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Cerberus Belgian Tripel - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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101 Reviews

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Reviews: 101
Hads: 268
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
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: 101 | Hads: 268
Photo of BigPlay1824
2.73/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed in a chalice

A: pours a very hazy and muddled orange color with a very very thin layer of white lacing with fine bubbles that dissipates almost immediately, leaves
S: tart and a for some reason lime comes to mind
T: interesting taste, definitely has citrus tastes but also some tartness and a bit of funk, finishes with a definite alcohol tinge, leaves a kind of nasty vodka like taste on the palate
M: medium carbonation, drinks a bit thick, alcohol burn hits midsip and lingers through to the end
O: not impressed in the least bit, alcohol is not masked taste really doesn't seem to align with the style well at all (627 characters)

Photo of Ratman197
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Half Time poured a hazy gold with a small lasting creamy white head. Aromas of pear, pineapple, bread and light spice. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bread, pear, light pineapple and light spice with a smooth lingering fruity finish. (265 characters)

Photo of burnstar
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark yellow with a big persistent head. Smell is cakey sweet. Spices, cloves, bananas. Taste is surprisingly not very sweet despite the smell. Belgian malt characteristics- cloves, phenolic, light fruit. A little boozy. Much hoppier than the typical tripel. Bitter herbal hops. Well carbonated and medium to full bodied. Overall this is definitely different from a typical tripel but I like it. (402 characters)

Photo of dorianmarley
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is cloudy orange, with a thin, creamy head that lasts. The lacing sparkles with carbonation, and lasts the whole beer.

Nose is malty, floral, and citrus.

Taste is nutty vanilla, sweet malt, mild sourness, and orange cream.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, with medium carbonation, and mild astringency.

Overall, a very good trippel. (340 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a hazy honey gold. Low white head retains as a lacing.

Smells of citrus and coriander along with fresh grain malts.

Tastes of citrus, sweet malt, honey, coriander, clover and esters.

Mouth is full and syrupy with a mild tingle of carbonation.

Tasty delicious trip, strength makes it a sipper. Not the best taste combination I've had in a trippel, but certainly worthwhile. Would have again. (411 characters)

Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smell: Apples, sweet-tarts, pears, sour smelling. Bananas. No booze at all. Complex, but not dainty, I feel a punch in the face coming . . .

Tastes: Bananas/banana bread. Funky, funky, yeast. Lemons. Sticky. Sour/tart fruits. So complex for something so rich and cloying. Not a lot of alcohol warmth.

Damn. Tripels. (318 characters)

Photo of thadbme
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a honey blond with little head and a medium amount of carbonation is present. The Beer is cloudy and not see through. Looks to be golden in the light. After pouring a few minutes after the carbonation is still there.

S: You can definately smell the hops of and the wheat in this guy. It has that typical triple ale smell, but not overpowering, and no indication of alcohol either negative or positive.

T: The wheat is there up front, and the yeast in this is evident. Has some complicated flavors going on in there. Several sips into it and tasting something a little bit different with every sip. Its obvious that this is a higher gravity beer, but no indication that its up to a 10%. This is a good tasting tripel, but nothing that I can tell that makes it stand out from the pack.

M: Medium body, slightly boozy, medium carbonation, and "hoppy".

O: This was a cheaper tripel, and something that I would definately drink. I like this style a lot, and this is one in the crowd. I wouldn't put it at the head of the pack, but I'd say its not in the middle either. Above average. (1,095 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of nezelrac
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into tulip

A - slightly hazy apricot/orange; voluminous, white, medium-bead head slowly subsides to one finger; plenty of lacing

S - sweet malty notes are at the core of a swirl of yeast driven tropical fruit and some stone fruits as well; slight honeyed character to the malt; rather sweet smelling for the style, i think

T - big honeyed pale malt up front; yeast driven fruity notes follow closely and linger through the finish; alcohol picks up towards the back end, driving some spicy funkiness and trace bitterness

M - medium full and softer than I expected; nice CO2, that seems to be struggling against the weight of the malt, but keeping things moving along

O - quite a good attempt; i like the beer and would have another, though it is heavy-going for a tripel - in my experience (817 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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, (357 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a hazy orange hued color with about an inch of creamy white head.

