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Petrus Gouden Tripel - De Brabandere

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Reviews: 246
Hads: 380
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 10
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bit creamy, but little douginess and yeastiness for a triple. a prominent metallic wateriness that didn't prevent drinking but left an unsatisfying aftertaste. Some spice, lemongrass and corriander, berries not too alcoholic. Too malty sweet. Reasonable nice lacy appearance.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured cloudy and light golden yellow in color with a huge three finger high head that has good retention properties and took a long time to die down, never completely fading away. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible along with yeast particles floating in suspension.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of apples, bananas, candi sugar and spices in the nose.
T: The taste isn't that complex and has flavors very similar to the smell along with some malty sweetness. There is a very mild amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with lots of carbonation.
D: The beer was relatively easy to drink and any traces of alcohol were very well hidden. I could easily have more than one of these in one sitting.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a clear golden color, the head was big white and very fizzy. As it settles it leave a few bubbles along the glass and has a pretty good retention on the surface of the beer. The smell of the beer is full of grains, wheat and some spice on the nose. The taste of the beer is pretty good, up front there is some sweet wheat flavors with a touch of spice in there, then the aftertaste gives off some flavors of clove, lemon and oats. The mouthfeel is a really nicely carbonated and even had a light creamy texture to it. Overall It's a pretty impressive brew, I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of brentk56
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a brobdingnagian head in the tulip (and the bottle spews foam as well); a few streaks of lace

Smell: Bready and yeasty, with a hint of apple skin; smells more like a Belgian Pale than a Tripel

Taste: Opens bready with a developing yeast, apple and melon character but only a hint of the candi sugared sweetness I would have expected; after the swallow, the flavor moves in a slightly tart direction, though the finish is rather like the opening

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation; just a hint of warmth

Drinkability: Easy to drink and rather enjoyable; just not what I would be looking for in a Tripel

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Tripel that gets eerily close to a Lambic. Brigtly straw color, may have some wheat. Lightly cloudy and frothy. Very active carbonation. Impressed with the white head and lacing. Smells lemony, grapefruity, and bready. Bold alcohol and sour notes. Tastes lightly sweet and boldly tart with lemons, grapefruit, and other citrus flavors. Gets a little astringent. Malts are more pronounced in the body, revealing more orange flavors and corriander and pepper flavors. High carbonation, tartness, and alcohol makes the beer appear thinner that it really is. finishes dry and crisp; almost abrupt. Not a bad beer, but more sour and tart than I expected from a tripel.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle - Poured a pale yellowish brew with a nice head with good retention. Good carbonation with hoppy aroma. Taste is sweet with subtle alcohol. Overall, this is a good beer but not as good as the Westmalle Triple or Fin du Monde, it would have been improved with more complex spice mix and a bit more aged.

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Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This one foamed over when I popped the cap. It poured out a cloudy, pale gold color with a four-finger, white, very bubbly head of foam. It left a little patchy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of yeast, spices, clove and a little bit of fruit.

T - It tasted very fruity and somewhat yeasty. It had a slightly soapy and acidic taste.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light-bodied Belgian ale.

D - This is an okay tripel. There are certainly better ones out there, though.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foggy ochre with exuberant carbonation rushing up to a soft, off-white cap with a perfectly smooth, fine-bubbled surface. This isn't the kind of head that leaves lace... and it doesn't.

The nose is sweet and sour--primarily the latter--with abundant notes of fermented fruit (apples soaked in Chardonnay). Actually, the aroma reminds me of cider/perry to a remarkable extent. The flavor follows the nose directly. Pear and apple are uppermost with a sweet and sour yin and yang making for an interesting flavor profile.

A characteristic funky yeastiness puts the imprimatur of Belgium on the flavor and completes the experience nicely. Very little alcohol is noted on the palate; I never would have guessed 7.5%. A medium body and a somewhat slick, well-bubbled mouthfeel are pleasurable enough.

