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Cerberus Belgian Tripel - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Cerberus Belgian TripelCerberus Belgian Tripel

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very good

260 Ratings

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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 13
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

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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Ratings: 260 | Reviews: 103
Reviews by MCDuhamel:
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3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass at fridge temperature.

Aroma: Pours a rather reluctant ivory two inch head that quickly falls to a crema-like cap on the surface. Nice lacing follows the beer down the glass, though. The liquor itself is amber, showing lots of tiny bubbles cheerfully racing to the surface, but fighting the particles in suspension. The beer is somewhat turbid, which of course is expected and desirable in an unfiltered Belgian not carefully decanted.

Smell: The nose presents pear, apricot, honey and a hint of clove, with just a bit of breadiness.

Taste: The flavor shows the same fruits, with a solidly malty and bready core and a nice peppery finish. At the very end, a flavor of both apricot and honey shows up briefly. The carbonation is evident even in the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: The aggressive carbonation, fully appropriate for the style, tickles the tongue. The beer, like a good tripel should be, has quite a light body given the strength.

Drinkability: The beer is nicely balanced and easy to drink. I find it very hard to drink only one.

Overall: This is quite a good American tripel, and certainly the best Belgian ale brewed locally to me in Cleveland, Ohio. It's worth looking for. If only there were a decent head with real retention!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a chalice at Vintage 301 a rich golden with burnt orange hue,a fluffy white crown atop.Aromas were bigtime fruity along with candied sugar and slight phenols.Flavors are more where the beer begins to slightly miss the mark,the yeasty spice flavors are qite strong with a deep spice in the finish that makes the beer seem to sharp,the alcohol is not well restrained.Its decent but maybe to brash,glad I tried it though.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Winking Lizard in Coventry. Poured into a large chalice a clear pale gold/orange with a white head that sticks to the glass. Slightly boozy aroma of candied sugar, yeasty light fruits, oranges, and spices. Spicy flavor with some sweetness, lots of citrus flavor and some other pale fruits. Finishes balanced to slightly dry with some warming. Solid but not great.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #36 (Jan 2010):

While the head might fall short, the lacing does leave some rings behind; light haze within the golden color. Faint lemon candy, taffy, ripe papaya, shortbread and peppery alcohol in the nose. Lemony and medicinal flavors start it off, and peppery alcohol rounds it out with some sweet but vague tropical fruit. Grainy; dry maltiness mixes well with the nutty yeast component. Warming alcohol never gives a feeling, even on the breath. Maltiness and an herbal flavor make up for a very pleasing aftertaste.

Perhaps not as refined or polished, but brimming with flavor. The complexities hit all the right spots for the style.

Photo of TTripp725
2/5  rDev -48.2%

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3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of GOBLIN
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of jminch
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On draft at Bocktown awhile back, appears a clear golden honey tone with nice white foam action not super thick, leaves behind fine even lacing streaks. Aroma offers pineapple, citrus sweet hony and simple syrup notes with mild spicy yeast complexities flowing. Flavor wise I was catching too much perfume like qualities from the yeast and spice additions. Throw in the fact that the finish tasted like alcohol soaked tropical fruit didn't do it for me the harsh alcohol tasted like someone's uncle wanted to inject to watermelon with grain alcohol at the family reunion. Mouthfeel is medium bodied stick and somewhat cloying at times due to both texture and everlasting spice additions that leave their mark on my palate. Drinkability is okay, but this isn't a version I would push on you if your picky about your tripel. Because it has way too much unrefined brashness to compare with most Belgian versions.

Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of cynical1027
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of weonfire
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of cclark67789
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at The Brew Kettle, the names is in fact Cerberus 10.Pleasant and no booziness detected. Golden with peachy tinge, and a lace sheer. Above average mouthfeel, ver smooth, sweet yeasty and slightly fruity, with a little tanginess.On the style.

Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of thekrouse
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of prototypic
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cerberus is gold in color and is moderately hazy. Backlighting gives it a slight orange tint. An off-white head covers the top. It only rises to a finger in depth and falls rather quickly. Sticky strands of lace line the glass as it descends. Not bad.

The nose is alright. It seems a little weak and underpowered. Yeast seems to be the strongest scent. It's reminiscent of Belgian yeast, but I wouldn't confuse it with anything hailing from Belgium. Spices are noted. Clove and pepper are the strongest. Smells like there's a hint of banana, but not much. More would be better. It works so well with clove. It smells a little malty and sweet. Alcohol is mildly noticeable. Not bad for a 10% beer. It's not bad. Above average sounds right.

The flavor is good. Easily a notch above the nose. I'm not the biggest fan of Tripels, but this is pretty impressive. It's sweet and a little malty initially. Spices quickly follow. Pepper and clove are the primaries, but there are some secondaries that I can't identify. I'm not getting any banana in the flavor. Too bad. The yeast flavor really works well. It tastes more Belgian than it smells. It's good. I still don't think I'd mistake it for a true Belgian, but it has a really nice flavor. Not bad for a little brewery from Ohio. Alcohol is present, but it's masked well. I wouldn't guess this is in double digit territory. It finishes yeasty and spicy.

Cerberus has a medium body that is smooth. Carbonation is dialed down nicely. Overall, it has a nice feel. Drinkability is good. This is tasty beer. It goes down rather easy for a rabid, demon possessed beast.

Thirsty Dog is one of the better known breweries in Ohio. Aside from Siberian Night, I've never really been impressed with their beer. Cerberus is a nice effort. It's tough to successfully replicate Belgian styles, but this one succeeds overall. It really performs nicely all-around. The nose could be a little stronger, and it's crying out for more banana. But, it's good beer as it is. It's not quite the success that Siberian Night is, but a success it is. Recommended.

Photo of GrumpyGirl
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of aleckpa
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at Vintage 301 in Greensboro, NC from a goblet.

A: Half a finger of slightly off white head. Orange-ish color. Lace of head lasts throughout.

S: Orange spices, hint of alcohol

T: Fruity taste, but not sweet. Alcohol hits your tongue right away, but it is not overpowering.

M: Low carbonation

D: Drinkable beer, despite high alcohol content. However, the alcohol is noticeable, so you have to drink this slow.

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Cerberus Belgian Tripel from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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