Jambe De Bois - Brasserie de la Senne

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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 2
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ggaughan on 04-05-2009

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Reviews by Jimmys:
Photo of Jimmys
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz bottle. no pkg date. the amount of conditioning on the bottom of the bottom would lead me to believe it has been in there for a little bit of time.

A: very hazy brew. I would call this a bright orange. head is pretty frothy. good retention. clouded lacing left behind.

S: some esters. mild clove. warming. a bit of pear. I think this is all esters and not any acetdelhyde.

T: once again, a bit of esters. a good bit. really has picked up on the pallet compared to the nose. a mild alcohol heat comes towards the finish, but is mostly fleeting. a good deal of sweetness is still in this body. mildly vanilla-like. clove too. finish has lasting sweetness.

M: pretty decent carb on a medium/almost heavy body.

D: nothing wrong with this brew, but it does leave a bit to be desired. I wish it was a bit drier. the sweetness distracts from a lot of the fermentation flavors. not bad, but not great.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Consumed on Jan 4th 2013; reviewed from notes.

A 330ml bottle with an uncertain BB date (not marked). Purchased from a Belgian webshop more than a year ago and stored in my garage; I hope it hasn't aged too badly. Jambe-de-Bois translates as wooden leg - the label calls it a Belgian revolution triple.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A hazy golden-amber hue with good carbonation and plenty of chunky sediment. Produces a huge head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before slowly reducing to a frothy surface layer. Aroma of earthy Belgian yeast esters, tart apples, mild coriander, a slight fruitiness and a hint of spice. Faintly sweet, with a hot, solventy note of booze in the background.

Tastes of fruity, earthy yeast esters with a mildly spicy character and a dry finish. Notes of earthy yeast, unripe apples, indistinct fruitiness, mild coriander, subtle spice and stewed hops. Slightly peppery. A weak bitterness upon swallowing, along with a significant dose of solventy alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry, spicy and tingly, with good carbonation and nice body for the style. The booze adds an oily quality. Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of earthy yeast and fruity hints.

So-so. The alcohol is a bit excessive and the hint of apples suggests a flaw. It's OK, but the aroma and flavour seem pretty average. The mouthfeel and body are nice though. I like this brewery and I was hoping it would be better; it could be that age has sullied it's quality a little. I'll have to re-review a fresher bottle when I can get one. Decent but no need to go out of your way to find it.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a hazy light straw with gold highlights and a fine two finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Nice active carbonation. Interesting aroma of sweet apple and pear juice, bready malt, light citrus; nicely floral. Flavor starts very subdued, but develops into remarkable sweet pear and stone fruit, honey, light citrus, finishing with nice hop and herbal bitterness and residual very nice fruit juice. Quite complex and interesting. The middle is quite sweet but the finish is more semi-sweet as if the herbal elements are drying out the fruit components (but not winning). Medium bodied with light creaminess. I really liked this tripel. It has some sweeter than normal elements, but there is so much going on here that it the sweetness seems perfectly balanced. This is a very nice Belgian ale that I will be picking up again very soon. I'm two for two for this brewery now and hope to see other varieties.

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

I had been looking for this beer for awhile and finally came across a bottle at Poechenellekelder in Brussels. The beer was served in nice Brasserie De La Senne tulip style glasses. The beer poured a clear bright yellow color with a massively thick white head with some fluffy white bubbles. The nose had some strong hoppy notes and a decent malt tone in the aroma as well. The taste was a good touch of citrus combined with a good malt backbone. The taste also provides a nice hope bite on the tongue and a lasting after effect. There is also a sweet touch to the beer that rounds this out very nicely. Another fine beer from De La Senne that I hope to see more of in the future.

Photo of KYGunner
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden pear coloring this is bright and seems to be a summer beer. The head was thick and bright white with a settled foam.

The scent held a lot of summery orchard fruits, honey, white wine, vinegar and a doughy, bready malt.

The flavors held much of the same varieties of the scent as the honey, white wine and bready malts come through. I also found honeysuckle, Apple, pear, banana and even a little bubblegum.

The feel is effervescent, bubbling, sparkling and alive but not harsh. There is also a tinge of sour and a bit of sweet.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +3.9%

From a bottle.

This nice ale, a first for me from this brewery, pours a hazy light yellow with a dash of amber
in there with nice tight beaded white bubbled head and frothy lacing. Nose of coriander,
yeasty goodness, Belgian candy sugars, herbal hops, and a light lemon grass aroma. This is
rather complex in nose and taste. Flavors are Belgian candy on the front with a light lively
mouthfeel. Coriander and lemon grass dance about with a light sourness that is far from
unpleasant with a dry finish and very light bitter aftertaste. Almost a Belgian sweet tart, this
ale expands in flavors as it warms making a re-review certainly coming in the future. Very nice.

