Crushable Saison - Brasserie de la Senne
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3.11/5 rDev -14.1%
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.
06-21-2014 05:23:45 | More by Jonada
3.35/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
04-03-2014 02:10:43 | More by fmccormi
3.35/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
04-13-2014 13:32:18 | More by JMScowcroft
3.46/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
12-08-2013 14:55:26 | More by Fux
Crushable Saison from Brasserie de la Senne
82 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.