Cerberus Belgian Tripel - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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Reviews by SaintBenedict:
3.53/5 rDev -7.8%
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).
Serving type: bottle
10-06-2012 03:46:33 | More by SaintBenedict
More User Reviews:
4.1/5 rDev +7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2014 01:28:20 | More by superspak
3.58/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
12-19-2013 23:06:20 | More by thecheapies
3.9/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-12-2013 09:23:52 | More by thegodfather1076
Cerberus Belgian Tripel from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.