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Crushable Saison - Brasserie de la Senne

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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie de la Senne visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
A collaboration brew between de La Senne brewery and Jean Broillet & Julie Foster from Tired Hands Brewing company, PA, USA. Made at de La Senne on 11 Septembre 2013. Contains : Malted barley, malted spelt, oats, hops, yeast and water.

(Beer added by: samEBC on 11-18-2013)
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Aisha

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -45.1%

06-15-2014 18:51:48 | More by Aisha
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sammy806

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

04-14-2014 18:35:14 | More by sammy806
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mendvicdog

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

01-25-2014 02:48:29 | More by mendvicdog
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simoen

Belgium

3/5  rDev -17.6%

02-11-2014 14:04:35 | More by simoen
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cyrushire

Florida

3/5  rDev -17.6%

04-07-2014 04:04:00 | More by cyrushire
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st9647v3

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.6%

05-02-2014 03:11:15 | More by st9647v3
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oline73

Maryland

3/5  rDev -17.6%

01-12-2014 19:08:15 | More by oline73
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pisano

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -17.6%

04-07-2014 16:19:14 | More by pisano
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -17.6%

02-15-2014 21:45:36 | More by nmann08
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ILikeGoodCider

California

3/5  rDev -17.6%

05-26-2014 07:25:09 | More by ILikeGoodCider
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Jonada

New Jersey

3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle. Bottled 10/10/2013 and best before 10/10/2014. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale straw yellow with 2 fingers of a white, soapy head. Excellent head retention. Body is lightly hazy with very high visible carbonation.

Smell: Lemon rind, grass, light funk, doughy, yeast spiciness and a slightly skunky smell as well.

Taste: More or less the same as the aroma. Lots of yeast spiciness, grass, mild lemon, slight breadiness in the finish. There's a strong, somewhat off putting, bitterness throughout, that lasts long into the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with very high carbonation. Probably a bit overcarbed.

Overall: I've never had anything from Brasserie de la Senne, but as a big Tired Hands fan, this was a huge disappointment. Not an awful beer, but not good either.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2014 05:23:45 | More by Jonada
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fmccormi

New York

3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Straight pour from an 11.2oz/330ml pry-off bottle to a nucleated can glass. Bottling date of October 10, 2013/freshness date of October 10, 2014 printed in black ink on the top of the cap (“BOT 10/10/13 BBD 10/10/14”), making this beer close to six months old. Not entirely sure what to expect in terms of freshness, since it’s some incarnation of saison, we shall see.

Appearance (3.5): Well, it sure is a heady bastard: a solid four fingers or more of bone-white foam immediately rise from the pour, capping an evenly hazy, bright yellow-golden body (straw-colored?), with lots of tiny bubbles rushing to the top. The head dies down slowly with huge, fat bubbles that leaves a crazily uneven surface until it’s just a film on the surface. But it does leave a thick, chunky collar all the way around the top and fat swaths of wide-bubbled lace here and there.

Smell (4.0): Pretty much classic saison: dry hay, slightly sweet, musty, moist earth, strongly floral and grassy hop aromas, and a dry, rustic breadiness that’s part country wheat and part dry biscuits, fresh-baked but floury. It’s also lightly spicy, showing some white pepper and a hint of coriander. Something about this reminds me of Hennepin, and it lies in the floral/musty/bready department . . .

Taste (3.0): Herbal, strongly grassy bitterness hides a bit of a medicinal, phenolic undertone, and that’s really the dominant chord struck here. The body is extremely dry, with a rustic, pale, floury, bready, malt base, accentuated by yeasty phenols and extremely grassy hop compounds. Aside from some bright, lemony undertones, there’s no fruitiness to speak of here. It is moderately spicy, however, showing a decently peppery and herbal bite alongside the grassiness. This beer hits a lot of the right notes, but not in the right proportions.

Mouthfeel (3.75): Extremely dry, this beer is nothing if not “crushable”—at least in terms of feel. The body is easily on the light- side of medium-weight, lushly carbonated but still without much tingle or prickle to speak of, and exceedingly dry. Not quite TOO dry, but it’s up there.

Overall (3.25): As mentioned above, this beer hits a lot of the right notes, but not in the right proportions. It’s also missing some of the fruity esters that I love in saisons (particularly in the aroma), and the phenolic underside of the bitterness is kind of distracting. The floral grassiness, the “crushable” feel, the pale breadiness—all nice characteristics. But it’s missing balance, esters, and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 02:10:43 | More by fmccormi
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brasserie de la Senne - Crushable Saison, poured into a Lawson's tulip.

Look - Pours a hazy pale straw with some yeast cloudiness. Good sized soapy head that breaks apart into small chunks of lacing..

Smell - Some sulfur, a slight sour yeast and some lemon and clove.

Taste - A little more lemony sour here, some sulfur. Sour lemon finish.

Mouthfeel - Super light body with zesty carbonation. Sour lingers but not too long. Crisp and drinkable.

