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Oud Beersel Bersalis Tripel - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.68%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 47
Reviews by Flounder57:
Photo of Flounder57
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bottle was poured into a large Duvel snifter.

Appearance: The beer poured a two finger. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and good signs of carbonation coming up thorough the center of the glass. Head has reduced a bit a nice foamy layer.

Smell: apples, vanilla, pears, spices, bready malts, yeasty esters, and Belgian candy.

Taste: very similar to aromas and the alcohol is a bit noticeable too as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, very dry, and a bit hard to drink to due the dryness of the beer and somewhat high carbonation.

Overall: a good tripel at best, but there are others. Still good to have stumbled across this one and happy to have picked it up at Gordon's in Waltham.

More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this one did very little for me. its awesome to see more of their stuff showing up in the market, but this is a far cry from the quality of their sours, and i dont think is the best representation of the style you can find. it comes across really thin to me, like almost lacking that fleshy oaty base i like so much in the style, no wheat texture either. while i do love how bubbly it is, carbonated like a champ, the watery body is an issue, really unflattering to the style. its definitely a little oxidized too, not sure of a bottle date, but it has a slight skunked thing going on, starting to take hold. unlike many tripels, this is quite dry, which i also find pleasing, not sugary and teeth coating. i need more grain flavor though, it seems like this crazy yeast has nothing to cling to, maybe too much added sugar, not enough of a mash, im not sure. i dont dislike it, and think it may be good to turn the uninitiated on to belgian beers in general, light enough, and a real well hidden abv, but its just not built like a tripel should be in my opinion, and falls short of expectations for me. gets the buzz cranking though...

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to say that I am shocked that this beer isn't rated higher. I couldn't get enough of it in Belgium. My first serving was sold to me at Centrum in Beersel. The barkeep explained that the beer was really more of a fundraiser than anything else and was meant to get Oude Beersel back up and running and producing the high quality geuze that they once had. As a huge fan of Oude Beersel, I was more than happy to help.

Upon first pour the beer is impressively yeasty. Massive amounts of sediment float about the hazy golden liquid in my chalice. A large white head settles to a spider web. The aroma is quite comparable to one of my favorite Belgian strong golden ales, La Chouffe, only with considerably more yeast notes, mainly banana, and slightly stronger sweet alcohol esters of light fruits. A menagerie of fruit flavors hit the palate with each taste. The finish is slightly spicy, almost peppery with some floral notes and is rather surprisingly dry, considering the sweet fruit notes that hit the front of the palate. The feel is nicely warming, creamy, but only slightly boozy. Drinkability is outstanding, and at 9.5% it could really do some damage. Highly recommended.

Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours effervescent, golden with 3+ fingers of pearl colored head. Crazy head retention, slight hazing as the bottle is drained, superior lacing as well

S: Pears, breadyness, fusel alcohol notes

T: Pineapples, lemony hops, honey notes & a touch of pear brandy up front, Apple skins, tangy pineapple, dryness & a touch of passion fruit as this warms, Finishes with a touch of boozey pineapple, a slight doughyness & dry notes

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, some coarseness to this

A pretty good Tripel, but had a few rough edges. Drinkable enough

Photo of Bierschenker
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I opened the bottle, a strong odour developed : strong alcohol followed by sweet malts.
The strong carbonation made the bottle overflow. I quickly poured it in a Goblet.
A large and firm white head crowns a golden misty liquid.
The head very slowly diminishes and leaves wild rugged lacing on the glass. The sweet fragrant cream that tops this brew reminds me of pastry.
The scent is quite sweet, really sugary, with strong alcohol and wild yeast. Malt as underlying influence.
I poured the bottle entirely in my glass, leaving a lot of yeast floating around. The flakes are being played around with by the rich carbonation.
The taste starts off really soft and evolves after about 10 seconds to a larger, wild and richer pallet. At first strong yeast and sweet alcohol emerge, later followed by malt and liquorice. The alcohol and yeast are dominating, but do not overpower the whole. The carbonation tickles the tongue.
The aftertaste continues with yeast and alcohol. The alcohol gives a nice burning feeling in the throat. (Slightly syrupy sticky)

Strong but basic flavours. Honest, decent and no games. A typical Huyghe beer.

