Brussels Calling
Brasserie de la Senne

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Pale Ale - Belgian
Ranked #39
Ranked #18,611
3.9 | pDev: 9.74%
Brasserie de la Senne
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.24/5  rDev -16.9%
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
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illpass78 from Maine

4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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
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JamFuel from Sweden

3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
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
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
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
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

definitely one of my favorite breweries right now, but this isnt as good as the taras boulba they do, which i think is absolute the standard for the style, especially for imports, its near perfect. this one is a little more classically "belgiany" on the yeast, in that it has a high tone fruit ester thing that rings of white wine, orchard fruit, and pink gum, not offensive or over the top, just a lot more of it, and less hops too. its hard to pour for my bartender from the tap, i watch him struggle with the high carbonation and the active disposition of this one, head spilling over and all uncontrollable, probably recently tapped, but not yet well known, i think thats always cool, like the beast wins one over mankind, kind of neat. the malt base is pillowy and billowing and different, and the hops have more bitterness than flavor, but this one is about the yeast, unlike the boulba so much, still clean and light, just brilliant pale ale, i hate to even have to call it belgian pale, it just is pale ale thats better than most american made ones because it has a yeast profile, whatever. these guys are amazing, and their beer is worth buying at all times, that is what i am learning. when a pretentious bar tender with experience is "overwhelmed and flustered" by a beer that is this fundamental, i think its sensational! quality for the win!

Apr 12, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | 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: "(Bitter Is Better)"; "Belgian Blond Ale - Hand Crafted & Refermented in the Bottle".

A 2012 bottle, no less! I Pop!ped the cap & followed that with a very gentle pour due to being able to see some lees on the punt. An in-glass swirl raised a finger of foamy, soapy, tawny head which quickly reduced into wisps. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a funky sweetishness or a sweet funkiness, kind of like rotting fruit. For me, it was not off-putting, but it was definitely unexpected & different. Mouthfeel was medium with a good bit of scrubbing carbonation on the tongue. The taste was unique in my exbeerience, with an unidentifiable bitterness offset by a rotted/rotting fruity sweetness, the latter undoubtedly from the yeast. I really liked this subtle pungency, especially after (potentially) five years in the bottle. It was like opening a long-forgotten present to receive a pleasant surprise. Finish was semi-dry, but not as bitter as the label suggested.

Mar 26, 2017
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Draft at The Sovereign.

Light yellow body, mild haze, thin white collar. Breast malts, lemon, Belgian yeast. Light in body with an utterly quaffable drinkability. Delicious.

Sep 29, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015 version, bottled. Slightly hazy golden color with huge, frothy white head. Aroma is hoppy with nice citrus notes and also some floral yeasty notes. Taste is similar with floral yeast at first, slightly sweet, but gets quite bitter and hoppy on the finish. Medium body, quite soft, but with high effervescence. Overall it leans towards the belgian IPA style with the specific belgian yeast profile but complemented by citrusy hops and a good amount of bitterness.

Apr 27, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The head on this thing is enormous. Just gelatinous, like whipped cream in the container. The body is pineapple-banana colored, beautifully hazy, and 70% opaque. Lots of live active cultures in the bottle foaming up, too.

The bouquet is chock full of bittering hops, with spices and herbs. Coriander, oranges, yeast, white pepper, more hop. Comes off quite Czech or German Pilsner-ish with very very sharp aromas.

The flavor profile starts out with licking a grapefruit peel, then turns to buttered bread, ending with a swish of water and a twist of white pepper. Further drinking makes the hoppiness is also prominent, creating a peppermint-like astringency, and some strong Saaz influence. A touch of perfume, a touch of fruit esters. It ends bittering and astringent.

The feel is light and crispy, with just a hint of creaminess, and a dry finish.

Overall, this beer delivers in a way a Belgian Pale should. It comes on a little strong though, bringing elements of parfum and astringent grapefruit too far forward. I'll pass next time but this was a nice trial from Belgium.

Apr 24, 2016
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle free @ Brasserie De La Senne in Brussels. Regrettably brief notes below given a poor review environment:

A: Healthy head. White colour. Frothy. Long-lasting ( ~9 minutes).

Body is a clear vibrant yellow. No yeast is visible within.

Sm: Citrus zest. Crisp Pilsner malts. Belgian pale malts. Fresh floral hop notes. Sweet bready character. Fruity estery Belgian yeast.

The citrus dominates.

Aromatic intensity is average. An appealing aroma.

T&Mf: Fresh and zesty, with a mild citrusy emphasis and some subsidiary floral hop character. Fruity estery Belgian yeast. Bubble gum phenols. Perfumey. Balanced and enjoyable, with a nice hop profile. Likable stuff.

Refreshing, light-bodied, smooth, wet, approachable. Well carbonated.

O: Highly drinkable, with a well-disguised ABV. I quite like it, and would happily get it again. Nice work from Brasserie de la Senne.

