Stouterik | Brasserie de la Senne

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Brasserie de la Senne

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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 metter98
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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 maximep
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pretty dark, one finger khaki head that disappears pretty quickly after settling. settles into a khaki ring. dark brew. when held up to the light, it's dark brown. not a engine oil stout. little disappointed with the head

S- roasted malts, toffee, caramel sharp ale yeast smell

T- really nice. same notes as smell, but also had a nice coffee chocolatiness to it. very complex for a sessionable beer. even picked up a little plum and leatheryness to it in the smell as i drank.

M- nice, lower medium body. perfect session feel. big bubbles. great beer to drink.

O- really glad i tried this one. fun and easy drinking, i wouldn't turn down another bottle of this in a second.

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Photo of drabmuh
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.

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Photo of horshack7
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.

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Photo of Hophead717
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deepest of browns, just shy of black, with a half finger off-white heads that dissipates quickly.

S: Roasted malts, light coffee, semi-sweet, faint hints of chocolate, and light grain. Nice and well-rounded, but a touch light.

T: Very roasty, again hints of chocolate and coffee, but the roast drives this beer. Fairly true to the style and dry.

M: On the thin side, but expected for the style and ABV. Moderately carbonated, which works well.

O: Nice for the style, though it's not my favorite (you can always tell when I explicitly grade to style). If I ever wanted this type of heavy-handed roasty, light body/ABV stout, I'd pick up another Stouterik.

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Photo of pixieskid
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think previous reviewers have been neglecting that this is a low abv stout intended to be a traditional dry stout, not some chewy, chocolaty, rich...anyway: it's a solid beer. To take a page out of the bros. book, it's a no frills stout that is quite solid.

Pours a simple black color iwth a solid 3 finger khaki head, dissipating slowly to a nice lingering head.
Nose; roasty, grainy, a bit of hops.
Taste; Slight sweetness upfront with a hint of chocolate, nice grain notes, and a dry lingering bitterness with a suggestion of rye. Finishes with a nice roastiness, grassy hops, and a touch of grains.
Mouthfeel, med. body, dry, somewhat slick.
Overall; simple, solid, well done, guessing it probably costs a pretty penny in the states and as such might have influenced the reviews I read...

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The khaki head reaches only a frothy half inch before turning creamy and settling down. A fine lace is left on the nonic glass over a dark, almost black-brown beer.

Malty sweetness greets the nose with wheat bread, figs, and cherry. There is some woodiness and molasses to be found as this one warms.

A roasted bitterness quickly turns to a long, acrid finish. Tar flavors seem to be an underlying theme. Sweetness found in the aroma is completely lost and there is a hint of baker’s chocolate that becomes more pronounced with warmth.

Light bodied as expected, with a watery texture and no alcohol. This one is a little chalky and carbonation is too high for the style.

Enjoy this with Buffalo wings or a cheesy dip. On its own, Stouterik does not hold up, but as a beverage for Monday Night Football, it will be fine.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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 sketchpunx
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown into a Karmleit goblet. Nice 2 finger tan head.
Smell is roast coffee malts and chestnuts.

The taste is bitter malt and coffee. Feels A little thin actally. Nice dry finish.

This is good, but far from the best belgian stout i've tried. Overall Decent but nothing i would be dying to try again.

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Photo of claytong
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - dark and opaque, nice frothy head that leaves lacing for quite some time but not forever.

smell - malts and hops, pretty generic for the style

taste - mediocre malts, not as dark as you might expect them to be from the appearance

mouthfeel - a bit thin, but good carbonation. nice dry finish

for the price ill definitely pass...i can have much tastier sessions for a third of the price

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
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 Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Knapp85
2.62/5  rDev -30.1%
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 Monsteruss
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The foam was dark wheat in color, thick, semi-smooth and very lacy. The color was a dark burgandy and semi-opaque. The smell was wheaty at best with some fruity and bitter accents with some nutty undertones. It had a stong bready taste with a malty undertone and some nutty accents. Mouthfeel - medium to heavy bodied and smooth. Drinkability - other than the semi-sweet accent, I had an ok session.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a thick texture. There was an inch of super-foamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of chocolate, malt, and a tinge of hops.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, mild chocolate, and some hops in the finish. This beer doesn't deviate from the Irish Dry Stout template, but it does do it well.

M: A good amount of carbonation with an incredibly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A well made, drinkable stout. Well worth checking out.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of rich imperial stouts, so lets see how one stands up with lower ABV than usual. Stouterik pours out a dark brown color, with a finger of white heading. Light earthy notes comes forth from the smell, as well as cocoa, milk and caramel. Milk chocolate comes in the front of the flavor, followed by a hint of char and bitter coffee (think cafe con leche). Mouthfeel is light and refreshing for a stout, not something one sees very often. Drinkability is superb, even sessionable in many respects. Talk about a stout that is pushing the boundaries in the opposite direction of most. Rather than high ABV and exotic ingredients, De La Senne succeeds with a low alcohol stout that is complex enough on its own. A must try as far as I am concerned for any self proclaimed stout lover out there.

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Photo of acurtis
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
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 BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta bottle of this and drank it in a tulip glass at the home. Surprised this is only 4.5%.