Photo of GRG1313
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've not just sat down and tasted and posted reviews for awhile so, I'm having a Sunday tasting for myself.

Best before date on the bottle of March 2013.

This one is hard to judge as it's well
made on an objective standard but not really my thing; basically to "sweet" and perhaps a bit out of balance for me.

Hazy light gold with a thick pure white foamy thick head.

Huge fruit esters in the nose; big cooked carmeled banana nose.

Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with a light creamy character. Perhaps a bit out of balance in that there is huge sugar-sweet cooked stone fruit in the front that goes to a sweet honey middle and a sweet honey finish, all with an underlying light unassertive bitter hop.

Finish gets to a honeyed pine bitter but still retains that "estered/honey/sweet" character.

All in all not bad but not my style. Just all around too honeyed/thick sweet for me. I can see where many would like this and there are many old ales that have this big sweet assertive ester character - seems to hide some of the higher alcohol.

I have judged on as much of an objective standard as I can for this one and not on my personal likes.

Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle imported from Brussels & generously shared by EehaiCJ, thanks Chris!

Opaque pale yellow body, with suspended flecks of sediment. Foam leaves a webby ring of lacing around the rim of the glass. The aroma is a touch sweet and dusty with Belgian yeast. Slight perception of alcohol at room temp.

Taste of banana yeast ester, along with a sturdy wheat malt backbone. Slightly floral with a white pepper finish. Feel is creamy, slightly buttery, and dry in the finish. ABV is only noticed in the final swigs. One bottle would be my limit at 9.5%. Overall a nicely balanced Tripel that wasn't too sweet or boozy.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a two finger white head kept steady by active carbonation. Lots of lacing. Aroma of bready malt, apple juice, Belgian yeast and spicing and a hint of sourness. Flavor starts with apple and pear juice, sweet malt and a backbone of ethanol, finishing drier with clove, black pepper and light hop bitterness and hints of saison style yeast. Light to medium bodied with pleasant sharp carbonation. An interesting take on a tripel with a nice flavor progression, but flavors are not intense enough to cover the ABV, so there is a bit of ethanol in the background. Nicely made and pleasant to drink, but could use some more intensity of flavor. This started out somewhat disappointingly, but grew on me as I drank it, the flavors are more subtle than other tripels, but there is enough complexity to keep it interesting.

Photo of RuudJH
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed Oud Beersel, that i mainly know of the kriek i encountered and liked very much.

Golden hazy with a huge head, decent carbonation.
Fresh smell of fruit and malt, and floral gardensmell.
Taste is very sweet of candy sugar and caramel. After that there's slight bitter hoppiness. Then the yeast, that is a bit wild, reminding of the earthy garden it allready gave in the smell.

All in all it's a good ale. The sweetness was worrying at first, but the aftertaste made up for it.

Photo of largadeer
2.12/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Effervescent pale gold in the glass, topped by a thick frothy cap. Clarity is pretty good, and so is head retention.

The aroma reminds me of, uh... Pop Rocks? Grape Kool-Aid? Maybe a bit of Pucker Powder Candy? I'm afraid to drink this.

I do it anyway, hopefully because I've got an adventurous palate and not because I'm a drunken hobo. It tastes curiously like someone dissolved a handful of grape flavored candy powder in a beer. It's a bit grainy, malty, like it could possibly be a good beer with any other yeast strain. I'm not sure what else to say. I'll let the scores do the talking.

Update: I just sneezed a few times and now my nose is stuffy and I can't smell or taste anything, which suddenly made this beer much more enjoyable. Highly recommended if you're suffering from a sinus flu and want to get drunk.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.37/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had a draught version in the top bar of Delirium Tremens Dec 2011: almost enjoyed it! Would have scored higher if I'd reviewed this on-tap version.

Here's the original review:

The second beer in 'a random Belgian tasting evening' held with my wife. Posh brown 33cl bottle, best before Apr 2011, drank mid Nov 2010.

The beer was poured slowly into a Duvel glass, sadly half way through the pour a huge globule of sediment flew out of the bottle inpregnating the glass with large lumps of floating yeast and whatever friends it had lurking at the base of the bottle.

