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 #33,243
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 11.47%
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
208
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Brasserie de la Senne
 
Belgium
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  14
SCORE
84
Good
Stouterik (The Brussels Stout)Stouterik (The Brussels Stout)
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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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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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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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Ginsberg from Indiana

3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dec 29, 2019
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five+ finger brown head that goes fairly quickly to a ring leaving a little lace. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Black color. Nose is slight coffee/earthy. Strong roasted coffee flavor with hints of bitterness. $3.95 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Nov 30, 2007
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oberon from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up from the marked down cart at Bestway today not knowing what to expect from this beer,I was pleasantly surprised.Poured into a tulip glass more of a dark brown than black,a fluffy one finger slight off white head atop that settled into a creamy mass leaving two rings of broken lace behind.Lighter cocoa aromas with some metallic/iron,the roast comes thru more as it warms a little.Flavors are very much like a dry stout up front,unsweetened chocolate,dark roast,and char make up the initial flavors, a decent fruitiness comes in late rounding it out very well.Very nice for a "smaller" stout,much more complex than expected.

May 24, 2010
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lackenhauser from Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, deep ruby black color with a huge, creamy head. Strong aroma of roasted malt-almost a peat or charcol aroma. Strong roasted flavor-very strong dark chocolate taste. Quite a grainy flavor as well. Has a touch of earthiness. Nice body for the flavor and lower abv. Finish is rather dry. A different sort of beer and fairly enjoyable.

Feb 11, 2008
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tavernjef from Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Inky black color in the glass. Large and in charge faomy bubbled capping of light tanned foam. Sits a good while before settling to an always present frim collar ring and skimming. Great lacing is caked on in a thin frosting of interwoven particles.

Aroma is quite nice with a smokey/charred dry sense over a bit of dry cocoa, pepper, anise, and dark malt husks. Slight sweetness undrneath, but sticks to the dryness with a well balanced tone.

Taste is just as good as the smell delivers with a well formed display of dark huskyness, charred leafyness/earthyness, deep dark cocoa bean, thin bitterness within the cocoa and char adding tin and ash notes as it developes into a nice placid realm of dryness into the finish with touches of charred pepper spice and espresso chocolate.

Well balanced, even though its overall dry from front to back. It has an ease about it that is encouragably tolerable throughout each sip. Medium bodied to closing in on fullish. Loads up the dryness on the palate, but some how fills up the throat and belly with a roasty warmth and tender little sweetness underneath. Very nice.

The dryness takes a bit of getting use to, but once its flow has started to take place its easy to follow. A nice surprising find and will go back for more.

Jul 06, 2007
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

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

Bottle: Poured a light dark color ale with a huge off-white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light bitter roasted malt is somewhat interesting. Taste is also dominated by some light roasted malt and some light hops presence. Good carbonation but body is a bit thin. As previous raters mentioned, this beer seems to be geared toward drinkability and might lack some character.

Sep 19, 2008
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I risked serving this beer at around 60°F / 15.6°C and paid for it with a bit of a foam over. The beer settles into my 25cl tulip glass with a three finger (including a finger of head that resides above the rim of my glass), frothy, lightly browned, tan colored head. The beer is quite dark, but does have a touch of a burnt amber hue to it, when held up to the light it shows a brilliantly clear, deep, concentrated, ruby red hue. Up front the aroma smells of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans, there is a sort of earthiness to the malt and an almost smoky quality to the beer. The aroma has quite a hearty malt focus to it, but there is an underlying character that peeks through at times; aromas of burnt prunes, light phenolics (which contribute to the smokiness found in the nose), as well as some woody black pepper notes and some striking orange zest aromatics that are quite noticeable once I separate them out. I like how malt focused this beer was initially and how it opens up to reveal another layer that adds to the overall complexity.

