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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
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1,258
Ratings:
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Avg:
4.23
pDev:
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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, poured into a St. Bernardus chalice

This tripel appears a slightly hazed golden yellow with a good amount of active carbonation. A fluffy, cloud white head rose to the top of the chalice perfectly. Excellent retention! A thin, fluffy, cloud white head hugged the top of the beer until the last sip, and left spattered lacing all the way down.

A very full aroma; deep not broad. Tart lemons, spicy hops, and delicate malt. The smell is real pungent, and leaps out at you.

The taste is of ripe, fresh lemons, clean biscuity yeast, a spicy, chewy hop profile and a cereal-like malt backbone. The finish is dry and tart.

Soft and supple, rich and creamy, and everywhere in between. This is a big, hearty tripel that really deceives you from its looks. Carbonation is perfect, full-bodied.

An absolute breeze to drink. This is a lush and complex tripel that really satisfies the soul.

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

11.2oz bottle decanted into my Chimay chalice. The date on the back of the bottle reads 5th Oct 2010.

A: Light orange with a solid one-finger white head, excellent retention. Plenty of carbonation. Fantastic lace.

S: Complex - spicy, phenolic, yeasty, bready, rose and honey in varying degrees. Excellent stuff

T: Starts off mildly sweet with a nougat and honey before a mild fruity, spicy complexity kicks in with banana, anise and a mild floral note with rose and jasmine. The finish is dry and mildly phenolic. Excellent

M: Soft and silky smooth with plenty of carbonation. Great stuff

D: This is hands down the best Tripel I've had. Why did i wait this long?

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Photo of sweemzander
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Best by 05/07/13.

(A)- Pours a clear golden color that produced a huge foamy & fluffy white head with great retention behind it. Plenty of lacing as well.

(S)- Rather dry and earthy. Some nice clove and subtle banana/lemon fruits. Alot of yeast elements in the aroma; almost has some biscuit-like nuances.

(T)- A very creamy profile. Some nice banana and lemon with hints of bubblegum. Lots of clove starts to show itself as it warms. Dry and earthy on the finish.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and a great balance to it. Crisp, and refreshing with good fruits and dry yeasty characteristics.

(D)- An excellent triple. Everything I was expecting. Has a nice balance and smoothness. A very clean take on the style without being too earthy or funky.

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Photo of Viggo
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber/orange, huge white head forms, goes slowly, impressive lacing until the end, nice legs. Smell is malty sweetness, honey, spices, apple. Taste is yeast, sweet malt, honey, wheat, spices, light fruits. The mouthfeel is very full, medium high carbonation, very clean and very dry. An excellent beer.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange color, light dissipating head. Good spiced smell and taste. Typical carbonation for a Belgian, really nice mouthfeel. Really solid beer

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Photo of Bighuge
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A hazed golden orange appearance. Volcanic streams of CO2 surface at extreme rates. A bigass crop of whipped white froth caps it off. After a few minutes, the head starts to look like a damn snocone. Beautiful appearance. Aroma hits home with some bready yeastiness, mint, candy, lemon pepper, must and earthy hops. On to the flavor, which can be summed up best as "subtlety to perfection." Cookie dough yeastiness, bready tones, mint leaves, soft candy tones, pepper, lemon, grass and yellow cakiness. This beer melts in the mouth like mother fucking cotton candy. Effin beautiful. And drinkable. Nothing alcoholic at all about this bitch. This one is a dandy. One of the best tripels I've had. Check that...THE best Tripel I've had.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 4.23.13
Dated 16.04.15

A - Pours a hazy light-medium orange with a huge foamy off-white head.

S - Lemon, peach, sweet candy.

T - Belgium yeast, fruity and sweet candy.

D - Tons of carbonation and a light body.

O - Sweet, fruity and very candy-like. So easy to drink.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle, best date of 19/11/13 on the label. poured into a Belgian-style goblet.

appears a hazy dark straw color, thick foamy bright white colored head. good head retention. aroma is a bit medicinal, and slightly fruity.

taste is slightly bready, wheaty. Belgian yeast, a bit herbal. mild, well balanced flavors. so smooth. mild carbonation, drinks so easy.

overall - I'm usually not a big fan of tripels, but this is hands down the best that I've had.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle served in my ST tulip. Best before end 08 02 13 indicated on the back label. Pours a burnished, golden-orange with a creamy/frothy 2.75 inch head. Clarity is semi-hazy, with tiny bubbles effervescing in solution from the stem to cap. Head exhibits excellent retention, eventually settling into a 3/4 inch cap that is refreshed with a swirl. Delicate strands of lacing are exposed and adhere to the side of the glass during the tasting. Nose reveals light citrus fruit (perhaps some apricot), cloves, a spicy/peppery quality and a suggestion of candi sugar and honey. Taste follows nose - a little grassy and the herbal quality is less spicy than suggested by the nose. There's also a slightly stale yeast flavor that comes out towards the back and somewhat quashes the sweetness that presents in the middle. Light fruit is more rounded and less citrus-centric. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a slightly scaly carbonation and a finish that falls a little short of semi-dry. A very nice and well-balanced tripel. This tends to be a hit or miss style for me, but this is definitely a hit in my opinion.

