Stouterik - Brasserie de la Senne
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4.6/5 rDev +23.7%
Pours black with a tan head that quickly dissipates into a thin ring of foam, leaving some lacing.
Aromas of roasted malt, ginger and other spices, prunes/raisins, and chocolate.
Tastes of mild coffee, milky milk chocolate, prunes and dried figs, ginger, with a little bitterness in the mid-palate and a stronger bitter finish that is dry.
Body is medium with mild carbonation, finishing light and dry. Mouthfeel is differently light for the style.
I think this is a tasty version of a stout, and at 4.5% it has alot of the taste elements of stronger Belgian ales, yet is sessionable. Packs alot of flavor that stronger ales are noted for but with considerably less alcohol. On the brewer's and distributor's websites, this beer is described as a pure version of a classic Belgian stout, made by brewers who are dedicated to making beers using old traditions. This style of beer is often altered to make it more widely appealing using cheap methods, such as nitrogenation or adding spices. I value the purity of their approach, which to me is evident in the taste, just as it is when I have an Orval. This one needs to be resampled to be fully appreciated.
05-08-2010 05:42:26 | More by Beerenauslese
4.4/5 rDev +18.3%
Pours pitch black. No head on my glass, but they usually pour it very well at SD. Thick malty nose. Flavor is a mass of character. Smoky, anise, molasses, thick malts, burnt coffee beans. Throws a load to chew and dwell on in your mouth. Feel has a good carbonation to it and the liquid has a good body as well. Overall very drinkable. Thick and robust with a tolerable bitter tone and aftertaste, it's very well done. Especially considering this is a Belgian produced stout, which we never see that much (and even less, done well).
01-01-2008 01:43:35 | More by RblWthACoz
4.4/5 rDev +18.3%
Inky black color in the glass. Large and in charge faomy bubbled capping of light tanned foam. Sits a good while before settling to an always present frim collar ring and skimming. Great lacing is caked on in a thin frosting of interwoven particles.
Aroma is quite nice with a smokey/charred dry sense over a bit of dry cocoa, pepper, anise, and dark malt husks. Slight sweetness undrneath, but sticks to the dryness with a well balanced tone.
Taste is just as good as the smell delivers with a well formed display of dark huskyness, charred leafyness/earthyness, deep dark cocoa bean, thin bitterness within the cocoa and char adding tin and ash notes as it developes into a nice placid realm of dryness into the finish with touches of charred pepper spice and espresso chocolate.
Well balanced, even though its overall dry from front to back. It has an ease about it that is encouragably tolerable throughout each sip. Medium bodied to closing in on fullish. Loads up the dryness on the palate, but some how fills up the throat and belly with a roasty warmth and tender little sweetness underneath. Very nice.
The dryness takes a bit of getting use to, but once its flow has started to take place its easy to follow. A nice surprising find and will go back for more.
07-06-2007 01:18:15 | More by tavernjef
4.4/5 rDev +18.3%
I think previous reviewers have been neglecting that this is a low abv stout intended to be a traditional dry stout, not some chewy, chocolaty, rich...anyway: it's a solid beer. To take a page out of the bros. book, it's a no frills stout that is quite solid.
Pours a simple black color iwth a solid 3 finger khaki head, dissipating slowly to a nice lingering head.
Nose; roasty, grainy, a bit of hops.
Taste; Slight sweetness upfront with a hint of chocolate, nice grain notes, and a dry lingering bitterness with a suggestion of rye. Finishes with a nice roastiness, grassy hops, and a touch of grains.
Mouthfeel, med. body, dry, somewhat slick.
Overall; simple, solid, well done, guessing it probably costs a pretty penny in the states and as such might have influenced the reviews I read...
04-17-2012 18:14:29 | More by pixieskid
4.34/5 rDev +16.7%
Always been interested in this beer as I am with most stouts. Never knew it was only 4.5% and an Irish Dry style Stout, always nice to try things beyond the Imperials and adjunct infused ones.
