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Petrus Gouden Tripel - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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 JayTheFinn
2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pretty boring tripel.

A - Pale yellow body with a bright white foamy head.
S - Smells corny, like so many Mexican lagers.
T - Bland honey sweetness. Hardly any alcohol kick. Hardly any character to mention. Unobtrusive, but tasty if that's what you're looking for.
M - Bah, not worth mentioning.
D - Sure it goes down great if you want something super sweet, but if you're looking for a proper tripel you'll be disappointed.

JayTheFinn, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of BeerDonkey
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the Christmas 6-pack. The 3rd beer I’ve tried. The first 2 were pretty disappointing, I’m hoping this one is better

Appearance: thick, billowy, cloud like head. Cloudy Orange-ish yellow liquid
Smell: Heavy honey, grass
Taste: not bad! Not particularly interesting, but decent. Effervescent and sweet with little depth or character, but no off flavors
Mouthfeel: clean and crisp

Overall: one of the better Petrus beers I’ve had. I’m a big Trippel fan and this one isn’t half-bad. One of the cleaner ones I’ve tasted.

BeerDonkey, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light blonde color with countless amounts of bubbles moving quickly to the surface. The head is full and frothy made up of tight sandy colored bubbles.

S: Wet hay, green peas, lemon grass and copper.

T: Begins with yellow corn sweetness with nips of lemon juice and fresh cut grass. Very much mineralistic leaning towards the limestone side of things. Straw, honey and green apple finish this boring beer out.

M: Medium body with the standard Belgium over carbonation

D: This beer is lacking severely in flavor. Pass in a big way if you see it in the store.

Westsidethreat, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of Talisker
2.42/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A disappointing beer, especially at its premium price. Poured from an 11.2oz bottle from a holiday pack sold in NorCal.

Pours a nice-looking hazy bright yellow with a very frothy head. Nose has a little bit of Belgian-style bite, but no spice, no depth. Taste is the big letdown, muted, hard to distinguish flavors. Texture's a little thin.

I would go on, but it's not worth it. Skip this one.

Talisker, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The bottle I have came out of a Winter Gift Pack and is labeled Petrus Gouden Tripel Ale.
Pours a pale golden yellow with a nice full finger of white that melts to sticky lacing covering the top of the glass.
Aromas are very atypical Belgium yeasts, a little peppery spice, and powdery bread.
The taste is again, typically Belgium....sharp bite from carbonation and citrus, a lttle pepper, and sweet malts fill the mouth. Definite candy sugars in there.
Aftertaste is clean.
This is a decent triple...but doesn't hold up to the best at all.

IntriqKen, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of oelergud
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden body with good carbonation. HUGE white butte head, pillowy and creamy with good retention and amazing lace.
Sweet and sour fruity scent of green apple and citrus.
Intense sweet malts equaled by a sour fruity mix that last through the after taste. A hint of almond.
Medium body and a surprising dry finish.
Easy to enjoy and a beautiful beer in your glass, pure eye-candy.


oelergud, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of Absumaster
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very murky, orange yellow beer with a fine, stabile head.

Smell is fruity and spicy with some hoppy notes, there is also some sourness which make the beer less 'fresh'.

Taste is a bit wild, with some characteristics of wild yeast, at least some barnyard and horseblanket, but in a very moderate way. I can also taste some cork, which obviously isn't in there. Mouthfeel is dry and slightly sticky. There is a mild bitter. A good balance, but for me it wasn't fresh enough.

Absumaster, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of vwcraig
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy pale golden color. Massive carbonation and the beads swirl to the top to form a huge pillowy head that is stiff and bright white like meringue. Appetizing doughy smell along with a winey white grape smell with green apple rounding it out. Fresh apple taste with an astringent and low level metallic taste. Thick lacing is left behind as the glass empties. Aftertaste is drying but sweet. Very smooth and not burning or acidic like some lesser examples. Slick, smooth mouthfeel with prickly carbonation at first. Decent drinkability with lower ABV. Probably still not sessionable. Pick it up if you have never tried it before.

vwcraig, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle

Pours a clear straw color with a huge white head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Mild bready and yeasty aroma with a light fruitiness. Slight booze aroma as it warms.

Nice bready and yeasty flavors upfront with a slight fruitiness. Leads into a mild bitterness and finishes dry and slightly boozy.

Medium body, zippy carbonation.

A decent tripel all-around, and certainly drinkable. A solid example of the style.

MaltyGoodness, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of FenwaySquid
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 25.4 oz corked bottle, no dating of any kind, poured into the Petrus glass that came with the bottle (looks like a chalice on a long stem).

Appearance: Pours a bright golden yellow color with lots of carbonation bubbles. The head filled almost half the glass and maintains nicely.

