Zwarte Piet (2009) | Brasserie de la Senne

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Brasserie de la Senne

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Blend of Stouterik and Cantillon Gueuze. Bottles ONLY.

Added by Gueuzedude on 10-07-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by palma:
Photo of palma
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Wild ale??? Are you kidding me? This is a straight up dark belgian ale.

Appearance is a translucent black brown with ruby highlights. Great head good lace.

Nose is licorish and italian plum.

Taste is molassas, charcoal, coffee, cherry flavors, semi dry hoppy finish. Maybe even some slight citrus in the middle somewhere. No brett, sour, or any wild like notes what so ever.

A pretty good dark belgian??

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Photo of lanbewardin
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Moeder in Brussels. Never seen it before on tap.. I'm thinking it may be a new batch or recipe than the reviews of bottles I've seen on the net.

Dark brown coloring with good amount of tan head.
Smell is fruity, and licorice / chocolate malty. Didn't pick up much lambic smell. but maybe a hint.
Taste is a mix of the fruit and dark malts. I was expecting this to be very sour from the other descriptions, but it really wasn't that sour at all. Kind of disappointing for me.

Its an interesting beer, but I was expecting a bit more.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Served in a De La Senne cervoise from a lambic basket. Unlabeled bottle with "Zwarte Piet" written with a green marker.

Pours near black with a huge tan head that is quite fluffy and refused to die. Lots of lace on the way down.

The nose is quite nice with some chocolate and roast then a bit of lambic mixed in. Really interesting and fairly complex. The taste takes it up a notch with everything really blending together beautifully. Nice roast and chocolate for a good base beer, then taken over the top with some light cherry and lambic sourness. The lambic is certainly much more present in the taste.

Extraordinary balance in the feel, which really makes an already fantastic brew all the better. Great dryness from the roast and chocolate combined with a nice acidity. Easy-drinking and thoroughly enjoyable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of brianmandell
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from an unlabeled bottle at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas; July 2010
The beer pours form the bottle with a frothy, browned, dark tan colored head that leaves touches of sticky froth on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. Black in color, but it shows a brown hue when held up to the light. The aroma has notes of chocolate, chicory and coffee along with an underlying, musty, earthy subtleness. The chocolate aromatics are just so huge in this beer. A rich maltiness is also so expressive in the nose; it is surprising that the Lambic character is so subtle (even non-existent) in the nose, though there is perhaps a touch of Lactic character here.

The taste, the taste, the taste... so tart and Lambic like, it is quite a shock after that rich malty brew experienced in the nose. The finish seems to be dominated finally by the lactic tartness, but in a stunning, come from behind victory, deep in the final rounds, a roasted, deeply toasted malt character takes over in the long finish and drops the lactic character faster and more abruptly than I would ever have guessed. The lactic acidity brings out a sort of cider like flavor; this mixes with a coffee like roast note and dark burnt chocolate flavors. As the beer warms a touch of fruitiness starts to become noticeable; it reminds me of pears more than anything. This is an extremely quaffable brew; it has just enough body to not make it so watery, but still is light bodied: though the combination of the Lambic and the dark grain complexity make this a sipping brew to savor.

This beer has a fantastic dichotomy between the aroma and flavor; they are so different from each other than this could easily be two different beers that only have subtle ties to each other. Though a second pour of this beer brings out lactic, earthy Lambic notes in the nose a lot more than was in the first pour.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Chris (spycow). Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Voluminous tan foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind splotchy lacework. Dark brown body that's a bit lighter at the fringes.

S - Smells quite roasty, like a stout or Belgian Dark, but with some slight lemon and oak flavor from the lambic hovering in the periphery.

T - The taste is the inverse, with chocolate and roast making a brief appearance mid-palate. Otherwise a hefty dose of lambic flavors - lemon, green apple skins, lactic acidity, and oak - that large overwhelm the light stout component. I'm guessing this is what traditional English porters eventually tasted like with enough age on them?

M - Dry, medium-light body, with pleasant carbonation. Lightly tannic, and really easy to drink.

D - I didn't realize Stouterik was an Irish Dry Stout, but it makes a lot of sense now. Really unusual combination of flavors that works even when it sounds like it shouldn't. I don't think I've ever had a beer quite like this.

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Photo of alexm1309
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Zwarte Piet (2009) from Brasserie de la Senne
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 8 ratings