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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Photo of meeekyh
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz bottle poured into a Fin Du Monde tulip glass reveals a clearish golden ale with miles of white head. Very nice looking beer and moderate lacing.

I tend to serve my beers cold and enjoy them as they warm, layers of complexity opening up as a flower from a bud. This one starts out tangy and not much more. Warmth reveals berry smells and some yeastiness.

The taste is sweet, tangy and slightly nutty. Good but not stunning.

Mouthfeel is carbonation galore and medium body with a slightly sweet finish. I like it.

Drinkability is fine but I have had more drinkability trips.

I would classify this one as good but not great.


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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 puboflyons
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle marked 39618. Sampled on February 13, 2010. It pours a hazy pale yellow with average clarity for an unfiltered ale and a lot of fizzy off-white head up top. The aroma is a nice balance of wheat, yeast, and citrus. The mouthfeel is in the medium range. The taste is full of unfiltered wheat, orange, or oither citrus with a light hoppy background. I thought it was fairly nice.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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 adamette
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle that I bought as a single for $4.35 at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio last week into my Petrus very tall goblet that probably would hold 16 ounces. I got it free in the Petrus Winterbier gift pack about 2 years ago. "Best by" date of 31/07/11.

A This was a huuuge gusher! I cracked the cap off and it all started pouring out in an off white foam flood, leaving about 8 ounces left in the glass after I moved the glass over the sink to keep the beer from getting everywhere on the counter. After that the head pretty well dissapeared down to a single circle around the top of the beer and the body is a medium yellow with brown tinges which is translucent but a little bit cloudy. I think that the look was seriously negatively affected by the major gush that I was greeted with but the beer is plenty fresh so I will score it on what I saw. 2.5

S Some sweet barley malt which is more grainy than most tripels I have experienced. I do not pick up many of the pleasing spices and citrus smells that I find so pleasing in other tripels. Again, all of this could have been affected by the gush. 2.5

T Despite the lack of promise from the look and smell this winds up being a nice tasting tripel with plenty of sweet malt and even some of the citrus tastes that I did not pick up in the smell. I still wonder if that gush somehow affected the taste. 4.0

M Moderate carbonation dances the beer across my tongue and there is a touch of honey stickiness but it is less than many other tripels that I have had. Yet again, the feel may have been negatively affected by the "gush." 2.5

D Good despite "the gush" and all of its possible affects on this beer, I finished what was left in my glass without hesitation. 4.0

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Photo of whtguitarguy
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a cloudy yellow color, with a decent head, but it goes away about half way through the drink. Has kind of a barley character to it, that leafy, grainy kind of taste characteristic of barley. No heavy alcoholic taste, and rather smooth. Leaves kind of a bubbly feeling in the back of the throat.

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Photo of prattmeister14
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As I make my way through the Belgians (I have a ways to go) I've found my favorites to be the Tripel and the Quad, so I picked this bottle up to give it a try.

St. Petrus is a Belgian Tripel from Belgium, but North American brewers have brewed better (Allagash Tripel, La Fin Du Monde).

The low alcohol content and the watery taste lead to me describe this beer as a "Tripel Lite". Its also a bit too sour and unimpressive in both smell and mouthfeel.

Its endlessly drinkable which is not a characteristic I look for in a Tripel but may be a good intro to Belgians. However there are better examples of the style out there for cheaper.

I'll won't pick up this beer again.

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Photo of Spineypanda
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a nice golden somewhat cloudy appearance, and a delicious yeasty smell.
Head is nice and large and resides for some time without actually ever going away.
Tastes very nice and refreshing, not like most tripels I have had in the past. It lacks the extreme ester taste and smell but has that nice taste that usually resides on the palate afterwards.

A delicious and refreshing tripel.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 from total wine i think

A - Poured light golden with a fist of fluffy white head. Took forever and a day to dissipate. Beer was semi-cloudy and had nice lacing.

S - Honey, tangy citrus hops, candi sugar, and light alcohol. Bready too.

T - Bready, citrus hops, spicy hops, slight alcohol and candi sugars.

M - Medium to full bodied, well-balanced, with a finish of spicy hops gives this triple a bold finish.

D - Fairly complex, a good beer overall. Almost trappiste-esque.

