Petrus Gouden Tripel - De Brabandere

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359 Ratings
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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Brabandere visit their website
Belgium

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Popsinc
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Shiloh
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ElGuapo
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of marc77
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of beerguy101
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gold color. Large head. Aroma is malty and fairly spicy. A medium bodied ‘triple’. Not very malty, mostly spicy and fruity. Peaches and apricots, with a strong spicy character. Somewhat lemony and grassy. Very dry character. High and lively carbonation. Light and refreshing. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Exceptionally cloudy light yellow body with a gigantic head.

Smell – The typical malt and orange aromas come out well. There’s a little sour funk though typical of this brewery.

Taste – The malt base is strong and supportive. The (predominantly) orange sweetness lies on top as well. The Petrus sourness comes by for a visit, too.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied but slow going.

Drinkability – This wasn’t the best drinker of the bunch.

Comments – Their Aged Pale offering capitalized well on the stingy, sour malt flavor of this brewery, but here it just didn’t belong.

Photo of hotstuff
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A beer with a lot of character.It poured a medium sized white creamy, frothy head that consisted of fine-medium sized bubbles that quickly dissipated.The body was dense and uncarbonated.The hue of this beer was pale yellow.The nose was fruity and it had a fruity, sweet, tart, tangy and sour taste to it.The mouthfeel was tingly, smooth and medium bodied.The lacing with this beer was very sparse.

Photo of jcalabre
2.58/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I originally sampled this beer on 13 November 2002 and I am writing this review from my notes.
Here are my notes: "golden yellow, too much carbonation, nothing special"
There are so many great Belgian beers that are available that when I have a mediocre or poor one, I can only advise people to not buy it.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with a white head that disappears quickly. It is a hazy straw color. Smells of cheddar cheese, a hint of alcohol, and of lightly funky socks. Tastes lightly sweet, with a slightly peachy flavor, followed by a cheesy after taste. Fairly light bodied, which is on style for a tripel. Some astringency that finishes the beer off. I am not sure that this was the freshest sample, but I sort of liked the cheddar notes that I found in this beer, it added a bit of character that I found lacking in some of their other brews.

Photo of dmarch
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma is of pear and coriander. Taste is very sweet, almost like a pear cider. Finishes with a slight citrus taste. The taste is very impressive, but a little too sweet for a tripel. I actually find it hard to believe they achieved this taste without using cider ingredients.

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

Poured a nice golden organge hue. A beautiful white head with a hint of sweatness in the smell.

The it starts with a slight bitter/hoppy flavour then goes to sweat tangy kind of sensation and then ends with an almost sour flavour.

A very nice beer and very drinkable.

Photo of aaronh
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

8.4 oz bottle.

Pours a hazy mid-amber/orange color. The thick, beautiful white head clings to the sides of the glass and shows excellent retention. The aroma is very malty, with subtle hints of yeast and coriander. Maybe a hint of orange peel in there as well. Wow, what a great aroma. The taste is defninitely a triple, with a good spiciness, alcohol and malt sweetness, and a smooth, slightly bitter finish. Lingering spice on the aftertaste is nice. But there's also a subtle and unusual citrus/sour component that really cuts the sweetness of this beer. The mouthfeel is very nice, with a very fine carbonation bouying the solid malt backbone on the tongue. The drinkability is very good, from the flavor to the finish, mouthfeel to ABV. Possibly one of the more drinkable triples I've had, as it isn't going to last much longer than the time it takes to write this review. I can see why the monk on the bottle is so happy. This is simply a terrific beer. I must make some space for this one on a regular basis.

Photo of beergeek279
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a darker amber color. The smell was fairly malty, with very little sweetness noticable. The taste was fairly dry....drier than all the other tripels I've had. The mouthfeel was fairly smooth. I could have a couple of these, although I prefer a bit more sweetness myself. Still, a failry good selection to give a try!

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I ordered this beer at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse to complement my Chimay cheese plate. Wow, I never thought cheese could be that complex, but hey what a great pairing with beer. Anyway this beer appears a vibrant glowing gold with an orange tint to it, along with a bright white foaming head. Aroma is huge malty sweetness with great carmel tones, and definite touch of alcohol in the aroma. The taste is full of ester fruit tones that are trademarks of Belgium tirppel ales, but this one is not overly sweet or to overempowering in any way a beautifully balanced beer. Nicely carbonated with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel what an extraordinary beer. Yes, it is way too drinkable I could chill with this beer anytime, awesome.

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

The little bottle bothered me. If it's good, please put it in a 22oz instead of a little 8.4 oz please. Nice yellow color, good carbonation. It had a good crisp taste, although the ABV was quite prevalent. Could have used more hops. Overrall, a good beer.

Photo of mickeymac
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Lucky Baldwin's on the Pasadena pub crawl. Based on reviews, I'm assuming that this beer is better out of the keg than out of the bottle. It has a nice refreshing citrus smell with a hint of peach or apricot. The flavor is somewhat light for a tripel, but it's thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless. In addition to a flavor a little on the light side for the style, the mouthfeel was just slightly on the thin side. However, it's a very drinkable tripel. Overall, a very nice beer on tap.

Petrus Gouden Tripel from De Brabandere
84 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.