St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel
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Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium | website

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

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Photo of Eisen
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet: Thick white foamy head that faded slowly into a thick white top and sticky lacing over a cloudy orangish liquid with noticeable yeasties settling to the bottom. Smells like a triple should with nothing in particular standing out: yeast esters/tropical fruit and perfectly balanced hops and malt. Tastes like banana kiwi, citrus, slightly more bitter than sweet (which is good!), slightly spicy. It's soft and fuzzy, like a delicious pillow in your mouth (which is also a good thing!). Better than some trapist triples. Overall, a fantastic beverage from a fantastic brewery.

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Photo of horndecker
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the small 33cl bottle.

Brassy, orange tinged yellow color, huge head, very persistant froth, fine bubbles. Enthusiastic.

Big whiff of fruit, grapefruit, apricot, caramels or toffee. Something bright and peppery as well, orange zest, a bit of vegetal, cabbagey aroma, similiar to something I associate with good white burgundies.

After all that fruit in the nose, it's a surprise that the first taste is malt. Plenty of fruit rushes in after that, a little butterscotch too. It's so creamy and silky in the mouth. A wonderful full bodied spritz.

As it warms, other aromas make an appearance. Candied yams, perhaps carrots and brown sugar?

Exceptional, So quaffable. A treat. And easy to find. Hallelujah.

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Photo of grimreeser
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice light orange amber with a finger sized off-white head. Nice spicyness, belgian aroma. Light orange, raisin, and a bit of caramel. A bit of alcohol, but not too bad. Nice sweetness, very good carbonation as it dances along the tounge. Very dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of codekiln
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

appearance -
Cloudy, green, foggy/dirty; generous head at first that quickly dissipates but leaves a milky froth on the surface.

smell -
Milky, warm, toasty, soft, a hint of neroli, sweet greens (pea shoots), slightly sour

taste -
Toasty, sweet,

feel -
Rough at first due to carbonation, silk afterfeel

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Photo of baos
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this one the other night and did not take notes but i did take some mental notes, because this is a great brew.

A: Decent head, 'bout 3 fingers. Nice translucent light reddish brown body with the head white. Some lacing.

S: MMM Candi sugars, caramel. Dark Fruits.

T: mmm Near Perfect. I wish I could buy these ten dollars bottles everyday. Lemony on the git go then into a kind of sweet bread yeastiness that finishes dry and spicy. A nice alcohol warmth goes with the flavor as well.

M: Full body on this girl.

D: Pretty near perfect. As she warms in your glass she gets better.

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Photo of KLHBB
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Elegant. Butterscotch. A gentle pour from a bottle into a tulip glass, but so much head I have to stop. Hazy, golden amber, sedimentary stuff settling at the bottom. Smell: sweet, yeasty, candied orange. Taste: more candied fruit and a slight hop zing. Medium bodied, lovely.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Hazy dark orange copper color with a thick creamy white head. A good level of retention, and each sip leaves generous lace clinging to the glass. A bit darker than I would expect out of the style.

Smell: Tons of fruity and spice notes in the nose. I expected the spicy yeast aroma, but the pineapple, apricot, and other tropical fruit really surprised me. Also seems to be some apple and cherry in there.

Taste: This is about as perfect of a flavor in a tripel as I can remember having. It starts out well, with a combination of toffee and honey providing most of the sweetness. Juicy apricot and pineapple come in before the spicy yeast takes over. Wow - allspice, cloves, maybe some cinnamon and pepper as well. A light herbal and citrus hop presence perfectly match the original flavors on the tongue. There is a touch of alcohol in the flavor that is tolerable.

Mouthfeel: Both crisp and creamy, it has carbonation to lift any residue off the tongue and keep each sip feeling fresh, but it has a soft creaminess that is quite pleasant. It starts juicy, but it starts moving toward dry by the end. A touch grainy from the unfiltered nature of the beer.

