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Cerberus Belgian Tripel - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

222 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 9
Gots: 17 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Dogbrick on 04-01-2008)
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gfreed

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -12.4%

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.

10-12-2012 01:55:48 | More by gfreed
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oberon

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

07-10-2010 20:47:43 | More by oberon
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

06-12-2008 15:39:31 | More by DaPeculierDane
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

01-11-2011 01:56:18 | More by BeerAdvocate
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TTripp725

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -48.2%

09-14-2013 03:16:51 | More by TTripp725
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-17-2013 03:40:00 | More by reitzbrewing
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-29-2013 11:54:22 | More by Cynic-ale
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GOBLIN

Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

05-28-2014 01:43:28 | More by GOBLIN
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jminch

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

11-24-2012 14:57:04 | More by jminch
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.85/5  rDev -26.2%

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.

07-17-2008 03:35:44 | More by WVbeergeek
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chinchill

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-01-2014 00:41:18 | More by chinchill
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cynical1027

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

02-21-2012 02:55:04 | More by cynical1027
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weonfire

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-25-2013 19:11:33 | More by weonfire
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cclark67789

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

09-15-2013 16:33:08 | More by cclark67789
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marmstrong1212

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

04-15-2014 01:10:49 | More by marmstrong1212
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-09-2014 21:09:25 | More by Griffith
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

07-10-2011 13:54:16 | More by Sammy
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whatname

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-30-2013 00:30:11 | More by whatname
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tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-12-2014 23:47:29 | More by tdm168
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thekrouse

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

03-20-2012 03:07:28 | More by thekrouse
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prototypic

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +1%

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.

02-07-2010 03:29:33 | More by prototypic
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aleckpa

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

01-09-2011 21:38:46 | More by aleckpa
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

08-13-2012 00:59:14 | More by Hopdaemon39
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Lanstrum

Ohio

1.75/5  rDev -54.7%

05-23-2013 23:36:17 | More by Lanstrum
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output01x

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

03-23-2011 04:08:48 | More by output01x
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Cerberus Belgian Tripel from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.