Cerberus Belgian Tripel | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

very good
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Cerberus Belgian TripelCerberus Belgian Tripel

Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer is made with one grain and 4 Belgian yeasts, a deceptive golden color, and a malty palate lend complexity to this Belgian Trippel Ale.

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Photo of Fitwitchik
4.97/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First time on tap @ TD October 2012. LOVED it as I am a huge trippel fan. Told it was not sold in bottles....yet. Found today at Whole Foods in C'bus Ohio. BAM!

Golden colour with a creamy head. Sediment particles sink float to the bottom of my

The fruity malted fragance tells me I am about to have a quality Belguim.

DANG! Bottled version does NOT lack. Forgot how much I enjoy this excellent trippel.

Balanced with carbonation & flavour. Feel like I just won the lottery with this lovely brew.

Thirsty Dog has created an outstanding trippel. Pass it on.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cerberus Belgian Tripel brewed by Thirsty Dog Brewing Company, with an ABV of 10.00% This brew pours out a cloudy amber color with a nice white head. The head to this brew sticks around for awhile. Cerberus Belgian Tripel is an unfiltered brew you can not see though it. Now I'm not saying that is a bad thing . The smell is rich with citrus, grains, and malts. There are some nice hop smells in this brew. You will also pick up on a nice sweetness in the smell of this brew. It puts you in the mind set of fruits not citrus but very tropical. The taste is bold with flavors. There is a lot going on in this brew. Also a nice amount of lacing to this brew. First you pick up on the smooth, bold citrus, and the fruit sweetness. Then the smoothness of grains and malts. There is also some nice hop notes in the taste of this brew. Cerberus Belgian Tripel is a well balanced brew, nothing overpowering about this brew at all. For being this complex , this brew goes down smooth. It is really hard to pick up on the 10.00% ABV in this brew. Everything thing about this brew is good. There is no bad aftertaste. Just smooth fruity goodness. The mouth feel of Cerberus Belgian Tripel is Bold, Rich, Citrus, Fruity, and Refreshing. I really like how this brew is kinda different from most brews on the market. Thirsty Dog Brewing Company did a real nice job with this brew. Overall I'm giving Cerberus Belgian Tripel a 4.75 out of 5. I would highly recommend this brew, I would also buy this brew again.

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Photo of Brent
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thirsty Dog is not a brewery that I would normally associate with Belgian styles, but they hit the nail on the head with this beer - Fluffy, a touch fizzy with ample malt tinged with Red Delicious apple notes. Yeast and candy sugar waft in the wake. Cleans up nicely at the finish. Overall, a well-executed beer.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is cloudy orange, with a thin, creamy head that lasts. The lacing sparkles with carbonation, and lasts the whole beer.

Nose is malty, floral, and citrus.

Taste is nutty vanilla, sweet malt, mild sourness, and orange cream.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, with medium carbonation, and mild astringency.

Overall, a very good trippel.

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Photo of RedKing
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bit more substantial than most Tripels I've had, with less effervesence and brightness, and more prominent caramel notes. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but allows the caramel to settle on the tongue nicely.

An excellent beer all around.

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Photo of adamette
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought as a part of a four pack at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio a few weeks ago (the price eludes me now) into my gold rimmed Gulden Draak tulip glass. Bottle has gold foil covering the cap. I have previously had the tap version and I was very impressed by it. I have to say that I love the beer name, the three headed dog from Greek mythology.

A Hazy golden yellow body with visible yeast sediment floating about under a brief, creamy white head that dissipated within a few minutes to a ring around the top of the beer. Nice lacing on the inside of the glass as I sipped. 4.5

S Belgian malt and yeast smells with a faint spicy, clove smell as well. The smell of this beer is a bit more "earthy" than the Stoudt's Tripel that I just smelled, tasted and rated. There may even be some banana qualities to the smell as well. Interesting, inviting, excellent. 4.5

T Yep, there is the great Belgian malt, some yeast, some clove bitterweet notes in a mature bouquet of tripel goodness. This is an ultimately interesting beer with great depth and finely crafted. 4.5

M This is a big beer with the clove like sweetness, reasonably high ABV and the yeast tastes as well. 4.0

D Good for the style but this style should not be particularly drinkable. 4.0

Notes: This is a tripel made by people who understand and appreciate tripels. I am proud that Thirsty Dog is one of my local breweries, within about 50 miles of my home.

