped ring of lace around the glass as it falls away. It smells of tart citrus, and bitter floral hops, and a mild sweet bready maltiness. The taste is sweet, bready/fruity malt, some offsetting acidic lemon zest, and a soft sugary booziness. The carbonation is moderate, with the puffy, but not tingly, nature that I associate with all things Trappist and beery. An otherwise forgettable medium body is spruced up by the crisp acidity, rendering the overall effect quite refreshing. It finishes with a diminishing sweetness, and the astringent hops and booze tugging away.

A somewhat complicated Tripel: more hops that expected, less malt in the same vein. Overall, this lead to a very drinkable (until the well-integrated 8 points of booze kick in) big boy beer from the other brothers.

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Photo of nataku00
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Hazy golden orange beer had developed an initial two fingers of snow white foamy meringue like head. Head dissipated to about half a finger's worth after a few minutes. Tons of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass is visible.

Nose is bread yeast and spicy. A sweetness from the pale malt and a tinge of hop bitterness as it warms.

Taking a sip, fruitiness upfront, apricots and sweet citrus, yields to the malty sweet breadiness and finishes with a slight bitterness. A bit of alcohol burn in the back of the throat, surprisingly.

Light bodied beer with a ton of carbonation attacks the tongue for a good bit while in the mouth. Finishes dry with a nice light spiciness that lingers on the tongue.

Fairly easy to drink tripel, but the slight alcohol burn does warn you that this is a fairly hard hitting beer at 8.0% abv. A nice effort from St. Bernardus.

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Photo of jlandis
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought a 4pack gift set with the 6,8,12,Tripel and a St. Bernardus chalice. This is the first of the set that I'm tasting.

The beer pours a hazy light orange/copper color with a thin white head that slowly fades to a small ring. The nose is full of spice, orange peel, lemon zest, and a sharp Belgian yeast. The flavor consists of sweet pale malt followed by spices then onto the orange and lemon zest. The flavor finishes with the classic tart and slightly funky Belgian yeast. The body is thick and creamy with slight carbonation.

This is what every Belgian Tripel should aspire to taste like. Fantastic, complex, and well balanced. Once again the monks show us how to brew a well crafted beer.

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

Poured into St Bernardus Goblet

A: Pours a chalky golden color, very cloudy. About a fingers worth of fluffy white head. Very sticky lacing from start to finish. Great looking beer.

S: Lots of things going on here.... little tart lemon, mix of sweeter fruits, so yeast and spice. There is a touch of alcohol present but not heavy or strong.

T: All the smells are here.... Good mix of sweet and tart with a good mix a yeastiness and spiciness. Finish is dry with very little alcohol burn. Very nice balance.

M: Medium bodied with an aggressive carbonation that makes it a little sharp.

D: At 8% ABV it is a one at a time kind of beer, but a very balanced and very drinkable Tripel. One of the better ones I've had. As always it is hard to go wrong with St. Bernardus.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my St. Bernardus goblet. A hazy golden yellow color with about two fingers of head. Not much lacing.

The aroma was floral and fruity, citrus notes, orange, lemon.

The taste was smooth and subtle, slight alcohol that fades quickly. Some bitterness to balance everything.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some good carbonation.

This is a very nice tripel that is very easy to drink at 8% ABV...

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

appearance; hazy yellow, a bit cloudy. Nice white head but don't expect it to last for very long. Poor if any lacing but a rocky head isn't everything. On the surface one can note a constant carbonation rising from the bottom of the goblet.

smell; like sugar coated, dried apricots. Some citrusy hops also poke through, blended perfectly with a hint of barley.

taste; sugary alcohol is most noticed, especially in the finish. Also some barley in the aftertaste. Mostly some citrusy hops through the drink.

mouthfeel; very strong carbonation and a crisp mouthfeel, yet still smooth and refreshing, alcohol burn is present but overall well hidden.

drinkability; really a tasty beer so I would want to drink more considering this factor but overall improvements could be made.

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

St. Bernardus Tripel Belgian Abbey Ale, 8% alcohol. 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a St. Feuillien goblet.

A- Pours a beautiful ripe orange colored fluid with an evenly hazed glow in sunlight. Tight bubbles make of a nice frothy head that leaves a mildly rounded lacing on the glass.

S- Fresh citrus fruits come to mind oranges, tangerines, and lemon. Sweet candied sugar and alcohol esters fume in the back of the nose.

T-M- Like the smell the taste does nothing but prove the excellence of this Tripel. Flavors include overripe fruits of citrus nature, musty malts, alcohol esters and tangy Begian yeast. Mouthfeel is chewy with a lingering yeasty thickness that allows the flavors to dance and roll over the tounge. Creamy finish with nothing but excellence from beginning to end.

