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


on tap

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RATINGS: 262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Production stopped in 2008, resumed in 2011.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crlnts (390) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 24, 2014
Off-white head, lasting. Hazy dark amber. Toffee, alcohol, clove, hops. Strong bitter finish, quite unpleasant (like bitterness from roasted malts + bitterness from hops).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skinnyviking (8660) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle at home. High creamy and very good looking off-white head. Hazy dark brown orange body. Caramel barley malt straw cocoa aroma. Lovely spicy (sorry mates I am not sure but pepper cinnamon and nutmeg are some of them) and sweet malt caramel orange peel flavor with a fair amount of hops bitterness making this beer far more interesting than expected. Low carbonation. Long bittersweet finish. Well balanced at just the right alcohol level. Thanks mates for this pleasant surprise.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adster (666) - HUNGARY - DEC 21, 2014
Karamelles, almás, malátás és fűszeres, gyantás illatok kapaszkodnak össze igen félénken, a tél hangulatát sejtelmesen közvetítve. Malátaközpontú alapokon kekszes édességet sző körbe a belga élesztő klasszikus stílusú fátyla, majd erőteljes bélyegét a komlós, fűszeres jegyek társasága nyomja rá az élénk kompozícióra. Utóíze szintén komlótól, fás és gyantás hangulatoktól vezérelt, ilyen irányú hangulatunkban magát a főzetet is könnyedén tekinthetjük ünnepekre kalibráltnak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hanoi (819) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2014
Bottle 2014: Nose is caramel, malt, earth, very soft coffee, hint of spice. Taste is pronounced malt, leather, nut leading to an overly pronounced wood note, then finishing with light spices It’s a nice beer, but the big wood flavour in the middle was not quite right for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martinus (4440) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2014 Clear dark amber colour, white head. Aroma of malts, caramel, straw, light metallic. Sweet malty flavour, light bitter. Rather fizzy. Malty finish, burnt caramel, lingering metallic notes. Absolutely not bad, was expecting a bit more from De La Senne though. Allas, with so many other great brews from these Brussels brewmasters to enjoy..
(from 33cL bottle @ home)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sdmmb (1666) - USA - DEC 14, 2014
Drunk from 33cl bottle bought at Malting Pot, Brussels. 2013 vintage. Dark fruity and hoppy beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markoijelena (2147) - Belgrade, SERBIA - DEC 11, 2014
Draft 0.25l at Moeder Lambic Brussels Belgium.Pour it dark brown color with medium white head.On the nose chocolate and plum.Taste and aroma of dark fruits, red fruits, chocolate, spices, Belgian yeast.Sweet amd perfect balanced.Maybe the best Christmas I try.Well done.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adamnowek (1739) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2014
Pours nice and dark brown with a creamy head that lasts a while. A roasted spice smell with a little bit of banana bread.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vignale (3271) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2014
Flaska frĺn Etre Gourmet. 2013 ed. drucken julen 2014 fyra mĺnader efter BBD. Mahognyfärgad, klar men med lite fint jästsediment, medelhögt tjockt krämigt skum. Doft av torkad frukt, kryddor. Medelstor sötma med torrare avslutning. Smak av torkad frukt, fruktbröd, plommon, gula russin, karamell, blandade nötter, relativt stor beska speciellt i eftersmaken. Tycker generellt att De la Senne är besk pĺ lättare öl och deras julöl bekräftar den tesen. Inte alls illa men inte wow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (13678) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2014
Draught @ Van Moll Brewpub during De La Senne Tap Takeover. Red - brown color, average to medium sized beige head. Smell and taste malts, a little sweet, a little bitter, fortunately no herbal or spices bomb. Pretty nice beer. I like it.

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