St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel
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Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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Photo of corby112
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a foamy white head. Aroma of white fruits such as apple, grape, and pear. Also, strong alcohol and spice presence. Pretty carbonated at first but becomes intense as it warms. Nice balance of fruitines, maltiness, alcohol, and slight hops. Very crisp enjoyable tripel.

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Photo of wl0307
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Revisited 1.5 years since my last encounter, this bottle's BB date is 21/06/10, served lightly-chilled in Tripel Karmeliet's branded long-stemmed, tulip-shaped goblet.

A: dark orangey amber hue coming with light haze, abundant but fine carbonation, and a well-lasting off-white spongey froth.
S: perfumy fruit-esters abound, coupled with melted sweet orangey candy, vanilla-ish sweetness, fig paste, pale prunes, a touch of phenol (especially after a swirl), and an light touch of Chinese green-bean paste (the typical work of esters in this type of ale). All in all, the nose is soothing and pleasant, but alas not very complex due to the sweetness on the balance.
T: it seems to be very sweet on the foretaste with estery notes developing closely with a pronounced candy-ish sweet edge; luckily, a citric sour taste grows from the back of the palate to balance off the sweet edge, when a complex aftertaste takes over, featuring more tangy fruits, sour banana esters, vanilla-ish aromatic sweetness, lightly sweet Chinese green-bean paste, pale prune paste, and an everlasting edge of citric bitterness of good quality hops. Not as dry as many other Tripels I've had, but the fruity and yeasty finish is of really good quality as well.
M&D: like my previous bottle, the palate is absolutely soft with a key fizzy bite in the middle, while alc. is just attenuated at most. This fruity Tripel is not a very complex and dry example, but nevertheless an easy-drinking one.

* Tasting Date: 22/07/07
BB 15/09/08, served lightly-chilled in a large bulb wine glass.
4 A: dark teaish-amber hue, coming with a puffy white froth with good retention, then retreating to a thin velvet and even sheets of lacing; the semi-lively carbonation softens in its own time.
4 S: sticky-sweet orangey citrus fruits, caramely malts, Goldings fruity hops, cane sugar, plus lots of fruit-esters consisting of mainly figs, white dates, and faint bananas; a weaker touch of sweet prunes also stays behind. Overall, the nose is very fragrant in fruit-esters and dense in its maltiness, but never OTT.
4 T: bitter-sweet, mildly caramely+cane-sugary+bready malts come hand in hand with a flow of exotic yeasty touch like Chinese-green-bean paste; also at presence is a mildly bitter-sour touch of sweet prunes, as it appears on the nose. The maltiness, as it develops, is well-balanced with plenty of yeasts and a mild touch of sourness. The finish turns mildly dry with (a little spicy) hops creeping up and thus not falling sticky like some other Tripels do, although the residual sourness of malts at the rear of the tongue is not quite my cup of tea.
4.5 M&4.5 D: med-bodied, quite fluffy on the palate and pretty soft overall, and I wonder where the alc. is gone?! This is a good quality, well-balanced, and yet moderately-flavoured Tripel, with plenty of yeasty elements to entertain the palate and nose. It's less fruity and sweet on the palate than on the aroma, and that's a good thing to me! Another solid Abbey Ale, and, be warned, it is highly quaffable!

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a hazy coppery-orange with a huge 3 finger, firm rocky bone white head that was nearly fully lasting. Visible carbonation was strong and vibrant.

S: a soft, sweet yeasty aroma of bananas, cloves, and fresh oranges.

T: yeasty and wheaty with fresh bananas, cloves and a peppery spiciness. A beautiful wheaty palate brings out the spiciness of this beer as well fruitiness (pears). There was a sweet andd spicy caramel orange flavor as well. The spicy hopping was zesty with some light fresh lemon hints. Alcohol of 8.0% is incredibly well hidden with almost no thought what so ever in every sip.

M: full and creamy, lively from the carbonation with a nice tingly sensation of sweet-n-sour oranges with a light citrus sourness in the swallow.

D: Incredibly spicy. Zesty and well rounded. Drank like a dream and probably one of the best per style ive tasted.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A-This beer pours a deep golden hazy body with a slight brown hue. The head is a very creamy smooth off-white that last and last. There is a good carbonation of tiny bubbles and nice lacing with each sip.

S- The soft smell of roses and slight perfume are mixed with notes of bubblegum and pale malt. There is a very faint apple and pear note as it warms.

T- This beer has a spiciness in the initial taste followed by a slightly sweet honey and pale and crystal malt notes with some dryness in the finish. There is a slight carbonic acid taste in the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel but it has a fizzy texture that makes it feel fuller. No alcohol warmth or astringency.

D-This beer has a wonderful aroma but the taste doesn't follow thru with all the complexity. It is still very easy to drink and it drinks pretty quickly.

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Photo of dar482
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a golden yellow color with a foamy large head.

The aroma has sweet citrus fruit of orange, a bit of tangerine, along with peppery spice and banana. There's some bready malt in there as well and a slight bit of alcohol.

