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Petrus Gouden Tripel | De Brabandere

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Petrus Gouden TripelPetrus Gouden Tripel

Brewed by:
De Brabandere

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 413 |  Reviews: 255
Reviews by JimTeal:
Photo of JimTeal
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, I did not plan to review this rather odd Petrus offering, but the unusual reviews from others dragged me into the discussion. This is an extremely fine mediocre Belgian. True it is nothing special, but Total Wine offered a four pack special and the price justified giving Gulden Tripel a try, it is well worth the discounted price. I hesitate to judge a brew by the price, but I always fall back on Anchor Steam or Sierra Nevada for precisely that reason, fine beer and justified price. Now, as what to expect, nice clean taste and appearance, decent head with average carbonation. I detect a touch of citrus closing out a very acceptable alcohol level, no bitterness and about half way through the clean finish actually begins to please the tastebuds. I will not stock up cases for aging, but I will be more than happy to run out of Total Wine with another four pack.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mickeymac
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Lucky Baldwin's on the Pasadena pub crawl. Based on reviews, I'm assuming that this beer is better out of the keg than out of the bottle. It has a nice refreshing citrus smell with a hint of peach or apricot. The flavor is somewhat light for a tripel, but it's thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless. In addition to a flavor a little on the light side for the style, the mouthfeel was just slightly on the thin side. However, it's a very drinkable tripel. Overall, a very nice beer on tap.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a clear golden color, the head was big white and very fizzy. As it settles it leave a few bubbles along the glass and has a pretty good retention on the surface of the beer. The smell of the beer is full of grains, wheat and some spice on the nose. The taste of the beer is pretty good, up front there is some sweet wheat flavors with a touch of spice in there, then the aftertaste gives off some flavors of clove, lemon and oats. The mouthfeel is a really nicely carbonated and even had a light creamy texture to it. Overall It's a pretty impressive brew, I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this 750ml bottle a few months ago and indulged on 17OCT12 while enjoying one of the few remaining warm, Fall days...

Poured into a small tulip glass. It was mostly clear, and medium-golden hued. Head was a healthy, fluffy mass of white foam. It lasted quite well, ebbing slowly and it left excellent lacing. Nose was mild, with some bready qualities plus some tropical fruit. Medium in body, the feel had a touch of prickliness on the tongue, yet it was still solid.

Tasted light sweetness of some crackery malt and it was a little doughy. Mild green fruit (pear, apple) came into play, and it was quite on the dry side. Had a touch of peppery spice near the finish. Not bad, but nothing to write home about either. Prosit!


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Photo of WhiteOak
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Hazy amber with a yellowy-green glow. A vigorous pour gives three fingers of a big off-white head, like rocky seafoam. Very lacy.

S- Aroma of golden raisins, yeasty dough, rusty iron, and bath soap.

T- Simple flavor of sweet glazed pastry rolls. A bit of sourness on the mid-palate and bitterness on the finish.

M, D- Sweet and one dimensional. Could have used more CO2 to lift up the flat sweetness.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle tried 23 Jun 2009.

Poured in a 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter. Loud 'pop' upon uncorking. Very large, swiss cheesy, foamy white head. Slightly hazy bright golden yellow color. Well carbonated. Yeasty, appley, lemony aroma. Tastes a bit clovey to start, some cidery sweetness throughout. Medium body. A dry champagne like finish. Ethanol warming in finish. Aftertaste is crisp, somewhat bitter.

Easy to drink, nice aroma, a little light in flavor.

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Photo of Badger6
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
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 StevieW
4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smallish 12 oz bottle, green and gold foil label. Monk holding his beer on the label. Cloudy golden color, always with a rich creamy full off-white head. Smell is somewhat citrus dominated with a hint of yeast sourness to match. Taste is a crisp combination of citrus, light hoppy resin, then great belgian yeasty goodness to finish. Crisp, dry, and refreshing finisher. Great beer to have with lunch, I like to match it with an oven roasted turkey and cheese. One of my all-time favorite beers. I can't believe this is only the 4th review of it.

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Photo of mattfancett
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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 ItsBeer4Me
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aracauna
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big head, but not out of control. Bright golden body writhes with steaming bubbles. Aroma is Juicy Fruit, lemon peel and a time bit of spice. The flavor is slightly tart. Unlike most triples, you can actually taste the dry, hay-like malt. Usually yeast byproduct flavors overwhelm the malt. The finish is dry and short. The flavor is a bit mild but bright and easy drinking. The mouthfeel has a distinct bite to it.

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Photo of impending
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml into a tulip. Opened with an explosive PoP, upon last twist of loosening the cage it rocketed and could have literally taken an eye out. Crystal clear light golden copper, towering dense frothy head, superb lacing.

Aroma of yeasty sweet light skinned fruits.

Taste disappoints as a quiet metallic note doesn't wait for the aftertaste before appearing, it is front and center as if by design. Light bodied prickly mouthfeel.

