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Petrus Gouden Tripel - De Brabandere

Petrus Gouden TripelPetrus Gouden Tripel

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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.24%

Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of spoony


3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a 330 ml bottle (an indecipherable code is printed on the bottle) into a tulip.

A-The beer is crystal clear and pale-golden-straw in color. There is a stream or two of carbonation visible to support the two-finger tall head of white foam. Retention is roughly a minute and no lacing is left behind. Somewhat odd looking for a tripel...looks more like an American BMC-style lager.

S-The aroma opens with a fruity metallic twang that suggests cider, white grape, and apple juice. There is a bit if bubblegum yeast aroma in there and a touch of dough, but also an off-putting malted graininess that -- like the appearance -- suggests a BMC-style lager.

T-The taste tracks the smell with a bit less fruit/cider flavor, but still a rather uninspiring malt flavor that tastes a bit like cooked corn. The alcohol is medicinal and there is still a bit of metallic twang. The finish has a vague, hoppy bitterness and grainy crispness. Very little Belgian yeast flavor.

M-The feel is quite light for the style with assertive carbonation that, again, wouldn't feel out of place if I were drinking a Bud Light.

O-I am pretty disappointed in this beer. I like some other Petrus offerings, but this one misses the mark in pretty much every category. I find the cooked corn maltiness to be especially odd here and the other flavors are strangely fruity and unbalanced. The assertive carbonation also detracts from the rest of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 04:59:40 | More by spoony
Photo of Pegasus


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy golden brown with some suspended sediment. The head is off-white, small, and coarse, but retains well. This, scattered, fine-beaded lacing coats the glass walls. There is slight and slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Dense aroma of honey dominates the aroma. Cloves, coriander, orange rind and honey are notable as well. Spicy alcohol, as well as a sweet dessert bread add to the complexity.

Taste: Opens with a strong, spicy note, soon followed by a wave of modest earthy hop flavors. Bitter apple rind soon follows, with a wave of brown sugar, and prominent spicy alcohol. Finishes slightly sweet and earthy, with a pleasant warming note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and full, with zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A fine example with pleasing complexity.

Presentation: Packaged in an eleven-point-two ounce Euro-style long neck bottle, with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 14:55:50 | More by Pegasus
Photo of Badger6


4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a chilled 750 ml corked bottle into a Petrus tulip (came in gift pack with the beer).

A: Golden color, slightly hazy. Chunky white head, good retention, heavy lacing.

S: Green grapes, pears, mild spices, and floral notes.

T: Grainy malt, grapes and pears right up front. Some sweetness, but not overpowering, that gives over to a mild bitter at the end.

M: Light and well carbonated. Slightly dry finish, ends crisply, clean feel.

O: An outstanding Belgian tripel. Crisp, clean, easy to drink. Not heavy at all. Everything feels in balance and each part complements the others, nothing is out of place. Drank this on a cold winter night, need to revisit the review on a humid 80 degree summer evening and see how it compares, I suspect it will be even better in that environment.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 14:39:31 | More by Badger6
Photo of MrBoz21


3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden yellow, creamy white head that fully dissapates. Lots of carbonation.

Very slight pear and booze

Taste is dry and astringent with spicy backbone.

Mouthfeel: Tingly and dry.

Overall: Quite quaffable and has substance. Leans to dry and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 22:59:32 | More by MrBoz21
Photo of eric5bellies


3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from an over sized wine glass

A - Pous a slightly hazy golden colour with a two fingered throthy head that laces and reatins well

S - Lager like grains with sweetness and spiced citrus

T - Up front some lager/champagne like grains with mild amounts of the classic tripel spice and citrus. The finish is a little sticky sweet but yet dry.

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation

O - Great warm weather beer that would go well with some sharp cheddar, gouda etc. Overall an interesting tripel.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 11:22:56 | More by eric5bellies
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New Mexico

4.71/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I poured this out of a chilled 750 ml corked bottle into a pint Chalice.

Appearance: Golden in color, white head, mildly cloudy.

Smell: It smells of green grapes and has a hint of floral hoppiness.

