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Petrus Gouden Tripel - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | 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 baiser
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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
Photo of CRJMellor
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%

Pours a dark yellow, honey color. Good head developed with very nice lace. Low carbonation though. Aroma is sweet white wine, spice and cloves. Taste is very sweet with minor spice on the back end. Has many of the characteristics of a trippel yet taste is much sweeter without the spice, carbonation and alcohol back end. Nice beer just doesn't hit the mark with me.

CRJMellor, Dec 31, 2003
Photo of Popsinc
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

A golden pour with a very generous, white, foamy head. Lots of bubbles going on here. The nose is light and floral with a champagne yeast hint. The mouthfeel is smooth with a dry finish. The taste is mildly sweet with honey and has a nice warm alcohol dryness to it. A little light on the tongue but not to a fault. Overall a decent triple although not in the class of lets say, Westmalle.

Popsinc, Dec 30, 2003
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%

Light pale yellow color- reminds me somewhat of certain champangnes.The pale yellow is slightly clouded.

Very fluffy head—multi bubbled, almost like dish wash detergent foam! Plenty of lacing on the glass walls. Very pretty contouring...

A faint, champagne nose—slight fruity but very little presence or other olorific notes.

Flavor—reminds me of champagne. Perhaps it's the mouthfeel. The flavor is rather light with subdued grapes tones. The flavor body is thin, but it leaves a certain hops bitterness signature on my palate. The flavor isn’t a definite hops bitterness, but it’s at the back far recesses like a peanut gallery waving their hands and arms saying “we’re here—over here— over here”. Comingled with the initial flavor are slight yeast undertones. A fruity almost wine like veil hangs over the entire flavor. But over all this flavor is light.

The finish is quick and abrupt.

Drinkability is high however, because the flavor has enough tantalizing qualities to make me keep coming back for more to find if there’s anything I’ve missed. Before long, a Pint has gone down the gullet and I’m not certain I’ve tasted it all.. although this beer is really very light in both character and flavor.

gueuzeonhigh, Dec 27, 2003
Photo of Shiloh
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%

This brew was a grapefruit like colour and murky. Carbonation was very limited. The crown was half a finger on arrival and shortly left to a minor island lace, frothy ring and limited cling.
The nose to me was yeasty with a slight citrus follow.
Taste was also to the citrus with a lemon lead and dry. Secondary impression was to the alcohol which seemed to linger.

Shiloh, Dec 06, 2003
Photo of ElGuapo
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

Pale orange golden colored brew, very cloudy. The initial pour produces a large white head, but it dies pretty quickly down to a thin covering of lace. The aroma is filled with sweet fruit and a bit of citrus. Some alcohol in there as well as a bready yeast hint.

Carbonation is strong, but not overpowering, just enough to give you a little bite. The flavor has a nice sweet character as well as a bit of tartness from citrus. There is a bit more bread and yeast flavor to balance. The body is medium, but it is on the heavier side. Alcohol is well hidden, but you will know of its presence at times. It is a pretty good drinker as well. This is a pretty good one. It is really nothing out of this world, but it is a quality brew.

ElGuapo, Nov 25, 2003
Photo of marc77
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Dusky pale golden hue. Steadfast, porcelain white head with soft peaks yields sparse, rounded lace. Notes of musty, raw honey and mild phenol upfront in aroma. Hints of a citric, lemon like acidity and peppery ethanol are secondary. White bread sweetness initially in flavor yields to a drying combination of hop bitterness somewhat above the norm and black licorice. Mellow, lemon drop like fruitiness persists. Lightly bodied overall, with a passably dextrinous, albeit slightly chalky mouthfeel. Gentle notes of clove surface late and couple with residual sugar to lend an herbaceous sweetness. Finishes a touch oxidized with hints of marzipan and paper, but otherwise lightly sweet and clean. A no frills tripel, with all the required elements, but no outstanding qualities. Harmless, soft on the palate and very drinkable. Enough with the 8 ounce bottles already.

marc77, Nov 11, 2003
Petrus Gouden Tripel from De Brabandere
84 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.