Zinnebir - Brasserie de la Senne
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Reviews by dgallina:
3.63/5 rDev -8.6%
1 pint, 9 fluid ounce green champagne bottle. No dating on bottle, label, or cork.
Pours pale golden straw with light-to-moderate sedimentation. An inch of creamy white head dissolves to a thick coating on top and persistent lace. The nose features powdery lemon / lime peel on dry leaf and cobweb yeast notes. A touch of acetic barnyard and light hops come in at the end. There's quite a lot of hop presence in the flavor for a Belgian ale. Earthy yeast, white pepper, and mild fruit notes appear early. These are replaced by a bitter and somewhat metallic hop finish. The body is medium-light and clean, without significant distinguishing features or flaws. The flavor never quite comes together for me.
11-04-2007 01:47:57 | More by dgallina
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4.33/5 rDev +9.1%
Thanks to blitheringidiot for this one. 750ml bottle starts with golden yellow/orange pour with a good inch of white head. Lots of bubbly active carbonation along with some small yeast particles in suspension. Aromas of sun dried grain along with light fruit tones of pear, apple and citrus. Spicy yeast and some pepper. A touch funky with a hint of grass in there as well. Quite nice.
First sip brings a nice crisp grain maltiness. Pale with a blast of fruit flavors mirroring the aroma with pear, apple and a mix of citrus tones. Flows down with a spicy yeast kick and a funky farmhouse aspect that has a light sour hint. Finishes off with mellow bitterness and a touch of herbal hops. A well built brew that is quite subtle and nuanced while still have a great depth of flavor. Very enjoyable.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good steady carbonation. Easy to drink, tasty and ultimately very refreshing on a hot day in the sunshine while I was out by the lake. A great Belgian blonde that I was happy to sample. I will seek this one out again.
05-08-2007 01:44:05 | More by orbitalr0x
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
Large bottle, capped, and without freshness dating. Pours yeasty cloudy, light orangey amber, with a light tan slight head and leaving fine and scattered lacing. Nose is of bright lime peals and grapefuit pith. Ultra smooth and rounded mouthfeel, earthy with soft notes of mellow malts, nutty yeastyness, honey, spice and peppery hops late. Spicy long finish. Complex and refined brew. Easy drinking and tasty Belgian. Beginner friendly Belgian. Well worth a try. Would be fine with a lunch of salads, cheese and whatever else you feel like.
04-16-2006 23:03:01 | More by Billolick
3.15/5 rDev -20.7%
Poured from Capped 750ml bottle into standard pint glass. This beer was capped and corked. Removed cap to suspisious hiss as if the cork didn't really do its job. Upon inspection, there was a small but noticable amount of beer between cap and cork. Cautiously removed cork and poured beer. Cork had an off color, I have a feeling that this beer was corked. Appearance was a slightly hazy straw color. Mild pour yields a head that reluctantly clung to the top of the beer. Beer smelled of light malt, a very mild hop, and strong smell of funky cork. Taste was lightly sweet, faint hint of very light hopping, firm and malt, substancial funk (not in a positive way) and corkiness. A nice mouth feel, but fairly undrinkable. I might have to pick up another bottle to confirm spoiled nature of this beer.
07-04-2008 15:04:33 | More by Kraken
3.98/5 rDev +0.3%
I just picked this bottle up in Belgium. This is the base beer from Crianza which is brewed by the same brewer.
The beer poured a light golden color with a nice rush of bubbles to the top that last for awhile and it complimented by a relatively small white head but fluffy. The nose is full of notes of lemon, yeast and a citrus tone as well. The taste is bit hoppier than I expected but pleasant. There is also a lemony, earthy taste that rounds this beer out well. Although light in color and abv, the body is medium and provides for a very decent beer. If you like this beer, try to get a hold of the Crianza which is excellent.
02-03-2008 20:38:19 | More by ggaughan
3.96/5 rDev -0.3%
330ml bottle, 5.8% ABV. 'Zinnebir' appears to loosely translate to 'mongrel beer', in reference to the mixed cultural heritage of many Belgians, and Brussels natives in particular.
This beer pours a rather hazy, bright medium golden yellow hue, with a full fist of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some spotty patches of sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.
It smells of earthy, mildly spicy yeast, crisp, crackery pale and wheat malts, a bit of crusty white breadiness, lemon, white pepper, and grassy, sort of dried leafy hops. The taste is sharp, kind of phenolic yeast, gritty wheat grain, a very softly caramelized pale malt, overripe lemon rinds, black pepper dust, further drupe fruit notes, and decent earthy, leafy, and grassy hops.
The carbonation is fairly tight, and a bit prickly in its rendition of frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, with an airy sort of smoothness. It finishes dry, the yeast dropping the final hammer, with a few grainy and hoppy essences mewling about.
An enjoyable BPA, in that is has more saison and hoppy character than is typical of the style. I'm still surprised at its affability, what with the yeast infilitrating all, but the overall crispness just sucks me in. Worth a try, even if y'all are no Brussels people.
07-29-2014 01:10:25 | More by biboergosum
4.08/5 rDev +2.8%
Masterful simple, soft,easy drinking. Great for lunch. Opaque golden with a white abundant creamy hand and lace. Sweet fruit and yeast in the aroma. Easy medium mouthfeel. Went right to the sediment, which was sourish. Refreshing overall, like a toned-down saison in spiciness, tasted pear, orange, apricot.
05-06-2007 05:01:44 | More by Sammy
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip. I think this bottle is fresh (bought it the day it arrived at the liquor store), but without a bottled on or best before date, I'm not entirely sure. I'm rating this as an "Artisanal Blond" rather than a traditional Belgian Pale.
