Schieven IPA - Brasserie de la Senne
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Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
3.4/5 rDev -14.8%
Served in a wine glass, it pours a darker orange with a compact layer of white foam, that leaves nice sheets of lace in the glass when swirled. Lasting skim on the surface.
Hop aromas seem a little faded in the nose, causing me to wonder how old this is. Floral and dry, slight oxidation.
Ample bitterness, fairly dry and floral, vaguely resiny, aspirin bitterness in the aftertaste suggests grass clippings. Smooth dry and bitter feel. Overall ok, not my favorite, very bitter and floral forward taste and aroma.
04-15-2013 02:32:01 | More by emerge077
3.44/5 rDev -13.8%
Pours rather dark and muddy for an IPA... belgian or not. Dark muddy amber, decent off white head.
Nose isn't bad, but it seems entirely lacking in any sharp notes... it's all sweet. Fruity notes, esters and such. Not bad, but rather lacking in dimension or depth.
Flavor kinda falls flat. Hop character is there, but muddled... some fruity citric bits, some spicy bits... but not enough of either to really develop an "ipa-worthy" hop character. Estery sweetness comes though as well. There's a bit of spicy bitterness on the back end.
Average on the mouhtfeel... a good bit of carbonation, clean finish.
Overall... usually a huge fan of hoppy pale offerings from De La Senne, but this one has to be the weakest of the bunch. Kinda wish I HAD gotten that bottle of Taras Boulba... this one's slightly above average, but that's about it.
01-21-2013 22:07:41 | More by jacksback
3.76/5 rDev -5.8%
Cloudy amber, good foamy head with ample lacing. Smells of hearty malt and pine and citrus hops. Tastes intense of pine and citrus. Somewhat harsh on the palate. Creamy mouthfeel. Definitely a west coast style beer, unusual for a Belgian. The collaboraters suggest why.
03-06-2013 04:43:16 | More by Beerenauslese
3.78/5 rDev -5.3%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, earthy hops and some citrus.
T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and some citrus. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is there but seems quite subdued; however it creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.
04-07-2014 03:06:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.96/5 rDev -0.8%
A. It is like caramel sludge. Extremely thick, some hints of sediment, but it's tough to see. A huge foamy white head and good lacing.
S. It has a heavy weed hop scent.
T/M. It has something of a grape hoppiness to it. Smooth and medium to full bodied. There's a good caramel sweetness. Some banana. Grassy.
O. It's an interesting taste, yet kind of basic. Hard to explain. Quite good and worth a go.
12-31-2013 03:56:37 | More by Amalak
3.98/5 rDev -0.3%
A- Cloudy orange with no sediment deposits. Thin head with fine lacing.
S- Citrus/tangerine with some pine and tropical notes.
T- Crispy but mellow hop bite not to stringent. Well balanced with a light dry malt back.
M- Hop tinge off the front of the tongue, which fades to a back of throat spicy tingle.
O- Well done IPA that resembles the west coast style. The bottle says that the collabo was brewed on May 2012, however it just showed up today at one of my local bottle shops. I tend to stay away from IPA's that are 4 months old from Belgium, however I was very curious to see how Bagby influenced this one. I would say this was an overall success, and would buy again.
11-18-2012 05:15:00 | More by APreacher
4.03/5 rDev +1%
Picked up @ Bauer’s this afternoon after an early dip out of work.
Pours a cloudy amber hue with a huge off-white head that sticks around for a while, leaving plenty of lacing. Aroma like a big spicy IPA; this was brewed about 7 months ago so it’s got that familiar spicy/sweetness of hop-waned IPA. Even so this beer is smooth and balanced. Fruity and sappy hops still there. It’s got a touch of that powdery yeast finish associated with some Belgian/Belgian-style brews. Carbonation level is great – makes for a crisp and clean finish. Wouldn’t seek this out but if you see it go for it (plus I dig the label).
12-21-2012 23:15:21 | More by NardiByNature
4.05/5 rDev +1.5%
Recommended by the local beer store. Probably would have overlooked it for quite sometime if they didn't.
A- Bottle poured into a tulip glass. The beer comes out a dark orange color and is murky, clearly unfiltered. A nice, one-finger head forms with big foamy bubbles that are often seen in Belgian ales. Retention is decent and a thick, bubbly ring leaves nice patches of lace.
S- I would like to know more about this beer but it seems to have a Belgian yeast strain, or at least not your average clean American Ale Yeast. Could be the hop choices. Hop forward with notes of grass, spices, citrus and apricot. Pretty complex for an IPA with hints of caramel, apples, peppercorn, bread and grains.
T- I wish I knew what yeast strain was used here because I get notes similar to Belgian strains but they could also come from certain hops. Anyways, this hop profile lends a big spicy, floral and herbal forward array of flavors with some citrus and fruit behind it all. Other things I notice are hints of peppercorn, caramel sweets, cracked grains and apple.
MF- Foamy and bubbly on the palate with a medium level of carbonation, just one that bubbles up easily. Creamy but not thick and super smooth. A nice level of bitterness in the finish.
Not your run-of-the-mill citrus bomb IPA but still quite good. Spicy and floral hop profile that still shines and keeps this beer really interesting. A good recommendation indeed.
01-27-2013 01:33:31 | More by cbutova
4.1/5 rDev +2.8%
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a clear deep copper body with a lumpy light beige cream head that is thick with a quick carbonation.
S- The perfume esters hints blend with sweet toasted malt and a nice floral hops in the finish.
T- The dry malt hint leads to a full green unripe fruit hops with some spice hops that lead more to pine wood as it opens in the finish. There is a slight sweetness in the finish.
M- The medium mouthfeel has a tight fizz and no alcohol heat.
O- The nice IPA has a great aroma that doesn’t translate to the flavor as much as I hoped. The sweetness in the finish compliments the hops in taste nicely.
07-11-2013 02:44:48 | More by rhoadsrage
4.15/5 rDev +4%
Large, four-finger head. Initially leaves some chunky lace on the glass. The liquid is orange-light amber and quite cloudy.
Wonderful blend of pale malt and fresh floral aroma hops. A touch of yeast, too.
Very bitter right from the initial sip. The swallow actually features some interesting shifts--first, I notice a lot of yeast, like a home brew. Second, there's plenty of alcohol warmth in the aftertaste. But the bitterness never recedes. Neutral body with an elevated carbonation level.
12-22-2012 01:11:30 | More by smcolw
4.3/5 rDev +7.8%
Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Collaboration brew between De La Senne, Jeff Bagby (Pizza Port) and Mike Rodriguez (Lost Abbey). Hazy orange-amber pour with two finger head with decent retention and lacing. The nose is huge and totally West Coast. Tons of resiny, piney, citrus hops, with a touch of tropical as well. The taste follows suit with hints of grapefruit, mango, resiny hops, pine, and enough sweet caramel malt to keep it somewhat balanced. The mouthfeel is slightly fizzy with a subtle creaminess. Great tangy bitter hop bite on the finish. This is definitely one of the top interpretations of a West Coast IPA I've had from a European brewer. I guess it helped that it was aided by some top notch California talent!
08-27-2012 15:36:38 | More by beerdrifter
Schieven IPA from Brasserie de la Senne
88 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.