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Zinnebir - Brasserie de la Senne

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89
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 11
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 09-18-2007)
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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of VoodooBrew
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange-peach with lots of yeast-detritus littered about. Big generous thick white head.

Aromas include light fruit mingling with grainy sweetness and toast. Suggestions of coriander and yeasty spices.

Soft malty flavors with fruity tones give way to a moderate yet firm bitterness, right into hints of white pepper phenols that linger into a long dry finish.

This beer gets better as you drink it & as it warms up -- the beer expresses itself much more clearly.

Starts off flavorful, semi-sweet, fruity and quenching. Ends up dry and makes you thirst for more. A wonderfully surprising beer. This strikes me as lying somewhere between Belgian Pale Ale and Saison.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 10/13/2010 at Julian's in Providence, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold/orange color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light malts, Belgian yeast, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with some spice and citrus flavors up front that are quickly followed by bready flavors from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. There's a good hops presence for the style. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice Belgian-style beer worth pounding down for a long time.

Photo of ahalloin
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a Gouden Carolus tulip glass. Pours a vibrant champagne like deep yellowy-gold color with a white, one finger-width head. Bubbles continue to break for the surface from all around the glass keeping a nice ring of foam stable at the top.

Nice balanced aroma with some sweet fruitiness, yeasty bread, and spicy hop notes. A little bit of sweet toffee permeates the aroma as well.

The taste is spot on for the style and very nice. There is a sweet toffee-like flavor up front carried on a wealth of carbonation with hints of citrus fruit. The dry-finish brings about an earthy bitterness that is very refreshing.

The mouthfeel is great for the style, with a good amount of carbonation carrying the effervescent liquid.

The only drawback to drinkability might be the powerfully earthy-bitter finish that lingers long in the palette.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Zinnebir

11.2 oz bottle, carefully poured. A hazed gold in color, little head to speak of. Some particles of yeast are there.
Aroma is comprised of floral hops and Belgian ale yeast fruityness.
In the taste, soft Belgian yeast muted by an impressive earthy bitterness. Soft fruityness, like that in a Tripel, but lighter, and with a firm hop stance. It achieves a rather even balance, herbal, leafy citrusy hops, phenolic yeast and pale malt base.
Mouthfeel is also quite nice, light to medium on the palate, with a very appealing dry finish.
Overall, a solid Belgian Blonde/Pale ale with a hop presence.

Photo of clickpush
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: 750ml bottle to tulip glass. A huge 3 finger head appears w/ the gentlest of pours. Big white head over a clouded orange body. Some thin bubble trails along the side of the glass. Excellent retention in the head. Some clinging to the sides of the glass.

Nose: Huge smell eminating from the beer that's sitting 3 feet away. Mostly fruity malts, oranges, lemon peel, some small hop presence. Nice and yeasty.

Mouth: Much more bitter than the aroma would let on. Tons of hops, some warmth in the exhale. Easy bitterness though, lingering, grassy and farmy. Mouthfeel is crisp. This tastes more like an IPA though than a Belgian Pale. Easy drinking through.

Photo of Maxwell
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy, golden-orange with a huge head of small bubbles that erupt into a more rocky terrain as they climb higher and higher above the beer. The head sits about two finger’s widths above the glass with excellent retention. When the head does go, it leaves a fat cloud of puffy lacing along the glass. In body, the beer is a nice hazy murk with no trace of floating particles. I poured the yeast in with this beer for added flavor, but it did appear rather clear before I dumped the yeast. On the nose, the beer smells of honey and hay. Grassy hops kick just a touch of citric lemon grass and there is also a whisper of funk can also be sensed. All the while, malt provides beautifully creamy honey nuances to the nose. I do also detect a touch of skunk, which is expected in a hoppier import, but does not take away from the rich smells of the beer. On the tongue, the beer tastes honey-sweet and grassy-bitter. The bitter tend more towards the middle and second half of the sip, while the sweetness begins and finishes the beer. Light acidity does interact with the other tastes, and an herbal bitterness works its way in beside the grassy bitters. In flavor, the beer begins as smooth honey malt with a touch of bread. This transitions into rich grassy bitters with nuances of herbal mint. The finish is strong with rich honey flavors drizzled over light toast with a healthy wallop of grass and hay. The aftertaste is decidedly of bitter mint with just a wisp of lingering honey. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with a crisp yet smooth mouthfeel that gives a nice little tug at the tongue, but doesn’t overdo it. Carbonation is a little higher than middling, providing a nice scrub to the tongue. After the beer leaves, the mouth is left with a slight bit of spittle and a touch of astringency on the middle of the tongue, but an overall feeling of cleanness. As a whole, the beer is quaffable and subtly complex with some great grassy hop character and superb honey malt. This beer is just a great classic beer with superb honey malts and a nice European hop bite. I could have a few and be happy. I like it.

Photo of sfprint
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid "purist" Belgian Pale.