Drinkability: One of, if not my absolute, favorite tripels. This will frequently be found in my fridge.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color with some yeast sediment in suspention. It boasts a thick fluffy off white head with a slight yellow tint that fades slowly, leaving many laces.

This beer has a grainy aroma. It has an earthy yeast aroma as well. Some spices are present also. Coriander, and allspice. This beer also has a slightly cirtusy hop aroma.

This beer tastes much like it smells. It has a dominately grainy flavor. It has that signature Belgian earthy yeast flavor also. It is spicy with a hint of cloves. It also tastes slightly citrusy.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a grainy aftertaste. It is crisp and refreshing. It is well carbonated.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is not too overly high in alcohol, and the flavor is not overly aggressive.

Overall: This beer is good. It might be one of the best Tripel's I have had.

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Photo of Roguer
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful poor, with a one finger white head. Retention is good, and lacing is good. Brew is cloudy, and golden straw-colored. I left the yeast in the bottle.

Bright, yeasty and bready aroma at fridge temp. Banana, clove, citrus.

Classic tripel flavor. A little flat, and spicy, but strong notes of wheat, clove and spices, and light citrus and banana. Belgian yeast and mineral water.

Thick and Bready mouthfeel. Fairly lively, no sting or alcohol. Almost chewy like a stout, even cold.

This is an excellent Belgian tripel. Very traditional, relatively complex, extremely smooth. One of the better versions I have had, and another great beer from this brewery.

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Photo of Father_Raybob
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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Photo of mwilbur
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 33 cL bottle into snifter.
A: Cloudy pale orange with thick white head that has good retention and leaves behind excellent lacing.
S: Nice herbal/spice aroma. Slightly medicinal. Definite coriander. Alcohol esters on the nose too.
T: At first is very light with citrus notes. But this gives way to nice malt notes and heavier fruit and spice. A tale of two tastes...both equally impressive...nice complexity!
M: Nice body with taste that deepens and lingers! Very, very nice.
D: Definitely one of the best tripels I've come across! Relatively high ABV is well hidden. Excellent complexity. The more I drink this, the more I get out of it and enjoy it. A tremendous beer and definitely one to seek out and enjoy!

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Photo of Cresant
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Westmalle chalice. Dated best before: 03.07.08. Body was a semi-cloudy golden/orange color. Yeast particles are suspended in the body and don't seem to settle. White, light bubbles dissolve to form a creamy cap, then a collar.

Smell is not as full as I would have expected. Fruity and light. Grains. Very bready.

Taste was spicy, peppery. Rich and bready. Sweet malts and fresh grain. Hard candy. Ripe honeydew. Rather complex and enjoyable. Somewhat drying. I have been holding on to this beer for a while now. I waited until I was in the mood for a heavier/richer beer. This beer was not heavy though. It was very drinkable and the alcohol was very well hidden.

Mouthfeel was medium to full in body (not too heavy). Smooth rounded texture. Very nice.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a goblet.

This is a beautiful beer! Pours a slightly hazy tangerine color. A shade darker than most tripels. Has a huge pillowy head that leaves sheets of lovely lace all over the glass.

Smell is noticable from a slight distance from the glass. Bright tropical fruits and sweet candy.

Taste is no sloucher either. Sweet candy sugar on the front end followed by a sharp twang of citrusy zest in the middle. Finishes with just a touch of alcohol and sweet malts.

Perfectly carbonated. Full and creamy.

Overall, a wonderful brew that I have been meaning to review for some time. This is probably my favorite Tripel. Has all the characteristics, sweet candy sugars, lots of malty goodness and a bouquet of fruit, perfectly balanced. Highly recommended!

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yeast-hazed peach, this sits approachably with otherworldly lace. Extra-credit is due for the full-package effect of a beer sitting in its proper glassware.

Nose is yeasty, prickly, with citrus, pepper, and zippy zing. Enticing, clean, and goes to show how important freshness can be, even in a style that allows age.

