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Zinnebir - Brasserie de la Senne

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very good

92 Reviews
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Reviews: 92
Hads: 219
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: paterlodie on 11-24-2005

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Significantly hazy, yeast-choked, well-bubbled rich amber. I love it when there's so much visual interest after the pour. Who needs perfectly clear, filtered-to-within-an-inch-of-its-life beer anyway? The eggnog colored head is richly creamy and is equally as lovely as the beer on which it rests, possibly more so. Large, pearl-like bubbles occupy the upper surface and result in big, soft craters when they pop.

Since the brewer eschews anything that isn't named malt, hops or yeast, the invigorating spiciness of the beer has to be due to an especially lively strain of yeast. While it doesn't quite have the chops of the best of this style, it's a damn fine nose all the same.

Zinnebir is relatively simple and straightforward (that isn't a knock) and is a wonderful Belgian pale ale that should be a pleasure all the way to the bottom of the bottle. It's unripe apple and pear fruity with a dry crispness that was expected once I learned that no candi sugar was added. It isn't especially parching though, so some amount of pale malt sugar made it through unscathed.

Beer of this style (if it isn't highly hopped like De Ranke XX Bitter) is often dependent on a quality yeast strain to provide zip and the zing. This one is up to the task and gives off spicy flavors of clove and cardamom. Speaking of hops, there's quite a bit of floral, grassy, noble goodness keeping things on the bitingly bitter side. A wee lack of complexity isn't necessarily a negative when the beer is this delicious and this drinkable.

Given the surfeit of bubbles, I would have thought the mouthfeel would have been more light and airy. It feels fine, it's just that it isn't as lush or as silky as it could be. No barrier to drinkability here either.

Zinnebir is a solid offering from the relatively new Brouwerij Sint-Pieters. It's a classic, back to basics, well-constructed pale ale that is disappearing with effortless ease. I'll be sure to be on the lookout for more of Mr. Bernard Leboucq's creations since it's obvious that he knows what good beer is all about.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up an 11.2 OZ for $2.99 at Olive Tree Market here in OB and poured it into a Forestinne branded stemmed tulip glass.

A: Pours a lightly hazy orange hue with a fat white head that gives way to nice lacing from start to finish, with a good deal of chunky sediment that is a bit too much for my liking. I'm down for unfiltered but this is just too much.

S: Crackery sweet malt, light fruity esters with a mellow hop presence in the mix as well.

T: Similar to the nose but with a very prevalent yeast flavor that has a tiny bit of nice funk to it that I didn't get in the smell, sour apples, black peppercorn and wood that are all balanced amazingly well.

M: Lively carbonation which works well with the style, on the lighter side of medium bodied, finishing very crisp and dry.

Overall a great ale and one that goes well beyond the confines of a "pale ale". The funk is great and was not expected. My one gripe is the appearance - way to much floating around in my glass and made me want to leave the last few sips.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle in Ghent. I'd seen this beer before back in the states but never paid attention to it until a friend ordered a bottle. What a surprise, this was a great Belgian ale. It appeared a hazy orange with a tall white head. What I really like was the fresh paired of hops with the fruity/spicy Belgian yeast character. The citrus notes of the hops led before the beer dove into caramel malt and a final, long bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of VoodooBrew
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange-peach with lots of yeast-detritus littered about. Big generous thick white head.

Aromas include light fruit mingling with grainy sweetness and toast. Suggestions of coriander and yeasty spices.

Soft malty flavors with fruity tones give way to a moderate yet firm bitterness, right into hints of white pepper phenols that linger into a long dry finish.

This beer gets better as you drink it & as it warms up -- the beer expresses itself much more clearly.

Starts off flavorful, semi-sweet, fruity and quenching. Ends up dry and makes you thirst for more. A wonderfully surprising beer. This strikes me as lying somewhere between Belgian Pale Ale and Saison.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 10/13/2010 at Julian's in Providence, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold/orange color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light malts, Belgian yeast, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with some spice and citrus flavors up front that are quickly followed by bready flavors from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. There's a good hops presence for the style. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice Belgian-style beer worth pounding down for a long time.

