St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium
sintbernardus.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,137
Reviews:
1,269
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
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253
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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 Brushkanna
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
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 +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
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 +4.3%
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 +4.3%
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:

VLAAMSVEST '08

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 +4.3%
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 +4.3%
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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Photo of ppoitras
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
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 +4.3%
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 +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

$10.99 / ea.

55°F

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 +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DavidST
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of goatgoat
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by: 4/3/11. 11.2 oz

Pours a hazy orange yellow. The bottle was at rest and decanted (at least 2oz left in bottle) but there is still a lot of clumping suspended yeast. A gentle pour produces a weak frothy white head. That doesn't stick around long, with a few strings of lace.

Aroma is very bready, due in part to the suspended yeast I'm sure. Bananas, a nice clove and spice with a bit of alcohol.

The taste has a lot going on. Coating syrup, orchard fruits, musty bread, heavy clove, a nice bitterness... and it goes on, far beyond my capability to specify.

Medium body, smooth feel and a dry finish.

A little disappointed in the appearance after all the great things I've heard about St. Bernardus. Still this is an excellent brew. Challenging to define, yet very pleasant in the moment.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this once before and decided to revist since it was close to a year ago. I enjoyed this from a 750 chilled in a tulip

The color is golden apricot with translucent clarity and 2 finger fluffy cap w/ compact beading and visible carbonation with good retention and lacing. The smell is light with floral esters and mild hops which are more herbal with light clove scent augmenting with some honeydew fruit and mild malt notes which are slightly nutty in the nose.

The taste is dry with some mild yeast accompaniment and both spice and light fruit essence are noticeable in the taste with a mild creaminess from the malt and semi-high carbonation leaves a mild mineral taste w/ mild herbal hops which are experienced as the ale finishes with dryness on the palate and low alcohol impact on the taste in general. Overall I was very pleased with this as it develops increasing in temperature the spice character and hops seem to emerge with a a very flavorful quality and well rounded taste in general with strength matching the feel. This is what I consider a total package beer-wonderful and a high value as well, highly recommended

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rickyleepotts
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Last night we went to a beer class at Total Wine & More in Scottsdale. The class was sold out, and they were pouring Belgian beers. I am talking GOOD Belgian beers. We did a few American beers, but all were Belgian style. We did a dubbel, a tripel, a sour, a wit… we covered it all. We even did a quad. We did the St. Bernardus Abt 12, which is one of the best beers in the world and uses the same recipe as the Westvleteren. I have actually tried the Abt 12 next to the Westvleteren, and the Abt 12 is a better beer. But it was fun drinking all these Belgian beers, and trying some styles that I hadn't had in a while. My favorite was the bonus beer, an IPA. They always do a prelude to the next beer class, and the next beer class is on styles. We did the Ballast Point Sculpin IPA. If you haven't had this, and like hops, get some. It's amazing!

Today we are doing another St. Bernardus beer. The tripel has been sitting in the fridge and is just begging to be consumed. I also didn't want to do a bomber as we are going out tonight to continue celebrating Arizona Beer Week. We are headed to Chandler for some Black Note. The keg that was to be at the strong beer festival is being tapped tonight, and we have to try it again. We had it last year at the Beer Sellar, and I think about it all the time! Sadly, the Beer Sellar has closed. Not sure what happened, but we shared many great pints in that bar.

Let's pop the bottle on the St. Bernardus Tripel.

In the Glass: Not sure why, but this beer has a MASSIVE head. That's not a bad thing, because I usually take a few minutes to begin drinking the beer. The beer is also a nice gold color in the glass. It looks clean, healthy, and delicious! I didn't realize, until last night's beer class, that a lot of the breweries in Belgium own the rights to yeast strains. So the yeast being used in this beer won't be found in any other beers.

Nose: At first, I had some citrus flavors but then the yeast really takes over. It smells like straw. Wet straw, really. I haven't had a lot of tripels, but this one is highly rated on BeerAdvocate. The bros give it a 97… which is pretty high. But this is a brewery that makes good beers on a consistent basis. I am sure the flavor will top the aroma on this one.

Flavor: This is a little too cold, but the beer still produces some very nice flavors. At first, the bubbles attack the palate but they mellow out toward the back of the tongue. Then, as you swallow, sweetness kicks in and the finish is long, satisfying, and drying. I really like how Belgian beers just taste better overall compared to American beers. The mouthfeel is thicker, the flavor is more pronounced, and the aftertaste usually lasts longer and is full of flavor. This is no exception.

