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 AltBock
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz. bottle with a cartoon Santa Claus looking happy monk toasting a glass of his finest creation. To the right of the monk is his cane with a hop plant growing on it. The back label has all the mandatory US information and a bottle code. Mone was number 37896. I hane no idea what that means. It's more than likely just a number that only the brewery can read.

Appearance: I decided to pour this little bottle into a Chimay Chalise. What came out was a very bubbly and murky golden orage colored beer. On top of this murky brew was a massive, creamy, and very foamy haead of white foam. This head of foam looked good enough to eat. This head of foam had excellent slow retention by leaving behind a thick white film and a huge amount of white streaks of lace around the glass. The color was nice, but the head of foam was beer eye candy!

Smell: This is kind of aroma I enjoy! The aroma was pleasently sour and strong with sour green apples, sour green grapes, sour cherries, a hint of charred oak, and a tiny splash of yeast at the end. When it was swirled around, the strong sour fruits receded and a strong aroma of green olives emerges from the background. Then when the beer settled, the aroma went back to the sour fruits. I liked the sour fruits more than the green olives, so let's just say that I didn't swirl around this beer very often. I couldn't get enough of the delicious sour fruits!

Taste: While the aroma was filled to the brink with sour fruits and a hint of charred oak, the taste didn't have any of those great traits. Where did they go? Instead, the taste was citrusy and yeasty with citrus fruits, a tiny splash of wood (not oak), and plenty of sweet yeast. On occasion some citrus hops came through, but that didn't happen very often. It's was sad to see such a great aroma tranform into a taste like this. The taste was OK, but it was nowhwhere near the splendness of the aroma. In the end, it was a bit to yeasty.

Mouthfeel: This Belgian Triple was light bodied witha quick and faint aftertaste of citrus fruits, yeast, and a tiny touch of oak. I don't don't know what to say? There was almost nothing to the mouthfeel. Why? Why? Why?

Drinkability: If it wasn't for the kick ass appearance and aroma, then this would have been a disasterous Belgian beer. I guess the appearance and aroma took all the energy out of the taste and mouthfeel. I would buy it again just to get a another glimpse of the beer and smell the sweet scent of sour fruits! The taste? Not so much. Buy to smell!

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a cloudy pale orangish-yellow with a big fluffy white head.

S: Not to much aroma is detected, a light sour citrus and bananas.

T: sour oranges/tangerines with some citrus. There was a light breadiness, sour fruitiness with a peppery spiciness. Some musky yeastiness, dry oranges, and apple sauce hints round out the flavor. Decent alcohol bite at 7.5abv. some spiciness but is not complex flavorwise and rather monotone from start to finish.

M: spritzy from the lively carbonation and was fairly crisp, dry and tart.

D: Average per style not much layering, just a straight forward flavor. much better out there.

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Photo of charlzm
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 06/30/08.

The cork popped with little fanfare on this bottle. The beer poured a clear light golden. A copious white merengue-style head formed, four or five fingers tall, in each glass. Several minutes had to pass before the beer was ready for drinking.

The aroma is clean and light with grassy, lemon, green apple and soft spice aromas. Champagne notes as well.

Flavor is soft, almost powdery. Juicy with soft spices (mild cinnamon?). Lightly sweet on the finish with no bitterness, though a bit of tanginess asserts at the end.

Easy to drink and somewhat refreshing, not at all betraying the relatively high ABV.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $18 for an Australian Longneck from Tanglewood Restaurant in San Jose, CA. Poured into a Petrus Goblet courtesy of the restaurant. This was the Golden Tripel which I see others have reviewed here as well.

The waiter didn't know how to pour this one - he indicated he was trained not to touch the glass when pouring. I told him that was for wine and that good beer was to be poured different. Needless to say 80% of my glass was head. Very long head retention as well. Very frothy white head with thick lacing that does shrink down over time. Very carbonated.
The nose is yeast first and foremost, but there is also hints of alcohol and sweeter malts with some spice. The carbonation can even be slightly detected in the nose.

Smells of bready sweeter malts and some yeast. Reminds me of a pilsner somewhat in the nose.