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Photo of OldSock
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – 750 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. While the frothy white head falls quickly into the clear (gets hazier on successive pours) golden beer it manages to leave some nice sticky lacing behind.

Smell – Slightly mineral, with spicy Belgian yeast. Underneath the primary aromas there is a solid toasted malt backbone with some complimentary spicy noble hops. Simple and balanced.

Taste – Yeast character dominates, spicy almost peppery with some mild banana esters. The hops meld well with the yeast and water making it hard to tell what aspect to attribute to each component. The malt provides a clean base for the beer, but doesn't add much complexity. Dry, rather bitter, and not too close to anything else that I have had.

Mouthfeel – Lively carbonation does a good job concealing the light body.

Drinkability & Notes – Refreshing, but I wish that I had chilled this down colder that 60. Always nice to try a beer from a new brewery, hopefully we'll be seeing more from them in the future.

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Photo of ahalloin
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a Gouden Carolus tulip glass. Pours a vibrant champagne like deep yellowy-gold color with a white, one finger-width head. Bubbles continue to break for the surface from all around the glass keeping a nice ring of foam stable at the top.

Nice balanced aroma with some sweet fruitiness, yeasty bread, and spicy hop notes. A little bit of sweet toffee permeates the aroma as well.

The taste is spot on for the style and very nice. There is a sweet toffee-like flavor up front carried on a wealth of carbonation with hints of citrus fruit. The dry-finish brings about an earthy bitterness that is very refreshing.

The mouthfeel is great for the style, with a good amount of carbonation carrying the effervescent liquid.

The only drawback to drinkability might be the powerfully earthy-bitter finish that lingers long in the palette.

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Photo of Crosling
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yellow color with a full, well lasting and well shaped head of foam. Lovely aromatics and flavors. Just a pleasure to drink. Fresh, bright, lively. Incredible nuance. Fruit, barnyard, leather, honey. World class mouth feel. Excellent balance. De La Senne rocks!

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Photo of Gamsy
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice straw yellow color, with a white head. Very rich aroma for such a light beer (citrus and spices). Flavor is very refreshing, to the hoppy side with hints of citrus again. Light and easily digestible beer, but still with a very strong flavor.

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4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on jul´12. Foggy yellow appearance. White, small bubbled, froth. Close & creamy crown leaves copious rings. Floral & herbal aromas with bready hues & citric notes to the nose. Malty flavor at first sip followed by oily hops, ripe fruit touches & subtle grapefruit, wheaty notes too. Medium body. Soft to moderate carbonation. Oily texture & flavorful palate. Gentle fruit & sharp bitterness in the middle linger into the dry finish. Refreshing & very easy drinkable.

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Photo of bryanbrick
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A solid Belgium Blonde, full of character and charm. Nice rocky lasting head with little spots of lacing. A treat to pour and watch settle.

I like the straw and bitter hops aromas of pine needle and dried grass. This has ever the slightest bit of funk to the nose that develops as the beer warms in the glass.

With a persistent bitterness and bite this would be great with some freshly cased sausages or a batch of frites. Surprisingly creamy given the context surrounding it with low carbonation and a round feel.

This is fun stuff and something any blonde/pale fan should try at least once. I don't think it is going to change anyone's life but that is OK right?

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Photo of DogFood11
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near perfect appearance. A very active carbonation level supports a large and mountainous head. Rocky eggshell white head leaves behind chunks of lace. Golden body with mad racing carbonation and a bit of sediment rolling around. Very appetizing.

The smell was very traditional for a belgian pale with some light fruitiness and the ever present uniqueness of belgian yeast strains. Smell followed suit although my one complaint is the "tinny" backdrop. Highlights was a strong grain bill combined with a subtle tabacco presence and then BLAMMMO a sharp needed dry hop bite about 3/4 of the way through. Maybe its the spices or the combination of spices and hops but it works perfectly. Pear, Lemon zest, bubblegum, saaz type hop feel and a sharp and crisp carbonation cleanser. Nice.

