Stouterik - Brasserie de la Senne

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Reviews: 86
Hads: 165
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Brasserie de la Senne visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: tavernjef on 07-06-2007

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Reviews: 86 | Hads: 165
Photo of checkfeet
2.06/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served from a bottle, Beermania, Brussels.

Pours a light brown, like weak coffee, thin fizzy head.

Nose has a hint of coffee, but not robust. Perhaps like burnt or stale coffee beans. Sugars also come though, like dark fruits.

Very thin in the mouth for a dry stout, with little malt backbone evident. Without a maltiness to bring it together, the burnt coffee and smoky taste (perhaps a hint of tobacco) are left sort of hanging isolated and limp. Really is reminiscent of coffee that has been brewed too weakly. (516 characters)

Photo of schroe58
2.29/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

a- super dark brown, almost black. poured with a decent head that dissipated rather quicjly

s- toasted malt, vanilla, hint of caramel and as mentioned before an odd chemical odor.

t- coffee, bitter chocolate, some hop bitterness. not a whole lot going on here, a little astringent actually, i can taste some of that chemical smell.

m- rather thin for a stout. feels kind of flat.

d- i'm not really a fan. i think there is a chemical charecter that comes through in this beer, i don't know what would cause this but it just felt flat and had an odd aftertaste. (563 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
2.62/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a very light beer for a Stout. I must agree with some of the comments below saying it looks like a dark wheat beer. The head is rather large and does coat the glass nicely. I expected this stout to have a much darker body to it and a ton more flavor to it. The brews mouthfeel was smooth and on the lighter side. Not as heavy as most stouts in the realm. I know most Irish Stouts are on the lighter side too, but since this came from Belgium I was thinking perhaps it would have been amped up with something a little more interesting. Wouldn't need to have this one again. (581 characters)

Photo of ChrisWhoDrinksBeer
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Billed as a stout, but tasted more like a lager with some caramel malt. Pretty drinkable, some nice flavor, but not the big stout flavor I was expecting. Overall not very exciting. (180 characters)

Photo of drpimento
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured with a nice, light brown to tan, medium sized head and no lace. Color is an almost opaque dark brown with amber highlights. Nose is roast malt, cocoa, coffee, a hint of skunk. Flavor is a litlte like nose minus the skunk. Dry stout with a bit of fruit arond the edges. Not a lot of depth. Body is ok but carbonation is a little too fizzy for the style. Finish is like flavor with some legs. Neat label though. (416 characters)

Photo of Monsteruss
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The foam was dark wheat in color, thick, semi-smooth and very lacy. The color was a dark burgandy and semi-opaque. The smell was wheaty at best with some fruity and bitter accents with some nutty undertones. It had a stong bready taste with a malty undertone and some nutty accents. Mouthfeel - medium to heavy bodied and smooth. Drinkability - other than the semi-sweet accent, I had an ok session. (399 characters)

Photo of schuim
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this one at a festival in belgium. The served it from the tap. The looks were very nice, deep brown to black and a light coloured head on it. The smell was very dry of roasted malts.
The taste was nice and tha roasted malt had the biggest part in the taste, not really a hop flavour to balance it. The end misses the hoppy caracter to make you wish for another. It leaves a long lingering dry taste of roasted malt.

Good but could even be better with a little more body to bring balance to the dry taste of roast malt. (525 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours from an 11.5oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass. The head that tops the beer is foamy yet sparkles and pops like the head found on top of a soda. In fact, this beer looks alot like a cola found in any grocery store. The head remains about 1/4 inch tall but nothing notable. The beer is light in color, almost a brown purple with a dearth of opaqueness.

Aroma was slightly sour and chalky. This one kind of reminds me of Lion Stout in all regards except the alcohol found in LS. Chalky, battery acid, some chocolate malts. Not bad but not great.

Really light in overall flavor. There is a pretty hefty dose of chocolate and coffee on the tongue when the beer first touches the palate, but that quickly fades with the watery mouthfeel. The mouth is left very dry and not sated.

This is one light beer. Perfect for today since it is 97F outside, but I wouldnt really seek this one out. This one could be a beginners foray into craft beer or even the stout style. Rather boring. (988 characters)

Photo of fitzy84
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a rather large, bubbly head. Very creamy in appearance with a burnt, light brown look. Dark, coffee-colored appearance, but the head dominates, even with its lacking lacing. Aromas have a decent mix of cream, toffee, coffee, burnt sugars. Taste has more of an acidic, bitter fruit taste to it mixed with a milky cream. Like you can see in this review, the creamy aspect is a plus to this drink, but its not overpowering or too off-balanced. Overall, decent. (469 characters)

Photo of greenmtn1111
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a glass chalice.

