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Zinnebir | Brasserie de la Senne

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Brewed by:
Brasserie de la Senne

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Rich gold/yellow. Slightly hoppy, grains, crisp and clean aroma. Slightly fruity, a little bitter, clean, crisp. Not much to it, but refreshing and high carbonation.

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Photo of sfprint
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Exp Oct 2013

A: Bright orangy yellow. Very hazy and cloudy. short head.
S: Fairly plasticy, but lemon peel and grains under that.
T: Banana orangy, yeasty and wheaty. Most similar to Willeke by De Prael, Slightly bitter,
M: Exceptionally light and fluffy mouth feel . quite creamy with a plastic tang/zing
O: Quite nice. Next time I would try and be careful to not pour in the yeast which might improve it. A special flavor and very much enjoyed.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful hazy golden orange color with a moderate creamy white head.

S: Yeasty nose full of bananas, oranges and a slight bubblegum scent.

T: Flavor is creamy bananas with a slight tartness with a good spicy complexity (coriander, sour orange peel). Yeasty bite, very clean and a very good example per style.

M: Good carbonation brings out the aroma and mouthful, though remains light and fruity on the tongue with a nice spicy tartness. Sour oranges for a finish.

D: very nice drinkability, goes down effortlessly.

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Photo of kohoutek
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice hazy deep golden hue with two fingers of pure white creamy microbubbles. The head quickly falls into a thin blanket of foam while coating the glass with lace. Small streams of bubbles rise from the depths.

This beer smells very fresh. Herbal geranium, iron, lightly tanned leather, Belgian cellar (a hint of musty bookshelves), notes of citrus. On an off note, there is a tad of rubbery autolysis present.

This beer has a nice honeyed malt backbone that carries a bit of sweetness with it. The propaganda on the bottle brags that this brewery does not engage in the addition of syrups, sugars or the like. The residual sweetness of this all malt beer is noted. The geranium, iron, herbal hop bitterness and peppery otherworldliness swirl with deep sticky esters and malt acids. Very nice!

This beer drinks fine as it is clean and approachable. The sweetness lends a hand that is a bit heavy. I must admit that I find it very different from most Belgian Pales that I have experienced. Instead, I keep seeing it in the vein of Dupont's family of Saisons. It seems to share so many characteristics with these beers, Moinette, etc. It seems a bit light on the bitterning hops and alcohol to really compare style-wise with Urthel hop it, Duvel, DeRanke XX Bitter, etc. I like this beer, but at $11.99 for a 750 mL I will return elsewhere in the future.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


11.2 oz bottle, carefully poured. A hazed gold in color, little head to speak of. Some particles of yeast are there.
Aroma is comprised of floral hops and Belgian ale yeast fruityness.
In the taste, soft Belgian yeast muted by an impressive earthy bitterness. Soft fruityness, like that in a Tripel, but lighter, and with a firm hop stance. It achieves a rather even balance, herbal, leafy citrusy hops, phenolic yeast and pale malt base.
Mouthfeel is also quite nice, light to medium on the palate, with a very appealing dry finish.
Overall, a solid Belgian Blonde/Pale ale with a hop presence.

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Photo of richmof
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap on this occasion in Kafka: pours an orangey amber with a nice creamy head and decent lacing.

Orangey hops on the nose, opening up to an orangey caramel on the palate. Nicely hopped mild bitterness cutting through any sweetness, with a pleasant earthy component. This is an amber I can drink plenty of.

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Photo of clickpush
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: 750ml bottle to tulip glass. A huge 3 finger head appears w/ the gentlest of pours. Big white head over a clouded orange body. Some thin bubble trails along the side of the glass. Excellent retention in the head. Some clinging to the sides of the glass.

Nose: Huge smell eminating from the beer that's sitting 3 feet away. Mostly fruity malts, oranges, lemon peel, some small hop presence. Nice and yeasty.

Mouth: Much more bitter than the aroma would let on. Tons of hops, some warmth in the exhale. Easy bitterness though, lingering, grassy and farmy. Mouthfeel is crisp. This tastes more like an IPA though than a Belgian Pale. Easy drinking through.

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Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, capped, and without freshness dating. Pours yeasty cloudy, light orangey amber, with a light tan slight head and leaving fine and scattered lacing. Nose is of bright lime peals and grapefuit pith. Ultra smooth and rounded mouthfeel, earthy with soft notes of mellow malts, nutty yeastyness, honey, spice and peppery hops late. Spicy long finish. Complex and refined brew. Easy drinking and tasty Belgian. Beginner friendly Belgian. Well worth a try. Would be fine with a lunch of salads, cheese and whatever else you feel like.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ABV: 5.8 %. Bought in August 2014. Resting in my beercellar for 1 year and 9 months.
Bottled on May 7 2014. Best before May 7 2015.

This beer pours hazy and deep orange to yellow. Lots of lacing stays on the glass.

Nose: Orange, pineapple, lime, grass and Belgian yeast.
Taste: Suprisingly fresh! Lemon, lime, orange, sweet malt, earthy notes and grass.
Mouth: Crisp, smooth with a bitter and dry ending. Light to medium carbonation. Very drinkable!

No problems at all to store this beer and drink it one year after "best before" - It’s so good!

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Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid "purist" Belgian Pale.

Label states no sugar, spices, or additives in the ingredients. This shows through in the ale's character, it's not boring even though it comes from simple ingredients.

Pours a deep orange/straw yellow, with streams of carbonation. A rocky merengue head of foam forms, and remains for some time. A skim of foam remains for the hour duration of the bottle. Attractive and lively.

Smell is initally mild pear and apple esters from the yeast used.

