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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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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: BeerBeing on 09-18-2007

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
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
2.06/5  rDev -44.2%
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.

Photo of bskrtz
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
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
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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

I'll try anything from Belgium at least once.

A: Black pour with dark brown overtones. As thick a head as you will ever see with a proper pour. Some nice lacing.

S: Grain, cream, tin, yeast and sugar

T: This begins with some bitterness and a bit of a metallic taste, malt follows and some blackened bayou style flavors. The alcohol is apparent in the finish and is warming.

M: Medium to above average mouthfeel, fairly robust and chewy. Some carbonation.

D: I could have a few of these. They go down pretty easy and at 4.5%, if you are in the mood for a few stouts, try a session of these.

A decent offering, better than average.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of number1bum
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of NEPA BC split #19.

Pours a dark brown color, thin looking but opaque, with a fluffy crown of light beige head on top, measuring well over two inches. Coats the glass quite well, leaving a spiderweb lace on the sides and keeping a full lace.

Smell has some dark fruits, maybe some plums and figs, roasted malt, coffee and some cocoa. It could be a bit stronger.

Taste is a robust combination of roasted malt and espresso beans. There's some dark fruit like the smell, but the coffee and roasted flavor are the dominant ones. There's a hint of cocoa here and again, as well. Roasted malt and the coffee especially leave a long lasting bitterness, and overall this is pretty dry.

Body is pretty light on this one, and as mentioned it's pretty dry. Decent creaminess to it, though, with ample carbonation.

This is a pretty solid dry stout, which I definitely enjoyed. Different than a typical Irish stout, and I like it. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of schroe58
2.29/5  rDev -37.9%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a deep dark black with a two-fingered tan head.

Aroma of smoked malts, oak, and some mysterious whiff of a chemical nature.

The taste is a combination of bitter dark chocolate, vanilla, and smokey malts. I'm glad that the chemical aroma didn't transfer to the taste. Finish is surprisingly clean.

Mid-bodied with some creamy mouthfeel and a very light carbonation.

A very drinkable stout for sure and the modest alcohol can only help.

Photo of Bierschenker
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of wheelinshirt
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of swizzlenuts
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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

Photo of ggaughan
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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).

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

Poured a nice coffee black with a two finger tan head that melts very slowly to an 1/8" tan coating and leaves a nice sticky map as you drink the beer.

Aroma is toasted dark malts, bittersweet chocolate, and soap<?>.

Flavor has a nice smokey undertone to it. Dark bittersweet chocolate malt, hint of a hop bite, bakers chocolate. All with a smokey undertone that blends and balances nicely.

Mouthfeel is adequate...neither too thick or thin, and there is a gentle drying on the tongue after you swallow.

Photo of jdhilt
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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!

Photo of joe1510
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl Bottle
$3.99
West Lakeview

Stouterik pours garnet with great looking mahogany highlights when backlit. A three finger, creamy ecru head forms on the pour and falls to a thick cap leaving chunky lacing on it's way down.

Aroma is decent but a little too muddled. Roasted grains kick things off follwed by a welcomed, but mild, campfire like smokiness. There's a slight vinous quality in the middle of it all and the end brings a touch of cream. Good but a little sloppy.

Flavor is a little on the sloppy side as well. Not quite as robust as I'd like to see it. Roasted malts show themselves and bring a nice acidity. The other flavors are just compliments to the roastiness. Slight smoke as in the aroma, black coffee, and a couple drops of cream finish it off. Not too shabby.

When this beer first touches my tongue I get a feeling it's going to be light. As it works its way through it becomes incredibly smooth and airy. Acidic bitterness on the swallow.

Good sessionable stout. If this was on tap somewhere I could see myself ordering a few in a sitting.

The bottle says this is a "Brussels Stout". Wasn't sure what to expect. Turns out it's just a good sessionable stout.

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