Taste manages a perfect tightrope walk between sweet and dry, resting at each point but never touching down in either. Just perfect, and what I’m looking for when I reach for a Belgian-style beer: neither overwhelmingly candi sugar’d up or aggressively carbonated. This is fruity in a similar way to gorgeous DIPAs.

The syrupy mouthfeel here could be a downfall, but as mentioned it isn’t onesided or here-or-there. Dry, spice-kick hoppy and yeast keep the package desirably drinkable, unquenching, addictive.

Only had 11.2 oz, but more would be graciously welcomed. I find that “go back for more” reflexes are rarely used for Belgian-styled beers, but I prefer this one to even Rochefort, surprisingly.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally sit down to review this fantastic beer, pours a dark russet brown with a slight orange hue to it, lots of head, fluffy and smooth, some nice lacing too. The aroma site back a bit, some nice fruits, some earthiness and spices. The taste comes out much more, a bouquet of all things delicious, the dark, rich, sugary fruits, some citrus too, the yeastiness, the earthy hops and herbal quality, absolutely delicious. The mouth is full, smooth and delicious, this is just an absolute treat and a testament to the celebration of the greatness of beer.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Wonderful light orange color w/ a 2-3 finger off white head which lingers. The head is wonderfully cloud-like, and this beer looks the part. Very cloudy, w/ great carbonation and great lacing.

S- Smells of orchard fruit, yeast, slight malt. Nice zing, but very smooth balanced smell to this one.

T- I really want to give the taste a 5, but I'll grudgingly give it a 4.5. This is one of the best (if not the best) tripel I've had, and I've had a lot of them. All the smells come through in perfect balance and release on your taste buds. I can't find any issue w/ the taste. In fact... I'm going to switch this to a 5. Haha.... Perfection. On the fruity side for a tripel, but it's ridiculously good. Wow.

M- Again- amazing. Smooth, silky, light but very balanced. Great aftertaste, which lingers. Malt, fruit are in the aftertaste. The alcohol in this beer is extremely well hidden. In fact, that's my only minor gripe. I'd like just a tiny bit more alcohol burn. It's so smooth and drinkable though, that I really can't complain.

O- This is a World Class beer, and one of the best tripels on the planet. You owe it to yourself to buy this beer whenever you see it. I'd love to have this on draft someday, but it's near perfect the way it is. Cheers.

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Photo of JBogan
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy orangish yellow with a large and foamy head which stayed around a long time and left some but not a lot of lacing.

Smelled of grapes and citrus with some alcohol present, especially as the beer warmed.

Tasted of grapefruit, orange, some yeast, a bit of alcohol. Very nice and refreshing.

Mouthfeel was really good. Medium bodied with a good smoothness and crispness going down. Nice amount of carbonation.

This was a truly enjoyable beer that I'd love to try again and share with friends.

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Photo of sevenarts
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pale golden yellow with a big fluffy, pure white head that sticks around forever. Very cloudy and carbonated.

S: Crisp and clean, with Belgian yeasts, some subdued fruits and grains, a touch of spice. Mild.

T/M: Rich and delicious. Big yeasty flavor with champagne-like fruits, spices, some slight bitterness on the back end. Very smooth and creamy, with a touch of prickly carbonation at the end of each sip.

O: An amazing tripel, just so tasty and complex.

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Photo of followfollow162
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a wonderful orange-blonde color and smells of yeast, spices, and fresh, green fruit. (pears, apples, etc.)

taste is a first-time-you-heard-"dark side of the moon"-type of brilliant, man. massive malt character, balanced spices, vanilla, and a masterful blend of the previously mentioned caramel and green apple flavors.

alcohol presence is almost completely masked. amazing drinkability for a beer packing an 8.0 wallop. (the high abv is the ONLY reason i give this guy no more than a 4 in that regard.)

take your time and enjoy, 'cause this fellow is a superb example of the beer as art.

enjoy!

