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Petrus Gouden Tripel - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 363
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 rarevos
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of k75
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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


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.

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.

Photo of cbl2
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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.

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.

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!

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.51/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Dithyramb
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An eruptable straw colored brew. Thick meringue lasted forever and had perfect lacing. Citrus and sweet malts mingled with yeast on the aroma.
Very mellow brew with light citrus and malts intermingled with the yeast. Doesn't overly impress, but doesn't let you down. Very light mouthfeel leaving one rather refreshed.

Photo of Hautacam
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out very lively....like Duvel. Clear gold..huge head ....but drops pretty quickly.
Smells of dough, banana..a little alcohol...mild.
Flavor is more subtle than most tripels...banana, clove..pear, slight hop, with a doughy -malt finish.Slighly sweet..but not as sweet as most tripels....alcohol comes out more as it warms, as does the pear flavor.
Carbonation a little high.
Pretty drinkable. Not the best , but sure worth a try.

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out just fine and leaves a small lacing. Smell is very malty and it has a very flowery nose. Taste is about like it smells, very refreshing and enjoyable. It has a very malty taste to it and leaves a good sour taste on the palate. Feels great on the palate and it's aftertaste is good. I would definetly drink more of this later.

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

Poured into a pint glass.
Gave a seemingly weak aroma of honeysuckle, wheat and malt. A nice thick head which laced. Nice golden hue to the body, cloudy with some sediment.
A crisp tasting beer, some lemon, creamy, hops, malt. Tasted similair to a Chardonnay. Hops weren't very strong, but present. Light tasting and could drink a few more.

Photo of Derek
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Despite the name, this one is really closer to a Belgian strong pale ale (a big blonde).

Best Before: 21/03/08. This one's still quite fresh!

A: Clear, golden-yellow, with a TON of fluffy white head (the 250mL bottle over-flowed the Petrus glass!). Leaves some nice Belgian lace.

S: Grass and earth, with a little spice and bready malt in the background. A little cidery.

T: Sweet bready malt is balanced with a nice, crisp bitterness. Grassy hop flavour (and bitterness) is really upfront... especially for a tripel. Nicely balanced, with a dry, slightly spicy finish. Alcohol content is not apparant. The yeast sediment has a spicey, earthy, almost saison-like flavour.

M: Moderate body, moderate to high carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable. Especially considering the strength.

Photo of jaluria
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear and translucent gold with a thick head that stays put. Looks more like a pilsener than a Tripel; very unique. I detect fruits, alcohol, and some roasted sugar; very faint and rather subtle, perhaps a bit too subtle hence the lower score. The taste is both typical and different for this style. Hints of fruit and alcohol are present, but at the same time this beer is highly carbonated with a fair amount of hops creating a creamy texture that feels unique from any other Tripel I've ever had.
Very enjoyable and easy to drink. If nothing else, this beer is unique within it's style for combining elements of pilseners and Belgian ales.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tiny (8.4oz) bottle which set me back $3.00. Nice appearance for a triple, clear golden color. Smelled sweet and yeasty.

The taste was really good, one of the better tripels I've tried. Thick and sweet with fruit flavors in the after-taste. The only drawback was that this bottle was a little skunked. Might have been sitting on the shelf for a long time.

Overall a good beer, but pretty expensive. I'll try to get a fresher bottle next time.

Photo of Zorro
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer 3 of the 6 from a Petrus gift pack and it pours a somewhat bemused gold with a bit of orange, the head is average and frothy the color a very light tan, after its decomposition the lace forms a fine covering upon the glass. Nose has hints of over ripe apples, orange peel and some sweet malt, very light this nose, start is a bit sweet with a pleasing grain profile, the top is middling in feel. Finish has a distinct acidic bite with a pleasing hop spiciness, quite dry aftertaste with a noticeable tummy warming from the 7.5 percent ABV, a nice drinking tripel.

Photo of paterlodie
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 03-05-06. Poors out with thick and lasting white head and a pale golden cristal clear beer. Nose is lots of koreander, litle green of hops and lots of yeastester giving ripe apple, anis, pale maltyness and some alcohol in the back. Taste is dry malty, litle tard, alcoholic, koreander, moderate bitterness and some sweet candy. Overall litle pale and "average" and bitterness hanging making mouthfeel ok but litle hard. Well drinkable but IMO seen far better example of this style.

Photo of thesilverhand
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright, clear, yellow body, with a massive, light, frothy white head reminiscent of meringue. The head looks phenomenal and leaves nice lace. The body is a bit less enticing - reminds me too much of light lagers!

I got an initial burst of banana aroma, but it seemed to fade. Light peaches as well, and a touch of sourness. Not bad.

Huh. Not too impressed on the first sip. I was expecting something more...Belgian. Instead, it tastes like an okay light beer. Light sweetness up front, with perhaps just a hint of fruit, which turns into relatively flat bitterness.

Medium body, with fairly inactive carbonation. Dry finish.

Well, it's easy to drink and pretty refreshing. But I'm not particularly impressed. Definitely didn't live up to the expectations brought on by the word "triple" on the bottle.

Photo of fisherman34
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tramsparent light gold in colour. Smells of lemon, orange and spicy yeast. It has a huge head which lasted forever, and lots of carbonation. The citrus flavors continue with elments of minerals, and buttery malt notes. It's warming, but has no distinct alcohol flavor. A little thin in the body for my taste. Solid enough overall, but not as good as I had expected.

Petrus Gouden Tripel from De Brabandere
84 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.