Taste: Grain, Green grapes, sweet, slightly bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: There is a sustained feel that lingers on the back of your tongue and throat

Overall: This beer is fabulous. Very Smooth, crisp, flavorful, but also delicate. This beer is very well balanced. This is a great beer for a hot day in the spring or summer

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 03:47:31 | More by D_Unzicker
Photo of Blindpigbiz


3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell: minerals, caramel, subtle citrus and rose notes

Taste: balsamic vinegar, with caramel, yeast, bright grains, and rose notes

As expected from a Flanders brewery, there's going to be some tartness. This is almost as odd as a gulden drak when it comes to tripels, but it is still enjoyable and should be tried at least twice

Pair this beer with a good quality hamburger with white cheddar, or, some Belgian style fries and some aioli or spiced ketchup.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 08:43:42 | More by Blindpigbiz
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, honey, and spiced fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with honey and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting spiced fruit aroma and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 02:46:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: Best by 07/22/2013
Glass: Tulip

Petrus' tripel is a fairly subdued version of the style, with sweetish pale malts and mild apple/pear fruit esters leading the aroma and flavor charge. The simplicity doesn't work against this beer, though for a tripel it feels a bit uncomplicated and somewhat lacking. An average tripel, not something I see myself returning to again.

Pours a very tall head of small to large-sized bubbles (large making up the top 3/4, small the bottom 1/4), which has above average retention, lasting several minutes. The head gradually falls to a 0.5cm cap atop the body, leaving modest lacing along the sides of the glass in the form of a few large spots and irregular lines. The body is a deep gold color, transparent, with light bringing out a deep, cool, pale yellow color. Carbonation is very extensive and quite active.

Aroma of pale malt sugars, cooked corn (DMS), and less noticeable yeast and uncut apple and pear scents. Not particularly wonderful, but not terrible, either.

The dominant flavors are pale malt sweetness and apple/pear fruit esters, with background flavors of honey, yeast, and bittering hops. Opens with pale malt sweetness, apple and pear flavors, very mild honey and yeast. Mid-palate finds continued pale malt sweetness, apple/pear flavors, mild honey, some beer-soaked white bread, and even more mild European hop bitterness. Back of palate continues to taste pale malt sweetness, mild honey, white bread, apple/pear esters, and lightly bittering hops. Aftertaste is of pale malt sweetness, honey, slight European bittering hops, and slight yeast.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium intensity. The resulting mouthfeel is slightly fizzy, then smooth and foamy. No ethanol is detected on the palate. Closes dry, with moderate stickiness remaining on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 04:59:37 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of JEdmund


4.6/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours out a massive head, and it goes no where, settling into a dense meringue. Hazy, yellow body.

Really good aroma of fresh bread, floral hops, fruity yeast, and something akin to a unique water source scent.

Big carbonation and bubbly body help hide the 7.5% strength. Kicks off bready/yeasty, then a floral/herbal hop bite cuts it all off dry. Very nice.

Really solid Tripel! Maybe my favorite ever. So easy to drink, no indication of its strength. And the flavor is so well balanced and delicious. Loving this!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 01:28:06 | More by JEdmund
Photo of Patou


3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Good beer, refreshing and easily drinkable for a Belgian Triple. Even though not very complex as you may expect from this kind of beer.
Taste is medium sweet with light bitterness.
Medium body, average carbonation and bitter finish.
Overall, I would not particularly recommand this triple.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 18:32:15 | More by Patou
Photo of superspak


3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottle code 38596. Pours very hazy golden orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of apple, pear, apricot, grape, honey, bread, herbal, floral, candi sugar, earthiness, and lightly spicy yeast esters; some slight cardboard but its not too noticeable. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/malty notes. Taste of apple, pear, apricot, honey, grape, bread, herbal, floral, candi sugar, earthiness, and lightly spicy yeast esters. Lingering notes of light fruits, bread, honey, herbal, grass, candi sugar, earthiness, and light spicy yeast esters on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/malty notes; with zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly slick and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Tripel. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/malty notes; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 04:07:13 | More by superspak
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3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)
A- The beer pours a full glass of off-white foam that eventually boils down to a clear golden yellow body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- Notes of nectarine skins in the yeasty esters that finishes with some wet stone notes and some ripe fruit notes in the finish.

T- The dry stone fruit flavor has a jam quality to it with some soapy flavors to follow. The taste is very quick with a clean finish brought on by the tight fizz. There is some dry green hops has some unripe fruit notes to it.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a full fizz in the mouth with no real alcohol heat noticed.

