Cerberus Belgian Tripel | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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110 Reviews
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 smcolw
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
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 gfreed
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
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 SaintBenedict
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
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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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass- pours a hazy, bright orange/golden color. Less than a finger of head, not too much retention, some spots of lacing. Not as luscious of a tripel as I'm used to.

Smell is very sweet- candi sugar, pilsener malt, perhaps a little bit of hops. I get some pear and green apple as well. Nice.

Taste is consistent- very sweet, lots of candi sugar, some fruitiness, a little bit of hops towards the end. Interestingly enough, I don't taste yeast in an explicit way.

Mouthfeel is good- medium to fuller bodied, light prickly carbonation, not a trace if alcohol burn which is very nice considering the strength. This is a good one- it's a difficult style for us in America to crack but a good attempt.

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Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden peach color with a solid one finger cream head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Fruity belgian yeast esters dominate the aroma, with peach, pear, and a hint of funk accompanying belgian candi sugar.

The flavor follows the nose, heavy pear and belgian yeast take center stage, with an assertive lemony citrus taste hitting mid palate. A fairly bready malt backbone provides balance into the slightly dry finish. Hints of spicy clove add complexity, but the finish is somewhat stale.

Body leans toward the full side, with fairly high carbonation accentuating the citrus profile. Alcohol warmth is a bit more than comforting.

Overall, a pretty decent tripel. If the finish was more lively and the alcohol better hidden, this would've scored far better.

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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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Photo of DrDemento456
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid a bit more than I wanted for this at 4 dollars a bottle I hope it's worth it.

A - Damn a bit of sediment clumps and a touch of haze. I expected a more clear pour. Head is minimal that forums a light lace.

S - Smell is a nice bit of apples and pear fruity yeasts. Smells pretty balanced.

T - Taste is pretty boozy, more so I expected but it does round out a bit as it warms. Yeasts are good, a touch spicy and fruity. Not bad overall.

M - Medium to heavy in bottle. Needs more balance.

Overall not really worth the 4 dollars I paid and I have had more balanced Belgium Triples. Aside from this its a pretty high octane Triple nothing more.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
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 bluHatter
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours with a finger of head that disappears fairly quickly. Little lacing. Big airy bubbles up the sides of the glass.

S: Citrusy, caramelized hops - smells like it might be sweet and rich.

T: Big flavor here. Like old abbey ales but with citric fruity notes and very sour throughout. I taste some grapefruit after a few sips. This is one of those beers that ages in the glass, the flavors maturing and changing with every sip. It adds a lot of really amazing complexity that should be consumed slowly so that it can be thoroughly enjoyed.

M: A lot of IPA-style big airy carbonation... The kind that I'm not usually a fan of. But the flavor makes up for that in this case. It has just the right amount of carbonation, don't get me wrong... It's just not the style of carbonation that I prefer.

O: A very interesting ale for sure. I think this would complement a high grade bleu cheese nicely ~ the two share a lot of the same qualities. Slightly pungent but highly rewarding to the discerning tongue.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger cream head that fades very slowly to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet fruity nose and flavor is sweet light fruit and spice. Higher ABV is hidden. $3.50 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
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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Photo of Ratman197
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Half Time poured a hazy gold with a small lasting creamy white head. Aromas of pear, pineapple, bread and light spice. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bread, pear, light pineapple and light spice with a smooth lingering fruity finish.

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Photo of burnstar
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark yellow with a big persistent head. Smell is cakey sweet. Spices, cloves, bananas. Taste is surprisingly not very sweet despite the smell. Belgian malt characteristics- cloves, phenolic, light fruit. A little boozy. Much hoppier than the typical tripel. Bitter herbal hops. Well carbonated and medium to full bodied. Overall this is definitely different from a typical tripel but I like it.

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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 Cylinsier
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a hazy honey gold. Low white head retains as a lacing.

Smells of citrus and coriander along with fresh grain malts.

Tastes of citrus, sweet malt, honey, coriander, clover and esters.

Mouth is full and syrupy with a mild tingle of carbonation.

Tasty delicious trip, strength makes it a sipper. Not the best taste combination I've had in a trippel, but certainly worthwhile. Would have again.

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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 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 Tone
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Photo of nezelrac
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into tulip

A - slightly hazy apricot/orange; voluminous, white, medium-bead head slowly subsides to one finger; plenty of lacing

S - sweet malty notes are at the core of a swirl of yeast driven tropical fruit and some stone fruits as well; slight honeyed character to the malt; rather sweet smelling for the style, i think

T - big honeyed pale malt up front; yeast driven fruity notes follow closely and linger through the finish; alcohol picks up towards the back end, driving some spicy funkiness and trace bitterness

M - medium full and softer than I expected; nice CO2, that seems to be struggling against the weight of the malt, but keeping things moving along

O - quite a good attempt; i like the beer and would have another, though it is heavy-going for a tripel - in my experience

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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 Bendurgin
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a hazy orange hued color with about an inch of creamy white head.

Candied orange in the aroma is mostly what I get. Relatively yeasty with a doughy aroma in the background. Pretty sweet on the pallet with the same candied orange flavor I detected in the aroma. A little bit of hop bittering in the finish. Not bad, just a bit sweet.

The feel is good with a medium body and soft carbonation. Overall this isn't bad. I think however it's a bit on the sweet side.

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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 rapidsequence
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
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 brentk56
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
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 Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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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Cerberus Belgian Tripel from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 294 ratings.
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