Stouterik (The Brussels Stout) | Brasserie de la Senne

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Stouterik (The Brussels Stout)Stouterik (The Brussels Stout)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie de la Senne
Belgium
brasseriedelasenne.be

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by tavernjef on 07-06-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
196
Reviews:
94
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
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Ratings: 196 |  Reviews: 94
Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of acurtis
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Stouterik - ABV: 4.50 %
From tap at Memphis taproom in Tulip.
Jet black with small brown head. Mild but complex aroma, Very dry and bitter. Taste of dark roasted malt, chocolate, fruit and hops. Exceptionally drinkable dry stout, medium bodied and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spycow
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
2.62/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a very light beer for a Stout. I must agree with some of the comments below saying it looks like a dark wheat beer. The head is rather large and does coat the glass nicely. I expected this stout to have a much darker body to it and a ton more flavor to it. The brews mouthfeel was smooth and on the lighter side. Not as heavy as most stouts in the realm. I know most Irish Stouts are on the lighter side too, but since this came from Belgium I was thinking perhaps it would have been amped up with something a little more interesting. Wouldn't need to have this one again.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark amber in color when held up to a bright light and black when viewed from afar. It poured with a finger high dark beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of roasted malts and Belgian yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but also has some added notes of chocolate. Slight hints of bitterness are present in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied, airy and very dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has a lot of lingering dryness from the roasted malts and some hints of chalkiness from the yeast.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and sessionable. The Belgian yeast makes the taste a little more interesting when compared to other Irish Dry Stouts.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up at State Line in Elkton, MD. Served in a De La Senne tulip.

Pours a dark brown color with a good light tan head and some lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose carries distinctive Belgian yeast along with some chocolate and roast. Flavor hits on the roast and chocolate with yeast and fruit in the background. Some light spice. Medium body with a semi-dry finish. Pretty good.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque very dark amber in color (almost black) with some faint brown highlights and very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall foamy tan head that very slowly fades to a thin film covering the entire surface with a couple of small slightly thicker patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts with some lighter amounts of Belgian yeast.

T: Moderate flavors of roasted malts with some lighter notes of Belgian yeast and dark chocolate. Just more than light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Airy and very dry with lots of lingering dryness in the finish and just a hint of chalkiness.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer and an interesting one with the Belgian yeast in the Irish Dry Stout - I found the complexity of the flavor and the mouthfeel to really be the best parts of this beer. The alcohol is well hidden and it is easy to drink.

Note: Had this beer to celebrate @metter98's birthday - since he is an enjoyer of stouts and his name is Erik.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

A nice Belgian stout. Not extremely potent or flavorful, but rather smooth/medium bodied/easy to drink.

Poured black with a finger of tan head that retained and laced fairly well. Roasty malts and cocoa on the nose, and a surprising mild hop presence. Smooth malts in the taste, cocoa and coffee, providing a dry and somewhat bitter finish. (That's probably what I detected in the smell, and not hops.) Medium bodied for a stout, a little thin, but still easily drinkable, even if not the best of its style.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Julio's, this bottle was cellared for about a year. Poured chilled into a pils glass.

A hazed medium brown color with thick cap of beige. The retention is good and lace sticks ok, the bead is fine. The smell is different, mostly caramel odor from the malt, but a light spice note from the hops in the background. The feel is dry and semi-spicy with moderate carbonation and finish is slightly bitter,yet dry and balanced overall.

This is a pretty tasty beer for the strength, light bodied, but nice mild caramel from the malt and light earthy elements that seem to blend with the hops well. slightly piney and mild pepper from the hops which actual are more dominant from mid taste on. I thought this was decent overall, not great. I don't drink a lot of this style but I don't think this has a lot of stout-like, more of a slightly hoppy brown -it is drinkable though.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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