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


on tap

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RATINGS: 496   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10284) - 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 (11116) - 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 (3810) - 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 (4393) - 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 (7306) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2008
Hazy dark brown with a mediumm beige head. Sweet aroma with hard roasted malt, coffee and yeasty notes. Sweet flavour with overipe fruits, hard roasted malt and hints of coffee. Finished sweet. A bit watery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ARMed (622) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2008
This stout has been under-rated in my opinion. The beer pours with an exceptional long lasting head with excellent lacing. It has a smokey crisp licorice flavor with a nice smooth aftertone of hickory. It has a very smooth stout flavorwith a subtle roasted malt taste. There is nothing obtrusive with this very fine Beligium stout. Very enjoyable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mirjukka (752) - LOHJA, FINLAND - DEC 20, 2008
bottle 330ml 3,2€ from CM Sello EXP 8/08 bought on July murky black fluffy beige head Taste from first sip roasted bit burnt malts and pleasant sourness, dash of coffee and chocolate tickling hops delicious dry finish

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Skinnyviking (7595) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2008
Bottle. High fluffy and quickly disappearing off-white head. Very dark red brown brown body. Caramel roasted maalt aroma with dried fruit. Sour flavor of roasted malt and dried fruit. Low carbonation and a short aftertaste.

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