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 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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Photo of jwc215
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clouded orange/amber with a thin head descends to a thin patch.

The smell is of orange peel, spiced bready yeast, caramel and a touch of pepper.

The taste is of caramel - just a bit too much - orange, lemon, yeasty. There is some Saaz(like?) hops, but almost lost in the malt. Some spiciness in the sweet, syrupy finish.

A bit thin for the style, but smooth.

A decent sipping brew, and worth trying, but not one of the most flavorful or complex of the style to come out of Belgium, IMO.

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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 BeerDonkey
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the Christmas 6-pack. The 3rd beer I’ve tried. The first 2 were pretty disappointing, I’m hoping this one is better

Appearance: thick, billowy, cloud like head. Cloudy Orange-ish yellow liquid
Smell: Heavy honey, grass
Taste: not bad! Not particularly interesting, but decent. Effervescent and sweet with little depth or character, but no off flavors
Mouthfeel: clean and crisp

Overall: one of the better Petrus beers I’ve had. I’m a big Trippel fan and this one isn’t half-bad. One of the cleaner ones I’ve tasted.

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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 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 IntriqKen
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The bottle I have came out of a Winter Gift Pack and is labeled Petrus Gouden Tripel Ale.
Pours a pale golden yellow with a nice full finger of white that melts to sticky lacing covering the top of the glass.
Aromas are very atypical Belgium yeasts, a little peppery spice, and powdery bread.
The taste is again, typically bite from carbonation and citrus, a lttle pepper, and sweet malts fill the mouth. Definite candy sugars in there.
Aftertaste is clean.
This is a decent triple...but doesn't hold up to the best at all.

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Photo of oelergud
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden body with good carbonation. HUGE white butte head, pillowy and creamy with good retention and amazing lace.
Sweet and sour fruity scent of green apple and citrus.
Intense sweet malts equaled by a sour fruity mix that last through the after taste. A hint of almond.
Medium body and a surprising dry finish.
Easy to enjoy and a beautiful beer in your glass, pure eye-candy.


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Photo of Absumaster
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very murky, orange yellow beer with a fine, stabile head.

Smell is fruity and spicy with some hoppy notes, there is also some sourness which make the beer less 'fresh'.

Taste is a bit wild, with some characteristics of wild yeast, at least some barnyard and horseblanket, but in a very moderate way. I can also taste some cork, which obviously isn't in there. Mouthfeel is dry and slightly sticky. There is a mild bitter. A good balance, but for me it wasn't fresh enough.

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Photo of vwcraig
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy pale golden color. Massive carbonation and the beads swirl to the top to form a huge pillowy head that is stiff and bright white like meringue. Appetizing doughy smell along with a winey white grape smell with green apple rounding it out. Fresh apple taste with an astringent and low level metallic taste. Thick lacing is left behind as the glass empties. Aftertaste is drying but sweet. Very smooth and not burning or acidic like some lesser examples. Slick, smooth mouthfeel with prickly carbonation at first. Decent drinkability with lower ABV. Probably still not sessionable. Pick it up if you have never tried it before.

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

11.2oz bottle

Pours a clear straw color with a huge white head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Mild bready and yeasty aroma with a light fruitiness. Slight booze aroma as it warms.

Nice bready and yeasty flavors upfront with a slight fruitiness. Leads into a mild bitterness and finishes dry and slightly boozy.

Medium body, zippy carbonation.

A decent tripel all-around, and certainly drinkable. A solid example of the style.

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

Presentation: 25.4 oz corked bottle, no dating of any kind, poured into the Petrus glass that came with the bottle (looks like a chalice on a long stem).

Appearance: Pours a bright golden yellow color with lots of carbonation bubbles. The head filled almost half the glass and maintains nicely.

Aroma: Lemony and spicey at the same time. Nice combo.

Taste: Kind of dry like Champagne. There's a spicy hops flavor going on there too, and some peppers as well. The finish is slightly bitter but nice.

Mouthfeel: Crisp but a little watery. The carbonation is quite lively.

Overall: Not as strong as most triples, still enjoyable though.

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Photo of hero27
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle.
7.5% abv.

Pale straw glow, thin white head.
Aroma is faint with some spice, lemon, and Belgian yeast.
A bit of estery fruit sweetness, a bit of sour...well blended and on-top of a strong malt base. Finishes dry and the soft flavors are resilient for some time. A respectable Tripel from Bavik.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle.

Hazy golden with a big fluffy lasting head. Lace coats the glass in a thick sheet.

Aroma is fruity and yeasty with a little muskiness.

Flavor is honey and apple and dough.

Sweet honey finish. alcohol hidden well

Not very complex, but still quite good.

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Photo of rarevos
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Chimay goblet.

