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Zinnebir | Brasserie de la Senne

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Brasserie de la Senne

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by paterlodie on 11-24-2005

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

From: Etre Gourmet, Beauvechain, BE
Date: Bottled 2013-07-22, best by 2014-07-22
Glass: Tulip

De la Senne's Zinne Bir is an easily drinkable Belgian pale ale, balanced with malt and hops of continental origin, producing a pale sweetness with moderate floral and herbal hops, a touch of special Belgian yeast phenolics and esters for uniqueness. If this was available in six-packs at an affordable price, it would be an easy choice to pick up. For the price of getting one in the states, though, I'd probably attempt to brew my own in the future.

Pours a substantial 2.5cm tall head of white foam, made up of small-sized bubbles yielding a frothy appearance. Retention is above average at about two minutes, the foam fading to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a fairly large island of lacy foam resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is excellent, with numerous and thick swaths of foam clinging to the sides of the glass, forming wave-like patterns. The body is a light golden orange color, with light bringing out rich golden yellow hues. Carbonation visible through the slightly hazy (10-20% opacity) body, very numerous and active.

Aroma is fairly muted and plain, a bit of yeast mustiness and phenolic "twang" with a touch of pale malt sweetness. In general, enjoyable, but not something exactly worthy of a high price (that is, I can brew this).

Overall flavor is of a moderately hoppy, by which I mean a continental herbal, floral, and only slightly citrusy hoppiness, with a sweet pale malt background and a modest yeast presence, directly and by fruit esters and slightly sharp phenolics. Front of palate picks up light fruit (apple, pear), floral hops, pale and light caramel malt sweetness, hints of bitter grapefruit. Mid-palate is moderately floral, a bit of mild yeast phenolics and mustiness, slight grape ester, and a bit of light toastiness from biscuit malt. Back of palate is of light to moderate bitterness, a bit of yeast and phenolic flavor, slightly "funky" grapefruit, and very low fruit ester and pale malt sweetness. Aftertaste is of light to moderate bitterness, with floral and bitter grapefruit components, a bit of pale malt sweetness in the background.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a gently foamy (3/5) and smooth (2/5) mouthfeel that is well suited for the beer and the style in abstract. Closes dry, with surprisingly medium-heavy stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

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Photo of biegaman
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle listed as "biere artisanale blonde", drank from its matching glassware and enjoyed in Brussels.

The head would never - at any point - compromise. It diminished not one half inch from its initial level. Like the large rocks that line the coast of the ocean, I could swirl and splash my glass but it stayed fixated and wouldn't budge one bit. It is rock steady.

The colour was unique, a very murky shade of orange that seems as though it could glow if it wanted to, (but like the French football legend whom this beer shares a similar sounding name with, it is simply stubborn, and seems content just being clouded.)

My first whiff of the aroma was with wide eyes and a smiling reception - always a positive sign. A floral bouquet of light citrus and fresh yeast. Plenty of esters. It is more floral (in a literal 'flower' sense) than fruity. This falls well inline with the benchmark (Duvel style) Belgian golds, heavy floral presence and healthy dose of pale malts make for a pleasant smelling beer.

The mouthfeel takes takes the beer on a sharp turn, steering it in a completely different direction. It caught me off guard. Suddenly we find ourselves with a rush of heavy dampness and strong assertive bitterness that seems to contradict the light, dry, floral aroma that came before it. Lots of hops, but from where did they come?

The taste is certainly decent, although it shouldn't be said is all that exciting. It is certainly hoppy for a Belgian, very hoppy. The beer's malts, yeast, perhaps some pepper/spice really don't make for a recipe that will tickle the taste buds but it drinks (and digest) very well. Indeed... very well. This was quite enjoyable. I can only hope to revisit one day!

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Photo of CookstLiquor
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle. Pours a hazy orangish yellow. There are abundant aromas of light citrus, fresh bright hops and grainy malt. The taste, though, is really eye-opening. Very fruity, with round peach and apricot notes. It does have a nice dry finish with a little bitter on the end. Excellent carbonation, medium bodied.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-deep golden color with a decent white head and good lacing

S- bready malt, apples, herbal notes, hint of sweetness

T-bready malt, spices, apple, caramel, mild bitter finish, slight herbal flavor

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O- Solid Belgian pale ale with good flavor and balance

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Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, 5.8% ABV. 'Zinnebir' appears to loosely translate to 'mongrel beer', in reference to the mixed cultural heritage of many Belgians, and Brussels natives in particular.

This beer pours a rather hazy, yet bright medium golden yellow hue, with a full fist's worth of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some spotty patches of sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of earthy, mildly spicy yeast, crisp, crackery pale and wheat malts, a bit of crusty white breadiness, lemon, white pepper, and grassy, sort of dried leafy hops. The taste is sharp, kind of phenolic yeast, gritty wheat grain, a very softly caramelized pale malt, overripe lemon rinds, black pepper dust, further drupe fruit notes, and decent earthy, leafy, and grassy hops.

