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Cerberus Belgian Tripel | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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3.87/5
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297 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
thirstydog.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,739
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
297
pDev:
12.4%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
39
Trade:
1
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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at The Brew Kettle, the names is in fact Cerberus 10.Pleasant and no booziness detected. Golden with peachy tinge, and a lace sheer. Above average mouthfeel, ver smooth, sweet yeasty and slightly fruity, with a little tanginess.On the style.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of spycow
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew didn't have much head on it and no lacing at all. The appearence doesn't do this brew much justice. It's got a very nice golden color with some little specs of stuff floating in it. The aroma is super sweet. It reminded me instantly of Dogfish Head's Midas Touch. I pick up some type of Pear aroma and some hefewiezen aromas too like banana and clove. Not a bad brew at all from Thirsty God, impressive actually!

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Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -22.5%
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 brentk56
3.33/5  rDev -14%
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
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 oberon
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a chalice at Vintage 301 a rich golden with burnt orange hue,a fluffy white crown atop.Aromas were bigtime fruity along with candied sugar and slight phenols.Flavors are more where the beer begins to slightly miss the mark,the yeasty spice flavors are qite strong with a deep spice in the finish that makes the beer seem to sharp,the alcohol is not well restrained.Its decent but maybe to brash,glad I tried it though.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of WhyBeNormal in a BIF a ways back. Served in a snifter.

Pours a slightly-hazed golden-orange color with a thin white head and a bunch of spotty lacing. Thin collar throughout. The nose brings some light bread and sweetness plus some light clove and bubblegum. Light earthiness comes along with that in the flavor and the clove stands out along with a bit of bready sweetness. Medium body with average carbonation and a touch of sweetness in the finish. Not bad, though probably not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of smcolw
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small, but solid head. Leaves chunky lace. Starts very clear but the end of the pour shows plenty yeast cloudiness.

Sweet like brandy with an alcohol kick. Very much a Tripel smell.

High alcohol flavor and aftertaste. This dominates the taste. Mostly creamy and slightly sour. Very warming. Full bodied with a low-ish carbonation.

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Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.58/5  rDev -33.3%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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 mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

frothy head and a nice hazy amber color, a bit darker then i expected to be honest and definitely lively. aroma is soft and light with peaches, pears, and tons of dry hops. really not at all what i was expecting, but what can you do. same with the flavor, not really all that i was expecting, light with too much emphasis on the grains and not enough punch,

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of dvmin98
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
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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Photo of imbibehour
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
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 mklisz
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Tone
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of alcohol, citrus (cherry?), sweet malt, slight pale malt, and hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, citrus, slight dryness, slight sweet malt, slight yeast, and slight pale malt. Overall, poor appearance, but much better in aroma, blend, and body.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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Cerberus Belgian Tripel from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 297 ratings
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