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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 DawnL
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden color with fluffy white head that is about two fingers high when poured into a Chimay goblet and lasts and lasts and lasts.

Slight yeasty funk and bread notes on the nose. There is a little peach-apricot nuance as well.

Yeasty dough with subtle spicing of cloves on the palate. A slight metallic characteristic. Very light in flavor for a tripel. The 7.5% abv barely shows. This beer drinks like a session ale.

This is an excellent, easy-drinking brew with a great mouthfeel, lively carbonation and is very refreshing.

I would purchase this beer again.

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Photo of Tolnik
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When pouring this beer the live yeast was abundant for me. As it took me three attempts to pour out all of the beer.

However on that note this beer smells amazing. That of sweet hops, floweral tones and slight coriander. The taste of this beer is deep floweral and slight hops. The malt within it gives a bit of a biting edge. The aftertaste on the mouth is a sweetness. Overall a great beer to have with by itself or with dinner.

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Photo of drpimento
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

mmmm mm mmm. Happy beer! Poured with a big, frothy if a bit soap bubbly, fragrant, yeasty aroma. Delightful. Lots of flavor, but not too much. good balance. Bittersweet; more bitter than sweet. Champagney. Great body. Excellent finish. Including its strength, still almost a session beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This one foamed over when I popped the cap. It poured out a cloudy, pale gold color with a four-finger, white, very bubbly head of foam. It left a little patchy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of yeast, spices, clove and a little bit of fruit.

T - It tasted very fruity and somewhat yeasty. It had a slightly soapy and acidic taste.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light-bodied Belgian ale.

D - This is an okay tripel. There are certainly better ones out there, though.

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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 JBogan
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
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 garymuchow
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle is listed as "Gouden Tripel Ale", so I wonder about the age on this thing. (scarey). Identified as "38967", but I certainly don't know what that means.
Definitley pours with full head, which will require more than one pour into this goblet.
Intially sweet and a little spicy with alcohol notes but followed by grainy malt and possible a touch of oxidation. Settles into a malt base with a mix of yeast, sweetness and spice. Not bad.
Darker golder color and basically clear. Lots of bubbles and a very persistent, thick head that leaves a rather dense lacing. Love the head.
Flavors mimic aroma quite closely. Strong malt base surrounded by yeast (mild phenols), sweetness, soft alcohol (with rapid warmth inside). As I feared there is an aged quality to the malt base, but overall it has held up pretty well. Bitterness is quite mild and largely balancing (another factor of age?). Dryness is on the softer side but there is some length to the finish.
Nicely and fully carbonated with abundance noted in softness of bubbles. Creates an acceptable lightness and stops heaviness and fullness.
Unfortunately the age did show forth. I'd like to try a fresh bottle as it has potential to be solid, although probably not great. Drinks adequately for style.

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Photo of Sweasty
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle.Opened with a premature cork ejection. The beer pours a hazy straw color. Clears up a bit as it warms. Three fingers of white creamy head tops things off. It eventually settles to a ring. Leaves behind adequate lacing.

The aroma gives us that classic Belgian yeast funk. Tart green apples upfront. Thats followed by some peppery spice. A touch of bubblegum rounds things out

The flavor follows the nose. Tart apples start things out. Spice - pepper and a hint of cinnamon - follow. A bit more bubblegum than the nose suggests. The finish is a bit drying with an herbal quality. The light medium body and carbonation really livens things up.

This is a tasty tripel. Its not the most complex tripel on the shelf. but its very quaffable. A nice thirst quencher, despite its 7.5% abv, during the hotter months. I will definitely be going back to this one regularly.

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Photo of roblowther
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml, corked & caged, champgage-syle foiled, and labeled as "Petrus Gouden Tripel". Gotta love the presentation. An assertive "pop" and then a light golden color with a thick soapy head that condenses into a rocky landscape. Smells of apples, pepper, and bubblegum. Tastes sharp, peppery...apples in the aftertaste. Nice but a touch....thin? The mouthfeel is soft, not noticibale really. Drinkability is good. Its a beer that doesn't grab your attention. It's the Honda Accord of beers.

