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St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of clvand0
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy amber color with no head at all and no lacing on the glass. The aroma is somewhat subdued. Some spices and fruit, but not what I was expecting. The flavor has the spices in it and hints of the fruit, but the flavors are really subdued. Judging from the absense of any head, I might have had a bottle that was way past its prime. I'll give this one a revisit at a later date.

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Photo of beergoot
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a decent light yellow color with a relatively thin white head. Light spice, bubblegum, and apricot and raisins highlight the aroma. Taste is pretty well-balanced with a noticeable alcohol presence coming out in the end, upending the malt/ester initial presence. Finishes a the sweet-side. Good mouthfeel: medium bodied with a lively yet soft carbonation that adds to the overall smoothness.

A good beer and worth more visits if a Belgian-styled brew is what you're looking for.

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Photo of crnipeter
3.64/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, BB date reads 09-25-2012, into tulip. Clear, effervescent golden body is overlain by airy white head that doesn't last and completely dissipates. I'd expect the head to be firmer and creating more lace as subsides. Aroma exhibits light, somewhat bready, toasty malt character with a nice interplay of fruity esters, phenols, sweetness and alcohol. The significant fruity esters are represented by orange, pineapple, mango and peach, followed by moderate spicy and clove-like phenols, evident candy sugar sweetness and restrained soft spicy alcohol. As far as the aroma section is considered, the balance between esters and phenols is leaned towards the former while in the flavor dept the later prevail. Soft malty body embraces dominant peppery phenols and spicy alcohol flavor, subdued citrusy esters of orange, and moderately high bitterness that seems to result especially from the yeast-derived phenols as well as from hoppy bitterness. The relatively high bitterness combines with moderate carbonation to lend a dry finish with spicy aftertaste. The body is medium-light and somewhat creamy from the slightly warming alcohol.

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Photo of veinless
3.64/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark gold, with green tones. Good amount of floaters hanging out, which look pretty good. I don't know what was up with my bottle based on other reviews, but I got absolutely no head whatsoever. None. It poured like juice. Stirring the beer with the cap a little bit produced nothing either.

Nose is very nice, with pleasant semi-sweet fruit bouquet, with coriander in the smell as well. Nice earthy yeast is present too, to go with biscuity malt.

Taste is really well balanced, with lots of the fruit, namely orange and some sort of apricot, coming out with coriander and bready malt. Tiny bit of alcohol is present at the end, but it is not boozy or hot on the tongue, but more slight and sharp. Combined with the spice, it is tough to distinguish it from some foreign spice.

Mouthfeel is flat, making this beer full bodied, but not creamy or lively at all. Drinkability is fine for the abv, but carbonation would REALLY help to clean the mouth out and keep it interesting.

Carbonation is so minimal that it definitely hurts the beer, but I think this is an isolated case of my faulty bottle so I really want to try another.

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Photo of corey0212
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color, some floaties suspended in the beer, foamy white head fades slowly into a nice 1/4" layer atop the beer, some spotty/clingy lacing on the glass. Some tropical fruit aromas, maybe a hint of vanilla bean, and a slightly bracing whiff of alcohol. Sort of a dulled pear flavor, some green apple flesh, really subdued, spicy on the lips, and some heat from the alcohol. Medium-bodied, slightly creamy, some lingering fruitiness/spiciness. I think this would be much better with a plate of food beside it; on its own, it's not wowing me.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked bottle with adrink brfore date of 1/24/09 stamped on the bottom. Pours a slightly hazy medium gold with a hude fluffy white head and very nice lace. Smells tart with a fair amount of wheat malt smells. Fruit aromas are also present with some apple and pear. Initial malt are fairly intense but are quickly followed by a decent hop bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. initial flavors also include the juices mentioned above as well as some yeasty undertones. Alcohol is hidden nicely. A fine beer that I think needs some aging still. It seems like tha flavors just don't blend like they should, so I think I will purchase another and open it in about 2 years. It shold be very nice then.

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Photo of beerindex
3.66/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This nice yellow-orange colored beer had an impressive healthy head that was white and cloudy, and lingered long enough to please. I can't quite place the smell, though it was fairly pleasant, and I do believe I detected hints of citrus and some mystery spices.

As to the taste, I was somewhat disappointed, having just days earlier tried the Karmeliet. Still, judged strictly on its own merits, this was a rather drinkable tripel that I'd be happy to imbibe in the future. Well carbonated and fruity with some spice, but not enough for my taste. I think if anything, the mouthfeel was too comfortable, and not really a tasting challenge.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.67/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – The bottle blew up when I popped it but then poured with almost no head. I didn’t get that. The body was light orange in color.

