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


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RATINGS: 479   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Aquilo (560) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 2, 2009
Pours dark brown with a small tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is faint, but carries nice malt and coffee notes. Flavor and palate are a bit uncharacteristic of a stout. The flavor is coffee and malt, and something metallic. There is a distinct stale hop taste in the finish. It is too thin and fizzy for my taste. Overall, this was quite a disappointment.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GRM (3181) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2009
Brown bottle, 33 cl, best before Mars 09, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savoured on March 26 2009; eye: ruby, nice effervescence, nice coffee head that turns into a thin creamy sheet, some lacing; nose: roasted malt, quite lactic, “tired”, boiled vegetables; mouth: roasted malt, acridness, burnt malt, a bit of boiled vegetables, finale in roasted malt with a good presence of acridness, medium body, a bit thin, slightly oily texture, average carbonation; overall: disappointing FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 33 cl, meilleure avant mars 09, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savourée le 26 mars 2009; œil : rubis, belle effervescence, claire, bonne mousse café qui se transforme en une petite couverture crémeuse, un peu de dentelle; nez : malt rôti, très lactique, « fatigué », légumes bouillis; bouche : malt rôti, âcreté, malt brûlé, un peu de légumes bouillis, finale en malt rôti avec une bonne présence d’âcreté, corps moyen, un peu mince, texture légèrement huileuse, carbonatation moyenne; en résumé : déçu

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2435) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2009
I really enjoyed this at ZBF09 so I bought a bottle. Pours a murky dull darker brown with a big fizzy brown soda head. Smells light bodied, roasty chocolate aroma with a definite tartness. Unfortunately what comes from this bottle is not nearly as good as what was on draft at ZBF. Flavor is mildly roasty with notes of chocolate and a sizable hop and acidic bite. A bit of bubblegum and yeast present as well. Roasty mocha finish. I really enjoy this beer, I’m starting to become quite fond of the traditional acidic notes in my dark beers. Overly carbonated body, larger soda bubbles, medium-light bodied, chalky.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (4946) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Clearish brown coloured body on the pour, but fading to a muddy deep ruby-tinted brown with a thinnish tan head (one centimetre) and a nice opaque look. Aroma of fruits, apples, pears and a good curacao scent. Scents of yeast, coriander seed and spices also come through - if you didn’t see the colour, you’d think this is a tripel since there are no roasted malts in the nose nor any bitter coffee/chocolate/nuts. Medium-bodied; Very assertive effervescence fading to a light maltiness and a subtle bitter nut flavour with almost nothing else in the flavour - very mild. Strong aftertaste with almost no backbone - very odd! Overall, an amazing looking and smelling beer, but the taste is completely bland and simple - an odd beer to say the least! I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits in Washington, D.C. on 07-March-2009, sampled at home here in Washington on 15-March-2009.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BroSpud (1793) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAR 11, 2009
12oz bottle. Not really into this one. Tasted on the sour side. Closer to a milk stout but not. Not quite sure what it is but something seemed off with the taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4689) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2009
Bottled. Aroma has dark roasted quality chocolate. Really nice. Black coloured beer with a beige head. The taste is a bit carbonated has some chocolate bitterness and sweetness. Medium bodied. I expected a bit more intense chocolate in the taste and less sparkling carbonation. Has a lot of potential.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 8, 2009
33cl bottle. Black with a beige head. Strongly roasted malt aroma, with a light milk chocolate touch. Dry, roasty flavor, medium light in body with prickly carbonation, and medium bitterness that seems to be mostly due to the roast. Not really what I was expecting. Is this belgian or Irish? Not sweet or fruity or yeasty, but the strong, dry, roasted finish was actually pretty tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2009
At P.Kelder, Brussels, Belgium. Bottled, 050309. Black with beige head. Aroma and flavor is dry of roasted malts - coffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Pours a dark black color with a huge head. Nice sweet malt aroma. Slighted roasted with hints of dark fruits. Smooth creamy texture on the palate. A light body accompanies the roasted flavor. Interesting aftertaste, a little spicy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ggaughan (100) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 1, 2009
33 cl bottle. The beer poured a deep deep brown, nearly black body with a slight tan head that gave way to a little ring on the edge of the glass with some good lacing. There was a pleasing roasted malt aroma. The taste was a nice chocolately and roasted malt base with notes of coffee and a slight hop bitterness on the back. Medium body.

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