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Brewed by St. Bernardus Brouwerij
Style: Abbey Tripel
Watou, Belgium

bottled
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common

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RATINGS: 1796   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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This beer, with high fermentation, has a pale amber colour and a flowery, fruity taste with a harmonious balance between sweet and sour (8% alcohol content). This beer has a thick and vivid froth and strikes by its balanced taste with a delicate bitterness.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 Orange hue. Light head. Slightly swet. Orange peel, honey, banana and clove. Crisp, balanced and refreshing.

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cathcacr (634) - Oregon, USA - SEP 10, 2005
I think Iíll go with the 12-oz. bottles from here on out. The 25-ozíers are not quite balanced in their effect. You have to get to about mid-bottle before the proper viscosity is attained, and once it is, itís heavenly. The aroma is mild but sophisticated. The rest is simply divine when you get mid-25 oz. The first third of the bottle is too full of carbonation and the liquid is moderately clear. Then you finally get to the cloudy gold portion and itís unbelievable, just what I crave in a Tripel. Deep cloudy gold with lovely foam head, and then a fruity delivery. Egregiously well-balanced between hop and malt, and some banana flavoring. Smooth and creamy to the point of criminality. The final third of the 25-oz bottle should be declared illegal itís so decadent. Iím speaking purely figuaratively here, of course, being a radical libertarian in politics. Legalize this stuff like crazy, and nirvana shall ensue. Absolutely delicious; itís almost like a direct experience of the Form of Deliciousness, but Iím speaking purely figuratively, as an empirical realist in metaphysics. Speaking as a eudaemonist in ethics, this beverage is integral to virtuous, happy living. Drink up!

I shall note that this beer has the distinct advantage of being served in a bulbous glass with "Matou: St. Bernardus" printed on it, obviously quite specifically tailored to maximize its enjoyment and rating amongst Belgiasts.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6042) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2005
Bottle (330ml). At Ciroís. Poured bubbly hazy gold with a big foamy slightly off-white lasting head, decent lacing. Aroma - ahh, thatís a real trippel. Ashy, spicy, banana, tobacco, sweet fruity malt, sharp yeast, and an odd note of hospital bandage on warming. Taste very mild - follows the nose closely, initially a bit ashy and a whisper of hop bitterness, very spicy, but as it opens up it mellows out and finishes flat, blended and sweet. Quite thick and sticky-sweet mouthfeel - a lovely trippel, couldnít ask for a lot more.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2005
Again, yum, St. Bernardus is consistently good! enjoyed this one on the Block with TM over Catan. Dark, soft, full, a bit of alcohol, malt sweet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1217) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - AUG 29, 2005
11.2oz bottle. Best before 20/09/07. Served at 61į in my NB worthy glass. First pour is 4-5oz. Light golden color with a large, white head. Moderate carbonation visible. The aroma is yeast, tart lemon and citrus, vanilla, white pepper? Pretty nice (spicy) tripel smell. The flavor is vanilla (whipped cream), tart lemon, banana, yeast, with some spiciness and a bit of that alcohol (not bad). The finish is spicy and tart with some really nice lingering flavors. The mouthfeel is full with a good amount of carbonation apparent at first.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Pours with a golden body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. Itís slightly sweet yet bitter with notes of clove, a touch of banana, and a little pepper. Light to medium bodied, smooth and slightly dry.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jaymobrown (1647) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Light apple, fruit, pear flavors. Really lively, the alcohol being well hidden. Some sour tastes -- grapes, white wine, also. Really nice beer. Medium haze apricot color. Sweet cookie bread tastes. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - AUG 27, 2005
Opaque blonde bier, medium head. Some spices, but the aroma is overall very fruity and even has some hints of honey. The flavour has the same fruityness, sweet without any bitterness. This beer just misses something exciting and is dull for a tripel. Maybe because it was served on tap?

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
r464 (1883) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2005
Orange/amber color with a tan head. Very crisp flavor with nice spice that does not overpower an underlying citrus, fruit, and vanilla. The alcohol is well hidden and it is very refreshing. I would recommend this,

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 24, 2005
pours a cloudy orange/fire color with a pretty thick head and very little lacing. Fairly lite aroma with hints of cloves and alcohol. CLove like flavor through-out with hints of vanilla, pepper and raspberries (??).


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