St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

3,135 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 boogyman
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Vigorous pour into my St. Bernardus goblet. Good finger of head that seems to be dissipating quickly. Color is of murky dark yellow or light brown. A minute or two after the pour it settles to a light bubbly top that seem to have some staying power.

S- Very light scent on the nose. Ever so slight apricot smells with some yeasty notes. Thats all I got. Bare in mind I did drink a strong IPA before this. Addition: I decided to let this sit and warm up before I start drinking it and now the fruit smells are starting to come out much stronger then before. I am now getting some apple in addition to the apricot.

T- Nose is on the tongue. Apricot apple flavors with some light lemon notes.

M- Super bubbly! Tingle on the tongue is amazing. At 8% ABV, this goes down nice and easy.

D- Overall a nice beer. I don't drink many Tripel's and this one makes me want to change that and start drinking more!

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Photo of kwakwhore
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark golden pour into a La Fin du Monde tulip. Looks sort of like natural apple juice. Plenty of floaties in there too. White head subsides into a about a 1/8 inch collar on the top of the beer with some lacing.
Initial impressions of the aroma were focused on a not too pleasant blast of alcoholic solvents but after they subsided, I began to detect some more pleasant aromas of honey with only a bit of the alcoholic scents remaining.
Flavors are a mix of sweet malts with honeyed accents and a balancing but subtle bitterness from the hops. This is the sweetest, maltiest Tripel I've tried to date. The warmer it gets, the better and more complex it becomes.
Light mouthfeel with a nice amount of carbonation, a tiny bit of warmth from the alcohol on the back of the palate.
Impressively easy to drink, again the alcohol is barely perceptible.
My initial impression of this beer was that it is not as good as my two other benchmark tripels (La Fin du Monde and Westmalle). I still think that they are a bit better, but this gets better and better the farther I go down the glass. I will definitely be looking for this again.

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Photo of Kromes
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy gold with a large fluffy white head. Lots of carbonation. Got a little yeast suspended in the beer. Must have been jostled on the car ride.

S: A bready belgian yeast aroma. There are some floral notes and some sweet honey-like aromas. There is also an alcohol aroma.

T: A sweet malty flavor at first with a little bit of yeast funk. It is overcome by the alcohol flavor and warmth with some peppery, clove-like spice that linger with the alcohol into the finish.

M: Highly carbonated, provides a nice peppery spice feel to the beer.

D: A very good tripel....very tasty and well crafted.

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Photo of mirish72
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a mixed St. Bernardus six pack (2 tripels, 2 dubbels, 1 quad and 1 wit)and this was the first I tried. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Poured an orange copper, almost amber. The pour was viscous, with visible yeast floating around. The beer had a one finger head and nice lacing.

Sweet aroma, smelled of citrus fruits, traces of spices and yeast.

Very balanced taste and the alcohol was very masked for 8%. Beer had average carbonation and was very drinkable. This was the first St. Bernardus I have ever tried and I'm looking forward to tasting the rest.

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Photo of berley31
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a large, white frothy head that diminished to about 1/2-finger size. Body is a nice, dark-golden color that was cloudy, with heavy particles floating around. Good lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Nice aroma, quite similar to the Watou Tripel, with lots of yeast, citrus, and some hints of alcohol.

T: Very nice flavor of breadiness, citrus, orange, and a light alcohol warmth in the finish. Average duration.

M: Medium-to-full bodied with a creamy texture, and average carbonation... not quite as fizzy as some of the other St. Bernardus beers.

D: A very, very good tripel... not the standout of its class, but definitely near the top, and very drinkable for its ABV.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the first times I drink the tripel beer of one of my favorite abbey breweries. Poured into my Westvleteren glass. The beer pours a hazy orange-yellow (almost amber) color, with a nice frothy head, leaving a somewhat messy lacing.

Smell: Fruity (peach, apricot, banana), spicy hops, yeast and some alcohol

Taste: Wow, this is a nice tripel. I taste orange, sour apple, soft sweet banana, malts, a clear spicy hops (coriander) and flowery hops. Maybe even some honey and caramel is present. This beer is well balanced, with perfect bitterness. The aftertaste is bitter-dry.

