Schieve Tabarnak – Le Trou du Diable (Shawinigan, QC, Canada)

Schieve Tabarnak – Le Trou du Diable & Brasserie de la Senne Collaboration, 5% ABV, 600ml., (Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada)


on the back label:

“The Schieve Tabarnak! is a light, hazy blonde beer with greenish highlights. Brewed with rye and a selection of atypical hops, it has a very floral scent reminiscent of roses with a fruity aroma which culminates into a very long finish, leaving the drinker wanting for more. This collaboration with Brasserie de la Senne gets the first part of the name stems from a Brussel curse word (Schieven architeckt!, meaning twisted architect). The Quebec curse word of course speaks for itself…”

Ingredients: water, malted barley, rye hops, yeast.

(back)


  • Style: Belgian Ale
  • Taste: complete sweet banana fruity sour tangy bitter finish
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $7.50 (after 20% off) – 600ml., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50

Visual: (Their own bottle for their brewery, raised lettering and devil on the bottom, odd size 600ml). (Cellared for 1 year). Pours golden straw yellow with a ridiculously massive initial 90% head, thick retention, a plethora of singular tight streams.

Nose: sweet thick banana wheat malt (though no wheat) with floral nuances. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, sweet-sour impression

Mid-palate: sour-tangy undertones, (lvl-3-sweetness), ripe banana, controlled soft pukiness, pineapple-lemon curd

Finish: wheat malt exhale, stealth subtle hopped bitterness

Summary: A complete balance of sweet, sour, tangy, fruity, malty AND bitter. Great complexity and drinkability. Recommended.

 

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

Jambe-de-Bois Belgian Triple – Brasserie de la Senne (Brussels, Belgium)

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  • My Rating: B

Jambe-de-Bois Belgian Revolution Triple – Brasserie de la Senne, 8% ABV – 33cl., (Brussels, Belgium)

from ratebeer.com:

“Given as the most bitter tripel in Belgium, with 49 EBU. No Dutchmen were harmed in the making of this beer.”

  • Style: Belgian Triple
  • Taste: Creamy/fizzy bitter grapefruit peel hopped honey lager barley malt 
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • 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: Ultra cool label. Pours cloudy marmalade orange with a large long-lasting super foamy head, clustered sticky lacing, lots of activity, lots of sediment in the bottle.

Nose: sweet citrus/grainy barley malt, traces of puke (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: ultra crisp, creamy/sharp fizzy

Mid-palate: creamy mouthfeel, (lvl-7)-sweetness, medium tangy, (MAIN) honeyed malts, lager-like barley, tangerine, bittersweet grapefruit

Finish: persistent hopped bitterness, alcohol bitterness, barley malt finish.

Summary: Very appealing visually and super smooth texturally, hiding the ABV very well. Quite a bitter triple, as advertised.

Stouterik – Brasserie de la Senne (Brussels, Belgium)

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  • My Rating: B-

Stouterik – Brasserie de la Senne, 4.5% ABV – 33cl., (Brussels, Belgium)

  • Style: Stout
  • Taste: Crisp mocha roasted malt hopped
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor
  • 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 jet brown/black with a massive lasting ultra-creamy head, sticky lacing, suspended sediment, lots of slow steady streams.

Nose: light roasted sweet malts. mild cola (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: super crisp, very creamy mouthfeel, incoming malts

Mid-palate: fizzy-tingly, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) chocolate-coffee/mocha, caramel, roasted bitter malts, mild burnt wood, hints of vanilla

Finish: light sourness, malty bittersweet + bitter hopped coffee finish.

Summary: Quite straightforward with flavour and texture. It didn’t amaze me but made me glad that I tried it.

Zinnebir – Brasserie de la Senne (Brussels, Belgium)

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  • My Rating: B-

Zinnebir – Brasserie de la Senne, 5.8% ABV – 33cl., (Brussels, Belgium)

  • Style: (hoppy) Belgian Ale
  • Taste: Cream-fizzy sweet apricot malt bitter grapefruit
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor
  • 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:

Visual: Pours cloudy golden orange with a small uneven foamy head, a thin layer of retention, lots of sticky lacing, lots of small streams, sediment in the last few drops.

Nose: floral stonefruit malts, (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: incoming sharp bitter hops

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, creamy-light fizzy texture, (MAIN) grassy malts, apricot

Finish: sharp bitter grapefruit hoppy dry finish

Summary: A good balanced brew with nice texture, bitterness, flavour and fruitiness.

Taras Boulba – Brasserie de la Senne (Brussels, Belgium)

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  • My Rating: C+

Taras Boulba – Brasserie de la Senne, 4.5% ABV – 33cl., (Brussels, Belgium)

some info about the Brasserie de la Senne via wiki; (Smeirlap means ‘fool’ in a bizarre local dialect, which combines Flemish and French, somehow [via the web])

  • Style: (extra hoppy) Belgian Ale
  • Taste: Bitter grapefruity hopped hell (or heaven)
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor
  • 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: worth a try, if you can handle hops

Visual: Lovely art deco style label. Unfiltered, pours cloudy golden orange with a large lasting foamy head, sticky lacing, lots of activity.

Nose: Sour pineapple-tangerine with some puke. (5/10-pungency)

Attack: citrus fruity, impending hops

Mid-palate: fizzy-bubbly mouthfeel, citrusy (3/10)-sweetness, (MAIN) malt, grapefruit peel, bitter citrus oils

Finish: burpy, razor-sharp off-dry grapefruit bitter hoppiness,

Summary: Although a relatively low ABV beer, this has structure and a lot of bitter hoppy bite. Mix in some citrus and malt flavours, this is a decent a brew for hopheads. Not my fav style, but I can appreciate the brewmaster’s prowess.