A- Stouterik (cool name) comes out looking stoutsy with a night shade of black and a fluffy dark tan/mocha like head about an inch up, nice clunks of lace here.

S- Smells on the roasted and dry side with a fairly light dry hop scent that's piney. The hops are in the nose cause Im guessing these bottles are super fresh, stouterik is all over the city now. Roast, chocolate, cocco.

T- A very nice drinking stout here. It's dry enough for the style, yet leads itself to a sweet middle on the Belgian side, along with normal roast and chocolate like tastes, which are fairly muted. A bit of coffee and nuts.

M- Less than medium, silky, not to thin, does not come off watery, lovely, easy, semi bitter finish, carbed, yep!

D- I really liked this one, it's one of the better ones in the style with a Belgian twist. A light ABV makes for a session in the winter, but a tad pricy for the outcome, which does not deter from the beer, great stuff from a brewery I need to drink more from.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tulip on draft at memphis taproom.

A- comes my way with a finger or so of latte colored creamy head that settles rather quickly to leave a patchy skin and a solid ring on top. Super dark brown in color but not black with the slightest hint of dark amber at the corners.

S- nice layers of roasted and a bit of mocha and peat.

T- opens up with dark roasted malts and some cocoa powder that slowly rolls into a bit of coffee and a touch of smokey peat. Hints of sweetness bounce off the roast at times and bring a nice balance. Long roasty smokey finish

M- less then medium in body with a slightly sharp tingley carb.

D- easy on the abv and full of flavor. Nice stuff for sure.

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

wow. Really. That is a much lower abv than i expected. This is a pleasant suprise. a dark american porter resemblance of a belgian stout. Pour is a reddish black with a mocha head of about two finger with an aggressive pour. Nose is a mineral based chocolate. The feel is grainy like sweet and quite dry. This is not particularly malty stout. Its salty and has a lingering oyster shell quality. One of the dark beers that i you say goes well with shellfish. Palate of chalk mineral bitterness and and mild sweetness of leeks. Hunger inducing salty. Quite lean feel. A nice belgian twist.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Taras Boulba, and have been meaning to work my way through the rest of the De La Senne lineup. The label claims this is a Belgian Stout, and I will review it as one.

Very dark brown with reddish brown highlights, there's a dense, brown head with excellent retention. As the head slowly falls off to a disk, it leaves nice lacework on my glass.

The nose is pretty excellent. Moderate roasted malt, a mellow creaminess and a definite Belgian yeast character are all present, I almost wonder if a beer brewed with the second runnings from Black Albert will smell like this. The yeast is present as a spicy character, a little cinnamon sugar like? Moderately sweetened chocolate is rather prominent here, and swirling the glass brings up some coffee too. Pretty excellent. The palate opens with a prominent, dry, roasty bitterness, moderately grainy. Quite dry, there's no real sweetness here. Cocoa, a little coffee and some roast are all present, as expected, and the yeast character is solid too. Mildly spicy, there's also a light fruitiness present. Drying on the finish, this beer is light in body and has a moderate-high level of carbonation. The finish has a lingering coffee grounds bitterness, coupled with some roasted malt bitterness. One of the driest beers I've had in recent memory, this is very, very drinkable. Perfectly sessionable.

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Photo of rawthar
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just got my Beer Planet shipment home, and this is the first that I'm cracking from that haul. Didn't realize that this had such a low alcohol content when I picked it out.

A- Ebony black with the creamy tan head that I'm used to seeing disappear rapidly on all of the Impys I usually drink. This one hangs around, and leaves some nice looking lacing.

S- Wow! I was not expecting such a bold aroma from a dry stout. Burnt wood, dark over-ripe fruit, traces of smoke, the kitchen the day after baking brownies, and enough strong malts to almost just almost suggest booziness.

T- All of the aromas take a back seat to a very bitter, dry front - it is tasty, but all of those wonderful complex notes in the nose get pushed out of the way. As bitter as coffee without any sugar, but actual coffee flavor is definitely an afterthought. Good change of pace for a stout, refreshing and sort of light.

M- A nice level of carbonation in a fairly light body, this is about right on for the style. Would be nice to try on nitro.

D- The thin character and low abv make this easy on the body, but the extreme dryness kind of makes this less satisfying over all then some of the sippers.

A good, not great, dry stout, that would be a good lunchtime drink.

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Photo of claspada
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown, essentially black, with a typical Belgian style tan head. Fairly good retention and lacing. Very visually appealing.

Aroma is quite inviting as well; roasted malts and chocolate. Pretty standard for an American stout, but this is Belgian Stout, I wouldn't call it an Irish Dry Stout that's for sure.

Taste is much more than you would expect from a Dry Stout, much more flavor, lots of chocolate and roasted dark malts. Extremely flavorful without being heavy handed at all, Belgian yeast I believe helps with that aspect.

Mouthfeel is creamy without feeling too thick or heavy, there is a nice level of carbonation which I also contribute to the Belgian yeast strain they are using. I think the mouthfeel is my favorite part of this beer.

Drinkability is off the charts because of the amount of flavor packed into this low ABV offering. Highly recommended but I don't think I will be paying $4 a bottle for this one again when there are comparable cheaper offerings around.

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Stouterik from Brasserie de la Senne
3.75 out of 5 based on 191 ratings.
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