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Brouwerij Oud Beersel

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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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 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 voteforgoat
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the tripel that lambic-blenders Oud Berseel are brewing as a more regular beer. I believe Drie Founteinen was brewing it for them at one point. Best before Oct 2013.

A: Foamy head, blonde to light orange, slightly opaque, plenty of yeast in suspension. Well carbonated.

T: Bready malt and yeast upfront, then a light, lingering bitterness. IMPROVES and opens up as it warms. phenols, pear, a little bit of butterscotch.

S: mild smell, slight alcohol in the nose

M: well carbonated.

O: Fine beer. Would not pay the $4 I paid for this beer on a regular basis. That's not much, but trying to keep my beer budget to a minimum! If I was in Belgium, I would be happy to drink this regularly. Just read the label: 9.5 %. Wow! Well-masked, which I feel is a hallmark of good belgian brewing. I thought it was perhaps around 6.5 or 7.

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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 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 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 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 SmokinSmyth
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Like other reviewers, the matter of sediment and general "stuff" when pouring had me double check the date on the bottle, which was May 2012, so not the problem.

Very fruity smell along with yeast, which was pleasant.

Taste is average, although probably on the slightly better side for a 9.5% abv.

Felt average in the mouth.

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Photo of benclimbs
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bought this after LOVING their big kriek that they make.
the look of this beer would be wonderful, except there is WAY too much thick yeast sediment floating around in the glass -impossible to see one square millimeter without sediment funk in it.

smell is good - a little boozey, but its balanced with lots of esters, and ripe apricot/banana/tropical fruit character and some cardamom/spice.

taste is somewhat nice - a good tripel i suppose, not sweet, fairly dry and bordering on tart at the finish...but its just very underwhelming,

overall, it has a good mouthfeel and is an excellent drinking beer...but for a bottle fermented belgian tripel, not worthy of a 4.0 rating, probably wouldn't buy it again for the price.

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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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Photo of Brabander
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What is the matter with this beer? Do i have a wrong bottle? On the bottle it says 'blonde tripel'and best before november 2011.

Poured this beer in my Struise glass. Thick five finger head with a very disappointing fluid, stuff floating around in this beer.

Almost no smell at all and the taste is normal, certainly not above normal. The only posite thing i can say about this beer is that the alcohol is well hidden.

Case closed...

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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 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 impending
2.49/5  rDev -32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

33cl into a tulip. Pours a clear dark butterscotch, towering dense pure white fine bubbled head but the carbonation is unusually large bubbled. Clumpy frothy lacing.

Aroma strong of light skinned fruits and powdery yeast, distant citrus.

Yeast dominates the taste, minor fruits and loud alcohol. Sweetness is more prominent in the finish rather then the typical beginning. The finish is slightly unpleasant. The bitterness in the finish seems more rancid than from hops - but not as bad as that may sound.

Full bodied, slightly cloying mouthfeel.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.37/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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).

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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 Parrotshake
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got a couple of bottles of this recently and both have been gushers, but I kind of forgot just now and some of this is on the kitchen floor. Dang. Pours a slightly-burnt orange with a huge but compact white head, which stays the distance. Tons of lacing too.

A very prominent nose of stone fruits - nectarine, apricot. Kind of a strange musty, yeasty note underneath it, but quite appealing.

Taste mirrors the nose at first, with big fruity esters to the fore. This quickly fades and unfortunately, there's not much else going on. A bit of pepper & spice, hits the tongue sweet but finishes dryish and lightly bitter with a not-overly-obtrusive alcohol note.

Well carbonated, but something's a bit off. A little sticky, a little abrasive and not all that refreshing. Good tripel/BSPA (depending who you ask - the label clearly says 'tripel') all told, but not anything to go nuts about. Also, it was brewed to raise funds for Oud Beersel's lambic operations, so you should probably get some anyway on account of the worthy cause. It's pretty enjoyable.

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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 popery
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 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 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 Absumaster
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden beer with a massive white head, forming a nice lace. Lots of carbonation.

Smell is a bit musty, a light malty taste with a hoppy aroma, which is a tad raw and a bit grassy and herbal. Some hints of solventy alcohol.

Taste is pretty sharp and solventy. Bitterness is quite high. At least the bitterness taste high, and this has probably a lot to do with the very thin mouthfeel, caused by an abundant use of sugar.

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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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