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St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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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 Bombelsky
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a trappist chalice. Label shows a monk enjoying his beer. It has a hazy, orange color. Off white, two fingers tall and very frothy head. Foam is diminishing and creates a small crown. Good lacing. Malty aromas of grain and hay. Lemon aroma upfront. Gentle citrus. Some apricot. Medium body. Soft carbonation, salty. Some spiciness. Wonderful sweet fruits and bitter strong punch in a mouthfeel. Well balanced. Fantastic long, bitter finish. Some sour notes. Served at 9 Celsius degrees.

Expiration date: 14.04.2017
Review date: 25.04.2016

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Photo of sjccmd
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bready, fruity, and floral aroma. White pepper, perfume like. Apples, pears, and pie crust-like malt character. Cinnamon. Somewhat savory smelling.

Pours hazy golden with a frothy white head that recedes quickly but leaves sticky lacing.

Sweet honey bread. Almost doughy. Apples, cinnamon, white pepper. Rich and fruity. Snappy hop bitterness, but not much hop flavor. Fairly dry finish, but with lingering doughy, honey sweetness.

Medium full body with medium high carbonation. Fine, prickly bubbles, bring out hop bitterness. Snappy and bright.

More malt forward than others of the style. Less hop character, but with firm bitterness. Rich and fruity upfront but with enough snappy bitterness and a dry finish to keep the sweetness in check.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a hazey golden colour with a small white head that disapates to a thin layer. Aroma Apple, pear, sweet, fruity, malt, banana. Taste clove, fruits, banana, pear, malt. Not bad.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With its fruity/bitter balance cutting through the abundant garlic and herbs, this Tripel goes well with Uncle Bob's World-Famous vegetable soup... and probably a lot of other great foods, too.

Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die", a sequel to his CAMRA classic.
Listed in the 1001 Beers, this beers deserves to be there.
MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" said "The lighter, more flowery, Tripel has a pale amber color ... and the orangey-grassy flavors of Styrian hops."

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Photo of carp3tshark
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A fine example of a Belgian tripel classic yeast flavor, classic color, but then here is were I believe the bee falls short. Malt body is not carried through. It's a 1 finger head that leads to lacey glass trimmings. the straw-like aftertaste lack the coriander, clover, honey, orange flavors of it's contemporaries. I've sampled this beer on many occasions and have been duly disappointed. Don't get me wrong, it's still a top 20 style beer but there are other more deserving beers waiting (for hundreds of years) to steal it's lunch. Koenigshoven (aka la trap) from The Netherlands bests this beer. boom. take that abbey monks. - more malt body balance and a bit of sweetness and clover complexity and you can play with my favorites in this class, until then, mature for another couple hundred years. =Overrated but still damn good.

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Photo of dd43
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an outstanding tripel and one of the best versions of the style that I can recommend. Appearance wise this is slightly darker in color than the more brightly golden tripels I've seen. Carbonation is a little more frothy with larger bubbles than something like a Westmalle Trappist. This beer greatly improves as it warms up, the fruity esters from the belgian yeast really pop and lend increasing does of banana and baked pear. Not to mention that the belgian candied sugar takes on a more prominent role, without becoming cloying. Spice wise I get some clove and a general sort of baking spice character, but not like a diabetes dessert beer or anything like that. It's well done, restrained to not be overpowering. Not artificially spiced. I love the malt presence in this beer, it is sort of a honey glazed bread, rich and mouth coating. I think this tripel from St. Bernardus is very accessible for anyone that wants to experience the style, yet is complex enough for beer enthusiasts to dive into and dissect for a good long while. A must try.

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Photo of vainosuomi
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Opaque light golden/tan color, frothy off-white head
Smell: bready malts and yeast, little bit of banana and maybe some other fruits,
Taste: Sweet malts and yeast, apple, little bit of spice, citrus (maybe the hops?). Overall pretty sweet, with some sour apple/citrus. Slightly bitter and sour finish.
Feel: Crisp carbonation, medium-bodied
Overall a high quality tripel.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the small bottle, it pours a very slightly hazy golden color with a moderate head, a small amount of bubbles lighly replenish the head, so it fades eventually. A bit of malt and hops in the nose. Nice flavor with just a touch of malt and a refreshing finish. Wow!

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Photo of Viaduck
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An impressive pop of the the cork & pours a golden color, slightly hazy with a lovely thick white head. Pretty aroma, all that hop & malty goodness. Lots of carbonation to keep the mouth interested. And very nice flavor, darker than I expected. I this think this beer is one of my favorites. Excellent!

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky/hazy gold color with a huge white thick foamy head.

aroma: belgian yeast. biscuits, apple

flavor: dark fruits, apple, malt, alcohol, banana, caramel

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Photo of Jow
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brewery is the one that lies very near the original brewery of westvleteren.

The blond version is so wonderfull and better then the brown in my opion. BETTER THAN A LOT OF TRAPPIST.

The flavor melt together as one and there is enough sharpness that makes it interesting. You me even speak of e certain funk that hits your tongue. Fine beer!

