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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002

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Photo of nunzo
5/5  rDev +35.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of JarMills
4.71/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of D_Unzicker
4.67/5  rDev +26.2%
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 WynnO
4.62/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of claytri
4.62/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a wonderful honey gold. With plenty of sediment to give it a wonderful haze. It had a fingers of medium to rocky head that stayed. The aroma was sweet and fruity with a dash of tartness, sort of watermelon citrus promising a wonderful mixture. The taste was very unlike the aroma, but was very good. Extremely malty, the beer has a smooth almost syrupy taste to it. It has a very mellow banana taste to it, that has a real alcohol bite. The aftertaste is almost pure malt. The feel is incredible. It is a heavy creamy beer that has a lot of body and carbonation. I had been sitting on my last bottle of Petrus Old Bruin and now I can say I have found a more readily available alternative.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.61/5  rDev +24.6%
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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Photo of drperm
4.58/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

OK, I'm reviewing the "Petrus Gouden Tripel," the one with the nice subdued label that says, "The key to Heaven" on it. I'm assuming this is the same thing (???). It would be a shame if it isn't, because the beer that I had was absolutely incredibly delicious. I'd love to have someone shed some light on this for me!

Appearance: Gold in liquid form. A lovely Belgian head.

Aroma: Graham crackers, straw, apples, bananas

Taste: Citrus tartness. Solid and excellent. Leaves me craving more.

Palate: Refreshing. Quenching. Alcohol content is WELL hidden.

Overall: What can I say? Wonderful. Great with lemon coconut macaroons. Great with anything at anytime (not really, but I find this stuff incredibly satisfying.)

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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 dalion037
4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had the opportunity to get a glass of this and could not resist. This is my favorite tripel. There was nothing not worth the purchase of this one. The beer looked golden brown in the glass and tasted light liquid heaven. The bubbly mounthfeel was similar to champagne and the taste remarkable. I started to use this about a year ago as instead of champagne at parties and the sparkling wine drinkers really took a shine to it.

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Photo of putnam
4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ok. Maybe I shouldn't have opened this at 60 deg. F. But the relentless upsurge of white foam is a little frightening. It retreats leaving a path of reptilian white scales on the inside of the glass. Grass and honey aromas are joined by those of cracked, fatty nut meats and buttered porridge. An onset of creamy bitterness contains lyrical arcs of minty herbs and white-fleshed fruits. Perfumy but sternly dry and bitter. Outrageously bitter. Nearly savory. Reggiano rind serious.

This beer possesses none of the outright vanilla and fleshy, sweet fruit of Tripel beers from St. Bernardus, Affligem, Westmalle etc. Perhaps the closest comparison is Chimay Tripel -- or a Saison...

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.51/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my buddy Pat for this beer. Poured a huge, froathy, brilliant white head that faded slowly. Pungent, sharp hoppy aroma is mildly spicy. Beer is amazingly clear, pale straw in color, and fulling of bubbles making a break for the surface. Crisp flavor tastes like there is a bit of wheat in there, a good dose of yeast, and some smooth noble hops. Light mouthfeel with a big dose of carbonation that makes it almost fizzy. Reminds me of a tamer version of the double pilsners I've had. Tasty, crisp, and enjoyable. I can't ask for much more.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of Viking
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The golden body is a bit hazy, but still very appetizing with a big, frothy, white head. Tart citrus dominates the nose. The flavor is clean, crisp, and rather dry. Malt flavor is clean, with citrusy hops undertones. Carbonation gives a lively mouthfeel to this Triple. Combined with the clean taste, it creates a very refreshing brew.

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Photo of ROMER79
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Petrus pours a opaque gold with a fluffy three finger head. At first I could smell hops and light malts, but then after a bit I could really pick up some citrus. The taste was a well balanced mix of hops, honey, light malts, and citrus flavor. It is a lighter beer and with that said I felt that it was a bit more refreshing than your darker beers or ales. Very good beer to have w/ Mexican food. Easy to drink!

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Photo of GClarkage
4.41/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

07/26/05- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no dating on the label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Semi cloudy pour with a huge foamy head that overflows into my sink. After it calms down it leaves a permanent small creamy head and thick chunky lacing abounds.

Smell- A sweet and fruity scented malt emits from the glass. Maybe some citrus scents?

