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Zinnebir - Brasserie de la Senne

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Reviews: 89
Hads: 213
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 10
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Brasserie de la Senne visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: paterlodie on 11-24-2005

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

In a world where many Belgian breweries can't even get it right, along comes an obscure and nonchalant ale that prances onto the scene with delicacy, finesse and quiet calm. Much like Unibroue Maudite and De Koninck, this ale does much the same.

Pouring a bronze-amber color, the beer casts a mild haze for a mid-rusty appearance. A frothy ivory-stained head floats the beer with whipped cream consistency. Its exuberant carbonation keeps the beer lively while ensuring its long-lasting retention. Classic Belgian lace trails in the beer's wake.

Zesty aromas of fruit and spice mingle about the nose with an undertasted caramel and grain base to support it all. Apples, citrus peels and spiced pear brace against peppercorn, light cumin and a near cinnamon note. Hops contribute a pleasant grassy note that strikes me as cilantro and tea leaves.

Its complex flavors come together seamlessly as its partial baked grain and steely caramel taste is dry right out of the chute. A waft of fruit and spice medley floats over the middle palate in much the same way as it did in scent- apples, oranges, pecan and pear offer a lighter fruit tone that's just off-cider and off-wine. Its peppery balance is earthy, spicy and bright with fennel, cinnamon and cumin flavors. Finishing with herbal, grassy and tea-like bitterness, the beer's taste is resounding in both its complexity and its simplicity.

Just as dry in mouthfeel as it is taste, the beer springs to life with all those champagny bubbles. They lift the malt with ease and encourages a spicy dryness and alcohol warming sensation. Its dry fruit taste evaporates on the palate for a finish that's quick, fleeting, and somewhat whimsical in its arid feel.

Zinnebir is a classic Belgian Pale Ale that's not "golden" and not "dubbel". Blending the taste, texture and aromas makes this beer nearly ideal for rich french cuisine of almost any sort. (1,900 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/18/07- Purchased at City Beer, in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, corked and capped. Poured into my Troubadour tulip. No freshness info found on the bottle.

Appearance- Pale golden color with a large overflowing white pock marked head. A bit clouded, but not super yeasty. Leaves behind decent patchy lace.

Smell- Mild unripe fruits with a light bready aspect. Seems a bit hoppy as well. Overall light, but pretty nice.

Taste- I'll go for the pear flavoring in this beer. I'm picking it up much more than the apples. Very dry with a nice pils style hop base. A touch of lemon rind and some notes of white pepper as well.

Mouthfeel- Ultra dry. Crisp with a biting carbonation level. Leaves nice bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Score #2 for Zinnebir. I've been pleasantly suprised with both their brews. Bring more of them out! (862 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber with a massive four finger white head with good retention and thick sheets of lacing. Aroma of mild bready malt, clove, light lemon citrus, mixed light fruit, spicy. Flavor is citrus, grapefruit rind, apple and pear juice, clove and light grassy hops. Finishes semi-dry with a mildly funky yeast that leans towards a saison style, interesting lingering grassy hop and clove bitterness. Medium bodied. A pleasant and not typical Belgian pale. Finishes drier and hoppier than its brethren. The flavors are somewhat subtle, but nicely complex. Interesting finish that I looked forward to in each sip. (674 characters)

Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Nice golden color with a thick white head. Was a bit cloudy. Nice lacing.

Smell- Fruity with a nice smell of hops.

Taste- Had a fruity taste. Maybe hint of apples with some lemon zest perhaps.

Mouthfeel- Dry feel with bitter aftertaste. Carbonation was fairly high.

Drinkability- This beer was pretty good. A nice beer to bring to fancy parties instead of wine. (380 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apricot, apple, white grape, bread, light honey, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy/spicy yeast and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apricot, apple, white grape, bread, light honey, clove, light pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, apricot, white grape, clove, bread, light honey, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian pale ale! All around good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering. (1,354 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Botteled Oct 19 2004. Best till 6 months after filling so well 6 months overtime but it was most of the time in my fridge. Good presentation with nice and lasting white head and golden/bronze beercollor with some particles in it. Nose is strange and heavy straw, hops, alcohol, allmond and even after this time still some hops. Taste is phenolic, whinelike, strong for 5.5% with hints of maltyness and probably quiet some candy making this one enjoyable but quiet strange.Good and balanced mouthfeel and a pleasure to drink. Certainly worthwile trying once IMO. (561 characters)

Photo of brureview
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured a golden color with a 1 finger head into an Orval Trappist glass.