Smell – Strong orange syrup aroma with a touch of yeast and some summer fruits.

Taste – This yeast is subdued at the taste. The fruits are light summer such as melons, with a tangy compliment that’s almost like a sprig of lemon. There’s also some traditional Belgian spicing to this one.

Mouthfeel – Big carbonation and medium in the body.

Drinkability – This wasn’t bad, but certainly not worth picking up again.

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Photo of jmc44
3.67/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy amber-golden color; light, thin white head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

The aroma is light, with hints of alcohol, fruit, and a slight note of spice.

Taste is initially fruity, with banana and berry, followed by a slight hop spiciness. The bitter character comes through surprisingly stong compared to other tripels, and the spice character with the fruit is a bit awkward. The flavors do meld together better as the beer warms.

Smooth, medium bodied beer, which is fairly drinkable despite its abv.

Not a bad beer, but IMHO not the best tripel out there. Actually a bit disappointing from their fantastic ABT 12, but still solid in its own right and worth a try.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, best before 7/28/08. Pours a cloudy dark gold with some yeast floaties in it. The head is white and very bubbly. It retains pretty well and clings to the glass.

The aroma is very spicy - cloves, banana, floral and earthy and a little honey.

The flavor is kind of musty, bready malt with a little spiciness, some bananas, some honey sweetness and a laid back bitterness throughout. The mouthfeel is pretty full with some rather harsh carbonation.

Overall, it's pretty good. It's almost a little more saison-ey than triple-y.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before date 03/03/15, poured into a Chimay goblet

A: Slightly cloudy, dark golden. Good sized, dense white head.

S: Yeasty and bready. Spicy & clove notes from the yeast. A bit of a lager-y aroma as well.

T: Light sweetness on the start, but fairly dry overall. Mild apple flavor with a bit of spice. Finishes fairly bitter. Light alcohol contribution. Pleasant, but fairly uninteresting.

M: Strong carbonation. Quite dry in the month. Clean bitterness on the finish that lingers for about 30 seconds.

O: Good, but not exciting me that much. The bitterness seems a little out of balance and detracts for me.

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Photo of mydeadguy
3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy medium amber (some yeast in suspension), with a decent active head that fails to last, dies too quick, leaving a thin sheen of foam.

The nose is faint alcohol, yeast, sweet fruits (pineapple),

Very active carbonation on the palate, a loose foamy head reappears with gentle swirling in the glass. Full and malty with yeast overtones, doesn't betray the 7.5% abv, but warms the belly and quick. Herbal and earthy yeast notes permeate the mouth. A bit on the sweeter side, holding onto the tastebuds after the sip is done.

I enjoy this beer, but not being a Belgian beer expert, I feel I may be missing some of the complexity of this brew, or, conversely I may be looking for complexity that isn't there. Either way, I'll be having this again.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.
8% ABV, 46-50° F

A - One might think a beer this effervescent with carbonation might make it easy to pop the cork, but that just wasn't so. After my first go with a corkscrew on a caged bottle, this beer poured a hazy pale golden color with an appearance just like a witbier. The billowing white foam is no surprise from a beer that crackles like Rice Crispies and neither is the thick lace it leaves behind.

S - Fragrant like perfume, this Tripel is potent but delicate. Fresh rain-kissed wheat is honey-dipped with notes of cane sugar and a finish of original Big League Chew bubble gum, suggestions of clove, and spritz of lemon citrus.

T - The aroma's lovely and inviting bouquet takes a sharp nosedive into boredom, really distancing itself from other Belgian Tripels with low flavor that's not to be mistaken with delicate, as the nose. Sugar and sweet pils malt are brushed with a light smattering of lemongrass, but the clean flavor is just too light for the style.

M - Vibrant carbonation dances on the tongue wonderfully, the perfect level for the style and perfect level to keep the beer lively despite the average flavor as it finishes with a lingering dryness and subtle alcohol impression.

O - Disappointing but by no means bad, St. Bernardus Tripel is just a lackluster beer swimming in a sea of other aromatic, vibrant, and elegant tripels, all chock full of character and life. This beer seems faded and boring by comparison, though mainly in flavor.

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Photo of mjc410
3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer, in an appropriate goblet at Zeno's in State College, forms a slight off-white head over a near-translucent yellow-gold body. The nose is filled with candi-caramel, a bit of spiciness, a little acid. Smells rich and nice. The taste has an earthy hop profile, not as sweet as the nose, very rich and peppery, not as smooth as it could be. The alcohol comes through too much. The mouthfeel is medium, with high carbonation. This tripel is complex, and very strong - too much so for me.

