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

Best before 9/25/2012.
Into my new St. Berdnardus chalice.

Pours a golden color with the slightest of orange, good sized white head that fades at a decent rate, a nice white cap remains on top.

Smell is that distinct aroma of Belgian candied sugar, light banana and clove aroma.

Taste has assertive carbonation yet is soft in the mouth at the same time, the banana and clove are more prominent and meld with the candied sugar nicely, the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of ChrisWashington
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle.

A: Cloudy dark yellow in color. Large head at pour that settled into a lingering foam throughout drinking.

S: Smell is complex with a slight sour scent. Do I smell something like incense or herbs?

T: Taste is slightly bitter and sour, but not overpowering. No real remaining aftertaste.

M: This beer nips ever so slightly at the tongue. You can feel the carbonation long after you can see it.

D: This beer is very drinkable, although I don't think I'd want more than a couple in a row with the alcohol content at 8%.

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

11.2 fl oz poured into a brandy snifter.
Cloudy golden appearance. Nice head retention. Very effervescent. More than I'm used to as an admitted hophead.
Very complex tastes that do a good job of representing the style.
A good change of pace for someone who doesn't drink Belgian ales very often.

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

On tap at the Porterhouse Belgian fest.

Pours pure deep gold with no visible fizz and a meringue head that trails and rings. White pepper, candle wax yeast, and caramel pears on the nose. Sticky honey graham malts with melon and sarsaparilla spice, a phenol hit in the middle, grass, herb and mint hops, and a yeasty end. Nettle linger. Light to medium, some chew, some burn.

This suffered from being poured into a pint glass(!) Having said that, while there's a lot of sweet and spice going on here, I prefer the drier end of Tripels - this one is just too much of a meal.

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Photo of racer2k
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 33cL bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet glass

A - Dark golden pour with a very robust frothy white head which nearly overflows the glass. The head recedes to a thin 1/2 finger thick coating on top of the beer after a few moments. There is a bit of chunky yeast debris flying around my glass.

S - Strong bready yeast aroma followed by some clove and peppery spice. Also hints of fruit like pear, apricot and apple are present. Some mild phenol smells are also present.

T - Chaulky yeast and fresh sourdough bread are present in addition to a spicy fruity flavor texture with pear, apricot and apple tones. There is a distinct pear sweetness flavor that is front and center to this beer.

M - Medium body with lots of fruity spicy flavors, sweet bready malt and moderate carbonation on board.

D - Very nice beer that is crisp yet fruity and very alive with the yeast profile. Great beer!

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a St. Bernardus chalice.

That monk is just so dern happy all the time! He must be enjoying nigh-constant Bernardus brews... This-a one pours a clear pale golden straw topped by nearly a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises heavy clove and pepper, banana, spicy yeast, a tiny bit o' that farmhouse stuff (hmm), and some lemon zest. basically, it smells like a tripel. The taste follows, brining those spices to the fore, backed by some nice banana and citurs blends, and finishing with a nice flourish of pepper and cardamom. The body is a fluffy medium, with a sharp carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a very nice, nearly archetypal tripel. Get some, and be as happy as the monk!

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Rochefort goblet.

A: Crazy head. Big thick bubbles rising from hazy topaz depths dissolve into a thick, creamy head with great retention. Later impressive patterns emerge on the surface.

S: Smells like a tripel, and it is scrumptious. Spicy topnotes soar above a yeasty/estery base.

T: Intially, the taste matches the smell -- a slightly carbonated yeasty flavour is tart on the tongue and sweet malts are noticeably supporting the taste. Spice mixes about with a mere hint of something floral. Alcohol is present throughout, but not objectionably so. I approve of the balance. Aftertaste is pleasant.

M: Largely nondescript? Mild, nice, refreshing.

D: At 8%, it's not oppressive, but tasty and light. I sat on a patio in Brussels and drank the bottle dry.

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Photo of dgilks
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intense spicy, citrus aroma. Notes and banana and cotton candy. Quite good.

Somewhat hazy peach colour with a big dissipating to small off-white head.

Mild, soft malt is the predominant flavour. I get some subtle citrus and spice notes and a nice interplay of fruit flavours.

Medium-full body with moderately-high carbonation. Balanced and quite good.

A tasty Tripel and very good. It's not my favourite but I would have it again.

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Photo of trevorjn06
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy, golden honey color, with one finger of white head that recedes to a wisp of foam quickly.

Aroma is sweet aromatic malt and honey with some banana phenols. There is also a hint of wheat malt but really no alcohol even though this is an 8% brew.

