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Petrus Gouden Tripel - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | 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 putnam
4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ok. Maybe I shouldn't have opened this at 60 deg. F. But the relentless upsurge of white foam is a little frightening. It retreats leaving a path of reptilian white scales on the inside of the glass. Grass and honey aromas are joined by those of cracked, fatty nut meats and buttered porridge. An onset of creamy bitterness contains lyrical arcs of minty herbs and white-fleshed fruits. Perfumy but sternly dry and bitter. Outrageously bitter. Nearly savory. Reggiano rind serious.

This beer possesses none of the outright vanilla and fleshy, sweet fruit of Tripel beers from St. Bernardus, Affligem, Westmalle etc. Perhaps the closest comparison is Chimay Tripel -- or a Saison...

putnam, Mar 17, 2005
Photo of horndecker
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a tripel?
The label is, well, cheesy and cartoonish. Not cartoonish and fun like De Dolle, just cheesy.
The beer ia a very pale cloudy golden blonde, almost straw-colored. It serves up a prodigious Duvel-like bright white head. The big bubbles eventually condense into a fine foam which coats the glass with oodles of lace and lingers.
The nose is tart and peppery, with sour apples, grassy and smoky.
The taste has a bitter start - hoppy and medicinal. The malt comes up underneath, providing some form and sweetness. It finishes dry.
It has a sudsy mouthfeel, too light for a tripel. The end result is rather refreshing, due to the tartness and the hop bite, but overall a disappointment.

horndecker, Mar 12, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

into a tulip from a 11.2 oz bottle

pours hazy yellow, viscous.. huge out of control head that almost rose 4 inches. left lacing on the glass so sticky it looks like a map to a small multi-island nation. polynesia or some crap.

smells good too! yeasty and buttery with some fresh apple scent to it. taste is closer to average.. tastes like they took half a bottle of tripel and mixed it with half a bottle of really bad tripel... like it has a yummy tripel flavor with "hints" and "notes" of vinegar. interesting though.. something ive never experienced before.

ok, but i will not buy it again for $2.80 a bottle.

goodbyeohio, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of Dogbrick
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer kind of strikes me as a "beginner’s Belgian". Pours a cloudy dark yellow color with a thick and foamy white head. Decent lacing. Champagne-like aroma with some fruit and yeast. Medium-bodied with a pleasantly fruity flavor, along with some yeast, pepper and light hops. The finish is citrusy and lightly spiced. The beer is well done, and despite not being very complex it is a pretty tasty brew.

Dogbrick, Feb 10, 2005
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This tripel by Bavik had a clear light golden color, tons of finely structured streamers of carbonation, and a simply massive white head, similar to merangue. That head hung around forever and left great chunks of itself on the glass walls.
The smell was virtually non-existent. I really strained to find much of note beyond a moderate pale malt aroma. The usual spicy notes I've found in other tripels was notably absent.
Those fruity/spicy notes were pretty well missing in the taste, too. The malt character stood out and was pretty enjoyable but that signature peppered tropical fruit flavor was AWOL here. Instead, an oddly flat, flavorless finish ensued, leaving a haunting metallic aftertaste. The feel was medium/light in body and nicely creamy thanks to the abundant carbonation.
Overall, Petrus Triple is pretty quaffable but not what I'd consider a top-tier example of the style.

Boilermaker88, Feb 02, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a hazy gold with a thin white head. Head leaves OK lacing.

Smell: The smell is wonderfully fruity and clean. The alcohol is present but smells calm and enjoyable.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is oddly dull. For such a great smelling beer I'm let down. The fruity notes are normal for a tripel, but very average, and not strong in anyway. The mouthfeel is thin and crisp, but not chewy enough.