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Photo of aleckpa
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at Vintage 301 in Greensboro, NC from a goblet.

A: Half a finger of slightly off white head. Orange-ish color. Lace of head lasts throughout.

S: Orange spices, hint of alcohol

T: Fruity taste, but not sweet. Alcohol hits your tongue right away, but it is not overpowering.

M: Low carbonation

D: Drinkable beer, despite high alcohol content. However, the alcohol is noticeable, so you have to drink this slow.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orangish color with a decent amount of creamy white head that remains throughout the beer.

The scent is of lemon, yeast, and sweet fruits.

The taste is of yeast, citrus, lemon, some sweet fruit, yeast, light alcohol presence.

Medium body, creamy and smooth, moderate carbonation.

This was a very good tripel, lots of flavor in this and the alcohol is almost nonexistent. I would look for this again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Juicy apricot with an impressive amount of swirling yeast that are mostly fine, with a few slightly larger chunks. The bone colored crown isn't anywhere close to Belgianesque, but it doesn't look bad at all once it starts to melt. The beer itself looks good enough for the above score to be granted.

The nose is actually a pretty fair approximation of a Belgian tripel. That's amazing since, to my knowledge, Thirsty Dog hasn't attempted to brew Belgian-style beer prior to this one. The usual golden fruit and spice is present and accounted for. Especially spice.

Even though Cerberus can't compete with the world's best, it's a delicious and drinkable surprise that does just about everything right. That's far from a given when it comes to American brewers who, understandably, concentrate primarily on American-style beer. Kudos to the boys from the Rubber City.

Flavors include plenty of pear and apple, a mead-like honey character, and a wonderfully estery yeastiness that adds hints of banana and more than hints of clove to the mix. I'm not sure that four different Belgian yeast strains were needed, but then I'm no brewer. The alcohol is buried as completely as one can reasonably expect 10.0% to be buried.

The mouthfeel is closer to American big beer wonderful than Belgian big beer wonderful. Either end of that spectrum is a major win. It leans toward firm rather than lush, with carbonation that has just the right amount of bite. This Hell Hound is anything but toothless.

Cerberus Belgian Style Trippel Ale is the biggest surprise of the past several months. Who knew that brewers from Akron, OH could do the tripel style loud and proud? Here's hoping that this delectable ale continues to be found on beer store shelves in the Buckeye State. If most beer geeks were blinded, and were told that this brew came from some artisanal brasserie in the Belgian countryside, there's no question that it would be getting more love.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. The typical spiciness and bitterness that I find come with a lot of tripels isn't there and is instead sweet and very nice on the nose. This is a strong showing.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Again I find myself trying something on a whim, and really striking gold.

A: deep gold/pale amber; slightly hazy; thin head from slow pour; not much lacing

S: sweet; some fruit and spice

T: delish! nice malt, hop, and yeast medley; some sweetness - like from pale fruits and citrus fruits; some spice

M: medium-bodied, fizzy, great finish = great drinkability

O: A great example of how a tripel naturally has some commonalities with a strong pale Belgian; this beer strikes keen balance between sweet and bitter, with a slightly dry edge like strong pale Belgian ale, but a softness more common to a tripel

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Photo of sitarist
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with an orange hue. there is about a fingers worth of white head that falls quickly to a ring, and a small island that leaves spots of lacing.

I smell spice (coriander?), powdered sugar, and dried fruits (apples, pears, passion fruit, papaya),. Its not overly complex, but it has me at a loss for words. Something reminds me of trail mix, and Mexican food!

Like the nose, I'm at a loss for words to describe this beast. It reminds me of glazed pork/ham. It is sweet at first, then pepper, herbs, and spices finish it out.

Medium to full bodied with little carbonation present. It is dry with a slight peppery bite.

Very drinkable, anyone who likes Tripels, or Belgians should try this if they can find it.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass

A- Poured a slightly hazy bright amber orange color that left a small ring of lace that stuck around for a while.

S- Lemon, pepper, bubblegum, yeast, citrus, and coriander. Really nice complex bouquet of aromas

T- Pepper, lemon, bubblegum, citrus, tropical fruit, and quite a bit of the alcohol on the finish

M- Lots of alcohol warming, with good carbonation for a 10% beer.

