Stine (1641) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
thornecb (4635) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2009 33cl, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex, yet easy to drink dry Stout, balanced, hazy, rocky head, nice brew
beeR (60) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
wyzzywyz22 (2037) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
badlizard (5536) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted at the SDCF. Dark brown with foamy tan head. Mild roasty aroma.
good strong roasty chocolate taste.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
liinis (1611) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 8, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.