Brasserie de la Senne

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IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #444
Ranked #33,161
3.74 | pDev: 11.5%
Brasserie de la Senne
Very Good
Notes: Also known as Zwët IPA

Powerful and complex, the Brusseleir is distinguished by its rich malt character and light chocolate notes. It has 8% alc.
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2018. Acquired a little while back from a webshop. The label calls it a hybrid black IPA and the ingredients include rye malt.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A very dark reddish-brown colour that appears virtually black in the glass. Yields a large head of creamy tan foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted grain with hints of dark malt, subtle molasses, bread, faint dried fruit, fruity yeast, earthiness, a touch of spice and mild leafiness. Little hop character to speak of, but overall rather nice.

T: Tastes of rich dark malt with notes of roasted grain, molasses, mild brown sugar, subtle dried fruit, bread, fruity yeast esters, earthiness, faint spice, hay and leafiness. Slightly sweet, followed by a moderate bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly tingly, with soft carbonation and good body. Quite unctuous. Mildly astringent; dries the palate. Aftertaste of dark malt, roasted grain, fruity yeast, earthiness and bitterness.

O: On its own terms it's a decent beer, though it doesn't really come across as a black IPA. The hop character is subdued with very little aromatic presence. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour showcase dark malt, fruity yeast and a modest bitterness. Nice body. I can't tell if this is how it's supposed to be, or if the hops have just faded. That said, it's a pleasingly drinkable brew that deserves to be sampled.

Mar 04, 2018
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zonker17 from Texas

4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Near still draft pour, some haze, brown with some copper, no head. Roast malt on the nose, chocolatey. Taste is like a mild chocolate candy, not sweet, some bitterness on the finish. Above average body and low carbonation.

Mar 28, 2017
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One of the tastier beers I have had in a while. Initial gulp, maybe because of long cellaring didn’t do it. But then, chocolate, spice, very drinkable, dark with off-white head. Spicey nose.Smooth drinking. stouty rerated aug 2013 bottle volo

Feb 10, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with creamy brown head. Aroma has dark malt, brown sugar, roasted coffee and some earthy hops in the background. Taste starts slightly sweet and yeasty, with dark sugar and some chocolate. Finishes bitter and roasty with some earthy hops. Medium body and carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. An interesting, "belgian-style" take on the style which turned out quite well.

Apr 14, 2016
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, a 'Black IPA', apparently in the local Brussels dialect, something this brewery seems to have a justifiable hard-on about.

This beer pours a very dark, rusted brown colour, with a near-teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly creamy ecru head, which leaves some broadly spaced island group lace around the glass as it gently sinks out of sight.

It smells of roasted pale and caramel malt, middling yeast, mixed and muddled dark orchard fruit, and weak piney, leafy, and herbal hop bitters. The taste is grainy, lightly bready caramel malt, subtle wet ash, still hard to differentiate black orchard fruit, ethereal milky coffee notes, a hint of singed orange flesh, understated pine resin, and suggestions of a well-hidden booziness.

The carbonation is good and tingly on the tongue, what with its generous fizzy and frothy emanations, the body medium-light in weight, and sort of smooth, as the yeasty and hoppy characters bound about. It finishes trending dry, the coffee sideshow starting to move on in on the lingering caramel malt, while the mixed hop bitters carry on into that good night.

Overall, despite the marketing and cultural differences inherent here, the brewers more or less get it right - roasted malt, sure, but not at the expense of a decent base hoppiness, which, as I've noted many, many times before, is the key to this original doubter's heart, and makes me appreciate this scrappy little Brussels outfit all the more.

Nov 10, 2015
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josanguapo from Spain

3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Festival de las Naciones. In Duvel glass. Playing Goodbye Deponia.Good but with more coffee and less aroma and bitterness than I would expect in an IPA.

Sep 27, 2015
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Arthuros from France

4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

American black ale, almost Stout ish in regards of look (deep black and beige foam). Hints of coffee but more than anything, strong hop presence that gives it a bitter taste, tolerable because of the roundedness of the flavors. Little dizziness but enough to make the flavors pop.

One of my favorite beers.

Sep 05, 2015
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beerdrifter from Germany

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Belgium, Miorge Mihoublon. Dark brown-mahogany pour with a gorgeous two finger beige head with great retention and lacing. The nose is roasty and slightly smokey with hints of rye, brown bread, caramel, and subtle cocoa. The taste is roasty and malty with hints of dark chocolate, piney hops, toffee, espresso, and leather. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation and a bittersweet finish. Overall, a solid and drinkable beer, but just lacking the depth and flavor profile of my favorite American Black IPA's.

Aug 07, 2015
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thierrynantes from France

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.), purchased from La Cervoiserie

Appearance : dark brown color with tan foam head.
Smell : roasted malt and cramel aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : coffee and caramel, leading to a dry roasted malty
Overall : a nice beer in the style "zwët" IPA.

Jul 15, 2015
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PlutonowyManiek from Belgium

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color dark brown with ruby ​​highlights.
Head very thick, beige, long stays in the glass.
Aroma: roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, prunes, raisins, but also caramel and dry grass.
Taste Brusseleir include coffee, dark chocolate plus dry grapefruit bitterness. There are also prunes, raisins, caramel with sweetness of cherry. Brusseleir is very pleasant beer in which the main role is played by coffee and dry bitterness. Carbonation is low and perfectly hidden alcohol. The whole perfectly balanced, the taste of chocolate is mixed with coffee. Beer has a body and it is full, but not heavy, very drinkable.

Apr 02, 2015
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Takahiro from Netherlands

3.04/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks: black (but not pitch dark), with a slightly tanned foam, which leaves laces behind
Smell: coffee, roasted malt, some caramel notes, earthy hop
Taste: chocolate, coffee, caramel, earthy hop flavor, all in balance
Feel: a bit on a thin side, but works for me
Overall: a solid porter, but it lacks baldiness of american style. i wish it had some more character.

Feb 19, 2015
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ManforallSaisons from Belgium

3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A beauty in the glass, opaque near-black with just a hint of garnet glints around the edges, when held up to sunlight. That's underneath a layer of head that looks almost like heavy cream, both in the off-white, almost yellow color, and how smoothly fine-bubbled it is, all the while replenished by steady bubbling up the sides of the tulip glass. The smell is faint but pleasant, of chocolate malts, a bit of mown grass and wood. Hops gets in the first lick, an herby and grapefruit-pith (as opposed to zest) sort of bitterness, but bitter-chocolate and toasty malt, with a bit of mint and coriander soap are come in right away. If I could get these two impressions to blend into a single taste, like the sauce and meat of good French cookery, I feel like it’d be outstanding, but they're more like alternating or wrestling for prominence in my mind. I’ve had this dilemma on a couple prior tastings. I also pick out a very Belgian sour note that doesn’t get all the way to tartness but adds a layer. The feel is quite coating but with a good bit of fizz in there, so makes for a long after-feel as well as aftertaste. I dig it but this American-style ale is not the sort to impress a hop head "à l'américaine," just FYI.

Feb 08, 2015
Brusseleir from Brasserie de la Senne
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 54 ratings