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.

Brussels Apple Fruit Beer – Brasserie Du Bocq (Belgium)

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.