- 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)
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 Revolution Triple – Brasserie de la Senne, 8% ABV – 33cl., (Brussels, Belgium)
“Given as the most bitter tripel in Belgium, with 49 EBU. No Dutchmen were harmed in the making of this beer.”
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, 4.5% ABV – 33cl., (Brussels, Belgium)
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, 5.8% ABV – 33cl., (Brussels, Belgium)
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.
Brussels Apple Fruit Beer – Brasserie Du Bocq, 3.2% ABV – 33cl, (Purnode-Yvoir, Belgium)
on the back label:
“A very refreshing beer with a mild apple taste sharpened by some cider nuances. Produced with wheat and malt and flavoured with apple juice (30%).”
- Style: Fruit Beer (apple)
- My Rating: A-
- Taste Profile: Pressed apple juice -> wheat/mild tangy -> med sweet clean finish.
- Where I got it: Brewery Creek
- How much: $4 (after 10%), December 2011
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes!
- Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: def yes
Tasting notes: pours cloudy orangish/yellow with a nice foamy head, good retention, not much CO2 activity. Fruity pressed red apple cider on the nose. Very creamy up front, fruity unfiltered pressed woody apple juice up front, wheat, tangy backdrop, light sourness, 6/10-gentle sweetness. Low-medium complexity, medium depth, great transitions, good carry, excellent drinkability. Superbly refreshing and easy-drinking.