St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy dark straw color. Plentiful head sticks around forever...Aromas are sweet and candy like, lots of spice, citrus, esters, white wine, a little barnyard funk and a wee bit of alcohol to follow. Very rich and heavy on the tongue, slightly buttery (diecytal?). This one doesn't come in as thirst quenching as other tripels, and not as sweet in the end, a little too dry. I can appreciate it for what it is, but I'd much rather grab a Fin du Monde or Duvel anyday.

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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 mdagnew
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from sampled from a St. Bernardus glass....

Poured a slightly hazy honey yellow / orange colour... White head poured big and foamy and faded to thin layer... some patchy lacing...

Aroma - Spicy fruits (ripe banana, pears and apples), nice honey sugary sweetness, bready notes, peppery, some lemon hints, vanilla, light malts...

Taste – Spicy / peppery hop bitterness, nice creamy fruitiness (light apples, strawberries, figs), light caramel malts, floral honey notes, sweet nuttiness, some basil hints, vanilla...

Feel - Quite smooth with light sharpness underneath. Medium body... Pretty drinkable considering the strength...

Overall - An outstanding tripel.... the best i've tasted...

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Photo of Raymond69
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz best before 20/09/07. poured cold into Orval chalice.

Frothy pour produces a rocky head that leaves some lacing. Yellow/orange hue with some yeasties floating about.

Smell is malty/bready , some hops coming through.

Taste. Sweet & yeasty , hops slightly round this out with some tartness.

Mouthfeel is slightly heavy , carbonation is high.

Drinkabitly is OK for a sweet beer.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice tripel with a golden colour and a stable head.
Smell was coriander or grains of paradise(?) let's say herbal and some candy sugar notes. Also some maltiness and yeastiness.
Taste was fruity and spicy, so quite complex, after swallowing a bitter and dry aftertaste. some hops and light caramel or what I call amber/victorymalt taste. The hops add a citric note to the beer.
This beer has a nice balance between citric bittterness and the sweet, herbal taste. I think a tripel can be less sweet, which improved drinkability of the beer, but still very drinkable!

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Photo of klewis
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle - 02/28/08 best before date

A: Pours a slightyly hazy dark straw color with a modest frothy head.

S: Nice aromas of candy sugar, plum, and citrus with a bit of spice

T: Overall, this is somewhat bitter, but with great fruity flavors and a bit of spice kick. This actually reminds me a bit of a gewurztraminer.

M: Medium body with tons of carbonation and a very dry finish.

D: This is an excellent Belgian, and I like it significantly more than the Abt 12. The mouthfeel is a bit tiring, but the flavor is excellent, and this comes at an affordable price for a Belgian import.

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

Poured from a corked 22oz. bottle. Pretty, billowy white head over a dark-gold beer. Just a slight bit of haziness and with lots of lace.

Aroma of sherry-alcohol, some estery notes, and lots of malt.

The flavor is very much on-type. Big malt and residual sugar. Nice citrusy tang with apricot and raisin. Aftertaste tends to the hoppy bitterness and some yeast, grass and sugar.

Mouthfeel is very full but not thick. Drinkable to a point; a sipping Belgian but not for big gulps.

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Photo of SethB2
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chalice.

Pours a murkey orangish color with a small fluffy head with a little lacing. Smell of fruit, banana primarily, along with some clove and spices. Taste is much like the smell, but better. Sweet malty fruits dominated, but I do detect a bitterness in the finish that is very nice. Medium mouth and well carbonated. Very drinkable. Nice tripel.

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Photo of orfeu
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle. Hazy spun gold with rocky, sticky snow white head. Driving carbonation from the bottom of an Ommegang cervoise. Cavalcade of fruit aromas: pineapple, mango, peach, canteloupe. Yeasty sugar cookie scent as well. Muskmelon flavor predominates, then pineapple. Overall, fruity esters yield a soft, round flavor. Clean, grassy hops and funky sour yeast flavor through the finish, which, all things considered, is surprisingly dry. Pineapple juice/peach nectar burps. Smooth and soft mouthfeel, bordering on syrupy, but all the fruit flavors tend toward juicy. Medium body. My god, what a fine tripel! One would be hard pressed to find a more excellent example of the style. Superb.

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Photo of styrene
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 fl oz bottle into a Westmalle chalice. The bottle says that this beer is 8% abv.

Appearance: Attractive copper-colored body that is relatively opaque. Formed a thin head upon initial pour, which quickly turned into a thin lace of tiny bubbles. There's a tiny bit of sediment on the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Yeast and, maybe, peaches. The smell 'works', in any case.

Taste: Pretty light on the palate, though the alcohol gives the finish a little kick. There's really no bitterness to be found, nor would I have wanted there to be any. I'm picking up flavors of squash and nutmeg..this beer would pair up with a thanksgiving dinner quite nicely.

Mouthfeel: bold, but not syrupy or chewy. This bottle-conditioned brew is well carbonated and "tongue tingle" inducing. The finish is a little cloying..this beer demands respect even as it's going down your throat.