O- A really nice tripel with lots of different spice, fruit, and yeast notes that balance each other really well. I don't like boozy beers and while the alcohol presence is apparent in the warming and flavor, this beer drinks pretty easy. Not a boozy beer at all for 10%.

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been a long timer since I've had a tripel, so here goes...

Poured from bottle into Ommegang chalice. Nice cloudy golden color; the head is a bit thin for the style, but does leave nice lacing.

Fruity and a bit boozy in the nose. Flavors of dried apricots, golden raisins, a bit medicinal. Finishes with a sharp tang and a bit of boozy bite (which is about the only hint you get of the 10% alcohol)

Solid effort. I look forward to enjoying the others in the 4 pack that sit in my cellar.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #36 (Jan 2010):

While the head might fall short, the lacing does leave some rings behind; light haze within the golden color. Faint lemon candy, taffy, ripe papaya, shortbread and peppery alcohol in the nose. Lemony and medicinal flavors start it off, and peppery alcohol rounds it out with some sweet but vague tropical fruit. Grainy; dry maltiness mixes well with the nutty yeast component. Warming alcohol never gives a feeling, even on the breath. Maltiness and an herbal flavor make up for a very pleasing aftertaste.

Perhaps not as refined or polished, but brimming with flavor. The complexities hit all the right spots for the style.

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Photo of weeare138
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for the opportunity...
Appears a light transparent gold with a 3 finger, fluffy white cap that retains well before dropping into a gentle cap and collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left all around the glass.
Smell is of candy sugar, spices, citrus, black peppercorn, tropical fruit salad with banana slices, and just a wee touch of green apple hidden in the background.
Taste is nice. The tropical fruit, sugary malt, and spiciness of the flavors meld together beautifully.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, sugary,warming, with a syrupy slickness found midway through the swallow. This one will creep up. The abv seems dangerously hidden in this one.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Dark gold / orange color. Smell is peaches, apples, light oranges, and peppery spices. Taste is a sugary sweet combination of apples, peaches, and other fruits. Alcohol is barely noticeable with excellent drinkability.

This is much more than I expected. I enjoyed this one a lot.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got a four pack of Cerberus a couple weeks ago for $11.99 at The Lager Mill. For some reason when I first saw this beer I thought it was Belgian but after further inspection I see it is from Thirsty Dog in Ohio, I liked Siberian Night so I figured it was worth a try, plus a Tripel sounds pretty good right now. Poured from a brown 12oz foiled bottle into a goblet.

A- I like the label on this beer a lot, it kinda has a traditional Belgian look to it, maybe it is the foiled cap and the evil looking dogs look cool. It poured a nice golden honey orange color with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy smooth white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed the rest of the time and it also left lots of nice lacing. This beer looks damn good poured into my goblet.

S- The aroma pretty much consists of three different things, sweet pale malts, lots of nice fruity esters, like some bananas and green apples, and that typical spicy Belgian yeast with cloves sticking out the most. There was a little aroma of booze but it wasn't that noticeable.

T- The taste follows the nose nicely and is pretty similar. The taste is overall pretty fruity, with banana, green apples, and orange peels sticking out the most. The pale malts are nice and sweet just like they should be for this style. I pick up a good amount of candied sugar along with all those typical spices that you get from the Belgian yeast. The finish was slightly bitter with some grassy and earthy hops, and a little bit of warming alcohol that lets you know this is a bigger beer.

M- Smooth, medium bodied and it had just the right amount of carbonation. It had a semi dry finish that I thought could be a lot more dryer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good Tripel that was super flavorful while still being very complex, just like this style should be. Pretty much everything about this beer was spot on for it's style and it does a great job at representing Belgian Style Tripels, probably the best American Tripel I have had to date. What I liked most about this beer was it's appearance. balance and complexity, it seemed like the flavors were bolder then most trappist Tripels. The only thing I would change about this beer is to give it a little dryer finish. At around three dollars a bottle this is a great alternative to the smaller and traditional Tripels from Belgian and I could see myself buying this more often. If you like Tripels or Belgians in general, you should give this beer a try, it represents it style nicely and shows that even in Ohio there are good local Tripels that can hold their own. So far I am really digging Thirsty Dog, I may have to try some of their six packs to get a feel for their year lineup.

