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

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RATINGS: 1967   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brewer73 (8) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2006 does not count
Really liked this tripel. Rich in flavor, almost a pilsner in color, VERY RICH HEAD that laced beautifully down the glass. Alcohol was there. Better than Omegang Hennipen .

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Poured from bottle into shaker glass. A profuse fizzy white head developed on top of the hazy golden body. Aroma was yeasty and of bright citrus fruits. Ienjoyed the flavor, but had a difficult time figuring it out because of the crazy- high carbonation levels. This is very drinkable and light when compared to its relatively strong abv.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LolaLovesBeer (17) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2006
Poured from the bottle into a trappist glass, this beer looks great! Itís a cloudy orange color and it has a nice big, white fizzy head that lasted for a long time. It smells of yeast, citrus and spices. Very pleasant and easy to drink, lots of fruit and sweetness. The alcohol is hidden well. Very good!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Bottle. Bloudy gold with 5 mm white fizz head. Yeasty spicy aroma, andied apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, banana. In the mouth, itís a dry-sweet mix of those flavors. Slightly on the plain side of triples.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gilvanblight (819) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2006
Very similar in appearance to the Watou tripple that came in the same gift pack. No strong scent that sticks out. Fairly subtle taste going down but a complex aftertaste. Really little alcohol taste. There was a taste I didnít like in this though, think it may have been gapefruit.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TerryR (384) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Cloudy golden body with a large fluffy white head. Nice and refreshing aroma of citrus and yeast. Nice balance of sweet malt taste with some tartness. Very full, smooth body. Short spicy hop finish. Alcohol very well hidden. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1180) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2007 St. Bernardus may be a faux-Trappist brewery, but that hardly makes them any less of a brewer. Itís quite the opposite, actually. St. Bernardus with its avuncular monk has, to my personal tastes, risen above the traditional Trappists to make comparable or superior beers. This especially holds true for the St. Bernardus Tripel, an obvious improvement over its blue-blood Westmalle cousin. The aroma centers around the lighter and sweeter fruits, like apple and banana, and implements a little brown sugar for a cooked variant on the fruit smell. The head is, like many other Tripels, cream colored and gently floats atop a faded dandelion colored and semi-cloudy beer. The taste is rich and smooth, with a current of sweet flavors slowly transitioning to a toastier bread taste. The texture conforms perfectly to the taste, and allows the Tripel, sometimes an overpowering drink, to get taken down an eager gullet. Iím usually a fan of the dictum where food is concerned, that the original or genuine brand is the best. However, this is certainly not the case with St. Bernardus: it may not be an official monastic community of Christian beer minded men, but it brews up a good drink all the same.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2118) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 Jan 21 í06. Relatively fresh bottle.

Pours a lightly hazy gold with floaty bits and a fine and long-lasting white head. The aroma is belgian yeast and lemon, with a bit of leather. The flavor is a full, rich belgian tripel: orange and lemon, honey, mild spices on the uptake, turning somewhat sour and then with a hint of alcohol burn leading into a pleasingly dry finish. Mouthfeel is finely carbonated and lively, the liquid buttery but not cloying. A pretty impressive beer. 8/3/8/4/16=3.9

Dec 12 í07 Roughly two-year-old bottle.

This time around Iím much less. Banana esters dominate the nose; some orange blossom, some pear. Honey (flavor, not sweetness) dominates the front end of the taste profile; an elegant subtle bittering closes it (that is one nice detail) nudged gently by hints of sour. But the flavor itself seems thin and weak. I can feel the heat here but Iím not getting flavor to match. Iíd have rated this 7/3/7/3/13=3.3, a pretty low-ball rating for this beer. Iíll shade the original downward somewhat but Iím not willing to pull it even half way until I try another fresh bottle and feel similarly. Hard to tell whether my previous rating was naive and overly generous, or whether this simply ages poorly.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (8755) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2006
Bottle. Orange, lemon, apple and malt aroma. Cloudy orange tan with nice head. Orange-apple flavor with moderate bitter finish. Nice fruity tripel

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2006
Pours hazy golden with a large layer of minuscule bubbles. Excellent head retention. Aroma is spicy and earthy with cloves, citrus, yeast, honey, bubblegum. Lots of fruit and floral hops in the flavor. It tastes of lemon, pineapple, banana, honey, and lots of grains. The grain taste overpowers the fruits just a bit. The tripel starts of sweet and fruity with lively carbonation on the tongue, and then finishes slightly dry and bitter with several spices in the aftertaste. Overall a very good tripel.


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