Petrus Gouden Tripel
De Brabandere

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Belgian Tripel
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3.72 | pDev: 12.37%
De Brabandere
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Photo of josanguapo
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From Lidl. 75 cl. In Grimbergen cup. Playing Avadon 3. Fine tripel, smooth feel and with maybe with the charasteristc notes of the style a bit too soft, but drinks easily and doesnt affect head

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Photo of Hanglow
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

this one is 8%

Pours hazy golden, head that lasts, lots of carb.

sweet, standard belgiany yeast-peppery nose. Uninspiring.

Carbonic dryness hits you in taste, it's quite novel to get that first. oily, bitterness on the end. Not particularly moreish. little malt or hop flavours.

Fairly light in body, high carb.

there are many better tripels out there.

Once again I'm left a bit confused, why have so much alcohol in a beer that has so little going on in aroma and flavour. It's clearly technically well brewed, the head lasts like it would into next week but this gives me no reason to want to drink it other than get smashed on it. And if I'm wanting that, then some vodka+coke would be cheaper, quicker and have more flavour.

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Photo of babaracas
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Delayed gusher. Seems like the kind of thing the drunk monk-ish figure on the label might pull, while he stands there looking like a dummy who doesn't understand metaphor, holding both a chalice of tripel AND a literal key (to heaven, one supposes).

Hazy (sediment) dull orange with one finger of fizzy white foam. A few rings of lace stick. Smell: bready and sweet with pear and white peach and notes of pepper and butterscotch. Taste: cooked red apple, caramelized pear upfront; grainy middle with peach skin gets overrun by spiciness on top a plummy backdrop; finishing peppery with the paradoxical sticky-dry finish. Pretty solid tripel, nothing more.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.77/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale gold with a light haze and effervescent bubbles accompanying. There's tons of yeast in this bottle as it gushed a bit when it opened and is pouring a head that's too tall to measure. After a few minutes it subsides for the rest of the sampling.

Lots of old, oaky, hardware store aromas with stale butterscotch, zucchini squash, and ginger. Some old ass aromas also. Just not very pleasant.

Flavor is really old butterscotch disc with some stale belgian spices, caramel, and stale malt. All of this staleness is telling me that perhaps this is a really old bottle.

Light bodied, into medium bodied, and nicely carbonated.

I hate to rate this so low as I may have gotten an ancient bottle. But this was literally a drain pour from the get. Just going to nonchalantly dump this while looking the other direction.

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Photo of OlaB
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: gives a light golden color. A decent top of head that disolves quickly. Some lacings on the glass.

S: I sense sweet yeast ,honey,burned sugar , fruits like apples and citrus. The typical aroma for a triple.

T&F: it starts of sweet with the yeast and and the fruity notes in the start. I sense both fruits like apples and citrus also I get a feeling of honey and candi sugar. In the middle and in the finish i tend to notice more the hoppy bitterness especially in the aftertaste that I don't think is last so long as it should. But all Inn all it does taste like a typical triple.

O: all Inn all a good triple but not at all extraordinary. Would not mind more flavours in this one. Is other triples I would choose over this one. Exept from this it was good and enjoyable.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: very prominent 3 finger head, pale gold in appearance, effervescent, good retention
S: grain and apple, a touch of tartness and dryness, subtle notes of hop bitterness
T: sweet, malty boozy and kind of basic, touches of green apple, a rather prominent bitterness that does not make the beer crisp in a pleasant way (just adds an unpleasant astringency)
M: sticky but also dry in places (I know, but it is)
O: not great, I've had american tripels that were better and that's a serious slam, it's not that this is bad, there is just absolutely nothing special about it, basic, takes less than 5 minutes to describe the flavor, in a word (and only one left) boring

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Photo of sjdevel
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful gold color. Very clear. 2+ finger head and a very think and dense foam. Decent head retention. Great lacing that continues on.

Malt, bread, caramel, biscuit, yeast. Quite sweet and desserty.

Slight bite up front, followed by rush of sweet lightly toasted bread, biscuit, and crackers. When the sweet backs off, nice fruity white grape and white wine flavors make themselves known.

Decent mouthfeel that is in the medium rage.

This one was very good. This beer was very flavorful and actually surprised me. This one gets high marks, but I’m not sure if it is the highest rated Tripel out there. I would get this one again.

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Didn't like the Dubbel much, hoping this is better..!

Some beer makers are better with the blonde/lagers, others the dark ones. Only a few brewers seem to nail both, like Chimay.

This works well as a blonde. Nice bitterness that complements the sweetness.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed form the 11.2 oz bottle in a snifter from a friend at work---THANKS TONY!

