Kerberos Tripel | Flying Dog Brewery

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Kerberos TripelKerberos Tripel
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Kerberos TripelKerberos Tripel

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: 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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Photo of UnionMade
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in a mixed four-pack.
Clear honey gold, with a thin layer of white head forming a coating on top. Holds a collar of foam, but no lacing.
Smells very sweet and fruity. Belgian candi sugar and fruit-stripe gum, mostly. Strong toasty, pilsy malt, with a hint of floral european hops.
The flavor is sweet, very sweet. Some spicy belgian yeast notes and floral hops even things out, but the overall impression is sweet, sugar coated tropical fruit. Dried papaya and apple chips. Toasty, honeyed malt, moving into a strongly penolic, spicy finish. Finishes fairly dry. Active carbonation holds everything together without getting too exuberant.
Enjoyable, but heavy handed and somewhat one-sided. Lacks the real depth you'd find with the strongest examples of the style.

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

Vintage 2008 bottle date; Sampled June 2008
A vigorous pour only produces a fat, one-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is brilliantly clear with a copper color that shows a rich gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is lightly fruit with soft vanilla-like aromas to it. Aromas of pear, green apple, green raisins and sweet grain notes of grassy honey are balanced by a light spiciness reminiscent of white pepper, some earthy coriander / sage notes and even a touch of mustiness. The aroma seems to have most of the "right" flavors, but for some reason seems to be lacking in presence, in its ability to express itself; for some reason it seems a bit muted to me.

Thick and creamy feeling up front, the beer has a persistent carbonation which only lightly intrudes on the viscous, palate coating body that this brew has. While perhaps not the heaviest Tripel, it does seem to have quite a bit of body for the style. The beer finishes with a woody, black pepper spiciness, some hop bitterness and a touch of warming / spicy, higher alcohols. The finish also has a bit of tongue numbing character to it with some turpene-like phenolics that lean towards clove. The creamy texture seems to accentuate light flavors reminiscent of vanilla, honey-like malt and some fruity notes of white-wine grapes (unfermented of course) along with a slight mineral-like almost metallic note. Other fruit notes of not-quite-ripe melon and star fruit join other notes of ginger and an herbal flavor that lurks just under the sweetness.

An interesting attempt, it is just a bit too thick and sweet to be near my ideal of a Tripel. The flavors are pretty nice, it just has a tendency to get a bit cloying and the aroma is a bit more muted than one would expect.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of alexgash
3.39/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Slight haze in a golden-orange body. Small, short-lived light beige head. In my book, a bottled tripel should have a big rocky head. Tropical fruits, apple juice, honey, and some peppery spice on the nose. Singed malts and mild hop bitterness up front. Tropical fruits and hay fill up the palate. Hint of strawberry. Some apple juice. Becomes a little boozy, with a slightly medicinal, peppery edge. Finish of lingering sugary fruits and pepper. Medium body with a slightly fizzy feel. Sticky in the finish. Not that bad, but could be much better.

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Photo of bashiba
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy burnt orange color with a light soap ring of head, mild retention and light lacing.

Smell is very mild with just a touch of yeast and mango.

Flavor is mild and sweet with some nice hints of yeast, tropical fruits, a bit of clove and pepper with just a hint of lemony hops.

Mouthfeel is a touch oily with good carbonation.

Not to bad, but a bit on the mild and tame side.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle an amber-orange with a light, thin white head.

Aroma of sweet malts, Belgian yeast, and a touch of dark fruits.

The taste was big with a nice Belgian spice to it along with some sweet malts, apples, orange, and apricot.

Medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

I was impressed by this Tripel from Flying Dog. Quite enjoyable and easy to drink for sure.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy golden-apricot. Frothy white head dissipates quickly to a thin ring.

Aroma is tropical fruit and alcohol. Mild yeasty spices.

Taste is candy sweet, with plenty of orange peel and honey. Slightly bready. Yeasty finish brings spices - clove and coriander. Alcohol has a strong presence throughout.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick and syrupy.

Overall, the general sweetness seems cloying to me. Alcohol has too strong of a presence. Flavors in general seems a little flat and uninspiring. Needs more carbonation to aid the mouthfeel. It's worth a try, but just doesn't compare to a true Belgian.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From the Canis Major four-pack, Vintage 08AA. Served in the Unibroue tasting tulip at between cellar and refrigerator temperaure, and paired with baked salmon with dill and a baked potato.

Appearance- Pours a burnished medium gold, perfectly clear thus far, with a two finger bone white crown. Lots of activity inside the glass, the streaming carbonation is made up of both large and small bubbles. Three minutes pass and the head is a faint broken rim, and there is some patchy lacing left behind.

Smell- Down the Jersey shore there are public restrooms that don't allow changing right on the boardwalk... the smell is of saltwater, seagulls, towels, and bathing suits. I have no idea why, but this beer's aroma reminds me of those things. There are some faint grassy hops, lemons, grains, and spices in there, some white pepper as well, but nothing that brings to mind the best of what a Tripel can be.

