Petrus Gouden Tripel | De Brabandere

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Petrus Gouden TripelPetrus Gouden Tripel

Brewed by:
De Brabandere

Style: 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 mrgrandefromage
1.78/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Hazy gold pour with surprisingly lame head for a Belgian brew. Aroma of bananas and honey, marred by a distinct mustiness. Taste is 'koyaanisqatsi', that is to say out of balance. Honey, metal, coriander and apple all muddled together as if dumped unceremoniously in an old pail. The more I taste, the less I want to. Possibly the worst Belgian ever... I am unable to finish this. Avoid.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
1.8/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I would like to start by saying that I love tripel beers, and have been trying them at every opportunity. And I was really disappointed by this tripel. Poured a light yellow, pale and weak with chunks of white yeast floating around. Unlike any other tripel I have ever seen. Medium sized head dies off quickly to a thin covering. Aroma is very sour, I am unable to smell anything else. Flavor is off, earthy, yeasty, not good. I would think the bottle had turned if the color wasn't so strange as well. Makes me think that this beer is brewed on some other way than most tripels. I could not finish this beer.

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Photo of baos
1.8/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

8.4 oz bottle into favorite Trappist glass.

A: Cloudy Belgian Ale look with huge head. Cloudy-golden-amber.

S: The smell is okay. Sweet yeasty apple cider.

T: I didn't know what to think at first but quickly decided- yuck. Caramel apple yeasty strange milky medicine taste. I kept smacking my lips wondering what I had tasted like this before. Then it hit me: My Grandmama's Fu**ing cooking wine!

M: Not that bad really a lot better than the mouth taste!

D: I didn't like this beer at all, and I am usually a fan of Belgian ales, when I'm in the right mood. Thumbs down.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.05/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Blond almost transparent. Fort oxidized, much like a Pilsener. No flavor in the nose and still classic fruit flavors like banana tripel. Certainly very sparkling mouth but has absolutely no taste. Just a little spice, but without notable spices and aftertaste card and then that's all, or almost. To my taste it feels nothing at all. For a beer in this category is on the edge of outrageous. Limit to drink as a lager of low, but hey, there is still talk of a style triple.

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Photo of timbro81
2.3/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale straw color with a massive billowing head. Lots of carbonation apparent in the glass. Yeasty, boozey, smell with a slightly breadyness to it. Taste is very lacking. Bland and stale tasting. A slightly boozey finish. Aftertaste is nonexsistent, did I just drink a beer?

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Photo of Talisker
2.48/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A disappointing beer, especially at its premium price. Poured from an 11.2oz bottle from a holiday pack sold in NorCal.

Pours a nice-looking hazy bright yellow with a very frothy head. Nose has a little bit of Belgian-style bite, but no spice, no depth. Taste is the big letdown, muted, hard to distinguish flavors. Texture's a little thin.

I would go on, but it's not worth it. Skip this one.

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Photo of PartyBear
2.55/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Petrus branded goblet. Super lively beer, took me a while to ease the cap off without it exploding - you gotta love these bottle conditioned beers.

A - Golden in colour with a small head (when settled). To say that it is lively is an understatement. Quite a bit a yeast sediment floating about, though this is probably due to my rather hurried pouring technique, and that is par for the course with bottled conditioning I suppose.

S - Very spicy scent, possibly Cinnamon, with a slight twist of lemon.

T - The initial taste is of a sharp citrus, followed by slightly softer hops. Quite dry in the finish.

M - Very active, and light bodied.

D - Really not too impressed with this Petrus offering, in the past I have enjoyed their beers but this one doesn't seem to follow suit. The taste is somewhat bland, like it's not really trying hard enough, and as for the bottle conditioning lark, I think it was more trouble than it was worth.

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Photo of jcalabre
2.6/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I originally sampled this beer on 13 November 2002 and I am writing this review from my notes.
Here are my notes: "golden yellow, too much carbonation, nothing special"
There are so many great Belgian beers that are available that when I have a mediocre or poor one, I can only advise people to not buy it.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.69/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a wine glass from a 330 ml. bottle. After the Dubbel I figured I'd have said glass at the ready. Fail! A complete gusher of foam immediately billows out of the bottle. I think I'm down to about 7 ounces now, if that. Settles to a hazy yeast infused yellow with a brownish tint. Soapy inch of foam settles slowly.

