1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Brussels Calling - Brasserie de la Senne

Not Rated.
Brussels CallingBrussels Calling

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

56 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 56
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie de la Senne visit their website

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 56 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by RblWthACoz:
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%


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.

06-22-2013 02:07:47 | More by RblWthACoz
More User Reviews:
Photo of GreenMountainBoy


3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

11-18-2012 22:12:47 | More by GreenMountainBoy
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.8%

06-27-2014 23:03:39 | More by Sammy
Photo of MAUEX_MFA


4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-22-2012 19:41:28 | More by MAUEX_MFA
Photo of lalaloveyou

3/5  rDev -24.4%

05-20-2012 14:10:22 | More by lalaloveyou
Photo of desint


4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

04-10-2014 20:41:23 | More by desint
Photo of Amalak

New York

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

06-14-2013 02:43:24 | More by Amalak
Photo of Blanco


3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

02-19-2013 05:31:45 | More by Blanco
Photo of DrinkSlurm


4.23/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured from tap at the Avenuie pub in NOLA into tulip. Pours a hazy golden, heafty head and thick lacing. Smells of wheaty hops. Taste is of again wheaty hops and a bit of fruity bite. Slightly bitter but smooth and creamy. Really nice brew and pumped I got to try.

04-23-2012 22:29:49 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of ShanePB


3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

06-12-2013 17:01:06 | More by ShanePB
Photo of Anatole


4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-24-2014 21:01:19 | More by Anatole
Photo of BearsOnAcid


4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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.

04-25-2012 11:35:42 | More by BearsOnAcid
Photo of Tauroe


3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

09-20-2013 01:31:06 | More by Tauroe
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-21-2013 01:13:56 | More by rfgetz
Photo of ygtbsm94


3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

04-15-2014 20:32:40 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of HabiMendes

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-14-2013 22:31:31 | More by HabiMendes
Photo of Thorpe429


4.4/5  rDev +10.8%

From the bottle at 't Brugs Beertje in Brugge during last week's trip to Belgium.

Served in a De La Senne cervoise.

Pours a hazy gold with a big, foamy white head. Lots and lots of lacing. Seems like I'm saying that an awful lot lately.

The nose brings some grassy and floral hops along with a bit of citrus and straw. Flavor is all about the hops, though there's some light pale malt in the background. Good floral character and slightly earthy with some citrus. Light body and good carbonation. Very delicate with a dry finish.

09-15-2011 20:11:12 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of GuidedByBill


3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

06-03-2014 23:17:56 | More by GuidedByBill
Photo of chris657

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

05-16-2014 13:50:11 | More by chris657
Photo of scottDC

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-04-2014 17:28:21 | More by scottDC
Photo of nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

02-15-2014 21:31:25 | More by nmann08
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.8%

06-20-2014 22:15:07 | More by jrenihan
Photo of DefenCorps


4.49/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

09-09-2013 03:47:24 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of BEERchitect


4.01/5  rDev +1%

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.

11-22-2013 07:11:48 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of bark


4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-01-2014 09:06:03 | More by bark
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Brussels Calling from Brasserie de la Senne
88 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.