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Cerberus Belgian Tripel | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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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 AwYeh
2.57/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: Slightly hazy golden amber; one finger white head which dissipates quickly.

S: Fresh banana, coriander, orange peel, flowers, and Belgian yeast.

T: Spicy and peppery at first- more coriander and a bit of pepper. Fruity sweet and toffee/caramel malts begin coming out as the beer warms, as does the alcohol. Unfortunately with this beer the alcohol doesn't stop coming out until the beer is at room temperature and almost completely hiding the other flavors.

M: Thin-medium body, medium carbonation, smooth. A bit of an alcohol burn.

D: Very low due to the alcohol flavor; unlike bourbon, for example, the other flavors of this beer could not stand up to the alcohol, making it a very unpleasant, lengthy drink.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.58/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, golden-colored body with a medium-small, fleeting, white head. Nil lacing.

Smell: Yields a somewhat sugary nose, but also an aroma of fruit cocktail, with alcohol replacing the precious juices with which it usually packed.

Taste: Simple, modest malted grains glazed in simple syrup. A little bubblegum, a bit more sugar advancing, then, some fruitiness of strawberry, peach, and melon juice. A couple whole buds of clove. If it stopped there, I'd be content, but it has a real sharp sting from the alcohol, with a touch of acetone to it, leaving a lingering singe in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: Hot, but not in a good way. It's harshness and brash character overrides any goodness. This is unfortunate. Instead of a bottle capped with gold foil, it deserves to be sheathed in a brown paper bag.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
2.73/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed in a chalice

A: pours a very hazy and muddled orange color with a very very thin layer of white lacing with fine bubbles that dissipates almost immediately, leaves
S: tart and a for some reason lime comes to mind
T: interesting taste, definitely has citrus tastes but also some tartness and a bit of funk, finishes with a definite alcohol tinge, leaves a kind of nasty vodka like taste on the palate
M: medium carbonation, drinks a bit thick, alcohol burn hits midsip and lingers through to the end
O: not impressed in the least bit, alcohol is not masked taste really doesn't seem to align with the style well at all

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Photo of hustlesworth
2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

had on tap at winking lizard in canton

A- almost clear bright golden with a frothy white head that settles to a thin soapy ring and what appear to be swirls of alcohol? looks treacherous.

S- initially spicy, clove, allspice, white pepper, nutmeg then floral and bubblegum the more i sniff. hrm. some banana, pale malt, and creamy fruits, but most of all is alcohol.

T- tastes exactly like juicy fruit gum. fruitier and more floral than the aroma, with notes of banana, apple, pear, and white grape. alcohol is intense and this is the booziest beer i've ever tasted. lacks the refined sophistication of a well made belgian. this one tastes raw and rough and it burns goin down like a shot of vodka, seriously.

MF- the alcohol stings my mouth like 100 proof vodka. tight prickly carbonation stings too. very alcoholic and very dried out. medium light body has a candy sugar sticky feeling to it.

D- no noo nooo danger. seemed way stronger than it was intended to be. perhaps a bad batch, bad keg, or all the alcohol got concentrated in my glass, since i could literally see it suspended in the beer, it was like drinking a glass full of whiskey. and i felt it too.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Pours a pretty much clear, bright gold color with frothy white head. After a few minutes the head settles down into a thin ring.

S- Taste is a bit spicy, clove, peppery, and floral. A bit of alcohol here and then the Belgian yeasts start kicking in.

T- Follows the nose really well. Picking up more fruit than I expected. Right at the swallow I get two huge things one the Belgian yeast and quite a bit of alcohol.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and a touch on the high side in carbonation.

D- I'm not a huge fan of the Belgians as it is. The yeasty taste just kind of turns me off, but if you want a little juiced up one give this one a shot.

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Photo of n2185
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear, yellow-gold with a finger of white head that recedes into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: Some slight clove and spice notes up front followed by loads and loads of bananas and bubblegum. Slight bitter yeast and bready aromas on the finish.

T: Sweet, thick honey and cloves at first followed by some bananas and bubblegum. Bitter yeast and bread flavors on the finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is pretty thick and sweet instead of being light and crisp.

O: Yet another mediocre American tripel. Thick and sweet with loads of bubblegum/banana aromas and flavors where it should be light and crisp with light fruit flavors.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On draft at Bocktown awhile back, appears a clear golden honey tone with nice white foam action not super thick, leaves behind fine even lacing streaks. Aroma offers pineapple, citrus sweet hony and simple syrup notes with mild spicy yeast complexities flowing. Flavor wise I was catching too much perfume like qualities from the yeast and spice additions. Throw in the fact that the finish tasted like alcohol soaked tropical fruit didn't do it for me the harsh alcohol tasted like someone's uncle wanted to inject to watermelon with grain alcohol at the family reunion. Mouthfeel is medium bodied stick and somewhat cloying at times due to both texture and everlasting spice additions that leave their mark on my palate. Drinkability is okay, but this isn't a version I would push on you if your picky about your tripel. Because it has way too much unrefined brashness to compare with most Belgian versions.

