Winter Mess
Brasserie de la Senne

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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #290
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #32,147
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 9.09%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
23
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Brasserie de la Senne
 
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SCORE
86
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Quite a deep chestnut brown, pours with some haze (lifts easily into the pour - and note further sludge left adhered to bottom of bottle), and 10-15mm creamy tan head.
S- My nose if off tonight, but I think I could be sensing cocoa here.
T- Very drinkable. It's a winter-warmer, deep and yet balanced with piquant notes. The ABV% also reads through onto the palate but it all comes together nicely. On a fresher palate I'd note more, there's a lot going on here, it's far from bland or boring.
F- Pretty full-on, yet with a bright side and plenty to keep the palate comtemplating...
O- It's amazing just going from one beer to another, similar region/ABV%/cost one bored me and this one is just so much better, 'it just comes together'. Lovely, I'd happily buy this again.
330ml bottle. BB: Oct-2020.

Bought from BeersOfEurope/UK for home delivery amongst a case of 40-50 various different but similarish style/origin hand-picked singles. I just mention as this king of offering in the UK seems hard to find...

Oct 11, 2020
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JamFuel from Sweden

3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with thick, creamy head.

Smell is spicy and a bit sweet with notes of dried fruit, brown sugar and some yeast.

Taste is spicy and yeasty with notes of dried fruit, raisins, brown sugar anf hints of fennel and citrus peel. Moderate bitterness and well hidden alcohol, that is felt but not tasted.

Mouthfeel is medium and bubbly.

Overall, a nice Belgian winter ale, spicy and warming.

Dec 17, 2019
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2018. Acquired a little while back from a webshop. The label calls it a winter ale; this is the 2017 vintage.

A: Poured into a tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep reddish-brown hue with fine suspended sediment and intense carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a while before subsiding to a persistent surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of sweet grainy malt with hints of fruity Belgian yeast, mild caramel, subtle roasted malt, earthiness, a touch of liquorice, faint leafiness and a sour twang in the background. A bit muddled but OK.

T: Tastes of grainy malt with notes of fruity yeast esters, mild roasted grain, subtle caramel, earthiness, leafiness and faint spice. A warming hint of booze in the background. Somewhat sweet, with little bitterness to speak of.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with spritzy carbonation and good body. Creamy on the palate, with mild astringency. Aftertaste of Belgian yeast, earthiness, grainy malt, faint caramel, vague roasted malt and an acrid leafiness.

O: This beer is strangely hard to place - I have no idea what the brewer was going for. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour showcase fruity yeast esters, grainy malt, caramel and leafiness. Some alcoholic character in the background. Nice body. Drinkable but odd; no need to seek it out.

Apr 03, 2018
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stcules from Italy

2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber, decent beige foam.
Winter smell, warm spicy. Malt and caramel.
The taste is sugary, and fruity (sour cherries?), spices less strong (cinnamon?). Malty, a bit too much, some vanilla.
Malt and sugary aftertaste, chewy body.
Not too satisfying.

Mar 05, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.22/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Murky brown color with some milky haze. Small head.

Yeast and caramel malts on the nose. Light floral.

Flavors of scotch ale, the hops and malt fighting for the death ending in a slightly astringent blood bath.

Feel is sorta dry, in a crumbling drywall kind of way. Apt carbonation.

Overall not something I feel like revisiting.

Jan 22, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Murky dark amber color with beige head. Aroma is yeasty with belgian sugar, slightly burnt. Taste starts yeasty and spicy, quite balanced overall. Medium to light bodied, quite smooth carbonation for a Belgian ale. Overall it's decent but really generic.

Jan 21, 2017
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MoohMooh from France

3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown/red with one finger off-white head, very spotty lacing.

Smells of dried plum/apricot, with some bread and a very pronounced smell of alcohol. There's also a lot of coffee (or coffee beans maybe).

Taste is mainly coffee and bitter chocolate; like with the smell, there's a faint trace of bready malts. It's in no way a hoppy beer, but you can still feel the hops poking through, giving it a somewhat fruity aftertaste and nice bitterness. Some raisin. It's pretty sweet and sirupy, nicely balancing the bitterness. It's also a bit spicy and smokey.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with medium body and carbonation.

Doesn't look or smell exceptional, but it tastes really terrific.

Dec 21, 2016
Winter Mess from Brasserie de la Senne
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 23 ratings