Style: Tripel

ABV: 8.0

Aroma: 11
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 19
Mouthfeel: 4

St. Bernardus Tripel

What the brewers say

“This tripel is brewed in the classic style of Belgium’s best abbey ales. It is blond to pale amber with a wonderful head, slightly sweet aroma, and the orang- ey-grassy flavors of hops in the finish.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “High phenolics with notes of pepper and floral notes. Lemon, orange, black pepper, hints of fruit, some spicy Saaz-like hops notes and faint graininess.”

Flavor: “Crisp! This beer exhibits a lovely crispness that sticks with you as it goes down. Nice blend of banana and citrus esters balanced by carbonation and sharp hops bitterness. The aromatic promises are fully delivered: lemon on the back of the tongue and spices near the front. A dark rich sweetness reminis- cent of a dark honey. A touch more fully bodied than expected, but the beer is so crisp that it works.”

Overall: “Light and fruity. The brewer displays a subtle hand with yeast man- agement. Though the initial appearance could have been clearer, the aroma gives way to a generous palate of flavors that, while simple, create a wonderful drinking experience. A classic tripel that departs from the norm and does it well.”



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