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Brewed by Brasserie de la Senne
Style: Black IPA
Brussels, Belgium
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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A collaboration brew between De La Senne and Luc "Bim" Lafontaine on his way to his new homeland - Japan.


Bontus' rating

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bontus (634) - Flanders, - JAN 14, 2013
Bottle, 33cl, Geers. Pours black with a tanned head. Nose is well balanced between IPA (grapefruit, tropical fruit) & black (roasted coffee). Palate is great, silky, medium to low carbonation. Taste is well balanced between roasted bitterness and hopbitterness. This is only my third black IPA, and my first Belgian BIPA. It’s a great example.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8038) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2014 33cl bottle from Belgian Beer Shop in Leuven. Dark brown body with a fine and lasting brown head.
Cocoa and roast-focused malt aroma with minimal noble hop expression of pepper-spice and herbs; surprisingly little in the way of yeast, no doubt muddled by roast and dark cara malt. Medium-full body, creamy and fluffy carbonation, rich and savory in the mouth, sweet, moderately bitter, relatively low acid. A quaffable Belgian-style stout, if I had to guess, and not at all near the aromatic or bitter experience expected from something called Black IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jerre (2680) - Waregem, BELGIUM - SEP 12, 2014
Taste @ home febr. ’14 bottles from Deconinck. Black color, with a medium beige head. Aroma: dark roasted, fruity hops, earthy. Medium body. Taste: yeast, some sweet, great roasted malts, very fruity, and hops bitterness. Good black IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (4378) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2014
pours unclear dark brown-reddish with a creamy light beige head, good retention and lacing. roasted and bitter chocolate - quite dense, touch of lactose, torrefied wheat, strong coffee, gentle pine needles, grass, pepper, licorice candies, some red fruitiness, minty and peppery warming alcohol, hint of molasses and maple syrup. average carbonation, light to medium body - oily, semi-sweet yet slightly harsh grassy-spicy-peppery-bitter coffee-resinous finish. enjoying it yet i acknowledge it is a bit old.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (1311) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2014
Batch 2. Pours a dark reddish brown with a high offwhite (beige, even) head that leaves nice lacing. Shame it isn’t more black, though. Watch the bottle, mine started slowly pushing foam out of the bottle after a few minutes. Nose is of roasted grains and alcohol. Some raisins also? Taste is bitter and a little acrid, gives out ash (surprisingly not disturbing, though) and roasted malt flavors along with some piny hops. Body is medium and carbonation medium-high and just too much overall. This was bottled on 22/01/2014 so maybe it is just too old and was bottled too early, hence the slow gushing/slightly higher than normal carbonation. Anyway, this was good but not crazy good. More American than Belgian, maybe it would be a worthy experiment to try more expressive belgian yeasts? That and getting rid of the ash-y character?

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vanelst (152) - AUSTRIA - AUG 28, 2014
So we were drinking this one in a bar one fine mondaynight and neither of the beerheads was quite impressed with this. Aroma is a bit smoky, with hints of chocolate and a some malt. In the taste not to much hops, more malts and rather dry bitter ending., Nothing to write home about really, but still ok.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (3272) - McLean, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2014
From a 33 cl bottle shared at home. Pours a hazy dark cola brown with a thick tan head. Nutty nose. Flavors of tobacco and citrus. Bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3246) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2014
Big beige head dark pour aromas fruity woody sweet malts honey spice the flavours pine pepper grapefruit medium bitter honey yeast touch the finish okay tasting best flavours fruit sweetness above average BIPA

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borresteijn (4686) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2014
33cl Bottle from De Bierkoning, second batch. Dark brown to black colour, beige head. Aroma is mild hoppy, chocolate, roasted malts, brown malts, caramel. Flavour is medium sweet, malty, brown malts, some roast, some coffee, light grapefruit, mild hoppy finish. Light bodied. Nice, but lacks oomph.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle. Blackish beer with a big tan head. Grapefruit and pine aroma with caramel. Grapefruit and light chocolate flavor with caramel and pine. Medium bodied. Grapefruit and pine lingers with cocoa.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11119) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2014
Odense Late Summer Post-Munkekonge Whale Spotting Night. Dark brown with a lasting off-white head. Aroma of dark dried fruit and licorice. Sweetish málty flavour with licorice and fruit, grassy hops and a quite bitter finish


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