Stouterik (The Brussels Stout)
Brasserie de la Senne

Stouterik (The Brussels Stout)Stouterik (The Brussels Stout)
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Style:
Stout - Irish Dry
Ranked #112
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #33,235
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 11.47%
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
208
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Brasserie de la Senne
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  6
Gots
  14
SCORE
84
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

4.31/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a tap at The Sovereign (Georgetown, DC), essentially no head with a dark brown, almost opaque color. Aroma of roasted malt with some yeast. Taste is also roasted malt forward with flavors of chocolate, roasted nuts, and fresh-ground coffee. Except for the price, I could drink this all day.

Jun 17, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

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

another legendary beer from de la senne, who has definitely become one of my favorite breweries anywhere in the world. i always get so stoked to find ones from them i have never had before, usually dusty on some bottom warm shelf somewhere, which really doesnt seem to hurt their beer much if at all. this has a wonderful liveliness to it, interesting with the belgian yeast and the dark malts, and im surprised to see it is as low alcohol as it is, it has a dense, slow drinking speed to it despite the high carbonation and lighter then most american stouts roast profile. its got a deep brown color, no sediment at all, and a short but thick tan head, mocha colored almost. the aroma and flavor are awesome, faint oxidation meets impossibly dry dark grain, almost irish stout sort of dry and dark at the same time, but with a neat nuttiness in there too, a light cocoa powder aspect, and some amazing yeast that is belgian for sure but not real estery, super mature and completed in its fermenting work, and with a lightly wild element, not quite bretty but a little funky and interesting, its amazing all together, and each sip of this one wows me anew. a genre defining brew for me as a belgian stout goes, impressive depth and refinement. de la senne continue to kill it, it astounds me their beer doesnt get more attention...

Jun 29, 2018
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FLima from Brazil

4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep black color with a three-finger dark beige creamy head with great retention and leaving strong laces.
Nice aroma with lots of cocoa and dark chocolate and notes of coffee, lots of yeast, walnut and cream.
Flavor with notes of yeast, coffee, cocoa powder, walnut, raspberries, grassy and earthy hops, licorice, dark chocolate, cola, roasted and a bit of smoked malt and walnut. Quite dry aftertaste with a decent bitterness.
Deceivingly medium light body with appropriate carbonation.
Nice surprise. Belgians made this Irish Stout fun to drink and very flavorful. Lots of chocolate, very yeasty, complex and decently hopped. I would rather have this than a Guinness without a doubt.

Jan 17, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with fluffy beige head. Aroma has sweet chocolate, cacao, light brown sugar and a light yeasty note. Taste is roasty, slightly acrid, dry, light to medium roasty bitterness on the finish. Light to medium body, medium to low carbonation. Feels quite watery and simple overall.

May 24, 2017
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vinicole from England

3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Very dark brown. Thick tan head which gradually thins.
Medium aroma of sweet toasted malt.
Initial sweetness is dispersed by a bitter finish. Burnt toast.
Rather thin for a stout.

Apr 16, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Once again, the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody enables me to conduct a modest horizontal, this time with the beers of Brasserie de la Senne.

From the bottle: "Belgian Dark Ale - Hand Crafted & Refermented in the Bottle".

Once more, a clue! If it says that the beer is "Refermented in the Bottle", then it probably bears a gentle pour. After I had a sufficient amount decanted, I gave it an in-glass swirl to raise a finger of foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head that slowly reverted back to wisps. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with burgundy highlights. Nose had the roastiness of coffee along with the bitterness of dark chocolate. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but nicely effervescent and big on the tongue. The taste, while dry, was more towards dark chocolate than coffee, although I did taste both flavors. I was reminded of coffee-infused chocolate, which I enjoy and prefer to standard, sweet milk chocolate. The finish was dry, in keeping with the style. I found this to be a very enjoyable beer, especially at it reasonable price point. I would certainly recommend it to others.