A: Duvel's advice may be to pour "unhurriedly," but the same holds true for this one. All foam at first, and it took a long time to dissipate. Eventually became a solid layer of foam.

S: Winey/vinous at first; the aroma of sharp white wine grapes. Malty/sweet underneath.

T/M: Has a wine flavor up front, and has a bit of a champagne-y thing going on. Mild spiciness/leafiness from the hops (I imagine) with some peppery flavor. Crisp finish with a light bitterness. More grapey presence in the tail.

D: DO NOT DRINK THIS CHILLED. It has an olive oil or olive brine flavor that totally (I mean TOTALLY) disappears after it warms. Chilled, it tasted like olive oil and white wine and that, as Alton Brown might say, is not Good Drinks. Served at a proper temperature, the beer is a bit oaky and vinous for a tripel, but isn't terrible. Still, I have Westmalle and Chimay Cinq Cents easily available near me, and won't be reaching for this again so long as that keeps up. I'd put it squarely in the second-tier of tripels.

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Photo of k75
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got in a trade - thank you oldirtysurfer.

pours a bit cloudy, tight carbonation gives way to a rocky foam . nice

aromas are of sweet malts , some spice and background phenols.

taste is lively in carbonation, background is sour, finish is balanced with malt

enjoyable at 7.5% , flavorful.

a nice tripel


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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: The beer initially pours a golden color with an orangish tint that is mostly clear with a small ¼” head on top. The head is made up of white bubbles and falls pretty quickly. There really aren’t any bubbles rising to maintain the head, but still a solid ring is sticking around the glass just for spite. Only some mild lacing is left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: The aroma isn’t very characteristic for a Triple. It has a slightly sweet malty edge and doesn’t have the assertive hops that you expect for this style. There is a dryness to the beer that I believe is not just attenuation, but also from some oxidation caused by age. There is a little bit of a floral presence when you really get deep into the aroma, but it is really mild.

Taste: The flavor has a lot more body than I expected for a Triple. This particular example must be all malt as it doesn’t have the dry crispness that you often get with this style that comes from the sugar addition. The hops are there, but are muted. The beer has a full body with some caramel sweetness along with some toasty notes that suggests the use of Vienna or a bit of light Munich malt. This is a pretty heavy beer, and hits your palate pretty hard with all of the malt. The finish is long and sweet with some oxidative flavors left to linger with the syrupy sweetness for some time.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer, but I feel that I am not doing it justice by reviewing such an old example. I would like to try it again fresh, and of course, preferably in Belgium. It has a good flavor, but is a bit heavy for this style even at “only” 7.5%ABV. My score is going to be a bit lower now due to the age of this example, but the jury is still out for when I can get me hands on a fresher example.

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Photo of bonbright7
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into my 50 cl after trying another Tripel, while my wife and I were standing around in the kitchen talking about our newly adopted (from the pet-shelter) 25 lb cat, Moe.

We agreed with the first pour into our glasses that the head was large with the scent of honey and hops. I could also smell citrus flavors as I went nose first into the light orange ale.

The taste was very much in character with other Belgian Tripels I have tasted in the recent past with the smooth cream accenting the honey/lemon water that went dry with hops.

I thought the ale would be great on tap as well as with fat cold cut laden sandwiches this fall at the various college games where I be tailgating.

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Photo of cbl2
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

8/26/2006 $3.50 11.2 7.50% No best by date, but coded 38596.


Poured slowly into my Petrus glass, this beer is a golden yellow with plenty of carbonation that evinces over 2 inches of foamy white head that takes forever to settle. Laces nicely.


Mildly spicy with hints of ground coriander and black pepper and just a tinge of malt sweetness.


Robust, coarse carbonation coupled with a peppery zest lead off on the palate. Sweetens as it warms, but the black pepper dominates throughout along with something vaguely spicy. My least favorite of the Petrus offerings so far, this is a tad too coarse for my taste. Flavors aren't bad, and they are fairly well balanced, with the alcohol entirely masked.

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

Pours out clear yellow and orange with a full head of white foam.
Yeast and orange hit the nose first. After a dark aroma one feels the alcohol permiating the nose.
Taste is sweet with carmel and sweet apple hitting first then the bready yeasty flavor followed by a slight alcohol hint in the back of the throat.
Mouthfeel is very clean with sweet lingering on the tip of the tounge.
I could see drinking lots of these at a time.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a hazy golden color, with huge, white pillowy head that lingered through entire beer, and left excellent lacing. Fruity aroma, mostly apples, hit me as soon as I opened the bottle. Beer had the same fruity taste, and was very spicy to boot. Finish was syrupy and sour, but good. Although this was a different tasting beer, I really enjoyed it.

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Petrus Gouden Tripel from De Brabandere
3.69 out of 5 based on 406 ratings.
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