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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (7440) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 10, 2012
Received a glass of this by accident @ Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas: we ordered “Zwarte Piet” and received the same unmarked bottle with Zwarte Piet written with a marker on it as we did when we did get the “correct” beer but to the waitresses surprise when she poured the beer she got a bright, slightly cloudy golden/yellow beer instead of the regular near black – she left us the glass & went to get the correct and to investigate what we got, which led to the conclusion that we just got “Saison de la Senne” – we split the glass between us three, declaring it unanimously a fantastic beer, supper happy that we got a free glass of this by accident – slightly cloudy with a white head, smell is Cantillon-y (first wrongly guessed 3F because I expected a Cantillon blend to be rounded, I figured this was Cantillon or 3F, after getting the “correct” nswer, I felt like an idiot & I should); lots of barnyard, quite fruity & funky, hay, zest (almost near to acidic), almost sweet touch in the back, honey-ish, taste-wise, I have no idea how this was fresh but at this point the lambic dominates so much (granted it tastes incredible) that this should be called a lambic instead of a saison, funky, sour, barnyard, hay, touch acid, touch funky basement, nicely blended sour beer, slight yeast, fruity, hint of white pepper, hint of honey, leading into a touch bitter finish which is like “aged hops” bitterness, refreshing, light, dry, crisp, citric, at this point this is basically just an incredible Cantillon (which is very, very, very far from a bad thing in my book), probably 2008 vintage

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kromamc (191) - ITALY - SEP 13, 2010
in bottiglia al moder lambic fontainas... birra incredibile! blend tra zinne bir e lambic del cantillon... colore giallo paglierino molto chiaro e opalescente.. al naso un brettato elegantissimo e citrico... in bocca è elegante freschissima dissetante con lieve finale secco.. eccellente.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gEUS (1704) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 13, 2013
750 ml bottle - tasted at the vertical DL tasting in the cellar of Chez Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles - Thanks to Jean Hummler. Pours light murcky yellow. Aroma of grapefruit zeste. Taste is citrus, some hay, but very fresh. Nice drinkable beer. Top!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Lovely dry peppery saison with some citrus funk. Amazing how hoppy this is. Super dry and very hoppy, moderately tart, tons of fresh citrus, lots of floral hops. Awesome.

   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. Can’t wait to try one in a few months to a year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Bottle at Moeder Lambic Fontainas during last week’s Belgium trip. Reviewed from notes. From a lambic basket into a De La Senne cervoise. Slight gusher as the bartender opened it up. Pours a slightly-cloudy straw color, though this could have been the result of the gushing. Big white head with great lacing. The nose had bright lemon and slight funk. A bit of lambic-like cheese there as well, though this was quite slight. Moderate acidity and dryness kicks things up to the next level. Slight pucker factor with some lemon rind and bitter eel. Light earthy funk there as well, especially as it warms. A bit of straw. Light body and crisp carbonation with just a touch of acidity. Super long finish and lasting flavor. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Pale yellow pour with a white head. Really funky woody barnyard aroma with notes of bandaid. Moderate sourness with notes of oak. Slightly funky. Bitter and tannic. Very nice and easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2011
transparent gold, thin wispy white head, thinnest white ring. Nose is light grain and wheat, faint fresh grass hop, faint biscuit and diacetyl but never offensive, more dryness. Flavor is quite sparkling, dry, grainy and wheaty, light grass bitterness, eggy Brett at mid palate with more gravel, grassy hop through finish with requisite dryness. Bit overly bitter but sparking, quite dry, very nuanced and balanced, flavors rolling all over each other.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thebeertourist (5176) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (12627) - 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.

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