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Equinox / Zwarte Piet - Brasserie de la Senne

Equinox / Zwarte PietEquinox / Zwarte Piet

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BA SCORE
85
very good

98 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 98
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%


Brewed by:
Brasserie de la Senne visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 09-18-2007)
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ChaseTheAce

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-05-2013 00:12:38 | More by ChaseTheAce
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-04-2014 02:27:32 | More by chickenm
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Seanhvw

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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Wukk

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-04-2014 03:35:29 | More by Wukk
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rixcat

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-04-2014 01:25:34 | More by rixcat
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aaronjamesmacinnis


4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-21-2014 09:41:45 | More by aaronjamesmacinnis
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CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500ml bottle. Racist label aside, this pours a rich dark brown. Nose offers up complex floral, fruity notes with roasty notes of chocolate. Taste is boozy and a bit sweet, with notes of dark dried fruits and a strong bitter finish. Very smooth and sippable.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 23:29:47 | More by CookstLiquor
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours a very dark, nearly opaque brown with a nice to finger light brown head that dissipates slowly, leaving heavy lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, nuts, cocoa, faint Belgian yeast and spicing. Flavor is initially muted toasted malt, cocoa with dark, tart fruit developing later and finishing with charred malt, cocoa and some grassy hop bitterness. Medium bodied with peppery sharp carbonation. An unusual take on a brown ale, flavors are more muted and not as rich as a porter, but there is a lighter, Belgian fruit component that makes this interesting and different. The char in the finish is unexpected and perhaps a bit strong for flavor balance, but overall a quite interesting hybrid of porter and Belgian dark. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 04:33:46 | More by LiquidAmber
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ManforallSaisons

Belgium

3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It being Sinterklaas/St. Nicolas, it was clearly time to pull this out of the cellar, I think a couple months after buying. While I should strive not to prejudge, it was what I'd expected, in fact hoped for from this house: not a standard Belgian Christmas ale but a modern take on a peacefully non-imperial stout -- more roast and no/less candy sugar, clean, solid rather than decadent. Goodness knows for sure about a best-by date but looks like 2014 and no month are ticked on the label. Luscious-looking brown-black body with a sustained layer of cream. Little smell, some esters, a touch of coffee, but little is the operative word. Seriously roasted coffee again, in the flavor, plus toffee, some apricot and citrus, along with herbal and bitter but slightly coppery hops. Nice chewy attack and it cleans out well.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 10:50:24 | More by ManforallSaisons
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notchucknorris

California

3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Oh man, this label...

A: Pours a deep chestnut color, turning black in the glass, with a nice two finger sand colored head. Really good retention and some nice lace.

S: Cocoa powder, roasted malt, light gingerbread and cinnamon and just a hint of spicy rye. Pretty interesting. None of the fruit in here that I expect in a BSDA.

T: Opens a touch roasty with a light brown sugar sweetness to it. Bread crust, faint chalky yeast in the background, rye and a slight touch of earthy hops near the finish. Interesting, but I don't know if I'd go back to this.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 21:15:55 | More by notchucknorris
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brandonld23

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

11-04-2013 01:51:19 | More by brandonld23
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desint

Belgium

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-03-2013 19:18:28 | More by desint
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

10-31-2013 03:35:51 | More by jaydoc
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AOShabaz

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

10-06-2013 21:25:40 | More by AOShabaz
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Zwarte Piet label is racist as hell, but the beer isn't bad. Not sure what's behind the name change but I'm sure it has something to do with controversy, which the label seems to see no reason to shy away from - Black face explorer matching the Black animal it gazes at...

Mix of roast and cocoa with a strong cranberry presence, a light tartness and some hop drying in the finish. Mix of stout and Belgian Dark.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 21:35:47 | More by ritzkiss
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Coren

Belgium

3.25/5  rDev -14%

08-27-2013 11:24:59 | More by Coren
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BelgianBeerHog26

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +19%

08-17-2013 00:23:05 | More by BelgianBeerHog26
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AgentMunky

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-15-2013 07:39:48 | More by AgentMunky
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-03-2013 22:55:07 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

06-22-2013 00:05:34 | More by kaelingirl
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ajzy

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

06-18-2013 01:34:37 | More by ajzy
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a nice brown hue with a one finger light brown head that fades to leave a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of sweet candi malts, dark fruits (raisins), and faint chocolate.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, just a bit heavy handed on the chocolate and raisins here. Would like to see a bit more balance between the two and the almost sticky sweet malts.

M - Mouthfeel is a touch low on the carbonation resulting in this feeling heavy and almost syrupy.

O - Overall, an okay beer from De La Senne, needs more carbonation and balance.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 23:56:53 | More by rudzud
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at Teresa's enjoyed in a tulip on tap.

The color is black with no light escaping with light tan/beige cap and small bead. The smellis nice with both spice from the yeast and light cocoa element from the malt with nutty and biscuit tinges. The feel is good with creamy body moderately carbonated and semi-dry in the finish with very low alcohol influenced.

I like the way the dark malt flavors come through and there is almost a vanilla tinge with subtle cocoa and pepper with some toasted grain flavor and gentle fruit from the yeast. Overall a pretty tasty and drinkable ale I was surprised to note the alcohol is 8% it is very drinkable for the strength.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2013 13:47:32 | More by Slatetank
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mwz5021

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-10-2013 11:59:30 | More by mwz5021
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mc4z

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

06-09-2013 04:54:44 | More by mc4z
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Equinox / Zwarte Piet from Brasserie de la Senne
85 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.