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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 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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Photo of Albinoh
3.14/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was not impressed by this beer, upfront the color was not golden at all as stated by the bottle "Gouden Tripel". It was yellow but it was a watery yellow, not good looking. A huge foamy white head did form, but vanished. You could feel the usual belgian aromas which gave me a little hope... I mean I dont care to much by the appearance if the taste is there.

You sip and it stings the tongue followed by some bitterness. Its crispy but after the bubbles settle down on your mouth there is nothing more. The usual sweetness that you feel at the end of a triple was not there. I didn't feel by beer was yeasty, instead it felt metalic.

I will probablly not buy another, unless some friend gives me a sip and I find out I had a bad bottle.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
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 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 fdrich29
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Ayottes in Hudson, NH February 27, 2009, drank Friday, March 6, 2009. Caged/corked bottle

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bright vanilla pudding yellow body, huge frothy white head four fingers tall. Still lingering and clinging to the glass for dear life.

Smells funky, with some straw characteristics. Almost like an American macro that has past it's prime, but somehow not as adversive as that sounds.

Tastes a bit funky, sour and of straw. Farm-like, but not farm house.

Highly carbonated, sticky mouthfeel and bitter at the end.

Not a very smooth drinking beer, or one that was very memorable. I'm glad I was able to try it, but won't be looking for this one again.

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Photo of Rayek
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Gold with good clarity and somewhat active carbonation. Expansive eggshell head has nice staying power and leaves intermittent chunks of lace.

S: Slightly musty, with a good dose or coriander and biscuits. Probably the beer's weakest point.

T: Pretty mild by Tripel standards. Starts out with a honey and pear sweetness. Bitterness comes on with a mild pepper and coriander bite. Finishes tart and a little sour.

M: Medium-light body belied the beer's strength. Carbonation level feels a touch low.

D: An above average Tripel, but not much more than that. More complexity would be nice. Light body does make this beer go down easy.

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Photo of oldhippie247
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden yellow with very active carbonation. Tall white head lingers with only a little lacing left behind.

Sweet, fruity nose is well within Belgian Tripel characteristics. Overall pleasant aromas that create anticipation for drinking it.

Sharp carbonation doesn't allow many of the more subtle flavors to linger. Generally sweet palate with a more bitter finish than expected. Some biscuity notes stand out before being swept away by the carbonation.

A good beer, but not as good as their Oud Bruin.

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Photo of kindacold
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I'm drinking the Petrus "Gouden Tripel Ale" alias of this beer...it comes with a nice Petrus glass.

Pours a light tan color with a large, white head that lasts for over 5 minutes.

Smells like any other tripel...sweet and warm.

Tastes smooth and surprisingly light for a tripel. The sweetness is not overpowering, but is still strongly present.

There is a relatively high amount of carbonation in this beer, which may add to the light feeling in the mouth.

I drank the bottle by myself (750ml) and felt that was the perfect amount.

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

From notes 11-17-08

Eye: Great rocky white head, nice formation and pretty good retention. Color is golden yellow and clarity is pretty clear. The beer isn't crystal clear, nor is it cloudy. For example, I can read the "Duvel" through the beer on the opposite side of the glass, yet I can't even see my hand on the other side of it, except for a dark blur with no shape. No yeasties floating around in here, I only got the beer half poured before the enormous head took over the glass. Lacing is okay.

Nose: The aroma of this one seems to fill the room as it is poured, a sweet malt aroma, with some spicy undertones. Nice sweet and fruity aroma eminates from this beer as it is placed under the nose, as with the previous 5 a bit of apple is detectable, but I'm also getting a fruity aroma that is like to that of strawberries. Nice spicy aroma too, like white pepper or perhaps grains of paradise? That spicy, peppery aroma just draws me in, it makes this beer worth smelling, worth wanting to drink. I like the way this beer smells, good strong aroma to begin with and a nice spicy character supported by sweet malts. Great aroma, very inviting, besides the Oud Bruin this is the best nose on all of them....with the experiences that I've had with the previous 4.

Tongue: Huge sweet malt front on this one, some alcohol up front too-not hot but there in flavor, like the way vodka tastes, but without the burn and not in as high a quantity. The sweet malts that first assult the palate are balanced by spicy flavors and by a drying feel on the palate. The spicy flavors have a drying effect on the palate, pretty much muting any aftertaste except a dry spice taste. Malted barley of a pale variety, on the huskier side (of flavor) is detectable. There is just a splattering of the fruitiness that I found in the aroma in the flavor of this beer, it seems to be mostly masked by the spices, and then it is there in the aftertaste but in the background, again the strawberry deal, not necessarily strawberries persay, but that is the closest thing that this type of flavor reminds me of. On the fence here as to wether to give this a 4 or 3.5, I like this beer, but how does it stand up to other tripels? While this isn't one of the tripels that I'd regularly go to I feel that it is still good, and worthy. I'll a 4 to it, though I'm not sure if I'll recommend it, or even be back to, or want to come back to it all that soon. I feel that there are others that I've drank that I like more, that are more drinkable, tastier, and a better rep of the style.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This is a medium-lighter bodied beer with lower carbonation than expected, yet it works for this beer. Aspects such as flavor and feel are not taken away from by the carbonation, rather they are emphasised by it. Without carbonation in the way it is able to get everything that one can perceive from flavor and feel. The finish is on the "wetter" side of semi-dry. This is a beer that I'd drink again, although, I'm not sure how I'd compare it to other tripels I've drank, I mean this one is still up in the air for me...I think a horizontal is in order for this one. Not one that I'm necessarily drawn to drink again, but then again I'd like to do a horizontal with it with some of the better/best tripels I've drank thus far. Good beer, but for me, I can't really put a finger on it, can't really give it a rank or place.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is softly funky and nicely malty with a spicy edge and some fruit. Smells good.

