Zinnebir - Brasserie de la Senne
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4.53/5 rDev +14.1%
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.
09-08-2007 03:20:11 | More by ccrida
4/5 rDev +0.8%
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber with a massive four finger white head with good retention and thick sheets of lacing. Aroma of mild bready malt, clove, light lemon citrus, mixed light fruit, spicy. Flavor is citrus, grapefruit rind, apple and pear juice, clove and light grassy hops. Finishes semi-dry with a mildly funky yeast that leans towards a saison style, interesting lingering grassy hop and clove bitterness. Medium bodied. A pleasant and not typical Belgian pale. Finishes drier and hoppier than its brethren. The flavors are somewhat subtle, but nicely complex. Interesting finish that I looked forward to in each sip.
04-13-2014 03:39:19 | More by LiquidAmber
3.75/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
12-01-2010 22:57:27 | More by jrallen34
4/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
Very good beer.
06-18-2007 20:11:51 | More by stcules
4.4/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
10-06-2011 03:58:35 | More by champ103
4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
04-03-2012 14:24:31 | More by woosterbill
3.89/5 rDev -2%
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.
02-24-2014 23:16:43 | More by clayrock81
4/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
06-13-2013 23:32:35 | More by rudzud
3.85/5 rDev -3%
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.
07-10-2008 16:40:05 | More by tpd975
3.55/5 rDev -10.6%
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.
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5
11-26-2006 20:32:38 | More by Bierman9
2.83/5 rDev -28.7%
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.
08-16-2009 19:08:14 | More by Vancer
3.38/5 rDev -14.9%
Pours very hazy light yellow, one finger white head that leaves tons of traces as it subsides to a small lacing.
Tasty hops in the smell, floral and fruity, enhanced by the Belgian yeasts, so nice citrus, some pineapple, apple, pear, lime and faint peach. Some honey and bready malts too.
Taste has a short sweet flash, be careful or you might miss it (apricot, honey, tangerine), green apple acidity, unrripe grapes, followed quick by strong grapefruit, and it's all bitter from here on. You can hardly get some spices and biscuity malts under all the hoppiness. Big perfumey flowers, aromatic herbs, big grassy bitterness that blows up in the finish, really dry and rough. Not too clean either, there's some dry tobacco and a bit of earthiness.
Medium body and carbonation. Not much left in the aftertaste but a huge bitter feel. Unfortunately you carry it on till you drink again, and the fruitiness gets harder and harder to detect.
I expected hops, but this felt way too unbalanced. And i actually like hop-punches. Something was off.
06-19-2014 13:57:08 | More by dcmchew
4.33/5 rDev +9.1%
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!
01-27-2007 00:32:31 | More by GbVDave
4.18/5 rDev +5.3%
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!
06-29-2008 14:51:02 | More by Crosling
3.68/5 rDev -7.3%
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 doesnt 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 isnt 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 cant 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 Id return to in the future? Maybe. Is this a beer I want to carry at Beertopia? Im not sure. The seed has been planted thank you Matt for the sample.
11-14-2007 16:00:06 | More by bditty187
3.9/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
04-16-2011 12:29:09 | More by OtherShoe2
Zinnebir from Brasserie de la Senne
89 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.