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Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Cerberus Belgian Style Trippel [sic] Ale."

Aroma is bready, Belgian, and boozy. with raw notes of fruit. Seems too sweet.

Taste matches the aroma, but it isn't as problematically boozy as many American attempts at Belgian style tripel beers. Dreadfully simple and shallow, though. Green apple. A hint of pear.

Smooth, wet, medium to full-bodied, over-carbonated. Not oily, gushed, hot, or astringent. Too thick and filling for its lack of flavour.

A bit more difficult to drink than it should be given its booziness. I adore some of Thirsty Dog's beers; this is not one of them.

High C (3.00) / AVERAGE

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Photo of RedHaze
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From notes 15 Dec 09

12oz bottle poured into Duvel tulp.

Pours a clear golden color with a thin 1/4 inch head that fades quickly to a sparse cap. Almost no lacing to speak of.

Smell; holy sweetness Batman! Almost straight candi sugar sweetness and alcohol in the aroma, with a little tropical fruits. Oranges, mangoes and maybe some pineapple if I concentrate hard enough. It's a little ahrd to get passed the sweetness.

Taste; as with the smell, very sweet, almost to the point of being undrinakble for me. Sugary, mildly citric, fruits. No dryness at all like I like in a Tripel. Grainy, and alcoholic.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability; the mouthfeel may be the best thing going on with this beer. Full bodied, and close to syrupy in feel, with a very low carbonation. Drinakbilty is on the lower side for me with the sugary sweetness.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz btl poured into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a lovely straw color. A little more pale than I expected. About 2 fingers of pure white head. The initial head and the retained head were not to the standards set by some of the classic beers of this Belgian style. Lace does cling nicely to the glass.

S: First thing I noticed when I cracked the bottle was a bit of funk. After pouring, I picked up a little bit of nondescript floral aromas. Faint hop scent. After warming a little, I'm actually detecting negative alcoholic notes...paint thinner.

T: After noticing it in the smell, I'm now picking up some unpleasant acetic flavors. It's not enough to make this beer unenjoyable, but it does seem out of place. Otherwise there are nice, delicate grassy flavors and crisp pear notes.

M: Full. Carbonation is good, but not quite as tight or lasting as what you would find in a top flight tripel. Good mouthfeel overall.

D: Drinks light and crisp as a tripel should. Not as hot as you would expect from 10% abv, which is how a trippel should be. Loses points because of the acetate-like flavor/smell.

Outside of those from brewers that specialize(i.e. Allagash, Ommegang, etc.), I usually don't have high hopes for Belgian styles coming from American brewers. This is about what I expected. Thirsty Dog makes some really nice beers and Cerberus is decent. I think it just needs to be cleaned up a bit and it could great. I'll have to grab another btl of this sometime and give it another shot.

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Photo of OhioRay
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poored from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - A pretty, deep orange. Very hazy. Half a finger of head which fades quickly and no lacing.

S - Pears, oranges, a sweet maltyness. Definitely some alcohol present.

T - Very sweet. Tastes like sipping on a white wine. Grape, pear, apples, with an alcohol finish. Any bitterness that is present is overpowered by the sweetness.

M - Light bodied. Good carbonation.

O - Decent beer, not my favorite though. I prefer more of the bubblegummy yeast flavors in tripels as well as a dry, bitter finish. This is a bit too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark, hazy amber with a large, foamy, lumpy and creamy khaki head.

Spiced apple, pear pie with warming essences of clove and cinnamon all on the nose.

Hot booze with bready banana, and cinnamon and clove closely following in flavor. As it warms it begins verging into caramel, prune, aka barleywine territory.

Very spiced sweet, with high abv not intolerable but very present.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 6 Nov 2011. Served in the (512) One snifter.

Small white head. Medium carbonation. Cloudy dark gold in color. Aroma of apples, yeast and ethanol, touch of sugar. Lots of apple from beginning to end. Also yeast. Fairly warming, ethanol present throughout. Medium chewy body, lots of ethanol. Warming boozy finish.

Decent, but I'd take Fin du Monde anyday.

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Photo of brentk56
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber with a rocky whipped egg white head that leaves a smattering of lacing action

Smell: The fusel alcohol on the nose overwhelms the fruit (apple, pear and banana), bubblegum and candi sugar elements

Taste: Bubblegum and candi sugar join with the light fruit, up front, with the alcohol and an overripe banana character building by mid-palate; the sweet and fruit flavors meld together after the swallow, but continue to be subsumed by the alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; plenty of heat, particularly after the swallow

Overall: Although the flavor elements are appropriate for the style, the beer has its rough edges, with the heat and the plodding mouthfeel hindering its overall effect

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap 7/17/08 at Pitcher's Pub, in Cumberland, RI, served in a becker pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains Belgian yeast, light malts, spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with flavors of Belgian yeast, spices and a burst of alcohol. There's a little bit of fruit in the background and a decently hearty malt character. A decently strong hops bitterness creeps in and leaves a slightly bitter after-taste.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are definitely several others in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a tulip glass
Honey-gold in color, with a one-inch head of foam
Aroma-Spicy malt
Taste-More of the same: Malty spiciness, subtle Belgian qualities, warming finish.
Overall, a definite sipper, a bit unbalanced towards the malty side. O.K., but not great.

