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St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
94
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1,259 Reviews
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
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1,259
Ratings:
3,093
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
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Photo of Trueant1
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow stream into the glass. Once in the glass it looks dirty orange. Leave a huge white billowing head. Lots of lacing.
This beer poured into a glass at a pub would be a big conversation starter due to the cloudiness/dirty look. Loved it. Some sediment at the bottom of my glass.

Smells of Belgian beers. Yiest and sugars are blegian. Some apricont and pineapple in there as well as corriander.

Tastes of classic belgian style. Could not hit the belgian style any better. Lots of sugars up front alongside the yeist flavors. Hints of apricot and lemon in the flavors. Lots of bitterness in the mid pallate. Alcoholic aftertataste.

A very complex brew that is a bit dry and bitter in the mouthfeel.
Not my favorite style but this beer is exceptional.

A true treat.

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Photo of Philousa
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed on tap at Smoke Eaters 8/22/12.

Cloudy gold with white, dense head that dwindles to a thin layer and laces well. Light barley with citrus zest and lots of spices on top: allspice and coriander come to mind. Malt backbone is solid yet light. Trending towards wheat slightly, the Belgian pilsner shines through the big lemon tang flavor. Very dry, the finish also brings the spices mentioned above. Balanced feel somehow pulls off being creamy and then effervescent in the same sip.

Light and refreshing, all the flavors shine without stepping on each other's toes. The spice of the yeast is showcased especially well, reminding me of what most Wits should scale back to. I'm especially impressed with how they've handled the Belgian malt, as it's a delicate animal that tends to leave a bad taste in my mouth of not used properly. This is definitely one of the best Tripels out there.

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Photo of jenbys2001
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Oh St. Bernardus, how I love you so. It's hard to go wrong with this brewery and this Tripel does not disappoint. It has a dark heavy appearance in the glass with an initially foamy head. The scent is quite sweet, you can really capture the strong sugar presence. The taste is exquisite- beginning with a malty, yeasty fruit character and finishing with buttery toffee notes. Extremely complicated beer that makes you want to savor every single sip. Perfect balance between sweetness and bitterness. As I've said with other St. Bernardus beers, the 8% ABV is well hidden under the delicious textures of the beer. Phenomenal, unforgettable beer.

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Photo of yankeeheel
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with lots of yeasties clouding up the program. Hugewhite head rises to the top of the tulip glass and then receds to leave a nice 1/4 inch layer of snow white foam. Smells so strongly of yeast I swear it's bread.

The taste is somewhat akin to perfection in a tripel. Lots of sweet malty spice with a really thick chewy mouthfeel and body. Bannana, clove, pepper and lemon. This one has it all. Slight warming of alcohol as it goes down easy.

Maybe it tastes that much better after watching UNC beat Uconn in hoops, but this is just an awesome beer. Trust the monk.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle. Cloudy golden yellow with a tall white head that was fed by a constant stream of bubbles. Nice creamy thick lacing. Rich sweet fruits aroma with some pears and a nice amount of spice as well. Notes of yeast and doughy malts came out as well. Starts off with a smooth sweet fruit medley of pears and some others I couldn’t quite pick out. A good mix of spices, yeast and bread came though to balance the sweetness and add great depth to this. Finishes up dry and spicy with hints of fruit. Fantastic taste with plenty going on. Good thickness to the body with plenty of carbonation, perhaps a tad too much at times. Greatly drinkable stuff as well. Easily one of the best Tripels I have ever had.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this Tripel from a bottle into a goblet. Pours a cloudy orangish color, produces a white creamy head and has some of the thickest lacing I have ever seen. The aroma smelled of orange and apricots. Very nice. Medium in body, this Tripel was very smooth, highest marks for mouthfeel. A base of toasted malt, strong citrus flavor...lemon and orange, hints of ripe apricots and then moves to a sweet caramel almost candy sugar flavor. This Tripel is amazing...best I have ever had, so many flavors shine through...it was fun to analyze. Semi dry finish.. Can't wait to try again.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Inch tall head that settled into about a 1/4 inch covering that lasted throughout. Nice lacing. Very nice looking glass of beer. Golden, honey colored. Very tiny, compact carbonation.