The flavor follows with this clean balance of sweet orange, banana, apricot, onto a gentle crackery malt. There's a peppery spice and then finish hits you with a bitterness that leaves some drying and alcohol at the end.

The body is light with lots of carbonation.

This tripel is really fantastic. It's fruity, light, and highly drinkable.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy gold in goblet glass with great carbonation for a one-finger head that slowly dies and is a constant along with lace down the glass. A great orange/citric smell along with tartness and yeast and has hints of figs, berries and sweet malts. A medium-bodied beer that ranges from fluffy sweet and smooth to sharp and sour. Started crisp with a tart fruit taste, like sour orange, but passed smoothly and the sweet caramel malt picks it up and it goes down easy with a sweet backbite. Other flavors include berries and figs and hints of toffee. This is a great beer that I could have all day.

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

This is a 750 mL C&C bottle, poured into a Chimay goblet. The ale was cold when I opened it around 1930 this evening. Not it is near room temperature.

Appearance: The ale is a solid, hazy yellow color. Earlier, it was clearer, but there must be some lees giving me a haze. There is a small ring of lace around the glass.

Smell: The aroma of a sweet fruit is the first thing that I notice. I can't place it, but it is definitely sweet and fruity.

Taste: The ale has a slightly spicy pepper undertone. Over top of that is a nice fruity, yeasty softness. And for a tripel, the alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Spicy and sweet at the same time, excellent in the mouth.

Drinkability: I should have purchased a few more bottles, this is the best tripel I've had.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caged and corked 750ml bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. Pours a pale orangish yellow color with thin layer of white lace. Fruit dominate the dry crisp nose. Lively carbonation contributes to a dry crisp mouthfeel. Taste is much like the aroma in that it has an array of fruity notes that finishes dry. Overall, this is another good brew from St. Bernardus. I will be honest, I was expecting a little more from this excellent brewery. Definately not a bad brew, I just think it could be better.

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Photo of beertunes
4.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured gently into chalice. A cloudy pour with less than 1 finger of head (this is how I prefer it, more head would have been easily obtained). A light amber/dark yellow color. Very attractive with nice lacing. Very pleasant, welcoming aroma. The taste is pleasantly bold, without being overpowering. As you work through the glass, the fruit flavors become more apparent. Full, enveloping mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable, you could settle in with nice assortment of meats and cheeses and drink several of these very easily.

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

Poured from caged and corked 750ml bottle(near room temp) a clear, at first... then turns cloudy due to the sediment, light gold with a large head of foam with lots of lacing.
After a few minutes, the foam shrinks to a fine but solid layer.

The smell is lemony and yeasty and there's also some spice in the nose.

The taste first hits me with some malty sweetness(more of a candy sugar sweetness), followed closely by lemon citrus and a touch of clove. The more I sip on it, the more I notice how well balanced and smooth drinking this brew is..oh, and there's also a touch of sourness near and through the finish which adds to my enjoyment. Further in to the bottle, the bitterness from the hops intensifies, nay, in fact, *all* the flavours I noted before increase in intensity making for a much more complex Tripel than the first glassful "promised". Yummy! Ahhh..and the nice warming effect in the tummy is certainly more than welcome on this cool, crisp Autumn day in Casper.

Bottom line: IMHO, this is certainly a world class Tripel. I think it is a *must try* for anyone who claims to be a lover of Belgian Ales!

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy yellow/orange color with some visible sediment (didn't get the pur cutoff in time). Poured a 3 finger billowy white head with good retention. Laced in thick even rings.

S: Citrus and yeast esters; sweet and spicy. Some caramel malt notes.

T: Light sweet fruits and bready malts. Very pronounced yeast flavors. Bitter to balance in the finish. Some alcohol.

M: Medium to full body. Perfect carbonation. Smooth, balanced with the slightest lingering malt/yeast aftertaste.

D: Flavorful and smooth (for a tripel). disguises the alcohol well.

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

330ml Bottle from the Palm Desert CA Total wine for $5

Appearance - Gold colour with a massive size fizzy/frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 10+ minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Cloves, lemons, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, cloves and lemon juice/zest. There is also some banana, floral notes, and a peppery bite.

Overall - Great zesty/peppery flavour and a nice mix of fruity notes. This is world class stuff for sure. One of the better tripels I've had so far.

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

330ml bottle poured into corsendonk chalice on aug22 2009
special thanks too paul who knew too get me a bernardus quad and triple for my birthday how did you know?

A got it in the glass after a little effort. nice golden amber color, heavy sediment, head went right over the top and had decent retention with nice lace

S yeast and apple are what i smell the most with some caramel perhaps

T fairly complex, i can taste some booze that i could not smell, i enjoyed it and you might too

M/D a little too much carbonation for me but still quite nice overall

this is a great triple im happy i got to drink one

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy orange/yellow hybrid. Head is big, doughy and fluffy. Thick, sporadic lacing.