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Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy peach color with a huge blooming (almost to much) head that consumed the whole beer now a fluffy head on top of a Belgian tripel is nice but this went a bit overboard.I notice a little funk in the aroma like a saison in some ways with its mentioned funk and peppery spice with just a light note of citrus,quite spicey on the palate cloves coriander and black pepper really come thru with an underlying candi suger elemant.A nice creamy mouthfeel lended itself well to this brew.A nice tripel but I have had better the Witkap tripel I had just yesterday to me was more broad and enjoyable,all in all not bad but to me not worth the hype.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky gold with lots of floating yeast chunks (despite careful pouring).
Aroma shows the typical belgian yeast along with cinnamon, pears, sour dough bread, and candi sugar. Some subtle sweet alcohol noticeable.
Aromas are almost perfectly mirrored in flavour (with the exception of cinnamon). The sweetness is a bit overbearing however.
I'm not a fan of the huge carbonation either even if it is part of the style.

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Photo of stanley123
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: yellow color.

S: Cloves, honey , sugar.

T: hoppy, sweet, a bit fruity

M: Medium

bought it at the local slga to my surprise would defiantly buy again if available reasonable price tag at $3.00 a bottle proper glass was not available so drank out of bottle head lasted long time in bottle drank it well chilled

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Photo of fastsrt
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle in tulip bottled in 2006

A:hazy, golden orange, sediment, large frothy head lacing the glass.

S: spicy, over all great.

T: its a bit boozy it tastes like there is more than 8% alcohol.

M: high carbonation, lingering alcohol.

D: nice tripel but i tracked this one down and i feel it was a waste of time. and would not get again.

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Photo of kitch
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this 330ml bottle from Bangkok, Thailand and took it back to Hong Kong in my suitcase. It has a best before date of 7th August 2016 and was poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer poured a hazy murky dark gold colour with one finger creamy white head that has great retention but leaves a nice set of stringy lacing.

Aroma: Mainly floral and citrus lemon and lime aromas along with some bready buscuit malt.

Taste: Sweet fruity pear and some caramelised banana tastes, maybe even banana bread. The bready malts come through and the finish is slightly bitter and peppery.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation and somewhat dry.

Overall: This is a pretty good tripel but not my favourite. I still prefer the La Trappe and Westmalle versions more as this was less fruity overall.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 29 October 2002. St. Bernardus Tripel pours a golden brown color, and has a large, tightly bubbled head w/ champagne effervescence. It's flavor is fruity up front w/ a sweet finish. I found this beer to be quite enjoyable and will have it again

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Photo of thehillsbar
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bronze/dark gold in color, pours with a very tall head that dissipates after a few minutes.
Tastes ok. not too smooth, but the easiest to drink tripel that i've had.
You can really feel the alcohol content.
A very good beer. Would buy and drink again (if it wasn't so expensive!)
25.4oz. bottle

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Photo of DaveJanssen
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cL in St. Bernardus Goblet in Ghent. Reviewed 7/11/2009

Ar: strong honey, light funk, light burnt sugar, plum, chocolate, vanilla, alcohol, too sweet

Ap: yeast, white head, medium/thich, good retention, smooth fine lace

F: White chocolate, cherries (not especially dark, Marascino hint), vanilla, smooth with alcohol hints, lots of vanilla oriented sweetness, lightly floral, cherry and plum in background, nutty malt and brittle

M: sweet, medium creamy mouthfeel, high/mid carbonation, alcohol warmth

O: vanilla manipulates taste very strongly, less would be better, excellent dessert beer but is not good in many circumstances, not the kind of tripel i prefer

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Photo of Underrower
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the mixed pack served in a goblet.

Honey color. More foam than the Watou Tripel. Continuous tiny bubble rising to the top. No floaties.

Smell is very light wheat maybe. Not much smell. As it warms I can smell yeast.

Taste. Very refreshing when cold. Very, very nice for a tripel as far as the hops are balanced and much more subtle than say La Fin Du Monde or Tripel Karmeleit. The flavor ride is quick from the nice Belgian malts up front then the micro fuzzy fizz comes quick then somewhat dry hops then the flavor drops cleanly leaving only a very faint sour ghost that lingers just a bit. This opens up nice as it warms. The depth increases but so does the sourness. Do yourself a favor and take you time so you experience the range from cold to warm.

Mouth feel is refreshing. Lots of tiny bubbles fizzing away on the palate. As it warms it gets more slick and less fizzy.

A fine, fine Tripel but I think it misses the depth and complexity of it's sister the Watou Tripel. I just find that one much more interesting but this one is much more drinkable. I could easily drink more of this, maybe too much too easily. This is by far the easiest drinking tripel I have had. The flavor is great but not overly complex. I would like this in a 750 ml because it just opened up as I finished it.

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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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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,093 ratings.
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