St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel
BA SCORE
4.24/5
3,171 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#820
Reviews:
1,280
Ratings:
3,171
pDev:
9.2%
Bros Score:
4.32
 
 
Wants:
262
Gots:
494
Trade:
4
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Photo of Harrison8
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a rich, semi-dark orange with a foggy, haze to it. Head is a finger high of white foam that sits and retains exceptionally well. Few rings of lacing left behind, but most gets absorbed by the hearty head. Aroma is alive with bright Belgian yeast esters, banana, clove, biscuits, and bread. Flavor profile is a smooth deliver of banana, clove, and Belgian yeast esters. Flaky, doughy biscuit and bready malts shine through, especially towards the end. Mouth feel is medium in thickness, with a filling, velvety, creamy texture. Overall, a delight to drink. At 8%, it's starting to hit the middle-high end of the ABV spectrum, and yet it drinks incredibly smooth and easy.

Served in a Belgian goblet from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of sgregory
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Zombiefeynman
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ThreeBeersWalkedIn
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pseuderity
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zet
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark orange haze with a flat subtle but steady head of foam and a lot of lovely lacing. Smell of yeast, malt, orange, banana, green apple and some hops. The yeast actually has a very fresh scent, which is nice. Aforementioned flavours also make their appearance in the taste, which is amazingly balanced and subtle. Not as agressive as a lot of other tripels. Taste starts moderately sweet and is semi-dry in the finish. Mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth, silky smooth. A lovely tripel, with lots of flavour, while remaining delicate.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was a hazy to cloudy burnt pale orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a half a minute. Lacing is messy with light foamy strings. The smell had a sweet pear with the "iced aples" I normally get with most tripels. Light "cake-like" quality runs nicely. Light Belgian spices end up coming out slightly as it warms. The taste was mainly sweet through the malts and then slides into a sweet tropical fruity flavor. Dry sweet fruity aftertaste leads into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation seemed to be good and low. Dryness hits my tongue decently. Overall, I wonder if I’ve had too many Americanized versions of tripels that now when I go to have a real Belgian one that I get thrown off a bit. Don’t get me wrong this was a really nice Tripel I’m just not sure why I got that "cake-like" aspect in the smell. Still, I’d have again.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: cloudy orangish body with yeast floaties; big frothy white head, long lasting; good lacing

Smell: good belgian yeast character; notes of pepper and clove

Taste: light hops; mostly tropical fruit notes; very tasty

Mouthfeel: creamy with good carbonation

Remarks: overall a very delicious beer; love the yeast they use

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Photo of gyro555in
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Zazzi82
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Grinky
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ryan_DelMastro
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a beer. Smells like candy. It's a WOW beer! Thinner than any Tripel I remember but very tasty and easy drinking. Just a slight bitterness in the aftertaste. An outstanding brew. I'll be keeping an eye open for this one.
On draft at TapWerks, OKC.

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

Photo of ScottP
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigIslandfarmer
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Raziel313
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Prost76
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cyber_phoenix
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mkh012
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip at 48°. Best before October 2018.

A nice shade of cloudy orange with a finger of white head. The head dissipates to a thin ring fairly quickly. Lively carbonation visible, and some sediment.

When I pop the cork, I can smell Belgian yeastiness immediately. Upon closer inspection, I get banana, green apple, white pepper, clove, and a little cinnamon. Vague lager-like qualities and soapiness.

Starts surprisingly creamy, with light banana, graininess, some apple skin, and zippy white pepper and clove. Dry-ish on the backend. Hints of lemon and peach.

Overall, expertly crafted, no doubt. A little bit forgettable, though, perhaps. The sum of its parts is highly drinkable and satisfying, but subtle. La Fin Du Monde remains my favorite in the style. This gets an 8+/10 from me.

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Photo of wanderingpints
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Roberto11232
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Bujon
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love the look of this brew, while the head does slip away fairly speedily, the body with its thick haze and the sediment suspended looks like deep space.

Aroma is gentle and appealing, quite fruity notes for a tripel.

Taste and feel gain good marks too, a great mix of fresh and malty fruits, very drinkable, and a perfect 8% abv.

This is one of the best tripels for sure, but it is the keenest contested of all the Belgian styles.

Do yourself a favour and get a few of these in, each one grows better than the previous.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 3,171 ratings
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