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Petrus Gouden Tripel - De Brabandere

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Reviews: 245
Hads: 374
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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 KTCamm
3.81/5  rDev +3%
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. (294 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (1,506 characters)

Photo of rapidsequence
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! (952 characters)

Photo of ahq514
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (813 characters)

Photo of tone77
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
2.96/5  rDev -20%
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. (1,216 characters)

Photo of depechemode1983
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark golden brown in color and very cloudy. Some floaties can be seen. Head is off-white and has exceptional retention. Lacing is minimal but its there in uneven patches.

S - Lots of honey in the nose. Getting some grains, lemon zest, floral hops and Belgium yeast with spicy undertones. Alcohol is well hidden.

T - Still getting honey and lemon zest. The middle is bitter with some Belgium qualities pushing through to the end. You get banana and the other usually suspects although they seem vague. The taste is a bit watered down.

M - Smooth with a champagne like carbonation. Works well.

O - I dig it. A very easy drinking triple with a well hidden ABV. Could use a little more when it comes to taste otherwise still a great triple. (744 characters)

Photo of diamondc
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. $5. No bottled on date, just a series of numbers on the back, 39723.

A: Insane head, patchy lacing, golden hazy, lots of large yeast particles in this one. Excellent.

S: Soft tropical fruits ... pineapple, mango and guava. Simple syrup, too.

T: Clove and major bubblegum action. Reminds me of Big League Chew, actually. Ripe banana and mandarin orange round out the flavors. Some lite-spicy hops at the end.

M: Well carbonated, alcohol is almost undetectable. Refreshing.

O: An awesome tripel, up there with the best. (540 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
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 (559 characters)

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. (600 characters)

Photo of BierFan
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a chalice.

Big white head and a hazy straw colored body. Light carbonation. Lacing is a little disappointing. Smells mostly of Belgian yeast with some pale malt and a little alcohol. The alcohol is more noticeable in the taste, slight burning, but not over the top. Mouthfeel is thin and slick.

I can't help but think of malt liquor while drinking this. Not sure if I really like this beer or not. (437 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a touch of haze and an amazing foam cap. We're talking 3 fingers of frothy white foam in my glass -- extremely impressive for a pour which was not even that vigorous. Bam!

Smell: not quite as mind-blowing as the appearance, but still pretty decent. Sweet malt combined with some green apples and a hint of tartness. It lacks complexity and richness, but still has something to offer.

Taste: nice, sweet malt with a little bit of that apple but with some added pears and chalkiness, which I like in a tripel. This is actually a pretty decent drinker; I had had some reservations after sampling the aroma, but this is pretty good.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a good creaminess. Not as big as I would have expected from the pour, but still quite good.

Overall: this is a tasty and well-crafted tripel. The aroma could use a little work, but the look is spectacular and the taste delivers for me. (992 characters)

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

A caveat before beginning my review: when I opened my bottle, it foamed over for a full two minutes, reducing the amount of leftover beer in the bottle by roughly a quarter. I've rarely had this happen before, and don't have a second bottle to see if this is the result of something I did, or something to do with the beer itself. All I can say is that I pulled it out of the fridge and opened it--there were no drops or shakes or jarring motions.

Having said that, and hoping that the foaming didn't affect the taste, this tripel carries many of the expected aromas for the style: malty sugars and fruits, especially berries, orange and apricot, and smells a lot like a nice champagne.

On the tongue, many of the same flavors dominate, the ale being especially heavy on orange and coriander notes, with a few other light fruit esters thrown in. Some dark brown sugars reside in the background, as well as a good light smattering of hops and a thread of lightly toasted grains.

It is, in other words, a good beer, and well-deserving of the high ratings it's garnered. I'm not sure that it necessarily brings anything new to the table for a tripel, but it does easily rank among the better ales available in this style. (1,223 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Murky orangish yellow color with a 2 inch head and great retention

Smell: Bready yeast, sweetness from the malt and hints of floral hops, straw and orange zest

Taste: This almost taste like an apple cider. I am picking up huge amounts of apple it is very one dimensional

Mouthfeel: Light body and high carbonation

Overall: Light and fruity just like some girls I have dated. This is a very one dimensional triple. Easy drinkability goes down smooth for the 7.5 abv (474 characters)

Photo of ThaCreep
2.05/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Blond almost transparent. Fort oxidized, much like a Pilsener. No flavor in the nose and still classic fruit flavors like banana tripel. Certainly very sparkling mouth but has absolutely no taste. Just a little spice, but without notable spices and aftertaste card and then that's all, or almost. To my taste it feels nothing at all. For a beer in this category is on the edge of outrageous. Limit to drink as a lager of low, but hey, there is still talk of a style triple. (473 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale straw colour. Furious bead feeding a very generous white head that fills most of the glass with nice, dense puff. Sinks in lovely marshmallowy pattern on top leaving lovely thick lace. Not sure about how that carbonation will affect the texture, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt for looking otherwise damn fine.

Nose is lovely and sweet. Lots of kiwi with fresh-cut grass and citrus. Sauvignon blanc-esque notes with lovely rich stone fruits coming in all sides - peach, apricot and some apple as well. All tempered by just a whiff of musty Belgian yeast. Magnificent, bold tripely smell: big, boozey but sweet and complex.