Candied orange in the aroma is mostly what I get. Relatively yeasty with a doughy aroma in the background. Pretty sweet on the pallet with the same candied orange flavor I detected in the aroma. A little bit of hop bittering in the finish. Not bad, just a bit sweet.

The feel is good with a medium body and soft carbonation. Overall this isn't bad. I think however it's a bit on the sweet side. (498 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass

A- Poured a slightly hazy bright amber orange color that left a small ring of lace that stuck around for a while.

S- Lemon, pepper, bubblegum, yeast, citrus, and coriander. Really nice complex bouquet of aromas

T- Pepper, lemon, bubblegum, citrus, tropical fruit, and quite a bit of the alcohol on the finish

M- Lots of alcohol warming, with good carbonation for a 10% beer.

O- A really nice tripel with lots of different spice, fruit, and yeast notes that balance each other really well. I don't like boozy beers and while the alcohol presence is apparent in the warming and flavor, this beer drinks pretty easy. Not a boozy beer at all for 10%. (695 characters)

Photo of rapidsequence
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Erin brought it back from Ohio.

Appearance: Orange with a little haze. White head, but not very good retention. Nice lacing though.

Smell: Lots of light fruity esters and big yeast aroma. Big ethanol and fusels. Very boozy, but not all bad.

Taste: Its pretty hot tasting, but has some good fruity and yeasty flavors, without getting too spicy phenolic.

Mouthfeel: I feel like its a little undercarbonated, but has a good smooth stickiness.

Overall: Its an OK tripel. Its a little hot, but it is 10%. Worth trying. (532 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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 (762 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (828 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (256 characters)

Photo of tchenery
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rich orange color with a bone-white head. The head doesn't stick around long but it has visible carbonation. Hazy beer.

Smells first like bananas and almost hefe-like. It has a peppery note in there that precedes a bit of pale malt aroma.

Upfront alcohol burn. This tripel is very hot. It's not hot in a bad way but beware, it's a sipper. It has a banana flavor upfront as well and it dissipates to a peppery flavor that eventually winds up sweet.

Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, but it's a big beer.

Overall, very interesting beer, I like it very much and wouldn't mind putting one of these down for a while to see how it changes. (645 characters)

Photo of n2185
2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of BeerCon5
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orangish color with a decent amount of creamy white head that remains throughout the beer.

The scent is of lemon, yeast, and sweet fruits.

The taste is of yeast, citrus, lemon, some sweet fruit, yeast, light alcohol presence.

Medium body, creamy and smooth, moderate carbonation.

This was a very good tripel, lots of flavor in this and the alcohol is almost nonexistent. I would look for this again. (416 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (2,713 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Not a lot of head despite a vigorous pour, but a thin layer of bubbles stay. The color is like a blood orange color and has a haze to it. The carbonated bubbles slowly rise to the top.

The aroma is very fruity, with a touch of spice. I get sweet apples and pineapple, with a touch of honey.

The taste starts out dry and crisp, followed by a bit of honey sweetness. The yeast spices up the finish nicely in this one.

The body is medium to medium-heavy. The carbonation is sparkling and lively.

I like this one as a welcome addition to affordable tripels in 12 oz bottles. Yay! (600 characters)

Photo of matty
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange colored beer with a rapidly fading head that stays at about half an inch.Aroma is belgian spices.Taste is dark fruits,sugar cane and spices.Overall a decent beer that hides the alcohol pretty well and goes down relatively smooth.I would recommend and purchase again. (273 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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 (612 characters)

Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been a long timer since I've had a tripel, so here goes...

Poured from bottle into Ommegang chalice. Nice cloudy golden color; the head is a bit thin for the style, but does leave nice lacing.

Fruity and a bit boozy in the nose. Flavors of dried apricots, golden raisins, a bit medicinal. Finishes with a sharp tang and a bit of boozy bite (which is about the only hint you get of the 10% alcohol)

Solid effort. I look forward to enjoying the others in the 4 pack that sit in my cellar. (489 characters)

Cerberus Belgian Tripel from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.