The beer was a cloudy, dull, old gold colour with flotsam taking its time sinking to the bottom of the glass. I watched the white head disappear quicker than I watched the beer clear.

The smell was of strong yeasts (the glass was full of it, so what did I expect to find?) and alcohol, nothing else.

I couldn't wait all night, so I started to sip the beer as soon as I saw a clear portion at the top. The beer is just a sweet, alcohol carrying Vessel, disappointed.

No depth of flavours, no uniqueness or redeeming features at all. It could have been a can of any super strenght lager that alcoholics seem to favour (apart from the look of course).

Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Like other reviewers, the matter of sediment and general "stuff" when pouring had me double check the date on the bottle, which was May 2012, so not the problem.

Very fruity smell along with yeast, which was pleasant.

Taste is average, although probably on the slightly better side for a 9.5% abv.

Felt average in the mouth.

Photo of voteforgoat
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the tripel that lambic-blenders Oud Berseel are brewing as a more regular beer. I believe Drie Founteinen was brewing it for them at one point. Best before Oct 2013.

A: Foamy head, blonde to light orange, slightly opaque, plenty of yeast in suspension. Well carbonated.

T: Bready malt and yeast upfront, then a light, lingering bitterness. IMPROVES and opens up as it warms. phenols, pear, a little bit of butterscotch.

S: mild smell, slight alcohol in the nose

M: well carbonated.

O: Fine beer. Would not pay the $4 I paid for this beer on a regular basis. That's not much, but trying to keep my beer budget to a minimum! If I was in Belgium, I would be happy to drink this regularly. Just read the label: 9.5 %. Wow! Well-masked, which I feel is a hallmark of good belgian brewing. I thought it was perhaps around 6.5 or 7.

Photo of Absumaster
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden beer with a massive white head, forming a nice lace. Lots of carbonation.

Smell is a bit musty, a light malty taste with a hoppy aroma, which is a tad raw and a bit grassy and herbal. Some hints of solventy alcohol.

Taste is pretty sharp and solventy. Bitterness is quite high. At least the bitterness taste high, and this has probably a lot to do with the very thin mouthfeel, caused by an abundant use of sugar.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pour brings forward a golden-hued beer with bit of haze. REally nice white head with a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose offers some mild spiciness along with some slight pear and other light fruits. Maybe some white pepper in the background. Seems more like a tripel or a Belgian pale given the mild spice and the hops that come into play with the flavor, which presents spice, mild fruit, and a nice dry and bitter finish. Medium body with good carbonation. Drinks pretty well. Not a bad effort.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a sweet malt and that's it. In the taste, a sweet malt, a sweetness of fruit/ apples. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dryer green apple like sweetness in the aftertaste. The green apple sweetness is a nice touch, but no nose and about standard.

Photo of womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a cloudy pale color with a very large, rocky white head.

S: Smells more like a crappy lager than a tripel. Mostly smells of corn and sweet sugar. There's some sweet apples, maybe a bit of pear. A hint of yeast and more sugar.

T: Fairly sweet, but not as bad as I feared from the aroma. A bit of straw, overly ripe, almost rotten. A bit of straw, maybe some grass. There is a pale malt flavor, maybe a little bit boozy.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: Far too sweet, a bit boozy, not my thing.

Photo of Andreji
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer tasting in our hostel in botanique (brussels)

i was very excited about this one, another surprise from the supermarket (read: minimarket). very enjoyable smell and taste, can't say much about the looks of it because this was late in the evening in a poorly lit environment. however, strongly citrusy and fruity with a fresh mouthfeel in a medium body. alcohol is very, very well hidden for its true percentage.

This is one beer to look after.

Photo of Okierat
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours with large creamy white head lacing the glass. Deep straw to golden color with slight haze. Aromas of apple/pear with a light spicy character. Light malt aromas no hops noted. Flavor is similar to the aroma, apple/pear esters with some spice character enhanced by a slight alcohol warmth. Beer starts out with a malty sweet character and ends on a slight dry note with some alcohol notes in the finish. Effervescent from carbonation with a light creamy mouth feel. Very nice beer, thank you Freddie @ BierGarten.

Photo of jrenihan
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer looks great. Golden in colour with a big white head. Fantastic retention, and good lacing. Seriously, the head remains forever.

