X-Mas Zinnebir - Brasserie de la Senne

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85
very good

132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Brasserie de la Senne visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Risser09 on 12-10-2007)
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Photo of Gregwa
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of sfprint
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
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

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Absumaster
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A burgundy red beer with a small head that only leaves some head at the side of the glass.

The smell is a combination of yeast derived smells of spicy, coriander, and malt smells like liquorice and cherries. The beer has a candisugar and dark crystal malty smell too.

The taste is nicely balanced between the yeast character and the malt. The yeast character is typical Belgian, notes of spices like coriander and cloves, without being added. The malts add a nice dark candisugar taste and there is a chocolaty and light dark bread crust taste to the beer. The mouthfeel of the beer is sweet and sticky. This beer is just a decent quad, and although I love it, it is not extraordinairy.

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly cloudy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of raisin, apple, pear, citrus peel, clove, pepper, coriander, floral, grass, caramel, honey, toast, candi sugar, bread, and earthy yeast spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast esters. Taste of pear, raisin, apple, orange peel, clove, pepper, coriander, candi sugar, caramel, honey, toast, molasses, floral, grass, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, clove, pepper, cinnamon, candi sugar, honey, toast, floral, molasses, and earthy yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of malt and fruity/peppery esters; with a very nice balance of peppery spice and malt sweetness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian pale ale style. Very nice balance and complexity of malt with fruity/spicy ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of hustlesworth
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- pale ale? Hell no, this is a Belgian dark ale. Dark purpleish brown, opaque and topped by a nice frothy beige head. When the foam settles, the swirls of sticky lace take the form of sliced lotus root. Odd.

S- simply put, fruity and spicy. Phenolic notes of pepper and anise along with dark berries, concord grape, black currant, and citrus peel. Side notes of banana and honeydew melon overlay stone, leather, and tobacco. Roasted and coffee notes appear as it warms a bit.

T- taste is darker and more savory that the aroma and those subtle hints of citrus peel now translate into substantial hoppiness. Macerated fruit skins, raisin and prune, stone and damp wood, and even though it's only 6.5% an unwelcome alcohol bitterness that stands apart from the bright lemony grassy hops. Flavor becomes porter-ish and a way, with hints of weak coffee. Lost bits of blueberry and currant fall off near the end and I wish they would have stayed. Finishes dry and yeasty with a black peppercorn spice kick.

MF- body is on the lighter side of medium but still has a hearty grain feeling. Dry on the cheeks and fiercely carbonated, the stinging bubbles add to its thirst quenching abilities.

D- once again this IS NOT a pale ale, and the look, aroma, and taste bear no resemblance to one. It's not bad either considering it being a very hoppy dark Belgian and the wolf label art is quirky and interesting. Dry and refreshing.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this didn't amaze me, and it didn't seem that christmasy. the pour is dark brown with quite a bit of floating yeast sediment. the head is gorgeous three inches tall and just off white, thick, with good retention in my tulip. the nose is somewhere between a Belgian dub and an American brown ale, its malty with some cocoa and roast, but also sort of sweet, and a little tannic like its been finished in red wine barrels. the flavor is the same, becoming almost tartly acidic as it finishes. some residual sugar and fruit notes. nice frothy mouthfeel at first, but the carbonation dies down quickly and it gets pucker from the acid and too sugary at the end. hard to explain really. also my bottle is listed at 7.8% abv I think, and I agree with that more than I do at 6.5%. good buzz on this one. overall an okay xmas beer that leaves out the spice, but its far from polished. overpriced at 5 bucks a bottle.

Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of SalMineo
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of sandiego67
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of beerdrifter
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of samEBC
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of mcss
2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of NOLANDMAN
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of brystmar
2.7/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

Photo of Talisker
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of RickS95
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of DevilsCups
3.63/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of bdbd
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of Ralphs66
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of coachdonovan
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

X-Mas Zinnebir from Brasserie de la Senne
85 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.