Mouthfeel: At first, there are a ton of bubbles on the front of the tongue. Those quickly leave the mouthfeel leaving a very full bodied and balanced finish. The swallow is where the majority of the flavor comes from, and every time I swallow the flavor is as powerful as it was when I first swallowed the beer. (I just burped, but it wasn't beer… it was lunch. Moving on!) This is a smaller bottle, not quite 12 ounces. I don't have much left, so I am going to leave what is left and see what the room does to it. I am sure this will open up as it sits there.

Aftertaste: Sweetness creeps in toward the finish, and it hangs on for a few minutes. Then dryness, the more you swallow, really takes over. I like this beer by itself, but I am sure this would pair well with food. Not sure what foods, but this is definitely a food beer. I bet this would taste amazing at the brewery in Belgium. Beers usually taste better served in their glassware in the country it was brewed! Guess we need to go back to Belgium.

This is another great example from St. Bernardus, and beers like this will leave me ordering a triel the next time we go out. (Speaking of that, I had a dry hopped tripel last night. It was from New Belgium and was served on cask. It was at Flanny's, a bar that I hate. Last night we had an equally horrible experience as we did the first time we went. Good thing the beer was delicious! I also had a smoked IPA on cask. Yummy!)

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Photo of Stinger80OH
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dpodratsky3
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into tulip glass

A: Hazy, golden/light-orange, head recedes quickly to just barely covering around the edges

S: Pretty typical tripel aroma, phenolic with a noticeable sting of alcohol, hints of white fruit as well give it a slightly tart edge, very pleasant

T: Wow, take every aspect from the aroma, starts with some slight alcohol burn and phenolic flavors, but the alcohol doesn't have the edge that I thought it would, instead of lingering and burning, it transitions to a slight sweetness thats a combination of apple and very very light caramel malt, perfect combination and so smooth for a strong, yeasty beer

M: Not dry, carbonation stings, body is medium but the carbonation brings it down and allows you to drink it like a lighter beer

O: This beer looks good, smells better, and tastes amazing. The further you go into experiencing this beer the better it gets. One of the best examples of the style and so easily available.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A two finger billowy head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a hazy pale yellow orange color with some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, spicy, powdery yeast, esters, apples, pears, pilsner, and pale malts. Some warm alcohol in there too.

Taste: You take everything above and blend it into one delicious sip. So tasty and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, deceiving warm alcohol, a little chewy, a little dry, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: It's been sometime, but still an original and favorite of mine. I'll see you again in the future.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very clear, golden appearance. Towering white foam - three fingers thick, holds amazingly well. The carbonation is very bubbly throughout. Looks delicious. Bready, yeasty, banana notes in the aroma, lightly spicy.

Rich doughy malt flavors with nice fruitiness. Light citrus/lemony character with subtle, sweet alcohols. Almost candy sweet, but not overly so. Everything is in perfect balance. Finish has a mild bitterness which rounds things out nicely. The mouthfeel is very silky smooth, with soft, but foamy carbonation.

This Tripel has excellent complexity and balance, and is incredibly drinkable. One of the best of its class. Highly Recommended...

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Photo of r0nyn
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my DFH snifter.

Pours a hazy, orangeish yellow with a big fat white head that recedes slowly. Leaves quite a bit of sticky lacing that coats the inside of the glass. Bits of yeast gunk can be seen floating around, as well as some bubbly carbonation rising up to the top. Smell is full of yeast and fruity esters, with quite a bit of citrus rind and phenols. Some tartness, but not quite sour. After a few deep sniffs, the alcohol can just barely be detected along with some faint bubblegum sweetness.

Yeasty malts greet the palate to start and permeate the entire sip. Notes of banana, cloves and citrus fruits follow, providing a unique contrast to the initial maltiness. There's the bubblegum snap from the nose, followed by a definite breadiness that lingers into the aftertaste. Bitterness is extremely subdued and the hops are almost non-extant. Alcohol is masked very well, though it does peek through as the brew warms. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with minimal carbonation and a chewy texture from the yeast and breadiness. Finish is suitably dry, leaving you wanting more of it.

Drinkability is amazing with this brew. The breadiness coupled with the sweet fruit flavorings and pleasantly chewy mouthfeel make this tripel incredibly easy to quaff. It tastes almost like a slightly boozier version of a hefeweizen, which is one of my all-time favorite styles of beer. St Bernardus really has a dandy of a drink in this. It has done what I thought impossible and knocked off the venerable La Fin du Monde as my favorite tripel. Cheers to those merry monks who really know how to brew!

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Photo of mattfancett
4.4/5  rDev +4%

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,137 ratings.
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