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


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RATINGS: 1873   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2005
Cloudy topaz color. Banana, white bread, and earthy aromas. Tangy feel. Comes off as being lighter than it is. Seems more like a Weisse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FrankJohansen (3604) - Sabro, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2005
Botttle. Yellow colour with a good off white mostly lasting head. Amora of citrus, hobs and fruit. Long lasting finish. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2005
Clear copper with a huge white billowy head. Aroma of spice, caramel and pear. Flavor has notes of caramel, clove, banana, apple, spices, yeast/bread and white grapes. Sweet and malty with plenty of hop character to balance it out. Alcohol content very well hidden. Medium bodied, smooth texture and lively, spritzy carbonation. Good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adrian910ss (2361) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2005
25 oz corked bottle. Pours a yellowish copper color with a very thick white head. Unfiltered, with plenty of hops floating around. Aroma is lemony with hints of fresh yeast, hops and flowers. Taste is sour, dominated by lemon citrus and orange peel. Very refreshing belgium tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 21, 2005
More and more I realize that Iím really not a big fan of Belgian ales. No doubt, this beer tastes good, it looks good, it smells good, but itís so close to all the other abbey ales, is it really worth shelling out $5 for a bottle of t his stuff? Only time will tell... until then, more IPAs and Imperial Stouts and Lambiks!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCJack (181) - Alabama, USA - OCT 20, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2005 Rich and fulfilling. Light and refreshing. Strong, yet unassuming. The kick is in the alcohol, not the flavor. .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (10716) - Randers, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2005 Wonderfull appearence. Frothy excellent fully lasting head, light yellow colour, powerfull aroma, fantastic taste og yaest and hopp. Feels good too. A very very good beer.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cathcacr (636) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6127) - 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.

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