Mar 25, 2017
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EmperorBevis from England

4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled and drank with brie at mort subite
Jet black body with big foaming off white head that stays
Big liquorice aroma with some coffee and cocoa
Flavour I'd likewise

Jan 28, 2017
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Premo88 from Texas

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz. bottle poured into snifter at brewery

L: classic black-and-tan stout look with black-looking liquid topped by 1-inch head of beige foam; sticks like paint on a wall and it does lace off a wide beige collar of foam; up to bright sun it'd dark brown and clear; an easy 5 ... perfect

S: roasty oak, molasses, peat -- sweetest peat smell I've come across, bleeding from peat into prunes, dates; as it warms, it opens up enough to push out some vanilla and mocha latte

T: roasted dirt ... very earthy and dry -- you can feel it sucking the moisture out of your mouth; oak wood aftertaste starts to build and build, then gets toasted and keeps building and then mixes with that earthy bitter opening flavor and becomes a BBQ-charred wood flavor that isn't sweet but has you reaching for the glass quickly to replenish, like an addictive potato chip session or a bag of Halloween candy you don't want to put down for fear mom and dad will take it from you; the way the flavor builds is interesting, then it reaches the point of a mocha latte with about 12 extra shots of espresso -- there's *something* in there, some kind of grain of sugar or something, but man do you have to fight through the bitter to get to it

F: light but well-filled out by carbonation ... and it has just a slight ale slickness to it; feels sturdy and well-made without being too heavy

O: Stouterik is stripped down but bold, simple but sophisticated -- its flavor spectrum that begins at bitter dirt and flows into wood, charred wood and a mega-espresso mocha is quite the journey for just 11 ounces of beer; there's no telling where this brew might take you over a full session, and I'd love to try a session of three or four, for even at it's most bitter, there's something in the flavor that keeps coaxing you to try; very interesting beer

Jan 23, 2017
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MoohMooh from France

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle.

L: Thick 3-finger head, black body with a deep red base.
S: Caramel, with just a bit of citrusy hops. Quite sweet. Some earthy malt too. A little too clean maybe.
T: Coffee and caramel, black cherry. A hint of bitterness.
F: Light carbonation, smooth and a little sticky at the same time.
O: Enjoyable stout with a nice aftertaste.

Jul 12, 2016
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BeerWithMike from Nebraska

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled back on 3/6/16. Comes in a 330ml (11.2 ounce) single bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage "SONNEN GOLD-EX" pilsner glass.

Brew pours a pitch-black in color with close to a 3-finger foamy off-white head that lasted for a bit before settling down to around 5mm. A decent amount of lacing was seen with each sip. Aroma is of dark fruits, roasted malt with a hint of nuts. Taste is close to the aroma with a hint of light smoke and wood. Slight bitterness for the finish but didn't linger. Medium-bodied with lighter carbonation. Overall it as a decent brew that is worth a try

Mar 28, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, black color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of dark chocolate and coffee. Chocolate, roasted coffee with a caramel sweetness and mild bitter bite.

Nov 01, 2015
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A clear, darkbrown beer with a hint of copper colour. A three finger high,beige, head that leaves lacing on the glass.

Nose: Roasted malt, dark fruit, nuts, smoke and wood.
Taste: Again roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, raisin, vanilla and ash.
Body: Medium body and light carbonation. Soft texture. A great bitternes.

Easy drinking stout from De la Senne!

Oct 05, 2015
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Arthuros from France

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A bitter bitter Stout, almost burnt

Tastes of over-malted rye, extra dark malt. Coffee impressions, as all stouts, bit also that over the top bitterness.

Little happiness, except maybe late in mouth.

Very dark color, medium to high dizziness.

A great beer for those who live dark dark extra bitter stouts, but could be disappointing for those who don't. A beer that stands out.

Sep 23, 2015
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thierrynantes from France

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottle (33 cl.), purchased from Bières & Chopes.

Appearance : dark brown color with a huge tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted malt aroma.
Taste & mouthfeel : roasted malt, leading to a dry bitter finish.
Overall :a good beer in the style Irish dry stout

Jul 19, 2015
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not expecting much out of this since when my local place sells discount beers they are at least a year old. Lets just say 2015 is not an option for "best drank by" date

A - Slight sediment in the base but pretty good carbonation a 1/4 inch that is fizzing out rather quickly and a ruby red deep stout base.
S - I can smell the sherry others described with faint notes of wood, smoke and mild chocolate. It's not skunked so I can say its smells great.
T - Some dried dates, a touch of ashy roast and some good smoke flavors. Held up quite good for whatever date it is. Mild bitter finish.
M - Very bubbly despite the age feels like I am drinking a carbonated soda.

Overall not bad it's quite smooth for the style and I can't get it again since they are clearing them from the shelf's. Pick it up if you like the style.

Mar 31, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am drinking a 3 year old bottle of Stouterik and it has held up well. It pours brilliant deep dark brown under a finely bubbled 2” lightly tan tinted foam collar. It has a big sherry nose with a whiff of toast in the background. Sherry, dark dried fruit with mild roast and traces of caramel and chocolate form the palate. It is very smooth, creamy and surprisingly light bodied with above average carbonation.

