Zinnebir - Brasserie de la Senne

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Reviews: 89
Hads: 211
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 9
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: paterlodie on 11-24-2005

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (1,279 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (309 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a nice golden hue with a solid one finger white head that fades to leave good sticky thick lacing.

S - Aromas are nice apples, sweet malts, and gentle yeast/bready malts.

T - Taste is solid, like the nose just now the typical beglian spice notes come in to play. Faint corriander.

M - Mouthfeel is sold, nicely carbonated yet smooth.

O - Overall, a solid De La Senne offering. Very nice indeed. (482 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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 (258 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (1,053 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -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. (502 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms at first, but recedes in a second. The head is easily rejuvenated with a swirl or another poor. Though that fades in a second again. Light lace.
S: Big funk in the nose. Earthy and barnyard. Along with some biscuit malts and wood. Some orange/citrus like hops in the finish.
T: Again, big funk and barnyard flavors. This is really similar to Orval. Really tastes like Brett to me, and am a little surprised that no one else has really mentioned it. Pale and biscuit like malts with a lingering bitterness. I love it.
M/D: A medium body that is just slightly thin on the carbonation. Though very dry and smooth. Easy to drink. I will finish the bottle with ease.

I really like this. To me it is very much like Orval with a bit more hops, but I am not 100% sure that is what this is suppose to be. More bottles are needed for me to determine, and if they are it will be a treat to find out. Something I would highly recommend. (1,001 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber in color. Beautiful fluffy white head, long standing in the glass.
Freshness in the smell: hop, some tea leaves. Very fresh. Some notes of an english bitter, here and there. Orange marmelade.
In the taste a very intense hop, good. Backbone malt to balance, but the master is the hop.
Average to light in body.
A very strong bitter start in the aftertaste.
Clean.
Very good beer. (390 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at a restaurant in Brussels - I didn't catch the name. Served in a De La Senne goblet.

A: Hazy gold body under two inches of creamy white head. Strong retention, tons of lace. Gorgeous.

S: Fresh, vibrant, grassy; herbal hops are prominent, with some faint apple and tangerine. Very nice indeed.

T: Bready malt, huge grassiness, a touch of fruit, and a dry, phenolic, intensely bitter finish. Very crisp, but perhaps a bit too bitter.

M: Frothy, lively, and pretty smooth medium body.

O: While I found the intense bitterness to be a bit much, overall this was a really fantastic beer. Truly dynamic.

Cheers! (619 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This little bastard was poured from a green, 750ml bottle. Unable to find any bottling date, though the label was a bit disheveled. Bottle was capped and also corked; easily opened. Into the goblet, Zinnebir is a deep golden, apricot hued brew. Has a touch of haze within. There's a plentiful procession of carbo rising up, as some particulate heads in the opposite direction, seeking refuge at the bottom of the gob. A hard pour produces a mammoth, healthy head, an off-white dollop of meringue which slowly ebbs while leaving a lovely trace o' lace in the glass. Nose is not fully forthcoming, but gives off some bready touches along with a hint of ginger and some flowery action. Body was a smidge south of medium, with a light, airy, bubbly feel on the tongue.

Taste is lightly crackery, with some mild fruitiness also acting up. Some mild apple, and a lick of pear come out to play. A miniscule touch of a peppery character comes out, with some flowery hops laying down some bitter background notes in a very dry finish.

Overall? A somewhat better than average bier, but nothing to lose sleep for if you're trying to find it.

Zum Wohl!!

overall: 3.7
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5

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Photo of Vancer
2.88/5  rDev -28.4%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Beautiful, hazy, unfiltered, and peach colored with a massive two finger head. Some suspended floaties.

S: Aromas of lemon zest, barnyard funk, green apples, yeast, and pineapple.

T: Big flavors of citrus, peppery hops, mild cardamom, tart green apples, with a clean malt backbone.

M: Mouthfeel is very dry and peppery yet creamy at the same time. Lots of bitter and tangy going on here that's balanced by that smooth malt quality.

D: So many well defined flavors going on here coupled with a relatively low abv make this one extremely sessionable. I swore when I first smelled this one (before I tasted it) I thought that it was a saison. Tangy cirtus, pepper, and barnyard. When I finally tasted it, it had all the hallmarks of a great saison but then the malt stepped up and kept everything in check. This could be listed as a bridging of the styles of BPA and Saison. What a great beer! (956 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a golden blonde with a pillow of foam. The aroma is estery with citrus notes present.

The flavor has a bit of spice, some citrus notes, a pronounced dry finish and an apparent bitterness without a hoppy presence (all bitterness and little aroma). This was a fun, flavorful and approachable little brew. (315 characters)

Photo of Crosling
4.18/5  rDev +4%
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! (261 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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... (936 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-deep golden color with a decent white head and good lacing

S- bready malt, apples, herbal notes, hint of sweetness

T-bready malt, spices, apple, caramel, mild bitter finish, slight herbal flavor

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O- Solid Belgian pale ale with good flavor and balance (303 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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. (2,270 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dim peachy blonde with a white foamy head. Some floaters and bubble, a little lace.

Husk, some booze, and bitter orange in the nose.

Bitter and malty up front. Dry, no sugar at all. Some orange rind, husky grain, and grassy malt. This is a grown-up beverage.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. I thought this would be harder to drink, but I found myself taking bigger sips. Worthy. Good version of the style. (421 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near perfect appearance. A very active carbonation level supports a large and mountainous head. Rocky eggshell white head leaves behind chunks of lace. Golden body with mad racing carbonation and a bit of sediment rolling around. Very appetizing.

The smell was very traditional for a belgian pale with some light fruitiness and the ever present uniqueness of belgian yeast strains. Smell followed suit although my one complaint is the "tinny" backdrop. Highlights was a strong grain bill combined with a subtle tabacco presence and then BLAMMMO a sharp needed dry hop bite about 3/4 of the way through. Maybe its the spices or the combination of spices and hops but it works perfectly. Pear, Lemon zest, bubblegum, saaz type hop feel and a sharp and crisp carbonation cleanser. Nice.

Notes: I've been on an incredibly bad run with new brews and this brings me back to the good offerings. Not the best but definitely above average and worthy of a pickup. (959 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.21/5  rDev -20.1%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blitheringidiot for this one. 750ml bottle starts with golden yellow/orange pour with a good inch of white head. Lots of bubbly active carbonation along with some small yeast particles in suspension. Aromas of sun dried grain along with light fruit tones of pear, apple and citrus. Spicy yeast and some pepper. A touch funky with a hint of grass in there as well. Quite nice.

First sip brings a nice crisp grain maltiness. Pale with a blast of fruit flavors mirroring the aroma with pear, apple and a mix of citrus tones. Flows down with a spicy yeast kick and a funky farmhouse aspect that has a light sour hint. Finishes off with mellow bitterness and a touch of herbal hops. A well built brew that is quite subtle and nuanced while still have a great depth of flavor. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good steady carbonation. Easy to drink, tasty and ultimately very refreshing on a hot day in the sunshine while I was out by the lake. A great Belgian blonde that I was happy to sample. I will seek this one out again. (1,052 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (1,148 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (561 characters)

Zinnebir from Brasserie de la Senne
89 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.