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Cerberus Belgian Tripel - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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227 Ratings

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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | 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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Photo of Knapp85
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

Knapp85, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of output01x
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

output01x, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of goblue3509
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with an one finger white soapy head which recedes and gives way to nice lace. The aroma has a corriander and citrus smell, with other green fruits also present and an overall sweet smell. The taste has a sweet under tone with hints of citrus, toffee, and green fruits dancing throughout. The mouthfeel is medium carbonation. Overall it is a very good beer, the alcohol is well hidden and the drink is easy. The taste characteristics are very good, and the beer has a refreshing component to it.

goblue3509, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of Durge
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Durge, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of AwYeh
2.48/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: Slightly hazy golden amber; one finger white head which dissipates quickly.

S: Fresh banana, coriander, orange peel, flowers, and Belgian yeast.

T: Spicy and peppery at first- more coriander and a bit of pepper. Fruity sweet and toffee/caramel malts begin coming out as the beer warms, as does the alcohol. Unfortunately with this beer the alcohol doesn't stop coming out until the beer is at room temperature and almost completely hiding the other flavors.

M: Thin-medium body, medium carbonation, smooth. A bit of an alcohol burn.

D: Very low due to the alcohol flavor; unlike bourbon, for example, the other flavors of this beer could not stand up to the alcohol, making it a very unpleasant, lengthy drink.

AwYeh, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of sitarist
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with an orange hue. there is about a fingers worth of white head that falls quickly to a ring, and a small island that leaves spots of lacing.

I smell spice (coriander?), powdered sugar, and dried fruits (apples, pears, passion fruit, papaya),. Its not overly complex, but it has me at a loss for words. Something reminds me of trail mix, and Mexican food!

Like the nose, I'm at a loss for words to describe this beast. It reminds me of glazed pork/ham. It is sweet at first, then pepper, herbs, and spices finish it out.

Medium to full bodied with little carbonation present. It is dry with a slight peppery bite.

Very drinkable, anyone who likes Tripels, or Belgians should try this if they can find it.

sitarist, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of Frosty80
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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

Frosty80, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of aleckpa
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

aleckpa, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of OnThenIn
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Half a finger of slightly off white head on top of a copper body that is crystal clear.

S: Slightly spicy and grassy and floral. Very pungent. Slight sweetness. Fruity and like bubblegum. Hint of alcohol.

T: Fruity with a slight toffee sweetness. Alcohol is very present, but not really harsh.

M: Full bodied with lower carbonation that still works.

D: The mouthfeel would have made this beer crazy drinkable, but the super apparent alcohol, while not harsh, still makes you slow down when drinking.

OnThenIn, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of Brent
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Brent, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

JamnesCameron, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of fbone
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-dark urine color,hardly any carbonation or head.

S-smells alcoholic,and slightly yeasty,hint of friut.

T-tastes like alcohol with alittle fruit and hops in the background.

M-thin and almost tasteless

D-sure you can drink it easy,needs more carbonation and complexity.Seems flat.boring.I probably won't buy this again.But it was ok.

fbone, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of peabody
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

peabody, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of jampics2
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, enjoyed at Grapes and Grains, the kick-off event to Cleveland Beer Week.  Served in a goblet.

Cerberus is golden, with no head and decent lace. Hints of yellow are noted when held to the light.  

The beer smells OK! There's a ton of spices, namely pepper and yeasty phenols.  Some apple, citrus, and slight golden raisins.     

The taste is OK but is a bit dull and not very bright to me.  Some apples and oranges, some honey and spicy phenols.  Pepper and clove.  Some lingering booze at the end.  It could be a ton brighter.  I'm just not sure about this, I want more banana and tropical flavors, not this boring from-the-basement thing.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and the carb is nice but the beer is sticky and just not sharp like a tripel should be.  Boring beer with too much booze in the finish.  This was paired with a Michael Symon root vegetable salad w/red wine and dill vinaigrette, feta, and mint. It couldn't hang, mostly due to the dull and dank taste.

jampics2, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of Keffa
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my Hennepin glass. Fitting for a Belgian style ale.

