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Zinnebir - Brasserie de la Senne

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BA SCORE
89
very good

179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
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 smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

smcolw, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

jrallen34, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of John_M
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a honey gold color with fairly good head retention and lacing. The nose in this beer is pretty attractive, showing honey, lavender and bing cherry. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this enjoyable, easy to appreciate beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but there's a lightness to this beer that I really like. Drinkability is quite good, and I appreciate how this beer dries out on the finish, which enhances its drinkability.

Quite nice...

John_M, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of richmof
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap on this occasion in Kafka: pours an orangey amber with a nice creamy head and decent lacing.

Orangey hops on the nose, opening up to an orangey caramel on the palate. Nicely hopped mild bitterness cutting through any sweetness, with a pleasant earthy component. This is an amber I can drink plenty of.

richmof, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of ThaCreep
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

ThaCreep, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of ahalloin
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

ahalloin, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of augustgarage
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip. I think this bottle is fresh (bought it the day it arrived at the liquor store), but without a bottled on or best before date, I'm not entirely sure. I'm rating this as an "Artisanal Blond" rather than a traditional Belgian Pale.

Luminous yet hazy amber and golden poppy liquid with boiling carbonation contributing to the enormous crown of rich rocky ivory which forms a butte overlooking a broad valley of foam. Lacing is sticky, thick and solid, leaving behind ornate patterns of merengue.

Orange peel, pepper, almond and grass in the nose. Sweet tangy pale malt character merges with spicy yeast notes and a zippy hop component.

Sourdough biscuits, wheat germ, orange peel, and heady phenols balanced by a clean, strong, slightly fruity hop bitterness on the palate. Dry, earthy finish with an avalanche of clove, pepper, saffron, and rye. Slight "forest" flavor as well. Refreshing yet filling all at once.

Smooth, creamy yet spritzy, effervescent, and medium-bodied mouthfeel.

Hoppy and spicy, and nearly sessionable, try this in place of a Saison after a few hours of physical labor.

augustgarage, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of Travlr
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Travlr, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

philipquarles, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of Vancer
2.83/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Vancer, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

rtepiak, May 11, 2009
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

tempest, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of bryanbrick
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
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?

bryanbrick, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of mdagnew
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought from Tuckers Maltings...

Poured a light golden orange colour with coppery hints. Slightly off white head poured big and billowy and faded slowly to thick frothy layer.. good sticky patchy lacing... lots of carbonation bubbles rush to the surface...

Aroma - Lots of grassy spiciness, yeasty, tart fruits (limes, lemon peel, sour apples), chalky notes, light breadiness, quite floral, faint candy sugar, some basil and thyme herbalness, the faintest hint of marzipan...

Taste - Tart spicy fruits (lemons, grapefruits, apples), pithy notes, quite a lot of yeastiness, floral honey, quite perfumed, light earthy funk, grassy hops, chalky, coriander, peppery, definitely some basil herbalness...

M&D - Sharp and dry with a little smoothness coming through... Light body... Extremely refreshing and drinkable - would be nice on a hot summers day...

Overall - A top class Belgian pale ale... As good as any i've had...

mdagnew, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Phyl21ca, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sea Bass for this one.

A: Pours a cloudy yellow color with a nice big bold head. The retention is great and there is tons of lace.

S: Hints of lemon grass and belgian yeast really pour from the glass. There is some sweet malt and a bit of believe it or not funk.

T: Nice light taste. Hints of sweet fruit, malt, yeast, and spicy hops.

M: Light in body.

D: Pretty drinkable.

tpd975, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of Kraken
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Kraken, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of Crosling
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

Crosling, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful hazy golden orange color with a moderate creamy white head.

S: Yeasty nose full of bananas, oranges and a slight bubblegum scent.

T: Flavor is creamy bananas with a slight tartness with a good spicy complexity (coriander, sour orange peel). Yeasty bite, very clean and a very good example per style.

M: Good carbonation brings out the aroma and mouthful, though remains light and fruity on the tongue with a nice spicy tartness. Sour oranges for a finish.

D: very nice drinkability, goes down effortlessly.

beerthulhu, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a massive head that sticks and webs like crazy

Smell: Pear, tart apple and crayons

Taste: Opens with a biscuity flavor that expands in the pear and apple direction by mid-palate, introducing a vague hint of clove and coriander; after the swallow, the refined bready flavors are joined with a nice spicy yeast element; the hops give a modest bitter aspect to the beer as well

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: While I cannot get that crayon aroma out of my mind, the flavor of this beer is so subtle yet touches on all of the key elements of malt, hops and yeast; really quite nice

brentk56, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of ggaughan
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just picked this bottle up in Belgium. This is the base beer from Crianza which is brewed by the same brewer.

The beer poured a light golden color with a nice rush of bubbles to the top that last for awhile and it complimented by a relatively small white head but fluffy. The nose is full of notes of lemon, yeast and a citrus tone as well. The taste is bit hoppier than I expected but pleasant. There is also a lemony, earthy taste that rounds this beer out well. Although light in color and abv, the body is medium and provides for a very decent beer. If you like this beer, try to get a hold of the Crianza which is excellent.

ggaughan, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed straw gold with minimal head. Nose is like dusty yeast. Flavor is dry. You get a musty yeast with minimal sugar presence. The profile comes and then drops fairly quickly. Feel is nice. Smooth with decent bubble. No unusual or odd or weird character. But the overall experience is damn good. Smooth and even. And I love the story posted on the label of the beer. Very much worth trying.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

TurdFurgison, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of bditty187
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

bditty187, Nov 14, 2007
Zinnebir from Brasserie de la Senne
89 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.