Black with tan head, starting at two fingers and then fading quickly. Dark, roasted malts on the nose with a sort of bitter, astringent smell as well. After a while it takes on a wet dog smell, which I can’t say is good. I get a lot more chocolate drinking it than with the aroma. The malt is really roasty, almost burnt-like. There’s a slight hint of bitter coffee, but that’s all. The taste is very nice and more complex than I was expecting. The finish is dry, like an Irish stout should be, but I think there is way too much carbonation in this. I want it to glide down my throat smoothly, but instead my tongue is assaulted by CO2. I think this could have been an excellent stout, but the carbonation takes a lot away from it in my opinion. (782 characters)

Photo of sketchpunx
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown into a Karmleit goblet. Nice 2 finger tan head.
Smell is roast coffee malts and chestnuts.

The taste is bitter malt and coffee. Feels A little thin actally. Nice dry finish.

This is good, but far from the best belgian stout i've tried. Overall Decent but nothing i would be dying to try again. (317 characters)

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle. Pours a dark chestnut brown. There's not too much to the nose: light roasted malt notes and little bit of fruit. Unremarkable. Taste is similar to that of a well-made porter, though maybe a little on the light-bodied side. It's roasty and smoky with good carbonation. A good session beer for those who like dark brews. (346 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a bark black with about two and a half fingers of light brown head.

The smell is a bit has a strong milky sour chocolate flavor. Is a bit sweet with some dark malt flavor and a small plastic flavor that is giving me a hint that this beer may be hitting it's shelf life.

The taste is a bit off with a bitterness that seems to take over for a bit before releasing to a bit of a chocolate flavor that is enjoyable. Has a bit of a premium dark chocolate flavor and some dryness that does take a bit off the flavor.

The feel is a bit light but is also a bit crazy on the palete at the same time. It does leave a little to be desired in the way that there is a nice chocolate feel but dries off to a grape feel and leaves the tongue a bit chapped.

It was a pleasant experence but still left a little to be desired. (871 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer bistro. Black, with a little permanent off-whte head, lace on the sides of the glass, and rising carbonation bubbles. Sourish aromas, mild roast as well. The mouthfeel is below average. The taste is a mild stout, with roast right there. Sourish roast, a tad astringent, in the finish. (289 characters)

Photo of swizzlenuts
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Black with a bit of carbonation and a huge head. The head was sticks around for a bit, but fades.

S: Smells sweet with hints of chocolate and it has a weird smoked hint to it.

T: The beer has a nice dark roast flavour to it, with a slight bit of smokedness to it. However, the flavour is kind of watery and after the initial tastes, the beer looses it's flavour.

M: Nice and creamy and good for a stout.

D: Eh Somewhat (426 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light dark color ale with a huge off-white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light bitter roasted malt is somewhat interesting. Taste is also dominated by some light roasted malt and some light hops presence. Good carbonation but body is a bit thin. As previous raters mentioned, this beer seems to be geared toward drinkability and might lack some character. (402 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

A nice Belgian stout. Not extremely potent or flavorful, but rather smooth/medium bodied/easy to drink.

Poured black with a finger of tan head that retained and laced fairly well. Roasty malts and cocoa on the nose, and a surprising mild hop presence. Smooth malts in the taste, cocoa and coffee, providing a dry and somewhat bitter finish. (That's probably what I detected in the smell, and not hops.) Medium bodied for a stout, a little thin, but still easily drinkable, even if not the best of its style. (549 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

As the world of beer continues to expand, and is becoming more homogenous in taste, the classic stout of Ireland makes its way inland to Belgium as the De La Senne brewers try their hand at the dry dark ale.

Stouterik pours dark garnet, a smidgeon from black and red. With the nose hovering above, sweet char becomes pronounced with the character of burnt toast, dark chocolate, roasted nuts and coffee. Its taste of burnt sugar is characteristic of caramel and cola.

Across the middle, the sweetness quivers and the roast pulls forth- bittersweet chocolate pulls from the seared sweetness and highlights a calm nutty, coffee and cola taste as well. Woodish hops and aniseed spice play on the taste just ahead of finish.