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Photo of cbutova
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#1 out of the St. Bernardus six pack sampler. Poured into my 25cl Chimay goblet, a nice golden orange with some sediment and lots of carbonation rising, one finger head that seems to last for the entire time the beer is consumed, leaves great lacing down the whole glass, a coat of it. One of the creamiest looking heads I have ever seen. Smells of light fruit, raisins, yeast, malts and maybe some alcohol, get that banana hefe like smell too. Tastes of light fruits/citrus, hefe banana, raisins, a tiny bit of alcohol, and some malts. Mouthfeel is great, very creamy and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation, a bit of alcohol warming. Drinkability is good for a belgian, taste is surprisingly refreshing, 8% alcohol can only be sensed a little bit, great beer, will have again.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

This beer pours a great looking pale gold with a finger high head that lasts several minutes. This is also incredible lacing.

The aroma is very subtle but mostly floral with a touch of hops.

The tatse is wonderful, very smooth from start to finish. Great notes of hops and spice. Very drinkable from start to finish.

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Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, bright, orangey-gold color with a decent size head of white foam.

Aromas begin with a sugary sweet maltiness with hints of spicy hops, fruit-flavored bubblegum yeastiness, some slight booze and more honey candy.

The tastes begin with sweet pale maltiness with a bit of breadiness. Large dose of honey candy with a some lemony/citrus fruitiness and a drop of vanilla extract. As it warms you get more of the spicy, flowery hops that impart a medium-low bitterness. You can also detect a splash of bubblegum from the yeast with some light accompanying alcohol heat and peppery yeast.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with medium-high, slightly prickly carbonation. Finish is niether dry or sweet or anything really. A bit peppery if I had to choose one thing.

Overall this is a very good tripel from one of the staple Belgian brewers in the world. Not my favorite style but pretty much what I would want from a Tripel if I was ever in the mood to drink one. Not to the quality of Westmalle but close. Recommended for fans of the style, good place to start your craft beer exploration if it is just beginning.

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Photo of dgilks
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intense spicy, citrus aroma. Notes and banana and cotton candy. Quite good.

Somewhat hazy peach colour with a big dissipating to small off-white head.

Mild, soft malt is the predominant flavour. I get some subtle citrus and spice notes and a nice interplay of fruit flavours.

Medium-full body with moderately-high carbonation. Balanced and quite good.

A tasty Tripel and very good. It's not my favourite but I would have it again.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this from a bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice. At first glance, it looked pretty good: Clear yellow color, large pillowy head which dissipated slowly into connected islands of clumpy yeast.

The aroma is very nice, but not really the smell of a tripel I think. Definitely included the yeasty smell of all St. Bernardus beers though, which I like.

The taste was very good, but I rated it 3 because it didn't taste like a tripel to me. No real fruity flavors were present, and this had nowhere near the sweetness I'd associate with tripels.

All in all, this is a very good beer which I'll probably try again.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into wine glass

Appearance – The beer poured a hazy orange amber color with a one finger, rather fizzy white head. The head fades relatively fast giving a decent level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was lighter then I would have expected with it being mainly of a candied sugar and light fruit aroma of peach and apple. Mixed with these sweeter smells were some notes of a bready and wheaty nature as well, giving it a rather traditional triple, but light traditional, triple aroma.

Taste – The taste starts out with a lighter fruit and bready flavor. Flavors of pear and peach mixed with a lighter orange flavor create the fruit flavor base while the bready flavor has some light notes of a wheat bread flavor. As the flavor advances, the yeast starts to make its presence known. This mixed with a light candied flavor as well as a newly arriving clove spice and boozy flavor. The boozy flavor gets stronger as the taste advances further and at the end the mix of sweet, boozy and bready flavors leaves a satisfying and warming flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – For an 8% abv. triple the body of the beer is just above average in its creaminess and chewiness with a carbonation level that is very appropriate for the style at a medium to slightly above medium level, Both are nice for accentuating the fruity, sweet and boozy flavors of the brew.

Overall – A rather delicious triple. It had a little more boozy flavors then would have been expected for its 8% abv. strength, and its nose was a little weak, but overall it had great flavors, a nice look and a wonderful feel.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Twain's in Decatur, GA.

