Kerberos Tripel | Flying Dog Brewery

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Kerberos TripelKerberos Tripel

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mcallister on 05-02-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 350 |  Reviews: 303
Reviews by WVbeergeek:
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a slightly hazer bright golden vibrant hue with a large bubbly thicket of head. Dwindles rather quickly nothing like a Belgian version never ending head, fine speckled lacing is scattered unevenly. Aromatics offer up lively fruit tones including tropical bursts of mango and pineapple over ripened and drizzled with honey or some other concentrated sugar. Strong alcohol presence but more so than that spicy and nutty yeast notes galore. There's a touch of green apple tartness in there as well, moderately hopped herbal feel to it. Flavor is dominated by strong syrup sweetness raw candy sugar and over ripened fruit notes explode on the palate sits with sweet and mild alcohol notes touch of bread like yeast with a nutty powdered dryness in the finish. More mild tart apple and excessive fruit with almost honey sweetness, carbonation is there as well. Mouthfeel is heavier for a tripel should be light to medium with zesty carbonation this one carries all of the malt in a reduced syrup texture, lacks effervescence of traditional versions can weigh on the drinking experience. Perfect in the new 7oz versions being produced plus you get the whole Canis Major line up 2 of each. Solid American version, I have my gripes but remains enjoyable especially in this small of a portion but your definitely able to get enough flavor and booziness from it. I will reach for again especially when and if the corked and caged 750 version becomes available.

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Photo of oberon
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass a very dull slight hazed peach color with a very thin head that was gone very quickly,aromas are slightly phenolic with some alcohol and citrus fruit.Basic flavors nothing that will make you give second thought to the beer,its again slightly phenolic and clovey with some overripe pineapple and a hint of ginger.Goes down pretty easy but it may be the most simple tripel I have ever had.

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Photo of blackearth
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Ray's Liqours in Wauwatosa, WI. Pours a bright golden orange with white head that quickly falls. Aroma is citrusy grapefruit. Medium bodied with a hint of champagne flavor, light carbonation, light sweetness in finish. Okay drinkability, just nothing really that special about this beer.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Really love the label on this one!! Pours into my glass a golden orange color with a small white head on top that quickly falls. Not as creamy as I expected. Aromas start with sweet grainy malts alongside a lot of fruity esters as well. Nice slightly earthy yeast accents move in and out.

First sip brings a sweet grain malt upfront along with some fruit flavors. Light notes of banana and pepper. Flows down with spicy yeast and a hit of alcohol as well. Somewhat dry. This one misses the mark.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit slick. Slightly mellow carbonation, this beer goes down fairly easily for the abv. Overall, I was hoping for a bit more flavor from this tripel. It's doesn't stand up to its true Belgian counterparts.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 4 pack with Vintage 8AA on the label. Poured into a tulip, it was an orange color with just the tiniest of heads. The beer had a fairly nice aroma of malt, fruit, and sugar. The taste was decidedly weak. All the aromas came through, but very meekly. An OK beer, but not very exciting.

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Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Billolick
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, "vintage 08" on the label, this one pours slightly hazed, orangy amber, with golden highlights shimmering, next to no head and don't expect to see any sort of lace. Nose is sweet, fruity with Belgian yeasty highlights. More fruit, light peppery spicing, coriander and what I can best describe as pretty typical Tripel kinda spicing and yeast flavors. Lacks the look, depth of flavor and interest of the numerous better takes on the style....nonetheless gotta give it up to Flying dog to have the sack to branch out and try new styles. Some more carbonation would go a long way to improving this one

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Photo of Mora2000
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 7 oz bottle.

Slightly hazy, dark yellow with a white head. The aroma is fruity with some Belgian yeast and some citrus. The flavor is not as good as the smell, with some citrus and yeast. You also get some alcohol. Something is slightly off in the flavor, but I can't put my finger on it. Thing mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of bsp77
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in July shipment of Beer of the Month club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle (cool label) into Tulip.

Appearance: Mostly clear light orange with nice head retention and slight lacing.

Smell: Slightly sweet with cloves, pepper, banana and light hops. Alcohol becomes pretty noticeable as it warms.

Taste: Banana, clove and vanilla upfront, then turns pretty sweet at the end, but leaves a nice peppery aftertaste. Slight alcohol taste noticeable throughout. Slightly cloying.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium body but seems thick and syrupy.