Smell is nice but rather faint. Light fruit (peach sticks out the most for me) and some spicy notes. A nice and well integrated smell, but not overly strong.

Taste is better than the smell. Fruit flavours with a fair bit of spice. Peach, banana, pepper, malt and some alcohol. There is more than pepper contained in the spicy flavours, but I cannot identify anything in particular.

Beer is a little too carbonated, even for style (though it does feel better as it sits for awhile). Fairly soft and smooth. Medium bodied.

Overall, a nice triple. Not particularly remarkable but definitely an enjoyable beer.

Photo of paterlodie
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBE Nov 08. Great appearance with overwelming and lasting whit head and clear pale golden beercolor witout any haze. Nose shows lots of candysugar and a spicy hint from yeast. Next to that litle koreander aswel as litle hoppy green nose remembering of poperinge. Alcohol well hidden though obvious this is a strong brew in aftertaste that is litle sweet, alcoholic and moderatly bittered. Fine adchiefment and to me this sweet candy taste though flowery and fresh comes good and is very enjoyable to me. Quiet high carbonisation fits brew well and makes mouthfeel even fresher. Very enjoyable brew that drinks away well and hope it brings in some money for Oud Beersel so these guys can go on.

Photo of 4000qtrap
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: 11.2 oz. bottle, expires June 2013.

S: Lime oil, pear, saddle leather that resolves to clove as it warms, toast, a well rounded spiciness that comes from yeast and the alcohol. Definite alcohol but well integrated. Good intensity.

T: Quite malty for a trippel with nice toasty bread and yeast character up front with plenty of bitterness that overwhelms the sweetness from the start. Light pear. Loads of herbal hops with a medium-high bodied, slightly oily character and medium-high carbonation. Middle has lots of clove and other spices. Finish is dry and round and surprisingly sticky with lingering herbal hops that have a musty, iron-like, clove imbued tinge and a hint of the well hidden alcohol.

Notes: Not your father's trippel. My suspicion is that this trippel doesn't have too much sugar adjunct with its heavy maltiness, medium high body, and almost sticky finish. Interesting. Also, I definitely get a slight barnyard character to this but maybe it’s the combination of musty, earthy, and clove that is tricking me.

Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich golden hue with an absolutely crystal-clear body. Head is two fingers of frothy ecru foam which seems to be dissipating somewhat rapidly.

Smell: very mild malt component is covered up by a big blend of pear and green apple. Usually I like this combination, but in this case it's a little on the thin and cloying side.

Taste: very similar to the aroma. A mild malt character is married to a candy-sweet pear and green apple flavor. It's not bad, per se, but it feels a little, I don't know, childish for a tripel.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a great level of carbonation. The creaminess is huge but somewhat ephemeral -- it disappears quickly on the tongue. Still, quite nice.

Overall: this is a pretty simple tripel, but it's not necessarily a bad one. It's just a bit sweet and candy-like to me.

Photo of Parrotshake
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got a couple of bottles of this recently and both have been gushers, but I kind of forgot just now and some of this is on the kitchen floor. Dang. Pours a slightly-burnt orange with a huge but compact white head, which stays the distance. Tons of lacing too.

A very prominent nose of stone fruits - nectarine, apricot. Kind of a strange musty, yeasty note underneath it, but quite appealing.

Taste mirrors the nose at first, with big fruity esters to the fore. This quickly fades and unfortunately, there's not much else going on. A bit of pepper & spice, hits the tongue sweet but finishes dryish and lightly bitter with a not-overly-obtrusive alcohol note.

Well carbonated, but something's a bit off. A little sticky, a little abrasive and not all that refreshing. Good tripel/BSPA (depending who you ask - the label clearly says 'tripel') all told, but not anything to go nuts about. Also, it was brewed to raise funds for Oud Beersel's lambic operations, so you should probably get some anyway on account of the worthy cause. It's pretty enjoyable.

Photo of Travlr
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy yellow with a giant head that lasts, and great lacing.
S: Aroma of citrus/grapefruit and banana, plus warm rising bread.
T: Typical bubblegum flavor with fresh bread, but well balanced.
M: Good body, especially for the style.
D: A nice one overall, worth seeking out.

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Oud Beersel Bersalis Tripel from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
82 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.