A very strong lemon-citrus aroma.

The mouth feel is quite tart and fits the character of the beer's aroma, taste and finish.

The taste is citrus- although not as strong as the aroma, and not lemony.

The finish is quite good- tangy and mildly bitter.

Overall: a well-done Belgian Pale ale- very drinkable. (383 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a nice golden hue with a solid one finger white head that fades to leave good sticky thick lacing.

S - Aromas are nice apples, sweet malts, and gentle yeast/bready malts.

T - Taste is solid, like the nose just now the typical beglian spice notes come in to play. Faint corriander.

M - Mouthfeel is sold, nicely carbonated yet smooth.

O - Overall, a solid De La Senne offering. Very nice indeed. (482 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber in color. Beautiful fluffy white head, long standing in the glass.
Freshness in the smell: hop, some tea leaves. Very fresh. Some notes of an english bitter, here and there. Orange marmelade.
In the taste a very intense hop, good. Backbone malt to balance, but the master is the hop.
Average to light in body.
A very strong bitter start in the aftertaste.
Clean.
Very good beer. (390 characters)

Photo of ggaughan
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (633 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Poured golden with a white head, some lacing. Aroma of citrus hops and a bit of sugar. Taste of citrus, floral qualities, light spice and breadiness. Pleasant, light-medium mouthfeel with a bit of carbonation that didn't seem out of place. Very drinkable. (296 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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, yet bright medium golden yellow hue, with a full fist's worth 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 infiltrating all, but the overall crispness just sucks me in. Worth a try, even if y'all are no Brussels people. (1,336 characters)

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle. Pours a hazy orangish yellow. There are abundant aromas of light citrus, fresh bright hops and grainy malt. The taste, though, is really eye-opening. Very fruity, with round peach and apricot notes. It does have a nice dry finish with a little bitter on the end. Excellent carbonation, medium bodied. (328 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-deep golden color with a decent white head and good lacing

S- bready malt, apples, herbal notes, hint of sweetness

T-bready malt, spices, apple, caramel, mild bitter finish, slight herbal flavor

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O- Solid Belgian pale ale with good flavor and balance (303 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle listed as "biere artisanale blonde", drank from its matching glassware and enjoyed in Brussels.

The head would never - at any point - compromise. It diminished not one half inch from its initial level. Like the large rocks that line the coast of the ocean, I could swirl and splash my glass but it stayed fixated and wouldn't budge one bit. It is rock steady.

The colour was unique, a very murky shade of orange that seems as though it could glow if it wanted to, (but like the French football legend whom this beer shares a similar sounding name with, it is simply stubborn, and seems content just being clouded.)

My first whiff of the aroma was with wide eyes and a smiling reception - always a positive sign. A floral bouquet of light citrus and fresh yeast. Plenty of esters. It is more floral (in a literal 'flower' sense) than fruity. This falls well inline with the benchmark (Duvel style) Belgian golds, heavy floral presence and healthy dose of pale malts make for a pleasant smelling beer.

The mouthfeel takes takes the beer on a sharp turn, steering it in a completely different direction. It caught me off guard. Suddenly we find ourselves with a rush of heavy dampness and strong assertive bitterness that seems to contradict the light, dry, floral aroma that came before it. Lots of hops, but from where did they come?

The taste is certainly decent, although it shouldn't be said is all that exciting. It is certainly hoppy for a Belgian, very hoppy. The beer's malts, yeast, perhaps some pepper/spice really don't make for a recipe that will tickle the taste buds but it drinks (and digest) very well. Indeed... very well. This was quite enjoyable. I can only hope to revisit one day! (1,720 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

From: Etre Gourmet, Beauvechain, BE
Date: Bottled 2013-07-22, best by 2014-07-22
Glass: Tulip

De la Senne's Zinne Bir is an easily drinkable Belgian pale ale, balanced with malt and hops of continental origin, producing a pale sweetness with moderate floral and herbal hops, a touch of special Belgian yeast phenolics and esters for uniqueness. If this was available in six-packs at an affordable price, it would be an easy choice to pick up. For the price of getting one in the states, though, I'd probably attempt to brew my own in the future.

