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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Beer Review: Kerberos Tripel

Flying Dog Brewery Kerberos Tripel from Flying Dog Brewery on Vimeo.

My friends at Flying Dog sent me another box of goodness in the mail... They were kind enough to send me a sample of Kerberos Tripel for my reviewing pleasure, as well a sample of the 4-pack carrier that currently holds their "Canis Major Mixed 4-pack" together on the shelf at finer package stores everywhere...

Note: the toaster in the background did not come with the free sample!

Double DogBeer: Flying Dog's Kerberos Tripel

Some words from Flying Dog: Named after the mythical beast that guards the gates of hell… Kerberos is a traditional Belgian-style Tripel with a dark golden color has a sweet flavor with a dry and spicy finish. This nectar of the Gods is deceptively strong at 8.5% and is bottle conditioned for an authentic flavor.

Style: Tripel

Style Description from our friends at BeerAdvocate.com: The name "Tripel" actually stems from part of the brewing process, in which brewers use up to three times the amount of malt than a standard Trappist "Simple." Traditionally, Tripels are bright yellow to gold in color, which is a shade or two darker than the average Pilsener. Head should be big, dense and creamy. Aroma and flavor runs along complex, spicy phenolic, powdery yeast, fruity/estery with a sweet finish. Sweetness comes from both the pale malts and the higher alcohol. Bitterness is up there for a beer with such a light body for its strength, but at times is barely perceived amongst the even balance of malts and hops. The lighter body comes from the use of Belgian candy sugar (up to 25% sucrose), which not only lightens the body, but also adds complex alcoholic aromas and flavors. Small amounts of spices are sometimes added as well.

Tripels are actually notoriously alcoholic, yet the best crafted ones hide this character quite evil-like and deceivingly, making them sipping beers.

Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 8.0-12.0%

(In this case, 8.5% abv)

How was it served? From a bottle
Glass: Pint glass
Location of tasting: My back yard/deck
Reviewer: Bryon

A beautiful spring night out on the deck grilling up some chow...
What better time could there be to review another beer?

On to the Review

1. Appearance -
A mostly clear, golden in color, with a slight haze. A few vertical rivers of tiny bubbles float their way up to the top to meet up with the thick inviting head.

A rare behind the scenes look at my sloppy notes.
FYI, Kerberos also makes for a fine paper weight.
So get some in stock for your office today!

2. Smell - Difficult for me to detect on this one... Sweet aroma, with spicy hints of hops... (A note on smell - I have a very limited sense of smell, that comes and goes, so my opinions on beer smells should be taken with a grain of salt...)

3. Taste - The Kerberos hits the ground running with a sweet start, but steady wins the race with a dry and slightly hoppy finish. This beer has something for everyone, malt lovers and hop-heads alike. That being said, I don't have much experience with this style, so I'll let you rack and stack this one for yourself. A less experience beer drinker maybe fooled by the flavor, which does it's part to hide the higher alcohol content of this beer. Not an over powering flavor, but a little too sweet for some perhaps.

4. Mouthfeel -
The carbonation was adequate, but not as intense as the creamy head might predict. A light body helps this beer go down easy, but with the 8.5 ABV, perhaps a little too easy. Be careful!

5. Drinkability - As I said above, she goes down easy like Sunday morning, but remember the ABV! Very drinkable!

Drinkability Scale from 1- 10: A solid 8.5!

This baby goes down smooth...


  1. I can't wait to try this one.


  2. We knew that you already had a toaster, so we held off on sending one to you by mail.

    perhaps next time we ship you beer, you'll end up with a sandwich maker. or a biscuit-filler machine:


  3. Blue, you should try it, not too shabby!

    Josh, Tell ya what, keep the biscuit filler, and send more beer... :-) LOL! Too funny man, too funny!

    Thanks for the flow of samples!


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