Brasserie de la Senne Jambe De Bois
What the brewers say
“Blond and copper-colored, Jambe-de-Bois has a scent of ripe banana and a subtle blend of old varieties of aromatic hops. As for taste, the malt dominates, supported by a long and delicate bitterness.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Lime fruity notes up front with a slight peppery note. Not what typically comes to mind in tripel aroma, but enjoyable with light sweetness. Floral fruity esters combine with floral hops to provide strong initial impression. Subtler esters than expected. Lemon!”
Flavor: “Fresh juicy fruit (lime and lemon) flavors balanced by a nice floral lingering hops bitterness. Spicy phenols of pepper and light clove are notable in the aftertaste. Low level of malt. Pilsner malt backbone finishes dry. The carbonation is spot on but the floral hops are a little strange for the style.”
Overall: “A very enjoyable Belgian-style ale that breaks some of the rules of the stylistic archetypes and mostly succeeds. Moderate carbonation is the perfect level for the strong fruity esters, phenolics, and spicy notes the linger after the taste.”
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