Oud Beersel Bersalis Tripel
Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Style:
Tripel
Ranked #429
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #35,972
Avg:
3.73 | pDev: 12.87%
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
130
From:
Brouwerij Oud Beersel
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  4
Gots
  24
SCORE
84
Good
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L- Mid to darker amber, clear (minor sediment left at bottle) pours with 5mm white head (ps 15mins later, holds very well).
S- Significantly less smell than anticipated, just a minor sharp/dry/woody note, vague enought that I can't describe it more specifically.
T- I'd now call it piquant rather than sharp, a bright spicy edge. I get timber, depth then the 9.5% makes it's presence briefly apparent by brushing my palate. Like seeing an oceanic shark on a dive, it crosses your horizon, makes you fully aware of it's presence and then silently glides off from view, though you know it's still lurking out there...
F- It's not THAT deep (as in dark/heavy) but it's really quite intense. Put it like this I wouldn't aim to review another beer after drinking this one as my palate will need time to reset to fresh.
O- A very interesting beer, intriguing that a 9.5% can be this bright and engaging.
Bought from BeersOfEurope UK 330ml BB: 26/06/2022 - not cheap though £3.33!
Conclusion: I think this is a pretty fantastic beer, that said I wouldn't wish to try and drink more than one of them at a sitting.

Jul 19, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy amber color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight fruit and spice hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a slight fruit and spice flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good Belgian Tripel

Oct 06, 2019
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Honey colored body with a foamy head. Smells a bit like candy, chalky sweet. Candi sugar, some fruit skin, tangy and semi drying. This one is missing depth and spicy earthy notes in my opinion.

Mar 19, 2018
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PatrickCT from Connecticut

3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not the best tripel but not the worst, especially for the money.
Golden honey body with a good amount of hazy. Head for days.
The aroma and the taste are equally sweet, dominating the malt. Lots of fruit with the yeast and lacking some of the spiciness. More banana shows up in the taste along with some ripe pear.
The body is medium plus with higher carbonation.

Jan 17, 2018
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a clear amber with a nice head. Some fruit and malt in the nose. The mouth gets a smooth enjoyable feeling that tastes pleasantly malty but not overly sweet. Yum!

Note: this bottle was in storage for a year or two.

Aug 17, 2017
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden with medium head. Aroma is of vanilla, sugar and some faint booze. Perhaps surprisingly it doesn't taste all that sweet for a Tripel. Smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation. A fairly nice Tripel.

Dec 14, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This proves it often is good to have a beer a second time if you didn't like it the first time from several years ago.
My first notes totally missed what is good about this tripel. I really slammed Bersalis because the alcohol was in my face (it still is, although seemingly less so as I don't let some things bother me as I age ! ) Anyhow, I neglected to note that Beersel's yeast does its job really well: it works on the malts to produce lots of fruits, mostly late summer but some dried dark ones also... even a banana in there. They actually develop more in the initial attack, but by mid-palate the alcohol comes in to steal the show. (I find this a common problem in the style.)

But OA, I find Bersalis' Tripel to be an uncommon beer... better than its "Good" average rating.

Jul 11, 2016
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This nice tripel pours a bright golden with a nice head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, thick layer, and very nice lacing. Nose of strong phenol laden yeast with banana, pears, apples, moderate herbal notes, and mild candy sugars. Flavors exceed the nose with nice warming candy malts on the front that race into the middle and sides of the palate with pears and apples and then fading off into the back with light banana and coriander notes with nice warming booze. Nice mouth feel, medium carbonation, and a warming finish.

Deserves a better rating.

Happy to have had the opportunity to have tried this one. Purchased from Weiland's market in Columbus.

Cheers

Jul 01, 2016
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a deep copper color and clear texture. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted a good amount of time. Pretty good lacing.

S: A strong, almost pungent aroma of Belgian yeast, light fruit, and malt.

T: Tasted of apples, pears, candi sugar, malt, Belgian yeast, some booze, a phenolic presence, and light spices (coriander). Not quite as complex a flavor as some tripels, but still interesting. A sweet, fruity mix of tastes.

F: A highly carbonated beer with a somewhat creamy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, Bersalis is just fine, but you'd have to bypass a lot of other great tripels to get to it.

Jun 11, 2016
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teromous from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label says: "Best Before: 06:37 L19_ 14099" so yeah...I'll have to check my Klingon calendar.

Appearance: Hazy dark copper body with a thick fluffy white head that fades out to a short cap. Spotty lacing and decent head retention.

Aroma: Alcohol aroma with some sweet coriander aroma.

Taste: It has a bit of a tangy flavor up front followed by a light flowery and herbal taste. It finishes clean on the palate with a light lingering coriander flavor.

Mouthfeel: It is very easy to enjoy this beer, as the 9.5% ABV does not show in the flavor. The body is light and airy with just a bit of a tangy edge to cut on the faint sweetness the beer provides. The finish is medium off-dry.

