This beer has somewhat of a cult following, particularly in the USA. Which is quite an achievement for a mere Belgian Pale Ale of 4.5%, but this isn’t your average Belgian pale ale.
Brasserie De La Senne is known for making predominantly lower (at least for Belgium) ABV beers, and their generous use of noble hops.
Our beer pours a cloudy straw colour with aromas of citrus, hay and a strong Belgian yeast character. These lower-ABV beers are great for getting more of the yeast character forward, and that is a feature of this beer. The brewers use a specially selected yeast for this beer, which they use in flat fermenters purposely designed by the brewery.
The flavour is lightly sweet, with a crisp biscuity malt. There is a fruity sweetness with lemon citrus and yellow stone fruits. The hops contribute both a grassy, citrus note and offer a tingly spiciness to the back half of the beer. It finishes super dry and prickly but is so good you want to have another sip immediately.
There is a brilliant balance to this beer, crisp and dry but somehow still smooth and a little creamy. It is the definition of a ‘drinkable’ beer, with the only problem being that you only have one bottle!