St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel
3,171 Ratings
St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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Photo of scott451
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A slightly cloudy greyish light amber with a one finger off white head. The head diminishes to a thin layer. Moderate lacing.

Fruity malts, phenols in the smell. A big flavour burst in the taste. Well hidden sweetness. Spicy fruit esters. Complex and changing as it warms. A slightly dry bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is of a fairly light body with good carbonation. It went down pretty easy. ABV is well hidden. I could well go for another. A solid triple.

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

Bottle. Dark gold with a very slight haze. Aroma has notes of malt, wheat, yeast and dried fruits. Very smooth, creamy and somewhat foamy palate. Flavor has soapy citrus, peppery spices, some orange peel, coriander and floral notes. . Soft body. The alcohol makes a statement early, but the brew turns sweet, almost cloying, before spice and peachy fruit finish

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

I first had this a few weeks ago at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown. I let it warm to around 45º F and served it in my Westvleteren chalice.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden with a foamy, creamy, white head that thins to a quarter-inch layer, that fades to a persistent film.

Smell: The nose is fruity with notes of banana, yeast and a spicy graininess.

Taste: Fruity banana upfront, with a nuttiness in the center. The finish is grainy and citric with spicy alcohol and a very light bitterness,

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, creamy, light to medium-bodied.

Drinkability: The flavors are good but strong, as is the alcohol.

Overall: This is a delicious Tripel. The sweet fruitiness is moderated well by the alcoholic spice and light bitterness.

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

12oz brown bottle from A-1 To-Go in Gardiner. Somewhat murky red-orange body with a good inch and a half oh head that sticks around for a while and leaves a fair bit of lacing as it dissipates. Smells fruity, like apples and raisins, with nut and spice notes. Tastes fruity (citrus, apple) with bits of nut and spice. No real alcohol noticed. Lighter bodied than expected, making this a real drinkable beer for the style. Wow, this beer is great.

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

Rusty brown/orange in color, very hazy with minimal head. Lots of large bubbles cling to the sides of the glass, but give up quickly. Aroma is wonderful in its fruitiness. Maybe my nose is way off, but every time I bring the glass up to take a sip, a thought pops into my mind: "apple juice". There is some fruity sourness in the aroma. Taste shifts into tropica fruits range. Sweet bite on the tongue and alcohol warmness make it such a nice sipping beer. Very drinkable.

Abt 12 got a perfect 5 from my first review. This beer even though it's not a 5 is very much up there too. St. Bernardus has a very firm place on my beer map.

In the interests of full disclosure, I'll add that this review is of 11.2 oz bottle that is stamped in all languages except English - recommended consumption before the end of 2004. A fresh 750 ml bottle may turn out even better (however, I don't think this little angel lost something in the few years it was lying around).

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

33cl bottle poured into a Bokbier glass. Freshness date: 04/05/07

Appearance: hazy golden with a two finger head of white froth. Some sediment floating around as I poured it all in.

Aroma: really sweet, some orange peel zest and a lil bit of pepper in the nose.

Taste: goes down with flavors similar to the aroma. The belgian candi sugar makes this a very sweet tasting beer, sometimes that brings a warm flavor, but here the alcohol is still disguised well.

Mouthfeel: moderate amount of carbonation, medium bodied, slightly cloying.

Drinkability: I like the fact that this tripel is on the lower end of the ABV scale for this style., as with all of the St. Bernardus brews I've tried it is top notch.

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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 reebtaerG
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into St Bernardus glass to consume by 10/28/16

A-Pours hazy golden with a 1 1/2 white head. Great lacing.

S-Aroma is fruity with citrus some grass, typical belgian yeast spice notes, sweet malt.

T-Taste is sweet malt with a light bitterness and spices, finish is dry and crisp.

M-Mouthfeel is well balanced being smooth at the beginning and slight bitter at the end, nice oily with a lively carbonation.

O-Overall a great tripel, hides the ABV well, a must try.

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

From a bottle at Aufsturtz in Berlin, Germany into a St. Bernardus wine-glass style beer chalice.

The first bottle I got was a dud. No carbonation, no flavor. I sent it back, and they brought me a new one - no charge.

I had a lot of fun pouring this one. Like a good Duvel pour, a gentle and slow pour creates a thick, dense white head. The color is golden with a slight bit of green tint. The lights were dark, but I'm sure that would stand during the day.

Delicious smell! A bit of tart green apple, clove, and sugar cane notes without being one bit sweet. With the thick carbonation, this beer is easy to smell. And quite enjoyable, as well.

Taste is good - not quite up to par with the smell. Slightly sweeter than the nose would let on, but the flavors follow the smells, just in different proportions. Still wonderful to drink.

Mouthfeel is quite good - well balanced and enough tiny little bubbles to remind you this is a spectacular beer.

I had two over the course of 3 hours. I didn't feel the alcohol - but was staying well hydrated and had a nice dinner of Wiener Schnitzel with Roasted potatoes during the first glass. A repeat offender for me.

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

From the 33cl capped bottle.

