St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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3,157 Ratings
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:
3,157
Reviews:
1,276
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
Wants:
260
Gots:
486
For Trade:
4
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Photo of Prost76
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cyber_phoenix
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mkh012
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip at 48°. Best before October 2018.

A nice shade of cloudy orange with a finger of white head. The head dissipates to a thin ring fairly quickly. Lively carbonation visible, and some sediment.

When I pop the cork, I can smell Belgian yeastiness immediately. Upon closer inspection, I get banana, green apple, white pepper, clove, and a little cinnamon. Vague lager-like qualities and soapiness.

Starts surprisingly creamy, with light banana, graininess, some apple skin, and zippy white pepper and clove. Dry-ish on the backend. Hints of lemon and peach.

Overall, expertly crafted, no doubt. A little bit forgettable, though, perhaps. The sum of its parts is highly drinkable and satisfying, but subtle. La Fin Du Monde remains my favorite in the style. This gets an 8+/10 from me.

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

Photo of Roberto11232
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Bujon
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love the look of this brew, while the head does slip away fairly speedily, the body with its thick haze and the sediment suspended looks like deep space.

Aroma is gentle and appealing, quite fruity notes for a tripel.

Taste and feel gain good marks too, a great mix of fresh and malty fruits, very drinkable, and a perfect 8% abv.

This is one of the best tripels for sure, but it is the keenest contested of all the Belgian styles.

Do yourself a favour and get a few of these in, each one grows better than the previous.

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Photo of Deltoro
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of prost2hefeweizen
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - 4.25 poured into a chimay challis glass. Thick whit head with a red golden brown body
S - 4.5 fruit and nuts. Cinnamon spice and a yeasty fullness
T - 4.75 GRAPES up front. I got hit with cinnamon sweetness, nutty bread, plums, mango. Real fruity with slight nuttiness with a boozie finish. Delicious beer.
F - 4.25 super smooth. Light coat of mouth with low carbonation
O - 4.5 another great Belgium beer that I can really enjoy. Great distinct flavor. I'll have another.

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Photo of Casey_L
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pau622
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: pours hazy gold (SRM 5) with rapidly rising bubbles under a 3.5" mousse-like off-white foam column that lasts over 5 minutes and produces Gothic cathedral window lace.

S: Belgian yeast fruit and spice aromas with a hint of light white toast to bread crumb. A light swirl releases pear aromas with a hint of bubble gum.

T: very creamy palate transporting yeasty fruit flavors over the tongue and traces of marshmallow. A very moderate bitterness provides balance at the end. It is mildly sweet and the flavors grow in depth and interest as it warms.

F: the body is medium which is light for such a big beer and the carbonation is medium high.

O: St. Bernardus is a delight in both flavor and texture. It is a real value considering the quality of the beer.

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Photo of BelgianBeerChef
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jdell15
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMH73
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very clightly cloudy golden yellow color with a two inch, well retained white head that left tons of lacing. Smells of classic Belgian yeast, sweet malts and spices. Tastes of sweet malts, Belgian yeast, cloves, banana, bread and an overall sweetness that is unique to this beer. Well carbonated, light to medium bodied, smooth mouth feel.

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Photo of edzo22
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Eziel
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a beautiful golden-light-brown with a 3 finger head and a bowl full of lacing. The head dissipates slowly......The smell is grassy, yeast and sweetness. The first sip is an eye-opener with this tripel bringing some funky barnyard grassiness comparable to Orval.... There is breadiness, light malts with notes of candie sweetness, that finishes with a hint of tartness and a helping of bitterness and spiciness to boot. A dryer finish would have been perfect, but St Bernardus is often only medium-carbonated regardless of the style. In this case, it could have used a real zip of a finish to go along with that nice spiciness and bitter finish. Still, very potable.

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Photo of ajdemma
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a vibrant but cloudy yellow, solid 1" of white tightly formed head, does phenomenal in the retention department. A very sexy looking beer. Aroma is a blast of alcohol, phenolic yeast and spice rack.

Taste is also hot, plenty of plastic feels from the yeast. Tons of biscuit breadiness, the color of the beer doesn't convey how viscous a yellow beer can be. Some apple and banana notes in the mouth feel. A little bit of bitterness not evoking the traditional source of hops for its existence. Well carbonated and a slight pepper spiciness.

Interesting beer, better than your average tripel, a style I often don't get into but can respect.

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Photo of riderwbd
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Andy_Luft
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brpendergast85
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bhawk1
4.94/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,157 ratings.
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