Oud Beersel Bersalis Tripel - Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
Best before 3/2014.
Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Thin rings of line around the glass on the drink down. Small clumps of sediment are seen floating around in the glass after the pour. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, fruit, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with honey and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but I think it smells slightly better.
05-12-2013 06:30:41 | More by UCLABrewN84
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
3.36/5 rDev -6.4%
Appearance: On the plus side, the head is very impressive, displaying great retention and lacing; on the other hand, there is a ton of yeast in suspension, leaving the honey colored liquid looking very unattractive
Smell: Candi sugar dominant, so much so that the beer smells like taffy; underneath are some pear tones as well as considerable fusel alcohol
Taste: Very sweet on the tip of the tongue, with rotting pears and fusel alcohol building out the profile in mid-palate; candi sugar sweetness, peppery spice and boozy tones in the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Overall: I am not a huge fan of tripels to begin with, but this beer emphasizes many of the attributes that lead me to avoid the style in most cases
01-04-2014 01:15:59 | More by brentk56
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
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
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
3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
This is an even brew, but it doesn't really follow a smooth tone. A bit of a burn with a boozy tone. Quite a bit of yeast on there. Overall, it seems too "bright." It's a drinkable beer and not too bad, but it doesn't really fit to style that well.
07-30-2012 05:24:26 | More by RblWthACoz
3.83/5 rDev +6.7%
A - Pours with one finger of loose, white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles slowly and leaves decent lace.
S - Spicy yeast notes of pear and red apple with a bit of licorice and black pepper. Sweet, pilsner malt in the background with some earthy hops.
T - Rich, thick malt washes over the tongue first with some pear and clove notes. The clove intensifies in the middle with a little more pineapple. The yeast becomes more peppery in the finish with an intense clove character that lingers. Moderate grassy hop flavors help to balance out the strong yeast flavor.
M - Moderately thick body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.
D - A nice triple, the aroma is excellent though the flavor isn't as well balanced. The clove character is huge and dominates the beer in the finish. This clove flavor combines with the malt and becomes a bit cloying towards the end of the glass. The mouthfeel is really spot on. It is thick and creamy despite the beer's overall dry finish and this rich body goes perfectly with the rich malt character. Very enjoyable overall, and well worth trying though I don't feel like I need to stock my cellar with it.
02-01-2011 06:29:44 | More by nickfl
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
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
Poured into a Bruery tulip. Beer is yellow and mostly clear, heavily carbonated, nice white head, small and medium bubbles, lots of lacing, nice looking beer.
Aroma is mildly pilsen sweet with some breadiness, mild yeast character.
Light in body, carbonated on the palate, beer leads off with some sweetness and has some mild yeast esters in the midpalate, the finish is a little dry but pleasant. no bitterness to speak of, easy drinking little Belgian ale. I'd have it again but it's nothing too special.
03-24-2011 04:35:08 | More by drabmuh
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
3.93/5 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
3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
01-07-2012 03:52:50 | More by flagmantho
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
3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
Decent tripel. This beer is a light yellowish orange with a foamy white head. Good lacing. The aroma is Belgian yeast, light malt and an unfortunate solvent note. The flavor is rather sweet and sorta simple. It's just a lot of light malt and not enough earthy depth from the yeast. There's some booze in there, too. It's not a bad beer at all but just above average for a tripel. Mouthfeel is effervescent. It's always nice to try a new Belgian.
07-10-2010 07:06:51 | More by popery
2.73/5 rDev -24%
A-Honey colored with fluffed nimbus head. Oh god, there are demons flying around in this beer. The aggressive bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass are propelling multiple chunks of detritus around. There is one particularly large hunk that is lazily floating around and subtly thinking to itself 'HA! I will be inside you soon".
S-Belgian inspired fruitiness. Spicy and yeasty. Apples and pears are the noticeable fruits (the usual for me whenever I drink this specific style, or styles like it). A bit musty too. Alcohol is noticeable enough.
T-Pale fruits that most remind me of bananas, pears, and apples. Drying alcohol. Yeast flavor really hangs around. Kind of a rough flavor. Sweetens out as is warms. Makes me cringe a bit after a few sips.
M-Heavier feel. A lot of carbonation. Lasting aftertaste.
O/D-Noticing beer by beer that this is not a highly preferred style for my palate. This one isn't for me.
02-08-2012 03:47:33 | More by VelvetExtract
3.86/5 rDev +7.5%
Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Le Comptoir du Poulpe, and tasted in 2013.
Appearance : deep golden color, with white foamy head.
Smell : fruity and spicy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : malty flavors with notes of spices (coriander, cloves ...), alcohol finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the Belgian style Tripel.
07-20-2013 20:16:26 | More by thierrynantes
3.48/5 rDev -3.1%
This is a fairly good tripel.
Slightly hazy bubbly gold, it has a medium off-white fizzy head that soon thins to a thin ring.
Aroma is pear wine, yeasty bread dough, wet hay.
Taste is creamy, raisiny bread dough, apples, bread crust, strong white bread-dough aftertaste, a bit sweet.Full-bodied, good, and fairly easy to drink, but a bit simple and one-dimensional.
02-17-2014 06:11:16 | More by Offa
3.88/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
09-07-2011 00:59:48 | More by jrenihan
3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
Bottle Inspection: 9.5% abv., December 08 (sampled December 07).
Aroma: Floral hops on a light malt base.
Appearance: Three finger head on a golden glass with considerable protein chunkiness
Flavor: Floral hops take the lead, light tripel taste with a little honeydew melon and other light fruits.
Mouthfeel: Medium light body.
Overall Impression: Nice beer, lacking some of the more Belgian notes of a Tripel, Im guessing yeast selection has something to do with it. Shame it was chunky, I poured it through a coffee filter and that helped.
Another big thank you to Bierschenker!
12-11-2007 04:10:39 | More by HardTarget
Oud Beersel Bersalis Tripel from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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