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Petrus Gouden Tripel - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 8
Gots: 13 | 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 Schlitzcooler
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750cl bottle poured into a tall Petrus stem glass. Nice head settles down to white blanket over a cloudy golden ale. Citrus scent and a good deal of carbonation make this a crisp refreshing drink that I put down fast. Seems somewhat less complex than many Belgian tripels I've had. Aftertaste is (dare I say it?!) like a Bud.

Photo of dalion037
4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had the opportunity to get a glass of this and could not resist. This is my favorite tripel. There was nothing not worth the purchase of this one. The beer looked golden brown in the glass and tasted light liquid heaven. The bubbly mounthfeel was similar to champagne and the taste remarkable. I started to use this about a year ago as instead of champagne at parties and the sparkling wine drinkers really took a shine to it.

Photo of rkuhnel
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle this poured a slightly hazy gold color with a huge white head and very pronounced lacing rings. Nose was ripe fruit like pears and apple. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is fruit like the nose with some plums to go with the pears and apple. Finish is somewhat dry. Nothing fancy, but quite drinkable.

Photo of deg
3.01/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured the beer into a Chimay glass. It looked good. A great golden color and a nice, rich, firm head that took a long time to settle down. I didn't pour all that vigorously. A good smell to it as well. It was tasty, but a little hoppier than I'd expect for a Belgian triple. I could not detect the alcohol. Easy drinking.

Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 750mL bottle into a Chimay glass.

A: Foams as soon as the bottle is open, very carbonated. Pours light gold/yellow, slight haze but fairly clear for the style. Very thick and foamy white head, rocky surface, that laces.

S: baked bread mixed with clove, coriander, and anise, some nobel hop aroma.

T: dominated by the spicy character, with notable clove and coriander flavors. Little malt character detected and finishes quite dry, more like a golden strong ale in this respect. As beer warms, some nobel hop flavor is detected, along with a bit more bready malt.

M: Very light for a tripel; highly carbonated even for a beer in this style, which makes it fluffy.

D: Scores ok overall for a tripel, but purely as a beer this is very drinkable.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden color with some orange mixed in there. Hugely carbonated, with some overflowing-bottle action going on. White head is sort of tight but not as much as I expected, and retains decently.

Lots of apples on the nose, with a bit of fermentation byproduct, earthy hops, and a little sour twang.

Pretty earthy in general; a tripel with a twist of sourness. Apples and pears soaked in booze, although the alcohol flavor is well-disguised.

This bottle is too small! Quite drinkable and smooth, a little slick, but the mouthfeel overall is pretty solid. Not a world-class tripel but a damn fine tasting beer.

Photo of midnite2sixman
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a hazy straw color with a generous head of snow white foam. Which remains for quite a bit and has excellent lacing.

Smell is citrusy with a bit of yeast.

Tastes extremely smooth and floral and the mouthfeel is almost like champagne. This is an excellent triple.

Out of all the triples I have had, this one is right up there in the top 2 or 3. Delightful!!

Photo of KeefD
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Different label than the one pictured. It reads Petrus Gouden Tripel Ale and is black and yellow out of a 11.2oz bottle. Significant chill haze, golden pineapple in color with a two finger white head in a chalice. Nice boozy aroma of sweet malt, some candied fruits, pineapple, and orange. Nice citrus flavors, a bit of tart orange zest and lemon, slightly spicy, somewhat acidic and dry,and decent hop presence. Lots of carbonation, slightly crisp, but becomes more creamy as it warms. A nice example of the style, but there are much better Belgian Tripels to be had.

Photo of Kraken
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought on sale for $3.75 from a beer store in Hunt Valley. Reviewed from notes. Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Massive 4 finger head, great head retention and very nice lace. Cloudy golden yellow in color.

Nose- Little hops, cloves, sweetness in the nose like from a flower. Smells like a very solid tripel.

Palate- Lemon zest, citrus. Very active and fine carbonation. Belgian yeast. Slight sweetness. Clove is fairly prominent. Very mild hop profile. Decent, moderately long finish, fairly dry. Booze is well hidden.

Mouthfeel- A bit thin, dry. Very active carbonation.

Drinkability- Fair at 7%, however can be hard to locate.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy slightly ed orange/amber color. Poured a billowy white five finger head that dissipated a bit then held a like big dollop in the middle. Medium even lacing. Decanted continually.

S: Orange peel, caramel and bready yeast with a peppery aroma underneath.

T: Citrus and caramel were prominent. Mild hop bitterness not quitre in balance with big malt taste.

M: Medium body, but, frankly, thinner than many other Tripels. ample carbonation.

