Schieven IPA
Brasserie de la Senne

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Brasserie de la Senne
IPA - American
3.94 | pDev: 9.9%
Nov 02, 2017
Aug 27, 2012
Very Good
Notes: None
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3.96 by HopBelT from Belgium on Nov 02, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JamFuel from Sweden

From the bottle at Nuetnigenough in Brussels.

Pours a dark orange with soft, fine foam.

Smell is piney, resiny and bitter, very much West Coast.

Taste is quite bitter, but well balanced. Plenty of piney resin and a bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a very good take on the classic WC IPA.

Sep 19, 2017
4.16 by DispyDnb from England on Aug 29, 2017
3.98 by stephenlee from England on Aug 28, 2017
4.19 by Heeenrik from Finland on Jul 19, 2017
3.54 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Jul 16, 2017
3.97 by desint from Belgium on Jun 24, 2017
4.1 by Antyk from Belgium on Jun 08, 2017
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ArrogantB from Colorado

On tap at Moeder Lambic. Described as a collaboration with Jeff Bagby using Belgian style brewing and American hops. Bright orange. Hoppy aroma. Flavor was pretty hoppy, citrus, very nice malt character too. De La Senne beers have been a great surprise for me in Brussels.

May 23, 2017
3.75 by DrBier from Pennsylvania on Feb 09, 2015
2.25 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Nov 23, 2014
3.75 by spycow from Illinois on Oct 26, 2014
3.75 by erbu from Belgium on Jul 11, 2014
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3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, earthy hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and some citrus. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is there but seems quite subdued; however it creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

Apr 07, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Amalak from New York

A. It is like caramel sludge. Extremely thick, some hints of sediment, but it's tough to see. A huge foamy white head and good lacing.

S. It has a heavy weed hop scent.

T/M. It has something of a grape hoppiness to it. Smooth and medium to full bodied. There's a good caramel sweetness. Some banana. Grassy.

O. It's an interesting taste, yet kind of basic. Hard to explain. Quite good and worth a go.

Dec 31, 2013
4 by Soxfanmcgee from Indiana on Nov 23, 2013
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4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by rhoadsrage from Illinois

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a clear deep copper body with a lumpy light beige cream head that is thick with a quick carbonation.

S- The perfume esters hints blend with sweet toasted malt and a nice floral hops in the finish.

T- The dry malt hint leads to a full green unripe fruit hops with some spice hops that lead more to pine wood as it opens in the finish. There is a slight sweetness in the finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a tight fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- The nice IPA has a great aroma that doesn’t translate to the flavor as much as I hoped. The sweetness in the finish compliments the hops in taste nicely.

Jul 11, 2013
3.5 by durlta from Iowa on May 27, 2013
4 by RedneckBeerz from Massachusetts on Apr 23, 2013
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3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by emerge077 from Illinois

Served in a wine glass, it pours a darker orange with a compact layer of white foam, that leaves nice sheets of lace in the glass when swirled. Lasting skim on the surface.

Hop aromas seem a little faded in the nose, causing me to wonder how old this is. Floral and dry, slight oxidation.

Ample bitterness, fairly dry and floral, vaguely resiny, aspirin bitterness in the aftertaste suggests grass clippings. Smooth dry and bitter feel. Overall ok, not my favorite, very bitter and floral forward taste and aroma.

Apr 15, 2013
4.25 by Mini4x from Massachusetts on Mar 24, 2013
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3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Beerenauslese from California

Cloudy amber, good foamy head with ample lacing. Smells of hearty malt and pine and citrus hops. Tastes intense of pine and citrus. Somewhat harsh on the palate. Creamy mouthfeel. Definitely a west coast style beer, unusual for a Belgian. The collaboraters suggest why.

Mar 06, 2013
4 by DukeX13 from Illinois on Feb 15, 2013
3.75 by Mattias from Sweden on Feb 14, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by cbutova from Massachusetts

Recommended by the local beer store. Probably would have overlooked it for quite sometime if they didn't.

A- Bottle poured into a tulip glass. The beer comes out a dark orange color and is murky, clearly unfiltered. A nice, one-finger head forms with big foamy bubbles that are often seen in Belgian ales. Retention is decent and a thick, bubbly ring leaves nice patches of lace.

S- I would like to know more about this beer but it seems to have a Belgian yeast strain, or at least not your average clean American Ale Yeast. Could be the hop choices. Hop forward with notes of grass, spices, citrus and apricot. Pretty complex for an IPA with hints of caramel, apples, peppercorn, bread and grains.

T- I wish I knew what yeast strain was used here because I get notes similar to Belgian strains but they could also come from certain hops. Anyways, this hop profile lends a big spicy, floral and herbal forward array of flavors with some citrus and fruit behind it all. Other things I notice are hints of peppercorn, caramel sweets, cracked grains and apple.

MF- Foamy and bubbly on the palate with a medium level of carbonation, just one that bubbles up easily. Creamy but not thick and super smooth. A nice level of bitterness in the finish.

