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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 609   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Water, barley malt, sugar, hops, yeast.
The aroma of this beer is agreeably gentle and is carried by a discreet bitterness while the balance between the malt and hops relies on fruity accents and a lightly fresh aftertaste.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2591) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 13, 2005
330ml bottle. Flowery, sweet and fruity aroma, prominent notes of pear, melon and banana along with an interesting but faint herbal, grassy component and hints of grain and honey. Golden amber color, lightly hazy with a thick, foamy and lasting head and lacing to match. Flavor profile is abundantly estery and sweet with suggestions of rich, honeyish malts and virtually tropical fruitiness, finishing on a lightly acidic, bitter, tangy and alcoholic note. Lush and smooth mouthfeel with a medium-full body. Moderately complex and satisfying.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
seamus77 (31) - kansas city, Missouri, USA - SEP 8, 2005
a thoroughly drinkable tripel. not too special by any means but well balanced, fruity, slight bitter, overall, a spectacular average tripel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Light orange color with a full Belgian head. Diverse fruit platter aroma, with hints of nectarine and peach, honey, Belgian yeast and lightly floral hops. Well orchestrated malt and yeast character, producing a range of absolutely sensational fruit flavors. Banana, peach, nectarine...you name it, all balanced by delicious caramel and toffee malt profile, somewhat funky, yet clean yeast and lightly floral hops. I just love Belgian beers. Its amazing that something like this can be produced using only water, malt, hops and yeast. Cheers to beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9448) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2005
Bottle poured a cloudy apricot with a fizzy white head. Aromas of cookie, banana, and bubblegum. Flavors of bubblegum, pineapple and pepper.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
turbothy (1072) - Bonn, GERMANY - AUG 17, 2005
Rather disappointing - not a bad beer by any means, but not outstanding either. Rather too much alcohol and too little flavour.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2005
Bottle. Dark golden and cloudy with a nice head,. A sweet tripel, creamy and easy drinking. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2005
Spicy and candy sugar sweet aroma. Cloudy gold color with a thick fluffy white head. Lot of gas released. Very spicy up front then it goes through a malty middle and ends with notes of fruit and candy sugar and finally a mild bitterness. Nicely done beer.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2005
Interesting look in the bottle, typical of "live" beers. Lots of yeast in the bottom! The color is a pale yellowish orange, with a big foamy head which lingered pretty well. The smell is somewhat fruity, with just hint of sourness mixed in. The taste is spicier than I expected, a bit tingly on the tongue. The taste is a mixture of the good and bad: nice cherries, maybe vanilla thrown in...but there is that sourness, the ever-so-slight skunkiness. It’s an interesting mix, and I liked it, yet I didn’t. I don’t think this is a tripel, to be honest, but what do I know? The taste is above average, it’s nice and warming too! If you like Belgians, try this one!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nagash (207) - Paris, FRANCE - AUG 8, 2005
Strong fruity aroma with some spices. Caramel, spices and nice bitterness in taste. Fruity finish, a bit disgusting and a beautiful color.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5437) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2005
I like this ale, but I’d wager that, had St. Bernardus (the brewery, not the saint) not labelled this as a tripel, it probably would have been listed as a "Belgian Ale." (I enjoy meaningless bets like that. They did call it a tripel, and there’s no way to go back and see how we’d all react if they hadn’t.) It’s a light, fruity golden colored ale with a frothy white head. The flavor is yeasty with cherries and other light fruits. Alcohol does make a brief appearance in a warm, fruity finish.

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