A- Poured from the bottle into a standard sized tulip. The black bodied beer looks thinner coming out of the glass than most American stouts, something one would expect. A MASSIVE head forms to about two inches in height and retains like whipped cream. The cap eventually falls to a frothy ring and cloud and leaves a large amount of itself behind on the glass. Blankets of lace.
S- Malt forward aroma with a dry roast grain feel and a good toasted nutty note right there with the very dark stuff. Some dark fruit and from the nose it doesn't seem the least bit sweet.
T- Dry roast malt with some bitterness comes through with a grainy feel as the major flavor to me but nutty and toasted biscuit hints add good malt complexity. The roast malt brings some coffee and chocolate hints but not sweet and dessert-like. Yeast strain seems Belgian and adds fig, raisin and spicy hints lending another layer of good flavors.
MF- Feels light like a cloud and dried out on the palate but a good creaminess when agitated, not thin at all. High carbonation foams up nicely adding to the nice creamy feel. Dry roast bitterness lingers in the finish.
Actually impressively multi-dimensional for a 4.5% stout. The chocolate flavor builds a lot with time and some warmth but the yeast still shines. Best example of the style I have tried thus far.
05-03-2013 02:53:47 | More by cbutova
4.28/5 rDev +15.1%
11.2 oz brown bottle, industrial looking label, described as "the brussels stout." I haven't had a belgian stout before, not really sure what to expect, but here goes.
Poured very dark, essentially black, with a billowing tan head. Fairly good retention, left some big clouds and sheets of lacing. Pretty much perfect, I don't know what else you could ask for.
Smell is initially nice, roasted malts, coffee, some chocolate--pretty much what you would expect from a stout, but there was something else there, metallic maybe. Another reviewer said soap, I'm not really sure how to describe it, but it's a little off.
Taste is, again, what you would expect from a good stout, its fairly dry with a really nice amount of dark malts. Flavorful without being heavy handed, but it doesn't really have anything that sets it apart and makes the hefty price tag worth it.
Mouthfeel is creamy without feeling too thick or heavy, there is a nice level of carbonation that gives it a bite, as well, in addition to keeping this one afloat.
Drinkability is very high--I'm not particularly fond of stouts but I really enjoyed this one. Maybe it just got me on the right night. Recommended but I don't think I will be paying $4 a bottle for this one again when I could use that to buy an orval or something else more to my taste.
05-25-2008 03:08:11 | More by wheelinshirt
4.22/5 rDev +13.4%
Deep, deep ruby black color with a huge, creamy head. Strong aroma of roasted malt-almost a peat or charcol aroma. Strong roasted flavor-very strong dark chocolate taste. Quite a grainy flavor as well. Has a touch of earthiness. Nice body for the flavor and lower abv. Finish is rather dry. A different sort of beer and fairly enjoyable.
02-11-2008 00:14:15 | More by lackenhauser
4.18/5 rDev +12.4%
Poured from 11.2 ounce bottle, to large Reidel wine glass. Approx. 45 degrees
A) Very dark & thick, with suspended "stuff" floating around... Brown bordering on black. No light passes through. White lacing lasts until the end
S) Burnt sugar, sour mash
T) Delicious speciman, Belgian Stout ale. Burnt chocolate, raisons and figs. Yummy (if you like this style)
M) Has the required Belgian ale "effervescent" fizz -- a very light yet dense carbonation that lingers from bottle conditioning
D) I really enjoyed this one. Alcohol is light comparitively, thus welcoming a second round. Okay, why not.
03-14-2009 02:15:27 | More by bskrtz
4.18/5 rDev +12.4%
Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!
A - Poured a very nice deep rich black with a very thick, dense and creamy head that fades to leave thick creamy side lacing. Just wonderful.
S - Aromas of coffee, rich chocolate, light malty sweetness, maybe some honey. Very, very nice.
T - Taste is solid, very nice roasted malts, gentle bitter coffee notes. Light, light dark fruits here. Bit on the sweet side.
M - Mouthfeel is quite smooth and creamy. Very nice for the ABV.
