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


on tap

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RATINGS: 419   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4642) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2008
Bottle: Poured a light dark color ale with a huge off-white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light bitter roasted malt is somewhat interesting. Taste is also dominated by some light roasted malt and some light hops presence. Good carbonation but body is a bit thin. As previous raters mentioned, this beer seems to be geared toward drinkability and might lack some character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2008 My Bottom Line:
Toasted bread and coffee roastiness build levelled bitterness in this crisp, dry and very drinkable Belgian Stout.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the brown-tinged blackness.
-Carbonation is initially expansive, but a little breathing smooths things out.
-This is competently brewed and solid, but the recipe is not very compelling to me, I guess.
-The body is light and geared towards high drinkability.
-Some minty hops accompany the roasted malts in the finish.

Bottle; best before Feb. í09.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2008
Brown colour with a beige head. Light roasted and vague coffe bitter aroma with notes of fruit. Coffee bitter flavor with a caramel and dark fruit sweetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GonZoBeeR (2906) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2008
Aroma:light chocolate,light oxydation aroma... Appearance:Dark good lacing beige head... Flavor:light rosted malt,light oxydation....Belgian are not good to bre stout...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2008
On tap at the PDX Green Dragon. Pours black with a soft khaki head. Thinner stout with a earthy metallic note up front. Burnt chocolate up front on the palate with a dry finish. Felt astringent on the palate and had a mineral character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 21, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2008 Small bottle from Belmont Station in Portland, OR--Poured a nearly opaque black-brown body with a handsome beige creamy body. Bubbly, thin effervescent body. Mildly sour, sweet, dry, raisin nose and flavor Finished dry with a thin nuttiness and a hint of cherries. Kind of boring overall, but highly quaffable. Tried again at Green Dragon on tap--Poured a dark chalky brown-black body with tiny tan head. Dry roasty, thin, easy to drink. I stick to the rating I gave before.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (4723) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Bottle. Mocha and cocoa on top of hard roast and burned notes, light caramel. Some chocolate. A pitch pour with an excitable and huge, but otherwise perfect head - tanned, lacing, rocky, immovable. Lightly bittersweet taste is mostly dry and roasty, with dark chocolate leading toward a dry, [cigarette] ashy finish. A little tarry and astringent. Light-medium body. A little too "hard" for me to go after again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (3880) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 15, 2008
This brewery is climbing up my list of interesting breweries that I want to try everything they have. Pours very dark brown with a generous dark tan head. The aroma has roasted malt with coffee and bitter chocolate, earthy Belgium yeast, cream and vanilla. The body is quite thin and crisp with harsh biting carbonation. The flavor starts very dry with bitter chocolate, citric acid, roasted malt and earthy / spicy hops. The finish is quite sharp and bitter due to the mix of roasted malt and hops. A very good stout. If it was priced a bit more reasonable I’d partake of this one of a very regular basis.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stine (1475) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 12, 2008
A gorgeous mocha foam on a body of reddened chocolate. Mayan chocolate, cinnamon, clean coffee bitterness and soft herbal hops in the nose. Thereís a richness about it that carries no weight of sugar, dry and crackery, but dense and mousse-like. Hops lend a subtle liveliness of citrus rinds and flowers, thatís buried delicately beneath the quiet strength of brown sugar and chocolate malts. And a touch of root vegetable sweet earthiness toward lingering in the corners. The balance of simplicity and depth is impressive.

Similarly, an understatement of flavor. Bitter and herbal hops, gorgeously accented by the spicy nuances of the yeast, and conversing cheerfully on the surface of a deep convalescence of malt. Particularities: jasmine tea and wildflowers; anise, banana and blueberry esters, and bubblegum; coffee, cinnamon, and chocolate. Bitterness of a woodsy, smoky variety, herbal in essence, and invigorating.

Velvety, soft medium body; lightly effervescent at first, but creamy in finality. Soft blueberry and wildflower honey sweetness extends far into the finish, after the consistent herbal bitterness of an acidic light-roasted coffee has faded. The interplay of elements in this example is somewhat angular, but itís so beautifully executed that it begs the question of why more stouts havenít incorporated hops and yeast to play such dominant roles.

De la Senne is possibly the premier hidden gem of Belgium; its offerings are expertly crafted, yet always exciting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4307) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Pours and foams like cola into an English pint. Tan micro head does not stop and snowcones the rim. Sour chocolate and coffee aromas. Fizzy, thin dark chocolate and pit fruit with a lasting bitter finish.

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