Taste- A truly Belgian experience from Maryland... a terrific, extremely balanced showing of hay, grass, spicy hops, and nice bittering dryness in the finish. This beer is improving as it comes to cellar temperature... it's actually one of the most wine-like brews I've had in months. The alcohol is showing its stuff halfway through this tasting, but it isn't obtrusive. An American Burgundian with some real substance.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Clearly the beer's best feature, the mouthfeel is near perfect. The smooth, slick, seafoamy texture is soft and creamy after a few seconds in the mouth... and it goes down with zero alcohol heat in the throat. I'm enjoying this particular beer as I would a good dessert wine... with reflection after every sip.

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Photo of atsprings
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lifeless crisp orange with a thin incomplete head that quickly dissapates to nothing. Aroma is some sweet malts and spice. Taste is slightly better than I expected, some sweet malts and spice, orange peel and slight corriander. The beer is medium bodied with some warming alcohol. This is about what I'd expect from an American filtered six-pack tripel, maybe if they'd do a corked, unfiltered 750mL release like Weyerbacher and Victory, it would be better.

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Photo of Goliath
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden, almost amber color with a thin white head. Very poor retention and no lace.

Aroma is not too impressive. Some sweet malty tones witha touch of fruit, but a big boozy factor.

Taste is unimpressive. A light fruitiness and not much else with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is thin and gently carbonated.

Drinkability is low. Alcohol is pushing the high end and flavor is unimpressive. Everything just seems off. Leave this one to the Belgians please.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. 8.5% ABV, 27 IBU. Vintage 08 on the label. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with some orange hues. Thin white head disappears immediately, resulting in disappointment.

A bit of phenol and spice in the nose. A bit of ripe fruit as well. Nose still seems just a bit restrained.

Slightly bready malt, with a bit of spice, and phenols. Lacking the real yeasty character. Flavors are still good, and clean. A bit of bitterness at the end.

Mouth is too full and undercarbonated for the style. Some alcohol is noticable. Not bad overall, but doesn't seem to fit the profile of a tripel. Worth trying.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a clear, yellow-golden color with an effervescent, bubbly head that quickly dissipates. The smell has some spicy phenols, cloves, bananas and a warming alcohol presence. The taste is very much represented by the nose; very spicy but the alcohol seems to be well subdued and is only slightly noticeable in a minute warming sensation of the throat. The mouthfeel is slightly under carbonated, slightly heavier than I had expected and dry. Drinkability is excellent, the 8.5% is barely noticeable.

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Photo of ATPete
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle scooped up in the Canis Major 4 pack.

A- Pours an orange/amber color with a small white head that vanishes very quickly leaving a triangular patch of foam in the glass. Small, steady but slow rising carbonation rises from the etching in my Chimay goblet. No sediment.

S- A winey nose, grapes, orange, apple, sweet bread, a bit of earthy dirty tones, and an odd yeast character. Not bad odd, just something im not familiar with.

T- Apple juice comes to mind. Lots of other fruit notes, ripe orange, red grapes. The malts are very grainy and have a very nice toasty quality about them. Hop bitterness, grass, citrus, alcohol appear on the finish.

M- Good mouth feel, medium, a bit of astringent qualitys at times, a bit too mild for a tripel but then again this is filtered. This is no yeast bomb here, just clean, clear, uninterrupted flavors.

D- This is a damn good beer. Remember folks, this is no Belgian, just a Belgian style interpreted. One of the better, more balanced, and more thought out beers i've had from FD...

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Photo of drxandy
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz to thistle glass, pours a golden peachy color, white head that fades, nice lacing of bubbles

smells of belgian yeast and not much more

tastes of belgian yeast (banana, clove), bitter, smooth drinking, seems lighter in malt load than most tripels i've had

mouthfeel is crisply carbonated, easily drinkable

a sort-of disappointment from flying dog, a weak tripel in comparison to many others

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Photo of firkinhophead
2.7/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had high hopes for this one, since I really liked the Gonzo and the Double Dog, but this seemed like a mess to me.

Pours brownish gold with almost no head. A few bubbles can be stirred up with a swirl.

Aroma is of vague overripe fruit, candi sugar, some alcohol.

Taste is sweet and unctious, with some bruised apricot, some apple tartness, some floral hops and a hint of clove. Finish is astringent and phenolic.

Mouthfeel is flat and syrupy upfront, with an unpleasant bitterness in the finish.

Overall, just not enjoyable at all. None of the characteristics of a tripel are there in a satisfactory way.

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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 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 indiapaleale
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden color with a thin lacy head. There is some haziness to it and its very apparent that this is not a thin watery beer. Lots of nice tiny bubbles make this beer look alive and well.

The smell is wheaty, yeasty and pancake syrupy. I also get small amounts of clove, some dark fruit and some other spiciness. As it warms there are some definite earth (dirt and grass) tones as well.

