Brewed by Brasserie de la Senne
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Brussels, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
Production stopped in 2008, resumed in 2011.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SarkyNorthener (3884) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle from Cotteridge wines. Ruby brown beer with small head. Aroma is nuts, toffee and rich malts. Taste is yeast, toffee, dark malts, spice and some nut again. There is a herbal note at the back of the tongue in the finish. Medium bodied, a little oil. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (3366) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Lots of plum and fig and raisin. Toffee and malt and spice flavors. Definite seasonal for the Christmas time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (22242) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours an amber brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy aroma. Fruity malty spicy flavor with hints of caramel and chocolate. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT (9918) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 3, 2014
> A dark bread forward bitter Dubbel or almost Biere de Garde

[ Bottle ][ Texas Wine Carlsbad ][ 33cl ][ Tired Hands Stemware ][ $5 ][ 3/3/14 ]
>> Pours clear deep amber, looking deep brown in the glass. Thick tan foam. Nose is dark bread, candied fruits, figs, assertive musty yeast. Taste is not sweet- rather bitter dark bread crust, heavy minerals, bitter wheat cracker, stone milled course grain. Fairly dry and chalky palate, but nothing is really off about this beer. Could be sweeter. Abv absent.

<!> super dry, excessive dark bread and minerals/chalky

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
snowdog140 (58) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2014
Dark brown/ruby colour with frothy head, not a hugely strong aroma but appealing nonetheless. The taste is a combination of earthy malt of a stout, as well as berries and something that seems suitable for the Christmas season.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3942) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Pours an amber color with a big head and nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma holds some stuff, light fruitiness, pencil lead, clay, & earthy hops.

The flavor is entirely more malt forward than anything I’ve come to expect from De La Senne, not that maltiness is an issue, it’s just a surprise. It’s still got a zippy & earthy hop character. It’s got some nice bitterness. The beer has a sort of heavy fruitiness, it’s not bad, it’s just odd. The beer is also very spicy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (17767) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2014 Bottle shared at CBC Clerkenwell during the Gunnar Tasting. Thanks to Josh, I believe, for this one. Pours hazy, brown-gold with a creamy head. The nose has nips of spice and dry, toasted bread. Light-medium sweet flavor with mellow nutmeg and more dry bread. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Toasted bread mostly in the finish with accents of dry, aged spices, faint fruits. OK. (February 2014, Score: 3.4)

Bottle shared in a car with Bruce and Colin. Sourced from Dranken Geers. Vintage 2012. Pours hazy brown with a sturdy, tan foam head. The nose has toasted brown bread, hints of spice and Belgian yeast. Light to medium sweet flavor with mellow spices, some cinnamon, brown bread, light earthy and leafy bitterness. Medium bodied with average carbonation and creamy texture. Earthy, dirty bitter finish with toasted bread, very mild smoke and wintery spices. Nice. (March 2013, Score: 3.5)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CharlyBeer (145) - Bruxelles, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2014
J’ai adoré boire cette bière avec du saucisson de sanglier, enorme! La couleur n’est pas éclatante mais son gout est unique!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (7752) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2014
Bottle from the Beer Emporium, Bristol. Deep, copper red, with a big and tight, off-white head. Aroma of candy sugar, leafy hops, red berries. Flavour had some solid malts, plenty more fruit, caramel a hint if spice and lingering, bitter finish. A good winter warmer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (4351) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2014
Bottle bought @ Etre. Pours deep copper with a big frothy and creamy beige head that slowly dissipates while leaving some lacing and trace on the glass. Smell is slightly estery and slightly phenolic with biscuits, unripe pears, lemon zest, black pepper corns, dusty oatmeal flakes, caramelized apples, cloves, orange zest and hints of marzipan. Taste is sweet and slightly spicy with biscuits, caramelized sugar, Christmas fruitcake, red apples, baked pears, allspice, ginger, moist soil, wood and hints of alcohol. Mouthfeel is soft, round, slightly spicy astringent and medium bodied. finish is bitter and spicy with toasted malts, biscuits, apple skins, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, black pepper corns, wood, soil and orange peal. Heavily spicy with a slightly balancing mouthfeel. Quite good...

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