O - Overall, a solid stout out of Belgium. Have to pick up a bottle of this.
06-13-2013 23:53:50 | More by rudzud
4.13/5 rDev +11%
Pours a nice dark brown, almost black color with thin, coffee-colored foam head. Aroma consists of strong maltiness, chocolate, plum and raisin. Nice carbonation with a very smooth taste consisting of hints of dark chocolate, broasted malt and dark fruits.
12-01-2008 08:55:31 | More by corby112
4.13/5 rDev +11%
Fresh 2012 bottle, poured into a tulip glass.
A: As good as a traditional dry stout is going to look. Black with deep ruby hues. Beautiful thick and creamy head that dissolves into a nice lasting half a finger. Textbook as they go.
S: Notes of coffee, dark chocolate, toasted grains and honey. Some nice dark fruitiness from the yeast. Amazing aroma for a session stout.
T: Rich and toasty, with mostly bready, biscuity notes which are beefed up by nice and bitter coffee. No real hops coming in to play, but a stout doesn't need that for me. The roasted malts and fruity yeast do a great job at balancing at carrying this beer. Perhaps a tad sweeter than I would like it to be, but this is as close to perfection in the style as I've ever had from a dry stout.
M: Medium to light carbonation makes this beer very smooth. I guarantee no burps while drinking this somewhat quickly. I know this, because I simply couldn't stop drinking it after the first sip. It slides down your throat so easily, I guess you could consider it somewhat dangerous.
O: Having tried a fair few, this is hands down the best session stout I've ever had. I hate the fact this isn't widespread on nitro, because it would whipe the floor with the watery cold low-grade coffee that a lot of people think typify the genre. As a relatively cheap session beer, this is quite simply glorious. Something you could, and probably would, drink all night, every night. Absolutely amazing and another great effort from the people at De La Senne, who are rapidly rising to well-earnt superstar status here in Belgium.
12-14-2012 21:39:07 | More by Dennoman
4.1/5 rDev +10.2%
33 cl bottle. The beer poured a deep deep brown, nearly black body with a slight tan head that gave way to a little ring on the edge of the glass with some good lacing. There was a pleasing roasted malt aroma. The taste was a nice chocolately and roasted malt base with notes of coffee and a slight hop bitterness on the back. Medium body.
02-20-2008 21:05:59 | More by ggaughan
4.1/5 rDev +10.2%
I risked serving this beer at around 60°F / 15.6°C and paid for it with a bit of a foam over. The beer settles into my 25cl tulip glass with a three finger (including a finger of head that resides above the rim of my glass), frothy, lightly browned, tan colored head. The beer is quite dark, but does have a touch of a burnt amber hue to it, when held up to the light it shows a brilliantly clear, deep, concentrated, ruby red hue. Up front the aroma smells of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans, there is a sort of earthiness to the malt and an almost smoky quality to the beer. The aroma has quite a hearty malt focus to it, but there is an underlying character that peeks through at times; aromas of burnt prunes, light phenolics (which contribute to the smokiness found in the nose), as well as some woody black pepper notes and some striking orange zest aromatics that are quite noticeable once I separate them out. I like how malt focused this beer was initially and how it opens up to reveal another layer that adds to the overall complexity.
This beer is well carbonated as it foams up as it hits my mouth. The first sip is dry, with a black cocoa note and some burnt grain notes that really dry out the finish as well. The dark grain, along with likely other sources (e.g. yeast / fermentation), contributes a light tartness to this beer that also contributes to the drying effect. Releasing some of the excess, peppery carbonation smoothes out the beer quite a bit; this plays up the cocoa notes a bit, but this is still quite spicy. The spice notes make me think of pepper, perhaps a touch of clove and a definite earthy note, perhaps a touch of almost peat like smokiness too. This is definitely quite light bodied, though not watery, it is quite drinkable once you get rid of the excess carbonation.
This is quite a nice beer, the aroma is definitely a bit more interesting / complex than the flavor though. I like that it is dry, and it could almost pass for a ordinary dry stout if not for that hint of fermentation character that makes this a little something extra-ordinary.