Mouthfeel: Nice and thick for the style. Medium carbonation

Overall: I have to say, that I don't really like triples. Until today....What a fantastic beer. I would like (and will) drink this one again and again!.

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

A: A highly lucent golden color with a frothy, bubbly white head that persists well and lays down some nice lace on the glass. The head isn't as rocky and massive as some of the other tripels I've sampled.

S: Rich, lush, and vibrant. Fruity and spicy in the nose, notes of bright golden apples, pears, white pepper, and clove. An extraordinarily complex and coherent aroma. Quite excellent.

T&M: Flavor is very nice. Bold fruit flavors of dry pear and apple start out, with dry pale maltiness coming in mid-palate. Alcoholic spiciness balances things out nicely late, giving way to a lightly drying finish. Well done. Medium to full body with a spritzy carbonation.

D: Very enjoyable tripel, an excellent brew. This one's quite fruity, whereas the Westmalle is a much spicier trappist tripel.

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Photo of generallee
3.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a goblet. There is a best before date of 19-07-10 on the back label and it was sampled on 7-1-09.

Appearance: Its head is bright white in color and about one finger in thickness. The light foamy head fades quickly down to just a small ring of foam that makes slick lacing on the glass as I swirl and sip. Under this head is an orangey tan colored liquid which is cloudy and full of tan yeast floaters.

Smell: The aroma has notes of fresh peeled apple skins, funky yeast and a touch of apple cider vinegar.

Taste/Mouth: There is a slightly astringent, citrus and hard apple cider flavor with some spicy phenolic character as well. The finish becomes bone dry with flavor notes of dry powdery yeast and some mild leafy hops that add just a touch of bitterness. The carbonation is light and just tickles the tongue. Its body has a medium to full feel and its texture is a little bit thick, almost chewy.

Notes: I found this Tripel to be just a little ruff around the edges, heavy and well, just a little bit above average. I'm not sure if I just got a bad bottle or maybe it could use some more time to condition in the bottle or maybe less.

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Photo of BierFan
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a cervoise. Best before 08/31/10.

Appearance: Off-white head. Hazy orange body.

Smell: Doughy yeast smell. Little bit of fruitiness behind the yeast.

Taste: Doughy, spicy yeast. A little bit of cloves, apple, and bubblegum.

This is a fine beer. Not great, but fine.

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Photo of magine
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice glass.

Brew pours a dark orange, with a nice white head that sticks.

Brew smells of yeasts, cloves and other spices.

Brew tastes of yeasts, orange and clove spices. The alcohol is very well blended; can barely taste the alcohol. Extreamly smooth, creamy - tasty. Has a subtle peppery mouthfeel as well.

This brew is awesome; a very drinkable brew. Has a smooth moothfeel and is a pleasure to drink. One of the best - if not the best Triple I have had.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- poured very nicely from my 750 bottle with a very thick white foamy head, very murky with just so much going on in this beer, golden yellow in color, very great looking complex brew

Smell- Plenty of good citrus, yeast, spice, and corriander nice triple smell but nothing overwhelming

Taste- Wow what an incredible tasting beer, a mix of great sweetness and spice at the end, long lingering delicious finish with a beautiful balance, apple and citrus really can be tasted in teh flavor, hard to make a much more balanced and flavorful triple,

Mouthfeel- thick creamy and smooth with good carbonation level,

Drinkability- I have to say in this current moment of my beer life this is probably the best belgian style tripel I have ever had, just so balanced so complex and so enjoyable, the ingrediants are so clean and you get no sense of 8 percent alcohol, what to me I love about this tripel is that the spicyness stops it from getting to sweet like some triples and keeps it balanced with beauty, one I could drink all nite and will keep around, the best of anyone style isnt something to be used lightly but to me at the current point this is it, try it you wont be sorry

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Photo of bobsy
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

St. Bernardus is rapidly cementing itself as my favourite brewery. While they don't produce new beers with the passing of each moth, they do have a stable of exceptional classics. While the tripel blurs the style guidelines somewhat, it also joins the rank of outstanding brews that I've had from them.