Pours a slightly hazy lemon-yellow color with a two-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet and biscuit-y malts with mild amounts of pear and milder amounts of banana. There's not a whole lot of spice going on here, just loads of malt.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Thick sweet malt flavors up front with a hint of breadiness. Midway through the sip solid amounts of fruit flavors enter into things - pears mostly but with hints of bruised banana. The fruit flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I was hoping for a bit more clarity in flavor and aroma. As it stands it's still a solid beer though a bit one-dimensional (which isn't a phrase often used in reference to St. Bernardus). Worth a shot.

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Photo of champ103
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a beautiful bright orange that is slightly hazy. A two finger white head that sticks around for a while. The head eventually recedes to a ring with light lace.
S: A fruity and spicy aroma. Some barnyard funk, Belgian yeast and biscuit aromas as well.
T: Tastes of fruit, peppery spices, biscuit, and yeast. Pretty much follows the style.
M/D: This has a medium body, but way over carbonated for my tastes. There is some heat from the alcohol, though the peppery spices and over carbonation is what makes this a bit harder for me to drink.

This follows the style closely. Not something I am crazy about, but good. If you like Tripel's this is a must try.

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Photo of Rutager
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml, bb 11 12 14

Appearance. Pours a hazy honey-gold with a finger of frothy white head that settles to a skim fairly fast.

Smell. Roasted grains and bright, fruity belgian yeast with some classic belgian spice. Smells like the real deal.

Taste. Plenty of belgian yeast and some spice. Some great malts in there, lightly sweet and just a little bitterness. Lightly grassy and earthy. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with fairly strong carbonation.

Overall. Admittedly, this isn't one of the best styles for me, but a very well made beer. I drank the whole thing, which is saying a lot for this guy.

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Photo of Gusler
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a tenebrous rusty orange-yellow color, the head behemothic in size, texture that of whipped cream and the color a dazzlingly white with enormously thick glutinous sheets of lace that clean mightily to the glass. Nose is yeast laden, malt, hints of lemon peel, with and underlying sweetness. Front is ambrosial, the top middling in feel, the finish is devilishly carbonated, divinely hopped droughty long lasting aftertaste. This bottle borders on being 2 years old, the high ABV is quite evident in the “Belly Warming”, and the deep malt body adds much to this beer. Oddly enough, seems people either love it or dislike it, I “Love it”!

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Photo of Suds
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply an amazing beer. Murky orange color with an impressive, small bubbled head. Aroma is spicy, and fruity (like orange rind). Taste is layered and complex: yeast, pepper, wood, citrus, grain. Finish is dry, and the mouthfeel is full, thick, creamy, and very soft. Alcohol warming is there, but it really isn't all that pronounced. Very good...wonderful.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Rochefort goblet.

A: Crazy head. Big thick bubbles rising from hazy topaz depths dissolve into a thick, creamy head with great retention. Later impressive patterns emerge on the surface.

S: Smells like a tripel, and it is scrumptious. Spicy topnotes soar above a yeasty/estery base.

T: Intially, the taste matches the smell -- a slightly carbonated yeasty flavour is tart on the tongue and sweet malts are noticeably supporting the taste. Spice mixes about with a mere hint of something floral. Alcohol is present throughout, but not objectionably so. I approve of the balance. Aftertaste is pleasant.

M: Largely nondescript? Mild, nice, refreshing.

D: At 8%, it's not oppressive, but tasty and light. I sat on a patio in Brussels and drank the bottle dry.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 1/31/2011

A: yeasty, slight citrus fruits

Ap: golden yellow-orange with a frothy 2 finger white head, dissipates quickly, leaving a thin layer of white foam, minimal lacing

B/T: mild carbonation, crisp

Af: apples, yeasty, bready

O: delicious, a good refreshing treat

Cheers!
The CPJ

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Photo of ZAP
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color..big pillowy head fades as you drink....nose is yeasty spicy...a hint of bananas...good carbonation...body is medium...almost a creamy mouthfeel...nice spicy brew, but at the same time very rich and malty...finishes with some alcohol heat...

An excellent brew...I actually liked their Dubbel better but this is nothing to turn down either...One of the better tripels I've had...

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Photo of ccrida
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle dated 05 10 10 (best before), poured into a Chimay chalice, the trippel is a hazy apricot with a small, creamy white head that is long lasting, leaving white lace. Really love the color of this brew.

Smell is pretty soft, even as it warmed, mostly floral esters with some quinine like minerals. It's good, but I want more.

Taste is spicy yeast, cereal and honey like sweetness and clean alcohol, very well balanced and flavorful. A great trippel, which is a welcome change from the last few I've had.

Mouthfeel is fantastic, super creamy and smooth, with a medium light body.

Drinkabilty is very high, as this is a damn good trippel, tasty and complex enough to beget multiple glasses in order to fully comprehend the depth of flavor. Highly digestible, it's easy on the belly. Not to strong either, very well done.

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