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Zinnebir - Brasserie de la Senne

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BA SCORE
89
very good

177 Ratings
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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 11
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of falloutsnow
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

falloutsnow, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Mattias, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

chickenm, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

BEERchitect, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev +1%

Ajlvt, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of TheNakedStiletto
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

TheNakedStiletto, Nov 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

aszatk01, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of desint
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

desint, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of MacStinson
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

MacStinson, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

tom10101, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of clfrost
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

clfrost, Oct 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

lord_jordo, Oct 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Jame515, Oct 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Anatole, Sep 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Janeinma, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of Sspeer1
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Sspeer1, Sep 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

mrchrisray, Aug 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

rlgard1, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of CookstLiquor
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle. Pours a hazy orangish yellow. There are abundant aromas of light citrus, fresh bright hops and grainy malt. The taste, though, is really eye-opening. Very fruity, with round peach and apricot notes. It does have a nice dry finish with a little bitter on the end. Excellent carbonation, medium bodied.

CookstLiquor, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of DaPan
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

DaPan, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of brbrocc
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

brbrocc, Jul 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

doremite, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of VonWeissenheimer
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

VonWeissenheimer, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of sfprint
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Exp Oct 2013

A: Bright orangy yellow. Very hazy and cloudy. short head.
S: Fairly plasticy, but lemon peel and grains under that.
T: Banana orangy, yeasty and wheaty. Most similar to Willeke by De Prael, Slightly bitter,
M: Exceptionally light and fluffy mouth feel . quite creamy with a plastic tang/zing
O: Quite nice. Next time I would try and be careful to not pour in the yeast which might improve it. A special flavor and very much enjoyed.

sfprint, Jul 10, 2013
Zinnebir from Brasserie de la Senne
89 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.