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Photo of SteffenM
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite Tripels. The first time I bought this beer it came withe glasses. Split the small bottle between two glasses. Amazing presentation with long lasting head retention.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours slightly hazy golden with finger of white foam. Aromas of bread, apples, banana, and sugar. Flavors follow the nose, with a nice bready sweetness of malt and candi dominating amongst ripened fruit. Sometimes this style goes a little sour for me... not this one. Clean finish with a slightly sweet yeasty finish. Very smooth despite high carbonation. Good stuff

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Photo of MrDell
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5


St. Bernardus Tripel
Tripel - 8% - 330ml bottle – Best Before 28.08.17

Appearance: Golden, clear, ale with a perfectly white head - 4 fingers, dropping to half quite quickly. Medium to high levels of carbonation. One thing I noticed was just how much yeast has been added for the bottle conditioning of this beer when the bottle is held up to the light, and yet it all stays at the bottom of the bottle enabling you to pour a perfectly clear beer into the glass – this is a real ‘testament’ to the water used in the brewing process.

Aroma: Strong notes of juicy oranges, straw, some classic hop aromas, other sweet, ripe fruits including apple and fresh pears. Spices from the yeast. Very nice.

Taste: Sweet apple and oranges upfront straight away and this lasts all the way through with the yeast coming in the middle and then giving way to a very brief second where the alcohol is just detectable (very well hidden though, and certainly doesn't drink like an 8% brew) then we're back with the sweetness for a very long, pleasant finish. Not bitter at all. The yeast strain can be easily identified as St. Bernardus – the old Westvleteren yeast.

Mouth feel: Smooth and gentle, not dry or bitter at all. Very neutral as in not dry, not oily.

Overall: A world class tripel, easily on a par with Westmalle which is widely considered to be the bench mark for the style. Perfectly balanced, must buy more! 10 / 10.

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Photo of horshack7
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden with a bright white head that is about one finger thick.

Aroma: Pear, golden raisins, green apple, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, yeasty and a light dryness in the nose.

Taste: Golden raisins, pear, nutmeg, yeasty, coriander, allspice, green apple, cinnamon. A very crisp mouthfeel with a good dry finish.

Notes: A top notch Tripel so nice and dry and a good one to pick up. Cheers.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Beautiful clear golden orange color, with a carbonated white head and minimal lacing.

S: Apple cider, some lemon peel, grassy hops, cloves, and Belgian yeast, quit inviting aroma

T: Lemon, cloves, some pepper and grassy hops with some malt sweetness. Has a light bitterness at the end, no hint of the higher a very. Lots going on here, but it all works well together.

F: Light body, slightly under carbonated, fairly dry finish.

O: A really awesome tripel

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Photo of jimdkc
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy gold color. Massive white head which fades pretty quickly. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Smells of bread, yeast. Some clove-like spice.

Slightly peppery taste. Slight bitterness. Alcohol is apparent, but not overwhelming. Fruity notes... Pear, Apple..

Light body with tingly carbonation. A very nice tripel

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straw gold with half a finger head. Little lacing. Nose is bread, banana, cloves, allspice. Taste is a much the same, banana-y and spices, with a citrus finish. Feel is smooth despite the somewhat heavy carb. No alcohol noticeable. Overall, a really really good tripel.

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Photo of puck1225
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a chalice. Cloudy gold color. Thin head with nice lacing. Great fruity smell. The taste is smooth and rich with pears, apples, caramel, and some raisin. Very nice beer!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is a hazy, opaque, orange-caramel coloring with a foamy, light, bubbly, off-white head. Aromas of banana bread, cloves, cinnamon, all-spice, cardamom, subtle caramel, pears, and a bready backbone. Amazingly balanced and inviting. Flavors are smoothly sweet forward, with notes of banana, apple, pear, and a solid spice blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and coriander, with a subtle yeasty, Belgian funk. Smooth, creamy, light body, with a subtle edge in the backbone that keeps the aftertaste of banana bread and warming spices corralled. Smooth, slightly dry finish. This is a great example of the style. Delicious beer!

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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 stevoj
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Spicy palate, aroma of licorice, not quite the towering head of a Karmaliet. Body is just about right, almost oily. Nice tripel, but not my favorite....

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 09/2011 bottle served chilled in a chalice.

Appearance: Pale straw, highly carbonated, quite a bit of sediment in the bottle that ended up in the glass, rocky but thin white head that sank to a rim of foam.

Nose: pears, Stone fruit, Belgian funk, yeasty and bread

Taste: follows the nose, very dry and one of the most highly carbonated beers I've ever tastes, pears, delicious

Overall: a Tripel masterpiece. No signs of age except for maybe some thinning out of the body, crazy carbonation, absolutely no signs of oxidation at all, The bottle says says this beer can be cellared for 5 years but I have no doubt that it could last for many more. This is a wonderful beer.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Extremely faithful rendition of the style from one of the more widely known Belgian breweries. Golden and bubbly, lots of carbonation and frothy head. Banana, bread, lemon / zest on the nose. It's at 8% ABV and while in appropriate range for a tripel, I like mine at another 1-2% or so.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one just doesn't get me crankin' like Westmalle or Tripel Karmeleit. There's some grainyness and alcohol that push through on the nose/palate a little too forcefully. It's dull gold body just doesn't pop like the competition. The nose has enough of those classic banana/pear/lemon esters and a definite vein of spicy, if hinting at plasticky, phenols. Probably the best part of the beer, though, again, it just doesn't come together quite as harmoniously as some other options. Overall, vague though it may sound, this one lacks a certain depth/richness that I've experienced elsewhere in the style. Not a terrible brew, but can't imagine reaching for this over some other standard bearers.

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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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