St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

3,127 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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Photo of palma
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dull golden color body. Decent white, maybe tannish head.
Big fruity aroma. Pears, apples, grapes in the nose.
Licorice, fennel, vanilla, cherry and banana flavors. A complex fruitiness. Real sweet malty backbone. Some grain in the aftertaste which was unexpected.
A very sweet brew overall but not without a raw alcohol favor present. A little too sweet IMO to be easy drinking.
Medium to high carbonation.
Nice sharp cheddar paired well with this brew.
I'm not a big fan of the tripel style but this one was pretty good in my book.

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Photo of haz77
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a tulip a hazy amber with big foaming white head. This drops to a half inch leaving some nice lacing behind.

S - Phenols, yeast, cloves, esters

T - Citrus upfront and creamy malts. Finishes peppery and with phenols with a bitter dryness.

M - Creamy and medium in body. High carbonation.

D - Not too impressed. Beer is OK, but something is missing. I ate some stilton/mature cheddar and crackers with the second half of it, which worked well and gave the beer a lift.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

formed 2" of dense, creamy, slightly off-white head over the light golden-honey hued brew. Head shows great staying power, and lacing is amazingly hearty and plentiful. Aroma is a bit spicy, in that expected Belgian way, with yeasty, slightly malty undercurrents. Taste is upfront delicately fruity, following with hearty malt character, and only the slightest hint of the alcohol we know all tripels have. Mouthfeel and drinkabilty are both excellent.

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Photo of xodin
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden blonde with particulate caught in a sort of static dance, permanently placed in equilibrium throughout the beer. A tall retentive head, about 1/2 the height of the liquid persists for a couple of minutes before fading. Mild aromas of clear candies, with hints of spice and perhaps some very subtle fruits come off the pour. Similar to the aroma, the taste is creamy, full of the clear candy with hints of spice and fruit--very mild throughout. Not much complexity, which is to be expected for the style; however, compared to the St. Bernardus siblings, I find myself left wanting more. Moderately full in the mouth and smooth through the swallow and finish, leaving a slightly sweet aftertaste. It remains true to the Tripel, but lacks some character, best to stick with the Abt 12 and Prior 8 IMO.

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Photo of elricorico
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a dark honey/deep orange colour with a faint bubbly head. The head was gone before I could put away the empty bottle. This is my second bottle of this beer and I could have sworn the last one retained at least a little bit.

The smell is pleasant, belgian yeast, champagne, sweet but light fruits.

There is a whirlwind of different tastes in a mouthfull of this beer. A sweet toffee like flavour, a tart citrus, a sour and bitter finish. The ending lingers on the back of the tongue and leaves a warm alcohol trail. While the tastes range from just okay to great, the overall effect is good.

The mouthfeel is what one expects from a tripel. It is almost sticky, and has a fairly aggressive carbonation. I wouldn't say drinkability is a strength for this one. It isn't hard to drink, but I don't see myself drinking more than one.

I can't say that I've hit on a tripel I would call my favorite yet. I had high hopes for this one, but it hasn't stood out for me.

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Photo of Kbogac
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a Chimay chalice. Cloudy dark yellow with a lose foam. About a half inch. Dissipates quick to a film. The first smell is heavy apple cider after a little warming it reminds me of canned fruit cocktail. Taste is very fruity. Pineapple, citrus, apple and a few others I can't define. Slight alcohol finish. Lots of carbonation with a lighter mouthfeel. Good Tripel but not one of my favorites.

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear orange pour with a white head. Bitter and herbal with Belgian yeast taste. Decent and drinkable. I would have enjoyed it more if it were more dry.

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Photo of scott
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

V.05 or 06
Hazy copper/amber presence in provided chalice, with minimal head and lacing.
Fruit, bread & minor spice for aroma.
Taste leaves me feeling indifferent. Chewy malt upfront, bitter tea in the rear.
Full-bodied approach in the mouth, but I can't say it's the most pleasant.
I won't run out to purchase another, but I don't feel bambozzled, either.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mostly straw golden yellow liquid with a thick tightly bubbled froth that leaves less lacing than I would expect.

Huge straw/hay aroma with funky yeast dancing inside the nose. There's a hint of alcohol and a certain mint aroma to it.

