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Zinnebir - Brasserie de la Senne

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Reviews: 90
Hads: 217
Avg: 4
pDev: 15%
Wants: 10
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Brasserie de la Senne visit their website

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 kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Zinne Bir." Brussels' People Ale. 5.8% ABV. .33l brown glass bottle served into a goblet. Reviewed from notes taken in Belgium in June 2010.

A: Pours a one finger very thin head of bad retention and hardly any cream. Body colour is a light murky gold.

Sm: Bittering hops reminiscient of a tame IPA. Very dry. My broken nose detects little else. All apologies, lads.

T: Caramelized malt body leads to a bittering hop climax. Finish is biteen bland and the open is uneven. Very simple for the style - surprisingly so. Not bold or exciting. Balanced decently and built alright, but even as a traditional beer in the style, it's rather boring.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with coarseness on the climax where the bittering hops emerge. Complements the flavours alright.

Dr: Relatively high ABV for more traditional examples of the style. Easy to drink, but priced a bit highly by local standards. This is a beer worth trying but don't expect much from it.


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Photo of Vancer
2.88/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Capped and corked green 750 bottle, pops like a champaign, and even pours like one with the fizzy golden yellow brew bubbling up in the ol' Corsendonk tulip. Massive white head and some sheet lacing really round out the opening.

Spicy malt in the aroma and the quaff. Also noting some woody resin in the finish - which is a bit harsh for me. No hint of any booze, but then again this is a relative light weight at 6%

Not too tasty, I'll pass on this one from here on out, especially with the high dollar import pricing.

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Photo of Kraken
3.11/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.21/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a murky orange color with a big lasting head that sticks to the glass.

Smell is graint and yeasty with maybe some wheat in it. A slightly malty nose and some oxidation (cardboard).

Taste is bitter and yeasty, with some acidity that somehow complements the beer in a strange way. I could taste some oxidation in this beer, together with the slight acidity, I suspect this was an old bottle. Also given the previous reviews. Aftertaste is dry and grainy. Just an average blond, if not gone bad.

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Photo of GinaBeerInc
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.4/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose very sweet offering of fine hops in the nose. The palate is warm and silky and offers a bitter pungent which is very similar to that of a beer of low fermentation commonplace. Apart from this little bitterness that is not really pleasant but may interest some of its length on the palate, it lacks a little flavor in post-taste.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank on the terrace of the 'Belle Vue' on the sea front in St Idesbald, the Belgian coast.

Recommended by the barman.

Almost clear, it was a straw blonde golden colour with a good white head, I like to think I poured it well.

The aroma, taste and mouthfeel all came across as fairly sour, strong flavours of grapefruit and lemons, not an unpleasant experience at all. This beer was more than just drinkable, it was enjoyable.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This little bastard was poured from a green, 750ml bottle. Unable to find any bottling date, though the label was a bit disheveled. Bottle was capped and also corked; easily opened. Into the goblet, Zinnebir is a deep golden, apricot hued brew. Has a touch of haze within. There's a plentiful procession of carbo rising up, as some particulate heads in the opposite direction, seeking refuge at the bottom of the gob. A hard pour produces a mammoth, healthy head, an off-white dollop of meringue which slowly ebbs while leaving a lovely trace o' lace in the glass. Nose is not fully forthcoming, but gives off some bready touches along with a hint of ginger and some flowery action. Body was a smidge south of medium, with a light, airy, bubbly feel on the tongue.

Taste is lightly crackery, with some mild fruitiness also acting up. Some mild apple, and a lick of pear come out to play. A miniscule touch of a peppery character comes out, with some flowery hops laying down some bitter background notes in a very dry finish.

Overall? A somewhat better than average bier, but nothing to lose sleep for if you're trying to find it.

Zum Wohl!!

overall: 3.7
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of dgallina
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey Ho-Ho Belgian Christmas.

Big fluffy soapy head with tons of lacing, super hazy dark ruby red bright color.

Nose is light, light reddish malts, bit fruity dark fruits and light straw like, hints of earthy hops.

Taste brings herbal hops, earthy, decent bitterness, chewy hops, almost medicinal herbal, light dark fruits, raisin, kinda sweet, not really balanced, a bitter mess. Finishes biter, spicy chewy herbal hops, light sticky sweet syrup, hint of fruit.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall meh, not my style herbal earthy hops, too bitter and sweet bit not really balanced

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

small bottle @Brussels

A: copper color. fairly clear beer.
S: I smell oolong tea and strong jasmine scent.
T: Maybe some gooseberry. Finishes very dry for a Belgian blonde, with a slightly tannic aftertaste.
M: There is a velvety mouthfeel, which I usually associate with fermented candi sugar, though that is not necessarily the case here.
O: It's a very drinkable brew, with herbal notes and a dry finish. I found the jasmine smell/taste to be somewhat overpowering, but I'd probably try it again to make sure that it wasn't a product of circumstances. In conclusion: fairly drinkable, but not anything to seek out or pay a lot of money for.

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Photo of Travlr
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy straw colored with a large white head and good lacing. Interesting musty aroma with hints of pepper and spice. Taste is surprisingly hoppy and bitter, with notes of citrus. Sort of a combination of a lambic and an IPA, if that makes any sense.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of Lothore
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of bditty187
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.76/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of MsRif
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of tpd975
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

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Zinnebir from Brasserie de la Senne
89 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.