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


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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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Production stopped in 2008, resumed in 2011.

Bontus' rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bontus (634) - Flanders, - JAN 26, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2013 33cl bottle, Geers. Pours dark ruby / mahogany. Beige head, dense & creamy. Spicy nose, biscuit malts. spicy sour aroma, something weird. Lacks harmony, harsh palate. Rerate: not as harsh as the previous rate. +0.2

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
2008 had 2/09: "another brew from the Christmas Beers of Belgium imported by Shelton Brothers (MA). I was hoping to find a diamond in the rough in here, but so far i’ve had two decent beers and this one...easily the weakest of the three. Not TOO bad, but totally unispiring. Maybe my patience is thin, but I probably won’t even bother finishing this one. Just don’t care for it. It started well...it was the first from the pack to not have heavy sediment around the inner ring. plenty on the bottom, though. Not a little light yeast, mind you, but a thick brown sludge. Poured nice enough though. Big effervescent head, though it disappeared quickly. Smells of light fruit and some spice (fairly typical), but a little astringent. Taste was more of the same, but a touch less pleasing. Either this just isn’t a great brew (although the average before i rated was a hearty 3.7), or Shelton Bros need to cut down the transit/shelf time. Tasted a little stale. Won’t be back. Can’t imagine rating this a 4+..."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (5851) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2014
Brassin 2013. Bouteille de 330 ml achetée chez Julio’s Liquors (Westborough, MA) au coût de 4,25$. Arôme: Odeur de caramel avec une pointe d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est brune opaque avec une forte densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel avec une pointe d’épices et de chocolat. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’épices en arrière goût. (Rating #5808)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Taboada (348) - Compostela (Galiza), - AUG 21, 2014
330 mml Bottle tasted on 20/08/2014 labelled as X-mas 2012. Clear amber brown colour with a consistent off-white head. Aroma of bread, malts, red berries and toffee. Taste is lightly sweet with malts, dark fruits and caramel. Aftertaste is dry and bitter but well balanced. Next one please!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tommann (2768) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2014
330ml bottle. Pours dark orange brown with a large head. Aroma is sweet caramel and raisin. Taste has a little spice, lots of raisin and some caramel in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SarkyNorthener (2106) - 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 (2599) - 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 (16927) - 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
GT2 (8509) - San Diego County, 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 (37) - 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 (3322) - 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.

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