Drinkability and Overall: Odd. This is an odd tripel. Not the best, not the worst, but odd. I'm not quite sure how I feel about this beer. It's unique, so I'll give it points for that... but was it enjoyable? I'm not quite sure. Would I have another? Again, I'm not quite sure. Interesting though.

santoslhalper, Jan 28, 2005
Photo of baiser
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge fluffy white head, cotton like. Body is a tad cloudy, pale yellow. Aroma of peaches, walnuts and malt. Sweet fruit, bitterness mid sip. Lots of malty sweetness. Tremendously carbonated, effervescent and a tad zesty. A unique, dry aftertaste. Pretty decent beer.

baiser, Dec 31, 2004
Photo of claytri
4.6/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a wonderful honey gold. With plenty of sediment to give it a wonderful haze. It had a fingers of medium to rocky head that stayed. The aroma was sweet and fruity with a dash of tartness, sort of watermelon citrus promising a wonderful mixture. The taste was very unlike the aroma, but was very good. Extremely malty, the beer has a smooth almost syrupy taste to it. It has a very mellow banana taste to it, that has a real alcohol bite. The aftertaste is almost pure malt. The feel is incredible. It is a heavy creamy beer that has a lot of body and carbonation. I had been sitting on my last bottle of Petrus Old Bruin and now I can say I have found a more readily available alternative.

claytri, Dec 14, 2004
Photo of coasterfreak75
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was a golden yellow with a thick two finger head that for some reason quickly dissapated and left a slight ring around the top of the glass.

The smell was a pungent fruit with a hoppy alcohol note in the rear of the nose.

The drink started with a quick bite of enjoyable hops followed by a malty/fruity middle. The finish was a strong lingering presence of alcohol.

All and all a very good tripel. I rather enjoyed this one, as a note it went very well with German sausages.

coasterfreak75, Dec 05, 2004
Photo of chunkylover53
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The most striking thing about this brew is the head. Not only is it huge, but as the bubbles start to pop, they leave crazy 3D effects like tunnels and almost MC Escher-like architecture. It's like the lava lamp of drinks.
I could stare at the head for hours if I didn't know that there was beer under it.

Speaking of the beer under it, it's a slightly cloudy yellow with absolutely no smell. That really surprised me - I couldn't smell a thing. Despite that, however, it had a nice fruity, slightly bitter taste and a surprisingly thick mouthfeel. Actually, I guess it's not that surprising, considering the head.

The aftertaste lingered pleasantly for a quite a while.

chunkylover53, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There's a big, bumpy, thick white ice cream head that leaves thick sheets of lacing. A hazy, slightly orangey, gold beer. Smell is spicy, soapy, nutty. The front is nicely bitter, with an almost sour tangy fruit. More tangy fruit in the fizzy middle with a big, bitter finish: alcohol, a little nutty and spicy. Flowery aftertaste. It's a nice beer: very fruity, tangy, spicy. But it doesn't have the creamy, buttery, sweet, thick goodness of the tripels I've really liked. To be fair, it gets a little milkier and sweeter with temperature, but it still rates second-string for me.

kbub6f, Dec 03, 2004
Photo of WesWes
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.

WesWes, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold color with a towering huge-bubbled head. The head has excellent retention and leaves loads of thick draping lace. The aroma is pleasantly sweet with lots of candy sugar and citrus notes. The flavor is very citrusy and light for a triple. It has a more tart, lessy malty profile than triples Ive tried. The mouthfeel is thick and prickly. This is quite a dry interpretation of the style. It could be a little more complex.

CAMRAhardliner, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Oct 29, 2004
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.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 12, 2004
Photo of Billolick
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.

Billolick, Sep 17, 2004
Photo of DrJay
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich golden colour with just a slight haze. Generous white foam settles to about a quarter inch after a couple minutes. Malty nose, reminiscent of bread, and a pear-like fruity aroma. Light spiciness and a hint of alcohol aroma as well as floral hops. Light phenolic spiciness is evident on the tongue along with a light alcohol flavour. Citrusy esters are balanced by moderate hop bitterness and very light malty sweetness. High carbonation that maintains a light, foamy lace and adds to the smooth texture and perception of body. Very light alcohol warming and dry, bitter aftertaste.