Label states no sugar, spices, or additives in the ingredients. This shows through in the ale's character, it's not boring even though it comes from simple ingredients.

Pours a deep orange/straw yellow, with streams of carbonation. A rocky merengue head of foam forms, and remains for some time. A skim of foam remains for the hour duration of the bottle. Attractive and lively.

Smell is initally mild pear and apple esters from the yeast used.

Taste is dry, pilsner malt, doughy with light pepper and herbal hop notes. Fruitiness in the aroma is way more subdued in the taste. Clearly well-crafted in it's balance and easy drinkability. Well carbonated, and light to medium mouthfeel. A good starter Belgian, or one to try when you want something simple and elegant.

Photo of mdagnew
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought from Tuckers Maltings...

Poured a light golden orange colour with coppery hints. Slightly off white head poured big and billowy and faded slowly to thick frothy layer.. good sticky patchy lacing... lots of carbonation bubbles rush to the surface...

Aroma - Lots of grassy spiciness, yeasty, tart fruits (limes, lemon peel, sour apples), chalky notes, light breadiness, quite floral, faint candy sugar, some basil and thyme herbalness, the faintest hint of marzipan...

Taste - Tart spicy fruits (lemons, grapefruits, apples), pithy notes, quite a lot of yeastiness, floral honey, quite perfumed, light earthy funk, grassy hops, chalky, coriander, peppery, definitely some basil herbalness...

M&D - Sharp and dry with a little smoothness coming through... Light body... Extremely refreshing and drinkable - would be nice on a hot summers day...

Overall - A top class Belgian pale ale... As good as any i've had...

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed straw gold with minimal head. Nose is like dusty yeast. Flavor is dry. You get a musty yeast with minimal sugar presence. The profile comes and then drops fairly quickly. Feel is nice. Smooth with decent bubble. No unusual or odd or weird character. But the overall experience is damn good. Smooth and even. And I love the story posted on the label of the beer. Very much worth trying.

Photo of OldSock
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – 750 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. While the frothy white head falls quickly into the clear (gets hazier on successive pours) golden beer it manages to leave some nice sticky lacing behind.

Smell – Slightly mineral, with spicy Belgian yeast. Underneath the primary aromas there is a solid toasted malt backbone with some complimentary spicy noble hops. Simple and balanced.

Taste – Yeast character dominates, spicy almost peppery with some mild banana esters. The hops meld well with the yeast and water making it hard to tell what aspect to attribute to each component. The malt provides a clean base for the beer, but doesn't add much complexity. Dry, rather bitter, and not too close to anything else that I have had.

Mouthfeel – Lively carbonation does a good job concealing the light body.

Drinkability & Notes – Refreshing, but I wish that I had chilled this down colder that 60. Always nice to try a beer from a new brewery, hopefully we'll be seeing more from them in the future.

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden rod with copper tones to it. Sporadic miniscule bubbles rise to the surface at a methodic pace. Head is snowy white and thick with tight fitting bubbles.

S: Mild cantelope, gentle lemon, hay, spicy yeast and actually some sun tan lotion.

T: Very subtle flavors at work here. Starts off with some light pear, green apple, sugar snap peas and roses caressing the front of the tongue. Bit of fresh cut grass, honeysuckle and limestone are the middle ground which lays the foundation. Delicate sweet lemon and ginger mingling allow all flavors to meld before minor earthy hops with woody personalities finish it out.

M: Medium body with a soft mouthfeel.

D: Good beer with great balance. Nice, refreshing, smooth. Good

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Significantly hazy, yeast-choked, well-bubbled rich amber. I love it when there's so much visual interest after the pour. Who needs perfectly clear, filtered-to-within-an-inch-of-its-life beer anyway? The eggnog colored head is richly creamy and is equally as lovely as the beer on which it rests, possibly more so. Large, pearl-like bubbles occupy the upper surface and result in big, soft craters when they pop.

Since the brewer eschews anything that isn't named malt, hops or yeast, the invigorating spiciness of the beer has to be due to an especially lively strain of yeast. While it doesn't quite have the chops of the best of this style, it's a damn fine nose all the same.

Zinnebir is relatively simple and straightforward (that isn't a knock) and is a wonderful Belgian pale ale that should be a pleasure all the way to the bottom of the bottle. It's unripe apple and pear fruity with a dry crispness that was expected once I learned that no candi sugar was added. It isn't especially parching though, so some amount of pale malt sugar made it through unscathed.

Beer of this style (if it isn't highly hopped like De Ranke XX Bitter) is often dependent on a quality yeast strain to provide zip and the zing. This one is up to the task and gives off spicy flavors of clove and cardamom. Speaking of hops, there's quite a bit of floral, grassy, noble goodness keeping things on the bitingly bitter side. A wee lack of complexity isn't necessarily a negative when the beer is this delicious and this drinkable.

Given the surfeit of bubbles, I would have thought the mouthfeel would have been more light and airy. It feels fine, it's just that it isn't as lush or as silky as it could be. No barrier to drinkability here either.