Sweet pils malt flavor with loads of yeast and some alcohol. It's a bit thinner than I expected and not really as complex but still pretty solid. Pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt, 9.4 fl oz bottle served in s snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a hazy honey yellow color with a soapy white head of 3 fingers. Retention is above average.

S - Pale malt, spice, clove, candied sugar, banana, tropical fruit, and tasty yeast. It's got depth and is incredibly inviting.

T - The esters produced by the yeast are strong, but not overbearing. Clove and an almost peppery spice counter the fuity esters. The sweetness provided by the malt is subdued and countered nicely by a surprising hoppy and spicy bitterness. Incredibly well balanced and complex. The alcohol is virtually unnoticeable.

M - Light to medium bodied, crisp and highly carbonated. The light body supports the flavors surprisingly well.

D - Remarkably complex and highly drinkable. This is one I'll reach for again.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mark from the Keaton for supplying this baby!
Pour a yellow body with an orange hue. Head is huge, as with most tripels, and frothy and looks to be bleached white. Nice looking black sediment sitting in the bottom. Aromas are subtle. Apricots, some malts, citrus, rum. Slightly sour, and some citrus flavours are present. Peaches, and sweet malts too. Good. Finish is smooth and creamy, alcohol not detectable. Would have liked stronger flavour and aromas. Still a good example.

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Photo of joepais
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured hazy orange little white head that turns to some lace. Belgium yeast, fruit and malt aroma, clean mouth feel some light carbonation. The taste on this one is lightly sweet malty fruity start slightly hoppy bitter finish. Not one of my favorite tripel’s but good non the less

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I sampled this with a friend, Aaron. At the pour, I noticed a nice floral aroma reminiscent of flowery hops and a spice of some type, perhaps coriander. The first sip opened up with a good balance of malts and hops. A heavy mouthfeel and alcohol warmth immediately followed. There was a fairly long finish with lingering hops and more alcohol warmth.

Overall this is a pretty good abbey style tripel. As much as I enjoyed it, I kept coming back to that alcohol taste. Although it wasn't overbearing, it was still present. Of course, the more of this stuff you drink the less you are going to notice something like that but as far as my own personal enjoyability, there are others that I would choose first. Either way this one deserves a solid score on my scale. It's one of those that is so close...

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Photo of emerge077
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, BB date 01 06 09.

Pours a hazy peach tone, plenty of dense white foam. Lace sticks around for the duration of the glass. Tiny streams of capillary carbonation permeate the orange liquid.

Smells like pilsner malt, it has a certain lightness, but not a big bouquet.

Taste is fairly mild, carried by a velvety mouthfeel. Light sweetness, no fruit, but a little alcohol spiciness. Estery yeast, similar to a Wit or Hefe. Hint of toffee, but it's gone in a flash. Dry aftertaste, easy to drink...

In the end i'm not terribly impressed, but will give it another shot. A fresher bottle may yield different results.

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

slight murky golden yellow color. Lots of carbonation that are constantly reinforcing the nice head. The smell is light, I smell some apple juice and a little spice. The taste is overall light, the most dominant taste is the spicy finish. The spice hits your tongue with a carbonation bite. Slight alcohol finish. It's overall mildness is refreshing.

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

Best before 08.02.13 so nearly three years old. Thanks to CBA for this one.

A - Cloudy/hazy dark golden colour. Two finger white head fades to half finger cap than hangs on the whole way. No visible carbonation, probably due to the lake water appearance of this.

S - Yeasty and soapy. Some citrus there, but it's mild. Really mild aroma is suprising.

T - Tons of yeast and those Tripel style citrus notes dominated by orange. Some sweet spice comes in too but it plays a secondary role to the nice citrus flavours.

M - Good carbonation feels great as it moves the beer around. Medium to full bodied.

D - High. Love that typical Tripel yeasty/fruity combo. Wacky aroma scores this lower than it should be though.

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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 CuriousMonk
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy pale orange with a thick white long-retaining head that leaves lace. Aroma is classic spicy Belgian yeast, with clove, banana, and some orange standing out. It’s not quite as aromatic as some other examples, however. Taste is sweet and meaty with no bitterness. A grainy flavor makes itself apparent after it warms a bit. Body is full, mouthfeel creamy. A really nice tripel.

