The house beer of Brasserie Verschueren in Saint-Gilles (Brussels), made especially for them by De la Senne, seemingly to a recipe that is close to that of their own Jambes-de-Bois, but not quite the same. Many thanks again to tderoeck for the bottle - now close to two years old, and with very old-fashioned label. Opens with a hiss, but no gushing. Thick and frothy, irregularly lacing, even-bubbled, eggshell-white, stable head on a misty deep 'old gold' coloured beer with ochre-ish hue and strings of lively sparkling here and there. Aroma of halfripe banana, green apple, distant touch sour grape even, white bread, cold potato mash, paraffin, hard pear, straw, brown soap or indeed coriander seed, plaster, gin, unripe pineapple, old dried out lemon peel, vague whiffs of white pepper, camphor, 'pistolets' and camomile. Sweetish onset but restrainedly so, hints of banana, pear and apricot, light sourish undertone briefly accentuated by very lively but - for this style - fitting and actually quite 'refined' carbonation, full, bit fluffy yet smooth, albeit somewhat soapy body. Bread-crusty, cereally and bit doughy malt profile, dryish, with some fruity and spicy accents from the yeast, evolving into an earthy, floral hoppiness that provides quite a long-lasting, gently but persistently drying and quenching bitterness over an already relatively dry bready malt profile; some green fruit and white pepper aspects linger in a finish still confidently bittered by the hops, mildly spiced by soapy coriander seed and warmed by a gin-like alcohol glow. Like Jambes-de-Bois, which - from memory - seems eerily close to this one, a dry, hoppy tripel indeed, exactly the kind of tripel one expects from this brewery, positioned against the excess supply of overly sweet tripels flooding the Belgian market. A bit predictable perhaps - this profile is exactly what I had in mind before opening the bottle - but technically well done, and after two years of aging, still in the prime of its life, though I imagine the hops having been more aromatically pungent and citric when this was still young (as reflected in some of the ratings below).
Bottle at Verschueren, Brussels. Fairly hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of citrus, dough, yeast, floral notes, light herbs and pine. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with above light carbonation.
Imported from my RateBeer account as De la Senne Tripel Verschueren (by Brasserie de la Senne):
Aroma: 8/10, Appearance: 5/5, Taste: 8/10, Palate: 4/5, Overall: 16/20, MyTotalScore: 4.1/5
16/XI/18 - 33cl bottle from a trade, shared @ home, BB: 9/V/19, bottled: 9/V/18 - (2018-1671) Thanks to Bierridder_S for the trade!
Little cloudy yellow blond beer, bit creamy off-white head, pretty stable, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: pretty fruity, some banana, citrus notes, grapefruit, peaches, slightly oxidized, hint of almonds and cookies. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: pretty fruity start, bitter, little malty, banana, spicy yeast, some coriander. Aftertaste: bitter, yeasty, some banana, spicy, bit peppery, coriander, dry finish, good tripel! Like an extra bitter Westmalle, I like it!
Bottle at Verscheuren. Cloudy yellow color white head with solid lacing and good retention. Aroma of white pepper and subtle lemon. Taste has perfume, citrus, pepper. Very flavorful.
Bottle, many thanks King_Alex_II! Unclear glowing golden color with creamy white head, beautiful. Aroma is flowery, intense apricot jam, candied apples, the aroma turns a bit phenolic after a couple of sips. Taste is intense apricot (I know I use the word apricot a lot when describing Tripels, but this is a whole other level than other Tripels), a touch phenolic, bready, other sweet fruits, peach milkshake, dough. Soft carbonation, slightly boozy aftertaste. A fantastic Tripel with an unusual character (which is rare in Tripels, even in the good ones), hats off Yvan! Nom.
Bottle. Pours hazy yellow with a big head. Aroma is strong yeast, clover, sausage peel, flowers. Body is medium yet quite intense, with a decent punch of sweetness and bitterness. Soft but present carbonation. Floral flavours over chalky minerals, some zesty fruit too. Almost dry palate, yet still full in volume, even a little boozy. Good!
Bottle @ Brasserie Verschueren, Sint Gillis. Orange colour, creamy white foam. Fruity aroma of banana and peach. Bit spicy. Lovely bitter hoppy finish. Very well balanced. Outstanding tripel!
@ beerweekend de lambiekstoempers Pours unclear yellow , ok white head . Smell is citrussy , malty , bit sweet , some grains . very balanced and yummie !