Jambe De Bois | Brasserie de la Senne

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Brasserie de la Senne

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of avalon07
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. OK lacing.

S: A decent, but not spectacular aroma of Belgian yeast, fruit, and malt.

T: Tasted of some fruit (apples, pears, orange), Belgian yeast, light malt, a little hoppiness, a bready quality, and a very unwelcome medicinal quality in the finish. This last element kind of wrecks what could have been a solid flavor. It's very abrasive and in direct contrast to the fruitiness of the flavor.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a mostly dry, yet harsh finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Definitely an uneven beer. Could have been much better than what it was.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Regrettably brief notes @ Moeder Lambik in Brussels:

Pours a gorgeous fluffy soft white cap that sticks around for a good 15 minutes - damned impressive @ 8% ABV. Body is a clear pale yellow.

Aroma is complex, though does suffer from that classic tripel booziness. Soft biscuity yeasts, Belgian pale malt, nuanced floral hop notes. Aromatic intensity is above average. Less aggressive and aroma than most tripel beers.

Taste doesn't match the aroma per se. There's heavy funkiness throughout, possibly from brettanomyces. Light and refreshing, but that 8% isn't unnoticeable. Smooth, wet, approachable presence on the palate.

Drinkable and enjoyable, with a funky edge. Better than many tripel style brews, but that pesky booziness does hold it back.

Low B- (3.33) / WORTHY

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
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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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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Photo of Bierman9
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visited Cafe Gollem in Antwerp on 30SEP15. Hit them for lunch, then did some sightseeing. Returned after that for another few biers. My waiter from the earlier session recommended this Tripel, one of his faves, at €3.90 for a 0.33l bottle.

It was a light-to-medium golden hue, and was quite hazy. Carbo was hard to find, and the head was a fluffy, mousse-like layer of marshamallow foam. It sat at a steady 1/4" before finally receding a bit, with super lacing left arrears. Had a crackery, bready nose mingled with some light fruit. Body was medium and a light prickle was present, though without doing any harm.

Flavor, like the aroma, was crackery, with subtle sweetness and a hint of honey. Pale fruits added to the mix, and it was dry in the finsih. Was a bit earthy, with a smidge of pepper and yeast. Solid all around. Zum Wohl!!
3.96/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of stephens101
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, pale yellow until the yeasties hit, and then turns into a brilliant murky orange. Looking good so far.

Plenty of Belgian yeast, orange, green apple and spice in the aroma.

Tastes of green apple bitterness, clove and sourdough.

Creamy as they come with a slight fusel alcohol in the finish.

One of the best Belgian Tripels I've had, and looks like a trip to the source might be in order.

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Photo of Dodgerrigo77
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not much going on here, really gonna blame it on the bottle dating. Always thought most Belgian tripels could survive more then a year, this was 3.5 months past BBD on bottle cap but only 15.5 months total in bottle, will try a fresh bottle and review again.

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Photo of Chaz
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Darker than average, with an auburn turn on the pale-Golden elixir that we are all familiar with. Suffice to say that this one is cloudier than Dan Shelton's logic insofar as portfolio construction is concerned. ;)

Nose is musty; Yeast, dead and rotting leaves, tannins, oak… buried beneath mounds of black dirt. Appealing only to those with enough sense to forge ONWARD!

First sip says it all: stale and doughy yeast, dark, sun-ripened fruit and the long-forsaken fruits of summer, at that. Not pleasant, not good, but still intriguing.

Drinkable, but only barely

Not a bad mouthfeel.

This is probably a GREAT beer when sampled fresh, and I want to say: "Not bad, overall:, and yet… this sample bottle is just too far past its prime.

*Edit: This example was clearly old and oxidized, tasting as much like a 3 year-old Tripel as a 3 year old Doppelbock. Nichts so Gut!

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Photo of babaracas
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy gold, one finger thick dense creamy white head with a spray of lace left behind. Smell: honey, lightly bready, fruity with pear and orange marmalade, clove note. Taste: pear, white toast with a smear of peach jam, assertive spiciness and clove with grape skin and peppery finish. Fine carbonation and the body is well balanced with up-front heft and a long drying and spiced finish.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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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Photo of Amalak
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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 BlackHaddock
3.41/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of draheim
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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 +13.3%
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 CookstLiquor
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of impending
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


33cl into a tulip. Pours a nearly clear pale yellow orange, minor white head, ok lacing.

The scent is of sweet juicy honey infused light skinned fruits dusted with powdery yeast.

The taste is an unrefined undefined jumble. Begins sweet as the scent but it is quickly overcome by a nameless herbal mineral bitter, a bitterness level much higher than typical for a tripel. Fading aftertaste includes zinc. Thin bodied yet slightly cloying mouthfeel.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of spoony
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 330 ml bottle into a globe glass.

A-A normal pour produces a murky, deep golden brew with orange highlights. The head starts out at one finger of white foam but drops pretty quickly to a thick cap that hangs around until the end of the beer. There is a bit of random lacing left behind on the glass.

S-The smell is a pleasing mixture of floral, fragrant (for a Belgian) hops, and sweet scents like bubblegum, powdered sugar, and fresh dough. The alcohol is sweet and noticeable, but not rip-your-face-off strong or hot. I also smell just a bit of straw and grass, too.

T-The taste is more aggressive than the smell with more assertive alcohol that comes through as floral and herbal. There is also more pepper, grass, straw, and sharpness on the tongue than on the nose. That sharpness does a nice job of balancing the doughy, powdery sweetness that underlies this brew's base.

M-The heft is medium with ultra-fine, smooth carbonation, and a wet mid-palate sensation. It is a little odd.

O-This is an enjoyable tripel that was under my radar until now. The beer is a little on the sweet side, especially on the nose, but the taste is aggressive with a nice amount of grassy, floral, spicy kick. The somewhat lackluster appearance and odd mouthfeel hold this beer back from being great.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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