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 smakawhat
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Dull amber brown, and slightly rusted color with some fine carbonation. Head creation is minimal, maybe half a finger and that's stretching it, with a tan light appearance. Settles to a good collar, which manages to get repopulated.

Big amounts of fruity esters on the nose with this. Sweet honey and fruit character, with touches of clove like maple syrup sweetness. Big caramel touches in here, but more of an accent to the yeast punch quality going on. A little bit of wine like flavor on the nose too, sort of a pinot grigio grape.

Very impressive body. Rich malt and coating, coming off like a buttered caramel sweetness on the tongue. Flavors well, with sugary caramel and malt, but with less Belgian properties. Clove and brown spice richness, and a little bit of that dryness on the finish too. Sweetness and yeast esters fruity quality is very much taken out and almost replaced by rich butterscotch instead.

A very different take, but really doesn't remind me of a tripel, with very little Belgian character.

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Photo of kojevergas
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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Photo of utopiajane
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow fast falling white head. herbal hop on crisp malt . lemon sugar. cook herbs. Drinks like a sweet fruit punch. Lightly boozy and very fruity. Juicy hop and a light medicinal alcohol smooths as you drink to show you a sweet fruuit and spice. Clove and soft bread. Finishes with pepper and spice and a nice little bitterness from hops. Drinks very well for 10 percent which is very strong indeed!

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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 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 damndirtyape
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, no date. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Cloudy/opalescent gold to amber color. Thin rocky white head that died back to a ring at the edges. A bit of persistent white lacing noted. Sediment came along with the pour, and I can see an occasional floater in the beer.

Smell: Boozy, bready, yeasty, fruity, VERY inviting.

Taste: Quite malty and sweet, but balanced with a lingering mild bitter finish that has aspects of citrus rind and old noble hops. Somewhat to style, but really potent in the malt sweetness. Lots of yeast flavor as well - definitely fruity esters, but quite boozy.

Mouthfeel: Nicely smooth and thick. A little chewy and sticky on the teeth as well. Carbonation just right, but doesn't scrub away all the sweetness. Not as warming as you would expect given the higher ABV that I can smell and taste.

Overall / Drinkability: A slow sipping beer which I think would be better for winter than it is after an Indian meal in the summer. Normally I find Belgian Tripels and Indian food go well together, but this one is so sweet that it's a desert beer in its own right and it didn't pair well with the meal. It reminds me of a lot of strong dark belgian ales I've had with all the fruit and malt notes. I'm almost hesitant to call it a Tripel and instead maybe it is a strong belgian pale ale. A potent brew - I'm noting it about 1/3 of the way through the glass, so one is enough per evening. I might try this again if on tap and less the sediment to see if the beer takes on more of a Tripel in style. So maybe a bit different than other Tripels I've had in that it is among the sweetest, but it's quite tasty and dangerously drinkable. Good thing I don't have much work to do tonight and I can let the 3 headed guardian of the underworld haul me off to bed later. Or to Hades as may be his fancy.

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Photo of tlema1
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a hazy deep orange color with a thin lacy head
S: Light nose, slight fruitiness
T: Apricot, other fruits, some sweetness and pepper
F: great mouthfeel
O:Very good American Tripel

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Photo of Sabtos
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
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 bushbeer75
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle

Thirsty Dog Cerberus Trippel filled my tulip glass with a hazy/cloudy orange gold color. Atop sat a 1-finger off-white head that left behind hit and miss lacing. The nose first picked up a spicy/peppery aroma followed by candy sugar and light fruit, i.e., pears and peaches. The flavor matches the nose with also yeast and clove detected. Medium bodied with a fine active carbonation and nice alcohol warming at the finish.

Cerberus is an enjoyable and flavorful American Triple - just not quite as smooth/polished as some in the style.

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Photo of AndreRus
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doesn't seem like malts that they are using here fit well for this kind of beer. Too sour. Like they mixed tripel with barleywine. Just doesn't taste right

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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 Phigg1102
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a muddled orange with a touch of sediment. Very little head with slight lacing. Apple and pear dominate the aroma. More apple and pear in the taste with some strawberry as well, mild yeast flavors, and honey, quite a sweet beer. Medium to heavy body, with a touch of carbonation. Slight alcohol kick at the end.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a semi-hazy dark amber color with nearly no head, just a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam.

S- Sharp, boozy aroma of Belgian yeast. A bit of spice, some malt sweetness and maybe a hint of oxidation.

T- Flavor is considerably better than the aroma with a nice dose of Belgian candi sugar and some lightly toasty malt. Also some more spice and the alcohol starts creeping in after multiple sips are taken. Minimal hop bitterness.

M- Slick feel with some vibrance from the spice and alcohol. Medium-low carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Well this beer started out quite lame but made a quick turnaround. Certainly not one of the best Tripels I've ever had but it disguises the alcohol pretty well and has some nice character to it.

