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Zinnebir - Brasserie de la Senne

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BA SCORE
89
very good

141 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.03%


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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 16:18:55 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a murky orange color with a big lasting head that sticks to the glass.

Smell is graint and yeasty with maybe some wheat in it. A slightly malty nose and some oxidation (cardboard).

Taste is bitter and yeasty, with some acidity that somehow complements the beer in a strange way. I could taste some oxidation in this beer, together with the slight acidity, I suspect this was an old bottle. Also given the previous reviews. Aftertaste is dry and grainy. Just an average blond, if not gone bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 07:07:26 | More by Absumaster
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OldSock

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 03:06:53 | More by OldSock
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a good Belgian blonde. Pours to a hazy golden peachy color. I poured gently but still ended up with an assload of sediment. Has a nice fluffy white head that sticks around for quite a while and leaves an awesome lacing.

The smell is interesting. No bullshit, just barley, hops, water, and yeast. Has a nice sweetness with good grassy, herbal hop aroma. The flavor is just as well. Very nice malt flavor with just the right amount of hops.

Very creamy and full bodied. Awesome mouthfeel. I have really enjoyed this beer and will probably try it again in the future. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2006 06:05:29 | More by neonbrown82
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dogfooddog

Panama

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml dated 16NOV2004, about a year out of date but lets see how it is.

large white head, active carbonation both in glass and in bottle. citrusy almost grapefruit-like odor, with floral overtones.

taste is mild bittery hops with hints of flowers, and a general barnyard feel to this taste. finish is also bitter and slightly spicy later into it. overall this is a fairly bitter beer.

this is a better-than-average belgian blonde/pale ale, well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2006 00:00:52 | More by dogfooddog
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Billolick

New York

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, capped, and without freshness dating. Pours yeasty cloudy, light orangey amber, with a light tan slight head and leaving fine and scattered lacing. Nose is of bright lime peals and grapefuit pith. Ultra smooth and rounded mouthfeel, earthy with soft notes of mellow malts, nutty yeastyness, honey, spice and peppery hops late. Spicy long finish. Complex and refined brew. Easy drinking and tasty Belgian. Beginner friendly Belgian. Well worth a try. Would be fine with a lunch of salads, cheese and whatever else you feel like.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 23:03:01 | More by Billolick
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putnam

Michigan

5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep yellow with a thick topping of white. Candy cane minty aromas play with a pungent pale malty malt wine perfume (is he using La Choulette yeast here?). Tropical fruits, cream, vanilla, butter, honey ... this is like a beer version of a Thevenet Macon or Weinbach Gewurz. The texture is cream fluff. Trying to isolate any instance of gaseous prickle is difficult, but it can be seen. Piles of sweet green apple flesh bind to anise and green herbs flavors. Big pear notes. Appetizing, leafy bitterness resists drawing attention to itself. Light pastry dough texture and flavors keep pale honey sweetness lifted and clean. Pure, wholesome and natural drinkability. This item defies Belgian beer stereotypes deliciously. What a find!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2006 22:39:43 | More by putnam
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kmcnair

California

4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 07:00:53 | More by kmcnair
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paterlodie

Belgium

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Botteled Oct 19 2004. Best till 6 months after filling so well 6 months overtime but it was most of the time in my fridge. Good presentation with nice and lasting white head and golden/bronze beercollor with some particles in it. Nose is strange and heavy straw, hops, alcohol, allmond and even after this time still some hops. Taste is phenolic, whinelike, strong for 5.5% with hints of maltyness and probably quiet some candy making this one enjoyable but quiet strange.Good and balanced mouthfeel and a pleasure to drink. Certainly worthwile trying once IMO.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2005 18:18:34 | More by paterlodie
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Zinnebir from Brasserie de la Senne
89 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.