Overall - Not a bad little lemon pepper saison but I wasn't that impressed. You'd expect more from a collaboration like this and from a Belgian brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 13:32:18 | More by JMScowcroft
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Fux

France

3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Hazy, light yellow / straw in color, with a fizzy white head. It shows a lot of carbonation, but this settles quickly to a thin film.
S: Smell is light, citrusy, with notes of hay and a faint barnyard scent, tart and bitter. Not bad but too much subdued to be great.
T: Taste is soapy and bitter, with bready / grainy malts, a large amount of spices, some tartness and a disturbing, unbalanced bitterness. Much complex flavors than perceived from the nose, but not really pleasant.
M: Mouthfeel is watery, light but not really thirst quenching due to the hardcore bitterness. Carbonation is high, a bit too much.
O: A true disappointment, I'm pretty sure de la Senne can do better, this is an unbalanced saison, watery but not really refreshing, which clearly lacks funky, sour characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 14:55:26 | More by Fux
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-26-2013 03:45:37 | More by ygtbsm94
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-19-2013 12:51:31 | More by Thorpe429
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JohnParadee

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

05-15-2014 11:21:17 | More by JohnParadee
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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

02-24-2014 14:15:42 | More by GeoffreyM
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DBosco

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

04-02-2014 00:46:29 | More by DBosco
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

05-01-2014 04:54:29 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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ManforallSaisons

Belgium

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/10/13 and bought recently in Brussels. Pale champagne color, but cloudy as the Belgian sky, not even that translucent. Managed to keep a large gout of pale lees out of the glass. Strong bubbling action fed what started as 2 fingers of foam and persisted as a good scrim of bone-white foam. Pleasing blast of herbacious hops in the first noseful, then a bit of hay, wet dog and floral hop lingered on. Grapefruit-pith hop attack, cilantro, rounded with some yellow fruits, with the bitters persisting throughout. Quite clean and cleansing mouthfeel, the carbonation clearly there, but weighted with a bit of oil in the finish, interesting to feel as well as to quaff. Seems like a modern take on a saison, very much within the signature of this brewery, not evoking romantic images of a dusty Walloon barn, but it does make me think of future summer days, standing over the BBQ, and the point of a saison is to be something nice to drink rather than the most precise flavor profile. A nice addition to the category.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 20:15:06 | More by ManforallSaisons
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popery

California

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey yellow. Very cloudy, but much of that is probably sediment - there's a whole bunch of it, and I think I kicked it up accidentally. Big, puffy white head. Lasts for a long time. Classic saison aroma. Fresh pale malt, hay, lemon, mild sulphur, earth, pepper, grass. Definitely not breaking any new ground, but it's pleasant enough. No real complaints, besides some boredom. Taste is rather dry with stronger than expected bitterness in the finish. That grassy bitter bite in the aftertaste isn't too strong, but I guess the dryness kicks it up a notch. Gentle, clean grain flavor. Minerally flavor - that sounds meaningless, but I'm going to roll with it. More pepper, mild lemon. Very refreshing. Just a tad boring, again. Mouthfeel is effervescent and light. Super easy to drink. This would be a good beer for a hot day or the right meal. On its own, it's a bit lacking in interest. It's an ephemeral experience. I'm not really sure if that's a criticism or a compliment because it is a highly quaffable (I need to use that phrase more), refreshing beer, which is a goal of the style and, based on the name, a goal of this beer. Great lunch beer for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2014 04:40:14 | More by popery
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a De la Senne tulip. Clear, but cloudier as I got closer to the yeasty bottom of the bottle, straw-yellow color, with a huge four-finger, white head, which eventually sank to a thick frothy layer, lacing the glass nicely. At first, the nose on this was extremely funky and sulfurous, lots of wet hay, almost like an old bottle of Saison Dupont that's been sitting in the sunlight. Eventually it grew on me though, the sulfur mellowing and more grassy funk coming out. More funkiness in the taste, grass and hay, earthy and floral, leafy, with a little peppery spice, Belgian yeast, light notes of citrus. Again, this was kind of dirty at first, but after it breathed in the glass for a few minutes, I liked it a lot more. Light-medium body, crisp, dry mouthfeel. Decent overall. I'd go for it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 20:53:52 | More by Rifugium
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i liked this more than others, but its a strange beer. had no clue it was spelt in the bill before i logged in to this one, so maybe that was it, but it didnt have a peppery earthiness like i usually get from spelt, it had more of a lemongrassy aromatic, a little bit bretty really, the yeast was cool and unconventional, but it had some flaws too. perhaps a bit light struck, it smells a bit skunked out, and that comes in just a bit to the taste. so many of these cool euro beers end up not right when we get them here, but im still glad we do, i can what its meant to be anyway. the citrus is robust, but so is the bitterness. its almost bitterness not from hops, or not hops alone, but i cant place it, and with the almost total absence of any hop flavor profiles outside of bitterness, its a strange flavor, especially in the finish, where this is most intense. i find myself wishing for one more layer, be it fruity or yeasty or something, but its almost like the middle is missing for me. love the carbonation, love how dry it is, love the herbal quality to the yeast and the subtle spice hit, but its a little short of the "crushable" moniker it ascribes itself. two or three of these would be plenty. crushable in my book starts around five, but thats details. cool beer to try, but at five bucks a bottle, crushability is also hampered, unless money grows on trees in your yard, and if it does, email me...

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 04:43:08 | More by StonedTrippin
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +3%

05-20-2014 01:51:38 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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Crushable Saison from Brasserie de la Senne
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