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Saison de la Senne

Formerly brewed at Brasserie de la Senne
Style: Saison
Brussels, Belgium
Serve in Tulip


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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Directly inspired by traditional saisons of the 19th century, beers meant to quench the thirsts of farm workers at harvest time, the Saison de la Senne is a beer of mixed fermentation. It is both bitter and aromatic thanks to particularly generous hopping, while at the same time developing a vinous and tangy character thanks to a blending with old lambic from the Cantillon brewery. Ripened in oak barrels for 9 months and listed at 4.3% abv.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PilsnerPeter (3034) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Bottle: Pours an effervescent golden with a white lacing film of head. Very nice aroma of citric notes, brett horsey character, cheese rind, very dry. Fluffy light and dry body. The flavor is quite minerally- very dry giving off some mild cherry pit and leather brett qualities. Has a subtle citric note in there as it warms. Itís so dry and minerally itís a bit quinine like, but itís still great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (11983) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2009
Hazy pale yellow with a lasting white head. Aroma of exotic fruit, grapefruit and leather. Dry and slightly tart flavour of brett and a touch of pepper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2009
Bottle shared at Spuyten Duyvil. Pale golden-straw colour. Aroma is really great. Big bright fruity nose. Quite a lot of tart sourness with a distinct Cantillon-esque funkiness. A bit of tartness and some strong leathery notes. A light lemony tartness as well with a touch of soft cologne and some funky bretty spiciness. The flavour is less intense than the aroma would suggest but it does have a pretty prominent tartness and a funky dry leathery character. There is a bit of grassiness with a touch of light bitterness. It smells a lot more sour than it tastes. There is a touch of sweetness even on the back, despite the strong tart character. Solid stuff really.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - APR 30, 2009
Bottle shared with a few folks at Spuyten. Great pour, frothy foamy head atop a milky yellow body. Funky notes of pineapple, locker room, and wormwood float towards the nose. The flavor is sweet up front with a tart balance at the finish and definite Cantillon notes, though not necessarily strong ones. The finish is crazy bitter, with intense notes of wormwood. A very unique and interesting fusion beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
j12601 (8050) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 24, 2009
Bottle at Spuyten Duyvil at their Cantillon & de la Senne event, with a big thanks to fatboyjim1 from BA for sharing this gem with me. Pours a hazy (to the point of opacity) golden yellow with a nice thick creamy beige head, that leaves some nice lace. Aromas are light and fresh with hay and lemon and a nice touch of funk. Medium bodied. Flavor is quite funky and woody. Finishes with a bit of yeast an a nice touch of astringent sour funk balancing an almost bracing bitterness. This was quite tasty stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geuzelambix (243) - KÝbenhavn, DENMARK - APR 7, 2009
Very interesting blend of lambic and saison. The blend make this beer a firework of both bitternes and acidity, which is rather seldom. I for one thought it to be a tad too bitter, but nonetheless - try it before itís too late.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ggaughan (100) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 1, 2009
Bottle states it is a mixed fermented beer aged in oak. Best before end of april 2012. Another fine treat from De La Senne, this one with some Cantillon lambic added. Beer poured a hazy golden, honey like color with a fluffy, thick head that has great retention. After a few minutes it gives way to strong lacing. The aroma is a bit citrus, a bit funky and had some floral notes as well. Taste is very interesting. Starts off tart on the tongue but also has some earthy, funky notes with a citrus, grapefruit taste as well. A touch of oak swirling around in the body. There are also some herbal notes and a touch of bitterness on the tongue. Very well rounded and a nice take on a saison by mixing in lambic from Cantillon during fermentation I believe. This is young but tasting very well. Canít wait to try one in a few months to a year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7262) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2008
(Bottle, Akkurat, Stockholm, 10 Oct 2008) Golden colour, hazy, with huge white head. Tart, fruity nose with horse blanket, barn, green apples and old socks. Tart, fruity taste with notes of green apples, hay, distinct lambic flavours and a harsh, dry bitterness in a spicy, long finish. Excellent beer, combining the spicy, earthy notes of the saison style with the tart, dry notes of the lambic. Lovely beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thebeertourist (5155) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2008
From bottle at Bruxellensis 2008. Hazy pale yelowish golden with a frothy head. Complex lambiek-like woody and lemons nose. Highly acidic, lots of wood and grapefruit, bone dry. Quite fizzy. Tastes like a fizzy Cantillon geuze and that can hardly be a bad thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeinDahlem (1396) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 16, 2008
Bottled, at Bruxellensis festival. Pale yellow-gold with bubbly white head. Sharp nose of lemons and grassy hops. Flavor is sharply bitter with a lemony-tart edge. Moderate but tight carbonation, finishing quite dry. Really nice, interesting, refreshing. I look forward to trying it again when the hops have mellowed a little and more of the lambic character has developed.

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