D: Very drinkable Tripel. Fairly complex. Smoothness disguises the ABV a bit.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An aggressive pfffssssttt upon opening the bottle. The beer pours with as much head as there is beer. My glass is perfectly full of half toasted golden blond liquid and half off white spongy head. Watching the head slowly break down reminds me of the many reasons I love beer. Beautiful. There is a turbulent carbonation that rockets through the translucent liquid.

Smell is like crisp fresh cut green apples mixed with a little champagne. There is an initial sweet nose with a sour pucker at the end of a long whiff. There is a grainy smell that is a mix of cereals, yeast and fruit.

Taste and mouthfeel is impressively creamy. The flavors associated with the smell is muted by a dominate yeast breadiness. It's smooth and silky but dull in the flavor department. There is a mild bitterness but it's underneath a bread blanket.

A satisfying beer but one that's lacking in the flavor department. I like the powdery finish but wish there was more there to back up the look, scent and feel.

Photo of Offa
2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a really disappointing trippel to me and doesn't even come remotely close to Westmalle.

It is goden with a huge white head that steadily shrinks to leave a little weak lace.

The aroma is whie wine, banana, pear, hints of pine.

The taste is a little dry with an alcoholic quality, a spritziness, bland taste of old plums and weak white wine. It is very bland and steadily gets more so.

Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light blonde color with a very long head that leaves decent foaming and beer appears to be well-carbonated.

Aroma is smooth and spicy upfront with a huge emphasis on the malt, especially the breadiness.

Taste is smooth at first followed by spice and light hop bitterness. Not as easy for me to tell. Smooth. I don't see anything out of the ordinary.

Mouthfeel is smooth and reflects the bitterness. Some alcohol heat as well.

Drinkability is high here. It reflects what a triple should be. I like it.

Photo of allengarvin
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle, poured into a Duvel glass. Not much 'pop' when the cork is pulled, but it pours with a very large inch-thick head which lasts a long time. The color is golden, a tad hazy. The aroma has a nice dry, dusty fruitiness, reminding me of unpeeled pears. Not an extremely hoppy tripel, but an interesting one: initial soft fruity yeast character gives way to a delicious, thirst-quenching tartness. A moderate bitterness dries things out a bit and adds a spicy touch. The finish is dry and acidic.

Photo of AltBock
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz. bottle with a cartoon Santa Claus looking happy monk toasting a glass of his finest creation. To the right of the monk is his cane with a hop plant growing on it. The back label has all the mandatory US information and a bottle code. Mone was number 37896. I hane no idea what that means. It's more than likely just a number that only the brewery can read.

Appearance: I decided to pour this little bottle into a Chimay Chalise. What came out was a very bubbly and murky golden orage colored beer. On top of this murky brew was a massive, creamy, and very foamy haead of white foam. This head of foam looked good enough to eat. This head of foam had excellent slow retention by leaving behind a thick white film and a huge amount of white streaks of lace around the glass. The color was nice, but the head of foam was beer eye candy!

Smell: This is kind of aroma I enjoy! The aroma was pleasently sour and strong with sour green apples, sour green grapes, sour cherries, a hint of charred oak, and a tiny splash of yeast at the end. When it was swirled around, the strong sour fruits receded and a strong aroma of green olives emerges from the background. Then when the beer settled, the aroma went back to the sour fruits. I liked the sour fruits more than the green olives, so let's just say that I didn't swirl around this beer very often. I couldn't get enough of the delicious sour fruits!

Taste: While the aroma was filled to the brink with sour fruits and a hint of charred oak, the taste didn't have any of those great traits. Where did they go? Instead, the taste was citrusy and yeasty with citrus fruits, a tiny splash of wood (not oak), and plenty of sweet yeast. On occasion some citrus hops came through, but that didn't happen very often. It's was sad to see such a great aroma tranform into a taste like this. The taste was OK, but it was nowhwhere near the splendness of the aroma. In the end, it was a bit to yeasty.

Mouthfeel: This Belgian Triple was light bodied witha quick and faint aftertaste of citrus fruits, yeast, and a tiny touch of oak. I don't don't know what to say? There was almost nothing to the mouthfeel. Why? Why? Why?

Drinkability: If it wasn't for the kick ass appearance and aroma, then this would have been a disasterous Belgian beer. I guess the appearance and aroma took all the energy out of the taste and mouthfeel. I would buy it again just to get a another glimpse of the beer and smell the sweet scent of sour fruits! The taste? Not so much. Buy to smell!

Photo of beerthulhu
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a cloudy pale orangish-yellow with a big fluffy white head.

S: Not to much aroma is detected, a light sour citrus and bananas.

T: sour oranges/tangerines with some citrus. There was a light breadiness, sour fruitiness with a peppery spiciness. Some musky yeastiness, dry oranges, and apple sauce hints round out the flavor. Decent alcohol bite at 7.5abv. some spiciness but is not complex flavorwise and rather monotone from start to finish.

