Cerberus Belgian Tripel - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Cerberus Belgian TripelCerberus Belgian Tripel

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267 Ratings

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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 14
Gots: 27 | 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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Reviews by MCDuhamel:
Photo of MCDuhamel
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
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 -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 +3.4%
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 +8.5%
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 GOBLIN
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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 WVbeergeek
2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
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 Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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 prototypic
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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 aleckpa
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of output01x
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A strong pour results in a 1/2-finger white head that fades to nearly nothing in about 2 minutes. Retention is nearly non-existent as is lacing. The body is a gorgeous honey with sediment floating and bubbles rising. It almost looks like its own ecosystem.

Strong malt and floral hops presence in the nose. Yeasty clove is of course present along with honey and banana.

Orange, grains, sour apple, and an odd spiciness all collide with each sip, only to be succeeded by a nice alcohol warmth.

The body is medium with light carbonation.

Easily drinkable, but the alcohol warmth actually pushes me away from reaching for the glass.

Honestly, this beer is much better when you don't analyze it. Its many imperfections are easily overlooked when enjoying socially.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with about a half inch off-white head that didn't stay around for too long. Lacing is decent. The beer smells like peppery spice, yeast, peaches and citrus. However, the aroma is somewhat weak (but nice) so it's a bit hard to notice all the scents in this brew, I'm sure I missed some. Taste is similar to the aroma, the beer tastes like pepper, yeast, citrus, tropical fruit and a little bit of alcohol and cloves. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit syrupy and slick with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent. Overall I think this brew is OK, but there's really nothing that impressed me about it at all. But it's certainly worth a try.

Photo of n2185
2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear, yellow-gold with a finger of white head that recedes into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: Some slight clove and spice notes up front followed by loads and loads of bananas and bubblegum. Slight bitter yeast and bready aromas on the finish.

T: Sweet, thick honey and cloves at first followed by some bananas and bubblegum. Bitter yeast and bread flavors on the finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is pretty thick and sweet instead of being light and crisp.

O: Yet another mediocre American tripel. Thick and sweet with loads of bubblegum/banana aromas and flavors where it should be light and crisp with light fruit flavors.

Photo of Beejay
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Gold in color, and just slightly hazy. There is a bit of rusted business around the lip of the bottle, it makes me wonder if there was a reason it was in the discount cart. Regardless, it pours nice, with good carbonation, and nice white head. Some pretty major clumps of yeast get into my glass.

S: Strawberries, cloves, and a hint of spice. Also a touch of booze. There is a syrupy sweetness to this as well, as well as a touch of banana.

T: A solid sweetness with clove, fig, raison, and banana notes. There is a touch of alcohol, and perhaps a touch of roasted notes. Nice.

M: Light feeling, with a dry finish, but it almost leaves a little oily. Carbonation is appropriate for the style.

O: Pretty solid over all, it wouldn't be my first choice for a tripel, on the other hand I certainly wouldn't turn one down.

Photo of Frosty80
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: pours clear golden-yellow. sits very clear, pure gold with the slightest of brown hues and only a handful of sediment particles. creamy one-finger, off-white head that sits for only a few moments

Smell: initial blast of poignant fruity esters, transitioning into a light graininess, then to a nice presence of orange peel followed by spices. alcohol is non-existant. very light noble hop aroma

Taste: initial tartness and fruitiness that really pops. light hop flavor and bitterness. orange and lemon peel and spices are all there too. finish is somewhat dry and balanced with just a hint more sweetness and a little spice coming through. alcohol is well hidden and brightens everything up.

Mouthfeel: medium body with medium-high carbonation

Notes: not as dry as the Trappist powerhouses, which is what i like. very balanced and well done

Photo of peabody
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a watery yellow piss color with very little suds. Good deal of lacing here.
Smell is apricot candy and yeast. Belgian I think but it is a nose burner.
Taste is cotton candy and alcohol with just a hint of apricot cookies.
Mouthfeel is a little sticky but for the most part clean.
Drinkability is only as good as the flavor is cause the abv is pretty prolific.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Again I find myself trying something on a whim, and really striking gold.