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Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smell: Apples, sweet-tarts, pears, sour smelling. Bananas. No booze at all. Complex, but not dainty, I feel a punch in the face coming . . .

Tastes: Bananas/banana bread. Funky, funky, yeast. Lemons. Sticky. Sour/tart fruits. So complex for something so rich and cloying. Not a lot of alcohol warmth.

Damn. Tripels.

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Photo of hopdog
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler acquired in trade with Beerman6686 (Growler Swap) - thanks!

Poured a medium and slightly hazy golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of bananas, fruitiness, some yeast, and spices. Tastes of bananas, the same overall fruitiness (apples), spices, and some candi sugar sweetness. Alcohol content hidden. A solid, American made, Tripel.

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Photo of thadbme
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a honey blond with little head and a medium amount of carbonation is present. The Beer is cloudy and not see through. Looks to be golden in the light. After pouring a few minutes after the carbonation is still there.

S: You can definately smell the hops of and the wheat in this guy. It has that typical triple ale smell, but not overpowering, and no indication of alcohol either negative or positive.

T: The wheat is there up front, and the yeast in this is evident. Has some complicated flavors going on in there. Several sips into it and tasting something a little bit different with every sip. Its obvious that this is a higher gravity beer, but no indication that its up to a 10%. This is a good tasting tripel, but nothing that I can tell that makes it stand out from the pack.

M: Medium body, slightly boozy, medium carbonation, and "hoppy".

O: This was a cheaper tripel, and something that I would definately drink. I like this style a lot, and this is one in the crowd. I wouldn't put it at the head of the pack, but I'd say its not in the middle either. Above average.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet.

Pours a hazy gold with a thin head that drops quickly to barely a wisp.

Aromas of bubblegum, sweet malt. No hop aroma.

First sip is of tobacco, hard candy, a little sweet on the finish, and a tad dry. Some alcohol warming, not quite a burn, but almost there.

Mouthfeel is full, but not heavy or cloying. A little bitter dryness and alcohol bite. Good balance on carbonation, not too prickly.

Very drinkable beer. Not a session beer by any means, but very good.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big apricot, peach, pear, apple, orange peel, honey, candi sugar, bread, clove, light pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big apricot, peach, pear, apple, orange peel, honey, bread, candi sugar, clove, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of apricot, peach, pear, apple, orange, honey, bread, candi sugar, clove, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent tripel style! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast ester and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip.
Thanks to Hopswagger for this one!

A - Pours a dark amber with a chilled haze. The foam settles into a thin cap with little to no lacing.

S - Potent fruit bread, pungent fruity alcohol, spicy yeast, cherries, over ripe pears, gala apples, peach cobbler, a twist of citrus, almond extract, sweet and bready pale and caramel malts, phenolic a are low with hard candy sweetness coming out as it warms.

T - Thick sweet malts start things off with a backing of Marciano cherries, pears, green figs, stone fruit (mainly peaches), apples, and some orange citrus. Sweet honey bread, caramel malt, faint grassy and citrus hops lingering in the background adding light bitterness.

M - Ultra creamy and smooth feel, full bodied, great carbonation, sweet and sticky.

This is a knockout American made Tripel. One if the better ones I've had from the states. It doesn't have the typical deep Belgian yeast profile as the ones from Belgium but everything in this beer works together for the greater good. A must try.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Clear orange until I got to the yeast, then moderately hazed orange amber color. Yeast particulates at bottom of glass. Just one finger of frothy off-white head. Retention is lacking, but a good sized ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Wonderfully spicy with white pepper, clove, and hints of corriander. Mildly yeasty. Flowery hops with a touch of herbalness in there as well. Somewhat sugary with peach, pear, and apple fruitiness. Very well done.

4.0 T: Tastes like the nose, but perhaps a bit less impressive. Peppery with lesser clove and corriander from the yeast with a moderate yeastiness. Flowery and sugary with hay like earthiness joining the scene. Peach, pear, and apple fruitiness again. Booze well in check.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good carbonation level and while it is somewhat spritzy, it isn't spritzy enough. Good creaminess though.

4.0 D: Tasty beer. I only wonder if I'm rating this higher than I should since I haven't had a decent tripel in ages.

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Cerberus Belgian Tripel from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 293 ratings.
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