Petrus Gouden Tripel | De Brabandere

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Petrus Gouden TripelPetrus Gouden Tripel

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De Brabandere

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 252 | Ratings: 400
Photo of JimTeal
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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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Photo of Bierman9
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
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 safaricook
3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shop: De Bierkoning, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Glass: De Koninck Chalice
Name on Label: Petrus Gouden Tripel
Image on Label: Comic version of the laughing Apostel Peter holding a beer in one hand an his signature key to heaven in the other one
ABV: 7.5%
Ingredients according to label: spring water, selected hops and malts (Barley and Wheat)
Expiry date: 26JAN15
LOT: A026

White head of a few fingers with very uniform medium sized bubbles that reduces to a thin layer rather fast. Leaves no lacing. Body is clear and golden with quite some coarse carbonation forming at the engraved ring on the bottom of the glass

Smell is weak and the only thing I get is some unidentifiable herbs and ethanol.

Taste is a fine typical Tripel balance of sweet, sour and bitter with a distinct dry a little bit distracting aftertaste.

The beer is refreshing, I like the high carbonation and that there is nothing watery about it.

All in all a good example for a Triple, but it lacks in depth and the drink-ability is reduced due to the in my opinion unpleasant aftertaste. I love Tripels and therefore I would drink this again if I do not find a better one.

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Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz (code 38967) into an Ommegang tulip. Pours a clear golden color w/ a creamy monstrous white head, vigorous champagne carb.

Aroma is fruity, peachy, earthy. Fermented sugars, apple juice, honey.

Taste is pale sweet malt, fermentable sugars, white grapes, stone fruit.

Mouthfeel is clean w/ a dry finish, drinkable.

Overall a sweet, sugary, tasty tripel.

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Photo of pkalix
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i dont know what to think of this- this is my first time with this one. the petrus aged ale i had before was EXCELLENT but this is from a sampler pack and i should have been leery when ALL the samplers had a cartoon picture on the label.

A: this one exploded on me (i didnt shake it and i'm not THAT buzzed yet), had extremely small micro bubble head and smooth, settling to a thin layer resting on top of the liquid. it has this rich honey-gold globular (lava lamp) look to it.

S: geez, i dont know. cant put my finger on it, but it has a chemical-like smell (meth?)mixed with a strong HONEY syrup smell. maybe i'll get used to it?

T: still trying to decide... this is one of the strangest brews i have ever tasted. definitely honey in there, like sucking on one of those honey straws you get at the fruit stand.

M: i feel it....

O: overall? wow. i just dont know. very different than what i was expecting after the pale aged ale from petrus. i dont believe i'll buy any more of this type again, though.

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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 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 KTCamm
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pale yellow, almost brown/mustard with huge fizzy white foam, which settles down to an inch or so. Very active.

Lightly sweet and sour smell. Very faint. Taste is a belgianny flavor, but more hopped. Wheaty as well.

Tasty blend of a beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I kind of blew it this past winter - The Fridge was selling Petrus gift packs that included five different beers and I dragged my feet until it was too late. Since then, I have managed to find four different ones, of which this will be my third.

From the bottle: "The Key to Heaven"; "Petrus Special is a top fermented blond ale refermented in the bottle. Brewed with pure spring water and carefully selected hops and malts. The ultimate proof of the master brewer's craftsmanship. Preferred serving temperature 8 to 12 C)."

Okay, unlike the Blonde, they cop to bottle fermentation here. Now, if it is cloudy, I have no one but myself to blame. In spite of my gentle pour, I still got a finger of fizzy bone-white head with limited retention. Color was a beautiful golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity and both Midas and Croesus were licking their lips while Greg Koch again called me out as a "wussy". Just more for me, Greg! Nose had a duality of up-front malty sweetness underlain by a yeasty mustiness on the back side. The two melded nicely to produce a Juicyfruit-like sweetness with rich esters. Mouthfeel was medium and boy, was this sucker dry! Man, I felt like I had just sprinkled alum on my tongue. Shazam! Three beers later and I have finally hit upon a winner. Warming, I began to get hints of black pepper, probably from the yeast. The finish was literally breath-taking in its dryness. Much, much better than the previous two clinkers. I have a new recommendation for people as a result.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Got this a while back at Pints O'Plenty. It was 14 or 15 bucks and came with the big, long stemmed tulip glass I'm drinking it out of.

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow to pale orange. Pretty thick, tightly bubbled head with good retention. Pretty nice lacing. Looks like the honest to goodness Belgian beer that it is.

Smell: Smells very dry and slightly tart for a tripel. Light fruit and spice, and a slightly funky, musty yeast note.

Taste: As with the smell, there is a distinctive yeastiness that is musty and a bit funky. Sweet white grapes and skin-on pears. Faint hint of tartness in the fruit flavors. Dry, herbal hops. Pretty clean in the finish, dry with a little spice and fruit.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a bit on the high side, but fits well with this slightly out of the ordinary tripel.

Overall: Not my favorite tripel, but I do like the interesting yeast contributions, the hoppiness, and the dry finish. Good beer!

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Photo of ahq514
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Pours a massive white head, roughly three fingers. A slightly murky golden color. Appears to have moderate carbonation. Moderate lacing.

Smells different than other tripels I've had. Reeks of honey with some belgian spiciness and must. Very malty with not much hops. A hint of citrus.

A lot of malty sweetness up front, emphasizes honey character. A very light bitter bite in the middle of the beer with also light belgian spices. Finishes as it starts, sweet honey with a slight citrus tang.

Good medium body. Medium carbonation. Fairly drinkable for 7.5%.