01-08-2009 01:53:05 | More by Gueuzedude
4.1/5 rDev +10.2%
A tulip on draft at memphis taproom.
A- comes my way with a finger or so of latte colored creamy head that settles rather quickly to leave a patchy skin and a solid ring on top. Super dark brown in color but not black with the slightest hint of dark amber at the corners.
S- nice layers of roasted and a bit of mocha and peat.
T- opens up with dark roasted malts and some cocoa powder that slowly rolls into a bit of coffee and a touch of smokey peat. Hints of sweetness bounce off the roast at times and bring a nice balance. Long roasty smokey finish
M- less then medium in body with a slightly sharp tingley carb.
D- easy on the abv and full of flavor. Nice stuff for sure.
11-13-2010 02:26:38 | More by oglmcdgl
4.08/5 rDev +9.7%
I picked this up from the marked down cart at Bestway today not knowing what to expect from this beer,I was pleasantly surprised.Poured into a tulip glass more of a dark brown than black,a fluffy one finger slight off white head atop that settled into a creamy mass leaving two rings of broken lace behind.Lighter cocoa aromas with some metallic/iron,the roast comes thru more as it warms a little.Flavors are very much like a dry stout up front,unsweetened chocolate,dark roast,and char make up the initial flavors, a decent fruitiness comes in late rounding it out very well.Very nice for a "smaller" stout,much more complex than expected.
05-24-2010 21:45:21 | More by oberon
4.08/5 rDev +9.7%
I am a big fan of rich imperial stouts, so lets see how one stands up with lower ABV than usual. Stouterik pours out a dark brown color, with a finger of white heading. Light earthy notes comes forth from the smell, as well as cocoa, milk and caramel. Milk chocolate comes in the front of the flavor, followed by a hint of char and bitter coffee (think cafe con leche). Mouthfeel is light and refreshing for a stout, not something one sees very often. Drinkability is superb, even sessionable in many respects. Talk about a stout that is pushing the boundaries in the opposite direction of most. Rather than high ABV and exotic ingredients, De La Senne succeeds with a low alcohol stout that is complex enough on its own. A must try as far as I am concerned for any self proclaimed stout lover out there.
12-18-2010 08:07:00 | More by jamie2dope
4.06/5 rDev +9.1%
Pours a hazy dark brown, thick soapy light brown head, thin layer sticks with a few splotches of lace behind. Smell: toffee, mild earthy and herbal hopping, brown bread, mild roast. Taste: mild roast, toasted brown bread, lots of toffee and chocolate, dark fruit note, earthy hopping to balance with citrus peel note. Pillowy, dry finish. nice.
12-10-2013 03:05:48 | More by babaracas
4.03/5 rDev +8.3%
Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a DT tulip.
A: Black as coal tar with a creamy three-finger head that's dark tan in color. As the head recedes it leaves copious amounts of lace in the glass.
S: I found the initial aroma to be overwhelmingly of bitter bakers chocolate, with a slight backing of milk chocolate. Also noted were espresso, plums, burnt malt and brown sugar.
T: Burnt dark chocolate, bitter coffee, molassas, and a certain earthy "dirtiness" probably due to the yeast from the bottle conditioning. Slight tart cherry quality in the finish.
M: Burnt and bitter are the first words that pop to mind, but as it warms a slight creaminess rears its' head. The finish reverts to the bitterness laid out in the beginning.
D: Despite all of the "porter styled" burnt/bitterness going on here, I found this to be enjoyable and a quite a nice little surprise to bring home from West Lakeview Liquors!
11-10-2007 21:47:52 | More by GbVDave
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.03/5 rDev +8.3%
330ml bottle bought from Tuckers Maltings...
Poured pitch black even when held up to the light with maybe the slightest hint of brown round the edges.. Creamy mocha head poured tight, thick and meringue like then faded quickly to decent thickish covering.. lots of thick lines of lacing coat the glass for the duration...