Not much to add, mediocre.

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Photo of jreitman
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold color that cleared up as it warmed. Nice thick white head. Pretty good head retention and carbonation, visible well after pouring. Clean citrus/fruit nose. Only slight hint of hops. Clean, crisp and dry. Very refreshing.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Wildman
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice golden color and formed an amazing white head which left some nice lace. Heavy, lovely amount of carbonation common to this style(level similar to a champagne. It had a citrus aroma with a slight element of hops. The taste was of hops and citrus. The finish was a bit foamy and slightly tart. Nice beer.

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Photo of sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of yemenmocha
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours flourescent yellow, with brightly contrasting white head.

Nose is a mixed melody of tropical fruits and esters.

Flavor wise, the beer is noticeably high in alcohol at first, but then you can settle into the balance of tropical flavors, especially banana, yeasty/estery notes, and pleasant bubble gum.

Finish is long and medium sweet.

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Photo of Fatheranderson
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Well I bought this beer on a whim from a local store known as Metzler's (great barbecue joint down here in TX, and the best place in the Denton area for finding gourmet beers). Honestly I thought it was ultra pricey at first ($18.00 and change) but I didn't realize it came with the glass, so that's definitely a nice little bonus to get with it.

Appearance: Clean, dark gold. Head is large, white, and luxurious, with some retention and quite a bit of lacing.

Smell: Bananas dominate the smell, with just a hint of alcohol and maybe some hops.

Taste: Honestly? Tastes like banana bread. Smooth, drinkable, delicious. You really can't detect the alcohol as you're drinking it, and it tends to sneak up on you, which is a good thing because otherwise it might ruin the delicate flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick, breadlike, hard to describe the feel really, but it feels good overall.

Drinkability: Wow, this is one of those beers that's hard to find a match for. I can see it being a desert beer, but it definitely doesn't fit with a meal. I can't see it as a beer I'd drink after mowing the lawn on a hot day, but I can definitely see it being something I drink over a game of poker or just a really good discussion with friends. It's too sophisticated for anything else.

Overall: A superior gourmet beer. I'd definitely recommend this for things like philosophical discussions, or poker games, but honestly I can recommend it for a marathon beer or even as a compliment for any kind of meals I can think of. That said, it'd go great with ice cream, or warm brownies, or something like that. I dunno, it's just too unique for a serious meal pairing.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer kind of strikes me as a "beginner’s Belgian". Pours a cloudy dark yellow color with a thick and foamy white head. Decent lacing. Champagne-like aroma with some fruit and yeast. Medium-bodied with a pleasantly fruity flavor, along with some yeast, pepper and light hops. The finish is citrusy and lightly spiced. The beer is well done, and despite not being very complex it is a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottle code 38596. Pours very hazy golden orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of apple, pear, apricot, grape, honey, bread, herbal, floral, candi sugar, earthiness, and lightly spicy yeast esters; some slight cardboard but its not too noticeable. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/malty notes. Taste of apple, pear, apricot, honey, grape, bread, herbal, floral, candi sugar, earthiness, and lightly spicy yeast esters. Lingering notes of light fruits, bread, honey, herbal, grass, candi sugar, earthiness, and light spicy yeast esters on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/malty notes; with zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly slick and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Tripel. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/malty notes; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale orange golden colored brew, very cloudy. The initial pour produces a large white head, but it dies pretty quickly down to a thin covering of lace. The aroma is filled with sweet fruit and a bit of citrus. Some alcohol in there as well as a bready yeast hint.

Carbonation is strong, but not overpowering, just enough to give you a little bite. The flavor has a nice sweet character as well as a bit of tartness from citrus. There is a bit more bread and yeast flavor to balance. The body is medium, but it is on the heavier side. Alcohol is well hidden, but you will know of its presence at times. It is a pretty good drinker as well. This is a pretty good one. It is really nothing out of this world, but it is a quality brew.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of aaronh
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

8.4 oz bottle.

Pours a hazy mid-amber/orange color. The thick, beautiful white head clings to the sides of the glass and shows excellent retention. The aroma is very malty, with subtle hints of yeast and coriander. Maybe a hint of orange peel in there as well. Wow, what a great aroma. The taste is defninitely a triple, with a good spiciness, alcohol and malt sweetness, and a smooth, slightly bitter finish. Lingering spice on the aftertaste is nice. But there's also a subtle and unusual citrus/sour component that really cuts the sweetness of this beer. The mouthfeel is very nice, with a very fine carbonation bouying the solid malt backbone on the tongue. The drinkability is very good, from the flavor to the finish, mouthfeel to ABV. Possibly one of the more drinkable triples I've had, as it isn't going to last much longer than the time it takes to write this review. I can see why the monk on the bottle is so happy. This is simply a terrific beer. I must make some space for this one on a regular basis.

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Photo of desint
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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Petrus Gouden Tripel from De Brabandere
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