Crushable Saison | Brasserie de la Senne

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Brasserie de la Senne

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A collaboration brew between de La Senne brewery and Jean Broillet & Julie Foster from Tired Hands Brewing company, PA, USA. Made at de La Senne on 11 Septembre 2013. Contains : Malted barley, malted spelt, oats, hops, yeast and water.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 77
Photo of M_J_Z
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would. Drank last night from a stemmed Southern Tier glass.

I picked up a little of that "soapy" flavor in the hops, but it seemed to fade as I drank more sips. The initial taste caught me off-guard due to that aforementioned flavor. After that, the beer was increasingly more drinkable.

Not one of my favorite recent beers, by any means, but it was enjoyable. Nothing extraordinary. 3.5 stars.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is light hazed yellow with a tight white head. Nose is bright, leather brett up front with a nice smooth lemon and citrusy herbal hop. Taste has a stronger saison yeast presence and more leathery brett. Notes of spice, lemon comes in, hops are predominantly grassy and herbal through the finish. Light body and well carbonated.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy light yellow body with a big øl soft head that gently collapses to a thin covering.

Citrus, melon, floral, a little cracker and musty.

Citrus, bread, fairly pronounced bitterness for such a little beer. Light, tingly, and dry.

Quite a hoppy little guy here. Really nice.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this courtesy of my brother, poured chilled from the bottle into a goblet.

The color is pale golden with slight hazed apricot hue with frothy white cap with stringy lace that sticks and average sized bead. The smell is earthen with herbal hop aroma and light grainy husky scent with light yeast ester which has a slight citrus rind accent. The feel is very tangy and medium carbonation pushes a high bitterness perception with mild body and dry spicy finish.

The taste is very good with hops up front bringing a spicy slight lemony flavor with mild dry and cracker-like malt somewhat on the low side malt flavor wise with a mild astringent hop quality with herbal and grapefruit type bitter element with a subtle peppery quality from the yeast as it finishes dry and light. This is a good hoppy pale belgian-dry and drinkable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Philadelphia's Tired Hands brewers team up with Belgium's De La Senne for an authentic yet rustic farmhouse ale that shows as much charm as it does challenge.

Crushable Saison kicks off with a bright straw appearance until the yeast folds in to create a slight goldenrod hue through its bready haze. Its tangy and grassy scent rises to greet the nose while the first sip is supportive with cracker-type breading as soft confectioner's sweetness.

But once the middle opens, its farmhouse roots show: shifting to a spicy, grassy and herbal balance, a nearly light-stricken cannabis note rises. With its trailing sweetness, the taste of citrus rinds project with lemon, orange and apple hiding behind the earthen spicy.

With sweetness fading into the recesses, a malt structure remains with a wafer-thin substrate; just enough to support its lingering bitterness, spiciness and dried fruit peel. Bouncing off the tongue with ease, its medium champagne effervescence and racing acidity finishes as much like wine as it does ale.

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Photo of Jonada
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle. Bottled 10/10/2013 and best before 10/10/2014. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale straw yellow with 2 fingers of a white, soapy head. Excellent head retention. Body is lightly hazy with very high visible carbonation.

Smell: Lemon rind, grass, light funk, doughy, yeast spiciness and a slightly skunky smell as well.

Taste: More or less the same as the aroma. Lots of yeast spiciness, grass, mild lemon, slight breadiness in the finish. There's a strong, somewhat off putting, bitterness throughout, that lasts long into the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with very high carbonation. Probably a bit overcarbed.

Overall: I've never had anything from Brasserie de la Senne, but as a big Tired Hands fan, this was a huge disappointment. Not an awful beer, but not good either.

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Photo of babaracas
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy straw color with huge soapy head that slowly settles to a quarter inch. Big chunks of lace haphazardly strewn about the place. Smell: grapefruit peel, weedy, lightly doughy, pineapple note. Taste: grass, citrus and light tropical flavors with a crackery malt backing and a little pepper in the finish. Basically a nice hop heavy APA (or, ugh, "session ipa") that's been saison-ified just a bit. Don't expect any big funky / yeasty characteristics and you'll be happy. Quite cru/ooshable.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Opened 3.27.14
Bottled 10/10/13
BBD 10/10/14

A - Pours a murky, pale yellow with a huge off-white soapy head with great retention.

S - Grass, floral, skunky-funk.

T - Grass, wheat, floral, funk.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body.

O - Light and airy, floral and light funk. Nice.

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Photo of F2brewers
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle poured into a HF wine glass

A: A cloudy straw yellow body with a sparkling thick white foam head about 2" high that holds on for several minutes, but leaves no lacing. The head readily reforms upon swirling the glass gently. The beer has very fine carbonation with tiny bubbles.

S: Hints of citrus and Belgian pale malt with overtones of grass and hay. Notes of pepper and a touch of barnyard funk. Strong sense of aroma dry hopping.

T: Classic saison with an emphasis on lemon and grapefruit followed by a pleasant hop bitterness. A slight grassy finish that doesn't linger, but fades into a clean dry palate.