Not your run-of-the-mill citrus bomb IPA but still quite good. Spicy and floral hop profile that still shines and keeps this beer really interesting. A good recommendation indeed.

Jan 27, 2013
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3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by jacksback from Massachusetts

Pours rather dark and muddy for an IPA... belgian or not. Dark muddy amber, decent off white head.

Nose isn't bad, but it seems entirely lacking in any sharp notes... it's all sweet. Fruity notes, esters and such. Not bad, but rather lacking in dimension or depth.

Flavor kinda falls flat. Hop character is there, but muddled... some fruity citric bits, some spicy bits... but not enough of either to really develop an "ipa-worthy" hop character. Estery sweetness comes though as well. There's a bit of spicy bitterness on the back end.

Average on the mouhtfeel... a good bit of carbonation, clean finish.

Overall... usually a huge fan of hoppy pale offerings from De La Senne, but this one has to be the weakest of the bunch. Kinda wish I HAD gotten that bottle of Taras Boulba... this one's slightly above average, but that's about it.

Jan 21, 2013
3.25 by GRG1313 from California on Jan 19, 2013
4 by od_sf from California on Jan 17, 2013
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4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by OBeerMeGreatOne from California

Pours out a very nice, hazy, burned orange. Huge head, ultra sticky lace, beautiful beer.

The smell, grapefruit, kumquat, floral hops, pale malts and a hint of marshmallow(?). Interesting.

A wide range of citric fruits start this off both sweet and bitter. Grass and floral hops follow with bready pale malts to finish it off. So smooth going down.

Loved this IPA. Great collaboration.

Jan 14, 2013
4.25 by mbw314 from California on Jan 03, 2013
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4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by smcolw from Massachusetts

Large, four-finger head. Initially leaves some chunky lace on the glass. The liquid is orange-light amber and quite cloudy.

Wonderful blend of pale malt and fresh floral aroma hops. A touch of yeast, too.

Very bitter right from the initial sip. The swallow actually features some interesting shifts--first, I notice a lot of yeast, like a home brew. Second, there's plenty of alcohol warmth in the aftertaste. But the bitterness never recedes. Neutral body with an elevated carbonation level.

Dec 22, 2012
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4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by NardiByNature from Massachusetts

Picked up @ Bauer’s this afternoon after an early dip out of work.

Pours a cloudy amber hue with a huge off-white head that sticks around for a while, leaving plenty of lacing. Aroma like a big spicy IPA; this was brewed about 7 months ago so it’s got that familiar spicy/sweetness of hop-waned IPA. Even so this beer is smooth and balanced. Fruity and sappy hops still there. It’s got a touch of that powdery yeast finish associated with some Belgian/Belgian-style brews. Carbonation level is great – makes for a crisp and clean finish. Wouldn’t seek this out but if you see it go for it (plus I dig the label).

Dec 21, 2012
4.25 by MAUEX_MFA from Alaska on Dec 16, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by ToasterChef from Maine

A cellar temperature 330ml bottle is poured into my Ebenezer's 6th Annual Belgian Festival glass (it's kind of a conical flute shape).

The beer has a golden color, with some orange highlights. It is very clear, so I can see plenty of rising carbonation bubbles, as well as a full layer of bubbles on the bottom of the glass. The head is slightly off-white and fills the top third of my glass. It is made up of bubbles that are a similar size to what is suspended in the liquid. I usually expect IPAs to be more orange than this beer, but since it is brewed in Belgium, I like that it looks kind of like a tripel.

The hop aroma of this beer is very strong. I could smell citrus hops as soon as I began pouring. Placing my nose closer to the glass reveals a full aroma of citrus hops.

This beer doesn't have a "knock your socks off" level of bitterness, but it is very well hopped. Bitterness can be tasted throughout. Citrus hops can be tasted at first. As I swallow a more resiny hop flavor emerges. It lingers on, along with a touch of alcohol. The malt flavors aren't all that sweet, but do provide a good pale malt base.

The beer has a medium body with plenty of carbonation. The coating is pretty substantial and has some good hop flavors.

I like this beer. I don't think many drinkers could tell it wasn't brewed on the West Coast. Fans of American IPAs should keep an eye out for this beer.

Dec 07, 2012
4.25 by jjcote from New Hampshire on Nov 30, 2012
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3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by APreacher from California

A- Cloudy orange with no sediment deposits. Thin head with fine lacing.

S- Citrus/tangerine with some pine and tropical notes.

T- Crispy but mellow hop bite not to stringent. Well balanced with a light dry malt back.

M- Hop tinge off the front of the tongue, which fades to a back of throat spicy tingle.

O- Well done IPA that resembles the west coast style. The bottle says that the collabo was brewed on May 2012, however it just showed up today at one of my local bottle shops. I tend to stay away from IPA's that are 4 months old from Belgium, however I was very curious to see how Bagby influenced this one. I would say this was an overall success, and would buy again.

Nov 18, 2012
4.5 by GRUUMSH from Belgium on Nov 14, 2012
4.5 by MisledTitan from England on Nov 08, 2012
4 by DrinkSlurm from New York on Sep 11, 2012
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