O- The nice blend of subtle flavors is nice but it is missing more of the classic yeasty flavor or malt or hops that would make this beer a bit more tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 20:14:48 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of JimTeal


4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, I did not plan to review this rather odd Petrus offering, but the unusual reviews from others dragged me into the discussion. This is an extremely fine mediocre Belgian. True it is nothing special, but Total Wine offered a four pack special and the price justified giving Gulden Tripel a try, it is well worth the discounted price. I hesitate to judge a brew by the price, but I always fall back on Anchor Steam or Sierra Nevada for precisely that reason, fine beer and justified price. Now, as what to expect, nice clean taste and appearance, decent head with average carbonation. I detect a touch of citrus closing out a very acceptable alcohol level, no bitterness and about half way through the clean finish actually begins to please the tastebuds. I will not stock up cases for aging, but I will be more than happy to run out of Total Wine with another four pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 22:33:57 | More by JimTeal
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New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this 750ml bottle a few months ago and indulged on 17OCT12 while enjoying one of the few remaining warm, Fall days...

Poured into a small tulip glass. It was mostly clear, and medium-golden hued. Head was a healthy, fluffy mass of white foam. It lasted quite well, ebbing slowly and it left excellent lacing. Nose was mild, with some bready qualities plus some tropical fruit. Medium in body, the feel had a touch of prickliness on the tongue, yet it was still solid.

Tasted light sweetness of some crackery malt and it was a little doughy. Mild green fruit (pear, apple) came into play, and it was quite on the dry side. Had a touch of peppery spice near the finish. Not bad, but nothing to write home about either. Prosit!


Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 19:08:32 | More by Bierman9
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3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shop: De Bierkoning, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Glass: De Koninck Chalice
Name on Label: Petrus Gouden Tripel
Image on Label: Comic version of the laughing Apostel Peter holding a beer in one hand an his signature key to heaven in the other one
ABV: 7.5%
Ingredients according to label: spring water, selected hops and malts (Barley and Wheat)
Expiry date: 26JAN15
LOT: A026

White head of a few fingers with very uniform medium sized bubbles that reduces to a thin layer rather fast. Leaves no lacing. Body is clear and golden with quite some coarse carbonation forming at the engraved ring on the bottom of the glass

Smell is weak and the only thing I get is some unidentifiable herbs and ethanol.

Taste is a fine typical Tripel balance of sweet, sour and bitter with a distinct dry a little bit distracting aftertaste.

The beer is refreshing, I like the high carbonation and that there is nothing watery about it.

All in all a good example for a Triple, but it lacks in depth and the drink-ability is reduced due to the in my opinion unpleasant aftertaste. I love Tripels and therefore I would drink this again if I do not find a better one.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 20:28:48 | More by safaricook
Photo of draheim


4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz (code 38967) into an Ommegang tulip. Pours a clear golden color w/ a creamy monstrous white head, vigorous champagne carb.

Aroma is fruity, peachy, earthy. Fermented sugars, apple juice, honey.

Taste is pale sweet malt, fermentable sugars, white grapes, stone fruit.

Mouthfeel is clean w/ a dry finish, drinkable.

Overall a sweet, sugary, tasty tripel.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 06:12:51 | More by draheim
Photo of pkalix


3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i dont know what to think of this- this is my first time with this one. the petrus aged ale i had before was EXCELLENT but this is from a sampler pack and i should have been leery when ALL the samplers had a cartoon picture on the label.

A: this one exploded on me (i didnt shake it and i'm not THAT buzzed yet), had extremely small micro bubble head and smooth, settling to a thin layer resting on top of the liquid. it has this rich honey-gold globular (lava lamp) look to it.

S: geez, i dont know. cant put my finger on it, but it has a chemical-like smell (meth?)mixed with a strong HONEY syrup smell. maybe i'll get used to it?

T: still trying to decide... this is one of the strangest brews i have ever tasted. definitely honey in there, like sucking on one of those honey straws you get at the fruit stand.

M: i feel it....

O: overall? wow. i just dont know. very different than what i was expecting after the pale aged ale from petrus. i dont believe i'll buy any more of this type again, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 23:55:18 | More by pkalix
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3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a huge white head. The aroma has a good bit of biscuit malt as well as a ton of floral and berry-like hop notes. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of biscuit and grain notes, with some floral notes. There is also a good dose of grass from the hops. The beer is not too sweet and the alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 05:17:06 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Philousa


2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Golden coppery and clear, this beer pours with a finger head and has active carbonation throughout. Typical of most Belgian yeasts, the bubbles are varied and create patterns when swirling. Spices are there, but not overwhelming. Musty pepper and cloves. Light and nectary, floral characteristics are prominent, which is a little rare in a Tripel. The golden malt is sweet, but somewhat pungent. Most things balance each other out, but this beer is leaning towards flowery and malty. First thing that hits your tongue is the sweetness of the malt. Nectary and honey-like, it would be overwhelming if not for the hops which bitter it slightly. I'm guessing they used some noble hops, since the flowery flavors remind me of Pilsners I've had. I also get a good helping of clove, but not much else in terms of esters. This is a little viscous on the tongue with a somewhat dry finish.

