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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 Frozensoul327
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a unique tripel. Some aspects of this brew are very fruit oriented, leading me to almost want to call it a fruit lambic. Poured out to a very nice clear golden color with a respectable head of about 1/4 inch after it settled down (intially, a very large foamy head immediately after pouring). High carbonation. I like what I see so far. Odor is very lambic like, with hints of peaches, sweet malt and some floral notes. Taste is nearly exactly the same as the smell. Flavors of sweet fruit, mild hops and malt, with a touch of sour-bitterness on the finish. Some weak pepper notes. Good mouthfeel was lighter than expected, but nonetheless nice. Higher level of drinkability, I would imagine new comers to the Tripel style would find this pleasing. I would drink this again, but i've got to say that if value was a category, this would get a 2. Very expensive, and not very deep. A rather one-sided brew. Still recommended, but i've had better tripels.

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

A Tripel that gets eerily close to a Lambic. Brigtly straw color, may have some wheat. Lightly cloudy and frothy. Very active carbonation. Impressed with the white head and lacing. Smells lemony, grapefruity, and bready. Bold alcohol and sour notes. Tastes lightly sweet and boldly tart with lemons, grapefruit, and other citrus flavors. Gets a little astringent. Malts are more pronounced in the body, revealing more orange flavors and corriander and pepper flavors. High carbonation, tartness, and alcohol makes the beer appear thinner that it really is. finishes dry and crisp; almost abrupt. Not a bad beer, but more sour and tart than I expected from a tripel.

Photo of unklesyd
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I thought that this would be a nice beer when I poured it into the glass. Wonderful head (and good retention) with a nice deep yellow color made me happy.

The nose was nice and fruity: apricots, some raisin, light citrus hop.

The taste was good, but the mouthfeel really got in the way. Even after the beer had mellowed a bit, a sip of liquid would foam up in my mouth so much as to be distracting.

After about 15 minutes, the nastiness discribed above subsided so as to actually taste the beer. Slightly spicy and fruity, not quite as dry as many triples.

If not for the unusal mouthfeel issue, this would be a nice brew. As is, it needs to either be served cold so as to reduce the foam, or let to sit for so long as to reduce the flavor characteristics to be a good drinker.

Photo of GClarkage
4.41/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

07/26/05- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no dating on the label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Semi cloudy pour with a huge foamy head that overflows into my sink. After it calms down it leaves a permanent small creamy head and thick chunky lacing abounds.

Smell- A sweet and fruity scented malt emits from the glass. Maybe some citrus scents?

Taste- Light, sweet and malty with a bunch of wonderful fruits. Peaches, lemon, orange, maybe apricot. All blended together nicely.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, crisp and a touch creamy. Medium to lower carbonation.

Drinkability- Refreshing as hell. Wonderful summertime beer. Wasn't exactly to tripel guidelines, but was tasty, smooth and yummy.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice after erupting from the bottle a clear pale golden with a white frothy head which rose up and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity and sweet with a strong malt presence and caramel. The aroma also contained a biscuit aroma with a considerable amount of bready and yeasty aromas. As the beer warmed a moderate level of DMS emerged.

The flavor was not very well done with citrus flavor coupled with bready and yeasty flavors. The malt was not complex and the citrus flavoring just did not go well with the bready flavors.

The finish was dry with lasting bready, cirtus and fruity flavors. The body was just below medium. Alcohol was present in the flavor and then in the slight alcohol warming after consumption. I'd say skip it since it was fairly boring.

8.4 ounce bottle. No freshness dating spotted.

Photo of DogFood11
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance was decent with a meaty white froth lacing with every gobble. Lots of carbonation and a yellow clear brew. An odd apperance for such a strong brew. I liked this triple overall. It surprised me how much flavor it has considering the appearance. A nice trick the brewery has learned over time. It tastes like it should be brown in color and full bodied but it still gets the taste with a light appearance. I got a metallic type aftertaste that was annoying and the carbonation was a bit overkill....Bavik is a solid brewery. A bit pricey but worth it for a nice pre-dinner type brew.

Photo of Citadel82
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8.4 Ounces Bottle

No freshness date apparent.

Pours an amazing sunshine yellow with a thick, creamy, white head that leaves respectable lacing on the glass.

Aroma is cloves, banana, brown sugar, floral and sweet caramel

Taste is malty sweet with green pepper and doughy yeast

light bodied considering the gravity with an oily slickness that sticks to the palate and tongue.

Very drinkable triple. Will definitely try again,

Photo of mrgrandefromage
1.78/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Hazy gold pour with surprisingly lame head for a Belgian brew. Aroma of bananas and honey, marred by a distinct mustiness. Taste is 'koyaanisqatsi', that is to say out of balance. Honey, metal, coriander and apple all muddled together as if dumped unceremoniously in an old pail. The more I taste, the less I want to. Possibly the worst Belgian ever... I am unable to finish this. Avoid.

Photo of slitherySOB
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours with a huge head. After five minutes, it disipated to about a finger and a half, with lace still sticking from where the foam met the top. The beer colour looks more like a European lager or Czech pilzner than it does an ale. Clear gold. Actually, when I put the glass close to my eyes, their is a bit of cloudiness. Classic, sweet Belgium pale ale smell. Big malts, bread, honey, light cloves, bananas and some bubblegum. Taste is a bit stronger than scent, with big bold malts dominating the palatte. Honey and banana mingle together in the background. And all this while, their is a light buttery taste. The mouthfeel is dry, but a bit flat. This is my second bottle, and I noted the first bottle seemed flat as well. Drinkable? Sure. Though the flat mouthfeel injures drinkability a bit.

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

Pilsener gold, almost, the notable feature is a sparkling effervesence and a large, frothy white head that lasts and lasts. Lively and more spicy than I remember, with some honey sweetness rounding it out, this is nonetheless a little plain for a tripel, lacking heavy fruits or a creaminess. Similarly, the flavor and mouthfeel are dominated by a zippy, crisp malt and hop spiciness that are straighforward. A bit of pear and pepper in the flavor, but really, this is pretty one-dimensional.

Photo of EPseja
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served at just below cellar temperature in a chalice.

Appearance: Golden honey bronze with generous, gravelly cream-white head that starts at a full inch and reduces to a cohesive blanket. Slightly hazy. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Sour apple, sweet banana, citrusy hops, honey meade, sweet butter. Nice, pleasing mixture of scents.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Begins with the honey sweetness and mild fermented graininess then opens up to reveal a "larger than it should be" tart, appley center. Finishes with a brush of hoppiness and a sweetbread-yeasty warming alcohol that grows after the swallow. Mouthfeel is broad in its presence, but could stand to be a little less active and a little more creamy. Drinkability is slightly above average, but could be smoother.

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...

Photo of horndecker
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of goodbyeohio
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of santoslhalper
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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.

Photo of claytri
4.62/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

Photo of coasterfreak75
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of chunkylover53
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of kbub6f
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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