Photo of ManforallSaisons
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pale end of the spectrum for a tripel but thick-looking and full of bubbles, under a finger of creamy foam. Nice but subtle hop flower, citrus , a tinge of toast and yeast in the smell. The flavor is strongly hopped for the style, a bit of citrus pith in the bitterness, but still with a dose of malt. A nice toasty note, too. Substatial in the mouth but more-ish and cleansing, a nice feel. An updated take on the tripel.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy light orangey color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of dry bitter hops with nice peppery yeast notes and some light floral notes. Taste is particular for a triple with loads of dry and medium bitter notes mix in with a peppery yeast strain and a semi-sweet floral malt backbone. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting take on the style and something I could drink on a regular basis.

Photo of smakawhat
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into a snifter at Churchkey DC.

Real lemon looking body on this beer, opaque with a simple off white top, pretty nice and straightforward, love this glowing hue to the brew.

Nose is a bit muted, some mild white sugar sensations and dense malt, but a few floral notes seem to creep in here and there.

Taste hits very mild for a tripel. Light hop action on this beer with a nice buttery feel sans diacetyl. Some soft malt comes in with no trace of booze like heat. Unfortunately not much else.

Overall it's not a bad beer, but for a fav style of mine this beer feels incredibly neutered and toned down. There's nothing really memorable here for me.

Photo of Amalak
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This has a lovely soapy and fruity taste. Very flavorful and it changes as it goes along. There's a grassy, celery taste there. A hint of honey. Light to medium bodied, fairly carbonated and refreshing. Quite complex, I really enjoy it.

There's an orange hue but a dark yellow all around. It has a huge foamy white head and a lot of lacing behind. Bubbles coming up throughout. Opaque. There's a thick straw and celery scent, a but fruity.

Photo of largadeer
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Westcoastbeerlvr forgot this in my fridge, and now I'm drinking it. Thanks, Craig.

Surprised by the low rating for this stuff. It's a good tripel.

Pours from the bottle a hazy straw yellow, pretty typical of the style; gentle pouring yields three fingers of lasting froth.

The nose carries a pleasant mix of grain and yeast esters. There's a bit of red apple and pear, crusty white bread, a touch of coriander-like spiciness both from the hops and from mild phenols. Has a soft, lactic, almost creamy quality to it.

Opens with a soft, doughy malt character that's quite impressive. Dry, and thankfully not too ham-handed with the esters; tastes like it was fermented at relatively cool temperatures. Pear, pineapple and apple flavors lend nuance, and there's a decent hop bite that dries out the finish. This is perhaps a bit hoppier than a traditional tripel, but it's by no means abrasive.

Quite good overall. De la Senne rarely disappoints.

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy golden yellow in color and has lots of fine particulates visible floating in suspension. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a pillow of bubbles in the center of the glass, encircled by a collar around the edge of the glass and a thin layer of bubbles in between.
S: Light aromas of fruity esters and Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with hints of candi sugar and peppery spices, the latter of which is most noticeable towards the back of the smell.
T: The is very similar to the smell and also has slight hints of floral hops, honey and bitterness.
M: It feels somewhat heavier than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Hints of dryness are perceptible towards the finish.
O: This beer has good drinkability for the style—it definitely tastes a little strong but for the most part the alcohol isn't that noticeable in the taste.

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

Poured from a 330ml bottle. Pours a light lemon yellow colour. The nose offers up notes of floral perfume, dried fruit, noble hops and candy. The taste is big, boozy and similar to the nose with a floral component and baked apple pie taste. Great carbonation washes any residual sweetness away. A really complex and elegant tripel.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap in the lovely 'Red Rose Cafe' Brugge on 22 Sep 2013.

Correct stemmed tulip glass: cloudy yellow body with a white crown.

Semi-sour with a yeasty and hop feel to the taste and nose. There was also a selection of mixed herbs somewhere within the beer, so the flavour was an interesting combination of feelings and tastes. Most enjoyable.

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

On tap chez moeder lambic fontainas

Pours hazy golden with a small white head. Some lacing.
Sweet aroma of belgian yeast, malt, honey and banana.
Sweet taste at beginning with a strong bitter end. Malt, herbal/floral notes, and fruits are present in taste.
Lively carbonation. Medium duration of aftertaste. Warming alcohol. Medium body.
Mouthfeel start creamy but end dry. Nice complexity but balance could be better. Not exactly what I expect from a Tripel, it's more between a tripel and a soft IPA , but it’s a good beer.

Photo of MNishCT77
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at GBD in DuPont circle in NW D.C., poured into a 10 oz. tulip glass, drank 9/20/13 over a half-hour

A: 2/3 - golden-brown coloration, good clarity (can see and read through) but more clear than other wheat beer styles, received with minimal head/only subtle 1/4 glass lacing; moderately carbonated , moderate alcohol legs

S: 8/12 - predominantly Belgian-yeast estery aroma with some hop flavors that become more noticeable as the beer warms

T: 14/20 - there's a strange admixture of flavors for style; I immediately picked up some intense estery flavors - banana, curacao orange peel, clove and all-spice; however, and maybe not to be unexpected from the taste, there was also a hop grassiness that starter to rear it's head, which I didn't expect and seemed uncharacteristic for style; some alcohol flavors on the back end but 8.0% is mostly hidden within

M: 3/5 - moderately bodied and carbonated as expected

O: 8/10 - I was expected a trippel and feel like I drank a Belgian IPA; I thought that the Belgian yeast characteristics were really intense, which, I think, I could have tolerated without the hoppiness; it just seemed like a sloppy war of conflicting ideas in my mouth; I haven't had anything to my recollection from this brewery before and would give another beer another shot but this was not an auspicious first impression

TOTAL = 35/50

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bottle up at Bier Tempel in Brussels. Served in a Moeder Lambic tulip.