Low B- (3.30) / WORTHY

Mar 25, 2016
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour is golden in color, clear, and white head with good retention. Nose has a heavy malt and candied sugar aroma, notes of oxidation and stale caramel. Flavor follows suit, a bit oxidized and probably past its prime. Assertive sweet malt, older caramel, hints of sugar. Soft body, nicely carbonated, feel is still holding up.

Dec 29, 2015
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange beer with a huge, three finger high, offwhite head that leaves a lot of lacing in the glass.

Nose: Orange, apricot, yeast, pear, grass, sweet caramel malt, hay and bread.
Taste: Fruity hops, orange, citrus, grapefruit, malt, tart and dark fruit.
Body: Medium body with smooth carbonation. A great balance between the sweetness and bitterness.

This is a great, easy drinking, Belgian ale!

Apr 19, 2015
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MaineBrewing from Maine

3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a hazy bright orange yellow with a large 2.5 finger head, the head had many large bubbles and appeared soapy. Lots of sediment in the bottle. No Lacing.

S - The aroma is subtle with a nice tart lemon oil hop character and a toasty malt presence. Some fruit wafting around the edges, tart and peppery

T - Taste is less then spectacular, but what can I expect from a pale 6% beer from two years ago that's not a sour. By no means bad just old, no real hop flavor, the malt is bland, and the finish is rough. There is no Belgian yeast character at the end, I was expecting more fruity, what I got was stale bread. The taste is very bland and really cant stand up to the astringent sort of drying rough finish.

M - Carbonation is on par, easy to drink, mouth feel overall is great.

O - Maybe Im being too harsh, Im sure this is a great beer fresh. But when this is all I can get, and for what I paid, I believe around 5.49 a bottle I would have expect something that would have aged more gracefully. If I find a fresh keg at a beer bar I will re-review on the spot, but for now ill let Brussels go to voicemail.

Apr 15, 2015
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beergoot from Colorado

3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle cap info:

BOT 14/01/14
BBD 14/01/15

The body has a pale honey color with a thick white head; slightly cloudy from the yeast sediment. The smell combines mild citrus notes with grass and old fruit tones. The flavor a slightly sweet note with some tartness and astringency; big hop bitterness throughout; grapefruit. Medium-light body; crisp and dry finish.

An easy drinking yet slightly pungent pale ale. The malt character is smooth and mild while the hops and yeast combine to create a very dry beer.

Jul 27, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Where trends in Belgian inspirations are being copied, attempted, revised and simplified; even so in the ale's homeland- De La Senne says enough to all that in their return to authenticity in a way that Belgium can remain proud. Turns out that Brussels is Calling in a big way...

The Pale Ale pours with a hazy golden color that depicts yeasty glitter that trickles down the glass. Its firm and frothy head is creamy in both its color and its texture as it holds firm throughout the session with ease. Classic Belgian lace decorates the glass in the beer's wake.

There's a cream-sickle scent that rises from both the beer's fruit-forward aroma and its sweet-tart scent. Its malty nose is bready with cookie dough until the fruit weaves in with orange, apple, pear and peach. A sense of mango and apricot. But its estery side is balanced by earthy spices: fresh white pepper, straw and vinous white wine notes cut into the malt and fruit as the first sip draws near.

To tatse, the ale is much more muddled- sure the malty-sweet taste takes command early, but a quick rebuttal of spice and hops give up its honeysucke and hay-like properties for an early bite to accompany its bitter taste. As the bitterness strengthens, the taste of wet hay, fresh-cut grass, and spicy hops become rye-like and peppery. But with that waft of fruit, a floral sense continues into finish that when coupled with its bitterness is somewhat soap-like.

The beer's medium-light palate is due to its effervescent creaminess that wraps around the sweet malts and estery fruit character. But after that expressive carbonation lifts, a spicy, earthy and bitter dryness takes hold. Finishing with white wine and wood, its spicy bitterness hinges on astringency but never fully crosses over.

Calling Brussels it a highly complex ale but is also effortless in its flavor and drinkability. Its a remarkable beer in all the variance that it delivers, but its smooth mouthfeel and refreshing bitter-dry-spicy finish makes a pairing with escargot and goat cheese nearly irresistible.

Nov 22, 2013
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Belmont Station.

Pouring a clear light orange (until I dump the yeast in, at which point it turns hazy), this beer is capped with a dense, white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing. On the nose and the palate, this is all that I love about Taras Boulba, appropriately amped up. A soft, hoppy nose with peach, pineapple, honeydew melon,along with honey, cotton candy and a little bit of vanilla cream. Beautiful balance. The palate's similar, opening with a gorgeous balance between hop flavor (peach, melon), hop bitterness (pine-like) and malt (cotton candy, white honey). There is also a touch of peppery flavor here. Drying and mildly resiny on the finish, this beer is highly but creamily carbonated, leaving a blend of honey, pineapple and peach on the finish. Exquisite.

Sep 09, 2013
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


First off, big thanks to the brewery for filling this one up damn near to the top.