250 mL brown bottle with best before date clearly marked on the front label.

DrJay, Sep 04, 2004
Photo of pootz
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a milky gold with a 4 finger tight frothy head reminiscent of a Duvel cap...very pleasing...very lively in the glass for an abby..again. more like Duvel in appearance. Sweet spicy smells to it...not as much citrus as tart pears or apricots. Starts very tart and zesty like a pilsner but hen the nicely layered malt body is revealed to the tongue....finishes dry....very much like Duvel....is it a clone? No it has it’s own distinct taste.

pootz, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of Dukeofearl
1.8/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I would like to start by saying that I love tripel beers, and have been trying them at every opportunity. And I was really disappointed by this tripel. Poured a light yellow, pale and weak with chunks of white yeast floating around. Unlike any other tripel I have ever seen. Medium sized head dies off quickly to a thin covering. Aroma is very sour, I am unable to smell anything else. Flavor is off, earthy, yeasty, not good. I would think the bottle had turned if the color wasn't so strange as well. Makes me think that this beer is brewed on some other way than most tripels. I could not finish this beer.

Dukeofearl, Jun 23, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

7.4 oz bottle poured a mostly clear, golden amber body. Head is magnificent, with a two finger, billowy offwhite color. The head slowly fades, and beautiful Brussels sheet lace is all over the goblet.

Aroma features tangerine, lemon, coriander, and a twangy yeast note.

Mouthfeel is tart and dry, moderately carbonated.

Taste is dry and citrusy sour, with a prominent yeasty presence. Not many complexities here, even at room temperature. Lemon and coriander are overwhelmed by the dryness and strong, "twangy" yeast.

Fares poorly when compared to other Belgian Tripels. This is not one that I would try again.

merlin48, May 21, 2004
Photo of Tballz420
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a hazy orange color, with a good-sized white foamy head. Lemony and orangy scents. Fruity tastes dominate, belgian yeasts, some hop backbone. Seems kinda light for this style, however this is a nice tasting brew. Unfortunatly im not as happy as the monk on the label, but pleased enough.

Tballz420, Apr 26, 2004
Photo of Mitchster
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a milky golden with orange accents, forming a large whipped bone white head with excellent retention and solid sheets of lace. Very fine layer of yeast in the bottom of the bottle. Aroma is spicy and phenolic with abundant cloves, bananas, wheat, candi sugar, white pepper, and pale malt. Mouthfeel is spritzy, bright, and peppery with a deceptively light body. Carbonation is moderately strong. Taste begins quite phenolic with cloves and the alcohol and brisk carbonation add to a spicy beginning. Notes of rotting strawberries, pears, white raisins, grain husk with a sharp acidity. Moderate bitterness is chemical in nature and balances out the sweetness. Quite a dry finish.

An interesting tripple. The bitterness is a touch more than I prefer, there is a rotten fruity character which I don't like in my triples, the mouthfeel is explosive, and the acidity is uncharacteristic for the style. There are much better (La Fin du Monde, New Belgium Triple, Golden Monkey), but this is still good.

Mitchster, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of TerryW
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong golden yellow with a big head. Good retention and lots of lace. Good carbonation. This beer puts on a pretty good show.

Smells of hops and fresh baking. Some alcohol in back of all that. Quite inviting.

Mild flavoured. Slightly sweet, no spiciness or tartness as you'd expect from many other Belgians. A touch fruit, comes across like white wine.

Enjoyable, worth at least a try.

TerryW, Feb 11, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of DESTRO
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep golden with and impressive fluffy white head. smells malty and sweet, strong yeast aroma hits and then end with a small alcohol note. very sweet in the mouth, no real spice to be found. lots of malt character with a hint of lemon in the finishes. not all that complex and not like other triples ive had. slick in the mouth, not highly carbonated like some. pretty drinkable, just nothing to make you go "wow".

$1.99 for 8.4 oz.

DESTRO, Jan 14, 2004
Petrus Gouden Tripel from De Brabandere
84 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.