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Petrus Gouden Tripel - De Brabandere

Petrus Gouden TripelPetrus Gouden Tripel

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326 Ratings
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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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002)
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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2004 12:43:34 | More by Sammy
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
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2004 22:41:12 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of womencantsail


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 18:44:58 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 00:42:34 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2004 15:26:00 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of BEERchitect


4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2005 15:41:31 | More by BEERchitect
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New York

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 23:29:14 | More by metter98
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 00:11:00 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.7/5  rDev 0%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 03:44:40 | More by russpowell
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.93/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2004 00:06:28 | More by WesWes
Photo of drabmuh


3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 15:24:02 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Mora2000


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 zeff80


3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 00:48:48 | More by zeff80
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with a white head that disappears quickly. It is a hazy straw color. Smells of cheddar cheese, a hint of alcohol, and of lightly funky socks. Tastes lightly sweet, with a slightly peachy flavor, followed by a cheesy after taste. Fairly light bodied, which is on style for a tripel. Some astringency that finishes the beer off. I am not sure that this was the freshest sample, but I sort of liked the cheddar notes that I found in this beer, it added a bit of character that I found lacking in some of their other brews.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2003 16:18:02 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Knapp85


4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 01:05:18 | More by Knapp85
Photo of jwc215


3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2007 20:33:38 | More by jwc215
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United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 33cl bottle (Gouden Tripel), best before 7t/12/09 drank and reviewed just before this site started to shed reviews (twice in the case of this beer).

I thought this beer was Mr Average in all aspects, because the original review and my second attempt have both been lost this is just an overview. I know the scores were all 3's, but the reasons have been lost 'in the sands of time'.

If I ever see another one I'll re-review the beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 17:29:08 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 08:20:37 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of WVbeergeek


4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2003 12:16:44 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2004 11:41:17 | More by Billolick
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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 jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Explodes out of bottle (and is difficult to control with the foam everywhere, what's left is quite drinkable) with a five+ finger white head that fades slowly, leaving some lace. Hazy light amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light bread, orange and hint of yeast nose. Flavor is caramel, bread and tart orange. $4.15 for a 330ml bottle (#39660) from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 23:42:14 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Zorro


4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear slightly hazy gold beer with a high level of carbonation. Massive puffy white head that doesn't disappear but does dimple a little on top.

Smell is strong herbal hops and coriander with a slight flower nectar sweet scent. Alcohol fumes carry the scent of summer flowers to my nose. Additional scents of apple and black pepper.

Taste is semi-dry with a strong herbal hop flavor at the beginning. Big coriander and black pepper flavor kicks in on the second sip and finishes with a somewhat astringent hop/herbal finish. Mostly this is a herb and spice flavor Belgian but a little apple flavor does make a contribution to the overall flavor. Noticeable alcohol warmth and spiciness on the tongue, throat and stomach. Absolutely no off flavors detected in this a damn competent triple!

Mouthfeel is just about right, full body without any sting from over carbonation.

VERY pleasant beer to the eyes, nose and mouth. A very easy to drink beer on the drier side of the Belgian beer spectrum. I didn't really expect this to be one of the better Triples from Belgium, but it is completely free of any defects at all. Highly recommended for all.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 03:26:34 | More by Zorro
Photo of woodychandler


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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Petrus Gouden Tripel from De Brabandere
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