Luminous yet hazy amber and golden poppy liquid with boiling carbonation contributing to the enormous crown of rich rocky ivory which forms a butte overlooking a broad valley of foam. Lacing is sticky, thick and solid, leaving behind ornate patterns of merengue.
Orange peel, pepper, almond and grass in the nose. Sweet tangy pale malt character merges with spicy yeast notes and a zippy hop component.
Sourdough biscuits, wheat germ, orange peel, and heady phenols balanced by a clean, strong, slightly fruity hop bitterness on the palate. Dry, earthy finish with an avalanche of clove, pepper, saffron, and rye. Slight "forest" flavor as well. Refreshing yet filling all at once.
Smooth, creamy yet spritzy, effervescent, and medium-bodied mouthfeel.
Hoppy and spicy, and nearly sessionable, try this in place of a Saison after a few hours of physical labor.
12-06-2009 23:26:58 | More by augustgarage
4.15/5 rDev +4.5%
330ml bottle, de struise glass
Bright orange body, fully creamy head with strong retention, decent amount of residual sediment in the bottle. Nice citrus notes, moderate bitterness, clementine, yeast, oily herbal hops. This is tasty stuff - would tick again
03-08-2014 01:50:40 | More by dirtylou
4.13/5 rDev +4%
Exp Oct 2013
A: Bright orangy yellow. Very hazy and cloudy. short head.
S: Fairly plasticy, but lemon peel and grains under that.
T: Banana orangy, yeasty and wheaty. Most similar to Willeke by De Prael, Slightly bitter,
M: Exceptionally light and fluffy mouth feel . quite creamy with a plastic tang/zing
O: Quite nice. Next time I would try and be careful to not pour in the yeast which might improve it. A special flavor and very much enjoyed.
07-09-2013 23:37:52 | More by sfprint
4.15/5 rDev +4.5%
Shared a bottle in Ghent. I'd seen this beer before back in the states but never paid attention to it until a friend ordered a bottle. What a surprise, this was a great Belgian ale. It appeared a hazy orange with a tall white head. What I really like was the fresh paired of hops with the fruity/spicy Belgian yeast character. The citrus notes of the hops led before the beer dove into caramel malt and a final, long bitter aftertaste.
04-23-2009 14:57:24 | More by tempest
3.33/5 rDev -16.1%
Hazy dark straw-colored body with abundant yeast sediment, thick puffy buff head. Herbal aroma, rich with flower petals and a touch of light fruit, biscuity. Light bready body, estery, coming across as an herbal tea with flower petals and bitterness and light sugary notes. Crisp palate with decent complexity. Good.
02-06-2012 20:04:36 | More by GinaBeerInc
3.68/5 rDev -7.3%
The cork was soaked and it took every once of my MacGyver skills to get the cork out.
Pours lightly hazy, gold in hue; thick, yet sort of fizzy white head, at the apex the foam was some three fingers tall. Head retention was respectable, in time the bubbles faded to a smallish, clumpy cap that lasted the entire consumption. Lacing started before I took a sip, it was widespread subsequently. I got to say this beer, thus far, is playing the part of a Belgian Blonde Ale quite well.
The nose is fairly hoppy (in the Belgian-style sense); there is a wonderful undercurrent of lemon zest that I have never smelled in any other beer. The lemon aroma is sort of sweet like candy but sort of like cleaning solution (in a good way!). I found light spiciness throughout. Cracker maltiness provides the base for the other soft aromas to jump off from. The nose is simple but elegant. Even though it doesnt say much or speak loudly I am invited to take a sip, err, drink.
The palate is hoppy with lingering earthy bitterness. At first the lemon flavor isnt as agreeable as the nose but after a couple more sips I am onboard. Impressively dry, the cracker maltiness allows the hops and yeast (?) spiciness to shine. For a Belgian Blonde the yeast strain seems awfully clean. Some peppery or clovey flavors would add something but maybe the point is to be different. I cant say this beer is awesome, it is not to me it is just a tad boring. But, still, I like it. The earthy, bitter aftertaste is wonderful. I bet this beer would rock with plenty varieties of cheese! Aperitif beer?
Around medium in body, low but natural carbonation, the mouthfeel is relaxing and this aids in drinkability.
Speaking of this is a very easy to drink beer, it is an enjoyable quaff. It is nuanced but simple on the surface. I could see many beer drinkers not getting this beer. Hell, I am not sure I totally get it. I question if I am worthy of fully appreciating it. Is my palate to American? Maybe I am biased against it (for it?) because of the constant Shelton Brothers blather about sweet Belgian ales. Is this a beer Id return to in the future? Maybe. Is this a beer I want to carry at Beertopia? Im not sure. The seed has been planted thank you Matt for the sample.
11-14-2007 16:00:06 | More by bditty187
4.4/5 rDev +10.8%
75cl bottle that isn't terribly fresh. Pours ruddy blonde with a huge, rocky white head that lasts and lasts. Great lacing. Great yeasty aroma, with big tropical fruit esters. Fairly bready malt, with a hint of grass/hay. The malt takes front seat in the taste, coming through with the same breadiness. Slightly earthy. Definite aromatic hop presence, though it's subdued compared to what it is in fresh bottles. Very dry, and utterly drinkable. Up to the normal De la Senne standard, though it shines even more when fresh.
09-28-2009 00:47:16 | More by philipquarles
Zinnebir from Brasserie de la Senne
89 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.