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Petrus Gouden Tripel - De Brabandere

Petrus Gouden TripelPetrus Gouden Tripel

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326 Ratings
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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.24%

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Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of DovaliHops


3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork lets off a huge pop! Pours a somewhat clear golden color with a HUGE white head. Smell is somewhat funky with a big floral nose. Some lemon zest as well. Taste is just like the smell. Very florally with lots of lemon and spice. I remember having this a while back and it being a little sour...this one is not sour at all though. Slightly funky aftertaste with crisp bitterness. Mouthfeel is VERY carbonated and dry. Good for this particular style. Drinkability is fairly high.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 05:58:51 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of hdofu


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

Opening the bottle is like opening champagne, it blows up before you can even set the cap down. Smell is like a sweet cider and cheeses, though not as cheesey as the dubbel but it still has hints of the cheese. The taste is like apple pie with a mild cheddar with a malty bitter finish. Color is gold with a thick foamy head. Its definitely an experience to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 03:44:39 | More by hdofu
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

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

Explodes out of bottle (and is difficult to control with the foam everywhere, what's left is quite drinkable) with a five+ finger white head that fades slowly, leaving some lace. Hazy light amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light bread, orange and hint of yeast nose. Flavor is caramel, bread and tart orange. $4.15 for a 330ml bottle (#39660) from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 23:42:14 | More by jdhilt
Photo of bskrtz


4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served cold in glass beer challis

A) Bronze summer straw hay, hazy & thick with abundant suspended carbonation and yeast. Fluffy white head settles but leaves a smooth white layer

S) Citrus juice, esthers, baked bread. Muted sour mash

T) Sweet candy sugar, bananas, orange, caramel malt. Very refreshing & crisp. Alcohol is mild but you'll know its there soon enough

M) Wonderful effervescent bottle conditioned carbonation. Lasts and lasts. Very smooth.

D) I really enjoyed this well crafted, refreshing triple.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 00:25:43 | More by bskrtz
Photo of womencantsail


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

A: The pour is a lightly hazed straw color with a fairly impressive white head that settles down to about a finger tall layer.

S: Quite a bit of citrus notes, which is a bit odd for a tripel, sweet bread and some hints of sugar. A fairly dry crispness to the nose, also out of the ordinary, but enjoyable.

T: Not nearly as spice and sugar forward as many tripels, but I like that. Some hints of apple and banana, along with a bit of sugar, but still fairly dry. A really crisp, clean flavor.

M: The body is medium with a high level of carbonation.

D: A little different than most other tripels I've come across, but it works quite well (I think). I would have this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 18:44:58 | More by womencantsail
Photo of metter98

New York

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured cloudy and light golden yellow in color with a huge three finger high head that has good retention properties and took a long time to die down, never completely fading away. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible along with yeast particles floating in suspension.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of apples, bananas, candi sugar and spices in the nose.
T: The taste isn't that complex and has flavors very similar to the smell along with some malty sweetness. There is a very mild amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with lots of carbonation.
D: The beer was relatively easy to drink and any traces of alcohol were very well hidden. I could easily have more than one of these in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 23:29:14 | More by metter98
Photo of webbcreative


3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured hazy light golden color with huge white head.

Smell is more like a cider, pretty sour, not like a Triple at all.

Taste, same as the nose, some sour apple flavor. Pretty yeasty as well, pretty funky actually. You can tell its Belgian, but I would not have guessed it to be a Triple. It just doesn't have that clean, sweet taste I usually associate with a triple. Not getting any noticeable bitterness either.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

Overall im pretty disappointed in this beer, I had high hopes for this beer and was let down. I would much rather be drinking a Chimay Blue for the same price...

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 04:10:02 | More by webbcreative
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a brobdingnagian head in the tulip (and the bottle spews foam as well); a few streaks of lace

Smell: Bready and yeasty, with a hint of apple skin; smells more like a Belgian Pale than a Tripel

Taste: Opens bready with a developing yeast, apple and melon character but only a hint of the candi sugared sweetness I would have expected; after the swallow, the flavor moves in a slightly tart direction, though the finish is rather like the opening

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation; just a hint of warmth

Drinkability: Easy to drink and rather enjoyable; just not what I would be looking for in a Tripel

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 00:42:34 | More by brentk56
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"The Key to Heaven" claims the bottle. Can't argue with that, I made the purchase.

Appearance: Poured from a 330ml bottle into a chalice. A murky dirty blonde beer with some tightly beaded bubbles forming the head.

Smell: Sweet yeast, fruity, musty.

Taste: Upfront, almost cheesey hops add a bit of bitterness, coupled with some green apple tartness and citrus qualities. The sour granny smith apple flavor is there the whole time and is quite nice. The hops have died down to a mellow, leafy bitterness. Overall, a pretty authentic tripel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, biting, semi-dry.

Drinkability: A classic tripel with a moderate strength. Would pair well with a wide array of cuisine.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 02:59:01 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of BARFLYB


3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into a nice sized tulip glass after a long week at work. I've been passing this by on the shelves for years now.