Drinkability: This is an excellent Tripel. The alcohol is something to watch out for, but I would recommend this brew to anybody curious to try the style.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked bottle. The cork went off with a loud pop. St. Bernardus Tripel pours out a slightly hazy golden color with a huge, white head. Nice lacing. The aroma is a beautiful spicy smell, with nutmeg and white pepper, as well as lemon. The flavor starts with a sugary flavor, though it's not too sweet. Bready malt. A delicious clove spiciness comes in at the middle. Some lemon and pineapple flavor too. Some hoppiness comes through at the finish. The mouthfeel really helps bring out the flavors in this beer. I'm sure I can't give it justice with words, but it feels to me like it melts in my mouth. An amazing beer, and possibly my favorite triple.

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Photo of mynie
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful gold necklace gold with a big champagne sparkly white head.

Wonderful Rainbow! Smells like very crisp melon, pineapple, honey, and sugar.

Tastes even better than it smells. Zesty allspice and light ginger up front, moving into a subdued honey mixed with prominent cantalope, ending finally on a spicy mixture of fruit and yeast. Rarely is such complexity so pleasant, so easily drinkable.

This would be a great crossover beer.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep cloudy eggyoke gold with brown undertones; Dijon, maybe? Suspended particles. Frothy, peaked, creamy white head with good, although not great, retention and size. Lace.

Smell: Surprisingly malty. Rich yet bright with a sweet honey base and citrus, almost lime, notes. Clovey yeast notes. Pretty mild overall, though.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Not so mild. The mouthfeel is fantastic, a smooth, airy, coating; just perfect. The flavor is an explosion of Meyer lemon, lime, pineapple, apricot, with a bit of spiced bread resting on the bottom. The finish is surprisingly light and crisp, even a touch hoppy, with lemon rind on the tongue for quite a while.

Drinkability: Great -- fantastic flavor and somewhat reasonably priced to boot. Still prefer Westmalle, but certainly one of the best.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Be careful pouring this baby it can get out of control in a hurry. Poured with care it produces a large, dry and sticky froth, a bit of sediment, golden with some peach tone in the middle.

Candied, bananna, some toffee, and bread pudding in there to boot. Alcohol flash towards the end fits nicely to sharpen up a rather sweet brew.

heavy mouthfeel until the end when it cleans up and finishes crisp and clean, bit of sweetness clings but not for long. Cinnamon, peppery finish mixes with the fruity profile nicely. There is a ton of things going on in this fine offering. Just glad to be here, right now.

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Photo of hanco005
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a four pack that included this one, 6, 8, and 12…it also included a cool glass ( and I paid just under $18 for it which I thought was a great deal). 11.2 oz bottle, dated 09 07 07, poured into my St. Bernardus glass

A—hazy light orange with ¾ inch head, good retention, slight lacing remains, chunks of sediment swirl around the beer and are suspended in the liquid. A thick layer of sediment remains in the bottle…I decided not to pour it…plenty of sediment in the glass already

S—ripe fruits come to the front, banana, plum, raison, some citrus, a little sweet candy, faint alcohol is there, too, becomes more fragrant as it warms

T—not a bold as I expected, lots of balance in the flavors, sweet banana for sure, gets a little smoky as I exhale, as with the smell, the flavors get stronger as they warm

M—a little fizzy and thin, but nice, light/medium bodied, better than average carbonation

D—very good and easy drinking. Could have another, but that’s about it. This is a sipping beer for me.

Note: I drank this right out of the fridge and sipped it as it warmed in order to experience that flavor changes…I recommend you do this too if you are new to this style. It is amazing to me what a slight difference in temperature can do for a beer.

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

An excellent beer that, true to Belgian (and especially tripel) style, is sneaky in both the complexity of its flavor and the strength of its punch. Creamy and full-bodied, but dry, effervescent, and even refreshing in its finish. A bit underwhelming in its first impression, but then transforms almost magically on the palate into a parade of well-balanced flavors--the usual cast of yeast- and malt- derived fruits and spices with just the right amount of tartness and bitterness to balance it out.

I was surprised on pouring the beer by how tame (and disappointing at first) were both its initial aroma and head. The first estery/phenolic whiff of fruits and spices was plesant but subtle and short-lived. Rather than a thick rocky head, the beer produced large bubbles that supported only a thin layer. But its effervescence never died down, and that thin head proved to be long lasting and left behind a modest collection of Belgian lace. The first wave of flavor is likewise a bit underwhelming, if only because the tart (not astringent) tingling of carbonation dominates. But as the bubbles settle down in the mouth, they leave behind wave after wave of harmonious flavors--none of which are unfamiliar in a Belgian but nor does any single note dominate.

