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X-Mas Zinnebir - Brasserie de la Senne

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BA SCORE
85
very good

127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie de la Senne visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Risser09 on 12-10-2007)
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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
1.95/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - pours a hazy caramel amber. It doesn't take but a little encouragement on the pour to whip up two full fingers of bubbly froth. It doesn't stick around, and plain doesn't stick much either. The color is good though, a warm kind of color on this cold wintry evening.

Aroma - a playful fruitiness initially, turns markedly astringent as it sets up. Maybe a hint of grain, but not much here to tempt me.

Taste - some mild grain, just a touch of sweet, then turning harshly bitter and astringent. After reading some reviews, I'm leaning toward the opinion that this beer has a slight to moderate infection, but with Belgians I can't be sure sometimes. While I taste the suggestions of decent flavor, the harsh bitterness is running too rampant to be enjoyable. With some warming I can pick up hints of the yeast, which is a welcome addition to the fray, but I'm mostly not liking this.

Mouthfeel - very carbonated but not a gusher. Very crisp as a result. Average body, too bad there wasn't much flavor to accentuate.

Drinkability - I got through about a third, maybe half of this then gave up. If I see it again, I'll try to get a fresher sample.

brewdlyhooked13, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of benmiliron
2.03/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This came in a 5-pack xmas sampler from my sister in law. Coppery deep brown. Smell is cinnamon (?) & some belgian yeasties. Taste is astringent and sharp. Dusty. Mouthfeel is watery but peppery alcohol and a lot of fizz. Not enjoyable at all. Throw it all together and you've got a pretty shitty brew here. I've never had much luck with the xmas packs from overseas. This could be skunked out.

benmiliron, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of Nipitato
2.08/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Amber hue. Slightly opaque. Visibly effervescent. Virtually no head.

S: Sweet with cola traits. A little grainy. Stale. Kind of funky - and not in a good way. I'm sort of afraid to actually taste this.

T: Very dry with a roasted, crossing well over into burnt, taste. Any other taste characteristics are well masked by the acrid burnt taste of this mess.

MF: Wildly over carbonated. Light mouthfeel.

D, notes: This is not a good or even an average beer. Not well balanced, it doesn't taste good, and the mouthfeel is a wreck. Obviously, not very drinkable.

Nipitato, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of mcss
2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

mcss, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of Dukeofearl
2.53/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 ounce bottle from a Shelton Bros. Belgian Holiday beer gift pack.

Pours a amber-brown, slightly cloudy, with a strong, steady carbonation that keep a nice beer-cap around a long time.

Aroma is malty, slightly sweet, with an ill-defined herbal spiciness. I wish I could figure it out.

Flavor- well, I really can't figure this out. There is just something wrong here. Sharp, herbal, bitter, dry, and wrong. All spices mangled and mixed and muddied, no clear pattern, no real "beer" flavor.

It just does not work for me. I haven't tried the complete gift pack yet, but I'm pretty sure this is the one I don't like.

Dukeofearl, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of brystmar
2.7/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice looking pour with good head. Body looks a bit thin. Nose has biscuits, booze, dark fruit, and malt. Kinda strange but not bad.

Taste is just weird: musty and boozy, hints of smoke (wtf?) amidst the fruit further confuse my taste buds. No spices whatsoever. Finish reminds me of an ashtray. Weird & unfocused.

This beer is about what I'd expect from a novice homebrewer trying out a style he doesn't understand at all. Avoid.

brystmar, May 25, 2012
Photo of ybnorml
2.78/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hazy brown beer with copper highlights. Has a nice creany off white head. The aroma has a strong dried fruit and apple chatacter with a cinnamon spiciness in the background. The flavor has an odd mix of tastes whirling around in your mouth, rubber tire, wood and a piny hop bitterness. There is a real dry finish almost mouth pucking . Kinda reminded me of some Lambics I have had but this is not supposed to be a lambic.

ybnorml, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of beerman21
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another product from my christmas variety pack.

appearence- there is nothing pale looking about this one. Its unusually dark for BPA. Pours a cinnimon brown with head the disipates to nothing quickly.

Smell- not much goin on here. hints of bread and spice honestly difficult to describe. not much aroma.

taste- well much more profound then the smell ten fold. Good spice to it. Corrander, ginger typical bready flavor pretty good.

Mouthful- spiceness lingers a little fizziness not over done it ok.

drinkability- average ones good enough for me.

beerman21, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly to a ring leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color, yeast left in bottom of bottle. Slight spicy nose. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Flavor is a spicy caramel, some hops at finish. Better choice is Ridgeway's Pickled Santa for price and flavor. Pricey at $7.22 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

jdhilt, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of ThaCreep
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Brownish color, like dark caramel. Aromas of red and black fruits and caramel quickly transplanted by the power of spices and spice that occupy central places in this beer. The yeast is also present in the nose but also spicy. The body is just as much and it tastes a little taste of hops. Unfortunately, the spicy side, which is far from being transcendent, is rapidly taking over the rest goes up and spread in the aftertaste and leave a bad trace.

ThaCreep, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of Kraken
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes,
Enjoyed with family on Christmas day. Poured from a capped 750ml bottle into Fin Du Monde Tulip glass. Light and careful pour conjures one finger of sticky white head. Head recedes quickly but leaves behind a copious lace. Color is a slightly cloudy brown.

Nose- Cider-esque elements. Perhaps some mild finishing hops, notes of caramel. Nothing overly complex.

Palate- Very light and pleasant. Mild caramel, and some faint nuttiness. Finishes nicely, plenty of bittering hops, mildly astringent. Woody elements. Long dry finish. Slightly tart. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel- Dry and slightly tart.

Drinkability- fair.

