Stouterik - Brasserie de la Senne
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3.48/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
08-15-2010 20:28:20 | More by Sammy
3.58/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
12-17-2011 13:34:20 | More by Thorpe429
3.78/5 rDev +1.6%
A: The beer is very dark amber in color when held up to a bright light and black when viewed from afar. It poured with a finger high dark beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of roasted malts and Belgian yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but also has some added notes of chocolate. Slight hints of bitterness are present in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied, airy and very dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has a lot of lingering dryness from the roasted malts and some hints of chalkiness from the yeast.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and sessionable. The Belgian yeast makes the taste a little more interesting when compared to other Irish Dry Stouts.
11-16-2012 02:21:51 | More by metter98
3.9/5 rDev +4.8%
As of sometime in 2006, Stouterik is no longer being brewed by Brouwerij Sint-Pieters. It is now being brewed by the newly created Brasserie de la Senne, which is what the miniscule print at the top of the label on my bottle reads.
Chocolate fudge with generous red and gold highlights. I get the impression that brighter light than is currently available out my front window would reveal this beer's non-opacity. Not bad for such a small beer, though. The 'wheat toast' colored cap looks great and has absolutely slathered the glass with lace.
I'm not sure what a 'Brussels Stout' is, but Stouterik smells like a typical American... porter. It has a modest dark maltiness that, unlike the vast majority of Belgian beer, lacks complexity. Stouts don't need the kind of complexity that Belgian yeast provides, but still.
This wee stout is good beer that could just as easily have been created by any number of American craft brewers. By my palate, there's almost nothing Belgian about it and I would never have guessed the country of origin if blinded. It's still tasty stuff.
Baker's chocolate/cocoa powder leads the way, followed by a nonspecific fruitiness and a small splash of black coffee. To its credit, the beer is dry (and somewhat hoppy) rather than sweet. In fact, it tastes and feels like an Irish dry stout to me. Again, complexity is in short supply. Flavor and drinkability, however, are abundant.
I'm reluctant to be too hard on the mouthfeel of a beer with an ABV less than 5.0%. This one manages to stay away from wateriness, even on the finish. The amount of carbonation (like everything else) is more American than Belgian. That's a good thing in this case.
Stouterik is a well-brewed dark beer that is more conventional than expected. Unfortunately, the price of admission (I paid $4.09 for the 11.2 oz bottle) is too steep to warrant a repeat purchase. Given the cost, I suggest adding another two or three bucks and leaving with a sixer of some good American stout or porter.
10-10-2007 13:07:54 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.5/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
08-15-2014 15:03:09 | More by BEERchitect
3.95/5 rDev +6.2%
Stouterik - ABV: 4.50 %
From tap at Memphis taproom in Tulip.
Jet black with small brown head. Mild but complex aroma, Very dry and bitter. Taste of dark roasted malt, chocolate, fruit and hops. Exceptionally drinkable dry stout, medium bodied and very enjoyable.
12-01-2010 20:40:01 | More by acurtis
3.5/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
09-19-2008 19:05:13 | More by Phyl21ca
2.6/5 rDev -30.1%
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.
04-07-2011 04:21:46 | More by Knapp85
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
4.4/5 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
3.95/5 rDev +6.2%
Served on draft at Churchkey, a fine stout, but nothing special here. Beer is black / dark brown with a thin head of small brown bubbles, some lacing, moderate retention, looks fine.
Aroma is mildly roast, some malt.
Beer is medium in body, light on the finish, mildly bitter from the roast, otherwise it is just a stout, well made and I'd have it again but nothing special here.
08-03-2012 18:00:50 | More by drabmuh
3.55/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
06-30-2011 17:00:00 | More by Slatetank
3.5/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
05-13-2011 11:53:36 | More by Rifugium
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
3.83/5 rDev +3%
Pours a dark brown where muted light comes through. Light head that recedes to a single layer of bubbles. Some spiderweb lace.
The smell is slightly off-putting. Smells like soured milk and dark chocolate.
Far more espresso-like than the smell would indicate. Relatively thin body with a high level of carbonation. The finish is like the end of a dark coffee.
12-21-2008 20:00:53 | More by smcolw
4/5 rDev +7.5%
On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,
A: Pours black with a soft white head, good lace, good head retention.