Overall: I thought it was a very enjoyable Tripel. It was very light and airy and not overly sweet. I felt it could be drier in the mouthfeel but otherwise it was very nice.

Apr 26, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Boise Co-op. Nice pour, with huge fluffy head, cloudy golden body. Earthy, musty aroma, bready, medium weight. Taste is more of the same aroma characteristics, mild spicy bite. Not one of the best Belgian tripels, but body is right on, a flaw I've found with a lot of American tripels.

Feb 01, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 5/2017. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Great dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, apricot, melon, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, honey, cracker, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, apricot, melon, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, honey, cracker, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/peppery yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, apricot, melon, pear, apple, grape, pepper, honey, cracker, biscuit, and herbal/floral/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from carbonation and yeast spiciness as well. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly grainy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Tripel style. All around great complexity, robustness ,and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Dec 25, 2015
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.62/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip style glass.

Deep and clear but a bit opaque body of great peach orange and lemon to tan edges. Excellent middle column of carbonation rising in the middle as well. Good forming classic rocky bright white head. Frothy three fingers, with classic pinhead white carbonation. Settles slowly and elevates down easily with no lacing or cling, excellent side carbonation repopulating the head along the edges. Classic looking tripel..

Is this a gueuze? What is that great sharp aroma! Slight hints of funk and excellent melon and lemon flavors. Great amounts of sweet lemon drop candy and floral zest. Sharp aroma, cutting with sweet mint and big yeast dryness. This is a real unique tripel, I love this hot gueuze and classic tripel aromas quality this is a friggin winner right here.

Sharpness doesn't let up on the palate, giving to unique beersel qualities and tripel large punches. Champagne and big bone dry qualities, with excellent playful carbonation. Muted sweetness with more of the classic hot and mild funk sharp qualities in the mid palate. Sharpness is just aching to go metallic but luckily doesn't. Good sensing booze but tolerable, and moderate sweetness with a hint of orange and mild sugars. Almost peppery as well.

This felt like a real special beer, but managed to get a little more simple in the palate than what was expressed before hand, but still has a lot of subtle complexity. Excellent tripel.

Sep 30, 2015
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PlutonowyManiek from Belgium

3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The color is light golden and slightly hazy
Head white, built of medium and large bubbles, fairly quickly descends, leaving only a slight trace on the glass.
In the aroma you can smell the honey, spices, but also stable, maltiness, and the resin.
The taste is a copy of smell, we have a little honey, herbs Belgian, once again stable, it is also silage.
In Bersalis bitterness is too high, a little seasoning.
The loading medium toward high, in this case, as appropriate for me. Alcohol well hidden, reveals its presence only after being heated. Oud Beersel brewery brewed beer in taste quite complete and full-bodied but not heavy. I would recommend.

Jun 01, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -4%
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...

Apr 05, 2015
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Two fingers of fine, fluffy off-white head cap this reddish orange brew. A proliferation of yeast sediment flourishes.

Smells of vanilla cake, orange, phenols and taffy with slight floral notes at the end.

Creamy with a fruity blast immediately followed by a sharp alcohol heat. Notes of vanilla, carob, taffy, lemon and syrupy sugar coat the tongue.

This one leans toward heavy and a bit more in-yer-face than I'm looking for in a Tripel, but it will definitely warm your insides and that's not always a bad thing, especially in the middle of this brutally cold winter.

Jan 06, 2015
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Offa from California

3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Feb 17, 2014
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Jan 04, 2014
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Aug 05, 2013
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OWSLEY069 from Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Jul 27, 2013
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tfkirk1 from Pennsylvania

2.41/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I love Triples but to much alcohol after taste will drink again but have had better, (MAD BITCH FOR 1) Appearance was very nice cloudy golden, very nice 2 finger head but didn't hold for to long. Fruity aroma. Again to much alcohol taste for 9.5% abv.

Jul 25, 2013
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thierrynantes from France

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Jul 20, 2013
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Blindpigbiz from California

3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Style/abv: triple/9.5%

Smell: sweet citrus and spices

Taste: dark chocolate with a mild malty taste alongside herbs, spices, cane sugar, and clementines

All in all, this beer was an interesting take on triples due to the maltiness that it possessed. I didn't eat anything with this beer unlike the others I've reviewed, but I encourage someone to try this beer with carne asada--hopefully that works out for you

May 21, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

May 12, 2013
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ATLbeerDog from Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 330ml bottle with a lable that has a best before date of “e-J”

Pours a hazy straw yellow/orange with a small slightly off white head. Smells of booze, bread dough, and Belgian yeast. First sip is thick and hearty with a clean taste. Pears, pineapple, bread dough lead the way. More like a pale ale than a Belgian Triple. Mouthfeel is quite good as the carbonation is spot on. I love this brewery but will focus on their Krieks and Geuze as that is what they excel at. Not bad but not outstanding like the beers I mentioned.

Sep 05, 2012
Oud Beersel Bersalis Tripel from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 130 ratings