Rich spicy nose yet without the clean fruity notes I would expect. Decent yeast presence.

Taste is of sweet grainy toast with a bit of spice on the finish. Very coarse for a Tripel. Sweetness is likely more notable than it might otherwise be given the carbonation issues, but alas, it is what it is in this glass and the feel is thin and watery as a result. Average drinkability as the sweetness masks the alcohol well but offers little nuance. 0 for 3 from Petrus so far.

39660 code....

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.77/5  rDev -24.9%
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 JayTheFinn
2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pretty boring tripel.

A - Pale yellow body with a bright white foamy head.
S - Smells corny, like so many Mexican lagers.
T - Bland honey sweetness. Hardly any alcohol kick. Hardly any character to mention. Unobtrusive, but tasty if that's what you're looking for.
M - Bah, not worth mentioning.
D - Sure it goes down great if you want something super sweet, but if you're looking for a proper tripel you'll be disappointed.

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Photo of enfield249
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Cloudy yellow, with a thick white foamy head.

S - Cheese, funk a little bit of horse blanket.

T - Funky, no hops to note, overly sweet.

M - Medium with medium carbonation.

D - Not bad, but not the best trip I have had. Decent flavor, but too much funk and not enough candy flavor or dark fruits.

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a corked, 1 pt. 9.4 oz bottle into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Foam right out of the bottle, so the glass ended up with a massive amount. The beer itself was golden yellow and slightly hazy, and the foam was white. Left nice rings of lacing, as the head slowly subsided.

Smell: Banana, clove, other fruits. All of it smelled kind of muted. As the beer warms it becomes more prominent.

Taste: Very muted flavors - banana is the most prominent, but the carbonation is so intense it takes away from any real flavors. There's a sweetness right away, and it fades into a somewhat generic bitterness. If there are any subtler flavors, the carbonation detracts from it. As the beer sits, and some of the carbonation subsides, more of the banana sweetness comes through, but it's still rather one dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Overly high carbonation, which makes the beer feel kind of harsh in the mouth. Other then that, decently think - but the carbonation really detracts from the beer.

Drinkability: It wasn't bad, but the overly high carbonation took away from what otherwise would have likely been a solid and very drinkable beer. Looked beautiful, but that came at a cost. One was more than enough.

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Photo of Offa
2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a really disappointing trippel to me and doesn't even come remotely close to Westmalle.

It is goden with a huge white head that steadily shrinks to leave a little weak lace.

The aroma is whie wine, banana, pear, hints of pine.

The taste is a little dry with an alcoholic quality, a spritziness, bland taste of old plums and weak white wine. It is very bland and steadily gets more so.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.96/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A ridiculous soapy shocking white head. Huge, but also filled with large ridiculous bubbles, I could pass small change through this, it also falls very quickly with no retention at all. A very eight carat gold body color, with no sense of oapque character, very clear, lots of rising carbonation. There is some lacing on this and manages a collar fairly well though.

Nose is a little malty, but also kind of that alcohol warming heat, with a touch of strong diacetyl butter character. Too bad, so sad.

A good simple malt richness, but also bringing some of that hint of butter rich forward. Body and texture comes through pretty solidly without a syrup richness or any hint of wet feel, but lacks a bit of body and richness. Some mild spice on the finish, kind of a sweet clove, but also some prickly carbonation. Butter sense on the nose luckily seems to disappear after some more sips.