M: spritzy from the lively carbonation and was fairly crisp, dry and tart.

D: Average per style not much layering, just a straight forward flavor. much better out there.

Photo of charlzm
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 06/30/08.

The cork popped with little fanfare on this bottle. The beer poured a clear light golden. A copious white merengue-style head formed, four or five fingers tall, in each glass. Several minutes had to pass before the beer was ready for drinking.

The aroma is clean and light with grassy, lemon, green apple and soft spice aromas. Champagne notes as well.

Flavor is soft, almost powdery. Juicy with soft spices (mild cinnamon?). Lightly sweet on the finish with no bitterness, though a bit of tanginess asserts at the end.

Easy to drink and somewhat refreshing, not at all betraying the relatively high ABV.

Photo of ibbjamin
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $18 for an Australian Longneck from Tanglewood Restaurant in San Jose, CA. Poured into a Petrus Goblet courtesy of the restaurant. This was the Golden Tripel which I see others have reviewed here as well.

The waiter didn't know how to pour this one - he indicated he was trained not to touch the glass when pouring. I told him that was for wine and that good beer was to be poured different. Needless to say 80% of my glass was head. Very long head retention as well. Very frothy white head with thick lacing that does shrink down over time. Very carbonated.
The nose is yeast first and foremost, but there is also hints of alcohol and sweeter malts with some spice. The carbonation can even be slightly detected in the nose.

Smells of bready sweeter malts and some yeast. Reminds me of a pilsner somewhat in the nose.

Tastes similar to how it smells. A rather plain Tripel that for some reason really works for me.

Very easy to drink, lighter bodied, heavily carbonated.

Highly recommended!

Photo of stephens101
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tripels, mmmm, always tasty. A prolific white head dwarfs this cloudy orange brew, sticking around and almost wearing out it's welcome and leaving a streaky and inconsistent lacing behind. Nose is very complex with sweet bread, yeasts, pears, grapes, big malts, butterscotch and a bit of phenols in the end. Taste does not live up to the complexity of the aromas, but gives you a good hit of clean fruits and malts which are blended for a fairly good palate pleasing experience. As mentioned, the carbonation is huge in this medium bodied brew. Mouth-feel is fairly smooth, but not as creamy and inviting as some of the other top-tier tripels. Overall a good drink which has some big shoes to fill.

Photo of drperm
4.58/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

OK, I'm reviewing the "Petrus Gouden Tripel," the one with the nice subdued label that says, "The key to Heaven" on it. I'm assuming this is the same thing (???). It would be a shame if it isn't, because the beer that I had was absolutely incredibly delicious. I'd love to have someone shed some light on this for me!

Appearance: Gold in liquid form. A lovely Belgian head.

Aroma: Graham crackers, straw, apples, bananas

Taste: Citrus tartness. Solid and excellent. Leaves me craving more.

Palate: Refreshing. Quenching. Alcohol content is WELL hidden.

Overall: What can I say? Wonderful. Great with lemon coconut macaroons. Great with anything at anytime (not really, but I find this stuff incredibly satisfying.)

Photo of Gehrig
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dense white froth caps an orange-golden body, with light lacing on the Ommegang glass. Nice aromas, full of fruit and a slightly farmhouse smell of grassy hops. Delicious fruit in the taste--apricot, apple, peach, and berry--with moderate malt; sweet without cloying. Rich carbonation typical of so many good Belgians without being overbearing. This is an easy-going brew, delicious if fairly straightforward. Not tops on my list of Tripel, but pretty good.

Photo of JDV
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared courtesy of Humulone_Red. Thanks!
Pours light golden with a big fizzy head. Smell is light bright faintly spiced malt. Taste is sweet and malty with some notes of honey. Light spicing and belgian yeast character. Not bad, but nothing too unique either.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean golden yellow/ orange-ish colorwith a white head. In the aroma, a small yeastiness, and a small candied sugar smell. In the taste, small maltiness and small yeastiness, also a hint of fruitiness. A small bite, and a bigger bodied mouthfeel, and a semi dry, small fruitiness in the aftertaste. Great triple, nice yeast and fruity presence.

Photo of daledeee
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured an almost uncontrollable head. I had to stop to let the head calm down. The nose was somewhat fruity, musty, grains and hoppy. Taste was rather involved. Tart fruits, hops are the main thing going on here. Grains(mainly corn) is also present and I don't find that appealing for a tripel. It was a tad on the strange side at first. Mouthfeel was bubbly. Below average for a Belgian beer.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours flourescent yellow, with brightly contrasting white head.

Nose is a mixed melody of tropical fruits and esters.

Flavor wise, the beer is noticeably high in alcohol at first, but then you can settle into the balance of tropical flavors, especially banana, yeasty/estery notes, and pleasant bubble gum.

Finish is long and medium sweet.

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