Bruxellensis
Brasserie de la Senne

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Style:
American Brett
Ranked #32
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #13,081
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 8.31%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
59
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Brasserie de la Senne
 
Belgium
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SCORE
88
Very Good
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Photo of aleigator
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded amber to golden color with a huge head.

Smells of a present tartness consisting of jogurt, lemon zest and wet hay with a nice, spicy edge. Cardamom and black pepper add to the funkiness in a very pleasant way, establishing a great complexity on the nose.

Has a light body with a very refreshing mouthfeel to it, due to the beer‘s high, metallic carbonation.

Tastes of cloves, dried herbs and old basement with a subtle spiciness to it. The beer‘s spice flavors grow more profound once the carbonation turns effervescent, producing a lighter cake sweetness. Produces some blueberries, tomato bush and a crackery malt foundation with a maintaining tartness during the beer‘s refreshing finish.

Tasty, refreshing and quite complex, the wild yeast in this works wonders.

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aleigator from Germany, Aug 18, 2019
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3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clouded deep orange color with a massive Belgian-style head that lingers.
Aroma: Strong aromas of apple, pineapple, citrus. A strong lambic or tart aroma. An underlying brettanomyces flavor. It has a mild but present Belgian yeast flavor. All of which combines to form a Dubblebubble bubblegum aroma.
Flavor: Lots of tart apple, pineapple, and grapefruit citrus. The lambic tartness is overpowering and sort of reminds me of sour milk. A plastic and slight bubblegum flavor on the back end. Finishes dry with a lingering tart plastic flavor.
Feel: Light to medium bodied with massive carbonation. A tart astringency is left on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good Brett Ale and my first of the kind. Disclosure: My bottle is actually expired at about 26months instead of the 24month expiration mark. Lots of tart fruit and Brett here. A little more than my taste. It's strong and doesn't apologize.

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defunksta from Illinois, Jul 05, 2019
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3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 4/6/17, best by 4/6/19, had 8/8/18.

The first thing you notice, is the huge, lasting, thick, foamy head. When that sight wears off, it pours a hazy apricot color, with some foamy cling. Aromas of Brett, apples, Belgian yeast, some hops and lemon, a light tart aroma, a little funk, black pepper as it warms. The taste is Brett, hops- herbal and earthy, some yeast and apples and grapes, light lemon, a little funk. There’s a fair amount of bitterness on the finish. Smooth, semi- dry, a good light to medium body, well carbonated.

This kinda grows on you, but it’s pretty much hops, Brett and yeast. Enjoyed it, but once is all I’ll ever need. Points for being different, though.

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stortore from Illinois, Mar 09, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very cloudy dark yellow in color and in some aspects almost resembles apple cider. It poured with a massive two finger high off white head that took a long time to settle down, eventually leaving a finger high head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of horse blanket are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of wet horse blanket along with notes of yeast and hints of apples.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and dry on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer might seem a little one dimensional because it is all about the brett, but it does a good job at showcasing the funky yeast.

Note: Bottled April 6, 2017

Serving type: bottle

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metter98 from New York, Jan 12, 2019
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4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

There are styles of beer that I try to store and take in few beers. Too special, too good. This is the case with this type of beer. An exellent beer, which contains everything you have to have in a balanced way but without any consequences.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
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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mwilbur from Minnesota, Aug 25, 2018
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4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
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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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota, Jul 07, 2018
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4.05/5  rDev +2%
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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Impetuous from Montana, Jun 29, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
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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ArrogantB from Colorado, Jan 21, 2018
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3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
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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flyingpig from United Kingdom (Scotland), Jan 04, 2018
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4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

edit: a little inconsistent in the bottle, some gush, some are really sedimented, even from the same case. i suspect these have sat around in wildly different conditions and for various times around the country, so you never know exactly what to expect, but when you catch this as i have at times, its almost unrivaled in the style. if you are unmoved by yours, try another one!

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Photo of Dentist666
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Dentist666 from Russian Federation, Aug 21, 2017
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4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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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StJamesGate from New York, Jun 26, 2017
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3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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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Beginner2 from Illinois, Jun 24, 2017
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3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
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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MoohMooh from France, Jun 14, 2017
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4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 19 May 2016.

A mildly hazy orange with a dense and voluminous off-white head with good retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose is a marvelous expression of Brett. Spicy with cloves, phenolic, a mild tropical fruit character, honey, toast, Some orange juice and a little pineapple are present. The palate opens spicy and phenolic with plenty of Brett B character, earthy, clove-heavy, a touch smoky, along with floral honey, pineapple juice and orange. A little bit of sherry is present as well, which is interesting. Drying, crisp and brisk on the finish with a lingering clove oil and some smoke, this beer is light in body, moderately carbonated and pretty excellent. A great Brett-focused beer.

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Photo of safaricook
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable Brettanomyces beer. Here we can see clearly that Brett does not only mean barnyard and hay but also fruitiness. In this offering I had a nice senstation of ripe mango. delicious. Also a nice bitterness to it. Would score even higher if it a % abv less because then it would be the perfect tasty thirst quencher

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safaricook from Netherlands, Mar 05, 2017
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4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Such an amazing sipper. Gueuze-alike color, 1 finger white head. Taste is very bretty and rich but not as complex as you would expect for example with a Orval. Good!

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DispyDnb from United Kingdom (England), Dec 16, 2016
Bruxellensis from Brasserie de la Senne
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 59 ratings