Taste is a moderate sweetness, honey-like with a wheat malt breadiness and tartness. There is a very mild hop bitterness on the finish and a lasting aromatic malt flavor that has a very mild sweetness to it.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with medium/low carbonation.

Overall this is delightful Tripel that is smooth, full of nice malt flavors and the finish reminds you of this and keeps you coming back for more.

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

Poured from bottle into the St. Bernardus goblet.

A : A golden murky color. Pours with a very nice white head that settled to a solid rim.

S : Large floral notes with a hint of yeast, berry, malt.

T : Floral up front, with berry in the middle, some malt/yeast and a dry hoppy finish.

M : A medium to heavy body, with a nice fuzzy feel that results in a tingly lining on swallow.

D : Its a tripel so the alcohol is high, but this ones lighter flavors makes it very easy to consume in large quantity. Delicious.

Can't go wrong here for a nice pale color Belgian.

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Photo of mmahut
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bronze cloud look with sticky head, making nice rings.

S: Forest fruits, apple, banana, citrus with spicy back-ground.

T: More strong on hops and spices than the smell. Fruits are still there but deep in the background.

M: Smooth body with medium carbonation.

D: St. Bernardus good as always. Definitely a beer to have.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle dated best before "25 09 12"

Poured in to a goblet, it pours a hazy orange with a nice white head.

Pretty big smell of ripe fruit ,yeast, and some bread.

Crisp taste is very dry, almost champagnelike. It tastes like a light, bread and fruit. Very good.

Mouthfeel is beautiful.

The carbonation and crisp hoppiness make this very light and easy drinking.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy golden-orange color with tiny sediment floating around. Very carbonated with large head that slowly minimizes. Smells of alcohol and citrusy/tropical fruits. Nothing really dark or berry-like. Hints of banana. Tastes very sweet with banana and other fruity flavors. Fizzy mouthful...maybe a little too carbonated (but still VERY delicious)! Very high drinkability. Very crisp and refreshing for hot summer days.

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Photo of Snamnoum
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a fair amount of sediment in the bottle but smell and flavor were unaffected. Very carbonated after opening almost fizzy. You can pick up light malt in the nose and I could definitely smell the alcohol. Appearance in the glass after pour is cloudy and hay colored. Definitely a well balanced beer, light floral hoppiness contrasts well with the sweetness of the malt. Effervescence keeps the beer drinkable and saves it from being an other wise pretty heavy beer. In my opinion a damn good brew.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Chimay goblet. Pours a nice hazy golden yellow with one-finger white head that subsides to a minimal amount. Lacing was minimal throughout. The aroma was comprised of fruit and slight alcohol notes. The flavor was full of fruit, sweet malt, and slight alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew that felt very nice on the palate and was extremely drinkable, refreshing, and smooth. A definite must try for anyone.

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Photo of jaredvanderview
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second St. Bernadus beer that I've had the pleasure of drinking. First impressions on the pour - beautiful, golden color and lots of activity from the carbonation, plus a big, thick and creamy head. Based on appearance alone this brew would receive a standing ovation from me. The smell disappoints a little as it is almost completely ether with only little hidden fruit/citrus. It tastes wonderfully malty and crisp with a nice, dry finish I've come to associate with these incredible Abbey brews. Perfectly balanced mouthfeel, creamy and light at the same time. On the way out of your mouth the beer leaves a sense of fruit, maybe even a little caramel, and the wonderful sweetness of the Tripel style beer. Overall, a great beer that is deserving of the title Abbey ale.

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Photo of GreenThumb
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Tulip glass at the Yardhouse in the Houston City Centre. Arrived with no head.

Appearence was a medium gold color with no head.

I expected a deep fruit smell but found no real smell at all, except for a slightly aroma of alcohol.

The taste was surprisingly rich for such a light colored beer. Flavors of banana and dark fruit were prevalent. There was a buttery / butterscotch after flavor which was exceptional followed by a very slight tinge of alcohol which was well balanced by the deeper flavors of the beer,

Mouth feel was thin but unobjectionable. The light mouth feel compliments the large flavor character of the beer.

This is an easy drinking beer, as most triples are.

I think St. Bernardus could be paired with cheeses for an experimental jaunt into beer-food pairings. Perhaps Manchego or Romano.

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Photo of jbowers56
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A little darker than expected. A nice white head which is quite puffy, but leaves only a little lacing. I've edited this to be a little higher as the head retention seems to be really good.

