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 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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Photo of gloriousglo2
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one gets a fair amount of hype, and I like this style, so I wanted to try it. So this being PA, of course, I had to shell out about a gazillion $$s for a case. Frankly, a little disappointing for the money, but I think my expectations were a little high. A typical tripel with a big head, flavorful, fruity, hides the ETOH fairly well. If I had to do it again, I'd get a case of La Fin Du Monde for about 60% of the cost.

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Photo of fropones
3.04/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Just like every beer I've gotten in this St. Bernardus variety pack, it immediately foams up so I can't pour it without getting all the sediment. This is very frustrating and quite a waste.

A - A muddied brown color that is way darker than it should be for a tripel with huge chunks of sediment in it.

S - Smells of alcohol, lemons, and here's a shocker, yeast. Apples and pears too.

T - Mainly just yeast. Hints of fruit and stuff but mainly just yeast.

M - Nice carbonation, creaminess.

D - If only all of St. Bernardus's stuff didn't do this to me then I would be happy. Maybe I'll have to try one of the 750's, but if that does this I'll be extremely unhappy. Honestly, what's probably a great tripel ended up being a drainpour.

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

Pours a golden yellow with orange hues towards the center of the glass. The head is dense and white, it falls to a skim coat and ring with lots of lacing. Chunky floaties.

Smells like a banana split ( bananas, fruit, vanilla ). There is a light musky / funky scent as well. Very complex and balanced, nothing overpowering.

The flavors follow the nose. Green and ripe bananas, with a nice vanilla extract flavor, peppery as well. Not overly phenolic or cloying like some beers in this style.

Slick medium body with a fair dose of carbonation.

Highly drinkable. One of the best, if not the best Tripel that I've had.

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

Pours a peachy yellow gold color. There is a bit of haze, and a half finger head. This tripel now has a rim of head around the glass before I sip.

The smell is much of nectarine and pineapple. I'm awaiting to smell this fella when it warms...

The taste is a wonderful blend of up front lemon transitioning to a malt backed banana yeasty citrus love. Very pleasant.

The mouthfeel is much like a glass of milk. Medium bodied and smooth. Very nice.

This is a tasty drink, worthy of sips and chugs all night long.

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

Look: Golden/orange color, cloudy, massive head with uber good retention & lacing

Smell: Banana, toffee, apricot

Taste: Up Front: Apricot, banana, toffee. Finish: Caramel, toasted malt, spices

Mouthfeel: Medium body and well carbonated.

Drinkability: Crisp, creamy & smooth

Overall Impression: One of the best Tripel's out there. Even ReRe liked this one!!! I'll be drinking this one quite often!

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

Pours a hazy bright orange into a Delirium tulip. Thick pure white head settles to a thin cap within two minutes. Visually vigorous carbonation.

Underlying notes of sweet bananas and typical musty belgian yeasts.

Sweet, crisp, and dry. This brew is wonderfully fruity, with bananas being the most prominent, but sweet grapes and some citrus flavors as well. Peppery aftertastes with a slight alcoholic sweetness and a roasted barley and fresh bread quality as well.

Medium-thick mouthfeel, well-carbonated, and very drinkable. A delicious example of a Belgian tripel.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

St. Bernardus Tripel. On tap @ DBGB

Served in a tulip glass, it was a very inviting, slightly cloudy burnt honey orange with a frothing, creamy white head of about 1.5". Lacing was spectacularly thick and the head retention was superb. Looks delicious!

Fruity aroma, with sweet toffee in the background and apricot and banana in the foreground. Some brown sugar's in there as well.

Wow! What a consumate tripel we have here! So creamy and smooth, but we'll get to that soon... My immediate first thought was "bananas," others have pointed to apricots. Whatever that fruitiness is, it sort of wallowed around in my mouth -- both uplifting and bright, but also thick, creamy, and deep.The buttery, toffee/caramel/brown sugar trifecta seeps in next, giving the fruity esters a nuanced and playful and delicately toasted malt backbone.

It is really unlike anything I've ever had before -- liquid joy funneled into a tulip glass. Some might point to the fact that the hops are a bit lackluster. I disagree. Sometimes unbalance works, and the graceful asymmetry of this beverage would have it no other way. It finishes bready and a touch on the dry side, and the banana flavor lingers in the roof of my mouth.

