St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

3,137 Ratings
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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the mixed pack served in a goblet.

Honey color. More foam than the Watou Tripel. Continuous tiny bubble rising to the top. No floaties.

Smell is very light wheat maybe. Not much smell. As it warms I can smell yeast.

Taste. Very refreshing when cold. Very, very nice for a tripel as far as the hops are balanced and much more subtle than say La Fin Du Monde or Tripel Karmeleit. The flavor ride is quick from the nice Belgian malts up front then the micro fuzzy fizz comes quick then somewhat dry hops then the flavor drops cleanly leaving only a very faint sour ghost that lingers just a bit. This opens up nice as it warms. The depth increases but so does the sourness. Do yourself a favor and take you time so you experience the range from cold to warm.

Mouth feel is refreshing. Lots of tiny bubbles fizzing away on the palate. As it warms it gets more slick and less fizzy.

A fine, fine Tripel but I think it misses the depth and complexity of it's sister the Watou Tripel. I just find that one much more interesting but this one is much more drinkable. I could easily drink more of this, maybe too much too easily. This is by far the easiest drinking tripel I have had. The flavor is great but not overly complex. I would like this in a 750 ml because it just opened up as I finished it.

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4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pale gold, slightly hazy with quickly diminishing fine-bubbled white head.

Nose - slightly Flemish style sour smell like fresh straw in a dairy barn. Very malt forward with hints of almonds and sour cherries.

Taste - very mild and well-balanced sour element followed by a huge wave of malt and nutty flavors. Alcohol is very well integrated and not evident even at 10 ABV.

Overall - Awesome beer from Belgium; very full-bodied and yet quite refreshing. I want another growler.

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4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden yellow the color of the sun in the sky. A cloud like head of white foam that stays forever to a layer on top and some sticky lace. It's hazy and and speckled.

Nose is fragrant with light fruits. Lemon rind nice and sweet. A little orange and some tropical sweetness too. it's herbal and sweet has a faint little spice. A light banana develops as it warms and there was short splash of bubblegum when I first opened the bottle that disappeared. Malt is light and honey like with a little bread. I am picking up a tarter fruit like apricot .

Taste is splendid. It's impeccably crafted and in absolute harmony. The balance is perfection and the fruits all come together sweetly and a with a bit of tart from the apricot. the banana is laid over the top like lightness and air. The malt is fluffy and superb. There is a faint hop bitter but it's so light. There is a nice toffee richness behind the malt that tastes like it wants out but remains restrained. It finishes dry and with a light bit of alcohol on the palate.

This tripel is one of the best. It is outstanding in every way and it is everything you expect in the style. Chalky yeast and and a deep but light fruit character. Delicate toasted malt and a little pin prick of hop bitter. It's whimsical and yet tall and upright. You can almost imagine that the jolly looking monk on the bottle is the real genius behind this beer. It's as if he is saying "our backs are straight but we do know how to have a little fun when no one is looking." Indulgent and very very good.

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