A: deep gold/pale amber; slightly hazy; thin head from slow pour; not much lacing

S: sweet; some fruit and spice

T: delish! nice malt, hop, and yeast medley; some sweetness - like from pale fruits and citrus fruits; some spice

M: medium-bodied, fizzy, great finish = great drinkability

O: A great example of how a tripel naturally has some commonalities with a strong pale Belgian; this beer strikes keen balance between sweet and bitter, with a slightly dry edge like strong pale Belgian ale, but a softness more common to a tripel

Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

frothy head and a nice hazy amber color, a bit darker then i expected to be honest and definitely lively. aroma is soft and light with peaches, pears, and tons of dry hops. really not at all what i was expecting, but what can you do. same with the flavor, not really all that i was expecting, light with too much emphasis on the grains and not enough punch,

Photo of buschbeer
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I poured into my glass to a half inch of head that quickly settled to a skim of my beer. It is a hazy golden around the outside and orange in the middle. The yeast seems to be distributed well throughout. I get alcohol and sweetness on the nose. After a vigorous swirl I get some apricot and banana.

My first few sips are loaded with alcohol, but that taste dissipates as the beer warms. I also get the fruity sweetness and a hint of banana on the ass end. I love the mouthfeel of this beer. I love that thick, syrupy feel. I really enjoy the 10% ABV! This is an easy drinking beer because it's relatively tame. I'm probably biased since I really like this brewery.


Photo of Immortale25
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Brent
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thirsty Dog is not a brewery that I would normally associate with Belgian styles, but they hit the nail on the head with this beer - Fluffy, a touch fizzy with ample malt tinged with Red Delicious apple notes. Yeast and candy sugar waft in the wake. Cleans up nicely at the finish. Overall, a well-executed beer.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet.

Pours a hazy gold with a thin head that drops quickly to barely a wisp.

Aromas of bubblegum, sweet malt. No hop aroma.

First sip is of tobacco, hard candy, a little sweet on the finish, and a tad dry. Some alcohol warming, not quite a burn, but almost there.

Mouthfeel is full, but not heavy or cloying. A little bitter dryness and alcohol bite. Good balance on carbonation, not too prickly.

Very drinkable beer. Not a session beer by any means, but very good.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got a four pack of Cerberus a couple weeks ago for $11.99 at The Lager Mill. For some reason when I first saw this beer I thought it was Belgian but after further inspection I see it is from Thirsty Dog in Ohio, I liked Siberian Night so I figured it was worth a try, plus a Tripel sounds pretty good right now. Poured from a brown 12oz foiled bottle into a goblet.

A- I like the label on this beer a lot, it kinda has a traditional Belgian look to it, maybe it is the foiled cap and the evil looking dogs look cool. It poured a nice golden honey orange color with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy smooth white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed the rest of the time and it also left lots of nice lacing. This beer looks damn good poured into my goblet.

S- The aroma pretty much consists of three different things, sweet pale malts, lots of nice fruity esters, like some bananas and green apples, and that typical spicy Belgian yeast with cloves sticking out the most. There was a little aroma of booze but it wasn't that noticeable.

T- The taste follows the nose nicely and is pretty similar. The taste is overall pretty fruity, with banana, green apples, and orange peels sticking out the most. The pale malts are nice and sweet just like they should be for this style. I pick up a good amount of candied sugar along with all those typical spices that you get from the Belgian yeast. The finish was slightly bitter with some grassy and earthy hops, and a little bit of warming alcohol that lets you know this is a bigger beer.

M- Smooth, medium bodied and it had just the right amount of carbonation. It had a semi dry finish that I thought could be a lot more dryer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good Tripel that was super flavorful while still being very complex, just like this style should be. Pretty much everything about this beer was spot on for it's style and it does a great job at representing Belgian Style Tripels, probably the best American Tripel I have had to date. What I liked most about this beer was it's appearance. balance and complexity, it seemed like the flavors were bolder then most trappist Tripels. The only thing I would change about this beer is to give it a little dryer finish. At around three dollars a bottle this is a great alternative to the smaller and traditional Tripels from Belgian and I could see myself buying this more often. If you like Tripels or Belgians in general, you should give this beer a try, it represents it style nicely and shows that even in Ohio there are good local Tripels that can hold their own. So far I am really digging Thirsty Dog, I may have to try some of their six packs to get a feel for their year lineup.

Photo of weeare138
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for the opportunity...
Appears a light transparent gold with a 3 finger, fluffy white cap that retains well before dropping into a gentle cap and collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left all around the glass.
Smell is of candy sugar, spices, citrus, black peppercorn, tropical fruit salad with banana slices, and just a wee touch of green apple hidden in the background.
Taste is nice. The tropical fruit, sugary malt, and spiciness of the flavors meld together beautifully.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, sugary,warming, with a syrupy slickness found midway through the swallow. This one will creep up. The abv seems dangerously hidden in this one.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Cerberus Belgian Tripel from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.