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Cerberus Belgian Tripel - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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104 Reviews

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Reviews: 104
Hads: 277
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 14
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States | website

Style | ABV
Tripel | 10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Dogbrick on 04-01-2008

This beer is made with one grain and 4 Belgian yeasts, a deceptive golden color, and a malty palate lend complexity to this Belgian Trippel Ale.
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Reviews: 104 | Hads: 277
Photo of tlema1
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a hazy deep orange color with a thin lacy head
S: Light nose, slight fruitiness
T: Apricot, other fruits, some sweetness and pepper
F: great mouthfeel
O:Very good American Tripel

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Photo of bushbeer75
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle

Thirsty Dog Cerberus Trippel filled my tulip glass with a hazy/cloudy orange gold color. Atop sat a 1-finger off-white head that left behind hit and miss lacing. The nose first picked up a spicy/peppery aroma followed by candy sugar and light fruit, i.e., pears and peaches. The flavor matches the nose with also yeast and clove detected. Medium bodied with a fine active carbonation and nice alcohol warming at the finish.

Cerberus is an enjoyable and flavorful American Triple - just not quite as smooth/polished as some in the style.

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Photo of AndreRus
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doesn't seem like malts that they are using here fit well for this kind of beer. Too sour. Like they mixed tripel with barleywine. Just doesn't taste right

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Photo of RedKing
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bit more substantial than most Tripels I've had, with less effervesence and brightness, and more prominent caramel notes. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but allows the caramel to settle on the tongue nicely.

An excellent beer all around.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a muddled orange with a touch of sediment. Very little head with slight lacing. Apple and pear dominate the aroma. More apple and pear in the taste with some strawberry as well, mild yeast flavors, and honey, quite a sweet beer. Medium to heavy body, with a touch of carbonation. Slight alcohol kick at the end.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a semi-hazy dark amber color with nearly no head, just a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam.

S- Sharp, boozy aroma of Belgian yeast. A bit of spice, some malt sweetness and maybe a hint of oxidation.

T- Flavor is considerably better than the aroma with a nice dose of Belgian candi sugar and some lightly toasty malt. Also some more spice and the alcohol starts creeping in after multiple sips are taken. Minimal hop bitterness.

M- Slick feel with some vibrance from the spice and alcohol. Medium-low carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Well this beer started out quite lame but made a quick turnaround. Certainly not one of the best Tripels I've ever had but it disguises the alcohol pretty well and has some nice character to it.

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Photo of OhioRay
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poored from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - A pretty, deep orange. Very hazy. Half a finger of head which fades quickly and no lacing.

S - Pears, oranges, a sweet maltyness. Definitely some alcohol present.

T - Very sweet. Tastes like sipping on a white wine. Grape, pear, apples, with an alcohol finish. Any bitterness that is present is overpowered by the sweetness.

M - Light bodied. Good carbonation.

O - Decent beer, not my favorite though. I prefer more of the bubblegummy yeast flavors in tripels as well as a dry, bitter finish. This is a bit too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thirsty Dog Cerberus

Poured in tulip glass

A: Pours a deep rusty orange color with some sediments.

S: Pears, apples and maybe touch of honey. Has a familiar slight funky Belgian yeast aroma to it as well.

T: Sweet and sugary. Maintains the common flavors I've found and still can't quite get used to in the trippels I drank. A hint of alcohol on the end too.

M: Smooth.

O: I like this but not enough to search for it again. For me it's another go round with a style I'm trying to wrap my head around. Not bad . . . I'd drink again if offered.

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Photo of ksimons
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-an orangish golden color with a fingers worth of white head that leaves a bit of foam around the edge

S-pale malts, spices, lemon and a bit of orange

T-pale malt, apples and pears with some bubblegum sweetness, honey, light spices, and some yeast

M-medium body, medium carbonation

Overall an enjoyable beer, but maybe a little to sweet for me

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip.
Thanks to Hopswagger for this one!

A - Pours a dark amber with a chilled haze. The foam settles into a thin cap with little to no lacing.

S - Potent fruit bread, pungent fruity alcohol, spicy yeast, cherries, over ripe pears, gala apples, peach cobbler, a twist of citrus, almond extract, sweet and bready pale and caramel malts, phenolic a are low with hard candy sweetness coming out as it warms.

T - Thick sweet malts start things off with a backing of Marciano cherries, pears, green figs, stone fruit (mainly peaches), apples, and some orange citrus. Sweet honey bread, caramel malt, faint grassy and citrus hops lingering in the background adding light bitterness.

M - Ultra creamy and smooth feel, full bodied, great carbonation, sweet and sticky.

This is a knockout American made Tripel. One if the better ones I've had from the states. It doesn't have the typical deep Belgian yeast profile as the ones from Belgium but everything in this beer works together for the greater good. A must try.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big apricot, peach, pear, apple, orange peel, honey, candi sugar, bread, clove, light pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big apricot, peach, pear, apple, orange peel, honey, bread, candi sugar, clove, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of apricot, peach, pear, apple, orange, honey, bread, candi sugar, clove, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent tripel style! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast ester and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tangerine amber color. Not much lace. A ring of foam.

