Saison | Brasserie de la Senne

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Brasserie de la Senne

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ggaughan on 11-08-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of 77black_ships
4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Received a glass of this by accident @ Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas from a 75 cl. bottle: we ordered “Zwarte Piet” and received the same unmarked bottle with Zwarte Piet written with a marker on it as we did when we did get the “correct” beer but to the waitresses surprise when she poured the beer she got a bright, slightly cloudy golden/yellow beer instead of the regular near black – she left us the glass & went to get the correct and to investigate what we got, which led to the conclusion that we just got “Saison de la Senne” – we split the glass between us three, declaring it unanimously a fantastic beer, supper happy that we got a free glass of this by accident – slightly cloudy with a white head, smell is Cantillon-y (first wrongly guessed 3F because I expected a Cantillon blend to be rounded, I figured this was Cantillon or 3F, after getting the “correct” nswer, I felt like an idiot & I should); lots of barnyard, quite fruity & funky, hay, zest (almost near to acidic), almost sweet touch in the back, honey-ish, taste-wise, I have no idea how this was fresh but at this point the lambic dominates so much (granted it tastes incredible) that this should be called a lambic instead of a saison, funky, sour, barnyard, hay, touch acid, touch funky basement, nicely blended sour beer, slight yeast, fruity, hint of white pepper, hint of honey, leading into a touch bitter finish which is like “aged hops” bitterness, refreshing, light, dry, crisp, citric, at this point this is basically just an incredible Cantillon (which is very, very, very far from a bad thing in my book), probably 2008 vintage

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Photo of MasterSki
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for picking this up at Moeder Lambik. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Voluminous white foam settles to a solid cap and thicker collar topping a hazed pale golden body.

S - Super funky - you can definitely perceive the lambic presence here, with a light notes of lemon as well. Saison (grisette?) imparts notes of peach, spicy and earthy notes, and a faint hint of lotion.

T - The taste is also very reminscent of Cantillon lambic with tons of funk and moderate lactic acidity, but with a bit more malt sweetness and earthy grains in there as well. Slight mineral quality to the finish.

M - Medium-light body, with pleasant moderate carbonation. Crisp, and refreshing, with light oak dryness.

D - Absolutely crushable stuff. I'm curious what the 'Saison' was like on its own, as it'd have to be pretty low in alcohol (<4%?). In any case, the blend of funky lambic and crisp Saison is a winner. Da La Senne should make this year-round.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Moeder Lambic Fontainas during last week's Belgium trip. Reviewed from notes.

From a lambic basket into a De La Senne cervoise.

Slight gusher as the bartender opened it up. Pours a slightly-cloudy straw color, though this could have been the result of the gushing. Big white head with great lacing.

The nose had bright lemon and slight funk. A bit of lambic-like cheese there as well, though this was quite slight. Moderate acidity and dryness kicks things up to the next level. Slight pucker factor with some lemon rind and bitter peel. Light earthy funk there as well, especially as it warms. A bit of straw. Light body and crisp carbonation with just a touch of acidity. Super long finish and lasting flavor. Fantastic.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from the bottle at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas; July 2010
This beer pours clear gold color at first but then ends up hazed as a full pour from the bottle is done evenly into three glasses. It is topped by a creamy, dense, long-lasting head that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The aroma has a dirty foot Lambic character to it, notes of hay-like grain, a ripe funky farmhouse cheese character and a touch of medicinal aromatics as it warms up.

The beer is lightly tart tasting up front with a soft creamy texture. The lactic softness extends through to the finish where some bitter hop notes contribute to the flavor profile. The sourness is likely muted on my palate by the previous draft Gueuze that I just had. This has a very lingering, hoppy, bitter, herbal presence to it in the finish that declares loudly this is not solely the product of a Lambic fermentation. It is extremely dry, light feeling on the palate, but perhaps because of the lactic presence, not at all watery; there is juste enough slickness to this to keep it texturally interesting. The finish has some phenolic-soaked cotton ball character to it as well as more typical Lambic notes of musky and feral Brettanomyces character that seems to be slowly converting this beer into a Lambic (though the ample hop presence is always going to be here).

The mix of balancing notes between the tart, expressive hop notes and light texture really is quite fantastic. I am really enjoying this beer. It is interesting how noticeable the hops are in the flavor, yet I can't really sense them in the nose. This is an exciting beer to be drinking; the integration and balance it achieves ends up being the best things about this beer and the coupling of hops with Lambic character is certainly interesting even if not wholly unique.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into white wine glass; acquired at Spuyten Duyvil's Brett Fest and brought home to savor later. After a few weeks in the fridge, I'm looking forward to trying this one in a quieter setting, and sharing a couple of glasses with my wife.

Pours cloudy pale straw, nice effervescence, with a half-finger white head that settles into a dense white cap. The very epitome of brussels lacing. Nice looking beer.

Nose is light, but I manage to pull out an earthy, musty barnyard funk, dank, with light lemon. More funkbomb than farmhouse. Grassy hops only add in to the farmhouse suggestion.

Taste is dense and earthy up front, with loads of dry, grassy hops coming through as well, moderate bitterness on the tail end is accentuated by the relative lack of malt sweetness. Notes of lemon, barnyard, very musty and somehow bright at the same time up front, juicy and vibrant, move to a finish that's lightly bitter, earthy, tighter, a bit dank. I'm fascinated by how this beer develops in your mouth. It's a trip.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp, effervescent carbonation. Lingering bitterness on the tongue.

Drinkability is good, though the complexity begs to be sipped and savored rather than drank at a faster clip.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unlike other traditional saisons, Brasserie de la Senne actually blends a saison with some lambic, from the famous Cantillon Brewery, so its got a bit of a tart, citrusy crispness. Absolutely amazing stuff for a warm summer night at an outdoor table in Brussels.

It pours a nice deep golden orange color with a good half inch of stark white head. Looks amazing in the glassware provided (true to form in Belgium, every beer/brewery has its own glass).

The aroma of this is earthy, funky and yeasty, very spicy like other saisons with a slight lemony zesty flavor. Absolutely beautiful smelling beer.

Taste is spicey with some of that farmhouse funk, "saison-y" for sure. Very crisp and refreshing with a lot of yeasty spice, some lemon citrus flavor that provides a bit of bitterness on the tongue and some dryness in the finish.

This is a very easy drinking beer (only 4.3% ABV), absolutely amazing stuff from a world class brewery.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle states it is a mixed fermented beer aged in oak. Best before end of april 2012. Another fine treat from De La Senne, this one with some Cantillon lambic added.

Beer poured a hazy golden, honey like color with a fluffy, thick head that has great retention. After a few minutes it gives way to strong lacing.

The aroma is a bit citrus, a bit funky and had some floral notes as well.

Taste is very interesting. Starts off tart on the tongue but also has some earthy, funky notes with a citrus, grapefruit taste as well. A touch of oak swirling around in the body. There are also some herbal notes and a touch of bitterness on the tongue. Very well rounded and a nice take on a saison by mixing in lambic from Cantillon during fermentation I believe. This is young but tasting very well. Can't wait to try one in a few months to a year.

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Saison from Brasserie de la Senne
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 10 ratings