Zinnebir is a solid offering from the relatively new Brouwerij Sint-Pieters. It's a classic, back to basics, well-constructed pale ale that is disappearing with effortless ease. I'll be sure to be on the lookout for more of Mr. Bernard Leboucq's creations since it's obvious that he knows what good beer is all about.

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful hazy golden orange color with a moderate creamy white head.

S: Yeasty nose full of bananas, oranges and a slight bubblegum scent.

T: Flavor is creamy bananas with a slight tartness with a good spicy complexity (coriander, sour orange peel). Yeasty bite, very clean and a very good example per style.

M: Good carbonation brings out the aroma and mouthful, though remains light and fruity on the tongue with a nice spicy tartness. Sour oranges for a finish.

D: very nice drinkability, goes down effortlessly.

Photo of kohoutek
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice hazy deep golden hue with two fingers of pure white creamy microbubbles. The head quickly falls into a thin blanket of foam while coating the glass with lace. Small streams of bubbles rise from the depths.

This beer smells very fresh. Herbal geranium, iron, lightly tanned leather, Belgian cellar (a hint of musty bookshelves), notes of citrus. On an off note, there is a tad of rubbery autolysis present.

This beer has a nice honeyed malt backbone that carries a bit of sweetness with it. The propaganda on the bottle brags that this brewery does not engage in the addition of syrups, sugars or the like. The residual sweetness of this all malt beer is noted. The geranium, iron, herbal hop bitterness and peppery otherworldliness swirl with deep sticky esters and malt acids. Very nice!

This beer drinks fine as it is clean and approachable. The sweetness lends a hand that is a bit heavy. I must admit that I find it very different from most Belgian Pales that I have experienced. Instead, I keep seeing it in the vein of Dupont's family of Saisons. It seems to share so many characteristics with these beers, Moinette, etc. It seems a bit light on the bitterning hops and alcohol to really compare style-wise with Urthel hop it, Duvel, DeRanke XX Bitter, etc. I like this beer, but at $11.99 for a 750 mL I will return elsewhere in the future.

Photo of richmof
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap on this occasion in Kafka: pours an orangey amber with a nice creamy head and decent lacing.

Orangey hops on the nose, opening up to an orangey caramel on the palate. Nicely hopped mild bitterness cutting through any sweetness, with a pleasant earthy component. This is an amber I can drink plenty of.

Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of John_M
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a honey gold color with fairly good head retention and lacing. The nose in this beer is pretty attractive, showing honey, lavender and bing cherry. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this enjoyable, easy to appreciate beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but there's a lightness to this beer that I really like. Drinkability is quite good, and I appreciate how this beer dries out on the finish, which enhances its drinkability.

Quite nice...

Photo of dogfooddog
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml dated 16NOV2004, about a year out of date but lets see how it is.

large white head, active carbonation both in glass and in bottle. citrusy almost grapefruit-like odor, with floral overtones.

taste is mild bittery hops with hints of flowers, and a general barnyard feel to this taste. finish is also bitter and slightly spicy later into it. overall this is a fairly bitter beer.

this is a better-than-average belgian blonde/pale ale, well worth trying.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled March 2007
Very well carbonated, at least it kicks up lots of flaky sediment from the bottom of the bottle. The head is a frothy, pale tan color (really an off-white) and starts out four-fingers thick; it leaves a nice lacing pattern on the sides of the glass as I drink my way through this beer.. The beer is almost brilliantly clear and is a nice gold color. The aroma is dry, yet fruity with notes of apple, pear, and malt. The malt character smells of freshly milled pale malt, some grassy notes as well as a touch of bread-like character. A touch of spicy, yeast derived, funkiness is here and adds some nice complexity to the overall aroma. As the beer warms a bit a nice dry, biscuit-like and soda cracker note starts to exhibit itself in the aroma.

The beer is only lightly chilled and is quite expressive at this temperature. A nice light to medium body helps this to have some palate coating character. Lightly sweet with malt character coating the mouth. The sweet malt accentuates a nice fruitiness of pears, a touch of apple and even a zesty lemon-peel note of citrus. The beer finishes off with a nice spicy note that must be from the particular yeast strain used. It adds notes of clove, ginger and a biting peppery note (which is also from the carbonation) that really helps to provide balance. Lightly tart in the finish it also has a certain, light astringency; the combination of which cause this beer to finish dry, which is a perfect lead into taking another sip of this brew.

I really enjoy lower alcohol characterful Belgian ales; There are a style that is easy to make bland or boring, but when they are on they make the perfect session beer. I find that beers of this type are best served on the warm side of cool, otherwise you can really miss out on their complexity. This was certainly a pleasant surprise, and a 750ml bottle is the perfect size for a quaff or two.

Photo of AdamNowek
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of augustgarage
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Zinnebir from Brasserie de la Senne
89 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.