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

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RATINGS: 1918   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2006
From the 33cl capped bottle. Pours a hazy, deep golden hue. An inch thick frothy head that leaves sheeting lace. Smell is fruity and lightly spicy (Clove and vanilla). Hints of oak. Taste is fruity and caramel malt. Really rich maltiness for a tripel and that oak is there again. Notes of sherry and candy sugar too. There is prominent alcohol n the mouth that helps to dry out the finish. Creamy and smooth, surprisingly drinkable and tasty. They do nothing wrong. I am slavishly devoted to drinking St. Bernardus beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 27, 2006
Beauty. Slightly hazed and polished bronze in color with a sudsy, densely packed and jiggly beige foam head. Aroma is similarly stunning. Baguettes freshly broken and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Coriander adds a musty mystique while a nectary willow wheat stalk sings sweetly unto the nose. Flavor doesnít disappoint. Field house meets flour dusted potato rolls. Granary delight. Sweet vanilla and almond minuet colonizes a brittle spiced banana scone, flakey at first chomp. Light rosemary and rose petal harmony. Perfect carbonation plays with a husky coriander motif for a blanketing starch ensemble that makes the heartland fear a usurping power across the pond. Balance is a symbol of effigy and symbiotic glory. Bequeathed floral traits transcend artesian bakeries in the finish, painting a final portrait of pure pleasure on all accords.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2006
I thing St Benardus is my favorite Belgian brewery. Iíve loved all of their beers. Had this in a wine glass (thatís all the beach house had). Just a little bit of a head. Yellow, straw color with a strong floral and yeast aroma. Not overpowering. Much different than Allagash Tripel Reserve, which is great in itís own way. Taste has some banana. Can taste/feel teh alcohol, but it doesnít detract fromt he beer. I great example of a classic Tripel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - JUL 22, 2006
330ml bottle.
Pours a hazy light gold with bits of sediment in suspension. Foamy white head forms on pour and refuses to go away. Aroma is a bit muted but otherwise pretty standard Tripel fare -- musty, earthy, herbal, modestly bitter, and revealing of a lot of sugary sweetness. Flavor delivers on the aromaís promise, with the grassy, earthy, lightly flowery hops showing first, then a bit of light grain, and finally that sugary sweet malt. Medium body & tingly palate accompany a surge of hop bitterness in each swallow. A nice tripel that lacks the intensity found in the top examples of the breed.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinphish (31) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 17, 2006
Draft. Pours beautiful hazy honey-golden, with a tick, rich off white head. Aroma is light and complex, noting clove, pear, floral hops, honey, and yeast. The flavor is quite smooth, and dare I say refreshing (?) for an 8% tripel, with an herbal, floral, sweet combonation that finishes light, earthy, herbal, and utterly delicious!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - JUL 15, 2006
Pours light yellow with thin fizzy white head. Aroma is yeasty with lemon and citrus. Slightly earthy. Flavor is much the same as the aroma. Sweet and malty with some earthy notes. Tasty Tripel

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rayg1 (574) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2006
Aroma is amazing with spice and sweetness all around pours a golden color with a pinky sized white head that lasted the whole time. This would have scored better if the taste lived up to the aroma. Beer was tasted at proper temperature. Perhaps this was a fluke and a re-rate is needed.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3408) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Cloudy honey colored with a thin white head that maintains ítil the end. Peppery pizza dough with traces of melon and porcini. Sharp, woody carb melts away leaving a yeasty banana. A little peachy sour with lingering marshmallow and nutmeg. Wonderful stuff! This hits all the right notes. Light enough for summer but with a full mouth. Sweet fruit never overpowers. Balance is perfect with refreshing carb giving way to sherbet smoothness.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2006
St. Bernardus Tripel pours a hazy yellowish-orange color with a bright white head. The head was very nice and left tons of lacing. The aroma, mouthfeel, and flavor were all the same--weak. This beer is very easy to drink, and it isnít bad--but I want more flavor out of a belgian in this class. One of my most dissapointing beer experiences yet."

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2006
Pours a cloudy gold with a lacy white head. The taste is sweet and creamy with toffee, bubblegum and cloves, and a lingering spice finish.


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