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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 Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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 tchenery
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rich orange color with a bone-white head. The head doesn't stick around long but it has visible carbonation. Hazy beer.

Smells first like bananas and almost hefe-like. It has a peppery note in there that precedes a bit of pale malt aroma.

Upfront alcohol burn. This tripel is very hot. It's not hot in a bad way but beware, it's a sipper. It has a banana flavor upfront as well and it dissipates to a peppery flavor that eventually winds up sweet.

Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, but it's a big beer.

Overall, very interesting beer, I like it very much and wouldn't mind putting one of these down for a while to see how it changes.

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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 BeerCon5
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orangish color with a decent amount of creamy white head that remains throughout the beer.

The scent is of lemon, yeast, and sweet fruits.

The taste is of yeast, citrus, lemon, some sweet fruit, yeast, light alcohol presence.

Medium body, creamy and smooth, moderate carbonation.

This was a very good tripel, lots of flavor in this and the alcohol is almost nonexistent. I would look for this again.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got a four pack of Cerberus a couple weeks ago for $11.99 at The Lager Mill. For some reason when I first saw this beer I thought it was Belgian but after further inspection I see it is from Thirsty Dog in Ohio, I liked Siberian Night so I figured it was worth a try, plus a Tripel sounds pretty good right now. Poured from a brown 12oz foiled bottle into a goblet.

A- I like the label on this beer a lot, it kinda has a traditional Belgian look to it, maybe it is the foiled cap and the evil looking dogs look cool. It poured a nice golden honey orange color with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy smooth white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed the rest of the time and it also left lots of nice lacing. This beer looks damn good poured into my goblet.

S- The aroma pretty much consists of three different things, sweet pale malts, lots of nice fruity esters, like some bananas and green apples, and that typical spicy Belgian yeast with cloves sticking out the most. There was a little aroma of booze but it wasn't that noticeable.

T- The taste follows the nose nicely and is pretty similar. The taste is overall pretty fruity, with banana, green apples, and orange peels sticking out the most. The pale malts are nice and sweet just like they should be for this style. I pick up a good amount of candied sugar along with all those typical spices that you get from the Belgian yeast. The finish was slightly bitter with some grassy and earthy hops, and a little bit of warming alcohol that lets you know this is a bigger beer.

M- Smooth, medium bodied and it had just the right amount of carbonation. It had a semi dry finish that I thought could be a lot more dryer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good Tripel that was super flavorful while still being very complex, just like this style should be. Pretty much everything about this beer was spot on for it's style and it does a great job at representing Belgian Style Tripels, probably the best American Tripel I have had to date. What I liked most about this beer was it's appearance. balance and complexity, it seemed like the flavors were bolder then most trappist Tripels. The only thing I would change about this beer is to give it a little dryer finish. At around three dollars a bottle this is a great alternative to the smaller and traditional Tripels from Belgian and I could see myself buying this more often. If you like Tripels or Belgians in general, you should give this beer a try, it represents it style nicely and shows that even in Ohio there are good local Tripels that can hold their own. So far I am really digging Thirsty Dog, I may have to try some of their six packs to get a feel for their year lineup.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Not a lot of head despite a vigorous pour, but a thin layer of bubbles stay. The color is like a blood orange color and has a haze to it. The carbonated bubbles slowly rise to the top.

The aroma is very fruity, with a touch of spice. I get sweet apples and pineapple, with a touch of honey.

The taste starts out dry and crisp, followed by a bit of honey sweetness. The yeast spices up the finish nicely in this one.

The body is medium to medium-heavy. The carbonation is sparkling and lively.

I like this one as a welcome addition to affordable tripels in 12 oz bottles. Yay!

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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 Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Again I find myself trying something on a whim, and really striking gold.

A: deep gold/pale amber; slightly hazy; thin head from slow pour; not much lacing

S: sweet; some fruit and spice

T: delish! nice malt, hop, and yeast medley; some sweetness - like from pale fruits and citrus fruits; some spice

M: medium-bodied, fizzy, great finish = great drinkability

O: A great example of how a tripel naturally has some commonalities with a strong pale Belgian; this beer strikes keen balance between sweet and bitter, with a slightly dry edge like strong pale Belgian ale, but a softness more common to a tripel

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been a long timer since I've had a tripel, so here goes...