Buttery phenols, breadiness, honey, clove, nectary fruit, and lots of booze. Maybe some slight oxidation.

Syrupy malts with buttery breadiness, honey, and some pomme fruitiness. Treacle, rosy booze, and some apricot. Heavy-duty without the complexity.

Semi-spicy with wet booziness. Body is sticky thick, not in a good way.

Not my fave, but it'll "do" for the night. A weaker tripel, compared to the authentic Belgians.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Very attractive bottle with a gold foil covered neck. Label is very cool looking with a K-9 theme as one would expect from a TDBC offering. Label gives ABV info, IBU info, serving temp recommendation, and nice back story and description of the beer, web info, and a bit of brewery info.

Appearance: A aggressive pour from its 12oz brown bottle into a 16oz snifter led to a 1 finger off white airy head that sits atop a cloudy bright orange/yellow color with a ton of floating sediment. Head retention was very weak with a retention of only 11sec and did not produce much lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of clove, coriander, and spices with a toasted caramel malt aroma. Also has hints of tropical fruits and sweet banana aroma.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of sweet candied fruits, coriander, and clove on the front-end with a midpoint that includes white grapes, toasted caramel, and banana. Back-end is of toasted malts and alcohol with a toasty aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the heavy side medium bodied with a chewy mouthfeel. A bit to heavy to be overly drinkable.

Overall/Comments: This is an extremely complex beer that is intense on the palette. I really enjoyed the experience of trying this beer and exploring its complexities. Try it if you can find it. Classified as a Belgian Tripel @ 10% ABV. Consumed 9/21/2013.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

P: A cloudy speckled bright apricot color with little to no head development. Only a few big bubbles around the edge.

S: Pumpernickel bread, tropical fruits, clove, cardamom, coriander, toasted caramel, sugar malt, banana taffy, yikes stripes fruit striped gum, sweet booze and cinnamon.

T/M: A malted bomb exploded in my mouth. Sweet with floral perfume presence. Sweet candied sugar, toasted caramel, loads of tropical fruit followed up with a white wine similarity. Once swallowed the sweet malt is overtaken by the spices and lingering of rum. Chewy body with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry and chalky.

O: This is truly a three headed monster. Sweet succulent malts, fruits, spices, yeasty bread and booze. What more could you ask for in a tripel. This really surprised me. I figured it would be decent but this surpassed my expectations and in glad I grabbed this up. This is a definite need to try.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a minimal head that reduced to nothing quickly. It is a pale light orange color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Very traditional aromas here. Vanilla, spices, yeasty esters, boozy alcohol, super sweet malts, and a bit of apple and pear.

Taste: sweetness mellowed out here. Smooth boozy alcohol in the back of the palate here too with a tiny bit of bitterness in the end. Nice stuff.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, a little bit of boozy alcohol, and easy to drink. Too easy.

Overall: A nice tripel in my opinion. It could be a little less sweeter, but I'll take it.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.58/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, golden-colored body with a medium-small, fleeting, white head. Nil lacing.

Smell: Yields a somewhat sugary nose, but also an aroma of fruit cocktail, with alcohol replacing the precious juices with which it usually packed.

Taste: Simple, modest malted grains glazed in simple syrup. A little bubblegum, a bit more sugar advancing, then, some fruitiness of strawberry, peach, and melon juice. A couple whole buds of clove. If it stopped there, I'd be content, but it has a real sharp sting from the alcohol, with a touch of acetone to it, leaving a lingering singe in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: Hot, but not in a good way. It's harshness and brash character overrides any goodness. This is unfortunate. Instead of a bottle capped with gold foil, it deserves to be sheathed in a brown paper bag.

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Photo of Fitwitchik
4.97/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First time on tap @ TD October 2012. LOVED it as I am a huge trippel fan. Told it was not sold in bottles....yet. Found today at Whole Foods in C'bus Ohio. BAM!

Golden colour with a creamy head. Sediment particles sink float to the bottom of my

The fruity malted fragance tells me I am about to have a quality Belguim.

DANG! Bottled version does NOT lack. Forgot how much I enjoy this excellent trippel.

Balanced with carbonation & flavour. Feel like I just won the lottery with this lovely brew.

Thirsty Dog has created an outstanding trippel. Pass it on.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with plenty of haze and a thick finger of frothy ivory foam. Quite good.

Smell: quite sweet with a good malt component and aromas of pear and green apple. This thing definitely has an alcoholic kick, however, and the overall aromatic effect is a bit messy. There is some good stuff here, but it just doesn't come together terribly well.