Notes: I've been on an incredibly bad run with new brews and this brings me back to the good offerings. Not the best but definitely above average and worthy of a pickup.

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Photo of smcolw
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large domed head. Settles quietly and leaves some blanketing lace. Appropriately cloudy with an orange tinged deep amber color.

Surprisingly fresh hop aroma. Excellent balance with pleasantly malted pale grains giving this a light nuttiness. Light alcohol in the background.

There's an interesting blend of berry (malt) and pepper (hop). This beer does NOT have the typical Belgian yeast flavor. Superior richness to the brew. The carbonation is adequate. The aftertaste is primarily floral hop bitterness that doesn't last too long. Overall, a very desirable Belgian pale ale without the Belgian yeast kick.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas during our trip to Belgium last week. Reviewed from notes.

Served in a De La Senne cervoise.

Pours a clear yellow with a huge, fluffy white head and great lacing on the way down. Thin cap throughout.

Bright floral hops start the nose off along with a bit of pepper and spice from the yeast. A bit of earth there as well.

Body is light and crisp with a dry and bitter finish. Overall, fairly similar to the Allagash collaboration, but with continental rather than American hops. Quite tasty.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Beautiful, hazy, unfiltered, and peach colored with a massive two finger head. Some suspended floaties.

S: Aromas of lemon zest, barnyard funk, green apples, yeast, and pineapple.

T: Big flavors of citrus, peppery hops, mild cardamom, tart green apples, with a clean malt backbone.

M: Mouthfeel is very dry and peppery yet creamy at the same time. Lots of bitter and tangy going on here that's balanced by that smooth malt quality.

D: So many well defined flavors going on here coupled with a relatively low abv make this one extremely sessionable. I swore when I first smelled this one (before I tasted it) I thought that it was a saison. Tangy cirtus, pepper, and barnyard. When I finally tasted it, it had all the hallmarks of a great saison but then the malt stepped up and kept everything in check. This could be listed as a bridging of the styles of BPA and Saison. What a great beer!

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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

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Photo of woosterbill
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at a restaurant in Brussels - I didn't catch the name. Served in a De La Senne goblet.

A: Hazy gold body under two inches of creamy white head. Strong retention, tons of lace. Gorgeous.

S: Fresh, vibrant, grassy; herbal hops are prominent, with some faint apple and tangerine. Very nice indeed.

T: Bready malt, huge grassiness, a touch of fruit, and a dry, phenolic, intensely bitter finish. Very crisp, but perhaps a bit too bitter.

M: Frothy, lively, and pretty smooth medium body.

O: While I found the intense bitterness to be a bit much, overall this was a really fantastic beer. Truly dynamic.


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Photo of rtepiak
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pour is cloudy orange with a nice soapy head that contracts into dense pockets. nice lace. nose of clean dry earth straw and light floral. fruitier than most. nose of honey, pollen, and lemon zest. the beer is sweeter than most but also very well balanced with a straw earth hop character, and a honey malt pollen quality. this sets a wonderful backbone for its style. sweetness light in orange, clementine juice, and a pepperiness that sat with the hops. a dry character that worked into the earth to give it a musky quality that most lack, drying with a nice soap finish on the tongue of peppermint. yet a wonderful backed malt that was fruit and pollen.

had it again in the summer of 2010 and it was very solid... remember it having a bit more latitude before. same great body.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blitheringidiot for this one. 750ml bottle starts with golden yellow/orange pour with a good inch of white head. Lots of bubbly active carbonation along with some small yeast particles in suspension. Aromas of sun dried grain along with light fruit tones of pear, apple and citrus. Spicy yeast and some pepper. A touch funky with a hint of grass in there as well. Quite nice.

