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Jambe De Bois - Brasserie de la Senne

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38 Reviews
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Reviews: 38
Hads: 148
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 3
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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Brasserie de la Senne visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ggaughan on 04-05-2009

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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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.

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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.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Trappist Provisions (where else?) into a 9oz wine glass.

Pours a classic tripel golden pale color, with some amber hues around the glass. Contains a frothy, thick head filled with bubbles that goes about 2.5 fingers high in the glass, only to recede but never fully give up throughout consumption. Leaves behind a ton of cobwebby lacing in a real appealing manner, and carbonation lasts a good long while. A terrific presentation - I have no complaints here.

Smells unlike any tripel I've ever had, and I wouldn't expect any less from these guys over in Brussels. Rather than the common, ad nauseum profile of candi sugar, banana, vanilla, and spices, this is far more down to earth and diverse, rather giving off tons of vinous notes and also that of Eastern spices. At the front I immediately get notes of dried pear, green apple, and under-ripe pineapple, and then lots of interesting spices ranging from cumin, cardamom, and cinnamon, as well as a wet straw, grassy flavor that is a combination of the funky yeast, bite-y grains, and dry hopping in place. This is like Taras Boulba but far more aromatic - and the extra alcohol is perhaps the main factor that makes the difference.

Tastes very similar to the aroma, but ranges far more in between de la Senne's experimentation here and the classic tripel flavors. There are notes banana from the yeast, as well as a hint of candi sugar, as well as vanilla, but nothing is too overdone. Instead, the wonderful pear and green apple combo comes in, as well as more emphasis on the spices. The finish is wonderfully dry, with notes of dried leaves, grass, and a kick of mineral flavors resembling wet stone. The grains provide a bite that, as in all of this brewery's beers, is a bit off-putting at first but becomes ever so more fascinating the more that I try them. Melded with the funky yeast (of tart apple notes) as well as the dried hops, it's a really rustic, refreshing, and fairly complex experience. No booze shows through on this. A real pleasure to drink - I almost asked for another.

I'm starting to believe that this brewery may be one of the most unique in all of Belgium, and this beer is a good example why. I've never had Belgian beers this hoppy, bite-y, and simultaneously funky so consistently in a brewery's catalog, as well as ones that seem to push the envelope of the style at hand. This may easily become one of my favorite tripels to drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy gold color. Delicate aromas of sweet yeasty sticky banana. Rich velvety carbonation and banana yeasts predominate, with a slight earthy hop presence. Biscuit malts.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Keegan
3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle - 'Peg Leg', a Belgian Revolution Triple, eh? At least this seems an appropriate brew to get into on Remembrance Day, even though the label imagery isn't exactly Flanders Fields.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly bone-white head, which leaves some decent otherworldly continental lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of bready, lightly doughy pale malt, musty and earthy yeast, concentrated apple and pear juice, some further field honey sweetness, muddled savoury spice, and a lurking, hovering metallic booziness. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy pale malt, honeyed green apples, Poire Williams, white pepper and clove spice, a free-range confectioners' sugary thing, and tame leafy, grassy, and weedy hops, with the inherent alcohol starting to learn to keep its damn fool head down.

The bubbles are adequate in their mostly just supportive frothiness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and actually smooth, with a growing airy creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the malt and guest sugars laying off the gas pedal a bit, with the spice and hops saying their farewells, and the 16-proof booze tenting its fingers.

Overall, a decent enough rendition of this high-octane Belgian style - with the alcohol being obfuscated almost as much as can be, via spice, hop, and varied sugars alike. Enjoyable, if not particularly easy to put back, but I'm still very thankful today that this is the biggest news coming out of Belgium for me.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of mattfancett
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of StephRai
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of jcruelty
3.09/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

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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.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

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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.

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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

10-15-15 - On tap at Monk's in Philly. Nice and crisp on a sunny fall day. Not sure where I had this the first time.

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Jambe De Bois from Brasserie de la Senne
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