Brasserie de la Senne

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Belgian Dubbel
3.67 | pDev: 13.62%
Brasserie de la Senne
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle aged since 2013. Poured a hazy brown color with a bubbly tan head. Head persists a long time. Aroma of dark fruits, sherry, caramelized malt and a peppery spice. Taste is rich, sweet, and layered. Many caramel, plum, chocolatey, notes all combined. Some spice in there too. Nice medium body and overall this beer aged well.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

There are times that beer is foisted upon me, rather than having to buy it. The boxes had just arrived at the release party when one was thrust at me with instructions to put it in my knapsack and take it away. I did so, brought it home, put it in my reefer and promptly forgot about it until just recently. Now is the time! Mine is also the pic that exists on this site.

From the bottle: "A collaboration brew between Chris Wilson of Weyerbacher, Tom Peters and the De La Senne Brewing Team, made especially for Philly Beer Week 2013."; "From Brussels, with love, for America's best beer-drinking city"; "Bier/Biere/Birra Doppio Malto/Cerveza/0L/Olut/Ol".

Jesus, I did not realize until I popped the cap that the bottle was brimful! I utilized a very gentle pour so as not to rouse the visible lees at the bottom of the bottle. I got a dense finger of tawny head with excellent retention for my troubles. Color was a coppery-brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with copper highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose had a yeasty mustiness, a honey sweetness, some fusel alcohol and a brown sugary quality. Mouthfeel was medium, but with a great effervescence. Taste began with some heat, cooling down to dried dark fruits, burnt caramel or brown sugar, and a pleasant yeast-driven spiciness. Finish was very dry, what with the heat. I had aged it for a year, but it could have gone much longer. I did not mind it, since I had no real expectations going into it. It was definitely a rich, malty Belgian beer and if that is your bag, have at it.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

11.2oz bottle brewed for Philly Beer Week 2013. Thanks for sending this one, John. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass today, 1/11/2014.

Pours a dark brown, mahogany body with a clearly overcarbonated head that makes pouring even this 11.2oz bottle take a while. Lots of lacing, lots of retention.

Smells fairly malty- sweet dates and figs, dark fruits, and brown sugar that's about it.

Tastes like bleah. Nothing special- sweet darker malts making me think of brown sugar and dark fruits with a dry sugary finish.

Thinner bodied, a bit watery and very disappointing for a dubbel. Drinkable, but that's all I can say about it. Carbonation settles down after a while. Aftertaste is a sweet sugariness that leaves the mouth dry.

Not that good of a dubbel. There are far better examples of the style out there than this.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell has some spices, a bit of fruit. Taste is, well, kind of hoppy for the style. Hops up front, some pine, spices, a bit bitter, some malt presence. Different, but good. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, while not quite what I'd expect from a dubbel, is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Collabration between Weyerbacher & De la Senne for philly beer week 2013.

A: Dirty orange on the pour yields a stable, dense, foam head of about a finger and a half. Turbid coloring has a vibrant rush of micro-effervesce while the lacing is thick with a full band offering.

S: The aroma was of fresh wet spruce, spearamint, cola, cinnamon, and sweet nutmeg. Toasty sweet caramel, oranges with a hint of candy cane. Nice complexity, sweet, with a nutmeg/cinnmaon dusting coming upon some warming.

T: Spicy, full of powdery nutmeg and cinnamon, toasted cola with a spicy bite upon first impressions. Dark cyrstal malt sweetness, munich toastedness with some anise, dry herbs, earthy tree bark, and a peppery-celery spicing as well some dry pine. Im guessing grains of paradise here? Finishes with a dry alcohol fade off the tongue.

M: Mouthful was snappy with carbonation, thick and creamy malt lush, lots of texture, spitzy bite of dry spicy alcohol fade.

