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Stouterik - Brasserie de la Senne

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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.1/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
2.62/5  rDev -29%
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.

Photo of Monsteruss
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
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
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
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
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
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
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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
3.47/5  rDev -6%
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
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
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
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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.

Stouterik from Brasserie de la Senne
83 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.