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X-Mas Zinnebir - Brasserie de la Senne

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X-Mas ZinnebirX-Mas Zinnebir

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BA SCORE
85
very good

123 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | 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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sandiego67

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-22-2012 04:13:12 | More by sandiego67
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beerdrifter

Germany

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Miorge Mihoublon. Murky amber-brown pour with two finger off-white head with decent retention and great lacing. The nose is fruity and spicy with hints of nutmeg, clove, dark fruit, caramel, and just a touch of banana. The taste is complex and spicy with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, brown sugar, plums, black cherries, raisins, and just a bit of ginger. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly fizzy with an odd sour-bitter finish. This is what I like a Christmas beer to be. Spicy and complex. A solid interpretation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 17:00:01 | More by beerdrifter
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samEBC

Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

12-01-2012 22:05:59 | More by samEBC
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mcss

New York

2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

11-03-2012 20:46:42 | More by mcss
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NOLANDMAN

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +26%

09-12-2012 06:04:33 | More by NOLANDMAN
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brystmar

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 06:35:53 | More by brystmar
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Talisker

California

3/5  rDev -20.4%

05-07-2012 05:31:43 | More by Talisker
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polishkaz

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

03-30-2012 02:58:00 | More by polishkaz
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RickS95

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A sharp looking beer, but nothing pale about it. Dark mahogany brown, very rich looking. Thick pour. Head is off-tan, a finger thick and gives a creamy finish when it dissipates.

Very malty nose. Bready. Caramel.

Malty taste as well. Biscuity, it follows the nose. Earthy hops, finally something resembling a pale ale. Maybe the slightest bit of coffee in the swallow. As it warms, the breadiness really shines.

Mouthfeel is reasonably complex with several layers. For just a second early on, it's almost sweet, but then an earthiness takes over from the malts and carries into the slightly bitter finish. All the while, it's creamy and full bodied.

It's a good enough Belgian pale ale, but it has nothing to do with Christmas or winter or a seasonal. Still, it's a bit different than most other BPAs and that's not a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 04:50:04 | More by RickS95
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DevilsCups

New York

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into Duvel Tulip.

A - Hazelnut brown, slightly cloudy pour with a beautiful pillowy bone colored head. Lacing is superb.

S - Clean is the best way I can describe it. Actually smells like a bunch of American pale ales I've had. Pale malts, slight hop notes. Tiny bit of grassy aroma.

T - Slightly tart bite with a very interesting bunch of flavors. First you get the pale malt and the outside hop-bite. Then comes something I can't quite pin. It's a perfumy grass note that isn't at all unpleasant, and actually rather unique. Brown sugar makes it's way in midway through. A bit of a witbier-influenced finish and a touch of clove.

M - Slightly fizzy and good mouthfeel. Not thin or thick, toes the line in the middle. Not a palette scrubber but enjoyable.

O - Pretty good for a style I rarely venture into. Maybe I'll seek out some more. From what I remember of my Ommegang-heavy days, this is a nice BPA and would recommend if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 05:14:02 | More by DevilsCups
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bdbd

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +32.6%

03-06-2012 02:23:07 | More by bdbd
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Ralphs66

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

03-04-2012 22:08:27 | More by Ralphs66
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SLeffler27

New York

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This seasonal is dark bronze with a chestnut glow when put to the light. There is a one inch, dense almond head slowly dropping rings of lace as it settles to a thick blanket for the duration. There is some sediment covering the bottom of a Dogfish Head snifter. This one appears too dark for the Belgian Pale Ale style.

Has a spicy nose with nutmeg, ginger, and some alcohol fumes. With some warmth, peach and prunes can be found.

Prominent malts are well balanced with hops. This is closer to a brown ale with wheat bread flavors and a building bitter toasted finish.

Fizzy carbonation and a dry, full body with light astringent alcohol.

