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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 471   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)


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stine (1641) - 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. There’s 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, that’s 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 it’s so beautifully executed that it begs the question of why more stouts haven’t 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4635) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2009 33cl, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex, yet easy to drink dry Stout, balanced, hazy, rocky head, nice brew

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
beeR (60) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 17, 2008
Very dark-almost black. Tan head, medium size bubbles but not lasting at all. The aroma is pretty much what you expect (and I like) from a stout: choccolate and coffee dominating, roasted malts. Intense and quite persistent scent. I have to say the taste is less bewitching than the aroma. The body is too light (for me) and the carbonation too fizzy. In the mouth I feel a little metallic. Anyway the dark malts taste is the main characteristic and there is a nice bitterness coming from hops as well. I like the bitterness coating my mouth and lasting several minutes.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wyzzywyz22 (2037) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2008
Bottle, Belgian Belly. Pretty baked when I drank this, but even so, little impact was made. Dark, no head. Insipid body and flavour. Nothing else to add.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badlizard (5536) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 22, 2008
Tasted at the SDCF. Dark brown with foamy tan head. Mild roasty aroma. good strong roasty chocolate taste.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2008
I’m rating this from very old notes. It took me forever to find this, since I had it down as St. Pieters Stouterik. Dead black with a small fluffy tan head, leaves good lace. Nose and taste of coffee, chocolate, and sweet burnt malts, with a coffee finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2008
Bottle. It say stout. Strange. Pours an off dark brown body with a tan head. Aroma is to hoppy to be called a stout with lots of belgian spice that dont belong in a stout. Stupid idea, im slightly annoyed. Its not a bad beer but dont call this a stout thats just inappropriate.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2008
Bottle. A red brown beer with a beige head. The aroma and taste is of yeast, chocolate and coffee. High carbonation. Medium body with a sparkeling dry coffee finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
liinis (1611) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 8, 2008
Dark brown and cloudy with the yeast poured in. light brown medium head. very bitter and sharp hops, roasted. Eukalyptus like freshness. Coffee. a bit watery. yeasty and a bit metallic.


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