Brouwerij Oud Beersel
Brewed at Brouwerij Huyghe

Style: Belgian Ale
Beersel, Belgium


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RATINGS: 168   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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DrWally's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrWally (50) - - OCT 23, 2013
Tastes like a triple, drinks like a Pils, the advertisement said. I follow with regards to some aspects of the taste, but the palate lacks volume compared to a good triple.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Geiserich (4101) - Linz, AUSTRIA - AUG 23, 2016
Bottle: Golden color, foamy white head. Aroma is fresh, yeasty, light hoppy. Flavor is sourly sweet, light hoppy and yeasty. Averange.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Shakesbeer (12) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - AUG 11, 2016
Hazy golden colour, nice head. Weak aroma of grass, hay, a little herbs. Taste is grassy, slightly hoppy with a little cardboard and a strong citric note. Weak body, watery. Nice carbonation that makes the beer seem refreshing, especially together with the dominant sour taste. Nothing interesting in this brew. No need to drink it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sebilinz (1751) - Linz, AUSTRIA - JUL 14, 2016
Bottle. Golden body with white head. Aroma is fruity with hints of malts. Taste is some yeast with slight sourness. Aftertaste is slightly slightly sour with some hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
martin00sr (2692) - Haderslev, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2016
Bottle, slow but persistent gusher... Hazy golden, airy white head. Yeasty aroma, fruity with funky notes. Flavour is yeasty, citric. Some spice. A little watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SinH4 (2528) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 24, 2016
Bottle. Hazy golden color with white head. Aroma is cookie dough, grassy, slight graininess like many other Session beers have. Taste is dough, yeasty, a bit estery. No booze. Session Tripel is a weird idea, and tbh, it’s quite the anti-tripel. But drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
erickok (5269) - Leuven, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2016
Golden body, quite clear. Golden and biscuit malts, soft can sugar sweetness, little to no hops. Odd body, very low carbonation, especially for the style. Taste is good and so is the quality, but it doesn’t look or feel like it. Odd! (33cl bottle from Dekoninck)

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Gerrit59 (15) - BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2016
mousse épaisse fines bulles peu nombreuses couleur opaque gout désagréable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Hanoi (818) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2016
Bottle. Bought without realising it was from the dead hand of Huyghe. Nose is yeast, honey, peach, melon, straw. Very appealing. Taste is overbearingly metallic, dry, yeast, hint of lemon, touch of melon coming through, slight straw, bitter slightly sour metallic finish. Good quality, lower strength beers, are hard to do and a delight when correct. This is a mess, the metallic note dominates leaving little left to savor, i hoped I have a bad bottle, but I suspect not.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sulawang (1000) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 23, 2016
Visual: Pours clear orangish brown with a small head, 1mm foamy retention, lots of clusters of fast streams. Nose: sweet lager barley malt, honey-chamomile-citrus hints. (lvl-6)-pungency Attack: crisp-creamy, fizzy-tingly Mid-palate: soda fizziness, (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) lemon-orange tangy, barley malt Finish: burpy, very dry grainy barley malt, soft bitter hops Summary: Lots of bubbliness to sustain the texture, quite basic barley malt from low-sweet to hoppy dry. Can’t say there’s a whole lot of depth to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (4429) - BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2015
Lighter version of Bersalis Tripel, around since 2009 and apparently named after a former De Neve beer. Strange I haven’t had this before, must have confused it with the Tripel in the past six years... Anyway, bottle from a Delhaize supermarket, with the specification ’session tripel’ on the label - which means as much as ’ordinary Belgian blonde’. Cobweb-lacing, egg-white, medium thick, stable head over a hazy peach hued golden beer. Aroma of strong (not to say extreme), soapy coriander seed, gingerbread, cloves, sweet gale, warm apple cake, banana, some iron but far less obtrusive than I had feared considering the fact this is made at Huyghe, dry breakfast cereals, honey, grass. Fruity onset but not too estery, sweetish and sourish with impressions of red apple peel, Conférence pear, gooseberry and some faint banana, fairly strong (over-)carbonation, minerally and souring a bit further, light malt backbone, cereal-like with just a hint of ’breadiness’, metallic effect on top of it (yes, this is clearly Huyghe), all overshadowed by bittersweet spices, clear resiny coriander in a dosis way too high for my personal liking, ending a little bit yeasty (but not ’starchy’) with bittering grassy hops (insufficiently) trying to counter the coriander effect. I have to admit it: I do not particularly like the Tripel version and the name of Huyghe makes me highly suspicious in view of the dozens of disappointing experiences I had with them throughout the fifteen-odd years I’ve been keeping track of the beers I savoured, but generally speaking, this is less bad than expected; it has more hop bitterness than I thought, but at the same time it is so deeply drenched in coriander seed that it classifies as ’coriander soup’ - a deScription I regret to use once more. In summary: clearly overcoriandered, bit thin, bit metallic Belgian blonde ale. I commercially understand the purpose of Bersalis Tripel in trying to appeal to a larger audience just as a means of funding the real important thing here (the Oud Beersel lambics) but then why did these guys come up with this? A notable fact is that the earlier ratings here do not seem to make any mention of coriander, whereas the more recent ones do - leading me to assume this ’coriander effect’ is a more recent addition, probably coinciding with the addition of the meaningless ’session tripel’ designation...

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