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Rating: 3.4

My second Brasserie de la Senne beer in quick succession now, this one being another offering from the brewery that I grabbed at the Wee Bee Shop in Glasgow recently and is one that follows on from the same brewery’s Zinnebir offering that I reviewed here previously; a beer that turned out to be quite enjoyable in the end. This one is a Belgian style wild ale that is bottle fermented for four months using Brussels Brettanomyces yeast and is one that I’m quick intrigued by since I’m not really sure what to expect going in. The beer should be a good one though as it is currently listed as one of the top 50 Belgian ale’s on the RateBeer website, presently sitting at number nine on the list with another variant of this beer at number three.

Appearance (4/5): Bright amber to orange in colour with a large, bubbly head that left some nice, foamy lacing on the sides of the glass and settled as a thin surface lacing that was slightly patchy after a while.
Aroma (7/10): Opening with a lot of yeast and tart in the early going, the beer was a lively one with some lemon zest and orange notes coming through as well. This was followed by some background spices and a couple of bitter hops before the odd funky note and some touches of biscuit make an appearance nearer the end.
Taste (6/10): Opening with plenty of citrus flavours, there was some orange and lemon zest coming through with a strong tart taste slightly further on, the beer was definitely a funky and lively one. Thee was some yeast and pine hops around the middle with some earthy hops following on behind and I managed to detect some fruit esters and a background sweetness towards the end.
Palate (3/5): Tangy and quite a sharp beer that was well carbonated and lively throughout. It was a dry beer towards the end with plenty of tart and funky touches with a subtle hop bitterness throughout too.

Overall (14/20): Quite a tarty and fresh beer that was sour in parts and quite funky throughout, plenty of Belgian yeast and spices showed from the start. There was pleasant hop bitterness from the middle of the beer on and some touches of citrus showed as well with the balance seeming okay but it’s not a beer that I’d rush back to I’m afraid.

Brewed In: Brussels, Belgium
Brewery: Brasserie de la Senne
First Brewed: 2016
Type: Belgian/Wild Ale
Abv: 6.5%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Wee Beer Shop (Glasgow)
Price: £2.70

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