Aroma: Lemony and spicey at the same time. Nice combo.

Taste: Kind of dry like Champagne. There's a spicy hops flavor going on there too, and some peppers as well. The finish is slightly bitter but nice.

Mouthfeel: Crisp but a little watery. The carbonation is quite lively.

Overall: Not as strong as most triples, still enjoyable though.

FenwaySquid, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of hero27
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle.
7.5% abv.

Pale straw glow, thin white head.
Aroma is faint with some spice, lemon, and Belgian yeast.
A bit of estery fruit sweetness, a bit of sour...well blended and on-top of a strong malt base. Finishes dry and the soft flavors are resilient for some time. A respectable Tripel from Bavik.

hero27, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of Padron4KM
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle.

Hazy golden with a big fluffy lasting head. Lace coats the glass in a thick sheet.

Aroma is fruity and yeasty with a little muskiness.

Flavor is honey and apple and dough.

Sweet honey finish. alcohol hidden well

Not very complex, but still quite good.

Padron4KM, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of rarevos
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Chimay goblet.

A: Duvel's advice may be to pour "unhurriedly," but the same holds true for this one. All foam at first, and it took a long time to dissipate. Eventually became a solid layer of foam.

S: Winey/vinous at first; the aroma of sharp white wine grapes. Malty/sweet underneath.

T/M: Has a wine flavor up front, and has a bit of a champagne-y thing going on. Mild spiciness/leafiness from the hops (I imagine) with some peppery flavor. Crisp finish with a light bitterness. More grapey presence in the tail.

D: DO NOT DRINK THIS CHILLED. It has an olive oil or olive brine flavor that totally (I mean TOTALLY) disappears after it warms. Chilled, it tasted like olive oil and white wine and that, as Alton Brown might say, is not Good Drinks. Served at a proper temperature, the beer is a bit oaky and vinous for a tripel, but isn't terrible. Still, I have Westmalle and Chimay Cinq Cents easily available near me, and won't be reaching for this again so long as that keeps up. I'd put it squarely in the second-tier of tripels.

rarevos, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of k75
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got in a trade - thank you oldirtysurfer.

pours a bit cloudy, tight carbonation gives way to a rocky foam . nice

aromas are of sweet malts , some spice and background phenols.

taste is lively in carbonation, background is sour, finish is balanced with malt

enjoyable at 7.5% , flavorful.

a nice tripel


k75, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: The beer initially pours a golden color with an orangish tint that is mostly clear with a small ¼” head on top. The head is made up of white bubbles and falls pretty quickly. There really aren’t any bubbles rising to maintain the head, but still a solid ring is sticking around the glass just for spite. Only some mild lacing is left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: The aroma isn’t very characteristic for a Triple. It has a slightly sweet malty edge and doesn’t have the assertive hops that you expect for this style. There is a dryness to the beer that I believe is not just attenuation, but also from some oxidation caused by age. There is a little bit of a floral presence when you really get deep into the aroma, but it is really mild.

Taste: The flavor has a lot more body than I expected for a Triple. This particular example must be all malt as it doesn’t have the dry crispness that you often get with this style that comes from the sugar addition. The hops are there, but are muted. The beer has a full body with some caramel sweetness along with some toasty notes that suggests the use of Vienna or a bit of light Munich malt. This is a pretty heavy beer, and hits your palate pretty hard with all of the malt. The finish is long and sweet with some oxidative flavors left to linger with the syrupy sweetness for some time.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer, but I feel that I am not doing it justice by reviewing such an old example. I would like to try it again fresh, and of course, preferably in Belgium. It has a good flavor, but is a bit heavy for this style even at “only” 7.5%ABV. My score is going to be a bit lower now due to the age of this example, but the jury is still out for when I can get me hands on a fresher example.

SkeeterHawk, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of bonbright7
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into my 50 cl after trying another Tripel, while my wife and I were standing around in the kitchen talking about our newly adopted (from the pet-shelter) 25 lb cat, Moe.

We agreed with the first pour into our glasses that the head was large with the scent of honey and hops. I could also smell citrus flavors as I went nose first into the light orange ale.

The taste was very much in character with other Belgian Tripels I have tasted in the recent past with the smooth cream accenting the honey/lemon water that went dry with hops.

I thought the ale would be great on tap as well as with fat cold cut laden sandwiches this fall at the various college games where I be tailgating.

bonbright7, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of cbl2
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

8/26/2006 $3.50 11.2 7.50% No best by date, but coded 38596.


Poured slowly into my Petrus glass, this beer is a golden yellow with plenty of carbonation that evinces over 2 inches of foamy white head that takes forever to settle. Laces nicely.


Mildly spicy with hints of ground coriander and black pepper and just a tinge of malt sweetness.