I was very excited to try this on Christmas day. However this was not up to expectations. I found it to be fairly thin and simple, the label may in fact be the best part.

Kraken, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark carmel brown with a nice firm, but quickly fading, head.

Nose is salty carmel and toffee; hints of hazelnuts and sugared coffee. Undertones of plum.

Mouthfeel is medium/thin and without a lot of appeal.

Flavors are just plain weird. Burnt coffee and green peppers; big celery mid palate and green herbs. Finish is bitter medium strong coffee. All in all a burnt grain character. End finish is bitter burnt coffee.

GRG1313, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of Talisker
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Talisker, May 07, 2012
Photo of erbu
3/5  rDev -20.4%

erbu, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a stemmed strange)
A- During the pour a loud fizzy head soon disappears leaving the dense but clear dark ice tea colored body on its own. There are tiny strands of carbonation trailing to the surface.
S- The yeasty aroma has some prune hints and a softer clove spice note in the finish.
T- This beer has a soft clean flavor with some dried fruit notes with a mineral water taste that turns medicinal when it warms. There is bitter bite at the finish that is not distinctly hops.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat.
D- This beer is a bit thin with the spice and fruit characteristics being pretty light with not much malt underneath.

rhoadsrage, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of BTPete
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle to tulip. Bottle received in Mahar's Advent beers.

A: Dark brown with big 1 inch head. Surprised this is considered a belgian pale all around.

S: Sweet and malty. I'm getting a little odd soapiness which might be the yeast.

T: Sweet up front with some hop bitterness at the end. Balanced. Tasted better than smelled in my opinion.

M: Medium bodied, active, course in my mouth.

D: Although not in love, I like this beer and could have another.

BTPete, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of albern
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not sold on this beer. It has too many off spicy flavors, and not enough sweet Belgian malts and yeastiness to warrant a strong rating. The beer looks decent with an dark amber, slightly mahogany color. The head has a bit of lace and some retention to it. There is some sediment in the beer but it is mostly clear. The nose on the beer is caramel malts, some phenols, spicy yeast, a touch of ABV.

The taste is better once things settle. The beer has a spicy grass flavor, some spicy yeastiness, lots of slightly boozy caramel malts, some sweeter malts hidden behind some booze soaked florals. The beer is a tad rough around the edges with a touch of chocolate and a touch of sourishness here and there. This is an okay beer, nothing to rave about, and certainly not festive enough to make it a standout holiday beer.

albern, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This label art is about as weird as their Taras Boulba, maybe even weirder...computery, with another Picasso character, some animal woman with a bob holding a beer, lit by a star, and there's another animal in a suit opening an enormous bottle. Strange. I won't look too far for the meaning!

Dark brown/burgundy, plummy appearance, litte head atop.

Very aromatic, wafts out from the start, but let's go in...dark fruit & spices, cola & a bit of cocoa, licorice...raisins and pepper.

Taste: darker, spicier, but none too rich. Hot. Bigger spice that I expected. Light bodied, compared to the fierce flavor, and the spice sticks out way too much without some tasty malt to back it up. More I drink, the more annoying is this prickly heat. I'm not digging the Zennebir, nossir.

There's some taste, but it's overpowered by this intense spicy, cola-y...Dr. Peppery thing...not what I'm looking for !

C'est la vie!

Taste:

feloniousmonk, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of abrand
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11 ounce bottle poured into the Leffe oversized winer. Very artsy, contemporary artwork on the label.

The X-Mas Zinnebir pours a cola brown with a off - white 2 finger head that fizzles down and leaves some pretty lacing on the sides. Aromas is sweet and musky. Some subtle notes of caremel and chocolate. Quaff is apples, malts, with a dry champagne finish. Most definitely a very unique tasting Belgian ale. Mouthfeel is dry and bubbly. Drinkability is mediocre with most of this coming from the uniqueness of the pour and quaff. I can't describe a similar tasting beer that I have tried and at 4 bucks a bottle little too steep to make it very drinkable.

abrand, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of sfprint
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

20 12 version, listed as a brown ale. 7.8 abv

A: darkish brown with a rootbeer like head. micro carbonation rising in little columns on the edges
S: dark and slightly sour.
T: indeed, belgian brown style, smooth, toasty dark malt with very mild dirty hops. coffee like
M: very mild carbonation.
O: mild coffee, easy going

sfprint, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of MTNboy
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark reddish/brown hue with great off white thick head and beautiful lace.

Smell: I thought the smell was odd it was sort of like soda like scent.

Taste: I has roasty flavor followed by mild fruity and hops.

Mouthfeel: Thin.

Drinkability: Good but pricey

MTNboy, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of chrisafari
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Bubblegum, plums, slight molasses.

Pours: dark brown with a purplish tint, lacy thin white head. Clear.

Taste: Begins smooth with semi-sweet plums and the finish is dry with roasted malt and hint of hops.

Mouthfeel: pretty light with heavy carbonation, really jumps off the tongue. No lacing forming on the glass.

Drinkability: medium to medium-low.

Overall: pretty enjoyable but nothing that blows your socks off.

chrisafari, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

mattfancett, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of Ralphs66
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Ralphs66, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

X-Mas Zinnebir has a medium, fizzy, cream-colored head, and a cloudy, brown appearance, with lots of bubbles, tan chunks, and lacing left behind. The aroma is of subdued spice, with a preponderance of brown bread and stereotypical strong ale smell. Taste is the same, with overriding brown bread and a strong bitterness, which grows across the sip. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy, and X-Mas Zinnebir finishes semi-dry, rich, hearty, and good. Overall, I liked its focus on beer flavor, instead of spices. I recommend it.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Dec 15, 2013
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X-Mas Zinnebir from Brasserie de la Senne
85 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.