M: medium body with high carbnonation typical of a Belgian saison. No oily aftertaste..

O: Crushable describes this well...a blend of old world Belgian tradition withTired Hands new world hoppy addition. I'd drink this any day.

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Photo of popery
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey yellow. Very cloudy, but much of that is probably sediment - there's a whole bunch of it, and I think I kicked it up accidentally. Big, puffy white head. Lasts for a long time. Classic saison aroma. Fresh pale malt, hay, lemon, mild sulphur, earth, pepper, grass. Definitely not breaking any new ground, but it's pleasant enough. No real complaints, besides some boredom. Taste is rather dry with stronger than expected bitterness in the finish. That grassy bitter bite in the aftertaste isn't too strong, but I guess the dryness kicks it up a notch. Gentle, clean grain flavor. Minerally flavor - that sounds meaningless, but I'm going to roll with it. More pepper, mild lemon. Very refreshing. Just a tad boring, again. Mouthfeel is effervescent and light. Super easy to drink. This would be a good beer for a hot day or the right meal. On its own, it's a bit lacking in interest. It's an ephemeral experience. I'm not really sure if that's a criticism or a compliment because it is a highly quaffable (I need to use that phrase more), refreshing beer, which is a goal of the style and, based on the name, a goal of this beer. Great lunch beer for a hot day.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Tired Hands stem.

Appearance is hazy light yellow converging on bright straw. Huge billowy white head forms upon first pour. Leaves frothy residue on sides of glass as it settles.

On the nose you get a citrus punch with classic saison spices and sweet herbs. Coriander, sweet lemon and orange rind, a touch of faint white pepper, far off chive character and green apple peel.

Flavor wise you get a bit of a two faced creature. Much different from the nose with a seltzer like mineral quality, grains of paradise, lime zest, salty earth (if you can imagine), and black pepper at the finish. It's a Zesty affair that maintains drinkability and is easy to knock back.

Mouthfeel is spot on for the style and the ultra dry finish is very welcome.

This is a nice beer which like everyone else mentions, lives up to the name. It's light, airy but zesty which does a nice contradictory affect on the body. Not sure how this beer had changed since bottling as it's a good half year old but it would of been interesting to have had it fresh. A bit more citrus or fruitiness and I think it would really be special. A nice saison nonetheless.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a De la Senne tulip. Clear, but cloudier as I got closer to the yeasty bottom of the bottle, straw-yellow color, with a huge four-finger, white head, which eventually sank to a thick frothy layer, lacing the glass nicely. At first, the nose on this was extremely funky and sulfurous, lots of wet hay, almost like an old bottle of Saison Dupont that's been sitting in the sunlight. Eventually it grew on me though, the sulfur mellowing and more grassy funk coming out. More funkiness in the taste, grass and hay, earthy and floral, leafy, with a little peppery spice, Belgian yeast, light notes of citrus. Again, this was kind of dirty at first, but after it breathed in the glass for a few minutes, I liked it a lot more. Light-medium body, crisp, dry mouthfeel. Decent overall. I'd go for it again.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brasserie de la Senne - Crushable Saison, poured into a Lawson's tulip.

Look - Pours a hazy pale straw with some yeast cloudiness. Good sized soapy head that breaks apart into small chunks of lacing..

Smell - Some sulfur, a slight sour yeast and some lemon and clove.

Taste - A little more lemony sour here, some sulfur. Sour lemon finish.

Mouthfeel - Super light body with zesty carbonation. Sour lingers but not too long. Crisp and drinkable.

Overall - Not a bad little lemon pepper saison but I wasn't that impressed. You'd expect more from a collaboration like this and from a Belgian brewery.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Straight pour from an 11.2oz/330ml pry-off bottle to a nucleated can glass. Bottling date of October 10, 2013/freshness date of October 10, 2014 printed in black ink on the top of the cap (“BOT 10/10/13 BBD 10/10/14”), making this beer close to six months old. Not entirely sure what to expect in terms of freshness, since it’s some incarnation of saison, we shall see.

Appearance (3.5): Well, it sure is a heady bastard: a solid four fingers or more of bone-white foam immediately rise from the pour, capping an evenly hazy, bright yellow-golden body (straw-colored?), with lots of tiny bubbles rushing to the top. The head dies down slowly with huge, fat bubbles that leaves a crazily uneven surface until it’s just a film on the surface. But it does leave a thick, chunky collar all the way around the top and fat swaths of wide-bubbled lace here and there.

Smell (4.0): Pretty much classic saison: dry hay, slightly sweet, musty, moist earth, strongly floral and grassy hop aromas, and a dry, rustic breadiness that’s part country wheat and part dry biscuits, fresh-baked but floury. It’s also lightly spicy, showing some white pepper and a hint of coriander. Something about this reminds me of Hennepin, and it lies in the floral/musty/bready department . . .