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Photo of cracgor
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful beer with nice rivers of carbonation flowing up through the pale, clear beer. Head is white and tall and cakey like you'd expect. Smells sweet and earthy. A nice mix of grainy, wheatlike to fruity melon like esters. A good helping of spice in there too. It tastes very grassy/wheaty. Enough spice comes into the taste. My only complaint is a lot of the complexity in the nose is not apparent in the flavor which comes across lighter than the rich smell. Mouthfeel is great, light to medium bodied. Has a nice amount of alcoholic warmth too it, but no real alcohol flavor. Very drinkable. All day long. I mean I drink the entire 750 ml bottles by myself with no problem of getting tired of it.

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Photo of Luigi
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange color with carbonation bubbles and particals of yeast visable when held to the light. Has a sticky white head that leaved level of lacing around the glass. THe aroma is sweet and fruity. A bit sour too, but in a good way. Hints of burnt sugar, oranges, and sweet malts can be found. Has a complex yet clean taste. Flavors of cirtus fruits, bready yeast, and sugar fill the palate. Small amounts of hop bitterness can be found. A bit tartness in the end, but finishes off clean. A very warming and tasty Abbey ale. Expensive but worth every dollar. Buy it if you find it.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out great and leaves some head with a strong lacing. The smell is very flowrey and really great. Has a sweet flowery nose to it, like a great beligan tripel. Taste is malty and sweet with buttery flavors. It has apple fruit tones. Mouthfeel is a little off, but very nice. I don't like this as much as other Belgians, but it does fine for itself.

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Photo of Crosling
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange. Subtle aroma of citrus fruits, dough, bubble gum and sweet malts. The lovely malt and hop balance is only better complimented by the silky, coating mouthfeel. Slightly tart. Notes of cotton candy, bubble gum and tropical fruits. Wow, damn, why was I ignoring this beer for so long?

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a frothy head that leaves strips of lacing

Smell: Tropical fruits, Candi sugar and a int of banana; very yeasty with plenty of phenols

Taste: Starts out very fruity with a tart undertone that develops and strengthens; quite peppery, in fact, a flavor that builds with a sneaky bitterness after the swallow; not as sweet and banana-flavored as other tripels

Mouthfeel: Light and frothy; almost velvety, with moderate carbonation; slight warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Enticing and intriguing, this is an unusual and challenging tripel

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Photo of kgotcher
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11 oz bottle served at room temp, Pours a nice hazy copper color with a white pillowy head and good lacings.

Aroma is peppery and spicy malt and ester sweetness. Mouthfeel is light with high carbonation, very spicy on the front and a malty, fruity finish. A bit of alcohol bite and saltyness with a buiscuty malt flavor.

All in all, a fairly drinkable beer considering the magnitude and pedigree but still has a bit of an edge to it.

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Photo of ikats
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Metalmonk
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple nice "glug"s out of the bottle on the pour, which created a decent size head, not too big but substantial and fluffy. Doesn't last too long but that's ok because it's the color of this beer that impresses: strong golden-caramel shine, made hazy by tiny bits of sediment and light, mellow bubbles.

Smell is average for the style: strong yeast, stronger malts, mild spices and a floral presence.

What a flavor. Pleasant (and apparently very high quality) malts/yeasts in the front, with a buoyant array of spice characteristics, extremely well-blended and balanced. Mild but assertive alcohol warming sensation trails throughout the mouth and up into the nasal passages. The mouthfeel is full and chewy and tingly and, again, warming. I can't think of a beer with a better texture at the moment. This just hits all the right buttons.

Drinkability? High. Very high. It's just so damn good, who cares if it's on the higher ABV scale at 8%? But too much of any good thing is a bad thing, so I usually limit myself to two a day, tops. Not two St. Bernardus a day, I ain't Daddy Warbucks. Planning on following this with a Victory Hop Wallop. It's Friday. Should be a fine night.

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Photo of semihobo
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

11.2 ozer from the boxed set, cellared for a little over a year, dated "FL 09 07 07" so it should be good to go.

Pours with a rich white head that at some points is so fine I can't tell there are individual bubbles, although it faded away pretty fast. A dirty peach color, orange with lots of bubbling. I tried to avoid pouring sediment in but I got a bunch, as dark chunks are suspended. When you tip the goblet to drink, the side of the goblet coats perfectly -- that's priceless.

The smell is exactly that of an apple needled with cloves that has aged for a while. Hard to believe there aren't actually ground up cloves in here. Also smells of bread, vanilla, peach, cinnamon, potpourri, hoppy spices, and a faint touch of earthy smoke, but the clove-apple is the definite match. Simply heavenly -- smells kind of like champagne in a way.

Clove and vanilla on the taste, along with a great yeastiness. Bananas and some orange with tons of candi sugar. The alcohol is somewhat evident. Pastry and dairylike as well, a nice blend of complexities. Malty, bready, and slightly sour aftertaste. Hops are barely present.

Creamy, luxurious mouthfeel with subtle, gentle carbonation. Very rich.

This is exceptional stuff. It's too sweet for me to drink it frequently; I'll have it now and then for a treat, and savor it when I do. With more balance against the sugar and some smoothing of the few rough edges, I could drink this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,125 ratings.
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