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

bottled
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common

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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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Production stopped in 2008, resumed in 2011.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NielsenRatings (8275) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Bottle @ home with LeninCat picked up at Wilbur’s Fort Follins. 2013 vintage. Lenin is sure digging this. Pours a hazy, fairly cloudy brown appearance with a lasting tan head. Zippy, fruity yeasty, big cherry cola, light caramel, a bit tart aroma. Pretty full bodied. Caramel toffee, dark chocolate, cola, dark berry/cherry fruity, chewy yeasty flavor. Delicious. Lenin easily gives this five ticks out of five ticks. The crazy motherfucker licked the bottle so much that it warmed up and then became awfully aggressive with my glass of the beer.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (2351) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (15545) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (7891) - Carlsbad, 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

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
snowdog140 (23) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (2908) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (9848) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CharlyBeer (22) - 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!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (5913) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (2370) - 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...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (2004) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2014
Bottle share at CBC clerkenwell at the Gunnar Tasting. Red orange coloured pour with a halo of off white head. Aroma is sweetberry , strawberry. Flavour is crisp with a touch of caramel and berry hop. Light spices, Solid bitterness and slight metalic. Tasty enough for a christmas beer.


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