Oud Beersel Bersalis Tripel | Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Oud Beersel
Belgium
oudbeersel.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by paterlodie on 01-24-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
114
Reviews:
56
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
13.66%
 
 
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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 GRG1313
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of spycow
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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...

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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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 brentk56
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
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

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Photo of largadeer
2.12/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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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 Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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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 dcmchew
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of imbibehour
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 RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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 drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of dwagner003
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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