Pours a straw gold color, pretty good clarity, beautiful head. Large as the liquid and lively as an active fermentation. Very nice. Looks near-perfect.

Grainy and toasty, dry and softly sweet, it has fruit, funk, medicine, and spice. Moderate carbonation. Slightly nutty malt. More dry than sweet, given the subtle notes of alcohol and phenols. Finishes a little funky and dry. Tastes pretty good. Feels good. Good drinkability.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a brilliant glowing golden straw with a bit of haze (although relatively little for the style). A billowing three-four finger head of a creamy eggshell has impressive retention. fades to a pillowy cap leaving curtains of lacing down the glass.

aroma up front is sugary and sour. banana, clove, candy, and lemon. earthy, with a bit of hops and a sour twinge. intriguing.

Given the powerful aroma, the taste is surprisingly delicate. banana, apple, pear, soft fruits. softly spiced, pepper, cloves. A nice soft fruit interpretation of a tripel with an incredibly interesting subtle sour fruit twist.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied with ample yet not overpowering carbonation. crisp and drying. The sour notes add a nice subtle tart twist to the mouthfeel.

highly drinkable. The taste and mouthfeel are soft enough that I finished the glass significantly faster than anticipated. If in the right mood, this one could be almost infinitely drinkable. Not the best tripel in the world, but a great take on the style, and definitely worth trying at least once.

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Photo of riored4v
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Petrus glass. Fluffy, well carbonated, 3 finger head. Clear, golden in color.

Smell had a mild sweetness. Hints of estery aromas.

Taste had hints of bananas, sprices and belgian associated esters. Maybe a slight hint of bubblegum in the finish along with a mild bitter hop finish. Nice balance. Hints of cloves as well.

Mouthfeel was very light and very well carbonated.

Drinkability was good. Very light and very crisp.

For such a light beer, it hides the 7.5% very well.

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Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a yellowish color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Smelled of lighter fruits, malt and some spices.

T: Taste consisted of apples, a bit of citrus and spices. A little on the thin side - at least for a Belgian.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: On the whole, this is a solid, but somewhat uninspired beer. Drinkable, but not spectacular.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I must say I like the black bottle and gold foil top it came in. Popped the cork and lets go.

Poured into a snifter and was pleasantly surprised by a massive foamy head that was almost three fingers wide!!!

Appearance is a golden color with an aroma of roses (?) and fruit. Nicely carbonated as well.

The taste was a little of a letdown. This brew seemed very malty with a spicy/peppery taste and maybe a hint of fruit.

I was really hoping for more from this bottle. Unfortunately it was just too malty for me to truly enjoy it. I will probably give it another shot down the road as it is pretty reasonably priced for the 750 bottle.

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Photo of tweeder263
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy yellow brew with super foaming head..Super carbonated.Smells to me like a hefeweizen,,clovey and banana notes.No hops smell that i can distinguish. Estery slightly tart,,good beer. Tiny bit watery mouthfeel. A pretty drinkable Tripel.

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Photo of Schlitzcooler
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750cl bottle poured into a tall Petrus stem glass. Nice head settles down to white blanket over a cloudy golden ale. Citrus scent and a good deal of carbonation make this a crisp refreshing drink that I put down fast. Seems somewhat less complex than many Belgian tripels I've had. Aftertaste is (dare I say it?!) like a Bud.

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Photo of dalion037
4.55/5  rDev +23.3%
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 rkuhnel
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle this poured a slightly hazy gold color with a huge white head and very pronounced lacing rings. Nose was ripe fruit like pears and apple. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is fruit like the nose with some plums to go with the pears and apple. Finish is somewhat dry. Nothing fancy, but quite drinkable.

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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 joeysmokedporter
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 750mL bottle into a Chimay glass.

A: Foams as soon as the bottle is open, very carbonated. Pours light gold/yellow, slight haze but fairly clear for the style. Very thick and foamy white head, rocky surface, that laces.

S: baked bread mixed with clove, coriander, and anise, some nobel hop aroma.

T: dominated by the spicy character, with notable clove and coriander flavors. Little malt character detected and finishes quite dry, more like a golden strong ale in this respect. As beer warms, some nobel hop flavor is detected, along with a bit more bready malt.

M: Very light for a tripel; highly carbonated even for a beer in this style, which makes it fluffy.

D: Scores ok overall for a tripel, but purely as a beer this is very drinkable.

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

Hazy golden color with some orange mixed in there. Hugely carbonated, with some overflowing-bottle action going on. White head is sort of tight but not as much as I expected, and retains decently.

Lots of apples on the nose, with a bit of fermentation byproduct, earthy hops, and a little sour twang.

Pretty earthy in general; a tripel with a twist of sourness. Apples and pears soaked in booze, although the alcohol flavor is well-disguised.

This bottle is too small! Quite drinkable and smooth, a little slick, but the mouthfeel overall is pretty solid. Not a world-class tripel but a damn fine tasting beer.

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Petrus Gouden Tripel from De Brabandere
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 409 ratings
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