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Zinnebir - Brasserie de la Senne

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BA SCORE
87
very good

172 Ratings
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.82%
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 augustgarage
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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 -6.8%
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 +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.

philipquarles, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of Vancer
2.83/5  rDev -28.7%
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 +7.8%
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 +4.5%
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 +6.3%
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%
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 -6%
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 -3%
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 -20.7%
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 +5.3%
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 +3.3%
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 +13.4%
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 +0.3%
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%
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 +10.8%
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 -7.3%
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
Photo of dgallina
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint, 9 fluid ounce green champagne bottle. No dating on bottle, label, or cork.

Pours pale golden straw with light-to-moderate sedimentation. An inch of creamy white head dissolves to a thick coating on top and persistent lace. The nose features powdery lemon / lime peel on dry leaf and cobweb yeast notes. A touch of acetic barnyard and light hops come in at the end. There's quite a lot of hop presence in the flavor for a Belgian ale. Earthy yeast, white pepper, and mild fruit notes appear early. These are replaced by a bitter and somewhat metallic hop finish. The body is medium-light and clean, without significant distinguishing features or flaws. The flavor never quite comes together for me.

dgallina, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank on the terrace of the 'Belle Vue' on the sea front in St Idesbald, the Belgian coast.

Recommended by the barman.

Almost clear, it was a straw blonde golden colour with a good white head, I like to think I poured it well.

The aroma, taste and mouthfeel all came across as fairly sour, strong flavours of grapefruit and lemons, not an unpleasant experience at all. This beer was more than just drinkable, it was enjoyable.

BlackHaddock, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of biegaman
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle listed as "biere artisanale blonde", drank from its matching glassware and enjoyed in Brussels.

The head would never - at any point - compromise. It diminished not one half inch from its initial level. Like the large rocks that line the coast of the ocean, I could swirl and splash my glass but it stayed fixated and wouldn't budge one bit. It is rock steady.

The colour was unique, a very murky shade of orange that seems as though it could glow if it wanted to, (but like the French football legend whom this beer shares a similar sounding name with, it is simply stubborn, and seems content just being clouded.)

My first whiff of the aroma was with wide eyes and a smiling reception - always a positive sign. A floral bouquet of light citrus and fresh yeast. Plenty of esters. It is more floral (in a literal 'flower' sense) than fruity. This falls well inline with the benchmark (Duvel style) Belgian golds, heavy floral presence and healthy dose of pale malts make for a pleasant smelling beer.

The mouthfeel takes takes the beer on a sharp turn, steering it in a completely different direction. It caught me off guard. Suddenly we find ourselves with a rush of heavy dampness and strong assertive bitterness that seems to contradict the light, dry, floral aroma that came before it. Lots of hops, but from where did they come?

The taste is certainly decent, although it shouldn't be said is all that exciting. It is certainly hoppy for a Belgian, very hoppy. The beer's malts, yeast, perhaps some pepper/spice really don't make for a recipe that will tickle the taste buds but it drinks (and digest) very well. Indeed... very well. This was quite enjoyable. I can only hope to revisit one day!

biegaman, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of kohoutek
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice hazy deep golden hue with two fingers of pure white creamy microbubbles. The head quickly falls into a thin blanket of foam while coating the glass with lace. Small streams of bubbles rise from the depths.

This beer smells very fresh. Herbal geranium, iron, lightly tanned leather, Belgian cellar (a hint of musty bookshelves), notes of citrus. On an off note, there is a tad of rubbery autolysis present.

This beer has a nice honeyed malt backbone that carries a bit of sweetness with it. The propaganda on the bottle brags that this brewery does not engage in the addition of syrups, sugars or the like. The residual sweetness of this all malt beer is noted. The geranium, iron, herbal hop bitterness and peppery otherworldliness swirl with deep sticky esters and malt acids. Very nice!

This beer drinks fine as it is clean and approachable. The sweetness lends a hand that is a bit heavy. I must admit that I find it very different from most Belgian Pales that I have experienced. Instead, I keep seeing it in the vein of Dupont's family of Saisons. It seems to share so many characteristics with these beers, Moinette, etc. It seems a bit light on the bitterning hops and alcohol to really compare style-wise with Urthel hop it, Duvel, DeRanke XX Bitter, etc. I like this beer, but at $11.99 for a 750 mL I will return elsewhere in the future.

kohoutek, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of ccrida
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml champagne bottle with the older brown label shown above. Poured in to my old xl abbaye d' aulne tulip, I generated a vigorous, white rocky head, that leaves pretty heavy lace. The color is a deep golden, it looks like a big pilsner with the glow of malt.

Nose is sweet and succulent, fresh clean grain, very fruity and floral, like ladies perfume, with cherries and ginger. Absolutely fantastic.

The taste emphasizes the tasty grain, floral though not as sweet as the aroma, with a crisp, rustic bite, dried and bittered by the spicy hops. Clean and very tasty, this farmhouse style BPA is very much favorite type, and a well done example at that.

The mouthfeel is very light, not as carbonated as the appearance, but very refreshing, not thin or flat or anything, aided by the attenuation and dryness.

Man is this drinkable! I'll have to homebrew me a keg of this kind of stuff for my next batch, so I can drink it all day! Since I haven't though, I can't fairly give this a 5. Nevertheless, this was a great beer and highly recommended.

ccrida, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Nice golden color with a thick white head. Was a bit cloudy. Nice lacing.

Smell- Fruity with a nice smell of hops.

Taste- Had a fruity taste. Maybe hint of apples with some lemon zest perhaps.

Mouthfeel- Dry feel with bitter aftertaste. Carbonation was fairly high.

Drinkability- This beer was pretty good. A nice beer to bring to fancy parties instead of wine.

Beerbuddha, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/18/07- Purchased at City Beer, in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, corked and capped. Poured into my Troubadour tulip. No freshness info found on the bottle.

Appearance- Pale golden color with a large overflowing white pock marked head. A bit clouded, but not super yeasty. Leaves behind decent patchy lace.

Smell- Mild unripe fruits with a light bready aspect. Seems a bit hoppy as well. Overall light, but pretty nice.

Taste- I'll go for the pear flavoring in this beer. I'm picking it up much more than the apples. Very dry with a nice pils style hop base. A touch of lemon rind and some notes of white pepper as well.

Mouthfeel- Ultra dry. Crisp with a biting carbonation level. Leaves nice bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Score #2 for Zinnebir. I've been pleasantly suprised with both their brews. Bring more of them out!

GClarkage, Jul 21, 2007
Zinnebir from Brasserie de la Senne
87 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.