Drinkability: Nice Tripel overall, but the alcohol may be a tad too noticeable. This is a wide ranging style, but this reminds me somewhat of Tripel Karmeliet, but not quite as good.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

7oz bottle poured into an 8oz snifter.

Pours a golden wheat color with no head at all. Nose is very belgian from the yeast, has a slight booze to it, some sweet/spicy notes as well.

Mouthfeel is quite watery and tame, leaves a lot to be desired, finishes fairly dry and a bit sharp. Overall it's a pretty tame tripel, I'd say skip it.

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Photo of Tabni
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Kraken
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Been without an internet connection for a few days so this review is from notes. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz pint glass. Hoping to obtain some nice glassware in the near future. Artfully done label. Firm pour elicits a one finger head off white in color. Head fades quickly to a minimal skim, leaving no laceing to write home about. Color is a light to medium amber with no sediment.
Nose- almost a non-factor, light yeast, no characteristic bananna or bubble gum esters. However there is the faintest hint of hops and the presence of alcohol.
Taste- tastes unlike any triple that I have had before. Almost a lagered taste. Minimal carbonation, almost flat. Lite sweetness, hints of sour lemon peel very faint notion of hop bitterness. Booze comes through, long dry finish.
Drinkability- Mildly quaffable.
Mouthfeel- thin and confused.

Not Americas proudest represntation of a Tripel.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For a tripel, this has a surprisingly mild aroma. Still present are many of the notes that would be expected from a Belgian--in this case orange and coriander, with a sugary malt/grain backing--but the nose is hardly more pronounced than a Hoegaarden.

On the tongue, however, the flavors erupt, washing across the tastebuds in lovely swells of orange and coriander, sugars and lightly toasted grains. There are also some nice caramelized brown sugar flavors, and near the end, a thick runnel of toasted grains that provides a nice segue into the grain-heavy aftertaste. The blurb above says to look for "stronger tropical fruit notes," but I find few of these--just the expected Belgian citruses.

But while I do like the beer, and find it well-balanced and flavorful, with a nice medium-heavy mouthfeel, I'm not sure that it lives up to the "tripel" category. This could be just my experience, but I'm used to tripels that *taste* like three beers in one, and this one comes across as maybe one-and-a-half, two at most.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.17/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

vintage 08 on side of bottle. poured at cellar temp into belgian glass. pours bright glowing amber orange color. very hazy,small white head. that faded pretty quickly to nothing.

in the aroma you get some sweet candied malts, bubblegum, bannana, and spice from the yeast. alcloholic as well.

in the taste you get your usuaul belgian yeast, bubblegum, som bannana, a nice sweet maltiness, some candied sugar, as well as some breadiness. some bitterness from the hops in there as well. not your average tripel, but a great taste as well as a nice balance gives this a higher rating.

smooth mouthfeel, medium to slightly heavy body. carbonation good. dry finish.
good drinkability for a tripel as well.

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Photo of Morphoenix
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

With a vigorous pour into a small tulip, appeared a translucent golden-ochre color with a 1 finger head that dissipated shortly thereafter. Not as hazy as some other beers in this style. Smell is of sweet malt, bready yeast, sugar and a vague note of hops. Tasting reveals these flavors, along with spices, a hint of fruitiness and booze. Viscosity is medium-light, with enough thickness for a tripel. Definitely could use a bit more carbonation. For an 8.5% abv, however, this is quite drinkable. Most definitely not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, and an admirable attempt at the style, but it simply does not stand up to brews like La Fin Du Monde.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out golden orange into a wine glass with a thin white head. Smell has strong belgian yeast notes with orange peel also apparent. The flavor is about the same, however I'd have to say it's not as inviting as the smell would lead me to believe.

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Photo of valkyre65
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Breedlove
3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - poured into a Sam Adams super duper glass. nice copper color. Very little head with poor retention.

S - I get very sweet notes. Almost like cotton candy. Has a good Belgian smell.

T - Bread, red apples, with a nice bitter hint at the back. The alcohol is there, but not over powering. Not the best tripel I've ever had but a solid offering. Let this beer warm up. Much better as it does.

M - Probably my favorite part of this beer. Nice and thick. Has almost a creamy texture.

D - When I finish this beer I just don't crave another one. It gets much better as it warms though. All in all I would give it another shot.