Tastes similar to how it smells. A rather plain Tripel that for some reason really works for me.

Very easy to drink, lighter bodied, heavily carbonated.

Highly recommended!

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Photo of stephens101
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tripels, mmmm, always tasty. A prolific white head dwarfs this cloudy orange brew, sticking around and almost wearing out it's welcome and leaving a streaky and inconsistent lacing behind. Nose is very complex with sweet bread, yeasts, pears, grapes, big malts, butterscotch and a bit of phenols in the end. Taste does not live up to the complexity of the aromas, but gives you a good hit of clean fruits and malts which are blended for a fairly good palate pleasing experience. As mentioned, the carbonation is huge in this medium bodied brew. Mouth-feel is fairly smooth, but not as creamy and inviting as some of the other top-tier tripels. Overall a good drink which has some big shoes to fill.

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Photo of drperm
4.58/5  rDev +24.1%
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 Gehrig
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dense white froth caps an orange-golden body, with light lacing on the Ommegang glass. Nice aromas, full of fruit and a slightly farmhouse smell of grassy hops. Delicious fruit in the taste--apricot, apple, peach, and berry--with moderate malt; sweet without cloying. Rich carbonation typical of so many good Belgians without being overbearing. This is an easy-going brew, delicious if fairly straightforward. Not tops on my list of Tripel, but pretty good.

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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 OWSLEY069
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean golden yellow/ orange-ish colorwith a white head. In the aroma, a small yeastiness, and a small candied sugar smell. In the taste, small maltiness and small yeastiness, also a hint of fruitiness. A small bite, and a bigger bodied mouthfeel, and a semi dry, small fruitiness in the aftertaste. Great triple, nice yeast and fruity presence.

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Photo of daledeee
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured an almost uncontrollable head. I had to stop to let the head calm down. The nose was somewhat fruity, musty, grains and hoppy. Taste was rather involved. Tart fruits, hops are the main thing going on here. Grains(mainly corn) is also present and I don't find that appealing for a tripel. It was a tad on the strange side at first. Mouthfeel was bubbly. Below average for a Belgian beer.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours flourescent yellow, with brightly contrasting white head.

Nose is a mixed melody of tropical fruits and esters.

Flavor wise, the beer is noticeably high in alcohol at first, but then you can settle into the balance of tropical flavors, especially banana, yeasty/estery notes, and pleasant bubble gum.

Finish is long and medium sweet.

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Photo of ROMER79
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
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 velo343
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass. Fairly hazy straw yellow, a touch of orange. moderate white head, settles down to a nice, thin layer of foam on top of the beer that remains for the entire drink.

Smell is quite citrusy, with some grapefruit, lemon, a bit of sour apple. The taste is very much the same, reminding me quite a bit of drinking a high-quality cider. Lots of tart fruits, layed against a biscuity malt backbone. Dry mouthfeel with moderate carbonation that adds to the acidity.

A fantastic beer, extremely drinkable and delicious. However, I'm not quite sure the Triple label is the best description of the beer. I can't really hold that against it, however.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy orange-yellow color. The head is a massive, three inches in height, and recedes very slowly into tink chunks of lacing. The aroma is of citrus, lemons, and earthy yeast. It is a nice aroma, but it is very faint for a tripel. The taste has the same lemon, citrus, funky yeast characteristics as the aroma, but they are somewhat stronger. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Overall, this is a nice beer that I could drink again.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the several Petrus brews I've tried, this is undoubtedly one of the best... From an 11.2 oz bottle copped from Gary's Wine in Madison, pours a thick, hazy, cloudy appearance with incredibly huge frothy, foamy head... straw-colored, yellow appearance leads to an aroma full of clovers, fruit, and yeast... strong, rich flavor with bananas, citrus, grapefruit, and lemons bursting through... ultra-thick and rich mouthfeel... creamy taste with good drinkability lead to an all-around outstanding brew... definitely my favorite Petrus sample so far... really good stuff... top-notch, and certainly enjoyable... Really worth a try...

