Brouwerij St Bernardus used to be the authorised brewer for Westvleteren monks at St. Sixtus but in 1992 the monks went in house with their brewing to produce some of the rarest beers in the world and Brouwerij St Bernadus had to stand on it’s own two feet and one of the things they did was produce today’s Belgium offering, St Bernardus Tripel.
The tripel is 8% which comes out as 2.1 standard drinks from the 330 ml glass bottle. It has a thick and persistent white foam that doesn’t appear to be going anywhere with a sparkling dense yellow colour and some (I hope) yeast floaties.
Malty sweet and some light fruity smell make this a beer which is pretty appealing, I am still trying to put those ominous dark floaties at the bottle of the glass out of my mind.
The beer is sharp and the alcohol taste cuts through, you would never mistake this for a non alcoholic or even a light beer. This beer is not the best Belgium tripel but don’t overlook it if you are looking for something with a bit more of a hit. It could use just a little bit more flavour which to temper the alcoholic nature of the beer. It is still enjoyable but St Bernardus Tripel is up against such tough competition and it just doesn’t quite match up. To use a sports metaphor because where better to use a sports metaphor then on a beer blog, St. Bernardus Tripel is a good 6th man in basketball, respectable and can get a job down off the bench but don’t expect it ever to make the hall of fame.
That’s all I got to stay, till next time