Semi-dry and medium bodied, the ale closes with a sense of lightness (dangerously close to watering), light acrid char and campfire bitterness close the session even as colanut flavors persist in aftertaste. (932 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Pours a hazy dark brown with a small quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma is of dry dark roasted malt, chocolate with a bit of dark dried fruity esters. Taste is sweet dry roasted chocolate malt flavored with some mild bitterness. Palate is a medium body with some good carbonation. Finishes with a dry roasted dark cacao malt with some bitterness on the end for balance. Overall not the best in class but a good respectable brew. (443 characters)

Photo of claytong
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - dark and opaque, nice frothy head that leaves lacing for quite some time but not forever.

smell - malts and hops, pretty generic for the style

taste - mediocre malts, not as dark as you might expect them to be from the appearance

mouthfeel - a bit thin, but good carbonation. nice dry finish

for the price ill definitely pass...i can have much tastier sessions for a third of the price (402 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Julio's, this bottle was cellared for about a year. Poured chilled into a pils glass.

A hazed medium brown color with thick cap of beige. The retention is good and lace sticks ok, the bead is fine. The smell is different, mostly caramel odor from the malt, but a light spice note from the hops in the background. The feel is dry and semi-spicy with moderate carbonation and finish is slightly bitter,yet dry and balanced overall.

This is a pretty tasty beer for the strength, light bodied, but nice mild caramel from the malt and light earthy elements that seem to blend with the hops well. slightly piney and mild pepper from the hops which actual are more dominant from mid taste on. I thought this was decent overall, not great. I don't drink a lot of this style but I don't think this has a lot of stout-like, more of a slightly hoppy brown -it is drinkable though. (893 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up at State Line in Elkton, MD. Served in a De La Senne tulip.

Pours a dark brown color with a good light tan head and some lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose carries distinctive Belgian yeast along with some chocolate and roast. Flavor hits on the roast and chocolate with yeast and fruit in the background. Some light spice. Medium body with a semi-dry finish. Pretty good. (398 characters)

Photo of Bierschenker
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first non-Irish stout, interesting…

It has the same misty darkness, but the head is definitely different. When I poured the beer, a really big head developed. It’s much greyer then the creamy thick head you usually encounter. And it has much larger bubbles. Due to the very rich carbonation, the head is stable.
The scent is a bit different as well. I’m able to recognize those elements that are present in a pint of Guinness. But that typical yeasty Belgian element is present as well. Burned and sweetened malts and liquorices. Still, it’s overall quite weak.
The taste is stronger. It opens with a strong watery burned grain taste. It’s bitter and aggressive. And it’s too sweet.
Aftertaste is bitter and dry, but sweet as well.

It’s a stout, but no Irish stout. (821 characters)

Photo of YonderWanderer
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep dark brownish-black with a thin layer of tan foam.

S: Hints of coffee and some roasted flavors. Not much else.

T: This is a nicely done stout, I have to say. Coffee is the most evident flavor, with some nice roasted flavors behind it. Some bitterness near the end, but not in a bad way.

M: Nice and smooth, with a nice dry finish.

D: This is a solid stout offering from Belgium. Solid coffee flavor really drives it in general. (449 characters)

Photo of rawthar
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just got my Beer Planet shipment home, and this is the first that I'm cracking from that haul. Didn't realize that this had such a low alcohol content when I picked it out.

A- Ebony black with the creamy tan head that I'm used to seeing disappear rapidly on all of the Impys I usually drink. This one hangs around, and leaves some nice looking lacing.

S- Wow! I was not expecting such a bold aroma from a dry stout. Burnt wood, dark over-ripe fruit, traces of smoke, the kitchen the day after baking brownies, and enough strong malts to almost just almost suggest booziness.

T- All of the aromas take a back seat to a very bitter, dry front - it is tasty, but all of those wonderful complex notes in the nose get pushed out of the way. As bitter as coffee without any sugar, but actual coffee flavor is definitely an afterthought. Good change of pace for a stout, refreshing and sort of light.

M- A nice level of carbonation in a fairly light body, this is about right on for the style. Would be nice to try on nitro.

D- The thin character and low abv make this easy on the body, but the extreme dryness kind of makes this less satisfying over all then some of the sippers.

A good, not great, dry stout, that would be a good lunchtime drink. (1,247 characters)

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Stouterik from Brasserie de la Senne
85 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.