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X-Mas Zinnebir - Brasserie de la Senne

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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

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 hustlesworth
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

hustlesworth, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

StonedTrippin, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev +6.1%

JohnK17, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of SalMineo
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

SalMineo, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of sandiego67
4/5  rDev +6.1%

sandiego67, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of beerdrifter
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.

beerdrifter, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of samEBC
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

samEBC, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of mcss
2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

mcss, Nov 03, 2012
4.75/5  rDev +26%

NOLANDMAN, Sep 12, 2012
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 Talisker
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Talisker, May 07, 2012
Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

polishkaz, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of RickS95
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.

RickS95, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of DevilsCups
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.

DevilsCups, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of bdbd
5/5  rDev +32.6%

bdbd, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of Ralphs66
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Ralphs66, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of SLeffler27
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.

SLeffler27, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of coachdonovan
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

coachdonovan, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of BlackHaddock
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.

BlackHaddock, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Hopdaemon39
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.

Hopdaemon39, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

imperialking, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Mebuzzard
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

Mebuzzard, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
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.

Rifugium, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of MsRif
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!

MsRif, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Dec 17, 2011
X-Mas Zinnebir from Brasserie de la Senne
85 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.