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Zinnebir - Brasserie de la Senne

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BA SCORE
89
very good

167 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 10
Gots: 7 | 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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bditty187

Nebraska

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

11-14-2007 16:00:06 | More by bditty187
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jibbyvonjibb

California

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

06-03-2011 18:47:22 | More by jibbyvonjibb
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

07-31-2014 12:42:24 | More by MattSweatshirt
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Lothore

California

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
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Travlr

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

10-31-2009 15:39:12 | More by Travlr
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -6%

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.

09-19-2008 18:26:14 | More by Phyl21ca
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

09-17-2013 00:50:57 | More by Janeinma
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

12-21-2013 02:48:39 | More by chickenm
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-11-2013 21:45:17 | More by doremite
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

09-26-2013 08:26:35 | More by Anatole
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-26-2014 23:34:36 | More by Oakenator
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6thstreetbrewpub

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-18-2014 19:39:42 | More by 6thstreetbrewpub
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Lovely85

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

10-08-2013 16:09:35 | More by lord_jordo
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VonWeissenheimer

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-11-2013 21:43:13 | More by VonWeissenheimer
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MsRif

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

12-19-2011 00:20:46 | More by MsRif
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philaduffia

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-19-2014 14:33:19 | More by philaduffia
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SStein

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

03-03-2014 17:58:24 | More by SStein
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erbu

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-11-2014 12:46:59 | More by erbu
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

12-01-2010 22:57:27 | More by jrallen34
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

11-08-2013 21:31:34 | More by tom10101
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Synapstic

France

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

08-30-2014 20:47:28 | More by Synapstic
Zinnebir from Brasserie de la Senne
89 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.