Brasserie de la Senne

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Brasserie de la Senne
IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #145
Ranked #23,181
3.71 | pDev: 11.32%
Tuesday at 07:47 PM
Sep 28, 2014
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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3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Sigmund from Norway

330 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 8%. Hazy dark brown colour, moderate off-white to beige head. Aroma of hops, chocolate, resin, coffee and woodwork. Smooth mouthfeel. Dry flavour, notes of coffee, hops and woodwork. Not extremely bitter.

Tuesday at 07:47 PM
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

drinking new (to me) beers from these guys is one of lifes great joys, always excited to find one in the wild i have never tried before, and was surprised to learn they ever even made a black ipa, not something we see a whole lot of from belgian breweries, so exciting to dip the toe here and share it with the boys. pours medium dark brown with an excitable beige head all airy and belgian and lasting, a little sediment and haze perceptible, but this looks lively and inviting. the nose is bold but balanced, lots of chocolate character from the grain, less roast than expected from the color, but the hops sure seem bitter, no sign of this not being fresh, and interestingly but not surprisingly a little fermentation character, wouldnt be a de la senne beer without that! the flavor is yummy, as much grain character as hop, some green pine and northwestern character from the latter, grapefruit pith, lumber, could be simcoe or centennial or something, and deep dark chocolate, cigar, and trace sweetness from the former, nice interplay between the two in a long flavor journey. the yeast is not quite belgian, not quite funky, but has a little ester that works with the hops, and the carbonation is insane, effervescent and bottle conditioned it seems, really lightens up an otherwise pretty sturdy little bottle of beer. some sweetness lingers, but its needed against all the hop bite. a fun one to pass around the table, how can you not love these guys?! this is a little outside their typical wheelhouse but its real cool.

Tuesday at 07:24 PM
3.54 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 27, 2022
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4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Bierschenker from Belgium

Strong bitter malt scent released when opening the bottle.
Served in my usual tumbler.
Bought at ABS Drinks in Herent. Used to be a great place for craft beers. No longer however. Noticed the bottle was already past due date when I arrived home: BBD 05MAR21
Reddish Chestnut colour with a firm beige head. No lacing, but the head retention is good.
Scent gives coffee, dark chocolate, pear and smoked wood.
Flavour is a class between sweet, bitter and smokey/roasted notes. Lemon, papaya, smoked malts, coffee.
Aftertaste is more bitter, with slightly sour lemon and bitter malts, dry coffee and dark chocolate.
Mouthfeel: astringent, full of citrus. Carbonation is moderate and body is full.

Jan 26, 2022
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4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by GreesyFizeek from New York

On tap at The Sovereign in Washington DC.

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small white head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like milk chocolate, smoke, roasted malt, lemon zest, orange rind, and piney hops.

There's not an overload of hop flavor on this one - it's more of just a nice dark ale with some complementary hop notes. There's milk chocolate, a touch of smoke, herbal hops, some smoke, and a bit of citrusy hop character - lemon, orange, what have you.

This is medium bodied, creamy, with a pleasant bitterness on the back end.

I wouldn't necessarily call this a Black IPA, but it's a tasty dark ale nonetheless.

Sep 07, 2021
3.52 by zknight from Korea (South) on Jul 05, 2021
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3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by JonnoWillsteed from England

Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- Dark ruby chestnut, quite a bit of sediment and a mega 6Cm head of pale tan fine-bubble foam. [ps 10mins later, holds well].
S- It has an unexpected brightness to it, like citrus hop notes.
T- Oh ok, bright and hoppy-dry but also notably roasty-toasty and deep. Woah the latter goes off into a pungent smokey+charring note. Ooph, the hops are now coming through prominently and pungently, leaving a really heavy brush of very dry hops on the back of my throat. It's honestly a bit uncomfortable, my swallow reflex feels a bit paralised for 10 seconds... unusual! Note in mitigation though: This is my first 2 sips of a drink today, so my mouth started off very sensitive.
F- Pungent black beer combined with prominent contemporary hopping. An unorthodox combo!
O- Ah now I see below the Review input box in the Description that it's a Black IPA; makes sense. I find it a bit schizo, two almost opposite styles together in one. Thinking of it versus annual seasons, I tend to think of pungent black beer as a cold season style. And then, vibrant new-world hopping as hotter season notes. What to make of this one that combines the two, each *pungently* into one? It's certainly different to me but I don't really seek hopping as prominent as this. Interesting to try but not one I'd buy again.
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed! 'Refermented in the bottle/Pour without the sediment' [good luck with the latter!] Contains 'Fermentable sugar' and both malted barley and rye.
330ml bottle £3.70 BB: 09/Sep/2022 - Bought from BeerMerchants, Kent/UK as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.

Mar 24, 2021
4.26 by mizx from England on Dec 19, 2019
4 by hockeypuck from Maine on Aug 27, 2019
2.75 by BdM from Netherlands on Aug 13, 2019
3.96 by Quafftastic from Virginia on May 15, 2019
3.74 by davidmm from New York on Oct 15, 2018
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3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jazzyjeff13 from England

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
3.44 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee on Nov 20, 2017
4 by AGust82 from Connecticut on Oct 12, 2017
4 by YvesB from Belgium on Sep 19, 2017
4.25 by steverx8 from England on Sep 08, 2017
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3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by ewpass from Canada (PE)

Dark brown with moderate head. Not much nose, some roasted malt. Light-medium body, sweetish finish with some coffee notes as it warms. Not hoppy.

Sep 06, 2017
3.75 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Aug 09, 2017
3.5 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Aug 05, 2017
4 by brpendergast85 from District of Columbia on Jul 08, 2017
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4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by zonker17 from Texas

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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3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Sammy from Canada (ON)

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
4.18 by VanTango from Pennsylvania on Aug 16, 2016
3.67 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on May 24, 2016
3.62 by mikebu from Canada (AB) on May 20, 2016
3.5 by aztraz from Sweden on May 20, 2016
3.07 by eric5bellies from Australia on May 14, 2016
3.75 by chrisroarshack from Alaska on Apr 22, 2016
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3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Ciocanelu from Romania

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
2.5 by ThisSeasonsWaifu from Sweden on Mar 23, 2016
3.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Mar 09, 2016
3.75 by DrBier from Pennsylvania on Feb 17, 2016
3.76 by HopBelT from Belgium on Feb 14, 2016
3.86 by Fabianno from Brazil on Jan 31, 2016
4.02 by poskok from Croatia (Hrvatska) on Jan 17, 2016
3.5 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Nov 29, 2015
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3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

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
3.77 by Karo from Belgium on Nov 06, 2015
4 by Rivoire from France on Oct 25, 2015
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