Brasserie de la Senne

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Brasserie de la Senne
Belgian Pale Ale
Ranked #19
Ranked #15,767
3.91 | pDev: 9.97%
Aug 21, 2022
Nov 24, 2005
Very Good
Notes: None
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
July 2014: Rerate, 330 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 5.8%. Hazy pale golden colour, large white head. Otherwise as first sample.

Original rating: Cask at the GBBF 2008. ABV was said to be 6.0%. Cloudy golden colour, low head. Lovely aroma of yeast, fruits, spices and honey. The flavour is yeasty and spicy / peppery, fairly dry, slightly medicinal in the finish.
Aug 21, 2022
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Rated by pkalix from California

4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
i like it! not the traditional hop bitterness we're accostomed to....
Aug 21, 2022
Rated: 4.39 by beerrat from Virginia

Jun 05, 2022
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Reviewed by cambabeer from New York

4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pale gold hazy body, light gets through but not much else, soapy white head that sticks. Malt sweetness starts the nose, quickly fading to herbal, soap, lavender, grassy. Taste is floral bitterness, mouthful of flower spice and some slight sweetness that just barely gets through. Finishes dry and biter like a mouthful of flowers and coriander.
May 07, 2022
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.29/5  rDev -15.9%
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
Rated: 4.18 by cinho from Wales

Jan 20, 2021
Rated: 3.54 by DvdP from Netherlands

Nov 11, 2020
Rated: 3.87 by igl from Russian Federation

Feb 20, 2020
Rated: 2.98 by stephenlee93 from England

Feb 01, 2020
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | 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 !

7/22/22 Three years later, I again have Zinnebir on tap at The Beer Temple. Its bitter is more prominent and long-lasting and would not be a good accompaniment to food. De la Senne gets good Overall Hugs for continuing the Belgian farmhouse tradition, but the hops here push the envelope a bit too much for me.
Oct 31, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
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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Reviewed by aleigator from Germany

3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
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
Rated: 4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland

Apr 13, 2019
Rated: 3.87 by Epiktetos from Czech Republic

Dec 05, 2018
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -2%
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
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Aug 30, 2018
Rated: 4.11 by TheGent from New Jersey

Aug 11, 2018
Rated: 4.03 by Quafftastic from Virginia

Mar 10, 2018
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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
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
Rated: 3.95 by TheCrowsEye from California

Dec 18, 2017
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Reviewed by bark from Sweden

3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Reviewed by OlaB from Norway

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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
Rated: 4.06 by Antyk from Belgium

Oct 22, 2017
Rated: 4 by AGust82 from Connecticut

Oct 16, 2017
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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
Rated: 2.5 by ThisSeasonsWaifu from Sweden

Sep 15, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by Bryan12345 from Texas

Aug 23, 2017
Rated: 4.04 by Pro_Magnon from Texas

Jul 30, 2017
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Reviewed by DJ-Hophead from England

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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
Rated: 3.75 by Kahlerbock from Kansas

Jun 13, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by ckollias from Maryland

Jun 07, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by mothman from Minnesota

Jun 06, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by Dirtyhands from Maryland

May 22, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by mattycasey from Massachusetts

May 11, 2017
Rated: 3.89 by smb71481 from Vermont

May 06, 2017
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Reviewed by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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
Rated: 3.5 by Karibourgeois from Texas

Jan 11, 2017
Rated: 3.9 by kjkinsey from Texas

Jan 08, 2017
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