St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

3,152 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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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.


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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

Photo of mirish72
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a mixed St. Bernardus six pack (2 tripels, 2 dubbels, 1 quad and 1 wit)and this was the first I tried. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Poured an orange copper, almost amber. The pour was viscous, with visible yeast floating around. The beer had a one finger head and nice lacing.

Sweet aroma, smelled of citrus fruits, traces of spices and yeast.

Very balanced taste and the alcohol was very masked for 8%. Beer had average carbonation and was very drinkable. This was the first St. Bernardus I have ever tried and I'm looking forward to tasting the rest.

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

Poured from the bottle into a chalice. A very nice hazy gold color with a big pure white head with lots of bubbles. The head lasts.
I can definitely smell the yeast and some hints of fruit.
Highly carbonated, more than I expected but not out of line for the style. A nice silky mouthfeel.
The taste is smooth and subtle. Milder than Westmalle Tripel or La Fin du Monde but all the right parts are there for you to enjoy. While this wasn't my all time favorite the first time around it's still a very high quality beer. I have another bottle that I'll open soon and enjoy. If you like your Tripels with strong flavor maybe this isn't for you but it's going to please a lot of people.

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Photo of sd123
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

A: Bright buy cloudy gold color with crazy carbonation. Bubbles were escaping the bottle as soon as I opened it. Small bits of yeast are suspended in the beer.

S:Yeasty and spicy. Very similar smell to a Saison. A second whiff reveals faint fruity / peppery notes.

T: First impression is dry and woolly / goaty. Spicy characteristics are similar to coriander if it is not the yeast itself. Hops are very subtle, but there. The trademark St. B raisiny dark fruit tastes show up once the beer warms a little -- even a little vanilla, yes? Green apples / pears too.

People who do not understand how some taste fruity notes in beers without fruit in them are advised to get one of these and drink it around 50 degrees.

I keep my beer fridge at 40 degrees, and must remember to let beers like this one reach the recommended temperature in the future since they really open up after warming just a few degrees -- I digress.

MF: While this beer is one of the best tripels I have tasted, the mouth feel is its best feature. This beer explodes inside the mouth, seemingly doubling its surface area. Very fluffy mouthfeel. I don't give many fives. . .

D: Tripels are not my favorite at all, but like I mentioned above this is one of the best I've had, and it may encourage me to try others. Most of the tripels I have had have not been nearly as complex as this example, seemingly relying on alcohol content alone. I will try more, but for now, if I am reaching for a tripel, it will be this one.

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

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

Chilled 33cl bottle poured into an open (westmalle brand) chalice.

Pours out to reveal a dullish amber hue with a yeast haze finish. Head is full and thick with quantity slightly above 2 fingers and impressive amounts of sticky lacing.

The aromatic spectrum is dominated by fruits with a particular emphasis on citrus. Whilst this is common amongst several Triples, this one is made up of very lively and fresh notes.

Hops characteristics make a strong appearance in the mouth but once again its those lively fruit elements that give this Tripel its own unique taste. Dry grainy yeast has a bit part n the overall mix but its largely hops from the sticky and chewy beginning until it dries off with alcohol.

I'm new to the St Bernardus range and can say this and the quad are some very fine beers

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

A: hazy copper, tons of sediment in suspension between the fizzy bubbles. One finger of relatively thin white head; mild lace. "Enjoy before 2013-08-20" on the label.

S: big fruits and malt. Citrus, yeast, biscuits too.

T/M: fruitiness melts into the spicy yeast as the suds go to work on my palate. This is a creamy, full-bodied brew with an exceptionally pleasant mouthfeel. Hops show up towards the end for some balance bitterness-wise, but the finish is sweet & boozy overall.

O: I really noticed how much more refined this beer was once it warmed up -- let it sit for ~10 min after pulling from the fridge to work up its self esteem. Delicious; second fiddle only to Tripel Karmeliet.

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

Taken from notes. Poured into a Snifter at Ebenezer's in July. Pours a light orange with a thin white head. Smells of light malt sweetness and some candied sugar. Tastes like a tripel should. Nice spice up front with a sweet, sweet malt backbone. Lots of spice. Very, very drinkable. I love tripels and this may be my fave.

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

Pours a golden orange, topped with fluffy white froth, thick with yeast (with the bulk of the lees left in the bottle). Nice.

Sweet malt, citrus and spices. A touch of hops as well. Yeasty. Yummy.

Rich and spicy, with a nice honeyed sweetness. A good balance, with a touch of bitterness on the back end. Tasty.

Lively on the palate, with a very dry finish.

Excellent, if not outstanding. I won't turn this down anytime soon. I haven't been drinking many Belgians recently....maybe I should pick up a few more!