Tastes slightly bitter with some sweetness up front. The aftertaste is dry with some subtle spiciness. Its also quite warming thanks to the high ABV, which is to be expected from a tripel, but its also amazingly easy to drink.

I like that this beer is bottle conditioned and that Flying Dog has branched out to another style, that is always commendable. Its a good attempt at a rather difficult style.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a stained maple amber color. Very lacking in head, foam, and very, very light bubbling if any. This tripel needs a little more co2. The aroma is a bready sweet, molasses malt, with hints of roses. The first sip is fruits with rosey finishes and faint herbal bitterness. The taste finish pretty quick though. Sweet muffins with a melange of light fruit syrups. The palate is fruit, a little warm, and complex with the malts. The hops are gently lingering in the back of the palate with each sip. Most tripels don't give off any hop flavors. Good too sip, but I think they still need to study just a little harder on the real Belgian brewing styles.

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Photo of larsee01
3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz into glass goblet

A- Nice, deep amber color. No head. NO HEAD!! What gives? Surpisingly little carbonation ascending. Is this beer a lemon?

S--Sugary sweet. I like the mild, fruity yeast. But VERY mild. Almost bland.

T--Sweet mild maltiness up front, with some back of tounge bitterness and hoppiness to balance. Touch of spiciness. 8.5 ABV well hidden. Mild sourdough aftertaste. Agreeable. Approachable. But not challenging. Lack of carbonation and head (not to mention lack of boldness or complexity) would make this a "beginners" tripel, I suppose. But if you began with this, wouldn't you possible stop here?

M--Dry and crisp despite sweetness. OK. Look, I don't dislike this beer; and would gladly accept one if someone had it at a party. I'm just saying this doesn't come close to many other tripels out there.

D--Yeah, it's drinkable. Pretty easy for a higher ABV brew.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Fresh pear, spicy background peppery notes, a slight bit of honey, and moderate floral/fruity esters.

Appearance: Clear golden efferevescent pour with a thin bone white cap.

Flavor: More honey and fruit flavors that remind me of fresh pear slices. A touch of white pepper fades in and out. No hop flavors noted but it finishes very dry to balance out all the fruit and honey flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, high carbonation, and very crisp. No astringency or alcohol heat (very deceptive).

Overall impression: A well-crafted tripel. Probably not as much yeast character as some others but that's ok with me. I'm not a big fan of funky Belgians. This is deceptively easy drinking and very refreshing. Flying Dog is really impressing me with their latest line up. This would be a good beer for people that aren't fans of Belgian beer but looking to branch out a bit. Strongly recommended.

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Photo of Raymond69
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden honey color. Small head , no lacing.

Slight grainy sweetness.

I'm getting a slight bubblegum, clove sweetness. No hops in profile. Some alcohol coming through.

Mouthfeel is dry, good carbonation.

Overall a pretty nice tripel. Recommended.

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Photo of jmacdaddy2008
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer reminded me of Bell's sparkling ale. Poured a clear golden color with off-white foamy head. Tiny bubbles rose from the bottom of the glass through out the tasting.
Smelled of yeast and sweetness but not an over powering smell
Alcohol taste was well hidden yet produced a sweet finish
good tripel very drinkable for 8.5%. I have a feeling this on would creep up on you if you don't watch out

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Photo of dsa7783
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single, 12 oz bottle just copped today from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $2.99... Originally part of a four-pack Flying Dog, "Big Dog" Series four-pack...
This is the last beer I have yet to sample from the "Big Dog" series... Glad to have finally found this one...
Lackluster pour... mediocore appearance... light, golden-colored, clear, and lucid with hardly any head and a minimal head that left a very small amount of lacing...
Sweet, floral-laden aroma with hints of honey thrown into the mix...
Taste was pretty good for an American Tripel, but probably couldn't stand up to some of the better Belgian representations...
Taste was abound with hints of honey, citrus, golden, candied sugars, phenols, and florals...
All in all, a good American Tripel, but nothing above and beyond... on the bright side, the alcohol wasn't too detectable...

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Photo of Wildman
3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy yellow amber color and formed a small bubbly white head that left trace lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation was present. An aroma of malt, cloves, pepper, Belgian yeasts and spices. The flavor was of malt, clove and candy sweetness. The body was medium light and slightly creamy and the finish sweet yet a bit astringent. Not a bad tripel.

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Photo of mcallister
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper orange color. Lacking depth of hue with small wite head that shows some yellowish. Fades into some sporadic lacing. Carbonation bubbles galore.

Nice aromas. Candy sugar, belgian spices, yeasty, with a clove and caramel characteristic that flows into a bit of apple fruit.

Nice laid back american brewed triple that is very easy drinking and shows no alcohol. Creamy in the middle with clove and candy sugar on the finish. Caramel covered apples, grass, belgian yeast and spice with a bit of honeysuckle. Nice drinking.

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