Bruxellensis | Brasserie de la Senne

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Brasserie de la Senne

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by desint on 07-10-2016

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mwilbur
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 75 cL bottle into tulip. Bottled 06APR17. Best before 06APR19.
A: Pours a hazy yellow-orange hue with hugely active carbonation jets producing an overly massive 4-5 inch frothy white head.
S: Lovely citrus aromas of lemon, orange, and lime with a controlled earthy funk, mint and dry minerals. With warming, a hint of cinnamon spice. Quite nice!
T: Citrus and spice...lime, lemon, pineapple, cinnamon, and white pepper with farmhouse funk, dry mint, and a hint of chalky salt. Hints of cherries, leather and smoke in the finish.
M: Light body with refreshing effervescence. Citrus sweetness with a stronger bitter component. Funk throughout. Lingers and matures nicely on the palate with added layers of complexity emerging.
D: Such a layered and complex beer and yet so refreshing and easily approachable. What a summer treat!

P.S. Seriously...careful with the carbonation on this one! Shortly after opening, the head starts to spill out...not completely unusual. However I poured a glass and was concentrating on the beer experience...finished the glass and grabbed the bottle to pour another when I realized that so much head had formed in the bottle that it had spilled out of the bottle and was forming a puddle around the base of the bottle. Now that I have never seen before!

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Photo of smithj4
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephenlee
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmmbeer89
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip....

Superlative look in pretty much every way for the style. Dark orange, just shy of amber, and hazy with a fabulous three-fingered head and spectacular lacing. Rarely do I give out a five for look but this is a damn pretty beer. It glows in the light.

The aromas are super across the board. A wide variety of fruits (pear, pineapple, green apple, mango(?!)) cross the nose, along with honey on toast, smoke and clove and unmistakable Brett funk. Complex and inviting.

I can't believe I'm complaining, but the taste doesn't quite match the aroma. Much more muted and much less complexity. Here, the brett/funk takes center stage, along with some pretty strong peppery notes--which isn't offputting, but doesn't quite deliver what the nose promised.

The mouthfeel, though is all that. Creamy, pillowy, crisp, and dry all at once with just a touch of boozy bite to dry things out at the finish.

Overall, an excellent take on the style.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Impetuous
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Huge, massive, ridiculous billowy head over a very hazy lemony body.

Flavors are mild; biscuit malts, pine hops, sourness. Effervescent carbonation helps to keep the flavors light.

It’s pretty good.

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Photo of wisegreensoul
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ArrogantB
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, looks like it is from 2016. Hazy orange color, tons of head, tons of lace, and the bottle foamed over. Nice lemony aroma, floral. Flavor is tasty, mild lemon, brett and malt, candy flavors on the finish. This is good.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle from Wee Beer Shop, Glasgow (£2.70):
Quite a tarty & fresh beer that was sour in parts & quite funky throughout, plenty of Belgian yeast & spices showed from the start. There was pleasant hop bitterness from the middle of the beer on & some touches of citrus showed as well with the balance seeming okay but it's not a beer that I'd rush back to I'm afraid.

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Photo of Skitaos
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drummerdwzp
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

what a beer! this is as well done as such a thing could be, just really beautiful stuff here! an amber colored belgian ale that has quite a lot of sediment in it, hazy and layered even in the glass, but it produces a rising head, pure white, nearly three inches tall, thank goodness i have the room in an oversized red wine glass from my hotel bar! the cap and ring of the bottle are covered in yeast sediment too, like this has a pretty active bottle refermentation happening, but now its so mature and dry, amazing. the aroma is funky, not sure if they use a cultured brett or have captured some ambient one near their brewery, but this is brett for days. all kinds of crazy smells from this brett, from red wine to green apple to cured varnish to fresh hay or straw, its really intriguing to me, sort of musty and old, but also very much alive. the flavor is incredible here, so much going on from the brett that the light red malt and any hops in here seem inconsequential. funk for days, huge fruity notes, green pear and apple, golden raisin, and wet wood, although i am not sure this has been wood aged, its just the brett casting that off. some belgiany elements too, cotton candy and peach for a second, all from this overdeveloped brett. it feels like champagne, has some structure too, and is so fizzy and dry, it takes saison to a new level for me. this is exquisite beer, one of the best expressions of brett there has ever been i might even dare to say. de la senne remains one of my favorites, i just wish we could get their beers more readily. this is money!!! must source some more!

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Photo of Dentist666
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Murky amber/copper with huge off-white head, excellent retention.
Smell - brett funk, spices, yellow fruits.
Taste - funk, fruity, leather.
Dry bitter finish.
Medium body and carbonation.
Excellent brett belgian ale.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Budlum
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy bronze with lumpy linen lace. 4
Pineapple, flowers, and ripe cheese. 4
Wheat crackers, honey, flowers, a thread of horse stall but also some papaya. 4.25
Crisp, light+, chalky. 4

9 months old - Brett has had a chance. In that time, it’s gone in a lovely fruit direction. Add Senne minerally water, and this works. 4.25

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Photo of steverx8
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This review is from someone who doesn't need to drink Brett ales to fulfill his beer career.
I find them interesting, but rarely good enough to have twice (of the 17 I've Had, I can remember having only one twice.)
Two things about the style make me demur. First, I'm never sure I know what I'm going to get. One of the good things about a steady style is that you know what you are going to get. Wilds are for people who like surprises. And I'm an old fuddy-duddy. Second, sours are for drinking... but rarely go best with food. I most like those beers that go best with food.

Biases up front, I review. First, this bottle was a month past its Best Buy date.
Looks were very active... kept foaming, then kept decent lace.
Smells in this style don't reveal much to me.
Tastes are tart. Tart has its place... but probably only with tart pies and I had none handy.
Feel was full and, very interestingly, dry.
OA: Would I have it again? Maybe, if de la Senne brews it again.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MoohMooh
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

hazy amber, huge head (3 fingers). Stays strong.

smells buttery. I'm getting very sweet apples, but also a surprising tartness. Also coriander and cloves. Citrus. There's a very artificial-smelling red fruit thingy going on, very weird.

Tastes very bready and quite bitter. Apples are subdued but still present, and red fruit still is very strong and still feels artificial, kinda like a less-sweet Leffe Ruby or Grimbergen Rouge.

Feels pretty smooth but also very light, although carbonation is pretty lively.

Meh. Don't know where that weird red fruit taste and smell come from, but I wish it felt less artificial. As is, not only does it make the brew feel cheap, it also kinda ruins the rest.

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Bruxellensis from Brasserie de la Senne
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 45 ratings