A decent beer. Not my favorite tripel, but different for sure. Lots and lots of honey. I love honey, so my score is getting a bit of a boost. If not for that, I think this tripel would be at best, average.

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Photo of tone77
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is delicious. Lots of fruits, some spice, one of the better smelling beers I have had. Taste is good, but a little disappointing after the smell. There are fruits present, some malts and yeast, a touch of alcohol coming through. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality and easy drinking beer.

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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 depechemode1983
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark golden brown in color and very cloudy. Some floaties can be seen. Head is off-white and has exceptional retention. Lacing is minimal but its there in uneven patches.

S - Lots of honey in the nose. Getting some grains, lemon zest, floral hops and Belgium yeast with spicy undertones. Alcohol is well hidden.

T - Still getting honey and lemon zest. The middle is bitter with some Belgium qualities pushing through to the end. You get banana and the other usually suspects although they seem vague. The taste is a bit watered down.

M - Smooth with a champagne like carbonation. Works well.

O - I dig it. A very easy drinking triple with a well hidden ABV. Could use a little more when it comes to taste otherwise still a great triple.

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Photo of diamondc
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
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 russpowell
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opens as a gusher, half of the bottle appears to be on my carpet...

Pours a chill-hazed honey color with 3+ fingers of billowy pearl-white head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Tropical fruit, grassyness & lemon, some green banana

T: Sweet breadyness, a touch of ripe banana, a kiss of pineapple up front. Apple peel creeps in as this warms, along with mere pineapple &

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation & decent balance, some grainyness

A Tripel that starts strong, but doesn't quite maintain greatness as it warms. Worth a try though

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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 BierFan
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a chalice.

Big white head and a hazy straw colored body. Light carbonation. Lacing is a little disappointing. Smells mostly of Belgian yeast with some pale malt and a little alcohol. The alcohol is more noticeable in the taste, slight burning, but not over the top. Mouthfeel is thin and slick.

I can't help but think of malt liquor while drinking this. Not sure if I really like this beer or not.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a touch of haze and an amazing foam cap. We're talking 3 fingers of frothy white foam in my glass -- extremely impressive for a pour which was not even that vigorous. Bam!

Smell: not quite as mind-blowing as the appearance, but still pretty decent. Sweet malt combined with some green apples and a hint of tartness. It lacks complexity and richness, but still has something to offer.

Taste: nice, sweet malt with a little bit of that apple but with some added pears and chalkiness, which I like in a tripel. This is actually a pretty decent drinker; I had had some reservations after sampling the aroma, but this is pretty good.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a good creaminess. Not as big as I would have expected from the pour, but still quite good.

Overall: this is a tasty and well-crafted tripel. The aroma could use a little work, but the look is spectacular and the taste delivers for me.

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Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A caveat before beginning my review: when I opened my bottle, it foamed over for a full two minutes, reducing the amount of leftover beer in the bottle by roughly a quarter. I've rarely had this happen before, and don't have a second bottle to see if this is the result of something I did, or something to do with the beer itself. All I can say is that I pulled it out of the fridge and opened it--there were no drops or shakes or jarring motions.

Having said that, and hoping that the foaming didn't affect the taste, this tripel carries many of the expected aromas for the style: malty sugars and fruits, especially berries, orange and apricot, and smells a lot like a nice champagne.

On the tongue, many of the same flavors dominate, the ale being especially heavy on orange and coriander notes, with a few other light fruit esters thrown in. Some dark brown sugars reside in the background, as well as a good light smattering of hops and a thread of lightly toasted grains.

It is, in other words, a good beer, and well-deserving of the high ratings it's garnered. I'm not sure that it necessarily brings anything new to the table for a tripel, but it does easily rank among the better ales available in this style.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Murky orangish yellow color with a 2 inch head and great retention

Smell: Bready yeast, sweetness from the malt and hints of floral hops, straw and orange zest

Taste: This almost taste like an apple cider. I am picking up huge amounts of apple it is very one dimensional

Mouthfeel: Light body and high carbonation

Overall: Light and fruity just like some girls I have dated. This is a very one dimensional triple. Easy drinkability goes down smooth for the 7.5 abv

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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 laituegonflable
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale straw colour. Furious bead feeding a very generous white head that fills most of the glass with nice, dense puff. Sinks in lovely marshmallowy pattern on top leaving lovely thick lace. Not sure about how that carbonation will affect the texture, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt for looking otherwise damn fine.

Nose is lovely and sweet. Lots of kiwi with fresh-cut grass and citrus. Sauvignon blanc-esque notes with lovely rich stone fruits coming in all sides - peach, apricot and some apple as well. All tempered by just a whiff of musty Belgian yeast. Magnificent, bold tripely smell: big, boozey but sweet and complex.

Front of the palate is all fruit, with those tangy kiwi, stonefruit and citrus notes paving the way for a quite vinous mid-palate, giving some tart green grapes and some charry oak, plus a hint of boozey warmth late-mid. Finish is fairly smooth and sweet, but leans a bit towards the yeast to border on cloying, and could use more Belgian spice to keep it grounded. It's a very nice, big sweet Belgian palate, but there's not enough zing on the back to complement the tangy fruit upfront.

Yeah, mouthfeel is a little raw from the carbonation combined with the alcohol. Not bad though, very smooth on the front.

A great tripel with really lovely flavours. Falls short of true magnificence but it's a very enjoyable drop.

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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 canucklehead
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large corked and caged bottle kept in the cellar for 2 years. Poured with some vigor and the taste was nicely mellowed but still with all the fruit that you expect from a tripple. Smooth finish but quite a bit of complexity in the midbody. Very good example of the style.

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Petrus Gouden Tripel from De Brabandere
3.69 out of 5 based on 400 ratings.
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