First sip brings a nice crisp grain maltiness. Pale with a blast of fruit flavors mirroring the aroma with pear, apple and a mix of citrus tones. Flows down with a spicy yeast kick and a funky farmhouse aspect that has a light sour hint. Finishes off with mellow bitterness and a touch of herbal hops. A well built brew that is quite subtle and nuanced while still have a great depth of flavor. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good steady carbonation. Easy to drink, tasty and ultimately very refreshing on a hot day in the sunshine while I was out by the lake. A great Belgian blonde that I was happy to sample. I will seek this one out again.

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Photo of dherling
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a cloudy yellowish orange with lots of yeast chunks. Very large bone white head even with the most gentle pour. Amazing head retention and lacing. The nose is spicy with alcohol, honey, and mustyness. Smells saison like. The taste has maltiness, quite a strong hop bitterness, and a tart citrusy finish. Starts off with a sweet maltiness and finishes really dry. Very strong carbonation.

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Photo of kmcnair
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle purchased over the summer of 05 while visiting Brussels.

Pours a light copper color and makes a fluffy white head, bubbles vary in size with some being quite large. Aroma is very full of green apple esters and sour fruits, light bready yeast and a bit of banana. Really interesting flavor, some of the apple from the nose carries over, nice chewy caramel malts, and the yeast seems very much like the one used by Dogfish Head. Light to medium body with peppery carbonation and has a really nice dry finish. Damn, this is good and I would love to try it again. Offers everything I like about a Belgian Pale and then throws in some curves that really makes it unique.

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Photo of champ103
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms at first, but recedes in a second. The head is easily rejuvenated with a swirl or another poor. Though that fades in a second again. Light lace.
S: Big funk in the nose. Earthy and barnyard. Along with some biscuit malts and wood. Some orange/citrus like hops in the finish.
T: Again, big funk and barnyard flavors. This is really similar to Orval. Really tastes like Brett to me, and am a little surprised that no one else has really mentioned it. Pale and biscuit like malts with a lingering bitterness. I love it.
M/D: A medium body that is just slightly thin on the carbonation. Though very dry and smooth. Easy to drink. I will finish the bottle with ease.

I really like this. To me it is very much like Orval with a bit more hops, but I am not 100% sure that is what this is suppose to be. More bottles are needed for me to determine, and if they are it will be a treat to find out. Something I would highly recommend.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle from Cloverleaf in Southfield for $10.78 last week. I believe this to be the best beer stop in Detroit, price-wise. This bottle was bottled like a saison or lambic, with a cork beneath the bottle cap. And for the record, my bottle's label does not look the same as the picture on BA (mine is cardboard-colored with black ink and a simplistic image of a river). I poured it into a La Guillotine glass, as I do for French-named beers.

The beer looks perfect, hazy golden color with thick white foam, lots of lacing on the glass. The smell is also ridiculously good, not far from La Trappe tripel, easily marked as a Belgian yeast strain (or possibly Dutch). The flavor was a little hoppier than I expected, but hoppy in the way Belgians do it (I'm thinking of Urthel Hop-It, which again has a real Dutch influence). The hops express themselves mostly in bitterness, with a muted note in the flavor. Other than that the flavor is pretty rich with malt sweetness and the mouthfeel is thicker than expected. The after-taste lingers for a long time, kind of a yeasty film in my mouth (actually better than it sounds). Very very good, and at a low enough ABV, this little bastard is plenty drinkable. Zinneke is Brussels slang for little bastards, so says the label.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

75cl bottle that isn't terribly fresh. Pours ruddy blonde with a huge, rocky white head that lasts and lasts. Great lacing. Great yeasty aroma, with big tropical fruit esters. Fairly bready malt, with a hint of grass/hay. The malt takes front seat in the taste, coming through with the same breadiness. Slightly earthy. Definite aromatic hop presence, though it's subdued compared to what it is in fresh bottles. Very dry, and utterly drinkable. Up to the normal De la Senne standard, though it shines even more when fresh.

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Zinnebir from Brasserie de la Senne
89 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.