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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, bright, orangey-gold color with a decent size head of white foam.

Aromas begin with a sugary sweet maltiness with hints of spicy hops, fruit-flavored bubblegum yeastiness, some slight booze and more honey candy.

The tastes begin with sweet pale maltiness with a bit of breadiness. Large dose of honey candy with a some lemony/citrus fruitiness and a drop of vanilla extract. As it warms you get more of the spicy, flowery hops that impart a medium-low bitterness. You can also detect a splash of bubblegum from the yeast with some light accompanying alcohol heat and peppery yeast.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with medium-high, slightly prickly carbonation. Finish is niether dry or sweet or anything really. A bit peppery if I had to choose one thing.

Overall this is a very good tripel from one of the staple Belgian brewers in the world. Not my favorite style but pretty much what I would want from a Tripel if I was ever in the mood to drink one. Not to the quality of Westmalle but close. Recommended for fans of the style, good place to start your craft beer exploration if it is just beginning.

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Photo of Zimbo
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

More hazy golden to look at than Westmalle Tripel, this beer keeps a constant thinnish head. There's a firm zesty honey quality on the nose as it begins spritzy and ends with a zing. Though solid and reliable this just doesn't fully deliver the complexity and development I would expect from a top tripel. Good but not great.

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Photo of phisig137
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged bottle pops violently, and pours a hazy 24 karat gold color and a three finger head. Great retention slowly gives way to leave behind abundant lacing.

Aroma is spicy and dry, accented by the yeast. Very aromatic spicy yeast gives most of the aroma here, and backed by a hint of wheat aromas.

Flavor again is mostly dominated by thwe spicy yeast profile. Fresh baked bread, lightly toasted nutty malt, and a touch of alcohol are also present. Well rounded and balanced. Mouthfeel is full, but lifted by the light carbonation. Drinkability is quite good.

Another fantastic beer from the Brouwerij St. Bernardus. I have yet to be disappointed by them... everything they make is great.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a St Bernardus goblet.

A- pours a cloudy golden color with a 2" white head. Some blotching remains in the glass.

S- lemon, yeast, dough, spices

T- citrus flavors followed by bready yeast and slight metallic taste.

M- medium body and high carbonation makes it a bit hard to drink.

O- good tripel, lower carbonation would ,ake this easier to drink and more enjoyable.

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Photo of stcules
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange color, with a lot of floating things. White foam, still quite beautiful.
In the smell bread crust, yeast, dry flowers, white flowers, notes of white grapes.
Fresh, pleasant, full. Hay and camomile, touch of pear.
Again yeast and bread crust in the taste, light notes of almond, flowers, whitefruitiness.
Bodied and full, good personality, but still easy to drink, not heavy.
Average body, well hidden alcohol, malty aftertaste, then fruity.

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Photo of hero27
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle.
10/24/08 - best before date

Hazy yellow, modest head. Belgian yeast, spices, coriander, pale malts, slightly fruity..plenty of carbonation, and rather lively on the tastebuds. This is certainly an easy drinker, and I had a couple around the campfire the other night. You almost have to force yourself not to drink this one too fast to enjoy the subtleties of it. Has no perceivable alcohol bite despite the impressive 8% abv. This is just a classic Belgian tripel from a stellar brewery.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a bruised-apricot color with lots of dim, gold highlights - completely opaque and cloudy. Little, tiny buts of sediment hang suspended in the beer as if they were sitting in glycerin. Volatile as all hell, the head far outsizes the actual amount of beer in the glass as it towers over the top of the glass; off-white, foamy, and frothy as can be.

I bring this one to my nose and pick up much of what I expected from any decent tripel - lots of fruity, mildly earthy esters, faint banana, lemon and citrus zest, orange peel, spices, clove, and a raw Belgian yeast aroma, highly akin to bubblegum. As far as the aroma goes, this is definitely one of the more balanced tripels I've had. No smell is competing with another too much, and all of them collide at once to form a nice, meshed aroma. Alcohol provide a bit of a warmth, but nothing hot or troublesome.