Pours a lightly hazed gold with a huge white head that lays down sheets of lace. Exceptional for the style. Sweet, grainy malt aroma, with lots of honey, bread and citrus. Lots of honey in the flavour, but married to a wonderful yeasty breadiness. Lightly grainy with a warming finish, and a kiss of sweet citrus hops. Medium bodied and well-carbonated in a billowing, soft way. Ridiculously drinkable, and I want another. Now.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into a sam adams perfect pint.

A-- Poured a hazy yellowish gold color, lots of floaties in the glass. Nice puffy white head, very nice lacing, got a good 1.5 fingers of foam. Looks almost like a hefe.

S-- Honey being the most dominant smell. Citrus with apple. Just a bit of the sugar smell in the end.

T-- Honey, apples, pear, and citrus. Get the alcohol burn in the very end. Very light to start.

M-- Well carbonated in the mouth. Holds its charistics well. Very well balanced beer. Once warm the candied sugar becomes a little more dominant though.

D-- Quite drinkable, excellent beer and excellent Triple. Once it gets warm it changes a bit and the alchohol becomes more obvious but when a little colder the fruit is much more obvious. Not that that is a bad thing. Easily have 2 of these and want more. Well disguised beer.

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Photo of wonderbread23
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 Oz Bottle Poured into Tulip glass.

Appearance: Medium tea color with some mild orange hues. Lots of little yeast floaties. Creamy white head that persists. Beautiful lacing.

Smell: Pear, apples, and a little citrus with a nice sweet malty background.

Taste: Malt and spice with a touch of honey. Fruitiness is there, but not as dominate as the nose.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and full-bodied with a nice medium-long finish.

Drinkability: Beautiful beer to sip over the course of 45 minutes or so. Could definitely have a few of these with the over-all alcohol being very well integrated.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A-Cloudy brew with extensive floaties, dull iced-tea brown in color. Yellow highlighting. Fluffy, light, bright-white head with very strong retention.

S-Slight spice is overtaken by a big fruitiness, pears and berries, with a slight honey character.

T-Sligh spiciness mixes nicely with a sweet maltiness, bready with a slight yeast character. Honey sweet in the middle. Alcohol smoothly enters the picture before the sweet and malty finish.

M-Creamy, moderate carbonation with a medium-full mouthfeel.

D-Exquisite, though the heaviness may make it a bit too much at times.

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Photo of Offa
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is fairly good and pleasant but too characterless, bland, and dry, traits that I find all too often in dubbels and tripels and which make me sometimes wonder what people see in the style, before I again find one that is wonderful.

Bright, clear gold before the sediment makes it hazy, it has a huge white head that steadily but quickly shrinks to a lasting, thin wispy top and leaves a little uneven, foamy lace.

The aroma is lots of grain, light raisin, bread crust, mineral, some pear and hay, overall a bit like a nice malt liquor or a pale bock.

The taste is pear and hay at first, with mineral, slightly raisiny but mostly dry alcohol, and a hint of lemon pulp, but all thin and dry, with a finish and aftertaste of dry fruit candy without the sweetness. This leaves it largely one-dimensionl and bland.

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Photo of Optimat0r
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

you cant go wrong with a stbernardus. this one pours a light caramel color, dried fruits aroma with a great mix of brightness. taste is excellent, a perfect example of the style, somewhat heavy bodied but light enough on the delivery, sweet fruit flavors and a hint of malts. drinkability exceptional; mouthfeel and taste is very good, despite abv could drink for long periods

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Photo of SamN
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a corked bomber purchased from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, CO, poured into a New Belgium glass.

Pours a hazy, straw yellow with a nice inch and a half head that didn't stick around as long as I thought it would, no lacing. Color could have been better, a little disappointed looking into the beer.

Smell was mouthwatering; flowers, some spice, hops, fruit (maybe pears?). Great smell, very inviting for the first sip!

Taste was close to the smell, lots of fruit, again with the pears, classic tripel taste, some hops bitterness, some complexities that I'm not nearly versed enough to describe. Not much alcohol to speak of, which is good. Delicate taste.