The carbonation is fairly tight, and a bit prickly in its rendition of frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, with an airy sort of smoothness. It finishes dry, the yeast dropping the final hammer, with a few grainy and hoppy essences mewling about.

An enjoyable BPA, in that is has more saison and hoppy character than is typical of the style. I'm still surprised at its affability, what with the yeast infiltrating all, but the overall crispness just sucks me in. Worth a try, even if y'all are no Brussels people.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just picked this bottle up in Belgium. This is the base beer from Crianza which is brewed by the same brewer.

The beer poured a light golden color with a nice rush of bubbles to the top that last for awhile and it complimented by a relatively small white head but fluffy. The nose is full of notes of lemon, yeast and a citrus tone as well. The taste is bit hoppier than I expected but pleasant. There is also a lemony, earthy taste that rounds this beer out well. Although light in color and abv, the body is medium and provides for a very decent beer. If you like this beer, try to get a hold of the Crianza which is excellent.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Poured golden with a white head, some lacing. Aroma of citrus hops and a bit of sugar. Taste of citrus, floral qualities, light spice and breadiness. Pleasant, light-medium mouthfeel with a bit of carbonation that didn't seem out of place. Very drinkable.

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Photo of stcules
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

Golden color with white head. Nice belgian yeast esters in the aroma. Taste goes along with a very balanced malt/hop profile. Body is quite smooth for the style but well carbonated. Nice one.

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

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.

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

Appearance- Nice golden color with a thick white head. Was a bit cloudy. Nice lacing.

Smell- Fruity with a nice smell of hops.

Taste- Had a fruity taste. Maybe hint of apples with some lemon zest perhaps.

Mouthfeel- Dry feel with bitter aftertaste. Carbonation was fairly high.

Drinkability- This beer was pretty good. A nice beer to bring to fancy parties instead of wine.

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apricot, apple, white grape, bread, light honey, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy/spicy yeast and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apricot, apple, white grape, bread, light honey, clove, light pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, apricot, white grape, clove, bread, light honey, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian pale ale! All around good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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

Botteled Oct 19 2004. Best till 6 months after filling so well 6 months overtime but it was most of the time in my fridge. Good presentation with nice and lasting white head and golden/bronze beercollor with some particles in it. Nose is strange and heavy straw, hops, alcohol, allmond and even after this time still some hops. Taste is phenolic, whinelike, strong for 5.5% with hints of maltyness and probably quiet some candy making this one enjoyable but quiet strange.Good and balanced mouthfeel and a pleasure to drink. Certainly worthwile trying once IMO.

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Photo of brureview
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured a golden color with a 1 finger head into an Orval Trappist glass.

A very strong lemon-citrus aroma.

The mouth feel is quite tart and fits the character of the beer's aroma, taste and finish.

The taste is citrus- although not as strong as the aroma, and not lemony.

The finish is quite good- tangy and mildly bitter.

Overall: a well-done Belgian Pale ale- very drinkable.

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

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.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip. I think this bottle is fresh (bought it the day it arrived at the liquor store), but without a bottled on or best before date, I'm not entirely sure. I'm rating this as an "Artisanal Blond" rather than a traditional Belgian Pale.

Luminous yet hazy amber and golden poppy liquid with boiling carbonation contributing to the enormous crown of rich rocky ivory which forms a butte overlooking a broad valley of foam. Lacing is sticky, thick and solid, leaving behind ornate patterns of merengue.

Orange peel, pepper, almond and grass in the nose. Sweet tangy pale malt character merges with spicy yeast notes and a zippy hop component.

Sourdough biscuits, wheat germ, orange peel, and heady phenols balanced by a clean, strong, slightly fruity hop bitterness on the palate. Dry, earthy finish with an avalanche of clove, pepper, saffron, and rye. Slight "forest" flavor as well. Refreshing yet filling all at once.

Smooth, creamy yet spritzy, effervescent, and medium-bodied mouthfeel.

Hoppy and spicy, and nearly sessionable, try this in place of a Saison after a few hours of physical labor.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

In a world where many Belgian breweries can't even get it right, along comes an obscure and nonchalant ale that prances onto the scene with delicacy, finesse and quiet calm. Much like Unibroue Maudite and De Koninck, this ale does much the same.

Pouring a bronze-amber color, the beer casts a mild haze for a mid-rusty appearance. A frothy ivory-stained head floats the beer with whipped cream consistency. Its exuberant carbonation keeps the beer lively while ensuring its long-lasting retention. Classic Belgian lace trails in the beer's wake.

Zesty aromas of fruit and spice mingle about the nose with an undertasted caramel and grain base to support it all. Apples, citrus peels and spiced pear brace against peppercorn, light cumin and a near cinnamon note. Hops contribute a pleasant grassy note that strikes me as cilantro and tea leaves.

Its complex flavors come together seamlessly as its partial baked grain and steely caramel taste is dry right out of the chute. A waft of fruit and spice medley floats over the middle palate in much the same way as it did in scent- apples, oranges, pecan and pear offer a lighter fruit tone that's just off-cider and off-wine. Its peppery balance is earthy, spicy and bright with fennel, cinnamon and cumin flavors. Finishing with herbal, grassy and tea-like bitterness, the beer's taste is resounding in both its complexity and its simplicity.

