Brewed by Brasserie de la Senne
Style: Stout
Brussels, Belgium


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RATINGS: 420   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Brewed at St. Pieters brewery for the coming De la Senne brewery. (at least until November)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
charlotte (4126) - rødovre, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2009
Dark brownish colour with medium beige head.Aroma of rosted malt and caramel,feels thiner then many others stouts and less heavy,with a mild smoked finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TaktikMTL (5658) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2009
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de céréales grillées avec une pointe de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est brune-noirâtre avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un énorme col beige mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de céréales grillées avec une pointe de caramel et d’houblon. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement crémeuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #2121)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alobar (2737) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Dark brown color with a fizzy tan head that hangs for awhile. Decent lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, and some caramel. Flavor of roasted malts, yeast, caramel with coffee. Kind of light for a stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maria (10129) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2009
It is dark brown with a red hue and a creamy head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, licorice, spice and yeast. The flavour has a light sweetness, notes of roasted malt, licorice, yeast, spice, light fruit and a weak hint of smoke. The finish is dry and rather bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10293) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 9, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2009 Botella. Stout number 100. Cloudy deep dark brown. Nice roasty malty aroma with some roasty caramel and some coffee. Good mouthfeel. Good mouthfeel. The flavour has a good soft roasty maltiness with some bitter hops, caramel and little smoke and mild coffee. Good but rather soft stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pinball (10736) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2009
dark brown, small offwhite head. aroma is sweet, quite malty, syruppy. flavor : this is strange. flavor is totally disjunct from the aroma.think ashtray filled with beer. very smokey, ashey, flavor is missing something, although i get loads of smoked grains, malts. reminds me of guinness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2009
I risked serving this beer at around 60°F / 15.6°C and paid for it with a bit of a foam over. The beer settles into my 25cl tulip glass with a three finger (including a finger of head that resides above the rim of my glass), frothy, lightly browned, tan colored head. The beer is quite dark, but does have a touch of a burnt amber hue to it, when held up to the light it shows a brilliantly clear, deep, concentrated, ruby red hue. Up front the aroma smells of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans, there is a sort of earthiness to the malt and an almost smoky quality to the beer. The aroma has quite a hearty malt focus to it, but there is an underlying character that peeks through at times; aromas of burnt prunes, light phenolics (which contribute to the smokiness found in the nose), as well as some woody black pepper notes and some striking orange zest aromatics that are quite noticeable once I separate them out. I like how malt focused this beer was initially and how it opens up to reveal another layer that adds to the overall complexity.

This beer is well carbonated as it foams up as it hits my mouth. The first sip is dry, with a black cocoa note and some burnt grain notes that really dry out the finish as well. The dark grain, along with likely other sources (e.g. yeast / fermentation), contributes a light tartness to this beer that also contributes to the drying effect. Releasing some of the excess, peppery carbonation smoothes out the beer quite a bit; this plays up the cocoa notes a bit, but this is still quite spicy. The spice notes make me think of pepper, perhaps a touch of clove and a definite earthy note, perhaps a touch of almost peat like smokiness too. This is definitely quite light bodied, though not watery, it is quite drinkable once you get rid of the excess carbonation.

This is quite a nice beer, the aroma is definitely a bit more interesting / complex than the flavor though. I like that it is dry, and it could almost pass for a ordinary dry stout if not for that hint of fermentation character that makes this a little something extra-ordinary.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - JAN 4, 2009
StoutErik, thanks for the homage. Black with tiny beige head. Burned, ashy nose with some hops and dried fruits. Flavor is charcoal, little kiwi style fruitiness, gooseberry and dry coffee. A tad light palate, though nothing disturbing. I’d like to see some Senne personality in this, since there’s really no need for another average English style stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Bottle. Huge very fizzy tan head with poor retention, one ring of lacing, opaque, no visible carbonation, and a dark brown hue. Malty, chocolate, coffee, roasty, and some caramel for the aroma. The flavor was malty, chocolate, coffee, burnt, and a dry finish. Tingly mouthfeel and medium bodied. Just an okay stout IMO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a light tan head. Roasty, yeasty, light coffee aroma. Coffee, roast, yeasty flavor with light earth. Medium-plus bodied. Coffee, roast, and a light yeastiness lingers.

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