Black In Japan | Brasserie de la Senne

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Brasserie de la Senne

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Fux on 04-07-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by Fux:
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4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Collaboration brew between brewery De la Senne and Luc "Bim" Lafontaine, brewer from Dieu du Ciel! ("on his way to his new homeland - Japan" says the label). Looks good!

A: Deep dark brown. Opaque. Large off-white head, a bit fizzy but with quite a good retention. Leaves a thin film over the glass.

S: Smell is a bit surprising with mainly roasted malts, some toasted bread and fudge chocolate, but also some phenolic aromas, fruity and spicy esters typical from Belgian yeasts. Hop level is low for the style with yet some citruses lingering on the nose.

T: Taste is malty, toffee, fudge chocolate, roasted malts, even some coffee. Almost only malt upfront. On second sip, more on the esters perceived from the nose come through, along with a soft bittering hopiness. Finishes on bitter chocolate with faint banana flavors and grapefruit. Lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Mouthfeel is quite thin, but smooth with a good level of carbonation. Finishes very dry, so it's very drinkable.

O: Is this supposed to be a Japanese style Canadian-Belgian Black IPA? ;-) Whatever, this is a solid beer, a bit low on the hop side for the style, still interesting due to the balance of malts and yeasts.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mattfancett
3.2/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of ManforallSaisons
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought today (plus points to me for rapid tasting) at De Bierschuur in the the Brussels 'burbs. Bottle says it's the second batch, made 11/27/13. Poured a deep black color with a hint of mahogany highlights, under a cloud of big-bubbled (the only demerit) foam the color of creme-brulee, reaching nearly to the narrow point of the tulip glass. The effervescence in the liquid had the force of a snow globe in reverse. Rich aromas of orange blossom, chocolate, clove, mint tea. On tasting, chocolate malt is the first to hit my brain, before it is cleansed, wrung out and hung to dry by a nicely not-overdone bit of herbal hops. Some of the chocolate does linger on but in a form more like bitterly pure baking chocolate, more nut than fruit, and no sugar or milk. The mouthfeel is big up front but quenching, more-ish. I'm not familiar enough with the style to benchmark it, but, yes.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Belgium, Miorge Mihoublon. Dark brown, nearly black pour with a nice two finger caramel-colored head with nice retention and great lacing. Great rich, roasty nose with hints of mocha, espresso, pine, toast, and a touch of dark chocolate. The taste is earthy, toasty, and fairly complex with hints of dark chocolate, pine, cocoa, dark fruits, tobacco, toffee, wood, licorice, and some subtle fresh hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhere in between fizzy and creamy with great balance between the bitterness of the hops and the sweetness of the malt. Overall, the interpretation has that European feel to it, but it definitely has lots of American Black IPA character as well. That makes it very interesting. Glad I scored several bottles of this one!

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Photo of Anatole
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of 77black_ships
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Early 2013 rating. Consumed fresh, shortly after release.

33 cl. bottle. A BIPA from Brussels lovely. Great, lovely once again from these guys & another mighty fine beer from one of Belgium’s finest brewers. Whilst I occasionally feel like these guys were becoming a bit samey in the past, they are in a completely different ballpark now, lovely. Pours black with a mocha head. Smell is lovely hoppy, I am getting grapefruit here, lots & lovely citrus hops blended with chocolate, light delicious roast, lightly grainy & great chocolate. Taste is sweet mocha, chocolate, light coffee, sweet grains, touch bitter herbs, sweet with light but clearly noticeable fresh grapefruit, wonderful citrus. Easy to drink. Damn, mighty fine, keep up the great work, proof that fine Belgian breweries can do the new styles not only excellently but also highly original.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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

Photo of bdardenne
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of samEBC
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of gory4d
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of ninkasibrew
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brugs Beertje.
Look: deep black color.
Smell: chocolate and dark fruits
taste: excellent balance between the hops and malt with a slight bitter aftertaste.
overall an excellent and very drinkable beer.

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Photo of erbu
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Hazee
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Black In Japan from Brasserie de la Senne
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 15 ratings