Taste (3.0): Herbal, strongly grassy bitterness hides a bit of a medicinal, phenolic undertone, and that’s really the dominant chord struck here. The body is extremely dry, with a rustic, pale, floury, bready, malt base, accentuated by yeasty phenols and extremely grassy hop compounds. Aside from some bright, lemony undertones, there’s no fruitiness to speak of here. It is moderately spicy, however, showing a decently peppery and herbal bite alongside the grassiness. This beer hits a lot of the right notes, but not in the right proportions.

Mouthfeel (3.75): Extremely dry, this beer is nothing if not “crushable”—at least in terms of feel. The body is easily on the light- side of medium-weight, lushly carbonated but still without much tingle or prickle to speak of, and exceedingly dry. Not quite TOO dry, but it’s up there.

Overall (3.25): As mentioned above, this beer hits a lot of the right notes, but not in the right proportions. It’s also missing some of the fruity esters that I love in saisons (particularly in the aroma), and the phenolic underside of the bitterness is kind of distracting. The floral grassiness, the “crushable” feel, the pale breadiness—all nice characteristics. But it’s missing balance, esters, and complexity.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i liked this more than others, but its a strange beer. had no clue it was spelt in the bill before i logged in to this one, so maybe that was it, but it didnt have a peppery earthiness like i usually get from spelt, it had more of a lemongrassy aromatic, a little bit bretty really, the yeast was cool and unconventional, but it had some flaws too. perhaps a bit light struck, it smells a bit skunked out, and that comes in just a bit to the taste. so many of these cool euro beers end up not right when we get them here, but im still glad we do, i can what its meant to be anyway. the citrus is robust, but so is the bitterness. its almost bitterness not from hops, or not hops alone, but i cant place it, and with the almost total absence of any hop flavor profiles outside of bitterness, its a strange flavor, especially in the finish, where this is most intense. i find myself wishing for one more layer, be it fruity or yeasty or something, but its almost like the middle is missing for me. love the carbonation, love how dry it is, love the herbal quality to the yeast and the subtle spice hit, but its a little short of the "crushable" moniker it ascribes itself. two or three of these would be plenty. crushable in my book starts around five, but thats details. cool beer to try, but at five bucks a bottle, crushability is also hampered, unless money grows on trees in your yard, and if it does, email me...

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a hazy light straw amber with a one finger snow white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of slightly tart citrus, grassy hops, mild saison yeast. Flavor is intense tart citrus; lemon and grapefruit, saison yeast followed by light lemon citrus hops, developing light hints of caramel and stone fruit before finishing much like the start with tart citrus, hops and a lingering citrus rind bitterness. Medium bodied. A very citrusy saison, but there are some faint hard to describe flavors that add to the interest (perhaps the spelt?). Nicely made, bends the style while still tasting good and authentic. This would be a great summer ale when looking for a somewhat tart, refreshing saison.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into tulip. Purchased at state line liquors in MD.
Pours a beautiful hazy golden color with massive froathy head. The aroma is not good...lots of off aromas here...diacetyl or something...very macro smelling...
The flavor however is great. really soft bready malt, wheat, and a bit of the spelt shines through. Some nice juicy hop flavors to balance the malt and wheat. Its just so soft and easy...definitely crushable. Overall, a really fantastic brew. I love tired hands and I can see brew on tap their any day...get past the aroma and you have a phenom brew.

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Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/10/13 and bought recently in Brussels. Pale champagne color, but cloudy as the Belgian sky, not even that translucent. Managed to keep a large gout of pale lees out of the glass. Strong bubbling action fed what started as 2 fingers of foam and persisted as a good scrim of bone-white foam. Pleasing blast of herbacious hops in the first noseful, then a bit of hay, wet dog and floral hop lingered on. Grapefruit-pith hop attack, cilantro, rounded with some yellow fruits, with the bitters persisting throughout. Quite clean and cleansing mouthfeel, the carbonation clearly there, but weighted with a bit of oil in the finish, interesting to feel as well as to quaff. Seems like a modern take on a saison, very much within the signature of this brewery, not evoking romantic images of a dusty Walloon barn, but it does make me think of future summer days, standing over the BBQ, and the point of a saison is to be something nice to drink rather than the most precise flavor profile. A nice addition to the category.

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Photo of Fux
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Hazy, light yellow / straw in color, with a fizzy white head. It shows a lot of carbonation, but this settles quickly to a thin film.
S: Smell is light, citrusy, with notes of hay and a faint barnyard scent, tart and bitter. Not bad but too much subdued to be great.
T: Taste is soapy and bitter, with bready / grainy malts, a large amount of spices, some tartness and a disturbing, unbalanced bitterness. Much complex flavors than perceived from the nose, but not really pleasant.
M: Mouthfeel is watery, light but not really thirst quenching due to the hardcore bitterness. Carbonation is high, a bit too much.
O: A true disappointment, I'm pretty sure de la Senne can do better, this is an unbalanced saison, watery but not really refreshing, which clearly lacks funky, sour characteristics.

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Crushable Saison from Brasserie de la Senne
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 77 ratings