D- I love this beer! I could drink this one every day if my cash flow allowed. Great complexities, smoooth and an alcohol content that would keep you grounded. Cheers!

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into St. Bernardus chalice (Thanks to Shangy's for the sweet 4 pack & chalice set!!!)

Appearance: Beautiful translucent deep gold color. Small, finger head with very fine bubbles and decent sexy lace!

Smell: Sweet, Boozey, almost like a liquor-soaked Christmas fruit cake.

Taste: Sweet amber malt, honey, apples, yeast, and a faint alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy carbonation. Acidic on the palate makes me quench more.

Drinkability: Balanced and a very hidden ABV. Watch out after a few of these because you won't know what hit you... I know I didn't the first time I drank it.

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Photo of wmtxbb
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Finger sized head that turns into lacing around the glass. Cloudy gold color with a small amount of carbonation that finds its way to the top. This is a sexy looking beer.

Smell: Sweet malts, cotton candy, apples, and pepper. Smells a little of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet honey like malts, flower like hops, a little bitterness at the end. I can't do this beer justice with a description at this point in my "beer review career". There is so much there. Incredible beer.

Drinkability: I'm sort of glad I've only got one of these to drink. At 8 percent abv and with this kind of flavor I might end up drinking a bit too much. This is an amazing beer. It's a shame there are not more triple style beers made in the states.

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

Poured from the 11.2 oz bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice.

A: Wow, floaty yeasties everywhere! A medium golden color with of course the large amount of floaties. Small white head that leaves some fine glass lacing.

S: Light fruits of apple, pineapple with cloves and yeastiness. A hint of pepper and sugar sweetness.

T: Heavy on the fruit flavor, just as a nice tripel should be. Flavors of green apple, pear, pineapple, some orange with a nice yeasty clove flavor. A bit of pepper mixes in with the bubblegum type sugar sweetness. Finish is a bit sweet, but not overly so. A little tartness sneaks in at the end. A great textbook example of a tripel.

M: Medium, a bit tart and sweet and some alcohol. Not overly lingering flavors.

D: Medium. Nice intense beer that should be sipped and enjoyed.

Overall another great beer by St. B. As I said earlier, this is a textbook tripel. Not real sweet, not real tart, just right. Great beer (as I expected anything less).

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a tulip. The color is a cloudy, lemonade gold that has a little "dirty dishwater" tinge to it. Three fingers of white, billowy, beautiful head developed and dissipated slowly to leave a foamy spotted lacing.

Smell: Very spicy up front, though it is not off-putting. It is very sweet, as well. Orange citrus, bready yeast, banana, raisin, and a little bubblegum. It's like spicy orange bubblegum. The alcohol sting also comes through as well.

Taste: Smooth and surprisingly subtle. The spices from the smell are present, but they take a backseat to the heaping of malts. This is truly liquid bread as it tastes like a multigrain loaf with hints of lemon zest, orange citrus, and pepper for spice. The alcohol is noticeable on the tail end of each sip, but it is nothing offensive.

Drinkability: High quality stuff. Though not overly complex, it is loveable, very tasty, and drinkable.

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Photo of taigor
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. YES, a pint glass at Grumpy's Ale House in Naples, FL. Can't complain about the choice of glassware since it cost only $4 per pint.

A - Poured cloudy brown color with medium head that dissipates very slowly leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Smell is bready yeast with caramel, raisins and figs.

T - Taste is bready yeast with caramel and brown sugar, very sweet overall but not extremely overwhelming.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

D - Very good tripel but alcohol might be evident a little bit. I highly recommend it nonetheless.

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

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent, but not especially a concern due to style and brewery. Some sort of code is present on label. Paid $4.39 at John's Market.

A-Began foaming as soon as the crown was cracked. Pours a hazy pale yellow to light amber hue with a two finger, beige head with good retention and modest lacing.

S-Fruity, malty and sweet. Nice aroma.

T-Surprisingly mild compared to their quad. This is very light and refreshing, even delicate. There is a very pleasant sweet pear taste with a zesty lemon twang, and a pepper like yeast presence. Definitely improved as it warmed. Quite nice.

M-Very smooth for 8.0% ABV. Carbonation level is spot on.

D-A very fine beer that is quite expensive. I really like their quad, but this doesn't seem remarkable in the same way.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Pours a yellow to orange bit hazy color with a huge foamy aired white to yellow head. Good retention. Many lacings left

S: Sweet, grainy and bready. A lot of Belgian yeasts in the nose. Fruity esters (cherry and pears, mainly). Hints of spice and orange zest. A bit citrus

T: Follows the nose. Grainy, bready and fruity. Hints of spice, orange zest and nuts. Sweet upfront but, in overall, a dry taste. Belgian yeasts and a citrus bitter end

M: Creamy and molasses body. Medium carbonation. Peppery sensation in the end. Citrus bitterness is a must

O: High drinkability. Great beer. Excellent St. Bernardus specimen

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely gushing when uncapped, saved and poured into a tulip. Head bubbles bombastically at the start, but crackles itself out to just a half-centimetre of white large-bubbles. Lots and lots of carbonation through the slightly hazy deep golden coloured body. Looks decent, but not stellar.