Smelled of yeast, fruits, alcohol. Very well balanced. No particular aroma stood out, but all worked together.

Delicious, well balanced. Some fruit, some yeast, some hops, some malt, all working together. A very balanced beer on a par with Westmalle Tripel.

I noticed a lot of carbonation that made my tongue tingle a bit, otherwise I'd give it a 5 on mouthfeel. Warmed the palate after it went down. Slight bitter and alcoholic aftertaste that warmed and then left the palate quickly.

Very drinkable, but tasted strong with the alcohol not as well hidden as the Westmalle. But an excellent, delicious beer. And my wife says I look like the monk on the label!

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Photo of kjc51478
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice opaque golden orange color with one finger of dense off-white head. Aroma is citrus, rose water/floral, and spice. Taste is also citrusy, sweet, with a hint of cinnamon. There is also a very mild bitterness towards the end that merges into a lightly bitter finishing. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth. Very nice Tripel.

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Huge Head almost four fingers at first. Amber golden color. Consistent lacing.

S: Rich and deep. Malt and hops come through. Citrusy notes.

T: The alcohol really comes through. I was a little disappointed by the taste. At $6 a bottle, I was expecting something more. It starts off very smooth and sweet and ends bitter. Don't get me wrong, it's worth tasting. I was just hoping for something more from a beer rated so highly.

M: Goes down smooth. You can barely taste the carbonation. Aftertaste hangs on the back of the tongue.

O: Great beer? Yes. World class beer? Ehhh maybe. I can tell a lot of work went into making this beer. I really enjoyed everything about this beer other than the aftertaste.

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Photo of ChadQuest
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mybe it just looks better in the St Bernardus glass, there is an 1/2 inch cap that wont leave, not that i want it too.
The aroma is strong in the spice and yeast department, it's strong and wafting out for feet. I cant help but give the taste a 5, there is so much juicy citrus packed into each sip, with a tangy yeast light tartness, over all the crisp fruits like pear and apple and esters. this is greatness. This is so approachable and the light dryness just begs you to to set the glass down.

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just outstanding. Do I need to go on?
A: Into by goblet, a thick finger and a half head develops on the top of the striking golden colored ale.
S: First impression was of sugar and spice. Then it was met by a candied apple smell. Perhaps a bit of carmel. Everything is balanced perfectly. Alcohol is masked well.
T: Perfection. A bit of spice, but cut with the sugary sweetness. The fruits play along well and provide just a hint of tartness. I'm left with a bit of a spicy finish, but not a burn by any means.
M: Hardy any carbonation. This is very smooth and semi thick. Barley any aftertaste. It leaves you wanting more.
D: For an 8%, it's highly drinkable. The alcohol is well masked by all the sugars, fruits and spices. I could see myself having multiple glasses.
If you find this, be sure to pick it up!

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Photo of maddmatt48
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a golden color, a little lighter than dark honey.
Creamy white head, one finger that doesn't last very long.
Smells sweet, like honey, maybe pineapple, and alcohol.
Mouthfeel is very smooth, slightly thick.
Taste a little bready, honey, and caramelized pears. Can hardly taste the alcohol at all. Very drinkable. I love it.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip glass
A- Pours an opaque, dirty dark gold hue, 3-fingers of solid creamy head that is completely sustaining, big lacing throughout
S- Nose is a great blend of Belgian yeast and sweet malts, some floral and citrus hops in the background, slight spice and alcohol
T- Initial taste is dominated by sweet malts, fruits, and sugar, yeasts abound, tones of grass, hops, banana, apple, and alcohol, finish is sweet fruits, quite a taste adventure!
M- Light/medium-bodied, creamy texture, very lively carbonation
D- This is a truly great Tripel that embodies all the characteristics of the style, very well balanced and complex, quite drinkable but the 8%abv can sneak up
Buy again? Definitely
Personal score- 94/100

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

World Class, all the way around. Pours out to a cloudy yellow color with a smaller head of white foam, but lots of carbonation. No lace. Wonderful aroma of Belgian yeast and sweet malts, blended with biscuits and rich grains. Notes of peach and sweet fruity syrups. Taste is outstanding; complex characters, strong flavors, this beer truely is the cornerstone of the St. Bernardus line. Lots of rich yeasty maltiness right upfront, with a blast of natural sucrose and bread. A wine-like fruity note toward the finish. Mouthfeel is bubbly and mellow at the same time, yet maintains a thirst quenching quality. Nice. Drinkability is very good. Highly Recommened.