Oh so creamy and smooth! I was very pleased, and swished it around in my mouth before every gulp.

For 8%, I barely tasted the alcohol. Sure it was there, lingering in the shadows, but the taste was just too sublime pass up on. Who's going to let a silly thing like alcohol get in the way of enjoying another glass of this beauty.

Up until now, Chimay Cinq Cents had all I ever wanted from a tripel. Today the jolly monk pictured on the St. Bernardus bottles blew my mind. Buy, consume, contemplate, be at peace. That is all.

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite tripels!

This beer pours great golden honey color with a foamy white head and fine bubbles. Aromas of banana, citrus and honey. The palate is medium bodied with nutty malty flavors with hints of dried apricots and the bubbles are almost champagne like. Definitely give this beer a try

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

Got this bottle out for a dinner party at our place, and was pleasantly surprised how smooth and delicious it was.

Pours an amber yellow, cloudy, with big, bubbly head that rushes out of the big bottle and settles in the chalice. Head dissipates quickly, with good lacing. Nose is floral, with some light fruitiness to it and subtle sugar.

This brew is overwhelmingly smooth, with a nice balance of fruitiness and yeast. There is a bit of sugar sweetness to it, which is perfect with the slightly sour wheat nature of the beer. Nice medium body, the best I've experienced in a tripel, and definitely a great beer to drink with great cheese.

I thoroughly enjoyed this guy, definitely a great tripel to check out.

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Photo of ryanonline
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

straight from the moment i pop the cap the head just comes rushing out. very cloudy light brown/yellow with a thick rocky quickly dissipating white head. nice gobs of lacing.

candy sugar right off the nose. clove or cinnamon as well as a nice wheat scent.

taste is the same but the spices and sugar blend much better and the slightly sour wheat flavor is even across the whole beer.

mouthfeel is very foamy and slightly oily, with a nice sweet finish and a warming sensation in the tummy.

really good beer but definitely a sipper.

I got this one in a four pack sampler of st. b's abt 12, triple, pater 6 and prior 8 with a chalice for 12 bucks. i was shocked there was a three pack of chimays with a chalice right next to it for 20 bucks, and personally i think that st. bernardus has better stuff. i love it.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes

Golden pour with a billowing three fingers of head and great lacing. The aroma is very fruity but it is not bright...tough to explain really. Perhaps if you left out a banana in the sun for 3 hours it might smell like this. Some crayon, yeast, and light spices as well. The flavor is full of yeast and banana peel. Not really as complex as I expected, but still quite tasty and easy to drink. The body is light and carbonation levels are very high but not really prickly. This one doesn't really standout for the style, but on its own it is a nice beer.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Twain's in Decatur, GA.

Pours a slightly hazy lemon-yellow color with a two-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet and biscuit-y malts with mild amounts of pear and milder amounts of banana. There's not a whole lot of spice going on here, just loads of malt.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Thick sweet malt flavors up front with a hint of breadiness. Midway through the sip solid amounts of fruit flavors enter into things - pears mostly but with hints of bruised banana. The fruit flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I was hoping for a bit more clarity in flavor and aroma. As it stands it's still a solid beer though a bit one-dimensional (which isn't a phrase often used in reference to St. Bernardus). Worth a shot.

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

This is a very good tripelbeer. Triple is one of my favourite beers and this was was rather new for me. I think i have drank this for many years but forgot all about it.

Poured in a Maredsous chalice the beer is nice goldenyellow with a very big head. After a while the head disappears leaving a few lacingrings behind. A very fresh smell comes out of the glass. I can smell the yeast which is used and also some fruits like citrus and orange.

Almost no carbonation in the glass but this doesn't has any effect on the beer.

For a tripel this is almost the best i have drank in my life. Only my houstripel (Westmalle) has been drank and loved more by me.

Now i will finish this wonderfull tripel

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

A side by side sampling with Westmalle Tripel. The St. Bernardus is poured into a wine glass from a 330 ml. bottle. Opening the bottle caused an immediate flow of foam which was contained yet didn't allow for much in the retention department. A surface cap is easily regenerated however from the golden pour.

Nose is full of slightly husky malt and bountiful spices. Very pleasant and welcoming of a full inhalation.

Light and clean in flavor, somewhat candied vs. the Westmalle offering. Otherwise brisk and fruity. An easy drinking Tripel with a nice texture on the feel and a good spice profile. Touch sweet in the end but not nearly as are many of the style. Good balance..