This beer is well carbonated as it foams up as it hits my mouth. The first sip is dry, with a black cocoa note and some burnt grain notes that really dry out the finish as well. The dark grain, along with likely other sources (e.g. yeast / fermentation), contributes a light tartness to this beer that also contributes to the drying effect. Releasing some of the excess, peppery carbonation smoothes out the beer quite a bit; this plays up the cocoa notes a bit, but this is still quite spicy. The spice notes make me think of pepper, perhaps a touch of clove and a definite earthy note, perhaps a touch of almost peat like smokiness too. This is definitely quite light bodied, though not watery, it is quite drinkable once you get rid of the excess carbonation.

This is quite a nice beer, the aroma is definitely a bit more interesting / complex than the flavor though. I like that it is dry, and it could almost pass for a ordinary dry stout if not for that hint of fermentation character that makes this a little something extra-ordinary.

Jan 08, 2009
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As of sometime in 2006, Stouterik is no longer being brewed by Brouwerij Sint-Pieters. It is now being brewed by the newly created Brasserie de la Senne, which is what the miniscule print at the top of the label on my bottle reads.

Chocolate fudge with generous red and gold highlights. I get the impression that brighter light than is currently available out my front window would reveal this beer's non-opacity. Not bad for such a small beer, though. The 'wheat toast' colored cap looks great and has absolutely slathered the glass with lace.

I'm not sure what a 'Brussels Stout' is, but Stouterik smells like a typical American... porter. It has a modest dark maltiness that, unlike the vast majority of Belgian beer, lacks complexity. Stouts don't need the kind of complexity that Belgian yeast provides, but still.

This wee stout is good beer that could just as easily have been created by any number of American craft brewers. By my palate, there's almost nothing Belgian about it and I would never have guessed the country of origin if blinded. It's still tasty stuff.

Baker's chocolate/cocoa powder leads the way, followed by a nonspecific fruitiness and a small splash of black coffee. To its credit, the beer is dry (and somewhat hoppy) rather than sweet. In fact, it tastes and feels like an Irish dry stout to me. Again, complexity is in short supply. Flavor and drinkability, however, are abundant.

I'm reluctant to be too hard on the mouthfeel of a beer with an ABV less than 5.0%. This one manages to stay away from wateriness, even on the finish. The amount of carbonation (like everything else) is more American than Belgian. That's a good thing in this case.

Stouterik is a well-brewed dark beer that is more conventional than expected. Unfortunately, the price of admission (I paid $4.09 for the 11.2 oz bottle) is too steep to warrant a repeat purchase. Given the cost, I suggest adding another two or three bucks and leaving with a sixer of some good American stout or porter.

Oct 10, 2007
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer bistro. Black, with a little permanent off-whte head, lace on the sides of the glass, and rising carbonation bubbles. Sourish aromas, mild roast as well. The mouthfeel is below average. The taste is a mild stout, with roast right there. Sourish roast, a tad astringent, in the finish.

Aug 15, 2010
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horshack7 from England

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's nice and dark with a head that is rather rocky with solid head retention.

Aroma: Some dryness in the nose. Espresso, dark grain with a light touch of brown bread sweetness. Faint smokiness, licorice root with traces of dark fruits.

Taste: Dark chocolate, espresso, dark malts with a slight toffee sweetness. Minor notes of smokiness and a twinge of black licorice. The mouthfeel is smooth with a nice dry finish.

Notes: Tasty, drinkable and a very good dry finish tops it off well and a good one to pick up. Cheers.

Jul 09, 2012
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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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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown where muted light comes through. Light head that recedes to a single layer of bubbles. Some spiderweb lace.

The smell is slightly off-putting. Smells like soured milk and dark chocolate.

Far more espresso-like than the smell would indicate. Relatively thin body with a high level of carbonation. The finish is like the end of a dark coffee.

Dec 21, 2008
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drabmuh from Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft at Churchkey, a fine stout, but nothing special here. Beer is black / dark brown with a thin head of small brown bubbles, some lacing, moderate retention, looks fine.

Aroma is mildly roast, some malt.

Beer is medium in body, light on the finish, mildly bitter from the roast, otherwise it is just a stout, well made and I'd have it again but nothing special here.