Front of the palate is all fruit, with those tangy kiwi, stonefruit and citrus notes paving the way for a quite vinous mid-palate, giving some tart green grapes and some charry oak, plus a hint of boozey warmth late-mid. Finish is fairly smooth and sweet, but leans a bit towards the yeast to border on cloying, and could use more Belgian spice to keep it grounded. It's a very nice, big sweet Belgian palate, but there's not enough zing on the back to complement the tangy fruit upfront.

Yeah, mouthfeel is a little raw from the carbonation combined with the alcohol. Not bad though, very smooth on the front.

A great tripel with really lovely flavours. Falls short of true magnificence but it's a very enjoyable drop. (1,369 characters)

Photo of impending
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml into a tulip. Opened with an explosive PoP, upon last twist of loosening the cage it rocketed and could have literally taken an eye out. Crystal clear light golden copper, towering dense frothy head, superb lacing.

Aroma of yeasty sweet light skinned fruits.

Taste disappoints as a quiet metallic note doesn't wait for the aftertaste before appearing, it is front and center as if by design. Light bodied prickly mouthfeel.

Not much to add, mediocre.
cheers
jd (470 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large corked and caged bottle kept in the cellar for 2 years. Poured with some vigor and the taste was nicely mellowed but still with all the fruit that you expect from a tripple. Smooth finish but quite a bit of complexity in the midbody. Very good example of the style. (271 characters)

Photo of Franz4
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A-champagne like head that rests atop a nice golden body. Slightly hazy.

S- apples, bananas both present with a tart pear scent as well. Very inviting nose. Yeast and spice are evident.

T-pear comes through with maybe a touch of peach in the background. Definitely fruity, although the flavors don't come through as strong as they do in the nose.

M-Highly carbonated as the head would suggest, this beer drinks more like champagne, I like it, but it may be masking some of the flavors.

O- A very nice brew, probably my favorite Petrus brew so far. (587 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Bottle began to gush as soon as I popped the cap. I managed to get most of it into a glass. Pours a yellow-brown with a torrent of floaties and 3 fingers of white head that recedes into a dense cap.

S: Lots of sweet light fruits here, especially grapes and pears. There are some yeast notes on the finish, but it really smells like white grape juice.

T: Sweet fruits up front with a lot of slightly bitter bread and yeast flavors that follow. Slight alcohol burn on the finish.

M: Medium body with very high carbonation. I like tripels to be light and crisp, but the carbonation is so high on this that it's more like a seltzer or soda and it detracts from the flavors.

O: Overall, not a bad tripel, though a bit plain. I feel like this might have been a better beer if it hadn't been so highly carbonated. (813 characters)

Photo of Mario61Aler
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by date of Aug. 27th, 2012

Poured a light Golden with a HUGE white head that threatened to overflow the tulipm glass. The head lasted several minutes with excellant lacing.

Very little in the aroma, small hops and yeast and malt, some fruitiness maybe bananas.

Taste was better than the aroma. Was well balanced between bitter and sweet and left hardly any after taste.

This entered and left your mouth cleanly, light bodied, well carbonated.

Overall this is a drinker! reminded me of a Duvel but muted in aroma and taste, wasn't filling at all, could have drank a sixer of this. My only regret is that I bought it in a singe 330 ml bottle. I detected no sediment in this bottle even though it said it was refermented in the bottle. A wonderful Tripel.

Had this after eating some spicey burritos with red sauce on them. (830 characters)

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25 ounce bottle - caged and corked
Big champagne pop with cork release.
A - towering foam over a hazy gold base with non-stop bubbles.
S - slight funk with a little sour citrus spice.
T - alcohol is hidden below the sweet spices and slight earthiness. Hops are detectable but on the low side.
M - thicker than expected but with plenty of carbonation as balance. Slight lingering coating.
D - Very drinkable Belgian to me. (421 characters)

Photo of enfield249
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Cloudy yellow, with a thick white foamy head.

S - Cheese, funk a little bit of horse blanket.

T - Funky, no hops to note, overly sweet.

M - Medium with medium carbonation.

D - Not bad, but not the best trip I have had. Decent flavor, but too much funk and not enough candy flavor or dark fruits. (303 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (409 characters)

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

Well I bought this beer on a whim from a local store known as Metzler's (great barbecue joint down here in TX, and the best place in the Denton area for finding gourmet beers). Honestly I thought it was ultra pricey at first ($18.00 and change) but I didn't realize it came with the glass, so that's definitely a nice little bonus to get with it.

Appearance: Clean, dark gold. Head is large, white, and luxurious, with some retention and quite a bit of lacing.

Smell: Bananas dominate the smell, with just a hint of alcohol and maybe some hops.

Taste: Honestly? Tastes like banana bread. Smooth, drinkable, delicious. You really can't detect the alcohol as you're drinking it, and it tends to sneak up on you, which is a good thing because otherwise it might ruin the delicate flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick, breadlike, hard to describe the feel really, but it feels good overall.

Drinkability: Wow, this is one of those beers that's hard to find a match for. I can see it being a desert beer, but it definitely doesn't fit with a meal. I can't see it as a beer I'd drink after mowing the lawn on a hot day, but I can definitely see it being something I drink over a game of poker or just a really good discussion with friends. It's too sophisticated for anything else.

Overall: A superior gourmet beer. I'd definitely recommend this for things like philosophical discussions, or poker games, but honestly I can recommend it for a marathon beer or even as a compliment for any kind of meals I can think of. That said, it'd go great with ice cream, or warm brownies, or something like that. I dunno, it's just too unique for a serious meal pairing. (1,647 characters)

Petrus Gouden Tripel from De Brabandere
84 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.