While enjoyable, this one falls short of the Christmas specialty style. One will enjoy it with a simple meal.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 13:38:17 | More by SLeffler27
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coachdonovan

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

02-18-2012 03:30:55 | More by coachdonovan
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taken in the lovely old bar 'Morte Subite' Brussels during Dec 2011. This is a great beer to 'people watch' with on a cold Belgian afternoon.

Looked good in its glass, a hazy dull brown body with a full biege head above.

The nose was a good mix of maltiness, fruit cake and spices, a Christmas feel to it I suppose.

The taste was simular to the smell, but with a yeast flavour coming through the malts, some hop bitterness towards the end of the sip as well.

Pleasant more than wonderful, thought it a bit lively, so slightly over carbonated for my taste perhaps.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2012 11:13:47 | More by BlackHaddock
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Publick House in Brookline in a goblet.

A: Certainly not a pale ale but it must be mismarked on BA cause it wasn't advertised to me as such. Pours a dark brown but not impenetrable by light. One finger tan foam with medium retention and foamy lacing.

S: Certainly not an overpowering smell- smells faintly of yeast and dark malt.

T: Full dark malty flavor with chocolate notes and a bit of yeast. A very rounded finish but has a nice lasting flavor.

M: Interesting mouthfeel- almost like an Irish stout in that it's slightly carbonated and very slick with no hop bitterness.

Certainly an interesting brew- not one I've seen before- good to try but I won't actively seek it out again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2012 02:33:57 | More by Hopdaemon39
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-09-2012 02:23:43 | More by imperialking
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian pale, I think not. No matter, so it's dark. I'll drink it.

Dark cherry, mahogany, brown pour. A bit hazy. Nice whipped head, a bit dirty white. Great lacing. Quite nice to look it.

Dark fruit aroma with some coffee and chocolate. For the most part the fruit is foremost. A bit of cocoa here and there and the coffee is green. Some booze, too

A sort of a tartness on the fruit in the flavors. Some red plum up front. A hint of herbal spices comes next. The coffee is soft and green, like beans still on the tree. But it's the fruit that comes through in the end. Sharp with some tannin on the end. Some strawberry very faint.

Drinks fairly well, a bit boozy, but nice

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 05:38:14 | More by Mebuzzard
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Correcting the mistake pour from the other day... This beer poured a caramel brown color, hazy, with a small cap of tannish head that receded quite a bit but left some soapy lacing on the glass. I wouldn't consider this a BPA at all...maybe a BDA if anything. Aroma of cocoa and caramel apples. Nice taste, smooth thanks mainly I think to a lower alcohol content; baker's chocolate, apple skin, caramel, dark dried fruits (just a bit, really), light spices, and some bready yeast coming through. Medium mouthfeel, pretty smooth and drinkable, decent overall.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2011 13:52:22 | More by Rifugium
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MsRif

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA. Poured a hazy dark brown color with an off-white head that receded quickly, leaving spotty lacing. Had an aroma of spices, yeast, dark fruits and sweet malts. Tasted of yeast, cinnamon, plums, cherries and sweet malts. Very, very "Belgian."

Medium mouthfeel with light carbonation. I really enjoyed this brew. I prefer it slightly to the regular Zinnebir. I will absolutely get it again if Teresa's still has it on tap during my next visit!

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2011 00:16:16 | More by MsRif
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up at State Line in Elkton, MD. Served in a De La Senne tulip.

Pours a moderate caramel color with a light tan head and some good lacing. The nose carries some nice yeast tones with a bit of spice and fruit and some additional light spice in the background. The flavor falls along the same lines and is fairly well-integrated with everything going on, including the malt. Medium body with good carbonation and a slight chewiness. Good brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 13:28:38 | More by Thorpe429
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ROGUE16

Delaware

5/5  rDev +32.6%

12-07-2011 13:32:55 | More by ROGUE16
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

11-25-2011 14:41:47 | More by Rochefort10nh
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-21-2011 10:17:22 | More by corby112
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GRG1313

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 01:46:33 | More by GRG1313
X-Mas Zinnebir from Brasserie de la Senne
85 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.