Aroma - Quite strong dustiness / light smokiness, roasted chocolate maltiness, instant coffee granules, burnt toasted bread, some dark rich fruits (black cherries and blackcurrents), some vanilla notes, faint treacle sweetness, some pepperiness..
Taste Pretty strong roasted malt bitterness, lots of pepperiness, light smoky notes, quite earthy, faint anise, roasted nuts, strong dark coffee / espresso, no real sweetness - just the slightest hint of some dark muscovado sugar.. some light blackcurrent fruitiness, light milky traces... all the flavours seem a little watered down though...
Feel - Pretty sharp and very dry...medium bodied... Pretty low ABV for a Belgian brew makes this go down very easily..
Overall - A pretty good stout although i think the flavours could all do with being beefed up a bit.. recommended...
08-07-2007 13:12:51 | More by mdagnew
4.03/5 rDev +8.3%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a thick texture. There was an inch of super-foamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Good lacing.
S: A nice aroma of chocolate, malt, and a tinge of hops.
T: Tasted of roasted malt, mild chocolate, and some hops in the finish. This beer doesn't deviate from the Irish Dry Stout template, but it does do it well.
M: A good amount of carbonation with an incredibly dry finish. Medium-bodied.
D: A well made, drinkable stout. Well worth checking out.
01-16-2011 13:19:37 | More by avalon07
4.03/5 rDev +8.3%
A- pretty dark, one finger khaki head that disappears pretty quickly after settling. settles into a khaki ring. dark brew. when held up to the light, it's dark brown. not a engine oil stout. little disappointed with the head
S- roasted malts, toffee, caramel sharp ale yeast smell
T- really nice. same notes as smell, but also had a nice coffee chocolatiness to it. very complex for a sessionable beer. even picked up a little plum and leatheryness to it in the smell as i drank.
M- nice, lower medium body. perfect session feel. big bubbles. great beer to drink.
O- really glad i tried this one. fun and easy drinking, i wouldn't turn down another bottle of this in a second.
08-26-2012 23:21:10 | More by maximep
4.03/5 rDev +8.3%
An 11.2 oz. bottle picked up a few weeks back at Cork - A Bottle Shop. Poured to a pint glass this evening...felt like a light stout and curious about the Belgian slant. 'Stouterik - The Brussels Stout'
A: Dark brown, falling short of black. Held to light, it's a deep mahogany with a burgundy tint. Huge head of crackling fluff on the first pour - a yellowish vanilla. What was over two-fingers drop to a 1/4" of dense cream that never quite disappears. Good-looking lace in thick clumps.
S: Slightly sweet toasted malt with hint of char. Earthy, coffee beans and a faint yeasty aroma with mild dark fruit/berries.
T: Rich espresso, deep and dark roast. Wisps of woody smoke punctuate a bitter chocolate. Hints at spicy yeast are subtle, as are the dark fruit undertones; mostly this is cdark chocolate and espresso through and through
M: Remarkably robust mouthfeel from a 'small' stout. Has some carbonated tingle, but is creamy enough and finishes with a prolonged mineral dryness that's worth savoring. This is what I'll remember most about this beer - the outstanding richness in the mouth.
D: A really terrific stout; I recall being very impressed with the taste I had of this at Portland Int'l Beerfest this summer. A little over-bittered for my liking, but definitely one to recommend to fans of the 'Dry Stout' style. Would certainly have again.
11-14-2008 05:15:36 | More by msubulldog25
4/5 rDev +7.5%
On tap at moeder lambic fontainas
Very dark-almost black. Tan head, medium size bubbles but not lasting very long
The aroma is pretty much what you expect from a stout: pure black bitter choccolate and coffee dominating, roasted malts. Intense and quite persistent scent. The body is light and the carbonation too fizzy.
In the mouth it feels very smooth , the dark malts taste is the main characteristic and there is a nice bitterness coming from hops as well. I like the bitterness coating my mouth and lasting several minutes.
Good stout for its type
08-06-2010 06:41:10 | More by beerpirates
Stouterik from Brasserie de la Senne
84 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.