Poured from bottle into Ommegang chalice. Nice cloudy golden color; the head is a bit thin for the style, but does leave nice lacing.

Fruity and a bit boozy in the nose. Flavors of dried apricots, golden raisins, a bit medicinal. Finishes with a sharp tang and a bit of boozy bite (which is about the only hint you get of the 10% alcohol)

Solid effort. I look forward to enjoying the others in the 4 pack that sit in my cellar.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
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 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 goblue3509
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with an one finger white soapy head which recedes and gives way to nice lace. The aroma has a corriander and citrus smell, with other green fruits also present and an overall sweet smell. The taste has a sweet under tone with hints of citrus, toffee, and green fruits dancing throughout. The mouthfeel is medium carbonation. Overall it is a very good beer, the alcohol is well hidden and the drink is easy. The taste characteristics are very good, and the beer has a refreshing component to it.

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Photo of Durge
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A hazy yellowish tan color with a decent white foamy cap and lots of lacing. My nose picks up heavy pear clove and alcohol with some berry highlights. Even a little vanilla nut. Pretty nice. The taste brings a nice warming orange and cinnamon clove with an obvious alcohol presence. I get fresh apple with hints of banana and grass dry-hop finish. This is finely, but fully carbonated in a medium-plus bodied brew. Feel is somewhat viscous. It's a fairly slow drinker, not one to overindulge I would say. This is a quality effort if you like these flavors in the Belgian style.

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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 sitarist
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with an orange hue. there is about a fingers worth of white head that falls quickly to a ring, and a small island that leaves spots of lacing.

I smell spice (coriander?), powdered sugar, and dried fruits (apples, pears, passion fruit, papaya),. Its not overly complex, but it has me at a loss for words. Something reminds me of trail mix, and Mexican food!

Like the nose, I'm at a loss for words to describe this beast. It reminds me of glazed pork/ham. It is sweet at first, then pepper, herbs, and spices finish it out.

Medium to full bodied with little carbonation present. It is dry with a slight peppery bite.

Very drinkable, anyone who likes Tripels, or Belgians should try this if they can find it.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: pours clear golden-yellow. sits very clear, pure gold with the slightest of brown hues and only a handful of sediment particles. creamy one-finger, off-white head that sits for only a few moments

Smell: initial blast of poignant fruity esters, transitioning into a light graininess, then to a nice presence of orange peel followed by spices. alcohol is non-existant. very light noble hop aroma

Taste: initial tartness and fruitiness that really pops. light hop flavor and bitterness. orange and lemon peel and spices are all there too. finish is somewhat dry and balanced with just a hint more sweetness and a little spice coming through. alcohol is well hidden and brightens everything up.

Mouthfeel: medium body with medium-high carbonation

Notes: not as dry as the Trappist powerhouses, which is what i like. very balanced and well done

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #36 (Jan 2010):

While the head might fall short, the lacing does leave some rings behind; light haze within the golden color. Faint lemon candy, taffy, ripe papaya, shortbread and peppery alcohol in the nose. Lemony and medicinal flavors start it off, and peppery alcohol rounds it out with some sweet but vague tropical fruit. Grainy; dry maltiness mixes well with the nutty yeast component. Warming alcohol never gives a feeling, even on the breath. Maltiness and an herbal flavor make up for a very pleasing aftertaste.

Perhaps not as refined or polished, but brimming with flavor. The complexities hit all the right spots for the style.

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Photo of aleckpa
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at Vintage 301 in Greensboro, NC from a goblet.

A: Half a finger of slightly off white head. Orange-ish color. Lace of head lasts throughout.

S: Orange spices, hint of alcohol

T: Fruity taste, but not sweet. Alcohol hits your tongue right away, but it is not overpowering.

M: Low carbonation

D: Drinkable beer, despite high alcohol content. However, the alcohol is noticeable, so you have to drink this slow.

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Photo of OnThenIn
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Half a finger of slightly off white head on top of a copper body that is crystal clear.