Just as dry in mouthfeel as it is taste, the beer springs to life with all those champagny bubbles. They lift the malt with ease and encourages a spicy dryness and alcohol warming sensation. Its dry fruit taste evaporates on the palate for a finish that's quick, fleeting, and somewhat whimsical in its arid feel.

Zinnebir is a classic Belgian Pale Ale that's not "golden" and not "dubbel". Blending the taste, texture and aromas makes this beer nearly ideal for rich french cuisine of almost any sort.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/18/07- Purchased at City Beer, in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, corked and capped. Poured into my Troubadour tulip. No freshness info found on the bottle.

Appearance- Pale golden color with a large overflowing white pock marked head. A bit clouded, but not super yeasty. Leaves behind decent patchy lace.

Smell- Mild unripe fruits with a light bready aspect. Seems a bit hoppy as well. Overall light, but pretty nice.

Taste- I'll go for the pear flavoring in this beer. I'm picking it up much more than the apples. Very dry with a nice pils style hop base. A touch of lemon rind and some notes of white pepper as well.

Mouthfeel- Ultra dry. Crisp with a biting carbonation level. Leaves nice bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Score #2 for Zinnebir. I've been pleasantly suprised with both their brews. Bring more of them out!

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Photo of dogfooddog
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml dated 16NOV2004, about a year out of date but lets see how it is.

large white head, active carbonation both in glass and in bottle. citrusy almost grapefruit-like odor, with floral overtones.

taste is mild bittery hops with hints of flowers, and a general barnyard feel to this taste. finish is also bitter and slightly spicy later into it. overall this is a fairly bitter beer.

this is a better-than-average belgian blonde/pale ale, well worth trying.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled March 2007
Very well carbonated, at least it kicks up lots of flaky sediment from the bottom of the bottle. The head is a frothy, pale tan color (really an off-white) and starts out four-fingers thick; it leaves a nice lacing pattern on the sides of the glass as I drink my way through this beer.. The beer is almost brilliantly clear and is a nice gold color. The aroma is dry, yet fruity with notes of apple, pear, and malt. The malt character smells of freshly milled pale malt, some grassy notes as well as a touch of bread-like character. A touch of spicy, yeast derived, funkiness is here and adds some nice complexity to the overall aroma. As the beer warms a bit a nice dry, biscuit-like and soda cracker note starts to exhibit itself in the aroma.

The beer is only lightly chilled and is quite expressive at this temperature. A nice light to medium body helps this to have some palate coating character. Lightly sweet with malt character coating the mouth. The sweet malt accentuates a nice fruitiness of pears, a touch of apple and even a zesty lemon-peel note of citrus. The beer finishes off with a nice spicy note that must be from the particular yeast strain used. It adds notes of clove, ginger and a biting peppery note (which is also from the carbonation) that really helps to provide balance. Lightly tart in the finish it also has a certain, light astringency; the combination of which cause this beer to finish dry, which is a perfect lead into taking another sip of this brew.

I really enjoy lower alcohol characterful Belgian ales; There are a style that is easy to make bland or boring, but when they are on they make the perfect session beer. I find that beers of this type are best served on the warm side of cool, otherwise you can really miss out on their complexity. This was certainly a pleasant surprise, and a 750ml bottle is the perfect size for a quaff or two.

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Photo of John_M
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a honey gold color with fairly good head retention and lacing. The nose in this beer is pretty attractive, showing honey, lavender and bing cherry. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this enjoyable, easy to appreciate beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but there's a lightness to this beer that I really like. Drinkability is quite good, and I appreciate how this beer dries out on the finish, which enhances its drinkability.

Quite nice...

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Poechenellekelder, Brussels.
Tarnished gold with lumps of trailing white head. 4.25
Lemony hops, touch of must, and aspirin. 4
Lemsip up front, tangerine, some bubblegum, herbs, harsh citrus hops, some apricot, and clovey phenols. 4
Estery apple sauce and chalky linger. 4
Just past light, round, clingy. 4

Not as clean as Taras - a bit yeasty. But well hoppy to go with that yeast character, almost with lots of mineral and dough. Heavy hitter at 5.8%, but complex enough to rep Brussels. 4.25

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Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Masterful simple, soft,easy drinking. Great for lunch. Opaque golden with a white abundant creamy hand and lace. Sweet fruit and yeast in the aroma. Easy medium mouthfeel. Went right to the sediment, which was sourish. Refreshing overall, like a toned-down saison in spiciness, tasted pear, orange, apricot.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed straw gold with minimal head. Nose is like dusty yeast. Flavor is dry. You get a musty yeast with minimal sugar presence. The profile comes and then drops fairly quickly. Feel is nice. Smooth with decent bubble. No unusual or odd or weird character. But the overall experience is damn good. Smooth and even. And I love the story posted on the label of the beer. Very much worth trying.

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Zinnebir from Brasserie de la Senne
3.98 out of 5 based on 246 ratings.
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