St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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4.24/5
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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#876
Reviews:
1,295
Ratings:
3,219
pDev:
9.2%
Bros Score:
4.32
 
 
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Photo of chitoryu12
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy orange with a big white head that stays for several minutes. Opening a bottle causes a head to foam up out of the neck.

Smell: Banana bread, yeast, a bit of spiciness.

Taste: Spicy alcohol and malt, with a small amount of banana esters.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated and sharp. A little thin, countered by the foam that you have to drink through.

Overall: An excellent tripel and very fun sipping beer.

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Photo of timon
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty close to what a tripel should be: bubbly, fruity, sweet and tart, and drinkable with a high abv (for beer). The taste is a bit more like a good heffeweizen than the average tripel is with the doughy/banana flavor, but the candy, pears and tart apple are there too. Very accessible, and probably what I would use to introduce a newb to a tripel (don't want to scare them away with a real fruit/candy bomb off the bat).

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Photo of Gus7avson
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Apellonious
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle "A04 12 18" poured into a tulip glass, a hazy orange with a two finger bubbly white head that dissipates at a moderate pace. Guessing that means this beer is 2+ years old, a week expired. Aroma is yeast, spice, and a touch of sour/vinegar and ginger bread. The taste is mainly yeast/metallic with banana and bubble gum notes and peppery notes. Mouthfeel is medium light, carbonation is high and sharp. Overall, I can say I was looking forward to this, but probably should have checked the date, as this one seemed past its prime. Though I have no basis to compare it to. Must find another one with a little less legs on it and will re-rate it accordingly.

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Photo of quadmad
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured cold from the fridge into a Chimay chalice. Fine bubbles in a creamy head. Lots of carbonation keeping the yeast floaters in motion. Sharp peppery taste.

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Photo of Vandelay1863
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ImperatorScab
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of teromous
3.26/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a review of the smaller bottle. On the back label it says: "A04 12 18"

Appearance: The body is a very hazy beige. It has a humongous white fluffy head.

Aroma: It has a light spicy hop aroma which smells a bit like bay leaf and sweet smelling hay. There is a bit of a yeast aroma which doesn't give off any of the traditional Belgian esters. After a while it picks up a very light dough scent.

Taste: Up front there is a very light yeast character mixed with just a light touch of herbs. Very low on character.

Mouthfeel: The body is very light and it is extremely drinkable. The beer does an outstanding job of hiding the alcohol in this beer and it drinks like a beer that is less than half its ABV.

Overall: The beer doesn't have much character and it would be suited for those who aren't a fan of strong Belgian yeast esters or flavors. It does an expert job of hiding the alcohol and making the beer drinkable but it still feels like it is lacking something. It's worth trying at least once just to see if you prefer a Tripel with a lighter character but it isn't the first one I would recommend.

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Photo of jroof1
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-Looks the part. Slightly darker than a pilsner should be. Frothy/creamy two and a half to three fingered head. Fairly carbonated with some yeasty floaters (expected).
S- Sweet malt, spice (coriander), well crafted phenolic notes, yeasty slight clove aroma as well. Definitely pick up the aroma of apricot.
T- Sweet and malty of course. Slightly spicy with an even slighter bitterness. I actually pick up a good bit of ginger as well! Some honey as well. Maybe some stone fruit? Pear and apricot seems to be present.
F-Medium bodied. Rich mouthfeel that's pretty sticky. It works well.
O- Very, very good tripel. As always, St. Bernardust doesn't let down. A very pleasant, well crafted and well rounded beer that is honest to the style.

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Photo of Oleg85
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ajm5108
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-gold, soapy blanket cap, lots of carbonation. Classic aroma, the fruit phenols are bouncy & inviting, apricot & banana abound. Taste is a little huskier - the yeast has some a mild black pepper heat to it and some earthy tones to balance the fruity esters - perhaps too much so. Finishes with a mild bitterness. Would have liked a bit more expression from the esters but still a good beer.

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Photo of Andrew4321
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fossage78
3/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Ned57
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hopsohard
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jbertsch
3/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Surprised such a great brewery would put out a lackluster beer. Not much wrong with it other than the flavor and character needs to be turned way up. Only barely tastes like a triple. Flavor is muted, just some faint hints of clove combined with the appropriate yeast to trll me its a tripelm notf good enough to buy again. Ill stick to westmalle.

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Photo of MJ64
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of uu1
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of pegelstrand
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BillRoth
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good example of the style. Laying another down with some of my other Tripels for a horizontal some day. Time will tell.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 3,219 ratings