S-Aroma is pleasant. I am usually far from enamored with Tripels, especially in the aroma. It's rich with Belgian yeast, spice and fruit but I find the yeast to be far less overpowering than many of the style. It's pretty nice.

T-Again, the yeast doesn't come on too strong and there is a bunch of juicy fruit (peach, apple, pear). Light spiciness. He best part of the flavor (which I don't find in most of the style)'is a fairly robust, sweet, crackery maltiness. It's the best part.

M-Quite drinkable. I will attribute most of that to its relatively low ABV for the style. Softer carbonation.

O/D-One of the better Tripels I have tried. I shouldn't be surprised, it's a classic for those who lose the style. The depth of the beer's maltiness was by far the biggest takeaway for me.

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

750ml corked and caged bottle obtained via trade with ManekiNeko. Thanks for the opportunity...

Once uncaged, the cork came loose with nary a pull. Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed 2" of dense, creamy, slightly off-white head over the light golden-honey hued brew. Head shows great staying power, and lacing is amazingly hearty and plentiful. Aroma is a bit spicy, in that expected Belgian way, with yeasty, slightly malty undercurrents. Taste is upfront delicately fruity, following with hearty malt character, and only the slightest hint of the alcohol we know all tripels have. Mouthfeel and drinkabilty are both excellent. A must find for the Belgian aficianados.

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Photo of barczar
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden apricot with a billowing ivory head that slowly dissipates, leaving spotty lacing.

Pear, green apple, bruised apple, coriander, and peach dominate the aroma. Huge yeast esters! Bubblegum surfaces late.

Straw, fairly dry character and surprisingly grassy notes underlie the green apple and pear notes that form the base of the flavor. Peach and pear add complexity, along with a peppery, bitter finish that's almost phenolic.

Body is on the full side, with spritzy carbonation, and modest alcohol warmth.

More bitter than expected. The estery profile is very complex, and the peppery finish is nice, but it tends to overwhelm.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a St. Bernardus chalice, the beer pours a gold/copper color with almost an inch off-white head. It smells like pears, bubblegum/candy sweetness and a bit of peppery spicyness. The taste is pretty similar to how it smells, but I can also taste some yeast and citrus. Mouthfeel is medium/full, a bit dry and very smooth. Drinkability is high too, it goes down pretty easy. One of the best if not the best Tripel style beers I've had.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish pint glass. Back label says best before end 20 05 14 meaning drink by May 5th, 2014.

A- Pours a hazy dark gold color with a two-finger head that retains and retains before finally settling at a 1/4 inch head with full sheets of lacing.

S- Wheat and Belgian yeast. Slightly soapy. A bit of spice is also detected.

T- Full-on helping of wheat flavor along with some rich yeast tones. Alcohol is masked properly making for a very passive drinking experience as sip after sip is taken, each one better than the last.

M- Fluffy and tingly with high carbonation being the reason. Medium body.

O- Like all other St. Bernardus brews it's simple, yet elegantly refined.

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

Clear caramel/orange colour, at least until I dumped in the yeasty goodness. Then it was filled with tiny flecks of brownish yeast. Light beige head that leaves solid layers of foam on the sides of the glass. Bready and caramel malty aromas form a good base for fruitiness (pineapple, cherry) and a hint of spice. Mild and balanced, the flavours meld together very well. Malty up front, with some caramel and toffee hiding behind the doughy bread character. Alcohol is mild and warming throughout. Faint spices come through, some nutmeg, along with a bit of vanilla. Truly exceptional. Creamy, milky texture coats the palate, but isn't overbearing. Moderate carbonation that's well integrated, producing fine bubbles that contribute greatly to mouthfeel. I'm very happy with this beer. An excellent member of an exceptional set of beers from St. Bernardus.

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Photo of avalon07
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd never had a tripel before this one, so I don't have much context for comparison. From what I've read, I think I got a beer that wasn't so fresh. The color was more brownish than anything else, with what looked like sediment floating around. The smell was decent and subtle. The taste was very odd. While it was dry enough, it lacked the pop that's particular to St. Bernardus' beers. It wasn't totally undrinkable, but I do think I got a beer that had been sitting on the shelf for awhile (courtesy of Total Wine). I might give this one another shot.

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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 rfgetz
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed golden orange color with huge plume of white froth, decent retention and lacing. Scent leads with a lightly sweet blend of watery, fleshy fruit (pear and apple) accented with citrus rind, Belgian yeasts bring light breadlines along with hints of banana, moderate spicing, grainy sweet malt profile. Taste is fruit forward before the spice, yeast and malt blend perfectly as the beer finishes. Medium bodied, bubbly. A fantastic fruity triple where the yeasts and spices don't overpower.

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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 tigg924
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, cloudy, yellowish brown in color, heavy sediment

Smell: bread, alcohol, and pear

Taste: bread, alcohol, honey, and pear

Mouthfeel: crisp, sweet, heavy bodied, high carbonation

Drinkability: Very nice and malty tripel that is good for the style. The alcohol is well hidden. A sipper, I do want drink it again, but not immediately afterward due to the complexity.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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