I love when I get a good deal on beer. I saw this in a gift set that I assume was left over from Christmas. It was on sale and included the glass with 4 different bottles from the brewery. Sold! So, what did I think of the first offering…?
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “St.Bernardus Tripel is a traditional abbey ale brewed in the classic “Triple” style of Belgium’s best Abbey Ales. It has a blond to pale amber color with a wonderful head, slightly sweet aroma and the orangey-grassy flavors of hops in the finish. Wonderfully drinkable and surprisingly light (8.0% ABV)”
Random: I love St. Bernardus bottles. The monk always looks happy, probably because he’s bombed.
The glass is quite sexy, isn’t it? Anyways, the body poured with a two finger white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy golden orange color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was just divine. I got peppery cloves with banana and the typical Belgian yeast. Some apricots as well. This was an incredibly fragrant tripel. The taste was just as good. It started with peach and apricot and some pale malt. It transitioned into Belgian yeast, coriander, candi sugar and nutmeg. It finished with some pepper. Needless to say, this was incredibly complex. The body was on the thicker side with appropriate carbonation. The booze was not a factor on this one. The finish was long and peppery. This beer was flat out fantastic. It was everything that I could want in a tripel and I kept grabbing the glass to take another sip. If you haven’t quaffed this one, you need to. It’s my new benchmark on the style.
Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0