This isn't your typical Tripel. It's a little thick with sweetness and very flowery for a Tripel. There are a lot of parallels between this beer and a Pils. There are some spices in there, but it's muted. Interesting, but not the best Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 22:20:20 | More by Philousa
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pale yellow, almost brown/mustard with huge fizzy white foam, which settles down to an inch or so. Very active.

Lightly sweet and sour smell. Very faint. Taste is a belgianny flavor, but more hopped. Wheaty as well.

Tasty blend of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 19:05:51 | More by KTCamm
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I kind of blew it this past winter - The Fridge was selling Petrus gift packs that included five different beers and I dragged my feet until it was too late. Since then, I have managed to find four different ones, of which this will be my third.

From the bottle: "The Key to Heaven"; "Petrus Special is a top fermented blond ale refermented in the bottle. Brewed with pure spring water and carefully selected hops and malts. The ultimate proof of the master brewer's craftsmanship. Preferred serving temperature 8 to 12 C)."

Okay, unlike the Blonde, they cop to bottle fermentation here. Now, if it is cloudy, I have no one but myself to blame. In spite of my gentle pour, I still got a finger of fizzy bone-white head with limited retention. Color was a beautiful golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity and both Midas and Croesus were licking their lips while Greg Koch again called me out as a "wussy". Just more for me, Greg! Nose had a duality of up-front malty sweetness underlain by a yeasty mustiness on the back side. The two melded nicely to produce a Juicyfruit-like sweetness with rich esters. Mouthfeel was medium and boy, was this sucker dry! Man, I felt like I had just sprinkled alum on my tongue. Shazam! Three beers later and I have finally hit upon a winner. Warming, I began to get hints of black pepper, probably from the yeast. The finish was literally breath-taking in its dryness. Much, much better than the previous two clinkers. I have a new recommendation for people as a result.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 15:54:27 | More by woodychandler
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4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Got this a while back at Pints O'Plenty. It was 14 or 15 bucks and came with the big, long stemmed tulip glass I'm drinking it out of.

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow to pale orange. Pretty thick, tightly bubbled head with good retention. Pretty nice lacing. Looks like the honest to goodness Belgian beer that it is.

Smell: Smells very dry and slightly tart for a tripel. Light fruit and spice, and a slightly funky, musty yeast note.

Taste: As with the smell, there is a distinctive yeastiness that is musty and a bit funky. Sweet white grapes and skin-on pears. Faint hint of tartness in the fruit flavors. Dry, herbal hops. Pretty clean in the finish, dry with a little spice and fruit.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a bit on the high side, but fits well with this slightly out of the ordinary tripel.

Overall: Not my favorite tripel, but I do like the interesting yeast contributions, the hoppiness, and the dry finish. Good beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 01:41:49 | More by rapidsequence
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3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Pours a massive white head, roughly three fingers. A slightly murky golden color. Appears to have moderate carbonation. Moderate lacing.

Smells different than other tripels I've had. Reeks of honey with some belgian spiciness and must. Very malty with not much hops. A hint of citrus.

A lot of malty sweetness up front, emphasizes honey character. A very light bitter bite in the middle of the beer with also light belgian spices. Finishes as it starts, sweet honey with a slight citrus tang.

Good medium body. Medium carbonation. Fairly drinkable for 7.5%.

A decent beer. Not my favorite tripel, but different for sure. Lots and lots of honey. I love honey, so my score is getting a bit of a boost. If not for that, I think this tripel would be at best, average.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 05:22:26 | More by ahq514
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4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is delicious. Lots of fruits, some spice, one of the better smelling beers I have had. Taste is good, but a little disappointing after the smell. There are fruits present, some malts and yeast, a touch of alcohol coming through. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality and easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 16:42:42 | More by tone77
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Petrus Gouden Tripel from De Brabandere
84 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.