Mouthfeel was a little thin, plenty of carbonation, but good for the style.

As far as drinkability, I don't see any problem with me drinking this whole bottle all by my lonesome. A little strong for an all day beer, but definitely a great introduction to St. B or tripels in general.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

This beer pours a great looking pale gold with a finger high head that lasts several minutes. This is also incredible lacing.

The aroma is very subtle but mostly floral with a touch of hops.

The tatse is wonderful, very smooth from start to finish. Great notes of hops and spice. Very drinkable from start to finish.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a wine goblet.

Appearance: rich golden color, slightly opaque, notable carbonation. About a 1-finger head which dissipated quickly leaving a thin white residue.

Smell: quite fruity aroma of apples and pears. Citrus notes with light wheat/malt aroma present. Very nice indeed.

Taste: slightly tangy citrus flavor against a very smooth, nice malt and wheat base. A bit of a tart/astringent finish, but I think this just adds a little pleasant contrast to the sweet/fruity up-front flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium body with plenty of carbonation. Nice.

Drinkability: eminently quaffable.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into corsendonk chalice on aug22 2009
special thanks too paul who knew too get me a bernardus quad and triple for my birthday how did you know?

A got it in the glass after a little effort. nice golden amber color, heavy sediment, head went right over the top and had decent retention with nice lace

S yeast and apple are what i smell the most with some caramel perhaps

T fairly complex, i can taste some booze that i could not smell, i enjoyed it and you might too

M/D a little too much carbonation for me but still quite nice overall

this is a great triple im happy i got to drink one

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Photo of saztheorybook
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I will first say that when I think tripel, the first thing I think of is New Holland's Black Tulip, which is one of my personal all-time favorites. I was so blown away by how unlike that St. Bernardus was. Used to American tripels, this actual Belgian one tripped me out.

A- A pure translucent orange. with a two-finger head that dissipated pretty quickly, but with a good retention and lacing for the meager leftover bubbles. Beautiful bubble streams that really enhance the experience.

S- Almost peaty, very estery, with a bit of sour apple.

T- Follows the nose, so to speak, only the ratios get reversed with the esters and apples up front, peat in the back. It's all pretty delicate, but very, very nice. There's some very well-balanced hop bitterness to this, which is both refreshing and surprising.

M- Creamy and tangy with this outrageous carbonation that is unlike other abbeys.

D- Heck yes. This is very reasonably priced at the store I go to for a very superior product.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter, foamy white head sticks around. Murky gold in appearance. Spotty lacing.

Big time juicy fruit aromas. Malty whiffs. Freshly cut hay.

Taste is very balanced. Tart green apple upfront. Tangy and has a nice belgian twang from the yeast. Has a mild spice componant, coupled with carmelized brown sugar. Hop is herbal and leafy, touch of lemon.

Full bodied and adheres to the palate. This beer is becoming a part of me. Finishes semi dry with a lingering sweet boozy note.

This one sure does drink well. Every sip makes me want to take another. Its fairly strong, but its not overpowering. Complex, yet mellow. Good brew here.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into my St.B's goblet that left nice sheeting and lace throughout. the body was a bubbly straw gold color.
s - fruity and sweet. hints of apricots and apples.
t - once again, fruity with hints of apricots and apples.
m - slightly thin to medium mouthfeel.
d - delicious beer, one of the best tripels i've had.

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Photo of cbutova
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#1 out of the St. Bernardus six pack sampler. Poured into my 25cl Chimay goblet, a nice golden orange with some sediment and lots of carbonation rising, one finger head that seems to last for the entire time the beer is consumed, leaves great lacing down the whole glass, a coat of it. One of the creamiest looking heads I have ever seen. Smells of light fruit, raisins, yeast, malts and maybe some alcohol, get that banana hefe like smell too. Tastes of light fruits/citrus, hefe banana, raisins, a tiny bit of alcohol, and some malts. Mouthfeel is great, very creamy and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation, a bit of alcohol warming. Drinkability is good for a belgian, taste is surprisingly refreshing, 8% alcohol can only be sensed a little bit, great beer, will have again.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,135 ratings.
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