Aug 03, 2012
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drpimento from Wisconsin

2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured with a nice, light brown to tan, medium sized head and no lace. Color is an almost opaque dark brown with amber highlights. Nose is roast malt, cocoa, coffee, a hint of skunk. Flavor is a litlte like nose minus the skunk. Dry stout with a bit of fruit arond the edges. Not a lot of depth. Body is ok but carbonation is a little too fizzy for the style. Finish is like flavor with some legs. Neat label though.

Aug 03, 2010
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a dense opaque brown body with a thick head of dirty tan with lots of bubble caught in it. There is a strong carbonation of bubble that keep gliding up from the base.

S- The clean light chocolate milk aroma is followed by a soft hop finish that has a lime quality to it. As the beer warms the lime quality increases.

T- There is a chocolate malt flavor that taste a bit stale with a sour flavor to follow. As the beer warms this sour flavor turns more bright and a chalky flavor comes through. The finish is a carbonic acid lemon lime soda flavor followed by nothing for a moment then a roasted bitterness comes back onto the tongue.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a dry texture and no alcohol heat.

D- This beer has a pretty thin flavor with some interesting qualities and a unique hop profile. This beer intrigued me but I'm not sure I could drink to many of them.

Jun 09, 2009
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morebeergood from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Liquor World in Porter Sq. Poured into a tulip glass. Dark brown color. Heavyset white head. Carbonation really only noticeable at the very bottom of the glass. Decent amount of lacing. Smelled like a lot of roasted barely, with a sprinkle of milk chocolate. Taste was good, not great. Cocoa powder and coffee dominate. Didn't blow me away though. A bit thin in the body, but I have noticed that trend from other Belgian stouts. Very easy to drink, low abv. A bit on the boring side though, but good for one to enjoy.

Feb 18, 2009
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Bierschenker from Belgium

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

This is my first non-Irish stout, interesting&#8230;

It has the same misty darkness, but the head is definitely different. When I poured the beer, a really big head developed. It&#8217;s much greyer then the creamy thick head you usually encounter. And it has much larger bubbles. Due to the very rich carbonation, the head is stable.
The scent is a bit different as well. I&#8217;m able to recognize those elements that are present in a pint of Guinness. But that typical yeasty Belgian element is present as well. Burned and sweetened malts and liquorices. Still, it&#8217;s overall quite weak.
The taste is stronger. It opens with a strong watery burned grain taste. It&#8217;s bitter and aggressive. And it&#8217;s too sweet.
Aftertaste is bitter and dry, but sweet as well.

It&#8217;s a stout, but no Irish stout.

Jul 14, 2008
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Magery from Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Jul 27, 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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SaCkErZ9 from South Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours from an 11.5oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass. The head that tops the beer is foamy yet sparkles and pops like the head found on top of a soda. In fact, this beer looks alot like a cola found in any grocery store. The head remains about 1/4 inch tall but nothing notable. The beer is light in color, almost a brown purple with a dearth of opaqueness.

Aroma was slightly sour and chalky. This one kind of reminds me of Lion Stout in all regards except the alcohol found in LS. Chalky, battery acid, some chocolate malts. Not bad but not great.

Really light in overall flavor. There is a pretty hefty dose of chocolate and coffee on the tongue when the beer first touches the palate, but that quickly fades with the watery mouthfeel. The mouth is left very dry and not sated.

This is one light beer. Perfect for today since it is 97F outside, but I wouldnt really seek this one out. This one could be a beginners foray into craft beer or even the stout style. Rather boring.

Jul 12, 2011
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ggaughan from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle. The beer poured a deep deep brown, nearly black body with a slight tan head that gave way to a little ring on the edge of the glass with some good lacing. There was a pleasing roasted malt aroma. The taste was a nice chocolately and roasted malt base with notes of coffee and a slight hop bitterness on the back. Medium body.

Feb 20, 2008
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Kirk from England

3.75/5  rDev 0%

Dec 24, 2013
Stouterik (The Brussels Stout) from Brasserie de la Senne
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 208 ratings