St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

3,156 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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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of dasenebler
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How have I not reviewed St. B's Tripel?! It was one of my first Belgian ales and a beer that changed my perception of what beer could be!

33cl, best before 4/11/14.

A lovely, hazy amber with a copious head. Textbook lacing and solid retention.

The aroma is floral and sweet, with some estery ripe fruit.

The flavor has a sweet, honey-like character, countered by a drying alcohol presence and earthy yeastiness. Notes of clove and orange. Sweetness could be tempered. The mouthfeel is fluffy and soft, with cascading carbonation.

Though the St. Bernardus is a touch too sweet for me as far as Triples go, it's still a very good brew and nothing to turn my nose up at.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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2/5  rDev -52.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of laxer8811
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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

Hazy orange beer poured with a huge, fluffy off white head. Head retention is amazing. Little trails of carbonation can be seen tracing up the sides of my goblet. The aroma is a powerful fruity mix of bananas and orange, with clove accents. Bready malt and yeast notes are also present along with some peppery hops. The taste is really nice as well, with complex malt and hop flavors intermingling, with dashes of alcohol and yeast. A decent citrus note steps in ocassionally. Very bitter finish that is also extremely dry. Not much sweetness at all in this one, actually. Dry up front and a dry finish. Maybe a slight fruity sweetness in the mid taste. I was expecting to savor this beer for a while, but it goes down very easily. Nice solid mouthfeel is a little spritzy from the very fine carbonation. The only thing holding back the drinkability is the ABV, as it is slightly noticeable on the palate. This is a very fine triple that I especially like because it leans toward the dry side and doesn't get too sweet. More like an Abbey IPA.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 11.2 oz bottle, in a St. Bernardus goblet. The color was a cloudy copper with an excellent, rich white head. The smell is very spicy with a hint of candi sugar sweetness. The taste is slightly sweet and very yeasty, and is well-spiced. Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy, with slight alcohol hints, but seems in line with the style. Drinkability-wise, could have a few more.

Though the Abt 12 is (justly) St. Bernardus' flagship beer, this Tripel more than stands as a good example of a quality tripel. St.. Bernardus is one of the great breweries of Belgium, and I will certainly enjoy this beer again!

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

Pours a golden peachish color with a one and a half frothy and foamy white head. Nice pillow like retention with sticky thick lacing forming on the edges. Wheaty thickness like a wet blanked. Fruity aromas with cloves, orange peels, lemon zest, and banana notes making themselves known first. Slight zing of carbonation tickles the nostrils.

Wheaty flavors take over the mouth and curl under the tongue. Fruity notes dance on the roof of the mouth exuding clove, banana, orange peel, lemon zest, and melon. Dryer aftertaste with a starchy mouthfeel. Silky soft on the palate. Bold and thick on the palate even though it fools you with it's softness and lightness. A very nice drinking tripel. One that I will revisit at some point.

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Photo of tronester
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a medium white head. Smells strongly of pear and alcohol. Taste is light grain up front, a spicy yeast strain in the middle, and a hint of tartness in the finish. Very little appearance of alcohol which is nice, as it can be apparant in many tripels. Mouthfeel is mindbogglingly smooth, low carbonation. Very rich. Good drinkability. This isnt as good as some tripel's I have had, but it is a good beer that I would gladly drink again.

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4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful gold, cloudy with yeast that I couldn't avoid, despite a delicate pour from a bomber (with laughing drunkmonk on label) into my Duvel tulip. Thick, cream, persistent head.

Nose is full of yeast, alcohol, pungent fruit, slight yet sharp herbosity on the edge of it. Wonderfully pungent.

Taste is a bullet of flavor shot at the tongue, strong peppery peach, soft biscuit, warm alcohol, which stretches into a looong finish of sweet fruit-dominated herbosity and understated caramel.

Mouthfeel is thick and clinging, magnificently so, yet light with carbonation and a dryness which is just right. Excellently enjoyable

Drinkability is better than any of the others of this style I've enjoyed. I think this bottle will be gone much too quickly for my sobriety's own good.

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

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into my St.B's goblet that left nice sheeting and lace throughout. the body was a bubbly straw gold color.
s - fruity and sweet. hints of apricots and apples.
t - once again, fruity with hints of apricots and apples.
m - slightly thin to medium mouthfeel.
d - delicious beer, one of the best tripels i've had.

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4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy burnt yellow-orange with dark floaties tossed around by the high carbonation. Large, foamy white head with long retention and thick lacing.

Blast of sweet banana, clove and a spicy peppery fruit bouquet. Very pleasant.

A very well blended mix of the banana clove Belgian yeast flavors with some earthy hoppiness, and a sweet, fruity backbone. Spicy, sharp and refreshing. Nothing really lingers other than the yeast a bit. No real standout flavor here, as each kind of just bats down the other all the way through the finish.

Light, crisp, refreshing with fairly heavy carbonation. Perfect for the style.

Very nice, but not quite at the level of some of my other favorite Tripels. I definitely appreciate how perfectly balanced and well crafted this is, though, for sure. A very, very nice beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle.
Lots of warmth and comfort from this beer. Flavors and aromas of dried fruits/apricots, lemon, and spice. Nice medium, creamy body.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,156 ratings.
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