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Photo of OhioRay
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
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 GOBLIN
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thirsty Dog Cerberus

Poured in tulip glass

A: Pours a deep rusty orange color with some sediments.

S: Pears, apples and maybe touch of honey. Has a familiar slight funky Belgian yeast aroma to it as well.

T: Sweet and sugary. Maintains the common flavors I've found and still can't quite get used to in the trippels I drank. A hint of alcohol on the end too.

M: Smooth.

O: I like this but not enough to search for it again. For me it's another go round with a style I'm trying to wrap my head around. Not bad . . . I'd drink again if offered.

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Photo of ksimons
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-an orangish golden color with a fingers worth of white head that leaves a bit of foam around the edge

S-pale malts, spices, lemon and a bit of orange

T-pale malt, apples and pears with some bubblegum sweetness, honey, light spices, and some yeast

M-medium body, medium carbonation

Overall an enjoyable beer, but maybe a little to sweet for me

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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 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 thecheapies
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tangerine amber color. Not much lace. A ring of foam.

Buttery phenols, breadiness, honey, clove, nectary fruit, and lots of booze. Maybe some slight oxidation.

Syrupy malts with buttery breadiness, honey, and some pomme fruitiness. Treacle, rosy booze, and some apricot. Heavy-duty without the complexity.

Semi-spicy with wet booziness. Body is sticky thick, not in a good way.

Not my fave, but it'll "do" for the night. A weaker tripel, compared to the authentic Belgians.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Very attractive bottle with a gold foil covered neck. Label is very cool looking with a K-9 theme as one would expect from a TDBC offering. Label gives ABV info, IBU info, serving temp recommendation, and nice back story and description of the beer, web info, and a bit of brewery info.

Appearance: A aggressive pour from its 12oz brown bottle into a 16oz snifter led to a 1 finger off white airy head that sits atop a cloudy bright orange/yellow color with a ton of floating sediment. Head retention was very weak with a retention of only 11sec and did not produce much lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of clove, coriander, and spices with a toasted caramel malt aroma. Also has hints of tropical fruits and sweet banana aroma.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of sweet candied fruits, coriander, and clove on the front-end with a midpoint that includes white grapes, toasted caramel, and banana. Back-end is of toasted malts and alcohol with a toasty aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the heavy side medium bodied with a chewy mouthfeel. A bit to heavy to be overly drinkable.

Overall/Comments: This is an extremely complex beer that is intense on the palette. I really enjoyed the experience of trying this beer and exploring its complexities. Try it if you can find it. Classified as a Belgian Tripel @ 10% ABV. Consumed 9/21/2013.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

P: A cloudy speckled bright apricot color with little to no head development. Only a few big bubbles around the edge.

S: Pumpernickel bread, tropical fruits, clove, cardamom, coriander, toasted caramel, sugar malt, banana taffy, yikes stripes fruit striped gum, sweet booze and cinnamon.

T/M: A malted bomb exploded in my mouth. Sweet with floral perfume presence. Sweet candied sugar, toasted caramel, loads of tropical fruit followed up with a white wine similarity. Once swallowed the sweet malt is overtaken by the spices and lingering of rum. Chewy body with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry and chalky.

O: This is truly a three headed monster. Sweet succulent malts, fruits, spices, yeasty bread and booze. What more could you ask for in a tripel. This really surprised me. I figured it would be decent but this surpassed my expectations and in glad I grabbed this up. This is a definite need to try.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a minimal head that reduced to nothing quickly. It is a pale light orange color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Very traditional aromas here. Vanilla, spices, yeasty esters, boozy alcohol, super sweet malts, and a bit of apple and pear.

Taste: sweetness mellowed out here. Smooth boozy alcohol in the back of the palate here too with a tiny bit of bitterness in the end. Nice stuff.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, a little bit of boozy alcohol, and easy to drink. Too easy.

Overall: A nice tripel in my opinion. It could be a little less sweeter, but I'll take it.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
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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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 flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with plenty of haze and a thick finger of frothy ivory foam. Quite good.

Smell: quite sweet with a good malt component and aromas of pear and green apple. This thing definitely has an alcoholic kick, however, and the overall aromatic effect is a bit messy. There is some good stuff here, but it just doesn't come together terribly well.

Taste: sweet malt with that same nice fruity apple and pear quality, although a bit toned down with respect to the aroma. Alcohol definitely also plays a part in the flavor of this beer. Yeast flavors include a bit of a phenolic finish which, while not bad, doesn't necessarily play terribly well with other aspects of the flavor. I'm a little on the fence about this one, but I admit it could be better.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a nice, smooth creaminess. Works for me!

Overall: this is an interesting example of a tripel. I like the fact that the flavor profile is a bit out of the ordinary, but in this case it doesn't seem to work quite right for me. Not bad, but not a tripel I'd reach for given other options.

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