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Photo of bobsy
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

St. Bernardus is rapidly cementing itself as my favourite brewery. While they don't produce new beers with the passing of each moth, they do have a stable of exceptional classics. While the tripel blurs the style guidelines somewhat, it also joins the rank of outstanding brews that I've had from them.

Pours a lightly hazed gold with a huge white head that lays down sheets of lace. Exceptional for the style. Sweet, grainy malt aroma, with lots of honey, bread and citrus. Lots of honey in the flavour, but married to a wonderful yeasty breadiness. Lightly grainy with a warming finish, and a kiss of sweet citrus hops. Medium bodied and well-carbonated in a billowing, soft way. Ridiculously drinkable, and I want another. Now.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish pint glass. Back label says best before end 20 05 14 meaning drink by May 5th, 2014.

A- Pours a hazy dark gold color with a two-finger head that retains and retains before finally settling at a 1/4 inch head with full sheets of lacing.

S- Wheat and Belgian yeast. Slightly soapy. A bit of spice is also detected.

T- Full-on helping of wheat flavor along with some rich yeast tones. Alcohol is masked properly making for a very passive drinking experience as sip after sip is taken, each one better than the last.

M- Fluffy and tingly with high carbonation being the reason. Medium body.

O- Like all other St. Bernardus brews it's simple, yet elegantly refined.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- poured very nicely from my 750 bottle with a very thick white foamy head, very murky with just so much going on in this beer, golden yellow in color, very great looking complex brew

Smell- Plenty of good citrus, yeast, spice, and corriander nice triple smell but nothing overwhelming

Taste- Wow what an incredible tasting beer, a mix of great sweetness and spice at the end, long lingering delicious finish with a beautiful balance, apple and citrus really can be tasted in teh flavor, hard to make a much more balanced and flavorful triple,

Mouthfeel- thick creamy and smooth with good carbonation level,

Drinkability- I have to say in this current moment of my beer life this is probably the best belgian style tripel I have ever had, just so balanced so complex and so enjoyable, the ingrediants are so clean and you get no sense of 8 percent alcohol, what to me I love about this tripel is that the spicyness stops it from getting to sweet like some triples and keeps it balanced with beauty, one I could drink all nite and will keep around, the best of anyone style isnt something to be used lightly but to me at the current point this is it, try it you wont be sorry

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Photo of jackndan
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

St. Bernardus Tripel: Mmmm, freaking terrific!! Deep amber colored beer. Great head, thick and long lasting. Aroma, some hints of yeast, some lemon. Bottom line, taste is wonderful. Some nice sweetness, with a hint of sourness as well that strikes a wonderful balance. I’m going to focus on finishing this beer rather than typing. Buy it.

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Photo of oxmasterscream
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: White pillowy, fluffy head with major fizz action just below it. Head sat atop a slightly cloudy, golden brew, with big-time carbonation evident.

Smell: Candy sweet, pineapple, tart and sour fruits, sour apples, Belgian funkiness. Yum.

Taste: Crisp, sour apples up front, like a sparkling cider. Slight pineapple flavors showed through occasionally. Bittering finish was gradual and solid. Very nicely balanced. ABV not noticeable at all. Great, great tasting stuff.

Mouthfeel: Full and smooth, yet crispy as the carbonation excites the tongue and mouth all the while.

Drinkability: Hey, it doesn't get much better than this in this genre. Wonderful.

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Photo of adowney523
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a Belgian-style chalice.

The color is golden-brown with lots of floating sediment. There is moderate carbonation and a quickly-fading head with good lacing.

Smell is a toasty, bready aroma.

Taste is very smooth, yet complex; the alcohol is barely noticable. There is a candy sweetness along with medicinal phenols and the bready malt taste up front. This fades to a noticable, but slightly alcohol warmth at the finish with faint hops.

This went down exceptional well with my roast duck. An excellent tripel.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,257 ratings.
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