Brussels Calling
Brasserie de la Senne

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Brasserie de la Senne
Belgian IPA
Ranked #37
Ranked #16,190
3.89 | pDev: 9.77%
May 27, 2023
Sep 15, 2011
Brussels Calling is our anniversary beer. The base is always a 6.5% alcohol blonde, but we change hops every year. The result is a very balanced “Belgian IPA”. The nose is intense in exotic fruits and floral notes. On the palate, these aromas continue while intensifying, structured by an intense but elegant bitterness, which further enhances its freshness. In the finish, the fruitiness melts into a long and very dry bitterness.
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Rated: 4.15 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania

May 27, 2023
Rated: 3.61 by TheRatCage from Connecticut

May 06, 2023
Rated: 3.71 by sbradley41 from Pennsylvania

Dec 25, 2022
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
33cl bottle. Label is marked 'BOT: 11 JAN22 BBD: 11 JAN23'.
Partly cloudy, straw colored body. Initial pour resulted in half white foam, half beer body. The foam settles back after a couple of minutes. Leaves behind strings of lacing.
Aroma of citrus from the yeast. Salinity.
Taste is bitter orange, and then the flavor changes to orange pith and rind. Gets a mineral note in the aftertaste.
Medium mouth feel. Very dry finish. Leaves a bitter note in the mouth. Very good carbonation.
Does have some honey malts but the main flavor expression is fruit bitterness. Enjoy the yeast.
Dec 15, 2022
Rated: 4.53 by psoriasaurus from Thailand

Oct 11, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland

Oct 02, 2021
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
L- Pale gold, rested and poured with care, some sediment entered the pour but plenty more left in the bottle. Pours with 2-3Cm pillowy white ultra-fine bubble head (... a ps 15 mins later, the head holds incredibly well).
S- Subtle, perhaps just a hint of ripe apple.
T- Hops on the front, the pungency of which seems to rise into the finish. Notably dry, but then it is a pale ale. Seems to me have a more trad pale-ale profile rather than anything modern with youthful fruity taste-notes to it.
F- Pretty intense dry hopping in a more trad style. Really leaves a thick brush of hops lingering on the palate and throat.
O- Notably dry, could be super refreshing on a hot day. The hops seem to dominate for me and they mask some desired broader taste aspects.
Interesting to try, would work better if you're a fan of BIG+trad hopping. Bought from Bacchanalia, Mill Road, Cambridge, £2.99/330ml bottle. Bottled: 23/1/20 BBE: 23/1/2021
Aug 31, 2020
Rated: 2.52 by stephenlee93 from England

Jul 26, 2020
Rated: 4 by kjkinsey from Texas

Jun 13, 2020
Rated: 3.99 by Boone757 from Virginia

Sep 28, 2019
Rated: 3.39 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Aug 16, 2019
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Reviewed by illpass78 from Maine

4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 oz. in stemware at Novare Res in Portland, on draft.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with a big white head.

Aroma: Orange rind, maybe some wheat. Light nose.

Taste: Nice citrus hops along with a sweet malt finish. Hoppier than I’d expected. Kind of a BPA/IPA hybrid, maybe. Some melon, some honey.

Mouthfeel: Very drinkable. Nice prickly start and smooth finish.

Overall: Really terrific, somewhat hybridish beer. Sort of a hoppy BPA. Good stuff!
Apr 13, 2019
Rated: 4.03 by geryeb624 from Maryland

Jun 28, 2018
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours an unclear with a massive cap of thick head.

Smell is yeasty and citrusy with a mineral element to it. Pretty subdued overall though.

Taste picks it up a bit by adding a pretty solid bitterness to the yeast and citrus.

Mouthfeel is medium, sparkly carbonation.

Overall, a nice Belgian pale, very pretty to look at.
May 01, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by hasse67 from Sweden

Apr 22, 2018
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Mar 27, 2018
Rated: 4 by Quafftastic from Virginia

Mar 10, 2018
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Moderate head but it leaves good streaky lace. Cloudy with a whitish yellow color.

Sweet aroma, almost like candy but very subtle. I don't get any Belgian yeast notes nor do I get the floral noble hop smell. A little disappointing from the "Belgian pale ale brewed with all noble hops " quote on the menu.

Dry with strong hop bitterness. The body leans thin while the carbonation is high. Again, no Belgian yeast notes. I get a light warming in the swallow. Long aftertaste with a blend of hop and sweeter malt.
Jul 15, 2017
Rated: 4 by steverx8 from England

Jul 07, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by mothman from Minnesota

Jun 06, 2017
Brussels Calling from Brasserie de la Senne
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 112 ratings