Been sitting on this bottle for about 2 months now, but I'm assuming this was a fairly fresh bottle at the shop I got it from.

A: Bright golden yellow, white head that was about 1 inch thick and settled to a thin ring. Suspended yeast particles throughout give it a hazy appearance. Not a ton of lace, but what is left sticks well, and it's a little oily. Nice looking beer though.

S: Wow. Belgian yeast, pear, sweet cherries, golden raisins, sugar cookie, black pepper, and a flowery hop that actually has a prominent role in the aroma. It's the first time I've had a Belgian style of any sort where the hops weren't drowned out completely by the yeast. This one is fantastic so far.

T: Nice flavors. Lemony/floral hop, spicy yeast, golden raisin, a little bit heavy sweetness from the malt. Alcohol burn near the finish kind of takes away from the flavors some.

M: Medium body, nice carbonation, slightly oily and almost creamy finish. Nice.

D: Not as much as some Belgian style ales I've had (read: Unibroue). The alcohol makes itself well known toward the middle of the drink and the finish. It takes away from the good flavors that this beer does have. It's a good beer, nonetheless. I wouldn't see myself trying to drink more than one at a time, though. The alcohol makes it a sipper, for sure.

Keffa, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of david131
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A yellow liquid with a thousand little floaters. The head is very thin and splotchy and white.

S- Honey, white bread, flowers, and fruit. Aromatic and well done.

T- Fruit, white bread, fruit, and a hint of alcohol and steamed veggies. The flavors are very strong and the alcohol seems to become more apparent the more of the beer I drank.

M- A strong warming presence from the alcohol and a lasting astringency on the finish.

D- I give Thirsty Dog credit for trying this style, but it is a bit hot. Not bad... but not great.

david131, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Jwale73, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of schoolboy
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I save the superlatives on this monster beer for the mouthfeel and drinkability. This is an amazing strong beer. It doesn't taste strong or bad in any way. It could trick you into thinking you could drink a few. That would be a mistake.

It's a rufi! I don't know why they call them rufi's. You end up waking up on the floor.

It has a little bit of the Belgian taste, but it is very laid back. A little sour, acid taste - but nice. Very very drinkable, but not the one to drink when you want to be overcome with nasty flavors. I like it. I just wish it weren't so expensive.Nice work Thirsty Dog.

schoolboy, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of BB1313
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. No date. This is my second time having this one. Pours a golden color w/ sediment floating; decent white head and lacing. Yeast and candied sugar aromas w/ banana, pear, and apple. Very nice nose! The taste matches. The sweetness is there, but not over powering. Very fruity! Mouthfeel is good for the style; slightly fizzy. Finishes pretty dry. Drinkability isn't bad considering the alcohol isn't well masked, but be careful bc this one can creep on you; makes a nice sipper.

This is definitely one of the better offerings from Thirsty Dog. A great American Tripel, refreshing, recommended.

BB1313, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of tlazaroff
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a Hazy-Orange color that clears up over time; thin white head that fades quickly.

S: Has a yeasty nose to it, but you get some fruit and sweetness as well.

T: The first thing I noticed was some slight citrus notes, then the boozyness hit me. On the back-end it was a tad sweet, but the alcohol was not well masked and took over the palate.

M: Medium body and smooth all around.

D: I find this too boozy to drink more than 1 in a sitting, it is 10% ABV after-all. Overall though, a very tasty drink that I would buy again.

tlazaroff, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of avalon07
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

avalon07, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

oberon, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured clear orange gold hue with a medium off-white frothy head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate aroma of tart citrus, herbs and earthy. Medium body with soft carbonation. Medium cough drop bittersweet flavor with medium sweet finish with small alcohol bite. Complex flavor and enjoyable.

tmoneyba, May 11, 2010
Cerberus Belgian Tripel from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.