Sunglow golden with some tannish orange highlights around the edge. Being a Belgian, I poured this with ease, I've wasted enough De Dolle to last a lifetime. Towards the bottom of the tulip, an active mix of liquid and suds that shoot to the brim and over some leaving loose lace.

Smells like a fruity ass triple from Belgium, it's not rocket science. The fruits leap out the basket with lightly sugar coated apples with the skins and pear slices. This is pretty much the norm for Belgian triples. A small amount of big league chew. A bit of melted banana and bready yeast. A good smell, not the greatest, cough, mad bitch,cough.

Tastes like a fruity ass triple from Belgium, it's not rocket science. The yeast comes through a bit more to even the playing field but the apple is just huge in this, no way around it. More fruity esters and not a big alcohol taste towards the end. Seeing this is only about 7.5% (a little low for a triple) I can see why it's not part of the spectrum. A little lemon with more yeast in the end finale.

Im feeling that the feel on this triple could use a boost in a few departments. First off, it's a tad to thin, this feels borderline medium. The big fault(IMO) is the lack of carbonation. Im used to lively ass Triples that kind of leave a bite on the tounge, this kinda sorta dwindles down, especially as it warms. The good thing, there's no alcohol, although Im thinking this a purposely brewed to be lighter than most.

This is a pretty good example of a triple, it's very authentic and true to it's country, but there is alot of competition for this style from waffle land. I would go for many over this one in a heartbeat. Very drinkable while being kinda forgetable. I just wish I could find some Petrus products on taps around town, i feel this could benefit from it.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 00:43:50 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of blackie


3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: snifter serving, big white head with great retention, golden amber in color

s: lots of white wine grapes and some green apple, crisp and wheaty, moderate yeast influence, flaky white bread

m: fully carbonated - too much so until enough comes out of solution to smooth things out a bit, lighter in body

t: green apple and white grape, acidic touch, subtle pale malts

d: just fine

single from Whole Foods, Fair Lakes, VA

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 03:29:45 | More by blackie
Photo of meeekyh


3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz bottle poured into a Fin Du Monde tulip glass reveals a clearish golden ale with miles of white head. Very nice looking beer and moderate lacing.

I tend to serve my beers cold and enjoy them as they warm, layers of complexity opening up as a flower from a bud. This one starts out tangy and not much more. Warmth reveals berry smells and some yeastiness.

The taste is sweet, tangy and slightly nutty. Good but not stunning.

Mouthfeel is carbonation galore and medium body with a slightly sweet finish. I like it.

Drinkability is fine but I have had more drinkability trips.

I would classify this one as good but not great.


Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 02:50:45 | More by meeekyh
Photo of HalfFull


2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a wine glass from a 330 ml. bottle. After the Dubbel I figured I'd have said glass at the ready. Fail! A complete gusher of foam immediately billows out of the bottle. I think I'm down to about 7 ounces now, if that. Settles to a hazy yeast infused yellow with a brownish tint. Soapy inch of foam settles slowly.

Rich spicy nose yet without the clean fruity notes I would expect. Decent yeast presence.

Taste is of sweet grainy toast with a bit of spice on the finish. Very coarse for a Tripel. Sweetness is likely more notable than it might otherwise be given the carbonation issues, but alas, it is what it is in this glass and the feel is thin and watery as a result. Average drinkability as the sweetness masks the alcohol well but offers little nuance. 0 for 3 from Petrus so far.

39660 code....

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 07:53:58 | More by HalfFull
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle marked 39618. Sampled on February 13, 2010. It pours a hazy pale yellow with average clarity for an unfiltered ale and a lot of fizzy off-white head up top. The aroma is a nice balance of wheat, yeast, and citrus. The mouthfeel is in the medium range. The taste is full of unfiltered wheat, orange, or oither citrus with a light hoppy background. I thought it was fairly nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 23:11:05 | More by puboflyons
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle tried 23 Jun 2009.

Poured in a 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter. Loud 'pop' upon uncorking. Very large, swiss cheesy, foamy white head. Slightly hazy bright golden yellow color. Well carbonated. Yeasty, appley, lemony aroma. Tastes a bit clovey to start, some cidery sweetness throughout. Medium body. A dry champagne like finish. Ethanol warming in finish. Aftertaste is crisp, somewhat bitter.

Easy to drink, nice aroma, a little light in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 19:39:30 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of adamette


3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle that I bought as a single for $4.35 at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio last week into my Petrus very tall goblet that probably would hold 16 ounces. I got it free in the Petrus Winterbier gift pack about 2 years ago. "Best by" date of 31/07/11.

