Petrus Gouden Triple AleJuly 1, 2009 Bavikhove, Belgium
Imported by: Global Beer Network
Available: AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, IL, IN, IA, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, NV, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, RI, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, DC, WA, WI
In 1894, the De Brabandere family built a professional brewery in Bavikhove, in West Flanders, becoming the first brewer in the region to make the newly popular pilsner style.
Original gravity: n/a
Hmm. This is an interesting beer. It pours and looks like a Belgian tripel. And it smells like a Belgian tripel. But it doesn’t actually taste like a Belgian tripel. Well, it kind of does, but in a “Belgian Tripel Light” kind of way. And that’s not a bad thing. Petrus Gouden Tripel is a good beer. It looks very pretty in a glass. It offers a nice, citrus aroma, some spiciness and a crisp, sour-apple acidity and a spritzy, Champagne-like quality that promises to please many palates. Sounds a lot like a Belgian tripel, doesn’t it? Well, it is. Just dialed back a bit. Because of its light, yet relatively complex touch, it would be a chameleon of sorts and could pair well with myriad foods — from cheeses to salads and from Asian food to barbecue.
- Lisa Morrison
My bottle of Petrus had a rough transit. Even after allowing it to settle for a few days, the haze had not disappeared and flipping the cap resulted in a free foam bath for all close spectators. I was not hopeful — especially when the aroma seemed a little tart at first. First impressions, however, proved deceptive. This golden, abbey-style ale proved to be well made, sweet yet crisp, with tropical fruit flavours, a light, lemony tartness and a typically Belgian spicy warmth. With hops slowly building alongside more tropical fruit in the chalky-dry finish, I found this to be a rather good, tasty tripel.
- Jeff Evans
Morrison, aka the Beer Goddess, writes about beer whenever and wherever she can and also gets to talk about it on a weekly radio show in her hometown of Portland, OR.
Author of the Good Bottled Beer Guide and The Book of Beer Knowledge, Jeff Evans is an eight-time editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and one of Britain's best-known beer writers.
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