Pours a moderately-hazy yellow-straw color with a large, foamy white head with great retention. Loads of thick lacing as the head finally falls.

The nose brings forward a bit of light fruit and bubble gum plus a good dosing of peppery phenolics. A general yeastiness and some light grain is there as well. The flavor takes a turn toward the pepper, and is a bit too heavy in that direction. Otherwise, it's fairly similar to the nose.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a medium body. Too much pepper clouds the finish, which is a bit too spicy. Pretty good, but not as good as most of their other stuff.

Photo of dar482
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The aroma on this is like potpourri and extremely floral of lavender.

The flavor has papaya and a light sweetness, a bready middle, and then a big lavender again that makes the beer almost taste like drinking perfume. There's a drying on the back of herbal of sage and coriander.

A really intriguing brew.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When in Belgium, asking for beer recommendations usually result in an offering of fine ale, however it's likely already a common offering for me in the U.S. So, I'm wingin' it myself with this choice. I have fallen in love with tripel ales all over again since I've been in Belgium as the versions here are so much zestier and aromatic than those I routinely enjoy back home.

The tulip glass allows for the seepage of light beyond the yeasty haze and goldenrod appearances and emits a charming glow that highlights the dance of carbonation that plays from the bottom toward the top. Those tiny bubbles work tirelessly to build and maintain the creamy whipped foam that caps the beer, provides high aromatic value, and adorns the walls with intricate patterns of lace. An elegant looking choice it appears.

A perfume of floral hops give the sweeter scent of honeysuckle, rose pedal, and lemonade. Herbal with grassy and peppery elements; it's these aromas that balance the scent of estery apples, pears, apricots, and lemons nearly to perfection. Only the hint biscuit, honey, and carmelized bread interject the balance of fruit and spice.

Sweetly flavored with the taste of powdered sugar, honey, cookie dough, and freshly baked bread as the beer traverses over the tongue. But the middle palate of fruit and spice begin to dissolve the sweetness and turn slightly champagne-like with the spice of white pepper and alcohol accompany the dry fruit flavor of dried lemons, curacao, apple peel, and pitted dates. Finishing with a herbal and grassy bitterness, this tripel ale ends with a refreshing crescendo of acidity that leaves the palate clean and crisp.

Perhaps a bit fuller bodied than the typical tripel, it seems that the darker colors and extra sweetness results in more residual malt textures that weight softly on the mouth with mild sweetness and heft. The lift of carbonation carries the beer across the tongue and ushers in a semi-dry finish of peppercorn, alcohol warmth, and wine-like acidity.

A very well made tripel ale, albeit a bit or the robust side of the style; it would have been nice to be accompanies by more hop zip in finish or less sweetness in taste.

Photo of draheim
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden color w/ a huge fluffy white head that leaves behind some nice clumps of lace.

Aroma is a blend of bready Belgian yeast, citrus, floral hops, fruity esters, and spice.

Taste is pale malt, candi sugar, slightly musty yeast, and hops. Pleasantly sweet balanced by a sharply bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is soft, medium bodied, a little prickly from the carbonation.

Overall a good, middle-of-the-road tripel.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazed apricot color with a good looking one finger soapy cream colored head. Leaves some nice lace after each sip.

S: Sweet Belgian yeast notes upfront with some heavy clove, honey, vanilla and faint grassy hop notes in the back. Pretty solid smell.

T: Pretty heavy notes of bready malt mixed with honey and candi sugar right away. Bread crust, light green apple, and some faded grassy hops in the background. Mouthfeel is very heavy for me and the sweetness really bogs things down. I don't think I'd have this again.

Photo of Travlr
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle shared with friends at 't Brugs Beertje.
A: Cloudy yellow/orange color with a big white head that lasts quite a while and leaves fair lacing.
S: Aroma of freshly made bread dough.
T: Flavor is dominated by malts, yeast is also obvious, and maybe some light spice.
M: Good body.
D: An interesting beer, worth seeking out.

Photo of lmaduells
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is good triple beer

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking beer. Decent nose. Flavor profile is good. This is what a triple should taste like. Seems slightly hot. It's a nice drinker and it's consistent, yes. But not overly inspiring. Still, nice to be able to try something from Belgium that works. So few Belgian ales to try, it seems. Or maybe it's because I live where I do.

Photo of ccrida
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On draught at 't Brugs Beertje, Jambe De Bois is brassy dark gold with a big white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is sweet bready malt, yeasty, with leafy hops.

Taste is dominated by waxy phenols and a very firm bitterness. The leafy hops are a bit overblown for my taste in regards to balance, although this beer is on the lighter side of flavor overall.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slick.

Drinkability is ok, just not my style at all, a little to disjointed.

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Jambe De Bois from Brasserie de la Senne
86 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.