Taste- Light, sweet and malty with a bunch of wonderful fruits. Peaches, lemon, orange, maybe apricot. All blended together nicely.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, crisp and a touch creamy. Medium to lower carbonation.

Drinkability- Refreshing as hell. Wonderful summertime beer. Wasn't exactly to tripel guidelines, but was tasty, smooth and yummy.

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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 JBogan
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pours reveals a bright golden color with a full one finger head which remained throughout the duration and left moderate lacing. A nice looking brew.

The aroma greets the nose with a sweetness of honey followed by some floral and fruity notes.

Taste was also a mixture of honey and fruit such as pear along with a spiciness. Very well balanced and enjoyable.

Plenty of prickly carbonation left a dry, clean finish in the mouth. Very crisp and refreshing.

I was quite pleased and surprised by this tripel. It's a style I usually like but for some reason had passed this particular beer by up to this point. That won't happen again, I'll make this a regular in my rotation.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML bottle, gold foil over cage & cork. Is that a Belgian Santa on the lable? He sure looks jolly enough!

Light gold, with white and yellow hues. a bright wheat field in the summer coms to mind. slightly hazy, which is expected and understood. The pour was tough, and at only 45 degree's you would not expect an "explosive" pour, but alas...even a very gentle pour amounted to a shit-load of foam. It piled up fast, even in the Chimay Goblet. Oh well, I'm not in a rush. The solid white head rises at least 5" high, when it settles, it's clumpy with a milky crown. It healthy, but the yeast is crazy.

The nose has an abundance of robust yeast aroma's, spices, dried earth and leaves, musty and hearty wheat. a certain sourness adds fermented white grapes, banana's ans cream, sweet tart candies and a light, sweet malt way in the back.

The flavor in one word is: Sublime. The balance of the flavor's stands out as the best quality. The Yeast is very flavorful, a takes most of the flavor spectrum, and that's just fine because it gives it an earthy, hearty flavor, hot wheat, musty earth, all-spice, herbs and gentle dried fruits. The malt comes in crisp and very, very clean feeling adding a crispness that is very delicate on the palate. The hops are subtle and add further earthiness and spice right at the end and rides in with a well-adjusted heat that adds warmth and a slight bite. This flavor's create a very nice, intricate groove that is tight.

Spot-on style-wise, and it delivers a very clean experience.

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Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light blonde color with a very long head that leaves decent foaming and beer appears to be well-carbonated.

Aroma is smooth and spicy upfront with a huge emphasis on the malt, especially the breadiness.

Taste is smooth at first followed by spice and light hop bitterness. Not as easy for me to tell. Smooth. I don't see anything out of the ordinary.

Mouthfeel is smooth and reflects the bitterness. Some alcohol heat as well.

Drinkability is high here. It reflects what a triple should be. I like it.

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Photo of diamondc
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. $5. No bottled on date, just a series of numbers on the back, 39723.

A: Insane head, patchy lacing, golden hazy, lots of large yeast particles in this one. Excellent.

S: Soft tropical fruits ... pineapple, mango and guava. Simple syrup, too.

T: Clove and major bubblegum action. Reminds me of Big League Chew, actually. Ripe banana and mandarin orange round out the flavors. Some lite-spicy hops at the end.

M: Well carbonated, alcohol is almost undetectable. Refreshing.

O: An awesome tripel, up there with the best.

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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 midnite2sixman
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a hazy straw color with a generous head of snow white foam. Which remains for quite a bit and has excellent lacing.

Smell is citrusy with a bit of yeast.

Tastes extremely smooth and floral and the mouthfeel is almost like champagne. This is an excellent triple.

Out of all the triples I have had, this one is right up there in the top 2 or 3. Delightful!!

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a super well-carbonated beer. Even poured slowly, you'll get a big, frothy white head. Color is medium-gold and only slightly hazy. Aroma is yeasty at first, but this soon gives was to a very tart, acidic, citrusy smell. A bit shocking at first -- not at all what I was expecting for the style -- but pleasant, and a nice contrast to the flavor of the beer, which is rather mellow in comparison. Citrusy notes are still there, but the taste is more sweet than tart. Hops are noticeable but there are a lot of spices trying to make themselves notice in this beer. Somehow, they all add up to a fairly pleasant, dry finish. Effervescent and light-feeling in the mouth, with a somewhat yeasty aftertaste. A good beer. Not what I expected from a triple, but a nice surprise.

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