St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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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:
3,152
Reviews:
1,274
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
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Photo of Onibubba
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hard pour into a Tulip leaves about an inch of creamy head with a rather remarkable staying power. Nice lacing too. Color is a hazy gold. Very appealing. Aromas have some alcohol notes and a sweet but inoffensive spicyness. The spiced pear taste is fainter than I would have thought with a nice touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. Nothing overpowering here. Alcohol remains hidden save for the smell. Though this first appeared to be nicely carbonated, it gave way to a more creamy feel as the beer warmed - very smooth. Nice. Very nice.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a VERY pale golden straw color with a fairly cloudy haze. The head is massive, hard to pour correctly unless you go super slow. The head is fluffy and super light. Incredible lacing on the glass and crazy rockiness to the head as it lowers. The smell is typical of an awesome pale belgian. Hints of apples, apple cider/juice, belgians spices and pepperiness. The flavor is sweet, fruity and peppery.The light peppery hop flavor is no challenge to the malty sweetness. The warmer it gets the maltier it tastes. The feel is smooth and slightly tingly from the carbonation. This is very drinkable. Great belgian pale.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque yellow-orange with a monstrous creamy head. Huge lacing.

Smell is sweet fruit (orange and lemon), spices, yeast and hops.

Taste is strongly of sweet citrus and spice flavoring. Peppery with great bready yeastiness, bananna, and cloves. Slight hops flavoring appears in the clean finish.

Mouthfeel is full and soft with a clean finish.

This brew is a little sweeter than expected, but it is still an excellent brew.

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Photo of madelf66
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mitchster
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a semi-cloudy apricot, forming a tall and expanding white head with a meringue consistency. Excellent retention and very good lacing. Carbonation is medium-strong. Aroma is very good....fresh red and green apples, strawberries, peaches, a ton of sticky pale malts with a bit of husken character, honey, and a very light nose of apple-cider vinegar. Taste recapitulates the aroma, with a nice honey-smacks cereal taste. Medium-light body, very easy to drink. Alcohol is imperceptible. Finishes slightly dry with a mild hop bitterness and toasty grains. Hop flavor is hard to distinguish but I can smell it in my belches, along with bananas. Surprisingly, this triple is not very sweet. Adding the dark brown yeast adds the expected breadiness, but also a flourish of honey. As it warms, alcohol becomes noticeable and adds a peppery touch to the finish.

This is not a mind-blowing tripel. It's very good, but I've had better (Grimbergen, Victory Golden Monkey, New Belgium). I wouldn't pass this up, but then again, I wouldn't necessarily seek it out. Still, I recommended trying it.

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Photo of Lothore
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly cloudy tangerine hue with a large eggshell head that slowly fades to tons of lacing.

S- Smell is sweet and deeply reminescent of Belgian yeast. Spicy and funky with light apricot undertones.

T- Taste is a array of blended spices, earthy belgian funk with a dry, tangy finish that leaves you constantly going for another sip.

M- Somewhat light with a good amount of carbonation that dances on the tongue and tickles the throat as it goes down.

D- This is highly drinkable and even though i'm not a huge Belgian fan this tripel really does it for me. It takes a Belgian yeasty taste that turns me off to quite a few other beers and makes it so enticing its hard to put down.

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Photo of chcfan
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle split with onix1agr. Poured into duvel tulips.

A- two big fingers of bright white rocky head that holds for a bit before settling to a thin cap and a few stray spots of lace. Hazy straw yellow orange in color.

S- lots of tropical fruits and spicy belgian yeast. Some biscuity malts and a touch of floral honey.

T- nice spark of spicy belgian yeast with some musty dusty to it that rolls slowly into a fruity hit. Some honey and wild flowers. Malts are bone dry and powdery.

M- about medium in body with a big bright carb that foams up and brings a creaminess with it. No sign of the abv on the palate.

D- this is a classic trip and one that I'd take any day. Another killer brew from one of the best.

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Photo of BdM
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Srkolodn
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LarryMyers
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of zknight
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigIslandfarmer
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of justintcoons
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear gold with tall fluffy, white head that dissipates slowly leaving behind sudsy lacing. Moderate carbonation.