A This was a huuuge gusher! I cracked the cap off and it all started pouring out in an off white foam flood, leaving about 8 ounces left in the glass after I moved the glass over the sink to keep the beer from getting everywhere on the counter. After that the head pretty well dissapeared down to a single circle around the top of the beer and the body is a medium yellow with brown tinges which is translucent but a little bit cloudy. I think that the look was seriously negatively affected by the major gush that I was greeted with but the beer is plenty fresh so I will score it on what I saw. 2.5

S Some sweet barley malt which is more grainy than most tripels I have experienced. I do not pick up many of the pleasing spices and citrus smells that I find so pleasing in other tripels. Again, all of this could have been affected by the gush. 2.5

T Despite the lack of promise from the look and smell this winds up being a nice tasting tripel with plenty of sweet malt and even some of the citrus tastes that I did not pick up in the smell. I still wonder if that gush somehow affected the taste. 4.0

M Moderate carbonation dances the beer across my tongue and there is a touch of honey stickiness but it is less than many other tripels that I have had. Yet again, the feel may have been negatively affected by the "gush." 2.5

D Good despite "the gush" and all of its possible affects on this beer, I finished what was left in my glass without hesitation. 4.0

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 05:39:24 | More by adamette
Photo of whtguitarguy


4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a cloudy yellow color, with a decent head, but it goes away about half way through the drink. Has kind of a barley character to it, that leafy, grainy kind of taste characteristic of barley. No heavy alcoholic taste, and rather smooth. Leaves kind of a bubbly feeling in the back of the throat.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 02:53:58 | More by whtguitarguy
Photo of prattmeister14

New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As I make my way through the Belgians (I have a ways to go) I've found my favorites to be the Tripel and the Quad, so I picked this bottle up to give it a try.

St. Petrus is a Belgian Tripel from Belgium, but North American brewers have brewed better (Allagash Tripel, La Fin Du Monde).

The low alcohol content and the watery taste lead to me describe this beer as a "Tripel Lite". Its also a bit too sour and unimpressive in both smell and mouthfeel.

Its endlessly drinkable which is not a characteristic I look for in a Tripel but may be a good intro to Belgians. However there are better examples of the style out there for cheaper.

I'll won't pick up this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 02:39:20 | More by prattmeister14
Photo of Spineypanda


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

Has a nice golden somewhat cloudy appearance, and a delicious yeasty smell.
Head is nice and large and resides for some time without actually ever going away.
Tastes very nice and refreshing, not like most tripels I have had in the past. It lacks the extreme ester taste and smell but has that nice taste that usually resides on the palate afterwards.

A delicious and refreshing tripel.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 03:38:31 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of MisterClean


4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 from total wine i think

A - Poured light golden with a fist of fluffy white head. Took forever and a day to dissipate. Beer was semi-cloudy and had nice lacing.

S - Honey, tangy citrus hops, candi sugar, and light alcohol. Bready too.

T - Bready, citrus hops, spicy hops, slight alcohol and candi sugars.

M - Medium to full bodied, well-balanced, with a finish of spicy hops gives this triple a bold finish.

D - Fairly complex, a good beer overall. Almost trappiste-esque.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 03:33:43 | More by MisterClean
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 33cl bottle (Gouden Tripel), best before 7t/12/09 drank and reviewed just before this site started to shed reviews (twice in the case of this beer).

I thought this beer was Mr Average in all aspects, because the original review and my second attempt have both been lost this is just an overview. I know the scores were all 3's, but the reasons have been lost 'in the sands of time'.

If I ever see another one I'll re-review the beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 17:29:08 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of DawnL

New York

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden color with fluffy white head that is about two fingers high when poured into a Chimay goblet and lasts and lasts and lasts.

Slight yeasty funk and bread notes on the nose. There is a little peach-apricot nuance as well.

Yeasty dough with subtle spicing of cloves on the palate. A slight metallic characteristic. Very light in flavor for a tripel. The 7.5% abv barely shows. This beer drinks like a session ale.

This is an excellent, easy-drinking brew with a great mouthfeel, lively carbonation and is very refreshing.

I would purchase this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 14:11:05 | More by DawnL
Photo of Tolnik


3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When pouring this beer the live yeast was abundant for me. As it took me three attempts to pour out all of the beer.

However on that note this beer smells amazing. That of sweet hops, floweral tones and slight coriander. The taste of this beer is deep floweral and slight hops. The malt within it gives a bit of a biting edge. The aftertaste on the mouth is a sweetness. Overall a great beer to have with by itself or with dinner.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 02:07:15 | More by Tolnik
Photo of drpimento


3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

mmmm mm mmm. Happy beer! Poured with a big, frothy if a bit soap bubbly, fragrant, yeasty aroma. Delightful. Lots of flavor, but not too much. good balance. Bittersweet; more bitter than sweet. Champagney. Great body. Excellent finish. Including its strength, still almost a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 04:37:27 | More by drpimento
Photo of zeff80


3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This one foamed over when I popped the cap. It poured out a cloudy, pale gold color with a four-finger, white, very bubbly head of foam. It left a little patchy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of yeast, spices, clove and a little bit of fruit.

T - It tasted very fruity and somewhat yeasty. It had a slightly soapy and acidic taste.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light-bodied Belgian ale.

D - This is an okay tripel. There are certainly better ones out there, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 00:48:48 | More by zeff80
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