S: Slightly spicy and grassy and floral. Very pungent. Slight sweetness. Fruity and like bubblegum. Hint of alcohol.

T: Fruity with a slight toffee sweetness. Alcohol is very present, but not really harsh.

M: Full bodied with lower carbonation that still works.

D: The mouthfeel would have made this beer crazy drinkable, but the super apparent alcohol, while not harsh, still makes you slow down when drinking.

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Photo of Brent
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thirsty Dog is not a brewery that I would normally associate with Belgian styles, but they hit the nail on the head with this beer - Fluffy, a touch fizzy with ample malt tinged with Red Delicious apple notes. Yeast and candy sugar waft in the wake. Cleans up nicely at the finish. Overall, a well-executed beer.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet.

Pours a hazy gold with a thin head that drops quickly to barely a wisp.

Aromas of bubblegum, sweet malt. No hop aroma.

First sip is of tobacco, hard candy, a little sweet on the finish, and a tad dry. Some alcohol warming, not quite a burn, but almost there.

Mouthfeel is full, but not heavy or cloying. A little bitter dryness and alcohol bite. Good balance on carbonation, not too prickly.

Very drinkable beer. Not a session beer by any means, but very good.

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Photo of fbone
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-dark urine color,hardly any carbonation or head.

S-smells alcoholic,and slightly yeasty,hint of friut.

T-tastes like alcohol with alittle fruit and hops in the background.

M-thin and almost tasteless

D-sure you can drink it easy,needs more carbonation and complexity.Seems flat.boring.I probably won't buy this again.But it was ok.

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Photo of peabody
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a watery yellow piss color with very little suds. Good deal of lacing here.
Smell is apricot candy and yeast. Belgian I think but it is a nose burner.
Taste is cotton candy and alcohol with just a hint of apricot cookies.
Mouthfeel is a little sticky but for the most part clean.
Drinkability is only as good as the flavor is cause the abv is pretty prolific.

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Photo of jampics2
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, enjoyed at Grapes and Grains, the kick-off event to Cleveland Beer Week.  Served in a goblet.

Cerberus is golden, with no head and decent lace. Hints of yellow are noted when held to the light.  

The beer smells OK! There's a ton of spices, namely pepper and yeasty phenols.  Some apple, citrus, and slight golden raisins.     

The taste is OK but is a bit dull and not very bright to me.  Some apples and oranges, some honey and spicy phenols.  Pepper and clove.  Some lingering booze at the end.  It could be a ton brighter.  I'm just not sure about this, I want more banana and tropical flavors, not this boring from-the-basement thing.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and the carb is nice but the beer is sticky and just not sharp like a tripel should be.  Boring beer with too much booze in the finish.  This was paired with a Michael Symon root vegetable salad w/red wine and dill vinaigrette, feta, and mint. It couldn't hang, mostly due to the dull and dank taste.

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Photo of Keffa
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my Hennepin glass. Fitting for a Belgian style ale.

Been sitting on this bottle for about 2 months now, but I'm assuming this was a fairly fresh bottle at the shop I got it from.

A: Bright golden yellow, white head that was about 1 inch thick and settled to a thin ring. Suspended yeast particles throughout give it a hazy appearance. Not a ton of lace, but what is left sticks well, and it's a little oily. Nice looking beer though.

S: Wow. Belgian yeast, pear, sweet cherries, golden raisins, sugar cookie, black pepper, and a flowery hop that actually has a prominent role in the aroma. It's the first time I've had a Belgian style of any sort where the hops weren't drowned out completely by the yeast. This one is fantastic so far.

T: Nice flavors. Lemony/floral hop, spicy yeast, golden raisin, a little bit heavy sweetness from the malt. Alcohol burn near the finish kind of takes away from the flavors some.

M: Medium body, nice carbonation, slightly oily and almost creamy finish. Nice.

D: Not as much as some Belgian style ales I've had (read: Unibroue). The alcohol makes itself well known toward the middle of the drink and the finish. It takes away from the good flavors that this beer does have. It's a good beer, nonetheless. I wouldn't see myself trying to drink more than one at a time, though. The alcohol makes it a sipper, for sure.

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Cerberus Belgian Tripel from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 290 ratings.
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