De la Senne Zwarte Piet (-2011)

Formerly brewed at Brasserie de la Senne
Style: Sour / Wild Ale
Brussels, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap


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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.98/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
Blend of Stouterik and Cantillon Gueuze.
This entry is for the old unlabeled 75cl bottles.
The new version should be entered under Zwarte Piet 2012- which is listed under De la Senne Equinox.

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Alengrin (6898) - BELGIUM - NOV 12, 2014
Strange ’versnijbier’ of stout and geuze, with thin, yellowish white head and very dark ruby colour, almost black. Aroma reveals both the esteriness of the geuze and the coffee-, cocoa-, candi- and date-like flavours of the stout; sweet, candied fruits, candi- and honeyish touches, caramelly malts, sourish accent, sweetish and lightly roasted bitter finish. Actually quite well-balanced, despite being a combination of two beer styles which at first sight seem incompatible.

fiulijn (23145) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2013
Cork and cap bottle from Moeder Lambic St. Gilles (in 2009), 3+ years old
Love the bottle with the name handwritten with white marker; it pours a black color with medium sized creamy and persistent head.
The aroma is penetrating, there is some Lambic, moldy cellars, cream, chocolate, a touch of coffee, hint of Alpine cheese, wood, sourness; captivating.
Smooth mouthfeel, well carbonated; the mild roastiness well blends with the acidity, the sourness is not unknown with roasted malts; it loses some of the Lambic nuances, but it still has a nice funky character, a light lemony touch, a final with some dry dark chocolate, and mild astringency.
Very interesting.

77ships (13493) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 10, 2012
75 cl. unlabled bottle @ Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas with Zwarte Piet written on it with a marker, split 3 way /// man, I love the De La Senne lambic basket /// pours black with a tanned head, smells is creamy, touch bitter coffee, cocoa, mocha, chocolate (stouterik but a notch up from the one I had before on tap) with a slight barnyard, touch lemony flourishes in the back ground, taste is a nice black of both beers, firm stouterik with the geuze giving a nice finish & touch in the back, the aging appears to have done it wonders as well, bitter coffee, chocolate, mocha, creamy malts, plenty of cocao, touch sour edge becoming apparent in the finish, round, touch mellow lemon zest/acidity, barnyard, lacto, hint dusty, funky, full-bodied, subtle but incredible blend/combo, guessing earliest 2009 vintage, 300 or so bottles

sebletitje (11287) - Bruxelles, BELGIUM - FEB 17, 2012
75cl bottle unlabelled, just green marker on bottle and cap @ Moeder Lambic (17/02/2012), shared with ajax25g for my pre-bday beer celebration. Brune foncée allant, col est fin mais retient une certaine consistance crémeuse qui oscille entre beige et acajou. Arôme donne une présence lactic-funk qui garde ce profile de stouterik mais avec ce bouquet sec de gueuze qui s’entremêle avec des notes de malt grillé, voire de baies noires. Le tout change au fil de la dégustation. En bouche, un style que je décrits comme une gueuze-noire. Note de houblon type Saaz agrémenté de léger levure. Le tout est suivi de malt grillé, baies noires qui au fur et à mesure donne place à un malt grillé/torréfié et chocolaté sec. Ci et là des saveurs de houblons se manifestent, donnant un aspect fruité et fleuri mais qui restent sec. Très agréable et le lambic se marie à merveille avec ce stout sans que aucuns ne prennent vraiment le dessus.

diabel (1764) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - NOV 14, 2011
Black body. Off-white - lightly brown head. Aroma of grapes and malty chocolates. Lightly sour, moderately bitter flavour. Quite nice and combines the malts and lambic very well.

Thorpe429 (5032) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Bottle at Moeder Lambic Fontainas during last week’s trip to Belgium. Reviewed from notes. Served in a De La Senne cervoise from a lambic basket. Unlabeled bottle with "Zwarte Piet" written with a green marker. Pours near black with a huge tan head that is quite fluffy and refused to die. Lots of lace on the way down. The nose is quite nice with some chocolate and roast then a bit of lambic mixed in. Really interesting and fairly complex. The taste takes it up a notch with everything really blending together beautifully. Nice roast and chocolate for a good base beer, then taken over the top with some light cherry and lambic sourness. The lambic is certainly much more present in the taste. Extraordinary balance in the feel, which really makes an already fantastic brew all the better. Great dryness from the roast and chocolate combined with a nice acidity. Easy-drinking and thoroughly enjoyable. Highly recommended.

Travlr (29868) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2011 750 ml bottle with name written on it with magic marker. Pours dark and murky maroon, tan head with good retention. Aroma of burnt chocolate, dust and funk. Taste is a silky chocolate stout at the start that tramsitions gradually to soft sourness. A unique combination that really works. Subtle and understated.

BigMomma (266) - Leuven, BELGIUM - SEP 4, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2011 Details: 75cl bottle at Moeder Lambic Fontainas, shared with Travlr and Thorpe429.
Tasting Notes: Pitch black color with a one finger beige head. The nose definitely gives you the signal that there is some lambic inside, beatifull slight sour, lemony, kind of flowery aroma that is followed by a warm touch of cacao. The taste starts like the aroma with the sour touch and proceeds to a dry roasted espresso finish. Decent body and very drinkable due to the sour dry ending. A perfect example that not only hops and stouts are well combined but also lambic and stout is a pefect combination
Conclusion: A very interesting brew which has the warmth of a stout and the drinkability of a lambic.

joergen (31324) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2011
Bottle at Moeder Lambic. Black coloured with a medium sized beige head. Light acidic aroma of grapes and spices. Fruity and light acidic flavour of red wine with roasted notes. Tart finish.

madsberg (11906) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2011
Bottle @ Moeder Lambic. Black coloured. Light brown head. Aroma of caramel, sourness, some roast and some charcoal. Flavour again has some caramel and roasty notes. Loads of grapy and lactic acidity notes. Smoothly sour. Medium to full bodied. Dry grapy end. NIce.

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