Brasserie de la Senne

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Pale Ale - Belgian
Ranked #17
Ranked #15,343
3.92 | pDev: 9.69%
Brasserie de la Senne
Very Good
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.29/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

#1709 - Blind-tasted except for the beer's name, brewery, ABV% and country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- Mid gold, slightly hazy (some major sediment left accreted at bottom of bottle). Pours with 1Cm white head. ps 10mins later, holds up very well.
S- It seems mild, I just get a slightly rich aromatic note.
T- Quite hoppy-dry on the front, some malts bringing partial balance follow. The flavour is quite bright with some complexity giving interest.
F- Massive CO2 in the mouth, really unsually so. Overall quite dry, with contemporary hop notes.
O- It's very contemporary but the bright hops are not entirely hard-core/austere as there is some balancing malty richness too. Overall though it's too hop-centric for me, I prefer subtlety/balance. Should suit a younger generation who favour modern hops-forward beers more.
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed! ===> Nope, nothing to add.
330ml bottle BB: 08/12/2021 £2.80 Bought from BeerMerchants, Kent/UK as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.

Mar 27, 2021
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at The Beer Temple.
(This avoids StonedTrippin's rant that this beer's obscurity condemns it to not being fresh... or worse, sitting on the shelf well past normal life.) At any rate, I hope to have this on tap again on Monday to confirm this review.

Looks fluffy, but big bubbles... not intense. Zinnebir's moderate yeast also affects the Smells which are grapefruity, but also slightly floral. Tastes are better as there is a nice balance with the bitter, a well-integrated ale. In the mouth, Zinnebir is cleansing and refreshing and crisp and semi-dry. I want to eat this with food.

Along with three others from de la Senne, Zinnebir is among "The 1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" and probably deserves to be on the list since, the reviewer claims, it breaks from the traditional pale and younger, hipper people drink it. I'm glad I found out who I finally am... 66 years later !

Oct 31, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft 10/9/19 @ the Beer Temple.

Notes of lemon, dry grass & hints of wheat; a mild bitterness emerged as this warmed up. A nice, easy to drink Belgian pale.

Oct 28, 2019
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

on draft, in a tulip glass

fairly clear, dark yellow golden, white head. mild grassy earthy hop aroma, and some pale malt in there too. similar taste. thin to medium bodied.

Oct 10, 2019
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aleigator from Germany

3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an amber clouded color, with a stable, big head.

Smells of grass, slightly spicy yeast and dried orange zest.

Has a surprisingly smooth, medium body with a velvet touch to it. The beer manages to be refreshing at the same time, by developing a late effervescence during the finish.

Tastes of sun ripened oranges, unripe mango and bread dough. This first impression gets complimented by blueberries and slightly bitter lime atop a honey malt peak. Finishes a little spicy, with cloves and pepper among wild honey and water melon.

Interesting take on an ipa with a noteable belgian influence, recognizable by the beer‘s yeastiness. The mouthfeel and balance are great in this, while the hops fall a little short on their own.

Aug 03, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Starts with malt sweetness, but in a hurry turns grassy and bitter, with a hint of cherios. Body is light and airy, while holding fast to a yeasty texture. Has some lemon and pepper on the nose to add to grass, yeast and hops. Fine bpa, but nothing special

Sep 28, 2018
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle from The Wee Beer Shop, Glasgow (£2.50):
Very much a Belgian style beer that opened with a lot of yeast & some subtle spices with the odd hop showing as well. It was  afresh beer that had plenty orange zest & lemon coming through alongside some background fruits that included apples, grape & some pears, all working well together & going down nicely.

Jan 03, 2018
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bark from Sweden

3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The colour is straw yellow, the liquid is clear. The three fingers head is white and airy; it sinks slowly down leaving lots of lacing on the glass.

The smell is sweet and smooth with spices like nutmeg, cloves and allspice. Bitter hints in the background as well as some oranges and other fruits.