Pours a substantial 2.5cm tall head of white foam, made up of small-sized bubbles yielding a frothy appearance. Retention is above average at about two minutes, the foam fading to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a fairly large island of lacy foam resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is excellent, with numerous and thick swaths of foam clinging to the sides of the glass, forming wave-like patterns. The body is a light golden orange color, with light bringing out rich golden yellow hues. Carbonation visible through the slightly hazy (10-20% opacity) body, very numerous and active.

Aroma is fairly muted and plain, a bit of yeast mustiness and phenolic "twang" with a touch of pale malt sweetness. In general, enjoyable, but not something exactly worthy of a high price (that is, I can brew this).

Overall flavor is of a moderately hoppy, by which I mean a continental herbal, floral, and only slightly citrusy hoppiness, with a sweet pale malt background and a modest yeast presence, directly and by fruit esters and slightly sharp phenolics. Front of palate picks up light fruit (apple, pear), floral hops, pale and light caramel malt sweetness, hints of bitter grapefruit. Mid-palate is moderately floral, a bit of mild yeast phenolics and mustiness, slight grape ester, and a bit of light toastiness from biscuit malt. Back of palate is of light to moderate bitterness, a bit of yeast and phenolic flavor, slightly "funky" grapefruit, and very low fruit ester and pale malt sweetness. Aftertaste is of light to moderate bitterness, with floral and bitter grapefruit components, a bit of pale malt sweetness in the background.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a gently foamy (3/5) and smooth (2/5) mouthfeel that is well suited for the beer and the style in abstract. Closes dry, with surprisingly medium-heavy stickiness clinging to the palate and lips. (2,488 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orangish gold body with large head due to carbonation that took a little bit to die down but when it did there was clingy lace everywhere. An aroma of tropical fruit like orange, mango, citric notes and pear as well with a touch of sour spice. Light bodied, easy to drink, smooth, carbonation gives sharpness and crisp finish, a mostly sweet ale with the tropical sweet fruit notes shining through and a little bit of sugary malts and spice. Good balance, simple beer, a treat to enjoy. (502 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dim peachy blonde with a white foamy head. Some floaters and bubble, a little lace.

Husk, some booze, and bitter orange in the nose.

Bitter and malty up front. Dry, no sugar at all. Some orange rind, husky grain, and grassy malt. This is a grown-up beverage.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. I thought this would be harder to drink, but I found myself taking bigger sips. Worthy. Good version of the style. (421 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a golden blonde with a pillow of foam. The aroma is estery with citrus notes present.

The flavor has a bit of spice, some citrus notes, a pronounced dry finish and an apparent bitterness without a hoppy presence (all bitterness and little aroma). This was a fun, flavorful and approachable little brew. (315 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sea Bass for this one.

A: Pours a cloudy yellow color with a nice big bold head. The retention is great and there is tons of lace.

S: Hints of lemon grass and belgian yeast really pour from the glass. There is some sweet malt and a bit of believe it or not funk.

T: Nice light taste. Hints of sweet fruit, malt, yeast, and spicy hops.

M: Light in body.

D: Pretty drinkable. (388 characters)

Photo of MsRif
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA. Poured a clear yellow color with a moderate white head that retained well and left very nice lacing. Had an aroma of earthy/floral hops, yeast and spices. Tasted of dark fruits, yeast, spices and earthy hops. Definitely more bitter than the XMas variety of this brew.

On the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, a tasty brew that is a nice representation of the style. (446 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap in Brussels...A dark gold with a huge fluffy white head, god retention, lacing is excellent...A light aroma of yeast and tons of lemons...Taste is lightly sweet, almost boring, but finish is strong, bitter hops show off nicely. Slightly boring to start but then some good flavor. An above average pale. (309 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 doesn’t 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 isn’t 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 can’t 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 I’d return to in the future? Maybe. Is this a beer I want to carry at Beertopia? I’m not sure. The seed has been planted… thank you Matt for the sample. (2,270 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aromas of dry hops are dominating with a bready yeast presence. Taste is also a very nice mix between some dry Noble hops with a nice Belgian malt profile and somewhat bready yeast. Full body with good carbonation and no alcohol. Very well done and easily drinkable. (359 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just saw this was on tap and went for it. I just know De La Senne is supposed to make good beer.

Pours a pretty clear golden body with a thick white head.

Smell is mostly just floral, grassy, and a tad soapy. Basically a bunch of hops. Good to have a hoppy beer that doesn't come across as American.

Light bitterness, medium bodied, and lots of carbonation.

Really good and super drinkable. (395 characters)

Zinnebir from Brasserie de la Senne
89 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.