Feb 01, 2015
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ChrisWhoDrinksBeer from New York

2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Billed as a stout, but tasted more like a lager with some caramel malt. Pretty drinkable, some nice flavor, but not the big stout flavor I was expecting. Overall not very exciting.

Nov 09, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

As the world of beer continues to expand, and is becoming more homogenous in taste, the classic stout of Ireland makes its way inland to Belgium as the De La Senne brewers try their hand at the dry dark ale.

Stouterik pours dark garnet, a smidgeon from black and red. With the nose hovering above, sweet char becomes pronounced with the character of burnt toast, dark chocolate, roasted nuts and coffee. Its taste of burnt sugar is characteristic of caramel and cola.

Across the middle, the sweetness quivers and the roast pulls forth- bittersweet chocolate pulls from the seared sweetness and highlights a calm nutty, coffee and cola taste as well. Woodish hops and aniseed spice play on the taste just ahead of finish.

Semi-dry and medium bodied, the ale closes with a sense of lightness (dangerously close to watering), light acrid char and campfire bitterness close the session even as colanut flavors persist in aftertaste.

Aug 15, 2014
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StJamesGate from New York

3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cola black with honeycombed beige froth.
A bit of roast but mostly flinty grain.
Espresso, some char, a bit of black currant, creme caramel sweetness .
Bit of char to finish and long bitter linger.
Just past light, slight cling, soft.

Thin, even at 4.5%. Lots of bitterness, which is not quite balanced by the complexity of flavor. Belgian stouts often have a unique take, but there's nothing special going on here - there are a thousand English beers like this (OK, maybe not quite so lean and roasty.)

Jun 09, 2014
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shleepy from California

3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 11.2oz bottle. In a Duvel glass, it looks virtually black, with a decently-sized, dark-ish head.

Smells very chocolatey, without any roastiness.

Taste is smooth, with something like vanilla and dry fruit notes ("very dry" prunes), chalkiness.

Enjoyable, and surprisingly relatively light. Just not amazing.

May 04, 2014
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pkalix from California

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

nice dark brown with a semi-creamy, frothy head.... looks beautiful
smell is kind of adjunct-like, commercial crappiness... this cant be from Belgium. this smells like American crap.
taste is much better than the smell. but still, not quality stuff. there's that little twang of 'something' that just lends to the credence that it is not a quality brew.... a bitterness like from a corn or something not really worthy. it's got a certain 'earthiness' which just seems to follow other brews of that aren't great. I guess it's decent for a drink, but i'm not buying it again. especially for the price.

May 04, 2014
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palma from New York

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Oh yes now this is a good irish dry stout. And brewed by a belgian!

Nose: Charcoal, mint, roasted chestnuts.

Taste: dry. Chocolate. Dark chocolate. Cream. Slightky astringent at the end. Basic but good. Nice and simple.

A pretty well made medium stout. You can keep looking for some complexity in the taste and can find it. I enjoyed it.

Feb 14, 2014
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babaracas from Florida

4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark brown, thick soapy light brown head, thin layer sticks with a few splotches of lace behind. Smell: toffee, mild earthy and herbal hopping, brown bread, mild roast. Taste: mild roast, toasted brown bread, lots of toffee and chocolate, dark fruit note, earthy hopping to balance with citrus peel note. Pillowy, dry finish. nice.

Dec 10, 2013
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Chico1985 from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour is very dark reddish brown, translucence only noticeable when held to the light. A nice thick beige head rests up top, leaves decent lace and retains very well. Chocolate, bready and nutty malts make up the scent mostly, with some dark fruit there as well. Good strength.

Taste is nice. Chocolate, toasted bread, graininess, and a great dark fruit presence that intensifies with warmth. Some light earthy hoppiness. Solid flavors for a 4.5% stout, low sweetness. Mouthfeel is solid as well but maybe a touch on the thin side.

Not sure if this was attempting to be a dry stout really, but it manages to be a standout for the style I'd say. Very drinkable and nice flavors.

Nov 19, 2013
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CookstLiquor from Canada (BC)

3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle. Pours a dark chestnut brown. There's not too much to the nose: light roasted malt notes and little bit of fruit. Unremarkable. Taste is similar to that of a well-made porter, though maybe a little on the light-bodied side. It's roasty and smoky with good carbonation. A good session beer for those who like dark brews.

Aug 06, 2013
Stouterik (The Brussels Stout) from Brasserie de la Senne
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 208 ratings