N: Wheat, yeast, lemon zest and maybe some coriander.

T: Wheat bread, caramel, yeast and very subtle dark fruits, spices and maybe some floral and citrus notes in the finish.

M: Light bodied, sudsy and crisp.

D: Excellent drinkability! Another easy drinking Trappiste ale...big surprise! Balanced, crisp and delicious.

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Photo of bigman147
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: Pours a cloudy orangish hue with a soft puffy head. Head slowly fades with a persistent head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Fruity aroma of apple cider and maybe pears. Slightly grassy herbal character. Hint of warm alcohol with a slight black peppery spice.

Taste: Fruity spice. Taste of apples prevails with a smooth grainy character. Hop notes are sedated and bitterness is minimal. Alcohol is mild and surprising not really overly present considering this 8% ABV. Pale malts and possibly malted wheat.

Mouthfeel: Fair body with a slight citrus acidity that helps cleanse the palate. Carbonation is strong and supports the fruity acidity nicely. Overall, well balanced.

Drinkability: Maybe my only complaint of which some of it can be my own fault. Alot of the yeast poured out into the glass and caused a hazy mess on top of a large amount of floaters. This detracted from the overall appearance and in that the drinkability (I wouldn't feel comfortable drinking that much floating yeast. The yeast never settled either. Overall though its high alcohol and high in flavor and aromas. Worth a try.

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

(Served in a chalice)

A-This beer pours a deep golden hazy body with a slight brown hue. The head is a very creamy smooth off-white that last and last. There is a good carbonation of tiny bubbles and nice lacing with each sip.

S- The soft smell of roses and slight perfume are mixed with notes of bubblegum and pale malt. There is a very faint apple and pear note as it warms.

T- This beer has a spiciness in the initial taste followed by a slightly sweet honey and pale and crystal malt notes with some dryness in the finish. There is a slight carbonic acid taste in the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel but it has a fizzy texture that makes it feel fuller. No alcohol warmth or astringency.

D-This beer has a wonderful aroma but the taste doesn't follow thru with all the complexity. It is still very easy to drink and it drinks pretty quickly.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours an opaque golden color with 2 fingers of soft foam.
S - Aroma is yeasty banana.
T - Flavor is Belgian yeast and malt. A little spicy, a little sweet.
M - Mouth feel is crisp. Quite a bit of carbonation.
O -This Tripel is a bit different from others I've tasted. A very good Belgian.

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Photo of StormAles
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a St. Bernardus chalice, the beer pours a gold/copper color with almost an inch off-white head. It smells like pears, bubblegum/candy sweetness and a bit of peppery spicyness. The taste is pretty similar to how it smells, but I can also taste some yeast and citrus. Mouthfeel is medium/full, a bit dry and very smooth. Drinkability is high too, it goes down pretty easy. One of the best if not the best Tripel style beers I've had.

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

Picked this one up at the liqour store down the street.

Poured into my Keizer Karel chalice.

Nice appearance. Hazy golden yellow with a white fluffy head that sticks around for quite a while. Visible carbonation.

Lots of fruits on the nose. Almost like a weisbeer with some sour and yeast notes.

Sweetness on this tripel comes first and follows the nose except this is most definetly a tripel and not a weissbeer.

A medium to full body. Tons of carbonation is a very pleasant way.

I wonder why this is the first time I´m drinking this. It´s easy to obtain and fairly cheap )mind you that I live in Holland). Westmalle gets all the love but this one is a winner as well. Will be pciking this up more often. Recomended.

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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 Bustersuess
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Plenty of yeast in both the aroma and flavor. The palate offers plenty of rich but well-rounded malt sweetness, some definite honey, some bright but fairly dry fruitiness and a delicious grain character. While it gets eclipsed by all the malt and yeast, but there certainly is some flowery hop spice in there too.

Defeinately above average, a well-done and very drinkable Tripel from a great Belgian brewey.

Recemmended….

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Photo of Rob__
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,152 ratings.
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