Oud Beersel Bersalis Tripel | Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Brouwerij Oud Beersel

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by paterlodie on 01-24-2006

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Photo of smakawhat
4.62/5  rDev +26.2%
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.

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Photo of Nattyp
4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is perfectly balanced. As a Tripel, it's not overly sweet, and finishes dry.
Aroma- baked apples and pears, spice, like an apple pie with buttery crust aromas..
Mouthfeel- almost crisp, refreshing and carbonated well which is a favorable characteristic with these flavor profiles.
Taste- again baked apple, pear, spices , sweet caramel that lingers for just a few seconds then dries off which created the desire to take many more sips.. Refreshing. Easy to drink
Overall- one of my all time favorite beers. Delicious and well made. It's one of my staples. Almost flawless.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.5/5  rDev +23%
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.

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Photo of Andreji
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of Bierschenker
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.


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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of jenitivecase
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The final entry in the "oh shit, drink this beer before you leave" series.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy pale orange. Carbonation levels can only be described as "vicious" - the carbonation is actually audible as the beer is poured, and it creates a huge off-white head that fizzes and then dwindles.

S: Sweet, with hop flavors and distinctly Belgian yeast. Kind of floral - almost like perfume. Kind of intimidating.

T: Also floral, and rather hoppy, which is not my personal style, but I'm working on it. The perfume-y flavor is still present. Some fruity sweetness and some malt character, but primarily bitter hops.

M: Nice and fizzy, with a good smooth mouthfeel that leaves the palate feeling clean.

D: It's kind of overwhelming, but tasty nonetheless. While it's not my personal style, I can see how someone would be able to knock back a few of these.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.99/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Travlr
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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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Photo of RuudJH
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of stephens101
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of teromous
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm pretty sure this isn't contracted out anymore and that Oud BVeersel actually brews it, but no matter. The bros will move it if necessary and appropriate...Belgian Tripel with 9.5% ABV so here goes...Pours a nearly clear gold with a few finger of very vibrant head. Nice carbonation - not too much or too little. Head is persistent, too, leaving plentiful lace. So far, this beer reminds one of your first true love. What starts off appealing to the eye just gets better and better. The aromas are very rich - buttered toast rolls around in there with some of the more citrusy characteristics common to a Belgian Tripel. Mayhaps some banana, too. Flavor is very full, with some alcohol to be sure, but the harsh aspects are masked by the very warm flavor and rich mouthfeel. A lot going on in this brew...Very nice. Finish is clean and leaves some of that buttered toast on the pallate. This is good beer, but is pricey at $3.49/11.2oz. bottle. Worth looking for as it is very good. Great strong Summer beer...

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of ActonBrewer
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Yellow and hazy. Insane head and lacing. Beautiful. No chunks compared to other reviews.

S: citrusy and a little bread

T: Tons of fruitloops. I couldn't nail this flavor down on my own. Spicey and dry. Almost no alcohol considering this is almost 10% ABV

M: Great body

O: Good tripel overall. Alcohol is unapparent, very impressive. Glad I didn't get a chunky bottle like others.

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams glass

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oddly, unlike the photo in the review my own sample came with the label upside down. I wonder if the US received a shipment of "oops" bottles?

Poured a massive custard head with a very long lifespan. The body is a slightly hazed golden yellow color. It smells mildly of malt and grass and in that respect didn't strike me as a tripel. Taste has belgian candi sugar, malt, even a touch of sour to it, but no dried or tropical fruits. Medium finish.

Good beer, but not quite a typical tripel to me.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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