O: Overall so many layers of complexity here both aromatically and flavor wise is followed up by a great mouthful garnishes this very good regards. Interesting label of a naked boy with a cowboy hat standing on penns tower pissing down on philly. As a dubbel, a big hoppy interpretation yet retains so many strong and good qualities of the old world style. Im not one for usually overating beer, but in this case, per style, feel this is a bit undermarked, very good at the least. Ive had some boring dubbels but this one was always interesting from start to finish and big in nature with a vast complexity.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy reddish/pink color with a massive head that takes forever to die down

S: Belgian yeast, fruitiness, light spices, some bubblegum, and a hint of alcohol

T: Starts off with a bit of fruitiness and light spices. A big, looming bitterness lies behind that. Get some yeastiness and alcohol in there as well. Finishes with more of the lingering bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Really surprised by the amount of bitterness in there. Seeing as how this was brewed in collaboration with Weyerbacher for Philly Beer Week 2013, it shouldn't have been that much of a surprise but it's still a dubbel. Quite easy to drink aside from that. If you want to try a hoppy dubbel, this one will suit you just fine

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Photo of justintcoons
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Cloudy copper with an explosive, creamy 4 fingers of head. Excellent retention and fluffy lacing.

Lemon, Pilsner malt, bubblegum, bread and peach. Perhaps a touch of soapiness.

Bready malts and molasses with pinches of brown sugar and clove. Notes of banana and a touch of bubblegum. The hops bring in a good amount of lemon zest and pine. A hint of peach and perhaps a touch of crushed Aspirin and soap. The bitterness lingers.

Medium-full bodied, silky, dry and bitter.

Tastes like a really solid Dubbel ruined by the addition of American hops. Somewhat interesting and drinks easy for 7.5%.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Having been working in bars at the time and months after the release of this, and having had maybe 2 or 3 bottles of it (and can now maybe still find a bottle perhaps tucked away at State Line?), I do recall several elements of this...

Purple-reddish liquid with a mild haze... malty in its nose, with vinous hard candy like ester flourishes, hint of clove-n spice... while it was bold on the nose, it didn't pop, yet on the palate it opened up immediately, the flavors of its heavy malt foundation matching the aromas, with the addition of some subtle caramel and chocolate in its aftertaste

Nicely bold and malty... full-flavored but a touch unrefined, in line with an intelligently turned out one-off

(original rating: 4.25 on 22 Jun 2013 from bottle sampling; reviewed in full from memory on 27 Dec 2018)

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Photo of Oakenator
4.36/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a darker amber brown with a good head. Head dissipates but leaves nice spotted lacing on the glass.

S: Malty and sweet.

T: Wonderful with malty sweetness up front. A small amount of candi sugar added. A slight bitter and sour finish.

M: Good body and carbonation on the tongue.

O: Very well done and enjoyed.

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Photo of BobaFret
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 fl. oz. bottle poured into a traditional chalice glass.

A - A brown, dark iced tea color with a cream colored head consisting of very tight bubbles. Classic dubbel.

S - Candied sugar, biscuity, classic Belgian yeast.

T - Wow; a very hop-forward dubbel! Tastes of hops, candied sugar, molasses, and biscuit with a hoppy, slightly bitter finish. Everything is blended very nicely.

M - Smooth and slightly carbonated with a medium body.

O - This is an interesting take on a classic style. Belgian dubbels are one of my favorite styles and I'm very pleased that everything is balanced. Describing this as a "hoppy dubbel" is spot-on. This is a great collaboration beer: American hoppiness blended perfectly into a traditional Belgian beer. A perfect beer to celebrate Philly Beer Week 2013!

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Photo of Rifugium
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Served in a DLS cervoise, a murky darker brown color with a solid tan head that receded to a thick layer and left soapy lacing on the glass. Dark sugars in the nose, caramel and molasses, earthy Belgian yeast. More of the same in the taste, burnt caramel, molasses, earthy yeast, with notes of chocolate, candied banana off in the distance. Smooth, slick mouthfeel, medium body, soft carbonation. Quite good. I could see myself getting this more than once for sure.

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