It says "Bitter is Better" on the label. Is this supposed to be a Belgian ipa? There is a definite earthy bitterness going on here that seems slightly reminiscent of a Belgian ipa. Though, frankly, it doesn't seem to go all the way in that direction. Not really sure what to think of this one. Nice to try another brew from La Senne, but I don't think I'd ever go back to this one.

Jun 22, 2013
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Amalak from New York

4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A. There are a lot of small bubbles coming up the side. It leads to a white bubbly head that leaves some lacing. It has a light caramel color. It is completely opaque.

S. It has a thick, grassy, lemon hop scent.

T/M. This has a beautiful, grassy belgian taste to it. It's a mild lemony hop taste, with a good malty smoothness. There's a grape, or dark fruit, undertone to it, but it has a nice celery/grassy taste. Carbonated and medium-to-full bodied, but refreshing.

O. I thoroughly enjoyed this. It was flavorful and refreshing; nothing was over the top and there was a nice balance.

Jun 14, 2013
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

A - Poured a very nice golden hue with a fluffy white head that fades to leave solid lacing.

S - Light grassy notes, faint floral hops, gentle earthiness.

T - Taste is quite pleasant, nice floral hop notes. Good lingering dry bitter finish.

M - Mouthfeel is very very nice. Crisp, dry finish.

O - Overall, a solid beer. Quite nice belgian pale ale. Very drinkable.

Jun 14, 2013
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Westvleteren chalice.

A - Big white foam settles to a thick, creamy cap, and glass-coating lace. Lightly hazed golden apricot body with tons of bubbles adhering to the sides of the glass.

S - Fruity and lightly spicy Belgian yeast, lots of peach flesh and stone fruits, hint of banana and lemon, light bread, some floral and grassy notes.

T - Taste has a surprising amount of hop bitterness in the finish. Peppery yeast, stone fruits and banana sweetness, some bready flavors, surprisingly spicy and earthy.

M - Zesty carbonation that's a tad harsh. Medium-bodied, very dry texture, crisp and clean finish. I'd recommend letting this sit for a bit for the bubbles to dissipate.

D - It could use a tad more sweetness, but that might come as the hops fade a little. A really nice and refreshing Belgian pale that I'd love to have on-tap around town. Crushed the 33cl bottle no problem, and not horrendously priced at $3.99.

Oct 04, 2012
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BARFLYB from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap at blue dog

A- Brussels Calling (Great name) is a golden/orange blend with a frothy cap that sticks around, plus some stick left on the glass.

S- A true Belgian nose on this with a particular yeast strain plus ripe fruits. Some funkiness going on in the scent. Hops are minimal but they blend in well with the aroma. Some morning bread from the malt addition. Floral notes come with much warming

T- I like this beer. Taste is a mix between fruity and yeasty with a great balance. A slight twang from the yeast. Hops are in here but not huge. Fruits such as banana and orange. A good solid malt base.

M- Somewhere between light and medium with a good amount of carb that is felt. This one is crisp with a fruity aftertaste. Just a touch of bitterness but hardly from the low amount of hops. Some spicyness as well.

D- Loved this one and it's very sessionable. This one tastes like a saison with a lighter body. Would love to pick up some off the shelf but I dont think bottles make it to the USA

Aug 11, 2012
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drabmuh from Maryland

4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer. Served on draft at Churchkey DC. Served in a snifter. Beer is yellow with a hazy, soft white head with small and medium bubbles.

Aroma is hoppy, citrus and earthy. Nice.

Beer is light and wet, hoppy with a moderate bitterness on the finish. I really enjoyed this beer overall. I'd have it again...yeah, a lot again.

Aug 03, 2012
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured out as a hazy golden color with a fizzy white head on top. The smell of the beer had some malts and hops on the nose along with some spice and Belgian yeast. The taste of the beer has a decent balance of sweet malts with the spicy bitter finish. The mouthfeel has a strong bubbly carbonation with a dry finish. Overall this beer was decent in my opinion. Wouldn't have to drink it again.

Jul 31, 2012
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pixieskid from Germany

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First of all, my bottle reads 6%abv...just saying.

Aside from that this is another killer, no frills beer by Brasserie De La Senne.

Pours a simple golden color with a nice white head.
Nose; grassy and floral hops, hints of grain.
Taste; mild floral hops, nice grassy hops, finishes with a super dry and solid bitterness.
Mouthfeel; crisp, dry, delicious.

Overall; simple and solid, like the rest of their beers, wish I had grabbed more than one bottle on my recent trip to Belgium.

May 02, 2012
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BearsOnAcid from Washington

4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was sick.

Poured a clear yellow with a foamy white head that attached to the sides of the glass.

Big floral and spicy belgian yeast nose. Lemon/citrus, grassy, white pepper.

Taste was so refreshing. Light bready malt. Not much sweetness. Bitter, floral, and grassy hop finish. Spicy belgian yeast and lemon zest in between. Crisp and dry all day. So simple yet so good.

Apr 25, 2012
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 106 ratings