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Photo of tronester
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow, into a Petrus Chalice. The head is large, white and fluffy, and dies fast. Smell is of candi sugar. Taste is extremely light, the yeast plays a large role in the flavor due to not much coming from the malt. Slightly cidery, and surprisingly I can taste a touch of hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is somewhat rough and coarse, super high carbonation levels from the bottle conditioning.

Rather drinkable, very light in flavor, though it has a bit of a tangy aftertaste. A decent beer, but for the price, and as a tripel, there are much better examples out there.

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Photo of stumac
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this brew pours up a pale straw color with a nice bubbly white head. the nose is very graniy, sweet candy sugar, faint fruit in the backdrop, lemons are possibly those fruits, I also get notes of bubblegum! The taste is the same as the nose, tastes similar to Delirium Tremens. heavy carbo, medium bodied, a very filling beer indeed....

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Photo of deanhead
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straw colored and highly effervescent. Huge voluminous head which reduced to a a one finger head that stuck with the beer to the last drop.

Little to no aroma. Beer tastes mildly spicy with hints hints of coriander and honey. Grassy and alcoholic.

Beer is thin with hints of acetone. Very light bodied but easy drinking. this makes the beer.

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Photo of beveritt
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from an 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Duvel chalice. Label depicts a very happy monk/God, holding a glass of this fine brew and an ornate key. Tagline lists this as "The key to heaven." There is a printed number on the back of the label, but it does not easily translate to any date.

Appearance: Pours with an amazing amount of head, literally a few millimeters of beer in the bottom the glass and the rest pure white foam. This after the bottle nearly explodes with foam just after cracking the cap. A very messy pour. The head finally settles to a few islands of foam, leaving behind spotty lacing. The beer itself is pale, cloudy, yellow with a few yeast chunks. Hard packed sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Sweet simple sugar smell upfront, with plenty of fruity esters. Bubblegum phenols and a slight tanginess in the finish.

Taste: Slightly sweet malt upfront, with undertones of citrus. Wheat flavors are very present in the middle, with hints of banana and clove. Mild bitterness of aged hops in the finish with a lingering slightly sweet tone.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level, maybe a low for a Belgian. Much of it must have bubbled of when I popped the cap initially. Body is decent.

Drinkability: After getting past the pain of trying to get this damn thing out of the bottle and into a glass, it was quite a pleasant brew. However, with so many nice ones out there, not sure I wills eek this one out again.

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Photo of wl0307
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 03/04/2011, served lightly-chilled in Tripel Karmeliet's branded long-stemmed tulip-shaped goblet.

A: as soon as the cap is slightly opened the beer storms out of the bottle like crazy! In the glass there's only 60% beer left, in translucent dark straw colour, coming with fierce fizziness and a monumental, thick fluffy white head breaking down slowly.
S: the nose is very dusty and zesty at first, due to lots of yeast intervention I think, but also the high level of hops also contributes to the lightly spicy-citrus edge; malts are not very pronounced here, but instead proffer lightly bready hints to highlight the predominant theme of yeasts and zesty hops. A swirl gives rise to light estery notes of dried banana- and mango- slices. All's well-integrated, albeit not as smooth and complex.
T: quite bitter-spicy from the first second onwards on the palate where sour-sweet malts and fruity yeasts are pretty much the second fiddle, showing an immense presence of powdery, chewy yeasty bits with light hints of banana-oil and raw vegetation; the flavour doesn't evolve much, gradually leading to a quietly bitter finish where a light zesty fruits provides a little kickback. The more sips I've taken, the increasingly tangy and chewy the palate turns to be, which is a good sign for the drinkability since not much else (flavour-wise) is on offer.
M&D: strangely, despite the monstrous fizzy explosion that ruins my drink and stains the table, the palate in stark contrast remains, at best, "calm", if not flat!! Given a very mild presence of maltiness, the body relies on the yeastiness very much to strike a balance with the hoppy flavour. This is not a very complex or tasty Tripel (maybe because the yeast-explosion has clouded everything) overall, but somehow my taste-buds agree with the consistent, mildly spicy & bitter feature endowed by the omnipresent yeasts. I wonder what it's like if the beer comes in a much "calmer mood"... hopefully better?

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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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Petrus Gouden Tripel from De Brabandere
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