Robust, coarse carbonation coupled with a peppery zest lead off on the palate. Sweetens as it warms, but the black pepper dominates throughout along with something vaguely spicy. My least favorite of the Petrus offerings so far, this is a tad too coarse for my taste. Flavors aren't bad, and they are fairly well balanced, with the alcohol entirely masked.

cbl2, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of peabody
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out clear yellow and orange with a full head of white foam.
Yeast and orange hit the nose first. After a dark aroma one feels the alcohol permiating the nose.
Taste is sweet with carmel and sweet apple hitting first then the bready yeasty flavor followed by a slight alcohol hint in the back of the throat.
Mouthfeel is very clean with sweet lingering on the tip of the tounge.
I could see drinking lots of these at a time.

peabody, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a hazy golden color, with huge, white pillowy head that lingered through entire beer, and left excellent lacing. Fruity aroma, mostly apples, hit me as soon as I opened the bottle. Beer had the same fruity taste, and was very spicy to boot. Finish was syrupy and sour, but good. Although this was a different tasting beer, I really enjoyed it.

kimcgolf, Aug 23, 2006
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.

NeroFiddled, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of ypsifly
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 750 purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into Gulden Draak tulip.

Clear gold with plenty of tiny bubbles that support a huge head of white. Strong retention with lots of webby lace.

The nose is dry, tart, and slightly sour with some perfume and chalky yeast notes. I like the combination as it is in line with the style.

Tastes very dry as well with the tart notes being a bit more subdued. Somewhat sweet in the middle but back to the dryness towards the end with some hop bitterness that leads into a dry finish with a hint of pepper.

The mouth is dry and spritzy with plenty of carbonation. A solid example of trhe style and a good choice when looking for a Triple that doesn't have a lot of alcohol.

ypsifly, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of scottoale
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good representation of this style.

Pours from the 11.2fl.oz.brown bottle a light yellow-gold with big white two-finger head and good clarity. There was a good layer of yeast sediment on the bottom of the bottle and the label had a stamped number: 38596 on it The head finally resides to an 1/8 inch.bubbly cap with very little lace left behind.

The smell is sweet, spicy and somewhat alcoholic. Sweet ripe fruit with a tangy, malty yeast aroma that is pleasant and very Belgian.

Sweet malt hits the tastebuds and almost instantly turns tart and tangy. Ripe fruit, sweet candy sugar, yeast and then a smooth hop finish, this stuff has a great balance, yet complexity is apparent. As it warms, the alcohol brings out even more flavor that reels you back for another taste.

Body aplenty, smooth and fizzy mouthfeel, a good warming from the moderately high ABV...this is a good, solid Triple by any standard.

Definitely Recommended, Cheers!

scottoale, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.53/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my buddy Pat for this beer. Poured a huge, froathy, brilliant white head that faded slowly. Pungent, sharp hoppy aroma is mildly spicy. Beer is amazingly clear, pale straw in color, and fulling of bubbles making a break for the surface. Crisp flavor tastes like there is a bit of wheat in there, a good dose of yeast, and some smooth noble hops. Light mouthfeel with a big dose of carbonation that makes it almost fizzy. Reminds me of a tamer version of the double pilsners I've had. Tasty, crisp, and enjoyable. I can't ask for much more.

HappyHourHero, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of IceAce
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8.4 Oz bottle with no hint of any dating system
Pours deep golden color with some haziness. Small bubbled foam forms a creamy ½" collar with lots of staying power but little to no lacing. Aroma is bright with alcohol-soaked cherries and Belgian yeast.

Entry shows just right carbonation and a palate-pleasing mouthfeel. Midtaste is high-level maltiness and rum soaked cherries. the finish features one of the better (for a tripel) hop bites and a very pleasant yeast fade.

While not the tripel to end all tripels, this is a mighty fine beer for the low, low everyday price of $2.79. Would pair well with a big hunk of aged white cheddar.

IceAce, May 30, 2006
Photo of davidchollar
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

just saw this at the store, a new arrival, never heard of it. which is good because unlike so many other famous beers i've tried, i have no expectaions. with an open mind i open the bottle.

looks a lot like duvel in my tulip. golden, belgian, enormous thick white head. fairly carbonated. the smell hits my nose before i bring it anywhere near my face, while it's sitting on the table. this is good. i like an ale that has lots to smell. familiar belgian smells, hints of alcohol, tart green apple, cookies.

medium, smooth, plenty bitter. this is a solid 4.0 beer for me. good. nothing compells me to knock points off, or bump up to 5. a pretty standard tripel, but it's a style i really like so i'll probably get this again.

davidchollar, May 13, 2006
Petrus Gouden Tripel from De Brabandere
84 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.