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

St. Bernardus beers have always been my favorite beers but I had never had the tripel. Tripels have never been my favorite style but as far as they go this one is pretty darn good. Pours a cloudy yellow with a nice fluffy white head and nice lacing. Very spicy, yeasty aroma. Taste is very smooth, spicy, and citrusy. Satisfying carbonation, not overcarbonated. Benefits from a little oxidation.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Hazy dark straw/gold. Head is bright-white, rocky and chunky. Some notches of lacing. Head drops to a spotty cap and chunky collar.

Smell: Grass, some lemon, with touches of hay and clove. Some banana. Pale malts with a faint earthiness. Yeast is mellow and adds a nice layer to the existing malt base. As it warms the banana comes out in force. Very ripe.

Taste: Lemon. Mild, incredibly pale malts. Some hay. Some grass. Yeast kicks hard to banana, but it's not too aggressive. Mild bubblegum. Everything is in place, but it's all pretty mellow. Yeast kicks harder as it warms. Cloves. Nice clean floral elements. So very Belgian as it warms. Super yeast.

Mouthfeel: Clean with a moderately high carbonation. Body runs on the lighter side of medium. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: Good flavor, aggressive yeast. It becomes too much. Despite that, it's a solid take on the style.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours the standard golden amber color with a thin light white head.

S-notes of belgian yeast come in up front as some lightly tart lemon and notes of sweet apricot come in next. spicy phenols and notes of alcohol are present with a light herbal hop presence.

T-the taste is rather good, subtle yeast blends with tart lemon, some sweet golden fruit in there as well. hints of alcohol and phenol add a fair bit of spice to it as a night herbal hop presence with light bitterness rounds it off.

M-medium body has an agressive carbonation making it rather prickly throughout. a slightly dry finish is clean and somewhat crisp.

D-this is full of flavor that is well integrated and balanced. tasty tripel that has everything you want to see. a more dry finish and stronger malt presence to balance may help, but still very solid!

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

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

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

Excellent tripel, in the style of Chimay Cinq Cents. Yeasy, relatively full-bodied. Decent sized head, some retention. Not much lacing. Fruity and somewhat spicey, much like Chimay or Westmalle (but not as lively as the latter). Overall, as good as most of the best tripels, but not as good as Westmalle, my favorite (and the original) of the style.

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Photo of NJB145
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought in Cerveteca in Lisbon, drank at home in Coimbra and poured to a Leffe chalice.

A: The body is yellow-ish to orange-y but slightly more yellow. It's a bit opaque which is a downside and had lots of deposit hanging around which is not good. But the one finger thick white head had lots of retention and some lacing.
S: The aroma is mostly yeasty and malty giving prevalence to the belgian yeast.
T&M: The taste is very good being based on three different profiles of citrus, yeast and malts. Basically these three together create a rather sweet major profile that's very interesting with the minor bitterness that comes next. Both the taste and the mouthfeel are very well structured together.
O: I have to say that even by having a weaker presentation and aroma, I find this Tripel better than the Quad from St. Bernardus. Or is it just this beer talking?

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Photo of Drew966
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Bernardus Tripel pours the color of a new copper penny with an off white head from a brown 11.2 ounce bottle. There is a pleasant fruity aroma, apricot comes to mind as does pineapple. The fruit isn't as noticeable in the flavor, although aspects still come through. There seems to be more of an herbal flavor that dominates however. Definitely one to try.

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

St. Bernardus Tripel pours a golden, peachish, orange with a nice fluffy head. The smell is good, medium to strong with malt and fruit like aromas. Its taste is good and unique, sporting a crisp floral like taste. Mouthfeel is light with a medium carbonation. The carbonation gives a kind of airy bubbly feel. Overall the drinkability of this beer is really good. It packs a good subltle kick with a well blended taste and smooth feel. I found it to get better at mid glass, but still it was nice the whole way through.

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

750 corked n caged. First tasting of this beer, have had their quad...

A: Huge frothy white head. Beautiful! Murky hazy unfiltered golden ale with lees. It looks absolutely fantastic.

S: Orange peel, bubblegum, Bananas, cloves , vanilla, slighty toasty and rough, or rustic, smelling for a tripel. There is nothing to hide with this beer. Perfume like.

T: Taste follows the smell, very smooth, gets better as it warms. Tasty! There is a very bright celebratory flavor to this beer, I am impressed. This beer is not messing around.

M: Rustic tough chewy mouth. Chewier than most Belgian ales I have tried. A strong fresh bubbly frothy carbonation this has. I think this is a very fresh bottle.

Overall, this is a serious Tripel, I am enjoying it greatly. This is an amazing and powerful beer, not for chugging due to its intense floral characteristics. A real sipper, even at 8 %.

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