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Photo of pwoods
2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. brown bottle from the mixed 4 pack, purchased at Party Source, poured into a chalice.

A: Pours a light orange with a few shades of amber. Short white head forms and holds to a fat skim. Some wisps of lacing.

S: Candy sweet. Yeasty esters with plenty of spice... coated in candy sweetness.

T/M: Damn is that sweet. Has a good bit of spicy, zesty yeast to cut through just a bit but not nearly enough to balance things out. The fruit nearly gets lost and a biscuity malt barely peeks its head in. Body just just below medium and feels a touch watery. Carbonation isn't has high as expected.

D: Just too sweet. I'll make it through the glass but this just tastes like a typical American brewery's stab at the style(no offense =).

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Photo of degerbah
3.32/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got a couple bottles as part of the mix pack. Pours A pale yellow with a visible wave of haze forming in the glass as I pour. Lots and lots of head that takes up half of the glass. As the head settles down to a managable level, there is lots of lacing around the edge of the glass. There is a somewhat spicy yeasty scent to the beer that reminds me of coriander and maybe some orange flavors. The beer itself is very sweet and citrusy acidic in taste. Unfortunately, instead of being pleasantly sour, this is more of a harsher alcoholic bite. After the Gonzo Porter, this is dissapointing. The alcohol is definitely present in the aftertaste which combined with the very thick body makes the beer slightly unpleasant to drink. I feel that if it were brewed to a lower abv, it would be a much tastier and more palatable beer.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Second of four "special" brews from Flying Dog four-pack...pleasant light orange brown body with white pencil-thin head...mildly effervescent... frsh malts and grapefruity citrus aromas; yeasty esthers are perfumy, with enough hops to add some spruce--complex! Light-to-medium bodied abbey ale--alcohol appears as a soft warming at last swallows... tight, taut golden pilsner taste with minimal wheat or malt...dry and a bit winey at the throat... and like a dry white wine, Kerberos retains its presence and strength start to finish... rather palatable and straightforward, yet not as full-bodied as one would expect from a tripel...

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.12/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden/yellow with a large white foamy head. Not bad,but nothing all that exciting. The head leaves almost no lacing. The smell is decent with lemon citrus,wheat,alcohol,and other floral scents. The taste is surprisingly thin with some citrus lemon , wheat and alcohol. Much weaker flavors compared to other tripels makes this a beer that's not Flying Dog worthy. The m/f is light weak and not at all impressive. I like Flying Dog, but this is a weak beer for them.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sediment hangs suspended in a rust/amber/gold color. Hardly any thickness to the head, which thins to a crown quickly. Looks like a spirit--more like liqueur or whiskey than beer.

Has the requisite spice, fruit and alcohol of a tripel, but lacks discernible yeast presence. Since that's a big part of a tripel, or just about any Belgian beer, for that matter, this lacks. It's pretty boozy too, so the overall impression isn't amazing.

Speaking of boozy, the alcohol in Kerberos spikes out of the flavor profile too much, although this really depends on the serving temperature (I bought a four-pack and have noticed different alcohol presence each time). The best thing about this beer is a cookie-dough kind of breadiness, which can only be obtained by getting that little bit of sludge at the bottom into the glass. I found this out by chance, unintentionally leaving some in the bottle and then giving a quick swirl and pour after I was three-fourths of the way through the whole thing. Overall you'll get peach and pear sweetness some green apple, a few pie-like spices (nutmeg, cinnamon), even a little black pepper...but due to the alcohol dominance and lack of yeast character, it needs some work.

Mouthfeel is just fine, extremely buttery, plenty of body, even a bit creamy with enough carbonation to keep it from feeling like goo.

I've always felt Flying Dog did better with big beers than their more sessionable stuff, but maybe not in this case. I'd recommend it if you're a tripel fan and like to try each and every example of the style, good or bad. This is somewhere between good and bad, hanging in that nebulous area where you've got some nice traits but some problems as well.

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Photo of ChrisBakken
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

for 8.5 ABV had a very smooth finish/drink ability. i would not consider this a true tripel, more of an American twist. overall a very drinkable beer and not overpriced (my opinion). reminds me of many flying dog beers, very "nontraditional" take but deliver a very strong product.

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Kerberos Tripel from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 350 ratings