Zinnebir - Brasserie de la Senne
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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
3.38/5 rDev -14.9%
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.
06-19-2014 13:57:08 | More by dcmchew
3.68/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
04-20-2014 01:20:46 | More by Lothore
4/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
04-13-2014 03:39:19 | More by LiquidAmber
4.33/5 rDev +9.1%
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
04-05-2014 18:46:54 | More by eduardolinhalis
4/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
03-08-2014 06:56:09 | More by superspak
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
Zinnebir from Brasserie de la Senne
89 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.