Taste: sweet malt with that same nice fruity apple and pear quality, although a bit toned down with respect to the aroma. Alcohol definitely also plays a part in the flavor of this beer. Yeast flavors include a bit of a phenolic finish which, while not bad, doesn't necessarily play terribly well with other aspects of the flavor. I'm a little on the fence about this one, but I admit it could be better.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a nice, smooth creaminess. Works for me!

Overall: this is an interesting example of a tripel. I like the fact that the flavor profile is a bit out of the ordinary, but in this case it doesn't seem to work quite right for me. Not bad, but not a tripel I'd reach for given other options.

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Photo of smcolw
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small, but solid head. Leaves chunky lace. Starts very clear but the end of the pour shows plenty yeast cloudiness.

Sweet like brandy with an alcohol kick. Very much a Tripel smell.

High alcohol flavor and aftertaste. This dominates the taste. Mostly creamy and slightly sour. Very warming. Full bodied with a low-ish carbonation.

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Photo of gfreed
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The vanilla, oaky milkshake aroma was very attractive, as was the puffy, fluffy head. Beyond that... meh. There's a dry finish, thanks to the hoppy edge, some bubbles and a few lines of chest-beating text on the label. Beyond that, there's not much to recommend. Tasty enough for one try only.

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Photo of SaintBenedict
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with a gold foil cap, despite the poorly designed label.

Cerberus pours a slightly hazed amber-tinged golden color, with a fizzy, white head that quickly vanishes.

The nose is sweet and malty with faint Belgian yeast, a kiss of rock candi, a significant amount of sweet cookie-like malt, some ripe juicy berries, crisp orchard fruit (like green apple and pear), and a touch of anise and clove.

On the taste buds, Cerberus is sweet and malty, with tangy, peppery clove-like citrus spiciness. There's also a dash of dark berries for good measure, and more fresh tree fruit. Most surprising is the fair amount of bitterness that Cerberus offers. The tripel-style ale finishes tart and dry.

Medium-to-full-bodied with prickly carbonation, Cerberus is a solid tripel, though it may lack some of the bright fruitiness characteristic of Belgian models. The ale is rather malty, with a bitter dryness that strikes me as somewhat uncharacteristic of the style (though it never crosses over into Belgian IPA territory).

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass- pours a hazy, bright orange/golden color. Less than a finger of head, not too much retention, some spots of lacing. Not as luscious of a tripel as I'm used to.

Smell is very sweet- candi sugar, pilsener malt, perhaps a little bit of hops. I get some pear and green apple as well. Nice.

Taste is consistent- very sweet, lots of candi sugar, some fruitiness, a little bit of hops towards the end. Interestingly enough, I don't taste yeast in an explicit way.

Mouthfeel is good- medium to fuller bodied, light prickly carbonation, not a trace if alcohol burn which is very nice considering the strength. This is a good one- it's a difficult style for us in America to crack but a good attempt.

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Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden peach color with a solid one finger cream head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Fruity belgian yeast esters dominate the aroma, with peach, pear, and a hint of funk accompanying belgian candi sugar.

The flavor follows the nose, heavy pear and belgian yeast take center stage, with an assertive lemony citrus taste hitting mid palate. A fairly bready malt backbone provides balance into the slightly dry finish. Hints of spicy clove add complexity, but the finish is somewhat stale.

Body leans toward the full side, with fairly high carbonation accentuating the citrus profile. Alcohol warmth is a bit more than comforting.

Overall, a pretty decent tripel. If the finish was more lively and the alcohol better hidden, this would've scored far better.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Clear orange until I got to the yeast, then moderately hazed orange amber color. Yeast particulates at bottom of glass. Just one finger of frothy off-white head. Retention is lacking, but a good sized ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Wonderfully spicy with white pepper, clove, and hints of corriander. Mildly yeasty. Flowery hops with a touch of herbalness in there as well. Somewhat sugary with peach, pear, and apple fruitiness. Very well done.

4.0 T: Tastes like the nose, but perhaps a bit less impressive. Peppery with lesser clove and corriander from the yeast with a moderate yeastiness. Flowery and sugary with hay like earthiness joining the scene. Peach, pear, and apple fruitiness again. Booze well in check.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good carbonation level and while it is somewhat spritzy, it isn't spritzy enough. Good creaminess though.

4.0 D: Tasty beer. I only wonder if I'm rating this higher than I should since I haven't had a decent tripel in ages.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid a bit more than I wanted for this at 4 dollars a bottle I hope it's worth it.

A - Damn a bit of sediment clumps and a touch of haze. I expected a more clear pour. Head is minimal that forums a light lace.

S - Smell is a nice bit of apples and pear fruity yeasts. Smells pretty balanced.

T - Taste is pretty boozy, more so I expected but it does round out a bit as it warms. Yeasts are good, a touch spicy and fruity. Not bad overall.

M - Medium to heavy in bottle. Needs more balance.

Overall not really worth the 4 dollars I paid and I have had more balanced Belgium Triples. Aside from this its a pretty high octane Triple nothing more.

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Cerberus Belgian Tripel from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.