Cerberus Belgian Tripel | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

very good
295 Ratings
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.

Added by Dogbrick on 04-01-2008

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2.58/5  rDev -32.5%
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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2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
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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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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2.78/5  rDev -27.2%
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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2.78/5  rDev -27.2%
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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2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
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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2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
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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2.96/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%
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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3/5  rDev -21.5%
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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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
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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3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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