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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Reviews: 252 | Ratings: 399
Photo of Franz4
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A-champagne like head that rests atop a nice golden body. Slightly hazy.

S- apples, bananas both present with a tart pear scent as well. Very inviting nose. Yeast and spice are evident.

T-pear comes through with maybe a touch of peach in the background. Definitely fruity, although the flavors don't come through as strong as they do in the nose.

M-Highly carbonated as the head would suggest, this beer drinks more like champagne, I like it, but it may be masking some of the flavors.

O- A very nice brew, probably my favorite Petrus brew so far.

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Photo of n2185
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Bottle began to gush as soon as I popped the cap. I managed to get most of it into a glass. Pours a yellow-brown with a torrent of floaties and 3 fingers of white head that recedes into a dense cap.

S: Lots of sweet light fruits here, especially grapes and pears. There are some yeast notes on the finish, but it really smells like white grape juice.

T: Sweet fruits up front with a lot of slightly bitter bread and yeast flavors that follow. Slight alcohol burn on the finish.

M: Medium body with very high carbonation. I like tripels to be light and crisp, but the carbonation is so high on this that it's more like a seltzer or soda and it detracts from the flavors.

O: Overall, not a bad tripel, though a bit plain. I feel like this might have been a better beer if it hadn't been so highly carbonated.

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Photo of Mario61Aler
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by date of Aug. 27th, 2012

Poured a light Golden with a HUGE white head that threatened to overflow the tulipm glass. The head lasted several minutes with excellant lacing.

Very little in the aroma, small hops and yeast and malt, some fruitiness maybe bananas.

Taste was better than the aroma. Was well balanced between bitter and sweet and left hardly any after taste.

This entered and left your mouth cleanly, light bodied, well carbonated.

Overall this is a drinker! reminded me of a Duvel but muted in aroma and taste, wasn't filling at all, could have drank a sixer of this. My only regret is that I bought it in a singe 330 ml bottle. I detected no sediment in this bottle even though it said it was refermented in the bottle. A wonderful Tripel.

Had this after eating some spicey burritos with red sauce on them.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25 ounce bottle - caged and corked
Big champagne pop with cork release.
A - towering foam over a hazy gold base with non-stop bubbles.
S - slight funk with a little sour citrus spice.
T - alcohol is hidden below the sweet spices and slight earthiness. Hops are detectable but on the low side.
M - thicker than expected but with plenty of carbonation as balance. Slight lingering coating.
D - Very drinkable Belgian to me.

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Photo of enfield249
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Cloudy yellow, with a thick white foamy head.

S - Cheese, funk a little bit of horse blanket.

T - Funky, no hops to note, overly sweet.

M - Medium with medium carbonation.

D - Not bad, but not the best trip I have had. Decent flavor, but too much funk and not enough candy flavor or dark fruits.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Petrus oversized wine glass (because I can). Beer is yellow with a big head, heavily carbonated, the sediment comes out and makes the beer this dingy brown. Looks fine. Lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and yeasty, overall mild.

Beer is thin and watery with very little flavor, a little from the pilsen malt and the rest is just the esters from the yeast. It's drinkable but very unremarkable.

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Photo of Fatheranderson
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Well I bought this beer on a whim from a local store known as Metzler's (great barbecue joint down here in TX, and the best place in the Denton area for finding gourmet beers). Honestly I thought it was ultra pricey at first ($18.00 and change) but I didn't realize it came with the glass, so that's definitely a nice little bonus to get with it.

Appearance: Clean, dark gold. Head is large, white, and luxurious, with some retention and quite a bit of lacing.

Smell: Bananas dominate the smell, with just a hint of alcohol and maybe some hops.

Taste: Honestly? Tastes like banana bread. Smooth, drinkable, delicious. You really can't detect the alcohol as you're drinking it, and it tends to sneak up on you, which is a good thing because otherwise it might ruin the delicate flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick, breadlike, hard to describe the feel really, but it feels good overall.

Drinkability: Wow, this is one of those beers that's hard to find a match for. I can see it being a desert beer, but it definitely doesn't fit with a meal. I can't see it as a beer I'd drink after mowing the lawn on a hot day, but I can definitely see it being something I drink over a game of poker or just a really good discussion with friends. It's too sophisticated for anything else.

Overall: A superior gourmet beer. I'd definitely recommend this for things like philosophical discussions, or poker games, but honestly I can recommend it for a marathon beer or even as a compliment for any kind of meals I can think of. That said, it'd go great with ice cream, or warm brownies, or something like that. I dunno, it's just too unique for a serious meal pairing.

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3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cL bottle to the awkward and disproportionate Petrus stemware. Not exactly sure what style of glass this is, but I love it nonetheless! Batch A105 with a best by date of 15/04/13. Sampled January 2011.

A: Frothy, puffy and billowing 4 fingers high, the head is ivory white in color. Excellent retention turns into an everlasting film resting above a light golden yellow colored body, magnificently clear. The beer rolls cleanly off the glass contributing no lace at all.