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Photo of stephendr
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. glass bottle- color of pale yellow, with a thick frothy white head - nose of yeast, crisp, light spice, light colored fruit, and semi floral – taste of yeast, crisp, light spice, light sour fruit, and semi floral - body is medium, semi acidic, and with high carbonation – aftertaste of yeast, crisp, light spice, acidic

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

Pours a cloudy gold with a huge white head. Nose is slightly hoppy with a lemon zest edge. Flavor is almost slightly bitter though very consistent. Feel has a thicker carbonation to it. It’s pretty drinkable due to it’s smooth and even taste, though because it doesn’t stand out and is calm in the flavor department, I have to lower the score for that one.

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

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : bière à la robe blond doré, mousse abondante tenant bien, dégagement gazeux important
Smell : nez malté et floral
Taste and mouthfeel : ronde en bouche, bien équilibré, légére acidité et une amertume prolongée
Drinkability : une bonne bière dans le style triple

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Photo of cypressbob
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle served chilled in a Delerium Tremens tulip

Pours with a golden yellow body full of tiny little beer bubbles. Thick white puffy head forms about an inch thick, good retention. Lots of bubbly lacing up and down the glass

Smell, chalky dry malt, quite astringent yeast character also on the nose. Some almondy alcoholic vapour alongside a touch of dms. Some faint tropical fruit (passion fruit, pineapple, melon and mango), A few peppery hops in there too

Taste, initially some slight pepperiness from the hops followed by some fairly sweet malt backed up by a dry lingering yeast character towards the finish. Prickly carbonation and fairly crisp mouthfeel, quite a noticable presence of alcohol on the finish along with some peppery hops once again

An odd tripel, noticable hop character, slightly vegetal.... reminds me of a biere de garde actually...

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

Appearance- Pours clear orange/amber with a thick, fluffy, white head. The head has some impressive staying power, and leaves a thick, sticky lace.descends to a thin patch.

Aroma- A bit subdued, but what is there is a bready, malty nose with hints of pepper.

Taste- Again...a bit bready up front with fairly noticeable pepper notes. A fairly spicy middle, especially as it warms.

Mouthfeel- Body is a tad light (which is appropriate to the style). Good level of carbonation. Really pushes the peppery middle on the tongue.

Drinkability- Worth trying.

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Photo of medic25
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of a "suitcase" gift pack, served in a Duvel tulip. Huge frothy white head with opaque golden color. Pleasant yeasty aroma. Taste is quite fruity, and a little yeasty; a nicely done tripel. Quite drinkable, with little hint of alcohol. An enjoyable brew.

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Photo of jettjon
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From an 11.2 oz bottle from a 6-bottle multipack, no freshness date. Into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!), pale yellow/hazy clear with great carbo stream. Huge eggshell white head, slow fade, plenty of lace left behind. Nose of sweet malt with hints of citrus. Light coriander. Sweet malt counterpoised against peppery, warming alcohol and herbal spices. No real hops presence, other than a faint floral/citrus note. Pretty much tastes like a classic tripel. Slightly astringent. Somewhat ho-hum finish. Big, bubbly mouth with sharp carbonation that adds and edge to the spiciness. Wet and satisfying; feels as a tripel should. Drinkability is good save the price; sure, I could down a few of these, but for these bucks, I expect a premium brew, not merely a good one.

Overall: OK, of the 6-bottle multipack, apparently I’ve saved the best for last, at least my favorite for last. Several of the other Petrus brews in the pack played extremely fast and loose with style, but this one is spot on. Not the best tripel I’ve had, but good nonetheless. The only downside for me is the price; roughly 4 bucks for a 33cl is too steep for beer of this caliber, IMSHO.

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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 July2Nov
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Two finger width head, which dissolves into 1/2. Golden yellow much akin to a pear. Has a strong lace that stays throughout the life of the brew.
S: Light and virtually non-existent.
T&M: Strong alcohol feel to it and it also has a acidic bite. It will tickle the tonsils.
D: 1-2 tops in any one sitting. One that I woudl visit every now and again.

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Petrus Gouden Tripel from De Brabandere
3.69 out of 5 based on 401 ratings.
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