Winter Mess
Brasserie de la Senne

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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #284
Ranked #30,681
3.73 | pDev: 9.12%
Brasserie de la Senne
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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of stcules
2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.22/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of MoohMooh
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Winter Mess from Brasserie de la Senne
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 20 ratings