This tripel pours a clear light honey color with a moderate head of white foam that dissipates to a thick sudsy ring, thin pooling layer, and light lacing. Nose of yeasty Belgian goodness and sweet candy sugars. Flavors exceed the nose with light breaded candy touched malts on all sides with notes of light cracker that comes into the middle mingling nicely with yeasty bread and moderate alcohol on the rear. Light mouthfeel with a lightly dry finish and light carbonation. Excellent.


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Photo of Bitterbill
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light gold after gushing all over the place when I popped the cap. Nice looking with a solid 1" head of foam and nice lacing.

It smells malty sweet with the sweet actually being more like honey than caramel. Yeasty as well with another sweet note reminiscent of candi sugar.

Honey dominates the taste factor with some candi sugar and well, no perceivable bitterness to balance it out. Tripel...

Lightish body and despite the gushing, the carbonation is okay.

Bottled the 145th day of 2014, from the mixed 6 pack.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours gold with white head that leaves sticky lace. Nose is a bit dull...nothing special. Taste was better, honey is most prominent flavor. Some other reviewer state it is dry...not sure how that's possible since mine is overly sweet. Sweetness became more prominent as beer warmed. Full mouthfeel but little finish.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into tulip. Small white head, which quickly dissolves with no lacing left behind. Some lazy bubbles, medium/medium low carbonation. So far, seems a little off for the style. Clear gold color, gorgeous, really. Full mouthfeel, thicker than expected. Aroma of spices, cloves, coriander, banana, white grapes. Taste follows, more grapes, with some pear. Most of the backend is pear. Smooth, no hint of alcohol.

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Photo of stevoj
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Yet another exemplary Belgian tripel. Poured with thick towering head into tulip, aroma is honey, vanilla and bread. Mouth feel is smooth and velvety, taste hits the mark perfectly. Yummy!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of bready malt, apple and pear juice, cloves. Flavor is light stone fruit and pear, semi-sweet bready, lightly caramel malt, clove and coriander; finishes with light spice bitterness. Medium bodied with a nice mouth feel. A classically flavored Belgian tripel, perhaps a bit on the sweeter side, but not out of style. Nice fruit and spicing. Well done for the semi-sweet style of tripel.

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Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Streaming bubbles in the tall Maredsous goblet. Color is dull golden with a fine, low cap of foam. Quite spritzy on the tongue.

Spicy and phenolic. This has what I think of as the classic Belgian fruity and musty taste. Not my personal favorite, but it's an interesting traditional flavor. Sort of sweet and cornbread tasting. Mellow with an intriguing twist of pomegranate and vanilla.

From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Servall Liquor in San Diego.

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Photo of spoony
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a 330 ml bottle (an indecipherable code is printed on the bottle) into a tulip.

A-The beer is crystal clear and pale-golden-straw in color. There is a stream or two of carbonation visible to support the two-finger tall head of white foam. Retention is roughly a minute and no lacing is left behind. Somewhat odd looking for a tripel...looks more like an American BMC-style lager.

S-The aroma opens with a fruity metallic twang that suggests cider, white grape, and apple juice. There is a bit if bubblegum yeast aroma in there and a touch of dough, but also an off-putting malted graininess that -- like the appearance -- suggests a BMC-style lager.

T-The taste tracks the smell with a bit less fruit/cider flavor, but still a rather uninspiring malt flavor that tastes a bit like cooked corn. The alcohol is medicinal and there is still a bit of metallic twang. The finish has a vague, hoppy bitterness and grainy crispness. Very little Belgian yeast flavor.

M-The feel is quite light for the style with assertive carbonation that, again, wouldn't feel out of place if I were drinking a Bud Light.

O-I am pretty disappointed in this beer. I like some other Petrus offerings, but this one misses the mark in pretty much every category. I find the cooked corn maltiness to be especially odd here and the other flavors are strangely fruity and unbalanced. The assertive carbonation also detracts from the rest of the beer.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy golden brown with some suspended sediment. The head is off-white, small, and coarse, but retains well. This, scattered, fine-beaded lacing coats the glass walls. There is slight and slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Dense aroma of honey dominates the aroma. Cloves, coriander, orange rind and honey are notable as well. Spicy alcohol, as well as a sweet dessert bread add to the complexity.

Taste: Opens with a strong, spicy note, soon followed by a wave of modest earthy hop flavors. Bitter apple rind soon follows, with a wave of brown sugar, and prominent spicy alcohol. Finishes slightly sweet and earthy, with a pleasant warming note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and full, with zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A fine example with pleasing complexity.

Presentation: Packaged in an eleven-point-two ounce Euro-style long neck bottle, with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Badger6
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a chilled 750 ml corked bottle into a Petrus tulip (came in gift pack with the beer).

