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Brussels Calling | Brasserie de la Senne

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Brewed by:
Brasserie de la Senne

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 101 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of illpass78
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!

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Photo of geryeb624
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JamFuel
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.

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Photo of hasse67
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Quafftastic
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
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.

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Photo of steverx8
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tobelerone
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Antyk
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
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!

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Photo of woodychandler
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.

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

Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

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Photo of billab914
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MickeyHops
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
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.

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Photo of YvesB
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kojevergas
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

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Photo of Pletser
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Brussels Calling from Brasserie de la Senne
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 101 ratings