Zinnebir - Brasserie de la Senne
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2.68/5 rDev -32.5%
"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.
12-05-2012 18:51:25 | More by kojevergas
2.83/5 rDev -28.7%
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.
08-16-2009 19:08:14 | More by Vancer
3.15/5 rDev -20.7%
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.
07-04-2008 15:04:33 | More by Kraken
3.2/5 rDev -19.4%
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.
10-26-2006 07:07:26 | More by Absumaster
3.33/5 rDev -16.1%
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.
02-06-2012 20:04:36 | More by GinaBeerInc
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
3.5/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
03-28-2010 11:51:19 | More by ThaCreep
United Kingdom (England)
3.53/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
10-02-2007 18:12:16 | More by BlackHaddock
3.55/5 rDev -10.6%
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.
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5
11-26-2006 20:32:38 | More by Bierman9
3.63/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
11-04-2007 01:47:57 | More by dgallina
3.65/5 rDev -8.1%
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
12-15-2011 03:37:43 | More by jlindros
Zinnebir from Brasserie de la Senne
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