Nose is ripe and rank with Belgian nuances. Hints of spice, yeast, orange peel, organics. Sweet, but with a backing aroma of something meatier to blend it all together. Yes, there's something complete about the nose, all the Belgian elements integrated together perfectly.

Taste is smoother and more gentle than I expected, none of the phenolics you often get. Light apple pastry softness on the front, with hints of spice coming forward on the back, and just a little upsurge in booze at the end - it's extremely subtle though, and just gives a quick sweep to cleanse the palate. Palate is extremely smooth but light, and while the carbonation seemed omnipotent when looking at it, it merely dances softly in the mouth.

Such a smooth and supple tripel. It's such a lightly done one, with everything so well integrated that I feel like many of the other examples just don't get it. Beautiful stuff.

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Photo of tastynubulets
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-Pours with bright color, though the head comes out thick and lingers.

-Smell is incredible and deeply enhances the overall drinking experience.

-Flavor is very good (caramelized fruit and malts), though the beer can have a slightly metallic aftertaste.

Elaboration:

The beer poured with very bright colors, i.e., a deep, slightly darkened orange and a clean, bright, white head. The head was thick at first, but eventually calmed down, though a thin head remained the entire time.

The smell was fantastic and very reminiscent of a Delirium Tremens. In fact, I'd say the two are very similar beers. Both are extremely good to drink, rich with an assortment of fruity and malty flavor. It's better to drink at a temperature somewhere between room temperature and cold, especially if you allow it time to aerate in a tulip. Otherwise, if poured too cold, the beer will feel a little rough on the pallet.

The flavor is a mixture of caramelized fruits and malts-delicious! You really get a mouthful of flavor with each swig. But with such an intoxicating smell (no pun intended), be sure to smell it each time as you sip, swig, or gulp it. The only set back is that the beer can have a mild to medium metallic aftertaste... I don't know why, but it does (there could be a number of reasons, but I don't brew it). Again, this is just like the Delirium Tremens (although the Nocturnum may also suffer from this flaw; don't quote me, it's been a while).

Overall, I wouldn't say it was AMAZING! But I would say that it IS a must try, especially if you like Trappist or Belgian style ales. Personally, this style is one of my favorites, and I will definitely be drinking it again.

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Photo of biggred1
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy apricot with blonde highlights when backlit and a fluffy bone white head. Lemon peel and tropical fruity notes with a touch of alcohol and bready yeast. Light citrus fruity and banana estery flavors with a bit of coriander and mild citric hop flavor. This beer is truly perfectly bananced. Medium bodied with seltzery carbonation. St. Bernardus Tripel is a world class beer that may be taken for granted because of wide availability.

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Photo of benyerd
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(A) Very hazy burnt orange color. Absolutly zero clarity. Small amounts of yeast floating though out the beer with some left in the bottom of the bottle. Mild head retention that left a very slight lace that faded.

(S) Very sweet smell that was not over powering but but was just about right for this style.

(T) Awesome taste! Mild in flavor but fits almost perfectly with this beer. Very impressed!

(M) Medium bodied and a medium mouthfeel. Slightly disappointed but still matches well.

(D) Very Drinkable and truely classic. One of my favorite but felt as if it could use a little something extra to really put it over the top.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Hazy dark orange copper color with a thick creamy white head. A good level of retention, and each sip leaves generous lace clinging to the glass. A bit darker than I would expect out of the style.

Smell: Tons of fruity and spice notes in the nose. I expected the spicy yeast aroma, but the pineapple, apricot, and other tropical fruit really surprised me. Also seems to be some apple and cherry in there.

Taste: This is about as perfect of a flavor in a tripel as I can remember having. It starts out well, with a combination of toffee and honey providing most of the sweetness. Juicy apricot and pineapple come in before the spicy yeast takes over. Wow - allspice, cloves, maybe some cinnamon and pepper as well. A light herbal and citrus hop presence perfectly match the original flavors on the tongue. There is a touch of alcohol in the flavor that is tolerable.

Mouthfeel: Both crisp and creamy, it has carbonation to lift any residue off the tongue and keep each sip feeling fresh, but it has a soft creaminess that is quite pleasant. It starts juicy, but it starts moving toward dry by the end. A touch grainy from the unfiltered nature of the beer.

Drinkability: One of, if not my absolute, favorite tripels. This will frequently be found in my fridge.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 3,226 ratings