St. Bernardus Tripel – The Perfect Fix for your Belgian Cravings

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Split this bottle with my buddy Drew. It’s a Belgian Tripel style beer that I like to call the little cousin of St. Bernardus Abt 12, a heavier Quadrupel style beer brewed under the same roof. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Trappist styles, they increase in body and alcohol content in the order of Dubbel, Tripel, and Quadrupel. This one is in the middle of the spectrum. Here’s my review:

Final Rating: 4.26/5
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a goblet.

Appearance- Pours a hazy, honey colored body with a fluffy white head that reduces slowly to a white ring and leaves some patchy lacing.

Smell-  Initially I get some slightly acidic citrus notes. Cloves, bananas, Belgian spices, molasses, and  raisins show up too.

Taste- Initially it’s quite sweet but not overly – a light fruitiness is the first noticeable taste including banana and pears. A nice Spiciness, cloves and Belgian spice blend with the fruitiness for nice balance. On the follow through is a candied, almost burnt sugar flavor that really works well. Leaves a nice roastiness on the tongue.

Mlouthfeel- Medium body, medium carbonation

Very nice. A lighter version of Abt. 12. Classic example of the style.

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