Stouterik (The Brussels Stout) | Brasserie de la Senne

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Stouterik (The Brussels Stout)Stouterik (The Brussels Stout)
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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:
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Added by tavernjef on 07-06-2007

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94
Ratings:
193
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
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Photo of vinicole
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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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 EmperorBevis
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
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

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Photo of Premo88
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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

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Photo of MoohMooh
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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!

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Photo of Arthuros
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of ChrisWhoDrinksBeer
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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.

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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 StJamesGate
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
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.)

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Photo of shleepy
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of pkalix
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of palma
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of babaracas
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of greenmtn1111
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a glass chalice.

Black with tan head, starting at two fingers and then fading quickly. Dark, roasted malts on the nose with a sort of bitter, astringent smell as well. After a while it takes on a wet dog smell, which I can’t say is good. I get a lot more chocolate drinking it than with the aroma. The malt is really roasty, almost burnt-like. There’s a slight hint of bitter coffee, but that’s all. The taste is very nice and more complex than I was expecting. The finish is dry, like an Irish stout should be, but I think there is way too much carbonation in this. I want it to glide down my throat smoothly, but instead my tongue is assaulted by CO2. I think this could have been an excellent stout, but the carbonation takes a lot away from it in my opinion.

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Photo of rudzud
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a very nice deep rich black with a very thick, dense and creamy head that fades to leave thick creamy side lacing. Just wonderful.

S - Aromas of coffee, rich chocolate, light malty sweetness, maybe some honey. Very, very nice.

T - Taste is solid, very nice roasted malts, gentle bitter coffee notes. Light, light dark fruits here. Bit on the sweet side.

M - Mouthfeel is quite smooth and creamy. Very nice for the ABV.

O - Overall, a solid stout out of Belgium. Have to pick up a bottle of this.

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Photo of cbutova
4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always been interested in this beer as I am with most stouts. Never knew it was only 4.5% and an Irish Dry style Stout, always nice to try things beyond the Imperials and adjunct infused ones.

A- Poured from the bottle into a standard sized tulip. The black bodied beer looks thinner coming out of the glass than most American stouts, something one would expect. A MASSIVE head forms to about two inches in height and retains like whipped cream. The cap eventually falls to a frothy ring and cloud and leaves a large amount of itself behind on the glass. Blankets of lace.

S- Malt forward aroma with a dry roast grain feel and a good toasted nutty note right there with the very dark stuff. Some dark fruit and from the nose it doesn't seem the least bit sweet.

T- Dry roast malt with some bitterness comes through with a grainy feel as the major flavor to me but nutty and toasted biscuit hints add good malt complexity. The roast malt brings some coffee and chocolate hints but not sweet and dessert-like. Yeast strain seems Belgian and adds fig, raisin and spicy hints lending another layer of good flavors.

MF- Feels light like a cloud and dried out on the palate but a good creaminess when agitated, not thin at all. High carbonation foams up nicely adding to the nice creamy feel. Dry roast bitterness lingers in the finish.

Actually impressively multi-dimensional for a 4.5% stout. The chocolate flavor builds a lot with time and some warmth but the yeast still shines. Best example of the style I have tried thus far.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Moeder Lambic on 4/7/2013. Pours a deep brown with light highlights at the base. Head is rocky, 1.5 inches, dense and khaki-colored. The lacing on this beer is incredible and creates a basket weave pattern along the walls of the glass. Nose expresses dark malts, lactose, artificial sweetener, a roasty quality and perhaps a kiss of vanilla. Taste is roasty/earthy with some char, lactose sweetenss and some hops bittering towards the back the lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body, but closer to light, with an even carbonation - nothing spectacular, but spot on for what it should be. Overall, a solid low abv stout, but not something I need to revisit.

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Photo of acevenom
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter glass. The beer pours dark brown to black with a thick, light tan head. The beer smells of dark roasted malt, chocolate, and fig. It's an interesting smelling stout. The taste follows the nose with some nice back end bitterness. The dark roasted malts also give some nice roasty flavors to the beer. The chocolate and light fig flavor also comes through. The body is light with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry. This is an easy stout to drink. This is a good beer.

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Stouterik (The Brussels Stout) from Brasserie de la Senne
3.76 out of 5 based on 193 ratings.
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