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Photo of output01x
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A strong pour results in a 1/2-finger white head that fades to nearly nothing in about 2 minutes. Retention is nearly non-existent as is lacing. The body is a gorgeous honey with sediment floating and bubbles rising. It almost looks like its own ecosystem.

Strong malt and floral hops presence in the nose. Yeasty clove is of course present along with honey and banana.

Orange, grains, sour apple, and an odd spiciness all collide with each sip, only to be succeeded by a nice alcohol warmth.

The body is medium with light carbonation.

Easily drinkable, but the alcohol warmth actually pushes me away from reaching for the glass.

Honestly, this beer is much better when you don't analyze it. Its many imperfections are easily overlooked when enjoying socially.

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Photo of gfreed
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The vanilla, oaky milkshake aroma was very attractive, as was the puffy, fluffy head. Beyond that... meh. There's a dry finish, thanks to the hoppy edge, some bubbles and a few lines of chest-beating text on the label. Beyond that, there's not much to recommend. Tasty enough for one try only.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Erin brought it back from Ohio.

Appearance: Orange with a little haze. White head, but not very good retention. Nice lacing though.

Smell: Lots of light fruity esters and big yeast aroma. Big ethanol and fusels. Very boozy, but not all bad.

Taste: Its pretty hot tasting, but has some good fruity and yeasty flavors, without getting too spicy phenolic.

Mouthfeel: I feel like its a little undercarbonated, but has a good smooth stickiness.

Overall: Its an OK tripel. Its a little hot, but it is 10%. Worth trying.

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Photo of avalon07
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a bright golden color and cloudy texture. There was a thin, foamy, white colored head that quickly dissipated. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A decent aroma of yeast, malt, and a bit of spices.

T: Tasted of yeast, with a strong malt component and a mild spiciness. Also had a weird, almost grassy tinge to it, which gave it a medicinal quality. Not the most pleasant of flavors and not really in keeping with the tripel style.

M: A good amount of carbonation, with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A wildly uneven beer. Not for everyone.

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Photo of alkemy
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange pour with a thin veil of white head. A bit of a medicinal odor. Clove, buttery citrus, and a slight touch of banana. Not the typical Belgian profile I'm used to. Not entirely bad, just scaled back. I prefer the banana, clove, bubblegum trio to be a little more pronounced. I did get the taste of bubblegum towards the back end, but there was just that buttery medicinal thing lingering over all other tastes. I will admit that the alcohol is very well hidden. This is a pretty easy drinker considering the ABV. It's pretty decent, but I expected better.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with about a half inch off-white head that didn't stay around for too long. Lacing is decent. The beer smells like peppery spice, yeast, peaches and citrus. However, the aroma is somewhat weak (but nice) so it's a bit hard to notice all the scents in this brew, I'm sure I missed some. Taste is similar to the aroma, the beer tastes like pepper, yeast, citrus, tropical fruit and a little bit of alcohol and cloves. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit syrupy and slick with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent. Overall I think this brew is OK, but there's really nothing that impressed me about it at all. But it's certainly worth a try.

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Photo of matty
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange colored beer with a rapidly fading head that stays at about half an inch.Aroma is belgian spices.Taste is dark fruits,sugar cane and spices.Overall a decent beer that hides the alcohol pretty well and goes down relatively smooth.I would recommend and purchase again.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear, bright, sparking gold capped with a bleach white head. Small head fades to a thin film leaving some lacing as it recedes.

S- Clove, banana, pepper, lots of Belgian yeast character. Also some fruits, apple, pear etc. Its pretty faint actually. Mostly just Belgian yeasty.

T- Quite spicy for a Trippel. Lots of clove, white pepper. Faint apple peal.

M- Medium body, sharp carbonation, dry. Pretty much what a Trippel should be like, its just missing some nice juiciness.

D- Solid offering from Thirsty Dog. Not one of the best Trippels though. I probably would try this again though.

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Photo of SaintBenedict
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with a gold foil cap, despite the poorly designed label.

Cerberus pours a slightly hazed amber-tinged golden color, with a fizzy, white head that quickly vanishes.

The nose is sweet and malty with faint Belgian yeast, a kiss of rock candi, a significant amount of sweet cookie-like malt, some ripe juicy berries, crisp orchard fruit (like green apple and pear), and a touch of anise and clove.

On the taste buds, Cerberus is sweet and malty, with tangy, peppery clove-like citrus spiciness. There's also a dash of dark berries for good measure, and more fresh tree fruit. Most surprising is the fair amount of bitterness that Cerberus offers. The tripel-style ale finishes tart and dry.

Medium-to-full-bodied with prickly carbonation, Cerberus is a solid tripel, though it may lack some of the bright fruitiness characteristic of Belgian models. The ale is rather malty, with a bitter dryness that strikes me as somewhat uncharacteristic of the style (though it never crosses over into Belgian IPA territory).

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