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Photo of jamesdergen
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a rich, cloudy, golden color with a big foamy off-white head. Some darker colored sediment poured out at the end.

Smell: Big, sweet, fruity aromas with green apples, honey and some floral notes as well. Awesome!

Taste: Huge fruity flavors up front, following the nose with the apple flavors and some spicy hop notes in the background. Richer yeasty, malty flavors linger in the background. Awesomely complex and perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Pretty well carbonated, but not overwhelmingly so. Very rich, but still very smooth and drinkable. Goes down easy, maybe a bit too easy...

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Photo of Todd
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 33cl brown bottle with a very jolly looking monk holding a glass of St. Bernardus Abbey Ale. No freshness/bottled on date. "Brewed with only classic ingredients. Barley malt, hops, candy sugar, yeast and water. No additives."

Appearance: Slightly cloudy (from the yeast) burnt orange with a creamy white head. Levels to a nice lace and sticks to the glass.

Smell: Fruity, hints of apricot, and sweet toffee in the nose.

Taste: Extremely smooth and creamy in its mouthfeel. Almost chewy. Body is full, without being heavy. There's an upfront light lemon hop bitterness that mingles with an apricot-like fruit character (very refreshing, uplifting) that then gives way to a sweet, buttery toffee/caramel flavour that is unlike anything I've ever encountered before. In the background I get that burnt sugar flavour from caramalized sugar and a delicate toasted malt profile. An estery/alcohol presence is hidden, but noticeable, especially as the beer warms (and it warms your head). Finishes slighty bready/dry.

Notes: Simply put, this is an amazing Belgian Tripel. Crafted to perfection. Talking too much about it belittles its greatness. Just buy some and enjoy. 7.5%abv.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Unfiltered golden sunshine like tone with a nice layer of frothy white head leaves spread out Belgian style lacing, it's purdy. Aroma: Awesome pineapple bubblegum notes rich sweetness I'm loving this brew complex spiciness there, wow. Flavor: Nice fruit esters swarm the tastebuds this is the shit my style of a tripel. Creamy tone to it with the bubblegum sweet tone this is a classic tripel down to the T, nice spiciness. Mouthfeel: Creamy mouthfeel spritzy carbonation good stuff I'm loving this shit good stuff in my opinion. Drinkability: Excellent smooth delicate and hella drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy golden-amber body streams with a fine-bubbled carbonation beneath a full head of white froth. The head retention is excellent and it leaves walls of lace about the goblet. Bready, cookie dough-like, and even slightly toasted malt appears in the nose; accented by notes of yeast, vanilla, fruit (cherry, pineapple), flowers, and delicate spice. It's zesty on the tongue with a very fine-bubbled effervescent carbonation that warms to become somewhat creamy; although the medium-full body might have something to do with that as well! The flavor mirrors the aroma with the addition of some leafy hops and a stiff, balancing bitterness. It finishes dry and lingering with yeast and vanilla-laced cookie dough lingering amidst a dry, leafy bitterness. Impressive and unusual, the St. Bernardus Tripel is a not to be missed beer!

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Photo of Hullabaloo2
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Nice, but not a strong aroma. I detect malt sweetness along with yeast spice, and nice fruity esters; specifically banana.

Appearance - Nice golden color. slightly cloudy with a frothy eggshell colored head. The head poured three fingers and very slowly dissipated to about 1 1/2 finger width. Very good lacing, and head retention. Quite a bit of visible carbonation.

