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Brussels Calling - Brasserie de la Senne

Brussels Calling
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88
very good

40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.07%


Brewed by:
Brasserie de la Senne visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 09-15-2011)
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was sick.

Poured a clear yellow with a foamy white head that attached to the sides of the glass.

Big floral and spicy belgian yeast nose. Lemon/citrus, grassy, white pepper.

Taste was so refreshing. Light bready malt. Not much sweetness. Bitter, floral, and grassy hop finish. Spicy belgian yeast and lemon zest in between. Crisp and dry all day. So simple yet so good.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2012 11:35:42 | More by BearsOnAcid
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

04-15-2014 20:32:40 | More by ygtbsm94
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desint

Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

04-10-2014 20:41:23 | More by desint
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

03-17-2014 23:06:41 | More by tom10101
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

02-15-2014 21:31:25 | More by nmann08
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PeteTheBird

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

01-03-2014 01:31:45 | More by PeteTheBird
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-10-2013 04:07:43 | More by orangesol
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Where trends in Belgian inspirations are being copied, attempted, revised and simplified; even so in the ale's homeland- De La Senne says enough to all that in their return to authenticity in a way that Belgium can remain proud. Turns out that Brussels is Calling in a big way...

The Pale Ale pours with a hazy golden color that depicts yeasty glitter that trickles down the glass. Its firm and frothy head is creamy in both its color and its texture as it holds firm throughout the session with ease. Classic Belgian lace decorates the glass in the beer's wake.

There's a cream-sickle scent that rises from both the beer's fruit-forward aroma and its sweet-tart scent. Its malty nose is bready with cookie dough until the fruit weaves in with orange, apple, pear and peach. A sense of mango and apricot. But its estery side is balanced by earthy spices: fresh white pepper, straw and vinous white wine notes cut into the malt and fruit as the first sip draws near.

To tatse, the ale is much more muddled- sure the malty-sweet taste takes command early, but a quick rebuttal of spice and hops give up its honeysucke and hay-like properties for an early bite to accompany its bitter taste. As the bitterness strengthens, the taste of wet hay, fresh-cut grass, and spicy hops become rye-like and peppery. But with that waft of fruit, a floral sense continues into finish that when coupled with its bitterness is somewhat soap-like.

The beer's medium-light palate is due to its effervescent creaminess that wraps around the sweet malts and estery fruit character. But after that expressive carbonation lifts, a spicy, earthy and bitter dryness takes hold. Finishing with white wine and wood, its spicy bitterness hinges on astringency but never fully crosses over.

Calling Brussels it a highly complex ale but is also effortless in its flavor and drinkability. Its a remarkable beer in all the variance that it delivers, but its smooth mouthfeel and refreshing bitter-dry-spicy finish makes a pairing with escargot and goat cheese nearly irresistible.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 07:11:48 | More by BEERchitect
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HabiMendes

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-14-2013 22:31:31 | More by HabiMendes
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StArnoldFan

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

10-06-2013 20:31:21 | More by StArnoldFan
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Tauroe

Maine

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

09-20-2013 01:31:06 | More by Tauroe
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Belmont Station.

Pouring a clear light orange (until I dump the yeast in, at which point it turns hazy), this beer is capped with a dense, white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing. On the nose and the palate, this is all that I love about Taras Boulba, appropriately amped up. A soft, hoppy nose with peach, pineapple, honeydew melon,along with honey, cotton candy and a little bit of vanilla cream. Beautiful balance. The palate's similar, opening with a gorgeous balance between hop flavor (peach, melon), hop bitterness (pine-like) and malt (cotton candy, white honey). There is also a touch of peppery flavor here. Drying and mildly resiny on the finish, this beer is highly but creamily carbonated, leaving a blend of honey, pineapple and peach on the finish. Exquisite.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 03:47:24 | More by DefenCorps
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AgentMunky

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

08-07-2013 05:53:21 | More by AgentMunky
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nrb1

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

07-28-2013 02:12:45 | More by nrb1
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-21-2013 01:13:56 | More by rfgetz
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.8%

07-09-2013 23:49:30 | More by ColForbinBC
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erlenmeyer

Maine

4/5  rDev +0.8%

07-07-2013 22:23:22 | More by erlenmeyer
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-01-2013 02:47:15 | More by oglmcdgl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012

First off, big thanks to the brewery for filling this one up damn near to the top.

It says "Bitter is Better" on the label. Is this supposed to be a Belgian ipa? There is a definite earthy bitterness going on here that seems slightly reminiscent of a Belgian ipa. Though, frankly, it doesn't seem to go all the way in that direction. Not really sure what to think of this one. Nice to try another brew from La Senne, but I don't think I'd ever go back to this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 02:07:47 | More by RblWthACoz
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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%

06-16-2013 21:38:11 | More by GeoffreyM
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Amalak

New York

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A. There are a lot of small bubbles coming up the side. It leads to a white bubbly head that leaves some lacing. It has a light caramel color. It is completely opaque.

S. It has a thick, grassy, lemon hop scent.

T/M. This has a beautiful, grassy belgian taste to it. It's a mild lemony hop taste, with a good malty smoothness. There's a grape, or dark fruit, undertone to it, but it has a nice celery/grassy taste. Carbonated and medium-to-full bodied, but refreshing.

O. I thoroughly enjoyed this. It was flavorful and refreshing; nothing was over the top and there was a nice balance.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 02:43:24 | More by Amalak
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

A - Poured a very nice golden hue with a fluffy white head that fades to leave solid lacing.

S - Light grassy notes, faint floral hops, gentle earthiness.

T - Taste is quite pleasant, nice floral hop notes. Good lingering dry bitter finish.

M - Mouthfeel is very very nice. Crisp, dry finish.

O - Overall, a solid beer. Quite nice belgian pale ale. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 23:29:44 | More by rudzud
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

06-12-2013 17:01:06 | More by ShanePB
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gory4d

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

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Blanco

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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Brussels Calling from Brasserie de la Senne
88 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.