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Photo of avalon07
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd never had a tripel before this one, so I don't have much context for comparison. From what I've read, I think I got a beer that wasn't so fresh. The color was more brownish than anything else, with what looked like sediment floating around. The smell was decent and subtle. The taste was very odd. While it was dry enough, it lacked the pop that's particular to St. Bernardus' beers. It wasn't totally undrinkable, but I do think I got a beer that had been sitting on the shelf for awhile (courtesy of Total Wine). I might give this one another shot.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had already been very impressed with this beer in the bottle a day or two before this and was now anxious to try it on tap. This was in De Zolder, Bruges. Appearence was good but not as impressive as from the bottle. Smell was as good as the bottle, but unfortunately the taste fell a little short of the extremely high standard experienced in the bottled version. Still a quality Belgian Tripel, but preferred it in the bottle.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a bottle obtained from a St. Bernardus mixed pack (I wish more Belgian breweries did this) into a goblet. A live pour, although dropping the bottle on the floor first probably didn't help matters, with a ton of white froth that settled out to a more reasonable level. The beer itself presents as a cloudy honey yellow, with an aroma of shortbread, medicinal honey, apples, pears, woody/spicy Belgian yeast a plenty. The taste was more assertive than the smell, with an unusual and interesting butterscotch chip backbone, vanilla brownie, some grape-like lager character, tobacco, candied citrus rind, rosewater, a sweetish nuttiness, and sour green fruit all revealing themselves in a bit of a hodgepodge. Resembles its stablemate Watou Tripel in being on the sweet side for the style, although this one does have more heft in terms of both aromatic alcohol presence and a richer malt character. A touch thicker than other tripels and less fizzy as well. Nevertheless finishes on the dry side despite the initial sweetness, producing a tannic puckering effect on the mouth and thrusting some woody and gooseberry-like hops out there near the end. I like to compare my tasting notes to those of Micheal Jackson whenever possible, both as a reality check and a form of hero worship. In Great Beers of Belgium, he's got this one down as "vanilla, cookies, and sesame seeds, with a tangerine-like finish". I guess I did alright.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden body with a huge white frothy head.

Nose is sweet and malty. Some characteristically Belgian spice notes as well.

Flavor is sweet, sweet malt. Candi sugar is a big part of the flavor. Plenty of spices are there, coriander and clove. Yeasty malt forms the backbone. Slight warming from the alcohol. Overall, it's a mighty, mighty tasty tripel.

Mouthfeel is frothy and creamy, bordering on syrupy.

Drinkability is a little above average. I enjoy the style, but am unlikely to want more than 1-2 per sitting. Usually the sweetness gets to me and I want to move on to an IPA or a Pils.

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Photo of hackmann
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: hazy golden orange body with a nice two finger head. A little sediment on the bottom of the bottle so, make sure to swirl the bottle with the last inch of ale.

Aroma: light overall, light fruity, good Belgian sugar and yeast; as the ale warms up the tropical notes start to come into focus, it is reminding me of pineapple/banana cotton candy.

Flavors: sweet malts and a touch of floral hops; there is a tart lemon/apple bite; the pineapple/banana cotton candy on the nose transfer to the taste;

Mouthfeel: a fine fizzy carbonation feel, medium-full body weight, the tart note controls the sweetness,

To the Point: a very nice Tripel, I’ll take Piraat over this all day.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

3/30/15 (Bottle) - Hazy golden pour, slight white head, some carbonation. Lemon, yeast and malt among the pleasant aromas. Very crisp clean feel, nice lemon, malt, citrus and banana flavors. Very smooth, and I'm glad I selected this Tripel. Cheers!

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Photo of Paddez
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden brew. Quite a bit of sediment on the bottom of the bottle.
The smell is doughy, yeasty with a spicy and fruity undertone.
The taste isn't that of classic tripel. It's sour & sweet at the same time and fruity (lemon, apple, ...) with a strange underlaying flavour. Dry finish.
The yeast plays a big role in this brew.
Medium body, thinner than I expected. Lively carbonation. The acohol is pretty apparent for a brew that's only 7,5%

This was an unusual tripel, and one that I did not quite fully understand. A solid and enjoyable brew, but in my opinion not among the best in this style.

Imho, the St. Bernardus beers are a bit overhyped. Sure, they're all pretty solid beers, but maybe not as good as some others.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,127 ratings.
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