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De la Senne Equinox Winter Beer

Formerly brewed at Brasserie de la Senne
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Brussels, Belgium


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RATINGS: 400   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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.

Bontus' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bontus (625) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TET (1570) - FINLAND - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle called as Brusseleir. A black beer with a big and beige head. Aroma is balanced with roasted notes and hop’s aromas, some fruits and herbs, also hint of sourness and liquirice. Taste has roastiness and coffee, strong bittermess, lots of herbs and some chocolate. Medium bodied, high carbonation. Europian black-IPA, not a fruitful but herbs and roasted flavours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ruigo (1027) - PORTUGAL - JUL 22, 2014
Shared a 33cl bottle. Pours a cloudy dark brown colour with a nice tan head. Chocolate, liquorice, malt, spices and hops in the aroma. Average carbonation and medium to full oily body. Taste is complex, multidimensional although balanced. Very dry finish. Overall, a very good beer probably to be drunk in less warm days.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HerrBierkoenig (211) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 18, 2014
From 0.33l bottle. BBD: 13/08/14. Pours dark hazy brown liquid with plenty of small particles, medium frothy tan head. Aroma: light coffee, caramel, sweet malty, light raspberry, tangerine, orange zest, Taste: medium sweet, medium bitter, light sour, coffee, roasted malts, fruity notes, malty, Palate: medium body, oily texture, average carbonation, long bitter roasty finish, very drinkable. Overall: very good, tasty, bitter, frutiy, esspresso strong belgian dark ale :)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud (618) - CROATIA - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle, 330 ml at ’t Brugs Beertje, Brugge. Labeled as Zwarte Piet. Pours dark brown with beige head. Malty aroma with some chocolate. Roasted malts, caramel, some coffee and hops in flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
danlo (1079) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2014
330ml bottle, Brusseleir Zwet IPA. Dark brown-red amber colour, frothy off-white head that dissipates away leaving alittle lacing and aroma of malt, tangy hop, roasted notes. Taste is malty, dark fruity, chocolate, earthy coffee, roast bitter with hoppy notes. Smoothish mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, warming dry roast malt bitter finish. Quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (6164) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle from Beer Emporium, Bristol. Dark and opaque brown, with a decent, beige, head. Sweet, candy sugar and beer fruits, liquorice, spice and a toasty finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClaudeB04 (111) - Dudelange, LUXEMBOURG - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle, still labeled zwarte piet. Dark colour, nice head. Taste malty, bitter with fruity notes

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
CharlyBeer (68) - Bruxelles, BELGIUM - JUL 5, 2014
Selon moi il y a que le petit gout de café qui est très bon, le reste est quelque chose de na pas trouvé. La couleur est très étrange, c’est une bière très lourde.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2482) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2014
Bottled. Pours deep reddish amber with a large beigehead. Aroma of slightly roasted malt, prune, raisins, chocolate, wood, orange and caramel, amoung with sour cherry notes. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry. Medium bodied, oily texture and sofr carb. A very nice and complex Belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minutemat (1356) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2014
330ml bottle from Chez Sophie, Shrewsbury. Pours dark brown, roasted stout-like flavours, lots of burnt malts, quite full bodied and thick for a Black IPA, with liquorice, treacle & yeast notes. Very nice.

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