Taste - Wonderful malt and yeast flavors. All of the aromas come through nicely in the flavor. The balance is perfect! No characteristic dominates the others. There is a very, very minor note of alcohol, but it is hidden very well. Again, the balance between sweet and bitter is perfect. There is no perceived bitterness, but the beer is not cloying. The finish on the beer is clean. No lingering flavors.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with an appropriate carbonation level. This beer is very smooth in the mouth. I want to say slick, but it's not really. No perceived alcohol, or bitterness. Again, nice balance between sweet and bitter. A very clean finish.

Overall Impression - I know this beer isn't hyped as much as other Tripels, but it's one of the best I've had. Not only is it a solid Tripel, but it's just a very solid beer in general. Everything is pleasantly balanced, and proportioned. I don't feel any aspect of this beer is lacking, or overdone. I feel this beer is a wonderful representation of the style.

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Photo of Nuke77
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium yellow straw color with a nice firm white head with a bit of cloudiness. The scent is green apple speice and a touch of banana. The taste follows the nose quite closely but again is more intense than I expected from this beer. Seems to be a characteristic of St. Bernardus. Great carbonation and very cleansing. Excellent tripel.

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Photo of karengarys
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

well, I see why this is a worldwide top beer....

pours medium amber, slightly very slightly hazy, with a nice fluffy head which laces on the glass nicely.

smell is very nice, balanced, lemony grassy and a hint of hop.

taste is just wonderful. Smooth, very lemony and grassy. the alcohol is very very well hidden.

mouthfeel is very creamey and nice.

finish is a bit hoppy and clean and fresh.

Get one. Try it.

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Photo of interzen
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle (BBE 290916) served into a Delirium Tremens tulip glass

Look: Slightly murky golden yellow - couple of fingers of white head which settles down fairly quickly leaving some lacing on the glass. No real surprises there.

Smell: Quite a 'bready' smell mixed up with many of the other smells you associate with Belgian beers: bananas, citrus, coriander and a hint of cloves too. Spice notes are fairly subdued.

Taste: Again, quite yeasty up front with the bread and citrus notes predominating. This is present to a lesser degree in the aftertaste which I found slightly dry with faint alcohol notes. Quite malty throughout - just how I like it.

Feel: Quite a 'full' feel - not excessively heavy, despite the relative lack of carbonation. Others have described it as 'creamy' - that's actually a pretty good way of describing it. Either way, it's eminently drinkable.

Overall: I've yet to find a St.Bernardus beer that I don't like - whilst this isn't quite in the same league as, say, the Abt 12, it's still about as good an example of a tripel as you'll find. Definitely worth the effort.

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Photo of Boto
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle: This beer pours VERY hazy golden color. There is a big,thick white head with lots of small bubbles. Lots of carbonation. The aroma is citric, yeasty, with some spices (corriander?). Sweet taste has hints of banana, bread and citrus. An excellent Tripel!

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Photo of ryantupy
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a very enjoyable tripel that was very complex and had some very unique character. It poured a copper hue with a nice one inch thick foamy head. It smelled of hay, ripe fruit, apples, light spice, malty sweetness, and a little bit of alcohol towards the bottom. It tasted great it was very complex and had sweet malty flavor with hints of apples, ripe fruit and a nice level of carbonation. Overall give this beer a definate try its great.

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Photo of SirSaranac
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a biiiig ol' bottle of this.... first time trying it. Great looking bottle with a cork in it.

A- 2 finger frothy head... great lacing. Tons of visible sediment in a cloudy golden/honey oasis. Amazing looking brew.

S- Musky malt... fig... slightly citrus... vague dark fruit... yeast. Quite complex indeed... great nose.

T- WOW... This is delicious... wicked good. Malty malty malty.... tons of fruits... all of which transition into a very smooth alcohol outro. Flawless taste, incredibly well balanced... so many subtle nuances.

M- Thick, cream.... heavy body but light at the same time. Wow.

D- For 8% abv, you can drink this socially... but why would you want to!? Very smooth, but this has so much flavor that it NEEDS to be sipped and savored.

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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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