Pours a hazy, deep golden hue. An inch thick frothy head that leaves sheeting lace. Smell is fruity and lightly spicy (Clove and vanilla). Hints of oak.

Taste is fruity and caramel malt. Really rich maltiness for a tripel and that oak is there again. Notes of sherry and candy sugar too. There is prominent alcohol n the mouth that helps to dry out the finish. Creamy and smooth, surprisingly drinkable and tasty.

They do nothing wrong. I am slavishly devoted to drinking St. Bernardus beer.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Brushkanna
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: perfectly opaque orangey color, with a fine, white head atop.

Aroma: full of soft spices, orange peel, lemon rind, spicy, citrusy, yeasty, full, magnificent.

Taste: excellent entry on the tongue & palate, beautiful, yeasty, rich and fruity.
Soft, yet earthy, hoppy, full-bodies, and delicious.
An excellent tripel, for the sugary aspect was much more subdued than other offerings which misinterpreted, perhaps, the portions of the sweetness in the style.

Seemed nothing more, or less, than perfect, without being mindblowing.
Very, very worthwhile brew.

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Photo of vinivini
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App- Thick cloudy orange body, white snowy two-finger head.

Nose- Pear, a little citrus, wonderful spicy yeast, sourdough

Taste- Delicious flavor, bold yeast, sweet belgian candy, citrus fruits, fresh bread.

MF- Full and frothy, very wonderful, coats the mouth, liquid bread

Good beer, really wish the last two SB's I reviewed were this good.

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

St. Bernardus Tripel is a delicious tripel with fruity characteristics over a yeasty Belgian malty base. Yum!

A: Cloudy orange colour and a big 15 mm head that lasts pretty well and leaves excellent lacing. 5

S: Malty with strong aromas of Belgian yeast.Some clove aroma too. 4

T: Malty with an almost sour yeasty character. There are subtle hints of apple and pear along with some dried fruit flavours toward the finish. 4.5

M: So foamy. 4.5

O: 4.5

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

How have I not reviewed this yet... a classic tripel, and enjoyed on:


At Cambrinus in Brugge. Served in a branded St. Bernardus goblet. Best before 26/11/10. Cloudy amber, white head. Banana explosion in the nose. Smoke, candy sugar. Pale malt. Fluffy palate, sweet, moderate leesy bitterness. Burnt banana bread, mmmm. Finishes on candy sugared pale malt. Warming finish, alcohol present, nutty. Really, really good stuff.

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

Cell phone notes, but still notes on this beer.

The head on this beer has perfect head and retention. It just rapes the glass.

Smell is of banana phenol, coriander, and some orange peel and cloves.

The taste is nicely balanced. The biproducts of the yeast provide a banana fruitiness to the beer. Notes of coriander and orange peel add to the complexity. This beer finishes dry.

Nice dry mouthfeel that is appropriately carbonated.

A damn fine tripel. One of the best tripels that I've had.

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

750ml corked and caged bottle obtained via trade with ManekiNeko. Thanks for the opportunity...

Once uncaged, the cork came loose with nary a pull. Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed 2" of dense, creamy, slightly off-white head over the light golden-honey hued brew. Head shows great staying power, and lacing is amazingly hearty and plentiful. Aroma is a bit spicy, in that expected Belgian way, with yeasty, slightly malty undercurrents. Taste is upfront delicately fruity, following with hearty malt character, and only the slightest hint of the alcohol we know all tripels have. Mouthfeel and drinkabilty are both excellent. A must find for the Belgian aficianados.

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

Smooth and simple tripel. Really clean, uncomplicated finish. Sparkles; great color.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

$10.99 / ea.


S: Banana, clove, and just the slightest spearmint. The sweet smell of cane sugar is mesmerizing. This, to me, is what a Tripel should smell like.

A: Deep straw to honey body with a very small head that gives way to a sparse cover and no lacing. The bottle has significant settling (not a concern).

T: Clove dominates with a sweet banana and plum flavor that is pleasant, not cloying. Alcohol is only barely detectable if held in the back of the mouth before swallowing. Delicious.

M: Medium to heavy body with low carbonation. Very smooth but somewhat bubbly (confusing considering what I see as low carbonation). Just a tiny bite on the tongue from initial carbonation.

D: While sweet, this brew remains very balanced and easy drinking. The 8.0 abv. may give some people pause, but I would not count myself among them.

O: Very solid beer, and worthy of the St. Bernardus name. This beer is a treat and an excellent benchmark to compare others against.

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Photo of BWood
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DavidST
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – A beautiful semi-translucent golden color; more clear than opaque. A very thick head that lasts a long time. Amazing lacing.

Smell – A very nice sweet scent with malt, a wonderful yeast, and a hint of clove and citrus.

Taste – Sweet, malty, light clove taste and a taste of crackers.

Mouthfeel – Medium body with perfect carbonation. No alcohol noticed.

Drinkability – This one goes down as easy as any tripel I’ve ever had. Amazing.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 3,171 ratings
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