S: Lightly malted with aromas of straw, caramel, cracker, grain and light candi sugar. Grass dominates the hop bill while a light hand of orange citrus freshens up the aroma profile.

T: Orange, green apple, pear, banana and maybe even a suggestion of sour red grape skins. Predominantly dry with occasional sweet moments. Nice balance of sweet & sour, fruity & earthy, and sweet & dry.

M: Medium body with a thick, minerally texture. The carbonation is lively and fizzy. Overall, a very satisfying mouthfeel.

D: Gouden Tripel is a very solid but straightforward beer that has long-term drinkability.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a dark golden straw color with a very lively, big white head that is extremely slow to recede. The nose through this big fluffy head has notes of fruit like apple and pear but with a slightly sour tinge. Fairly sweet smelling as well. Medium/light mouthfeel. Surpisingly the taste doesn't seem as robust as the nose. Sweet almost chardonnay like flavors gives way to a muted fruit taste. Mild bitterness at the end as well. Ends pretty dry. The 7.5% is slightly noticeable but nothing too out of control. In the end, this is okay but I wold have preffered it a little more flavorful.

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Photo of WhiteOak
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Hazy amber with a yellowy-green glow. A vigorous pour gives three fingers of a big off-white head, like rocky seafoam. Very lacy.

S- Aroma of golden raisins, yeasty dough, rusty iron, and bath soap.

T- Simple flavor of sweet glazed pastry rolls. A bit of sourness on the mid-palate and bitterness on the finish.

M, D- Sweet and one dimensional. Could have used more CO2 to lift up the flat sweetness.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Crisp, clear gold color with a decent sized, rocky, foamy white head. Disappears pretty fast leaving a thin foamy lace.

S - Strong fruitiness, especially apple. Some tart citrus in there as well. Also has a strong pale malt and bready aroma. Belgian yeast is present but not overly strong. Very little spiciness. Smells more like a BSPA than a tripel, but enjoyable nonetheless.

T - Like the nose suggested, there is a strong fruitiness that lends to a slightly tart flavor. Apple, orange, lemon, and pear are all in there. A very ripe tartness to the fruit flavors. There is some sweetness coming from the pale malt and breadiness, but that is a background note. A slight hoppy bite on the finish with a leafy grassy and spicy kick.

M - Lighter side of medium body, above average carbonation. Dry finish.

D - Nice tart kick along with the hoppy bite on the finish make it unique but not exactly what I'm looking for in a tripel. Easy to drink, but not sure if I would quickly reach for another.

Notes: Interesting beer that isn't exactly like other tripels I've had. Definitely a tart fruitiness in this beer. Some spiciness comes out as it warms to compliment the hop flavors. It just seems to be missing something though. I'm liking it a bit better as I drink it and I get a better understanding of it and as it warms; so the score could possibly go up a little. Somewhere in between a BSPA and a tripel is what this seems to be.

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

12oz in a Westmalle Goblet.

A- Golden, mildly turbid, creamy head.

S- Banana, some biscuit and yeast, little bit of sour in there.

T- Banana and some candi up front, malt backbone is there, little bit of hop bitterness and a touch of sourness in the finish. Pretty straight forward.

M- Medium, good carbonation.

O- Prettygood representation of the style... it is one of the top dogs in the lower class tripel category... It's no westmalle, urthel, chimay, or st. B, but it's pretty good simple tripel, making a pleasurable drink. I would drink it again if there wasn't a better tripel around.

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

Cork lets off a huge pop! Pours a somewhat clear golden color with a HUGE white head. Smell is somewhat funky with a big floral nose. Some lemon zest as well. Taste is just like the smell. Very florally with lots of lemon and spice. I remember having this a while back and it being a little sour...this one is not sour at all though. Slightly funky aftertaste with crisp bitterness. Mouthfeel is VERY carbonated and dry. Good for this particular style. Drinkability is fairly high.

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

Opening the bottle is like opening champagne, it blows up before you can even set the cap down. Smell is like a sweet cider and cheeses, though not as cheesey as the dubbel but it still has hints of the cheese. The taste is like apple pie with a mild cheddar with a malty bitter finish. Color is gold with a thick foamy head. Its definitely an experience to drink.

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

Explodes out of bottle (and is difficult to control with the foam everywhere, what's left is quite drinkable) with a five+ finger white head that fades slowly, leaving some lace. Hazy light amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light bread, orange and hint of yeast nose. Flavor is caramel, bread and tart orange. $4.15 for a 330ml bottle (#39660) from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

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Photo of bskrtz
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served cold in glass beer challis

A) Bronze summer straw hay, hazy & thick with abundant suspended carbonation and yeast. Fluffy white head settles but leaves a smooth white layer

S) Citrus juice, esthers, baked bread. Muted sour mash

T) Sweet candy sugar, bananas, orange, caramel malt. Very refreshing & crisp. Alcohol is mild but you'll know its there soon enough

M) Wonderful effervescent bottle conditioned carbonation. Lasts and lasts. Very smooth.

