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Zinnebir - Brasserie de la Senne

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BA SCORE
89
very good

157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 10
Gots: 6 | 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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mdaschaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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

Spain

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

03-09-2014 12:03:46 | More by Bellonc
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 06:56:09 | More by superspak
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dirtylou

Washington

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 01:50:40 | More by dirtylou
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SStein

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

03-03-2014 17:58:24 | More by SStein
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2014 23:16:43 | More by clayrock81
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Gamsy

Germany

4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 06:44:48 | More by Gamsy
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

02-17-2014 00:05:20 | More by yancot
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy, golden-orange with a huge head of small bubbles that erupt into a more rocky terrain as they climb higher and higher above the beer. The head sits about two finger’s widths above the glass with excellent retention. When the head does go, it leaves a fat cloud of puffy lacing along the glass. In body, the beer is a nice hazy murk with no trace of floating particles. I poured the yeast in with this beer for added flavor, but it did appear rather clear before I dumped the yeast. On the nose, the beer smells of honey and hay. Grassy hops kick just a touch of citric lemon grass and there is also a whisper of funk can also be sensed. All the while, malt provides beautifully creamy honey nuances to the nose. I do also detect a touch of skunk, which is expected in a hoppier import, but does not take away from the rich smells of the beer. On the tongue, the beer tastes honey-sweet and grassy-bitter. The bitter tend more towards the middle and second half of the sip, while the sweetness begins and finishes the beer. Light acidity does interact with the other tastes, and an herbal bitterness works its way in beside the grassy bitters. In flavor, the beer begins as smooth honey malt with a touch of bread. This transitions into rich grassy bitters with nuances of herbal mint. The finish is strong with rich honey flavors drizzled over light toast with a healthy wallop of grass and hay. The aftertaste is decidedly of bitter mint with just a wisp of lingering honey. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with a crisp yet smooth mouthfeel that gives a nice little tug at the tongue, but doesn’t overdo it. Carbonation is a little higher than middling, providing a nice scrub to the tongue. After the beer leaves, the mouth is left with a slight bit of spittle and a touch of astringency on the middle of the tongue, but an overall feeling of cleanness. As a whole, the beer is quaffable and subtly complex with some great grassy hop character and superb honey malt. This beer is just a great classic beer with superb honey malts and a nice European hop bite. I could have a few and be happy. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 23:16:11 | More by Maxwell
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

01-19-2014 04:19:41 | More by Lehighace06
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 06:53:53 | More by falloutsnow
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Mattias

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

12-26-2013 20:45:27 | More by Mattias
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

In a world where many Belgian breweries can't even get it right, along comes an obscure and nonchalant ale that prances onto the scene with delicacy, finesse and quiet calm. Much like Unibroue Maudite and De Koninck, this ale does much the same.

Pouring a bronze-amber color, the beer casts a mild haze for a mid-rusty appearance. A frothy ivory-stained head floats the beer with whipped cream consistency. Its exuberant carbonation keeps the beer lively while ensuring its long-lasting retention. Classic Belgian lace trails in the beer's wake.

Zesty aromas of fruit and spice mingle about the nose with an undertasted caramel and grain base to support it all. Apples, citrus peels and spiced pear brace against peppercorn, light cumin and a near cinnamon note. Hops contribute a pleasant grassy note that strikes me as cilantro and tea leaves.

Its complex flavors come together seamlessly as its partial baked grain and steely caramel taste is dry right out of the chute. A waft of fruit and spice medley floats over the middle palate in much the same way as it did in scent- apples, oranges, pecan and pear offer a lighter fruit tone that's just off-cider and off-wine. Its peppery balance is earthy, spicy and bright with fennel, cinnamon and cumin flavors. Finishing with herbal, grassy and tea-like bitterness, the beer's taste is resounding in both its complexity and its simplicity.

Just as dry in mouthfeel as it is taste, the beer springs to life with all those champagny bubbles. They lift the malt with ease and encourages a spicy dryness and alcohol warming sensation. Its dry fruit taste evaporates on the palate for a finish that's quick, fleeting, and somewhat whimsical in its arid feel.

Zinnebir is a classic Belgian Pale Ale that's not "golden" and not "dubbel". Blending the taste, texture and aromas makes this beer nearly ideal for rich french cuisine of almost any sort.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 18:18:40 | More by BEERchitect
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Ajlvt

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-26-2013 22:58:10 | More by Ajlvt
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TheNakedStiletto

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

11-26-2013 19:53:11 | More by TheNakedStiletto
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-22-2013 22:06:45 | More by aszatk01
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desint

Belgium

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

11-17-2013 20:22:06 | More by desint
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MacStinson

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

11-17-2013 17:26:51 | More by MacStinson
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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

Vermont

4/5  rDev +0.5%

10-27-2013 21:38:10 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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clfrost

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

10-23-2013 00:16:52 | More by clfrost
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lord_jordo

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

10-08-2013 16:09:35 | More by lord_jordo
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Jame515

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.5%

10-03-2013 02:59:33 | More by Jame515
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Anatole

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

09-26-2013 08:26:35 | More by Anatole
Zinnebir from Brasserie de la Senne
89 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.