Zwarte Piet – Brasserie de la Senne (Brussels, Belgium)

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  • My Rating: [B],  I gave it a (3.7 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Zwarte Piet (Retired, now Brusseleir Zwet IPA) – Brasserie de la Senne, 8.2% ABV – 33cl., (Brussels, Belgium)

  • Style: Black IPA
  • Taste:Sour roasted burnt brown sugar malt grapefruit bitter hopped
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor (W.Van)
  • How much: $5 (after 10% off) – 33cl., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours ultra dark cola brown with a large lasting super-foamy head, thick layer of retention, some lacing, tightly knit steady micro CO2 streams.

Nose: sweet brown sugar caramel malts, roasted coffee and choco. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: tingly-micro fizzy, crisp-smooth

Mid-palate: medium sourness, (lvl-5)-sweetness (MAIN) dark roasted malts, caramel, brown sugar, burnt, chocolate

Finish: residual dark malt sweetness, burnt bitterness, grapefruity bitter hops, lingering sour-bittersweet malty finish.

Summary: A good counterbalance of sourness<->bittersweet dark roast malts, all tied together with a nice crisp body, tingly-smooth mouthfeel, and strongly hopped finish. Somewhat all over the place initially, the flavours and textures settle down after the first few sips. Better at 16°C