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Zinnebir - Brasserie de la Senne

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89
very good

158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 10
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie de la Senne visit their website
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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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
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, 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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2014 01:10:25 | More by biboergosum
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

07-26-2014 23:34:36 | More by Oakenator
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Hazee

Belgium

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

07-26-2014 18:05:15 | More by Hazee
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philaduffia

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

07-19-2014 14:33:19 | More by philaduffia
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6thstreetbrewpub

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

07-18-2014 19:39:42 | More by 6thstreetbrewpub
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erbu

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

07-11-2014 12:46:59 | More by erbu
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Erik-P

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

06-30-2014 05:39:20 | More by Erik-P
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

06-21-2014 00:38:16 | More by KStark
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dcmchew

Romania

3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours very hazy light yellow, one finger white head that leaves tons of traces as it subsides to a small lacing.
Tasty hops in the smell, floral and fruity, enhanced by the Belgian yeasts, so nice citrus, some pineapple, apple, pear, lime and faint peach. Some honey and bready malts too.
Taste has a short sweet flash, be careful or you might miss it (apricot, honey, tangerine), green apple acidity, unrripe grapes, followed quick by strong grapefruit, and it's all bitter from here on. You can hardly get some spices and biscuity malts under all the hoppiness. Big perfumey flowers, aromatic herbs, big grassy bitterness that blows up in the finish, really dry and rough. Not too clean either, there's some dry tobacco and a bit of earthiness.
Medium body and carbonation. Not much left in the aftertaste but a huge bitter feel. Unfortunately you carry it on till you drink again, and the fruitiness gets harder and harder to detect.
I expected hops, but this felt way too unbalanced. And i actually like hop-punches. Something was off.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2014 13:57:08 | More by dcmchew
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tykechandler

Indiana

5/5  rDev +25.6%

06-19-2014 01:00:03 | More by tykechandler
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

06-18-2014 16:03:56 | More by ZachT
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Lovely85

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

05-23-2014 00:38:45 | More by Lovely85
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-23-2014 00:27:41 | More by nickfl
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-23-2014 00:22:42 | More by kylehay2004
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-16-2014 22:32:31 | More by nmann08
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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

05-13-2014 19:01:59 | More by afsdan
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micropale

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

05-11-2014 21:21:50 | More by micropale
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Lothore

California

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a hazy orangey yellow hue with a small, off white head.

S- Lemon, wheat, pepper.

T- Grassy, hints of pepper, wheat, lingering bitterness.

M- Medium bodied and silky with high carbonation.

D- Decently drinkable. There's something on the back end of the flavor that's really throwing me off that I can't put my finger on.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 01:20:46 | More by Lothore
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LiquidAmber

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 03:39:19 | More by LiquidAmber
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SimonTja

Sweden

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

04-08-2014 14:58:23 | More by SimonTja
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in and ordinary glass.
Bought during a business trip in Luxembourg in one of the best beershops I've ever visited, the Mi-Orge Mi-Houblon in Arlon - Belgium (http://miorgemihoublon.be)

Bottled in December, 19th of 2013.
Enjoyed @ a hotel room in Luxembourg :/

A: Pours a nice orange cloudy forming a big and solid creamy white head. Excellent retention and lots of soapy and lingering lacings left in the glass

S: Fresh flowery hops in the nose. Citric hops profile. Notes of orange, orange zest and bready yeasts. Sweet grains. Reminds me a good American Pale Ale but with Belgian yeasts profile

T: Great hops profile. Dry and bitter. Sweet pale malts. Fruity with notes of orange and orange zest. Huge hops bitter end... Great

M: Light to medium body. Citrus hops bitter aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Great surprise. Excellent Ale that I really recommend

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 18:46:54 | More by eduardolinhalis
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

03-21-2014 04:12:14 | More by mdaschaf
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Bellonc

Spain

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

03-09-2014 12:03:46 | More by Bellonc
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superspak

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 06:56:09 | More by superspak
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dirtylou

Washington

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 01:50:40 | More by dirtylou
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Zinnebir from Brasserie de la Senne
89 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.