Petrus Triple is a fine beer and is a more than respectable version of the style. Since the bottom of this rather dainty 8.4 oz. bottle came too quickly, I'll have to find another or three.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a lightly hazed straw color with a fairly impressive white head that settles down to about a finger tall layer.

S: Quite a bit of citrus notes, which is a bit odd for a tripel, sweet bread and some hints of sugar. A fairly dry crispness to the nose, also out of the ordinary, but enjoyable.

T: Not nearly as spice and sugar forward as many tripels, but I like that. Some hints of apple and banana, along with a bit of sugar, but still fairly dry. A really crisp, clean flavor.

M: The body is medium with a high level of carbonation.

D: A little different than most other tripels I've come across, but it works quite well (I think). I would have this again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bavik produces a very basic, but clean and well-brewed tripel under the Petrus brand name. It pours a clear yellow-gold body beneath a creamy head of bright-white foam that seems to hold forever. The lacing is pretty incredible as well, with high walls of bubbly but solid froth. The nose is limited to some yeastiness with an edge of fruitiness over a lightly sweet and wheatish graininess. In the mouth it's medium-light bodied and gently effervescent with a somewhat elevated, natural carbonation. The flavor is as the aroma suggests without much more: yeast enters at the front, followed by some slightly tart but mild red fruit; and then some mildly sweet hay-like malt appears before it finishes with a flourish of yeasty acidity (with a spritz of lemon), a flick of flinty bitterness, and a smear of leafy and spicy hops that linger along with some mild alcohol. Overall it's a pretty decent, straight-forward tripel; but there are so many more complex versions out there that it hardly seems worth the effort.

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Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Streaming bubbles in the tall Maredsous goblet. Color is dull golden with a fine, low cap of foam. Quite spritzy on the tongue.

Spicy and phenolic. This has what I think of as the classic Belgian fruity and musty taste. Not my personal favorite, but it's an interesting traditional flavor. Sort of sweet and cornbread tasting. Mellow with an intriguing twist of pomegranate and vanilla.

From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Servall Liquor in San Diego.

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Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opens as a gusher, half of the bottle appears to be on my carpet...

Pours a chill-hazed honey color with 3+ fingers of billowy pearl-white head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Tropical fruit, grassyness & lemon, some green banana

T: Sweet breadyness, a touch of ripe banana, a kiss of pineapple up front. Apple peel creeps in as this warms, along with mere pineapple &

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation & decent balance, some grainyness

A Tripel that starts strong, but doesn't quite maintain greatness as it warms. Worth a try though

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy gold with a huge white head. Nose is slightly hoppy with a lemon zest edge. Flavor is almost slightly bitter though very consistent. Feel has a thicker carbonation to it. It’s pretty drinkable due to it’s smooth and even taste, though because it doesn’t stand out and is calm in the flavor department, I have to lower the score for that one.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I ordered this beer at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse to complement my Chimay cheese plate. Wow, I never thought cheese could be that complex, but hey what a great pairing with beer. Anyway this beer appears a vibrant glowing gold with an orange tint to it, along with a bright white foaming head. Aroma is huge malty sweetness with great carmel tones, and definite touch of alcohol in the aroma. The taste is full of ester fruit tones that are trademarks of Belgium tirppel ales, but this one is not overly sweet or to overempowering in any way a beautifully balanced beer. Nicely carbonated with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel what an extraordinary beer. Yes, it is way too drinkable I could chill with this beer anytime, awesome.

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Photo of jwc215
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clouded orange/amber with a thin head descends to a thin patch.

The smell is of orange peel, spiced bready yeast, caramel and a touch of pepper.

The taste is of caramel - just a bit too much - orange, lemon, yeasty. There is some Saaz(like?) hops, but almost lost in the malt. Some spiciness in the sweet, syrupy finish.

A bit thin for the style, but smooth.

A decent sipping brew, and worth trying, but not one of the most flavorful or complex of the style to come out of Belgium, IMO.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Petrus oversized wine glass (because I can). Beer is yellow with a big head, heavily carbonated, the sediment comes out and makes the beer this dingy brown. Looks fine. Lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and yeasty, overall mild.