Overall, kind of middle of the road. This is one of my favorite styles but this one is just not really grabbing me at all, and has a noticeable fault. Looks also a bit weak off the pour as well, certainly not a creamy head at all. I think I will most certainly pass on this again.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

into a tulip from a 11.2 oz bottle

pours hazy yellow, viscous.. huge out of control head that almost rose 4 inches. left lacing on the glass so sticky it looks like a map to a small multi-island nation. polynesia or some crap.

smells good too! yeasty and buttery with some fresh apple scent to it. taste is closer to average.. tastes like they took half a bottle of tripel and mixed it with half a bottle of really bad tripel... like it has a yummy tripel flavor with "hints" and "notes" of vinegar. interesting though.. something ive never experienced before.

ok, but i will not buy it again for $2.80 a bottle.

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Photo of JDV
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared courtesy of Humulone_Red. Thanks!
Pours light golden with a big fizzy head. Smell is light bright faintly spiced malt. Taste is sweet and malty with some notes of honey. Light spicing and belgian yeast character. Not bad, but nothing too unique either.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a huge white head. The aroma has a good bit of biscuit malt as well as a ton of floral and berry-like hop notes. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of biscuit and grain notes, with some floral notes. There is also a good dose of grass from the hops. The beer is not too sweet and the alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 33cl bottle (Gouden Tripel), best before 7t/12/09 drank and reviewed just before this site started to shed reviews (twice in the case of this beer).

I thought this beer was Mr Average in all aspects, because the original review and my second attempt have both been lost this is just an overview. I know the scores were all 3's, but the reasons have been lost 'in the sands of time'.

If I ever see another one I'll re-review the beer!

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Photo of HoppyMcStout
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours with an impressive head into a Chimay goblet. The color is a very pale and underwhelming yellowish hue. The smell has little in the way of yeast, and almost has a rather tart smell. The taste taste has little malty sweetness. It has a serious lager-like flavor. Very crisp finish.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light blonde color with countless amounts of bubbles moving quickly to the surface. The head is full and frothy made up of tight sandy colored bubbles.

S: Wet hay, green peas, lemon grass and copper.

T: Begins with yellow corn sweetness with nips of lemon juice and fresh cut grass. Very much mineralistic leaning towards the limestone side of things. Straw, honey and green apple finish this boring beer out.

M: Medium body with the standard Belgium over carbonation

D: This beer is lacking severely in flavor. Pass in a big way if you see it in the store.

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Photo of Philousa
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Golden coppery and clear, this beer pours with a finger head and has active carbonation throughout. Typical of most Belgian yeasts, the bubbles are varied and create patterns when swirling. Spices are there, but not overwhelming. Musty pepper and cloves. Light and nectary, floral characteristics are prominent, which is a little rare in a Tripel. The golden malt is sweet, but somewhat pungent. Most things balance each other out, but this beer is leaning towards flowery and malty. First thing that hits your tongue is the sweetness of the malt. Nectary and honey-like, it would be overwhelming if not for the hops which bitter it slightly. I'm guessing they used some noble hops, since the flowery flavors remind me of Pilsners I've had. I also get a good helping of clove, but not much else in terms of esters. This is a little viscous on the tongue with a somewhat dry finish.

This isn't your typical Tripel. It's a little thick with sweetness and very flowery for a Tripel. There are a lot of parallels between this beer and a Pils. There are some spices in there, but it's muted. Interesting, but not the best Tripel.

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Photo of deg
3.01/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured the beer into a Chimay glass. It looked good. A great golden color and a nice, rich, firm head that took a long time to settle down. I didn't pour all that vigorously. A good smell to it as well. It was tasty, but a little hoppier than I'd expect for a Belgian triple. I could not detect the alcohol. Easy drinking.

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Photo of impending
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
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 merlin48
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

7.4 oz bottle poured a mostly clear, golden amber body. Head is magnificent, with a two finger, billowy offwhite color. The head slowly fades, and beautiful Brussels sheet lace is all over the goblet.

Aroma features tangerine, lemon, coriander, and a twangy yeast note.

Mouthfeel is tart and dry, moderately carbonated.

Taste is dry and citrusy sour, with a prominent yeasty presence. Not many complexities here, even at room temperature. Lemon and coriander are overwhelmed by the dryness and strong, "twangy" yeast.

Fares poorly when compared to other Belgian Tripels. This is not one that I would try again.

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