The taste is very smooth with growing fruity/herbal flavours. Clean sweetness and some cereals. Orange juice and ditto peels. Light to medium body. Passing exotic fruits and candy sweetness in the aftertaste as well as some green grapes and French bread. Warming clean alcohol and hints of earth in the finish.

The carbonation is strong; the many mid-sized bubbles short-lived. The liquid is semi-smooth and a bit harsh.

A highly drinkable Belgian beer. Some odd flavours here and there, though.

Dec 08, 2017
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OlaB from Norway

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange color, with a medum top off white head with some nice sticky lacings on the glass. Aroma is citrus fruits like lemon,grapefruit and lime, spices, light bisquity malts and some hints off tropical fruits like pineapple. The flavour is fruity with and light spicy with a medium sweetness and a strong hoppy bitterness in the finish. The flavour is balanced quite well to, and a decent lenght on the aftertaste. Medium carbonation with a medium body, and a clean and complex mouthfeel. This beer tasted quite good. I would drink this beer again if i got the chance.

Dec 08, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

its a shame we will never be able to get a fresh specimen of this beer in the states, like, the bottle i just cracked has probably been collecting dust and allowing morning sunshine on some god forsaken warm shelf for so long its a fossil now, which really sucks, because de la senne is sensational, and this beer deserves a more fair shake here in america, which is supposed to be some sort of "land of opportunity" but it isnt for this beer, which maybe is indicative of minority populations and "9/11 truthers" and suffragists and anticapitalists before them. once upon a time, this was delightful belgian pale, but now its oxidized and bitter with notes of wet corrugated cardboard and airplane napkins. nevermind that though, lets focus on the potential here, what i know it was like way back when, honey and grassy hops and a yeast strain unique to this brewery that shows tea and lemongrass and clarity like a crystal ball. good body and appropriate strength. i have always wanted to drink a guinness or a newcastle beer close to origin to fully appreciate, and now i can add this to the list of quality beers that just do not translate well to the american market. some de la senne stuff works over here, this one does not. someday we as a country will be able to receive this beer appropriately... i hope i am around to see it...

Nov 11, 2017
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JamFuel from Sweden

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow, with low, fine foam.

Smell is grassy with hints of chamomille, yeast and roses.

Taste is floral and grassy, with a soft, balanced bitterness. Very drinkable and fruity, takes a bunch of old and mixes it with new. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a very good new school Belgian, drinkable and fruity.

Sep 26, 2017
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DJ-Hophead from England

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap @ Moor, Bristol - Pours hazy orange with a medium white foamy head. Nice lacing. Medium carbonation. Aroma - fruity, light apple and lemon, hop notes, light spice, herbal. Taste - Light fruity forefront - apple and lemons, light spice -cloves, Long bitter finish. Nice enough new wave Belgian ale.

Jun 24, 2017
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours dark amber with a big head. Hops are fairly intense but they are accompanied by sweet malty notes. Floral and with hints of yeast. A very enjoyable Belgian pale!

May 01, 2017
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TX-Badger from Texas

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear yellow golden color with white head. Grass, lemony citrus, hay, and some floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with lemon zest and some grass.

Dec 27, 2016
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josanguapo from Spain

3.24/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From XXXII. In Teku glass. After dinner. Reading Lupuloadicto (Beerano 2014) 5.5 months after BB date. At first seemed dull, like those typical spanish amateurish brews, but a nice herbal bitterness appears as I progressed with it that make me enjoy it the more I drinked it

May 31, 2016
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ABV: 5.8 %. Bought in August 2014. Resting in my beercellar for 1 year and 9 months.
Bottled on May 7 2014. Best before May 7 2015.

This beer pours hazy and deep orange to yellow. Lots of lacing stays on the glass.

Nose: Orange, pineapple, lime, grass and Belgian yeast.
Taste: Suprisingly fresh! Lemon, lime, orange, sweet malt, earthy notes and grass.
Mouth: Crisp, smooth with a bitter and dry ending. Light to medium carbonation. Very drinkable!

