De la Senne Brussels Calling 2016

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


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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
We’re happy to announce… the return of BRUSSELS CALLING! We brew our birthday beer every year on December 22nd, the day of the first brew with our new Brussels installations on December 22nd, 2010.
The base is always a blond beer, 6.5%, but just for fun we change the hops every year. This time we go for Slovenia, with experimental varieties that were literally selected on the field. The result is something like a very balanced ‘Belgian IPA’, where - something rare - there is some place for fermentation flavours. The bouquet of this vintage 2016 is an explosion at once fruity (melon, pineapple, pear) and floral, with an harmonious mix of white flowers and daffodils. These flavours persist while they deepen in the taste, merging with a nice malty base, and structured by an intense but elegant bitterness, which gives even more freshness. In its finale, the fruity side merges with a long and dry bitterness, which allows to extend the pleasure…

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Idiosynkrasie (8062) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - NOV 26, 2017
330ml bottle. Cloudy, yellow-ish golden colour with average to huge, thick, creamy, moderately lasting and lacing, white head. Fruity hoppy, slightly citrusy aroma, hints of peach, apricot and mirabelle, a touch of mandarine, slightly peppery spicy and minimally dusty, yeasty overtones. Taste is slightly dry, fruity hoppy, pale malty and peppery spicy yeasty, notes of mirabelle, quince, a touch of coriander and white pepper, some mandarine zest. Well balanced, harmonious, clean but not sterile. Another example from de la Senne that illustrates how to combine (Belgian) tradition with contemporary craft beer innovations in the most beneficial way.

Maakun (6578) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 18, 2017
Bottle at home. Hazy orange golden with off white head. Massive fresh tropical fruits with mango, some melon, grapefruit, pineapple. Light dried apricot, grass, soft sweet malts and a hint of sweets. Medium sweet and bitter with soft mineral finish. Medium bodied with over medium carbonation. Very good, just as good or better as a lot of hyped IPAs in my book, so balanced and full of flavor.

Calisky (3099) - ALSACE, FRANCE - OCT 31, 2017
Couleur jaune or, très forte mousse. Nez très houblonné vert et herbeux avec agrumes. Gout houblonné avec agrumes, raisin et fruits exotiques juteux, leger malté puis bonne et longue amertume avec toutes ces memes saveurs, note de levures . Pas mal

bbbeer (885) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 23, 2017
Golden/orange, small white head. Aroma floral, spice, caramel. Medium body, light carbonation. Flavor is on the sweeter side but not too cloying, fairly complex with caramel malts as the background for some spices, yeast and tropical fruits. Interesting.

Beerwithwings (248) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2017 bottle at home. Has a bit of funk to this beer although its not sour. Is an interesting beer which apparently is a blond IPA.

kermis (14744) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2017
7 3 8 3 15
Bottle shared. Hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of peppery saison yeast, citrus and herbal notes. Flavour is light sweet and moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

andrepintado (3704) - Porto, PORTUGAL - SEP 2, 2017
Bottle from Cloudy dark gold to orange. Medium bitterness. Medium body. Dry finish. Aroma and flavour is spicy, yeast, citrus, orange, hops.

Muggus69 (2759) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2017
330mL bottle from International Beer Collector. BB 24JAN18
Pours a hazy apricot sort of body with white head.
Aroma sort of doughy upfront - overly ripe peach & apricot, muted citrus, peppery spice, apple & pear esters.
Reasonably full body, smooth creamy sort of carbonation & texture.
Palate is a combination of yeasty doughy character with sort of really ripe fruit characters of pear, stonefruit, rockmelon, mandarin with a touch of dried herbal spice lingering with a firm bitterness.
Probably better fresh - hops are a bit muted overall.

jybi (453) - FRANCE - AUG 29, 2017
Très bel opus de la part de la brasserie de la Senne qui prouve encore une fois avec cette Brussels Calling sa maîtrise et son amour de l’amertume. D’ailleurs le brasseur la positionne en tant qu’IPA, ce qu’elle est, et de très belle façon autour d’une amertume saillante et tranchante, entourée d’une base maltée réussie et d’arômes de pamplemousse, d’orange et de mangue. Mention spéciale également à l’alcool, qui avec 6,5 % Abv structure excellemment bien l’ensemble. En verre, le blond est doré, paré d’un voile avec une mousse blanche de 5 mm d’épaisseur. Le nez est riche et bien houblonné sur les agrumes et notamment le pamplemousse ainsi que la mangue. L’attaque est soyeuse, très bien équilibrée entre malt et houblon sur l’orange, le pamplemousse et la mangue. Cette base restera d’ailleurs en bouche longtemps et permettra d’accompagner l’amertume qui devient racée et tranchante dès la seconde bouche sur le pamplemousse. L’arrière bouche quant à elle montre en complément de cette très belle amertume, un alcool plus présent et qui fait plus que ses 6,5 % Abv. La troisième bouche, furtive redevient un peu plus douce sur la mangue et l’orange avec une final long présentant une amertume herbacée et racée sur des arômes de pamplemousse. Équilibre sans faute pour une bière plaisir sur la fraîcheur.

Ysok02 (1865) - Mons, BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2017
Robe dorée, belle mousse crémeuse. Nez puissant sur le houblon, le malt, les fruits mûrs, les agrumes, la levure, très complexe. Bouche à l’attaque ronde et fruitée tout en restant fraîche et désaltérante, belle bulle onctueuse et longue finale sur l’amertume. Une très belle bière de soif.

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