The taste hits first with a nice collection of mellow fruits - some plums, mangoes, grape skins, light banana. The fruit comes with a nice sweetness that simply feels more mellow and laid back, rather than abrasive and in your face. A light dusting of sugar seems to cover everything. Some spices adhere well to the fruits, mainly clove and a bit of orange peel, followed by a nice mix of bread, butter, and gum - that Belgian yeast sure does wonders. Hop character is subdued but slightly leafy and herbal when it shows itself.

At first, I was getting a slightly undesirable aftertaste - something along the lines of cardboard, or wet, moldy wood. Left a bad taste in my mouth long after the beer was gone. As it started to warm, the fruit and malt sweetness got a bit stronger and this weird aftertaste vanished (or at least masked), so luckily I was able to enjoy the second half of my beer. Not sure what that was all about, but it least it only lasted for half the beer. Alcohol phenol flavors came out a little but upon warming, but didn't harm the beer in any way. Medium bodied with a light mouth feel thanks to aggressive carbonation.

Pretty good tripel, and it would be a great tripel if it wasn't for that strange moldy flavor I was getting at first. Good think it eventually recessed and went away. The second half was wonderful - if only the entire timeline went that way. Overall, still very good.

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Photo of Jason
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl slender brown bottle with a “consume before end of 2004” freshness date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Hazy pale amber, darker than a lot of tripels I have had and the lace is just ok as it leave only a ring.

Smell: Faint whiff of alcohol, fruit and solvent but mostly toned down. Touch of tropical fruit as well in the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Nicely layered and infused carbonation, fluffy moderate body that goes creamy underneath the crispness. Solid dry malt character, phenols are present with waves of herbal flavour and the sweet and spicy alcohol delivers some fruitiness to the taste buds. Chalky yeast. Undertone of hops show a tired bitterness but all of the other flavours pick up the slack to keep things in balance.

Drinkability & Notes: Hmm … not exactly what I expected or even what I see a tripel as but there is no doubt this is a good beer. Nothing earth shattering, just good.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is Really good looking. A huge amount of carbonation leaves a giant head with great lacing and millions of bubbles in a clear golden color liquid. The smell is a disappointment with only a slight aroma of candy sugar. The taste isn't as sweet as other tripels,but there is a definite candy sugar taste along with flora, coriander, and malt. This is very good and subdued for the amount of alcohol in it. The m/f is light and very well mixed. A classic beer that should not be missed.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 Ounce brown bottle poured into a goblet

Appearance: Hazy slightly darker yellow color with a medium amount of head leaving some slight lacing

Smell: It has a granola/sweet oat with a slight fruity (banana) flavor

Taste: Fruity malty flavor with only a slight alcoholic taste in the background. Pretty sweet but not a normal strong sweetness, it is a nice fruity sweetness.

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Photo of surfer4life
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from an 11.2oz bottle.

A - Pours a hazy and dark yellow with a gignormous head! Decent lacing.

S - Bready malts, and cherries, raisins and apricots. Some cloves but the fruit is strongest in the nose.

T - Nice, a strong alchol taste, with some real good hop taste to balance the malt. Getting a lot of grapes and caramel. Very tasty.

M - Highly carbonated with a light body. Nice alcohol warming.

D - Good drinkability as with most, I want this on tap!

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Photo of blitz134
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light golden yellow body with floaties. Voluptuous pure white head, slowly reduced to a lumpy pillow.

Light aroma filled with some cotton candy sweetness. Some yeasty, breadlike body as well to the nose. Taste has quite a kick to it. Very crisp carbonation and a good kick of spices. Finishes with some bread and yeast which was picked up in the aroma. Overall a good tasting brew. Tripels aren't usually my first choice, but I can appreciate this for what it is.

Medium mouthfeel at best. Only coats the mouth slightly. A pretty refreshing brew. Cutting down on the sharpness would help.

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Photo of DarrellK
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 33ml bottle with use by date of 2004, a little less arty that many Belgian brews.

Appearance - Blonde color with a tight full head that generates a nice lace.

Smell - The least attractive aspect of the brew. The brew had only a moderate aroma but there was a soapy overtone to the bottle I had, the glass was washed without soap.