Some musty fruits are there in the nose. Dark sweet fruits, sort of caramelised maybe. Spiciness is there too along with some vaguely citric notes. Not as robust in the nose as it could be, but still very good.

Nice and sweet in the flavour without being even close to cloying. I get sweet fruits like apricot and pear, some citrussy sharpness (very mild) and some caramel notes. Also some biscuity flavours in the aftertaste/late palate. A touch of alcohol warmth.

Feels lovely in the mouth. For me, perfect balance of creaminess with carbonation for this style. Drinkability is also very high, to get a 5 it would need to have the sweetness tidied up just a touch in the aftertaste.

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

Served cold -- poured from 11.2 bottle to tulip shape beer challice

A) Murky copper that glows gold when held to the light. Lots of 'floaties' and small, white lacy head

S) Sweet malt, raisons, baked bread, root beer

T) Surprizingly mild. Sweet dark fruit & citrus. Displays some sour tones. Some spice -- perhaps clove

M) Effervescent bottle conditioned fizz. Holds a fine carbonation until the glass is drained

D) This is an excellent Tripel but as is the case with Tripels, beware the 8% alcohol.

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Photo of WhiteOak
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy pale yellow color. Huge, expansive, gushing, overflowing foam leaves a rocky white head with little to no lace.

S- Aromas of light fruits, yeast, golden raisins, cookie dough. Some clove, nutmeg, and a faint touch of rustic funk.

T- Yeasty & fruity up front, with a biscuity mid-palate. Finishes sweet/sour.

M, D- This tripel had pleasant flavors and was drinkable, but the CO2 level was over-exuberant and rough, which scoured the palate, negatively affecting the mouthfeel.

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

A - Hazy copper orange with a large creamy white head. Ok retention (a bit below average) with a nice layer of lacing left.

S - Good base of malt along with some along with some golden fruit and citrus. Lemon and orange along with some peach, apricot, and apple to name some of the fruity aromas. Good amount of yeast and spices as well. Hints of some banana and bubblegum Hefe aromas as well.

T - Similar to the nose. Malt base provides a nice sweetness with some Hefe flavors and a slight hint of breadiness. Good amount of Belgian spices and yeast and a pretty strong fruity taste (similar to the nose). A little bit of citrus tart and very little bitterness comes out as well. Well balanced with sweetness coming out slightly ahead.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy.

D - Very drinkable beer. A lot of fruit and overall sweet but not even close to cloying. Well balanced with some spiced, warming, tart, and bitter flavors present in the background at varying levels. Warming beer but the alcohol is well hidden. Enjoyable to drink.

Notes: Nice Tripel that is big and fruity but also well balanced. A very solid offering from a very good brewery. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of mrstevens
3.08/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

P: Golden color with huge white head, not much lacing.

S: I mostly smelled yeast with a little hint of fruit.

T: Yeast, pretty much exactly like the nose.

M: very carbonated, not too much going on.

D: I wasnt really impressed, my first experiences with a tripel, so maybe I tried the wrong one.

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

11.2 Oz. bottle, Part of a St. Bernardus gift-pack.

Appearance: Hazy golden color as expected for a Belgian Triple, good head, sparse lacing.

Smell: Spicy, nothing exceptional.

Taste: Good flavor, nice level of spice, a little hop bitterness on the finish. Overall, well balanced for the style. For the price, thinking Fin Du Monde is a slightly better beer.

Mouth feel: Good carbonation, smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, good to include in a session of triples.

Good beer, can hold it's own among its Belgian Triple cousins.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.61/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.

Bleck, tons of floaties even with a very calm pour, hands down the worst part of belgian beer is all the damn floaties!

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with lots of the aforementioned floating sediment & yeast - gross. Nose is fruity and sweet, standard tripel nose.

Mouthfeel is nice and rich, not nearly as nice as Westmalle Tripel but still good and full. Taste is sweet and rich with tons of spiciness. drinkability takes a hit due to floaties.

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Photo of crossovert
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle best before 11.05.12.

Pours into my tulip a golden color, initially crystal clear until the yeast enters. The head is extremely active and recedes extremely quickly leaving behind spotted lacing.

Like all St. Bernardus beers this one has a lot of scent. It is incredibly fruity with the yeast up front and it is also very sweet smelling.

The taste is heavy too, it super fruity and slightly spicy, the yeast shines, it is sweet but not overly so.

St. Bernardus always impresses, I don't have that much to say about it besides it is fantastic.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 3,219 ratings