Brewed by Brasserie de la Senne
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Brussels, Belgium


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RATINGS: 382   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Strong and complex winter beer with a really malty character and notes of chocolate. 8% alc/vol.

Note: Zwarte Piet 2012 is a rebranded version of Equinox with a 8.2% abv. It is different than the retired Zwarte Piet which contained Cantillon Gueuze.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bontus (614) - Flanders, - APR 18, 2013
Bottle, 33cl as "Zwarte Piet". From Geers. Pours dark brown to black. Tanned head. Malty nose, but hop also. Biscuit & munich aroma. Small percentage of roast malts lingers, but the whole is balanced and a bit fruity. Quite flat and not really complex, but a good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2014
Bottle... Pours cloudy and brown with an occasional flash of burnt-orange and no head. The nose is nutty, toasty and lightly funky. Medium-bodied with modest carbonation. There are traces of caramel, cocoa and brown sugar here. Otherwise, this brew offers big roasty bitterness in both the flavor and burnt, lingering finish. Bottle courtesy of 50belair!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mortlach (955) - Rome, ITALY - APR 5, 2014
29/03/2014 Brasserie 4.20 (tap). Vintage 2008. Ambrata carica-marrone, schiuma praticamente assente. Al naso nettissima ossidazione, sentori di muffa, stantio, caramello, alcol. In bocca Ť vuota, piatta, ha perso corpo nel tempo, una nota di cioccolato (un poí annacquata). Corpo medio, carbonazione soft. Troppo tempo in cantina, era andata...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (5076) - Albertslund, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2014
33 cl. bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of roasted malt, coffee, dried fruit, spice, yeast and molasses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Bottle offered @ home @ comfy sac. De La Senne seems to be putting out my favorite stuff from Belgium of late, so Iíve been sure to pick up everything that is offered by them. This one, while still tasty, has a bit of oxidation and shows a bit of age. Aroma has some burnt sugar, cola, and dark fruits. High carbonation. Raw / caramelized sugar, toffee, a touch smoky / burnt flavor. Tons of dark fruit (plum, fig, raisin). A bit of acidity. Fairly dry finish with some herbal / grassy notes. A little bit of chocolate and cola in the flavor, but this has a ton of dark fruit notes. Kind of fun but it would have been nice to try a bit more fresh. Just a touch of papery notes in it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Danyel (458) - Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma of cereal, fresh malts, figs, honey. Has a nutty taste,tastes like a rich nut brown ale, lots of cereal, smooth. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (6130) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 24, 2014
bottled. dark brown with some haze, modest head; aroma of cocoa powder and earthy spice; some caramel sweetness with a pleasant menthol twist in the finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3856) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2014
2013 bottle, drunk 2/22/14 as "Zwarte Piet", though I have had Equinox, as well, though quite a while ago.
Mostly clear dark auburn-tinged mahogany body is topped by a very light charred-beige head that is very well-retained.
Boisterous berries and very light cocoa notes in the nose are light and clean, backed by a touch of lightly burnt caramel. A touch of chalkiness and then more blackberry fruitiness as it warms. Medium strength of aroma. Exceptionally clean and free of alcohol. Even a touch of slight, leafy, herbal hops which add a hint of bitterness.
Chocolate, prunes, raisins, vanilla, berries and slight touches of astringent anise all flood the palate, washed about by a light but engaging carbonation and a soft but just grainy enough maltiness. I love that itís not bready and overly chocolatey. Definitely more reserved in flavor than expected, but it really deepens in complexity as it warms and breathes. A good dose of black pepper and more liquorice notes keep it quite dry on the end, but the soft texture and lightly sweet chocolate-like maltiness keep it balanced. Very drinkable. Oddly similar to Taras Boulba in the sense that it is quite straightforward in what itís doing, but exceptionally well-executed in that sense. Really good ester-light example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ciaranc (706) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 16, 2014
330ml bottle. Dark brown, ruby amber highlights, big frothy foamy lasting creme coloured head. Malt nose, dried prunes, some spice and musty yeast. Curious flavour, dry roasted malt, nuts, cheesy umami notes from the yeast. Nice. Medium body, forward carbonation. Short yeasty malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lux_edwards (72) - - FEB 16, 2014
33 cl zwarte piet. Aroma; hops, black licorice. Appearance: dark brown, tan head that disipates. Taste: bitter hops, molasses. Palate: smooth, slight bitter aftertaste. Overall; very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (2897) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Labeled as Zwarte Piet
Pours a very dark brownish black with ruby hues when held up to the light, the head is light tan, large and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

The aroma is sort of roasty with some clean laundry & some light ashiness. Certainly pleasant smelling, but very simple & straight forward.

The flavor is roasty with very light dark fruit notes and a good dosing of leafy happiness. I like the level of bitterness here which is tending to be slightly heavier on hop bitterness but isnít without some complimentary dark roasted malt bitterness. Itís got come cocoa powder and to a lesser degree some straight up dark chocolate. There are some light fruity notes, but theyíre fleeting... itís sort of an earthy not-so-sweet berry fruit... mulberry is the best real life example I can think of.

The beer drinks extraordinarily easily, it doesnít let on that itís a strong beer at all, the mouthfeel carries the bitterness perfectly... like with many of the De La Senne beers, I could drink a good whole bunch of this stuff.

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