Beer is thin and watery with very little flavor, a little from the pilsen malt and the rest is just the esters from the yeast. It's drinkable but very unremarkable.

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Photo of WesWes
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent with fruity Begian yeast. It is dry and tart. The taste is good also. It has a rich pale malt flavor with a slightly warm aftertaste that is tart and quite fruity. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a good drinking triple. It is light and flavorful.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.41/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

07/26/05- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no dating on the label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Semi cloudy pour with a huge foamy head that overflows into my sink. After it calms down it leaves a permanent small creamy head and thick chunky lacing abounds.

Smell- A sweet and fruity scented malt emits from the glass. Maybe some citrus scents?

Taste- Light, sweet and malty with a bunch of wonderful fruits. Peaches, lemon, orange, maybe apricot. All blended together nicely.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, crisp and a touch creamy. Medium to lower carbonation.

Drinkability- Refreshing as hell. Wonderful summertime beer. Wasn't exactly to tripel guidelines, but was tasty, smooth and yummy.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.96/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A ridiculous soapy shocking white head. Huge, but also filled with large ridiculous bubbles, I could pass small change through this, it also falls very quickly with no retention at all. A very eight carat gold body color, with no sense of oapque character, very clear, lots of rising carbonation. There is some lacing on this and manages a collar fairly well though.

Nose is a little malty, but also kind of that alcohol warming heat, with a touch of strong diacetyl butter character. Too bad, so sad.

A good simple malt richness, but also bringing some of that hint of butter rich forward. Body and texture comes through pretty solidly without a syrup richness or any hint of wet feel, but lacks a bit of body and richness. Some mild spice on the finish, kind of a sweet clove, but also some prickly carbonation. Butter sense on the nose luckily seems to disappear after some more sips.

Overall, kind of middle of the road. This is one of my favorite styles but this one is just not really grabbing me at all, and has a noticeable fault. Looks also a bit weak off the pour as well, certainly not a creamy head at all. I think I will most certainly pass on this again.

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Photo of Billolick
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Gingerman NYC. Poured almond, semi cloudy, white head, tightly bubbled with well developed lacing. Nose of Peaches , toast and bubblegum. Alcohol noted, slight sourness/tartness, nutty center, unusual triple. The sourness was abit offsetting. Worth a try but not my favorite triple.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into a nice sized tulip glass after a long week at work. I've been passing this by on the shelves for years now.

Sunglow golden with some tannish orange highlights around the edge. Being a Belgian, I poured this with ease, I've wasted enough De Dolle to last a lifetime. Towards the bottom of the tulip, an active mix of liquid and suds that shoot to the brim and over some leaving loose lace.

Smells like a fruity ass triple from Belgium, it's not rocket science. The fruits leap out the basket with lightly sugar coated apples with the skins and pear slices. This is pretty much the norm for Belgian triples. A small amount of big league chew. A bit of melted banana and bready yeast. A good smell, not the greatest, cough, mad bitch,cough.

Tastes like a fruity ass triple from Belgium, it's not rocket science. The yeast comes through a bit more to even the playing field but the apple is just huge in this, no way around it. More fruity esters and not a big alcohol taste towards the end. Seeing this is only about 7.5% (a little low for a triple) I can see why it's not part of the spectrum. A little lemon with more yeast in the end finale.

Im feeling that the feel on this triple could use a boost in a few departments. First off, it's a tad to thin, this feels borderline medium. The big fault(IMO) is the lack of carbonation. Im used to lively ass Triples that kind of leave a bite on the tounge, this kinda sorta dwindles down, especially as it warms. The good thing, there's no alcohol, although Im thinking this a purposely brewed to be lighter than most.

This is a pretty good example of a triple, it's very authentic and true to it's country, but there is alot of competition for this style from waffle land. I would go for many over this one in a heartbeat. Very drinkable while being kinda forgetable. I just wish I could find some Petrus products on taps around town, i feel this could benefit from it.

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Petrus Gouden Tripel from De Brabandere
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