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Photo of Patrick999
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Saw a St. Bernie's Tripel single sitting around, realized I'd never had it, picked it up.

Into the Westmalle chalice it went. Cloudy sunflower, decent foam but not too much retention, settling to a thin cap.

Has a sweet saltwater taffy-like aroma along with some green raisin. Uncomplicated, but good.

Since I said it smelled like taffy, I'm not too surprised to find that it kinda tastes like taffy too. On the sweeter end of tripel, which sometimes annoys me with other examples, but it seems to work here. Sweet taffy, some powdery yeast, sprinkling of pepper. Bubblegum-like aftertaste. Again, uncomplicated, but it does drink well.

Those Belgians and their cloud-like tripels. This is just a shade below the true masters, but it's still airy, aspiring to be a float-on-clouds beer.

The alcohol is covered up by the taffy sweetness, making this drink seem very not-harsh. It also has a light, refreshing bent to it. Like many of the better tripels, it seems nowhere near as potent as it really is. Which in my mind correlates to a high drinkability score.

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Photo of JohnL9013
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an average head with a deep, cloudy, golden appearance, indeed, cloudier than I expected.

S: The smell is light, but fresh. Slight hop essense along with detectable fruit of some sort.

T: This is my first tripel and I can't believe how good this tastes. Firstly, the freshness is exceptional. Whatever bottle conditioning they're doing is working wonders. The taste is just very, very complex. It's not over the top, but it's just totally, totally balanced between fruit (berry) flavors, malt flavors, and hop flavors. I've never had a more flatline beer in my life where literally nothing pops out but there's so much going on. Very enjoyable.

M: Exceptional. Low carbonation, very smooth, very pleasant to taste.

D: Extremely drinkable but it is a high %age of alcohol, so please beware and don't try to drink more than one!

I'm new to this style, but I liked this a lot!

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Photo of cleverbeername
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

55* Bordeaux glass, bottle

a dark gold color, lots of chuncks, about of finger of white head.

S some malt and hop present, seems light.

T lighter indeed. flavor components are as expceted for a belgian triple, but there is no wow factor, its rather mild. i like more yeastiness and more umpf.

m nice acid, mid body, could be much fuller

D. good, not great. i expected more out it and felt a little let down. i cared for it less and less as it warmed and opened. i may retry later to give it another chance, something may have been off with the palate, possible spicy food early but there is no indication in my scribbles.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. Moderate head quickly fades into a hazy golden body leaving thin, soapy lacing on the glass. Lovely aroma consists mainly of some banana, apricot and sweet malts. Taste, upon warming, is malty sweet, slight clove, some mild citrus, mild hops, juicy and just plain delicious. One of the benchmarks by which all tripels should be measured. Insane masking of ABV, can't taste one bit of it. Awesome brew in every way, shape and form.

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

I am reviewing this beer after a lot of tries. This one I poured from a 330 ml bottle, well chilled into a red wine glass. As soon as I cracked open the bottle, the beer predictably raised its head instantaneously - the bubbles were at the brink of the bottle and then a gush followed. Of course I had the glass ready and did not waste even a drop.

I made a careful pour down the sides of the glass, and the beer settled with an inch of latte coloured froth on top. The body is a dark rust amber, densely hued. Little yeast sediments are scattered like dust particles randomly. The nose is a beautiful bouquet of grapes (something like a white wine, musky) and caramel toffee. You can smell the yeast clearly. I let the beer warm up in my hands to allow some bready notes to get introduced. All the while, the head has settled to a fine collar.

The taste is very fruity and caramel sweet upfront to be blunted by a dry bitterness, like that of an apricot kernel. The beer is quite boozy, that providing a comfortable warmth as it goes down like honey. As the beer swirls in the glass, I see the lacing last only for a second as the alcohol sweps it clean off the surface, except for faint peaks remaining from where the head settled initially. There is a lingering spiciness in the taste, like cloves and mace.

The beer is sharp on the tip, giving a feel of tartness. The warmth from the alocohol is worth savouring and accentuates the spicy notes in the aftertaste. This is not a very complex tasting beer, but has great depth. Before you know it, it will be gone. I have thoroughly enjoyed this Tripel, and I'm very keenly looking out for the Abt 12.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 3,200 ratings