No problems at all to store this beer and drink it one year after "best before" - It’s so good!

May 16, 2016
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FLima from Brazil

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber orange color with a thick bright white head with eternal retention and leaving laces.
Nice aroma with notes of fresh oranges, pineapple with lemon drops and bread.
Flavor with spicy and herbal hops, fresh oranges, lemongrass, white pepper, white grapes, yellow fruits, flowers, some grapefruit and lemon. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 5.8% is absent.
Love this brewery. Well done pleasant Belgian Pale Ale. This is complex, refreshing, balanced, well hoped and spicy. What else to ask from a beer?

May 08, 2016
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PlutonowyManiek from Belgium

2.99/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Color: bright yellow, almost straw, hazy, with lots of floating particles. The head of white built, not very stable, decently adorned with glass.
Aroma: initially sweet, fruity, hoppy, later becoming dry.
Taste: Malt of fruit inclusions, is somewhat dry and slightly sour. White grapes, a bit of lemon.
Gentian: clear, dry lemon and grapefruit. Saturation high.

Jan 02, 2016
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Rich gold/yellow. Slightly hoppy, grains, crisp and clean aroma. Slightly fruity, a little bitter, clean, crisp. Not much to it, but refreshing and high carbonation.

Nov 23, 2015
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ordybill from Georgia

4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance of this beer is a hazy golden yellow with a large white head. The aroma is full of yeast and malt with some grass and pepper thrown in. A very complex aroma. The flavor is full of malt and fruit a very intricate brew.

Nov 17, 2015
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StJamesGate from New York

4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Poechenellekelder, Brussels.
Tarnished gold with lumps of trailing white head. 4.25
Lemony hops, touch of must, and aspirin. 4
Lemsip up front, tangerine, some bubblegum, herbs, harsh citrus hops, some apricot, and clovey phenols. 4
Estery apple sauce and chalky linger. 4
Just past light, round, clingy. 4

Not as clean as Taras - a bit yeasty. But well hoppy to go with that yeast character, almost with lots of mineral and dough. Heavy hitter at 5.8%, but complex enough to rep Brussels. 4.25

Oct 05, 2015
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ZorPrime from Canada (QC)

4.84/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

600th review!

What a beer. This one is pretty good, near perfection. Can we say session Belgian beer?!

The beer color is pale yellow, cloudy. Nice white thin head on top of it. Its fabulous. The aroma is hoppy with a very timid presence of Belgian yeast. Fuit is lemon, citrus, tropical fruit. Awesome. The taste is similar to the aroma. Citrus. Some dryness in the finish with a very well balanced bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium body with some effervescence. Bubbly! :)

Overall a pretty good beer. For me, this is one of the best. Perfect! Cheers!

Nov 29, 2014
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brureview from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%

Poured a golden color with a 1 finger head into an Orval Trappist glass.

A very strong lemon-citrus aroma.

The mouth feel is quite tart and fits the character of the beer's aroma, taste and finish.

The taste is citrus- although not as strong as the aroma, and not lemony.

The finish is quite good- tangy and mildly bitter.

Overall: a well-done Belgian Pale ale- very drinkable.

Sep 29, 2014
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with white head. Nice belgian yeast esters in the aroma. Taste goes along with a very balanced malt/hop profile. Body is quite smooth for the style but well carbonated. Nice one.

Aug 12, 2014
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MattSweatshirt from Texas

3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just saw this was on tap and went for it. I just know De La Senne is supposed to make good beer.

Pours a pretty clear golden body with a thick white head.

Smell is mostly just floral, grassy, and a tad soapy. Basically a bunch of hops. Good to have a hoppy beer that doesn't come across as American.

Light bitterness, medium bodied, and lots of carbonation.

Really good and super drinkable.

Jul 31, 2014
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 286 ratings