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Cerberus Belgian Tripel - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Cerberus Belgian TripelCerberus Belgian Tripel

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102 Reviews

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Reviews: 102
Hads: 273
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 21.52%
Wants: 14
Gots: 30 | 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: 102 | Hads: 273
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew didn't have much head on it and no lacing at all. The appearence doesn't do this brew much justice. It's got a very nice golden color with some little specs of stuff floating in it. The aroma is super sweet. It reminded me instantly of Dogfish Head's Midas Touch. I pick up some type of Pear aroma and some hefewiezen aromas too like banana and clove. Not a bad brew at all from Thirsty God, impressive actually!

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Photo of brentk56
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber with a rocky whipped egg white head that leaves a smattering of lacing action

Smell: The fusel alcohol on the nose overwhelms the fruit (apple, pear and banana), bubblegum and candi sugar elements

Taste: Bubblegum and candi sugar join with the light fruit, up front, with the alcohol and an overripe banana character building by mid-palate; the sweet and fruit flavors meld together after the swallow, but continue to be subsumed by the alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; plenty of heat, particularly after the swallow

Overall: Although the flavor elements are appropriate for the style, the beer has its rough edges, with the heat and the plodding mouthfeel hindering its overall effect

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of WhyBeNormal in a BIF a ways back. Served in a snifter.

Pours a slightly-hazed golden-orange color with a thin white head and a bunch of spotty lacing. Thin collar throughout. The nose brings some light bread and sweetness plus some light clove and bubblegum. Light earthiness comes along with that in the flavor and the clove stands out along with a bit of bready sweetness. Medium body with average carbonation and a touch of sweetness in the finish. Not bad, though probably not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Juicy apricot with an impressive amount of swirling yeast that are mostly fine, with a few slightly larger chunks. The bone colored crown isn't anywhere close to Belgianesque, but it doesn't look bad at all once it starts to melt. The beer itself looks good enough for the above score to be granted.

The nose is actually a pretty fair approximation of a Belgian tripel. That's amazing since, to my knowledge, Thirsty Dog hasn't attempted to brew Belgian-style beer prior to this one. The usual golden fruit and spice is present and accounted for. Especially spice.

Even though Cerberus can't compete with the world's best, it's a delicious and drinkable surprise that does just about everything right. That's far from a given when it comes to American brewers who, understandably, concentrate primarily on American-style beer. Kudos to the boys from the Rubber City.

Flavors include plenty of pear and apple, a mead-like honey character, and a wonderfully estery yeastiness that adds hints of banana and more than hints of clove to the mix. I'm not sure that four different Belgian yeast strains were needed, but then I'm no brewer. The alcohol is buried as completely as one can reasonably expect 10.0% to be buried.

The mouthfeel is closer to American big beer wonderful than Belgian big beer wonderful. Either end of that spectrum is a major win. It leans toward firm rather than lush, with carbonation that has just the right amount of bite. This Hell Hound is anything but toothless.

Cerberus Belgian Style Trippel Ale is the biggest surprise of the past several months. Who knew that brewers from Akron, OH could do the tripel style loud and proud? Here's hoping that this delectable ale continues to be found on beer store shelves in the Buckeye State. If most beer geeks were blinded, and were told that this brew came from some artisanal brasserie in the Belgian countryside, there's no question that it would be getting more love.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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,

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap 7/17/08 at Pitcher's Pub, in Cumberland, RI, served in a becker pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains Belgian yeast, light malts, spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with flavors of Belgian yeast, spices and a burst of alcohol. There's a little bit of fruit in the background and a decently hearty malt character. A decently strong hops bitterness creeps in and leaves a slightly bitter after-taste.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are definitely several others in the style that I would pick first.

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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 WVbeergeek
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

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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 weeare138
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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

Pours a three finger cream head that fades very slowly to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet fruity nose and flavor is sweet light fruit and spice. Higher ABV is hidden. $3.50 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of Tone
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of alcohol, citrus (cherry?), sweet malt, slight pale malt, and hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, citrus, slight dryness, slight sweet malt, slight yeast, and slight pale malt. Overall, poor appearance, but much better in aroma, blend, and body.

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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 bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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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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Photo of avalon07
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a bright golden color and cloudy texture. There was a thin, foamy, white colored head that quickly dissipated. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A decent aroma of yeast, malt, and a bit of spices.

T: Tasted of yeast, with a strong malt component and a mild spiciness. Also had a weird, almost grassy tinge to it, which gave it a medicinal quality. Not the most pleasant of flavors and not really in keeping with the tripel style.

M: A good amount of carbonation, with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A wildly uneven beer. Not for everyone.

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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 Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my ST tulip - follows my first Tripel Karmeliet. Pours a golden orange with a semi-hazy clarity. Head was about half an inch and quickly dispersed into a thin band around the edges and a slick of foam. Nose is very subdued - a slightly herbal quality and a hint of citrus and candi sugar. Taste follows nose - not a huge tripel, but a very nice balance. Only a trace of residual bitterness between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a carbonation that assets itself initially, but diminishes towards the back end, culminating in a slightly dry finish. Not a mind-blowing Tripel, but really quite respectable with a very well-hidden abv. A solid example of the style.

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Photo of Durge
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A hazy yellowish tan color with a decent white foamy cap and lots of lacing. My nose picks up heavy pear clove and alcohol with some berry highlights. Even a little vanilla nut. Pretty nice. The taste brings a nice warming orange and cinnamon clove with an obvious alcohol presence. I get fresh apple with hints of banana and grass dry-hop finish. This is finely, but fully carbonated in a medium-plus bodied brew. Feel is somewhat viscous. It's a fairly slow drinker, not one to overindulge I would say. This is a quality effort if you like these flavors in the Belgian style.

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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 Dogbrick
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at Winking Lizard in Columbus, served in a snifter. It's been awhile since I have had an opportunity to try a new Thirsty Dog beer. The beer pours a mostly clear amber-orange color with a medium thin off-white head that dissipates steadily. Latticework of lace on the glass. The aroma has a nice spiced character with notes of citrus, yeast and malt. Medium-bodied with spice, earthy malt and citrusy hops flavors. The finish is spicy and mildly bitter with a moderate amount of yeast and tart fruit in the aftertaste. Pretty well done all around.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Cerberus Belgian Tripel from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.