Taste - Pretty much as described in the previous reviews, but the various components were fairly subtle for the style.

Mouthfeel - As long as you drank through the head, the result was a great mouth, almost a chiffon pie texture. If the head went down and you sipped the beer the mouth was dramatically reduced.

Drinkability - Not many would recommend a 7.5% brew as a session beer, but this tripel did not overwhelm you with the alcohol so you might have another. It is a quality Belgian beer that is probably just a shade lower than the top brews.

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Photo of nataku00
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
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 WeisGuy
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle

a - dark amber color with a lot of sediment; huge foamy head that leaves a nice lace behind

s - ripe fruit aroma, maybe apple or pear, getting some alcohol

t - sweet, fruity, dry aftertaste

m - heavy in the mouth, ample carbonation

d - I agree with others that this is a bit sweet for me to have more than one at one sitting, not that I wouldn't want to, but I'd rather move on to something else

Very good tripel, but not my favorite. Definitely worth sampling once on a while.

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Photo of salvadorwill
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

St. Bernardus Tripel

Condition: Just took this out of the fridge (at 48 F) and it pours a straw colored golden blonde with a medium head that turns a little thin within a minute. Head is made of large bubbles, and the beer itself if seems to have a fair amount of carbonation just by looking at it. It is light enough in color that you could almost read a newspaper through it, though not quite.
Aroma: Banana and clove like esters are readily apparent, and perhaps a light hint of honey. The smell of alcohol, and a bit of a soft cheese scent is also detectable.
Taste: By the time I take my first drink it has warmed to about 54F. A slightly sour and slightly astringent mix is first on the palate, followed by the sweetness of the malt. The yeasty, banana esters are also present. Overall the different flavors are subtle enough to not overwhelm each other, yet strong enough to remain interesting, if not complex. Finishes mostly clean on the palate, though with a slight lactose feel.
Mouth feel: A little creamier than I expected, and I see this as a good thing. The body is there to handle the carbonation and the light acidity.
Value: Given that this little (11.2 oz) bottle cost about $6.50, I would say that value is a deduction here. I feel pretty confident that I could get a six pack of a Belgian blonde triple that is about as good for around $12, or about $2 for an equivalent sized bottle. It is a very good beer, and Belgian tripels are not widely made, so overall value is about fair, but perhaps a little overpriced.

Overall 7.45

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Photo of iSip
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

St. Bernardus Triple, 25oz bomber: I love Belgian style beers, and was very excited to try this highly rated Triple. Pouring this beer into a glass creates a huge head, if you are not careful the head will fill the glass in an instant and it will not settle for a long while. The head really is the outstanding feature of this Triple. The body has a peachy color to it, and is translucent with visible sediment floating about. The aroma is there, with hints of champagne and apricots. I was hoping for more of the Belgian yeast and bready aromas to come through, but they were not to be had. OK, on to the flavors. The St. Bernardus Triple stays light on the tongue, with subtle fruit flavors and an undercurrent of, well, beer taste. Hmmm. I guess that is good that a beer tastes like beer, but the fun of Belgian style ales is that they are distinctively so unlike “beer”. Do not get me wrong, this was a wonderful Triple, but I was hoping for a religious experience, and it did not materialize.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into wine glass

Appearance – The beer poured a hazy orange amber color with a one finger, rather fizzy white head. The head fades relatively fast giving a decent level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was lighter then I would have expected with it being mainly of a candied sugar and light fruit aroma of peach and apple. Mixed with these sweeter smells were some notes of a bready and wheaty nature as well, giving it a rather traditional triple, but light traditional, triple aroma.

Taste – The taste starts out with a lighter fruit and bready flavor. Flavors of pear and peach mixed with a lighter orange flavor create the fruit flavor base while the bready flavor has some light notes of a wheat bread flavor. As the flavor advances, the yeast starts to make its presence known. This mixed with a light candied flavor as well as a newly arriving clove spice and boozy flavor. The boozy flavor gets stronger as the taste advances further and at the end the mix of sweet, boozy and bready flavors leaves a satisfying and warming flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – For an 8% abv. triple the body of the beer is just above average in its creaminess and chewiness with a carbonation level that is very appropriate for the style at a medium to slightly above medium level, Both are nice for accentuating the fruity, sweet and boozy flavors of the brew.

