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


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RATINGS: 1949   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2006
Bottle poured at local pub tasting. Poured a golden color with a decent white head. Smells of banana, ripened beyond their prime. Tastes much the same, super ripened bananas. Everything comes out with the right temperature. There is a lot going on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JugOPunch (83) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 1, 2006
750 ml bottle: Aroma of mellow yeast and mild banana with a slight sourness. Great looking cloudy golden pour with crisp white head. The flavors are the citrus/coriander and a nice mellowing honey that creates a great creamy texture on the palate. This is totally full bodied and so smooth on the tongue. A slight crispness on the end adds a nice twist. This is outstanding. No traces of alcohol. Even better as it warms. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn (2524) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2006
Aromas are pretty weak... bread, mild floral hops and a little yeast with some clove/spice in the background. Hazy amber color with a massive foamy head. Flavor is wonderful and it comes together nicely as it blossoms. There is definitely a slight acidic, sour character under the surface, but it is brilliantly balanced by a honey and spice sweetness. Top notch!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
californiapete (9) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 28, 2006 does not count
An excellent beer that, true to Belgian (and especially tripel) style, is sneaky in both the complexity of its flavor and the strength of its punch. Creamy and full-bodied, but dry, effervescent, and even refreshing in its finish. A bit underwhelming in its first impression, but then transforms almost magically on the palate into a parade of well-balanced flavors--the usual cast of yeast- and malt- derived fruits and spices with just the right amount of tartness and bitterness to balance it out. I was surprised on pouring the beer by how tame (and disappointing at first) were both its initial aroma and head. The first estery/phenolic whiff of fruits and spices was plesant but subtle and short-lived. Rather than a thick rocky head, the beer produced large bubbles that supported only a thin layer. But its effervescence never died down, and that thin head proved to be long lasting and left behind a modest collection of Belgian lace. The first wave of flavor is likewise a bit underwhelming, if only because the tart (not astringent) tingling of carbonation dominates. But as the bubbles settle down in the mouth, they leave behind wave after wave of harmonious flavors--none of which are unfamiliar in a Belgian but nor does any single note dominate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2006
Bottle. Pours hazy golden with white head. Standard tripel aroma of yeast, bread, citrus and spice. Slight sourness in the flavor, along with some fruit, honey, and spice. Dry and slightly bitter finsih. At 8%, I picked up some alcohol. Not bad, but I was expecting better considering how good the 12 is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdedone (2837) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2006
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours a copper color with a white head. Aroma of spices, fruit, and alcohol. Flavor is smooth, citrus, fruit, and carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - APR 24, 2006
33 cl bottle. Unclear golden colour with a nice creamy white head. Aroma of yeast, bread, caramel, little sour, fruity and spices. Nice flavour of yeast, fruit, toffee and someway complex. Ends up very dry and nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2006
Cloudy, light brown color. Thin-to-non existent head. Light bit of lacing. Malty and yeasty flavors. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Surpised by lack of alcohol taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 23, 2006
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with big pillowy white head. The aroma is lemon zest, honey, and green wood. The flavor has a lot of honey and yeast at first, then some lemon kicks in. The finish is on the dry side and slightly vinous, with a few earthy tones. A tasty Tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - APR 19, 2006
Murky golden color, slight candy nose, light hops with earthy taste but a clean creamy body, after taste bitter and sweet in the back Palate

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