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Stouterik - Brasserie de la Senne

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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie de la Senne visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 09-18-2007)
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Photo of jamie2dope
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of acurtis
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of rtepiak
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow. Really. That is a much lower abv than i expected. This is a pleasant suprise. a dark american porter resemblance of a belgian stout. Pour is a reddish black with a mocha head of about two finger with an aggressive pour. Nose is a mineral based chocolate. The feel is grainy like sweet and quite dry. This is not particularly malty stout. Its salty and has a lingering oyster shell quality. One of the dark beers that i you say goes well with shellfish. Palate of chalk mineral bitterness and and mild sweetness of leeks. Hunger inducing salty. Quite lean feel. A nice belgian twist.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Taras Boulba, and have been meaning to work my way through the rest of the De La Senne lineup. The label claims this is a Belgian Stout, and I will review it as one.

Very dark brown with reddish brown highlights, there's a dense, brown head with excellent retention. As the head slowly falls off to a disk, it leaves nice lacework on my glass.

The nose is pretty excellent. Moderate roasted malt, a mellow creaminess and a definite Belgian yeast character are all present, I almost wonder if a beer brewed with the second runnings from Black Albert will smell like this. The yeast is present as a spicy character, a little cinnamon sugar like? Moderately sweetened chocolate is rather prominent here, and swirling the glass brings up some coffee too. Pretty excellent. The palate opens with a prominent, dry, roasty bitterness, moderately grainy. Quite dry, there's no real sweetness here. Cocoa, a little coffee and some roast are all present, as expected, and the yeast character is solid too. Mildly spicy, there's also a light fruitiness present. Drying on the finish, this beer is light in body and has a moderate-high level of carbonation. The finish has a lingering coffee grounds bitterness, coupled with some roasted malt bitterness. One of the driest beers I've had in recent memory, this is very, very drinkable. Perfectly sessionable.

Photo of rawthar
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of claspada
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown, essentially black, with a typical Belgian style tan head. Fairly good retention and lacing. Very visually appealing.

Aroma is quite inviting as well; roasted malts and chocolate. Pretty standard for an American stout, but this is Belgian Stout, I wouldn't call it an Irish Dry Stout that's for sure.

Taste is much more than you would expect from a Dry Stout, much more flavor, lots of chocolate and roasted dark malts. Extremely flavorful without being heavy handed at all, Belgian yeast I believe helps with that aspect.

Mouthfeel is creamy without feeling too thick or heavy, there is a nice level of carbonation which I also contribute to the Belgian yeast strain they are using. I think the mouthfeel is my favorite part of this beer.

Drinkability is off the charts because of the amount of flavor packed into this low ABV offering. Highly recommended but I don't think I will be paying $4 a bottle for this one again when there are comparable cheaper offerings around.

Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of beerpirates
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of drpimento
2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.6/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Duhast500
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of fitzy84
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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.

Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a beer tasting with the brewers at Gordon's in Watertown.

This beer pours black with ruby highlights to the edges when held to the light. An offwhite 1/2 finger head sits on top with decent head retention and wispy lacing that is left on the glass. The nose is thick with caramel and roasted malts. There is also a touch of smokiness and roasted coffee notes. Taste is of the roasted and caramel malts, and the burnt/roasted coffee. Touches of molasses in the taste with a mild smokey flavoring. Mouth is slightly chewy with a bitter aftertaste, moderate to high carbonation, lighter bodied than most stouts. This is a highly drinkable stout - especially with the ABV on it.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, translucent around the edges, thin off-white head.

Nose is sharply roasty, hoppy acidity comes through, dark bread crust. Kind of one dimensional, but cuts through.

Taste is very roasty, sharp, acidic hop bitterness towards the finish with an underlying earthiness. Spicy and almost peppery in its sharpness. Light, and surprisingly refreshing for a roasty dark beer. Seems somewhere between a hoppy stout and an Indian brown ale, but lacks the robustness I get from the best examples of those styles, the balance.

Active carbonation sharp, med-light body. Easily drinkable in just about any weather, which is unusual.

Photo of checkfeet
2.05/5  rDev -44.4%
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.

Photo of bskrtz
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of schuim
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Photo of morebeergood
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Liquor World in Porter Sq. Poured into a tulip glass. Dark brown color. Heavyset white head. Carbonation really only noticeable at the very bottom of the glass. Decent amount of lacing. Smelled like a lot of roasted barely, with a sprinkle of milk chocolate. Taste was good, not great. Cocoa powder and coffee dominate. Didn't blow me away though. A bit thin in the body, but I have noticed that trend from other Belgian stouts. Very easy to drink, low abv. A bit on the boring side though, but good for one to enjoy.

Photo of Jeffo
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1 finger medium head that levels out to a decent film. Colour is deep dark brown with medium carbonation evident. A thin film stays until the end, but minimal lacing. Opaque.

SMELL: A yeasty nose of dark fruit, raisins, and dates, and a bit of spiciness. A bit of roasted malt and smokiness in the background as well. Some alcohol turns up in the nose as well, which was unexpected given the low ABV.

TASTE: This was very interesting, and considerably more impressive than the nose advertised. Some dark fruit, as was expected, but that was quickly taken over by very burnt malt, some smokiness, and some very bitter dark chocolate and black coffee. Some malt sweetness plays with the bitterness, which is nicely done. The aftertaste is strong and lingering, consisting of bitter chocolate and black coffee again, as well as a touch of alcohol. Certainly makes a statement.

PALATE: Medium-thick body, almost chewy, with slightly higher than average carbonation. Goes down creamy smooth but finishes with a little alcohol bite at the very end. Slightly mouth coating sticky at the end.

OVERALL: Very enjoyable. The taste was certainly a pleasant surprise, though its powerful nature would make it difficult to session. It was certainly enjoyable for the one, however. Finally, though the ABV is only 4.5%, it has a much bigger impact than you'd expect. I'd definitely go for one again, but I'd probably stop at one.

Final note: The website says this stout was inspired by the Irish style, but the Belgian in it is still more prevalent. A nice brew on its own.

Stouterik from Brasserie de la Senne
84 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.