Oud Beersel Bersalis Tripel - Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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Reviews by SmokinSmyth:
3.05/5 rDev -15%
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.
07-10-2011 19:00:51 | More by SmokinSmyth
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4.5/5 rDev +25.3%
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.
11-19-2009 16:51:55 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.8/5 rDev +5.8%
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
01-20-2012 03:36:19 | More by russpowell
4.13/5 rDev +15%
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.
01-02-2007 13:48:52 | More by Bierschenker
3.48/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
08-21-2011 20:36:03 | More by GRG1313
4.08/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
12-22-2007 21:55:02 | More by emerge077
3.93/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
08-05-2013 03:04:41 | More by LiquidAmber
3.95/5 rDev +10%
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.
12-24-2009 14:06:04 | More by RuudJH
2.1/5 rDev -41.5%
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.
10-06-2010 04:42:03 | More by largadeer
United Kingdom (England)
2.38/5 rDev -33.7%
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).
11-22-2010 12:39:41 | More by BlackHaddock
3.73/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
10-31-2011 23:26:40 | More by voteforgoat
3.33/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
11-13-2009 21:14:59 | More by Absumaster
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
03-10-2011 03:18:14 | More by Thorpe429
3.38/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
07-27-2013 17:16:46 | More by OWSLEY069
3.25/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
09-17-2011 02:27:57 | More by womencantsail
Oud Beersel Bersalis Tripel from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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