S: Black malt, roast, hint of fruit.
T: Dry roasty black malt is the main flavour, notes of dark chocolate, charcoal, with a hint of hops.
M: Light-bodied, smooth, easy drinking.
D: A well made Irish Dry Stout, even though it's coming from Belgium, there's nothing Belgian about it, true to style.
08-05-2010 02:17:15 | More by Halcyondays
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
3.83/5 rDev +3%
A: Pours an opaque very dark amber in color (almost black) with some faint brown highlights and very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall foamy tan head that very slowly fades to a thin film covering the entire surface with a couple of small slightly thicker patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts with some lighter amounts of Belgian yeast.
T: Moderate flavors of roasted malts with some lighter notes of Belgian yeast and dark chocolate. Just more than light amounts of lingering bitterness.
M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Airy and very dry with lots of lingering dryness in the finish and just a hint of chalkiness.
O: This is a very enjoyable beer and an interesting one with the Belgian yeast in the Irish Dry Stout - I found the complexity of the flavor and the mouthfeel to really be the best parts of this beer. The alcohol is well hidden and it is easy to drink.
Note: Had this beer to celebrate @metter98's birthday - since he is an enjoyer of stouts and his name is Erik.
12-12-2012 01:29:52 | More by dbrauneis
3.78/5 rDev +1.6%
(Served in a dimple mug)
A- This beer has a dense opaque brown body with a thick head of dirty tan with lots of bubble caught in it. There is a strong carbonation of bubble that keep gliding up from the base.
S- The clean light chocolate milk aroma is followed by a soft hop finish that has a lime quality to it. As the beer warms the lime quality increases.
T- There is a chocolate malt flavor that taste a bit stale with a sour flavor to follow. As the beer warms this sour flavor turns more bright and a chalky flavor comes through. The finish is a carbonic acid lemon lime soda flavor followed by nothing for a moment then a roasted bitterness comes back onto the tongue.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a dry texture and no alcohol heat.
D- This beer has a pretty thin flavor with some interesting qualities and a unique hop profile. This beer intrigued me but I'm not sure I could drink to many of them.
06-09-2009 20:31:19 | More by rhoadsrage
3.78/5 rDev +1.6%
Pours a five+ finger brown head that goes fairly quickly to a ring leaving a little lace. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Black color. Nose is slight coffee/earthy. Strong roasted coffee flavor with hints of bitterness. $3.95 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.
11-30-2007 23:38:27 | More by jdhilt
3.9/5 rDev +4.8%
Gotta bottle of this and drank it in a tulip glass at the home. Surprised this is only 4.5%.
A- Stouterik (cool name) comes out looking stoutsy with a night shade of black and a fluffy dark tan/mocha like head about an inch up, nice clunks of lace here.
S- Smells on the roasted and dry side with a fairly light dry hop scent that's piney. The hops are in the nose cause Im guessing these bottles are super fresh, stouterik is all over the city now. Roast, chocolate, cocco.
T- A very nice drinking stout here. It's dry enough for the style, yet leads itself to a sweet middle on the Belgian side, along with normal roast and chocolate like tastes, which are fairly muted. A bit of coffee and nuts.
M- Less than medium, silky, not to thin, does not come off watery, lovely, easy, semi bitter finish, carbed, yep!
D- I really liked this one, it's one of the better ones in the style with a Belgian twist. A light ABV makes for a session in the winter, but a tad pricy for the outcome, which does not deter from the beer, great stuff from a brewery I need to drink more from.
11-18-2010 03:44:47 | More by BARFLYB
3.93/5 rDev +5.6%
Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Dark brown body. Fizzy, crackling head that recedes to a small ring.
Smell: Aroma is a mix of roasted malt and a tinge of alcohol.
Taste: Chocolate, roasted malts. Dark pitted fruit, fig. Not a sweet stout at all, actually bitter (hops, unsweetened chocolate). Love it.
Mouthfeel: Super spritzy carbonation, medium bodied brew. Semi-dry.
Drinkability: High. A good Belgian stout that is closer to a modest Russian Imperial Stout than an Irish Dry Stout. Still worthy nonetheless.
08-15-2010 15:23:54 | More by Stinkypuss
Stouterik from Brasserie de la Senne
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