D) I really enjoyed this well crafted, refreshing triple.

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

A: The pour is a lightly hazed straw color with a fairly impressive white head that settles down to about a finger tall layer.

S: Quite a bit of citrus notes, which is a bit odd for a tripel, sweet bread and some hints of sugar. A fairly dry crispness to the nose, also out of the ordinary, but enjoyable.

T: Not nearly as spice and sugar forward as many tripels, but I like that. Some hints of apple and banana, along with a bit of sugar, but still fairly dry. A really crisp, clean flavor.

M: The body is medium with a high level of carbonation.

D: A little different than most other tripels I've come across, but it works quite well (I think). I would have this again.

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Photo of metter98
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured cloudy and light golden yellow in color with a huge three finger high head that has good retention properties and took a long time to die down, never completely fading away. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible along with yeast particles floating in suspension.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of apples, bananas, candi sugar and spices in the nose.
T: The taste isn't that complex and has flavors very similar to the smell along with some malty sweetness. There is a very mild amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with lots of carbonation.
D: The beer was relatively easy to drink and any traces of alcohol were very well hidden. I could easily have more than one of these in one sitting.

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

Poured hazy light golden color with huge white head.

Smell is more like a cider, pretty sour, not like a Triple at all.

Taste, same as the nose, some sour apple flavor. Pretty yeasty as well, pretty funky actually. You can tell its Belgian, but I would not have guessed it to be a Triple. It just doesn't have that clean, sweet taste I usually associate with a triple. Not getting any noticeable bitterness either.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

Overall im pretty disappointed in this beer, I had high hopes for this beer and was let down. I would much rather be drinking a Chimay Blue for the same price...

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Photo of brentk56
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a brobdingnagian head in the tulip (and the bottle spews foam as well); a few streaks of lace

Smell: Bready and yeasty, with a hint of apple skin; smells more like a Belgian Pale than a Tripel

Taste: Opens bready with a developing yeast, apple and melon character but only a hint of the candi sugared sweetness I would have expected; after the swallow, the flavor moves in a slightly tart direction, though the finish is rather like the opening

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation; just a hint of warmth

Drinkability: Easy to drink and rather enjoyable; just not what I would be looking for in a Tripel

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"The Key to Heaven" claims the bottle. Can't argue with that, I made the purchase.

Appearance: Poured from a 330ml bottle into a chalice. A murky dirty blonde beer with some tightly beaded bubbles forming the head.

Smell: Sweet yeast, fruity, musty.

Taste: Upfront, almost cheesey hops add a bit of bitterness, coupled with some green apple tartness and citrus qualities. The sour granny smith apple flavor is there the whole time and is quite nice. The hops have died down to a mellow, leafy bitterness. Overall, a pretty authentic tripel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, biting, semi-dry.

Drinkability: A classic tripel with a moderate strength. Would pair well with a wide array of cuisine.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into a nice sized tulip glass after a long week at work. I've been passing this by on the shelves for years now.

Sunglow golden with some tannish orange highlights around the edge. Being a Belgian, I poured this with ease, I've wasted enough De Dolle to last a lifetime. Towards the bottom of the tulip, an active mix of liquid and suds that shoot to the brim and over some leaving loose lace.

Smells like a fruity ass triple from Belgium, it's not rocket science. The fruits leap out the basket with lightly sugar coated apples with the skins and pear slices. This is pretty much the norm for Belgian triples. A small amount of big league chew. A bit of melted banana and bready yeast. A good smell, not the greatest, cough, mad bitch,cough.

Tastes like a fruity ass triple from Belgium, it's not rocket science. The yeast comes through a bit more to even the playing field but the apple is just huge in this, no way around it. More fruity esters and not a big alcohol taste towards the end. Seeing this is only about 7.5% (a little low for a triple) I can see why it's not part of the spectrum. A little lemon with more yeast in the end finale.

Im feeling that the feel on this triple could use a boost in a few departments. First off, it's a tad to thin, this feels borderline medium. The big fault(IMO) is the lack of carbonation. Im used to lively ass Triples that kind of leave a bite on the tounge, this kinda sorta dwindles down, especially as it warms. The good thing, there's no alcohol, although Im thinking this a purposely brewed to be lighter than most.

This is a pretty good example of a triple, it's very authentic and true to it's country, but there is alot of competition for this style from waffle land. I would go for many over this one in a heartbeat. Very drinkable while being kinda forgetable. I just wish I could find some Petrus products on taps around town, i feel this could benefit from it.

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

a: snifter serving, big white head with great retention, golden amber in color

s: lots of white wine grapes and some green apple, crisp and wheaty, moderate yeast influence, flaky white bread

m: fully carbonated - too much so until enough comes out of solution to smooth things out a bit, lighter in body

t: green apple and white grape, acidic touch, subtle pale malts

d: just fine

single from Whole Foods, Fair Lakes, VA

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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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Petrus Gouden Tripel from De Brabandere
3.69 out of 5 based on 399 ratings.
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