Overall – A rather delicious triple. It had a little more boozy flavors then would have been expected for its 8% abv. strength, and its nose was a little weak, but overall it had great flavors, a nice look and a wonderful feel.

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Photo of sfprint
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, lots of small bits of sediment, relatively dark orangy yellow brown. Not much of a head but it has a spacy quality. Moderate but difficult to see rising carbonation.
S: Slightly over ripe pineapple, mild sugary/plasticy quality that i don't find offensive. Dense, a hair sweet and yeasty, nice.
T: Very special taste. Unique. Almost a sherbert like, though less sweet, fresh, the yeast sits in an unusual place, in the middle, somewhat heavy. elusive bitterness. Quite good.
M: Medium body, hair of tartness. barely astringent.
O: A nice tripel, but on the heavy side.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky orange colour, finger of head with decent retention and no real lacing.

S - Super fruity with cloves, bananas and a touch of orange rind.

T - Classic tripel, quite sweet with the cloves and spices dominating, followed by some bananas and green leafy hops. The bitterness lingers alongside a musty caramel flavour.

M - Full bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes quite dry, leaving you puckering your lips and with your cheeks stuck to your teeth.

O - Tasty tripel and surprisingly hoppy on the finish. A treat indeed and a quality example of the style. High ABV is incredibly well hidden, making it dangerously drinkable. I have yet to be disappointed by anything St. Bernardus produces.

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Photo of Adamah_Adonai
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Light flowery aroma with some lighter straw and fruit aromas.

Pours a clear golden color with lots of head.

The taste is mostly sweet but has a light bitter bite on the end.

Very light bodied and effervescent.

This was quite pleasant not too sweet like so many tripels, the dryness in the finish i was also fond of.

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Photo of kwjd
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Once the cork was popped, there was a huge gush. I had to do a mad rush to try and save as much as possible. Once poured, it was a light cloudy orange colour with huge white head and a little bit of lacing. Smells of sweet bubblegum and Belgian yeast with some spices. Flavour is much of the same, little bit of bitterness too, but quite sweet. Carbonation is a bit over-the-top, as evidenced by the gushing.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : Fauve-abricot, limpide, mousse de bulles moyennes, abondante et assez tenace, très saturée .
Smell : Arôme bien malté, nez de levure, alcoolisé, très agréable.
Taste and mouthfeel : Goût évolutif, picotant, fruité. Amère, ronde, corps correct. Arrière goût amer assez sec.
Drinkability : Bonne bière d'abbaye de style triple

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Photo of SmashPants
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: standard brown bottle, pretty ordinary Belgian label. They just can't seem to do decent labels.

Appearance: straw yellow in colour with a one-finger head that hangs about for a short time. Settles to almost nil with sporadic lacing.

Aroma: an intense aroma of Belgian yeasts, honey, citrus and biscuit malts. Pretty good.

Taste: plenty of spices with a touch of those citrus and biscuits. Definite Belgian yeast up front however.

Aftertaste: lingers well, with a gritty bitterness that sits well in the mouth.

Mouth feel: quite smooth, particularly as the beer continues to warm. Medium in body.

Overall: a pretty impressive but ultimately far too expensive Belgian Tripel. I do prefer the Tripels from The Little Brewing Co (Mad Abbot) or St Feuillien, both of which come in at a minimum of $20 cheaper than the case price of over AU$125 (2013).

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Photo of gustogasmic
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, rich gold with intensely swirly carbonation, leading to a weightless 3" white head. Very nice lacing- even and in small clumps.

I have to pull hard to get much odor- it's a distinctly yeasty banana-bread.

the taste is wonderful and subdued- a balanced light banana, candy sugar, and light wheat bread.

mouthfeel is sublime. The carbonation folds out beautifully, and leaves a nice tingle on the tongue and a dryness, despite the creamy feel of the initial sip.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,093 ratings.
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