A: Golden color, slightly hazy. Chunky white head, good retention, heavy lacing.

S: Green grapes, pears, mild spices, and floral notes.

T: Grainy malt, grapes and pears right up front. Some sweetness, but not overpowering, that gives over to a mild bitter at the end.

M: Light and well carbonated. Slightly dry finish, ends crisply, clean feel.

O: An outstanding Belgian tripel. Crisp, clean, easy to drink. Not heavy at all. Everything feels in balance and each part complements the others, nothing is out of place. Drank this on a cold winter night, need to revisit the review on a humid 80 degree summer evening and see how it compares, I suspect it will be even better in that environment.

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Photo of MrBoz21
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden yellow, creamy white head that fully dissapates. Lots of carbonation.

Very slight pear and booze

Taste is dry and astringent with spicy backbone.

Mouthfeel: Tingly and dry.

Overall: Quite quaffable and has substance. Leans to dry and bitter.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from an over sized wine glass

A - Pous a slightly hazy golden colour with a two fingered throthy head that laces and reatins well

S - Lager like grains with sweetness and spiced citrus

T - Up front some lager/champagne like grains with mild amounts of the classic tripel spice and citrus. The finish is a little sticky sweet but yet dry.

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation

O - Great warm weather beer that would go well with some sharp cheddar, gouda etc. Overall an interesting tripel.

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Photo of D_Unzicker
4.67/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I poured this out of a chilled 750 ml corked bottle into a pint Chalice.

Appearance: Golden in color, white head, mildly cloudy.

Smell: It smells of green grapes and has a hint of floral hoppiness.

Taste: Grain, Green grapes, sweet, slightly bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: There is a sustained feel that lingers on the back of your tongue and throat

Overall: This beer is fabulous. Very Smooth, crisp, flavorful, but also delicate. This beer is very well balanced. This is a great beer for a hot day in the spring or summer

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell: minerals, caramel, subtle citrus and rose notes

Taste: balsamic vinegar, with caramel, yeast, bright grains, and rose notes

As expected from a Flanders brewery, there's going to be some tartness. This is almost as odd as a gulden drak when it comes to tripels, but it is still enjoyable and should be tried at least twice

Pair this beer with a good quality hamburger with white cheddar, or, some Belgian style fries and some aioli or spiced ketchup.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, honey, and spiced fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with honey and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting spiced fruit aroma and flavor.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: Best by 07/22/2013
Glass: Tulip

Petrus' tripel is a fairly subdued version of the style, with sweetish pale malts and mild apple/pear fruit esters leading the aroma and flavor charge. The simplicity doesn't work against this beer, though for a tripel it feels a bit uncomplicated and somewhat lacking. An average tripel, not something I see myself returning to again.

Pours a very tall head of small to large-sized bubbles (large making up the top 3/4, small the bottom 1/4), which has above average retention, lasting several minutes. The head gradually falls to a 0.5cm cap atop the body, leaving modest lacing along the sides of the glass in the form of a few large spots and irregular lines. The body is a deep gold color, transparent, with light bringing out a deep, cool, pale yellow color. Carbonation is very extensive and quite active.

Aroma of pale malt sugars, cooked corn (DMS), and less noticeable yeast and uncut apple and pear scents. Not particularly wonderful, but not terrible, either.

The dominant flavors are pale malt sweetness and apple/pear fruit esters, with background flavors of honey, yeast, and bittering hops. Opens with pale malt sweetness, apple and pear flavors, very mild honey and yeast. Mid-palate finds continued pale malt sweetness, apple/pear flavors, mild honey, some beer-soaked white bread, and even more mild European hop bitterness. Back of palate continues to taste pale malt sweetness, mild honey, white bread, apple/pear esters, and lightly bittering hops. Aftertaste is of pale malt sweetness, honey, slight European bittering hops, and slight yeast.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium intensity. The resulting mouthfeel is slightly fizzy, then smooth and foamy. No ethanol is detected on the palate. Closes dry, with moderate stickiness remaining on the palate.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.61/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours out a massive head, and it goes no where, settling into a dense meringue. Hazy, yellow body.

Really good aroma of fresh bread, floral hops, fruity yeast, and something akin to a unique water source scent.

Big carbonation and bubbly body help hide the 7.5% strength. Kicks off bready/yeasty, then a floral/herbal hop bite cuts it all off dry. Very nice.

Really solid Tripel! Maybe my favorite ever. So easy to drink, no indication of its strength. And the flavor is so well balanced and delicious. Loving this!

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Petrus Gouden Tripel from De Brabandere
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 413 ratings