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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2257   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.9
pforei (338) - USA - FEB 5, 2008
Light orange with yellow and red tinge. A little hazy with tiny sediment dots. Good head. Nice honey, apple, caramel, toasty, and yeast aroma. Mild spicyness on taste and finish. Only a hint of alcohol. Soft and light palate leaving a quickly dissolving light honey coating on the tongue. Not just ompletely unoffensive but sublimely pleasant.

3.8
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2008
11.2 oz. bottle... pours a deep golden with a thick white head. some citrus and spicy aromas, but not as pronounced as I would like in a Tripel. nice medium body that seems to be quite even over the palate. full of citrus fruit flavors. overall a very good Belgian Tripel... but not one of my favorites. I was expecting a bit more out of this beer.

3.5
dmac (6211) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2008
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a very urky orange with a large, go figure, foamy white head that disipates but leaves a nice slick of white floating on top of the orange liquid that lies beneath. Tropical fruit, bananan and pineapple mostly, dominate the aroma with some yeasty notes and a slight touch of raisin. Medium bodied with very lively stingy carbonation and a slight metallic aftertaste. Flavor of bread, yeast, slight pepper and orange. The guy on the bottle is probably smiling because heís wasted.

2.8
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Sampled blind at "Better Know a Style: Abbey Tripel" tasting. Slightly hazy pale orange with thick off-white head. Spicey aroma with a wierd tortilla smell, very light. Flavor is dough, orange, yeast, subdued alc. Sharp carbonation with medium body. A very standard and subdued tripel that might be a little too old.

3.9
Furseth (2159) - Kungšlv, SWEDEN - JAN 28, 2008
Bottle at 3-smŚ rum: Hazy golden colour, with creamy head. Aroma is typical belgium beer with lots of yeasty/fruity/flowery nose. Flavor is almost the same, with typical wheety mouth feeling. Nice medium body, and a medium fruity finish. Nice beer endeed.

3.7
gmonroe10 (243) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2008
Poured a light amber, nice and gold. Small head that quickly went down. Sweet aroma of apples and pears and alcohol...taste of light carbonation and nice and sweet- fills the palate but is smooth as well. Dry mouth after the sweetness- good balance. A very enjoyable tripel.

4.2
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Deep golden in color with a tinge of red this poured a very fine thick head that slowly dissipated. The nose was filled with banana, spice, yeast and mineral. In the mouth this is medium-bodied very well-balanced with an enticing mouthfeel that has some richness but is also silky soft. The flavors follow the nose which makes this both a nice beer for the summer, due to the flavors, and the winter with the density. Very enjoyable.

4.8
DenverLogan (1211) - LA, California, USA - JAN 23, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2013 Cloudy gold; nice lingering head. Sweet malt and powder sugar aroma and flavor, plus slight white pepper and citrus. Overall a beautiful balance. Iíve enjoyed dozens of big and small bottles and many glasses on tap. A world class tripel. Years ago I had a blind tasting of 24 tripel-like beers and this was voted in the top 3 by the 9 tasters. REVIEW Oct 4, 2013 - Iím having a bottle dated best before 06-08-10, so probably from 2007. There are some floaties at the bottom, but damn...Iím going to have to up my ratings... near perfect in this style which Iíll admit triples are one of my favorite styles outside the big hoppy world of beers. And, this particular beer would be a strong contender with desert island top 10. Iíll admit I represented this brewery in California in 2007 and had all the styles many times. And Iíll admit I enjoy this as much as the wonderful Abt 12. Itís similar to how I admire the Westvleteren 8 as much if not more than the 12. St Bernardus rocks, even after many years of aging itís a lovely brew...praise the yeast...ayiee!!!

3.7
mixinnixon2000 (226) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2008
bottle. tried it out of a St. Bernardus verity pack. very light in color, cant remember the head situation. sour and tart, with a presense of yeast

4
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - JAN 22, 2008
11.2 oz. bottle into generic goblet. Cloudy copper with a medium head that quickly fades. Tart cider and vinous notes in the nose. Initially sweet and then sharp on the tongue. Plenty of apple and pear flavors and sweetness that is countered by just enough of a sour note and bitterness to keep things interesting. The mouthfeel softens later but remains tart and dry, unlike other tripels where the sweetness builds and takes over. A great tripel.


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