Taste is dry, pilsner malt, doughy with light pepper and herbal hop notes. Fruitiness in the aroma is way more subdued in the taste. Clearly well-crafted in it's balance and easy drinkability. Well carbonated, and light to medium mouthfeel. A good starter Belgian, or one to try when you want something simple and elegant.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought from Tuckers Maltings...

Poured a light golden orange colour with coppery hints. Slightly off white head poured big and billowy and faded slowly to thick frothy layer.. good sticky patchy lacing... lots of carbonation bubbles rush to the surface...

Aroma - Lots of grassy spiciness, yeasty, tart fruits (limes, lemon peel, sour apples), chalky notes, light breadiness, quite floral, faint candy sugar, some basil and thyme herbalness, the faintest hint of marzipan...

Taste - Tart spicy fruits (lemons, grapefruits, apples), pithy notes, quite a lot of yeastiness, floral honey, quite perfumed, light earthy funk, grassy hops, chalky, coriander, peppery, definitely some basil herbalness...

M&D - Sharp and dry with a little smoothness coming through... Light body... Extremely refreshing and drinkable - would be nice on a hot summers day...

Overall - A top class Belgian pale ale... As good as any i've had...

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Photo of Maxwell
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy, golden-orange with a huge head of small bubbles that erupt into a more rocky terrain as they climb higher and higher above the beer. The head sits about two finger’s widths above the glass with excellent retention. When the head does go, it leaves a fat cloud of puffy lacing along the glass. In body, the beer is a nice hazy murk with no trace of floating particles. I poured the yeast in with this beer for added flavor, but it did appear rather clear before I dumped the yeast. On the nose, the beer smells of honey and hay. Grassy hops kick just a touch of citric lemon grass and there is also a whisper of funk can also be sensed. All the while, malt provides beautifully creamy honey nuances to the nose. I do also detect a touch of skunk, which is expected in a hoppier import, but does not take away from the rich smells of the beer. On the tongue, the beer tastes honey-sweet and grassy-bitter. The bitter tend more towards the middle and second half of the sip, while the sweetness begins and finishes the beer. Light acidity does interact with the other tastes, and an herbal bitterness works its way in beside the grassy bitters. In flavor, the beer begins as smooth honey malt with a touch of bread. This transitions into rich grassy bitters with nuances of herbal mint. The finish is strong with rich honey flavors drizzled over light toast with a healthy wallop of grass and hay. The aftertaste is decidedly of bitter mint with just a wisp of lingering honey. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with a crisp yet smooth mouthfeel that gives a nice little tug at the tongue, but doesn’t overdo it. Carbonation is a little higher than middling, providing a nice scrub to the tongue. After the beer leaves, the mouth is left with a slight bit of spittle and a touch of astringency on the middle of the tongue, but an overall feeling of cleanness. As a whole, the beer is quaffable and subtly complex with some great grassy hop character and superb honey malt. This beer is just a great classic beer with superb honey malts and a nice European hop bite. I could have a few and be happy. I like it.

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Photo of sfi
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I currently live in Bruxelles, and this is definitiely my favourite Belgian beer on draught. I had tasted it in London before, bottle version, it wasn't as good as on draught. Loving American style pale ales, but also Belgian ales, this is just the good compromise and I never doubt when I have to order at the Bar. I find the draught versione, at least the way they serve it at my local in Bxl, way superior compared to the bottled one (of which I had really many)

Aspect: It comes out a bit cloudy, it is not a clear, transparent drink. I read this upset someone, I think it is a proof of the genuiness of the brewing process - the guys started brewing in a squat and recently moved to a larger place.
It hasn't much of a head, just couple of fingers of throath that fade away after few seconds.

Nose: Pretty plain, to my nose. Weedy and flowery, couldn't say more.

Taste: Hearty, weedy and bodily flowered. Sour finish, smooth body with notes of dark fruits, pomegranate but without its crispness. Instead, a quite robust body deriving from the yeast. I don't know what hops they use, it reminds me of some Kiwi/Aussie hops. Whatever it is, it's good and tasty.

On draught the yeast and bitterness don't come out as well as on tap. When I drank it from bottle it was crispier and less marked flavour-wise. I definitely reccomend the draught one, even if it is damn good also in bottles.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden rod with copper tones to it. Sporadic miniscule bubbles rise to the surface at a methodic pace. Head is snowy white and thick with tight fitting bubbles.

S: Mild cantelope, gentle lemon, hay, spicy yeast and actually some sun tan lotion.

T: Very subtle flavors at work here. Starts off with some light pear, green apple, sugar snap peas and roses caressing the front of the tongue. Bit of fresh cut grass, honeysuckle and limestone are the middle ground which lays the foundation. Delicate sweet lemon and ginger mingling allow all flavors to meld before minor earthy hops with woody personalities finish it out.

M: Medium body with a soft mouthfeel.

D: Good beer with great balance. Nice, refreshing, smooth. Good

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Significantly hazy, yeast-choked, well-bubbled rich amber. I love it when there's so much visual interest after the pour. Who needs perfectly clear, filtered-to-within-an-inch-of-its-life beer anyway? The eggnog colored head is richly creamy and is equally as lovely as the beer on which it rests, possibly more so. Large, pearl-like bubbles occupy the upper surface and result in big, soft craters when they pop.

Since the brewer eschews anything that isn't named malt, hops or yeast, the invigorating spiciness of the beer has to be due to an especially lively strain of yeast. While it doesn't quite have the chops of the best of this style, it's a damn fine nose all the same.

Zinnebir is relatively simple and straightforward (that isn't a knock) and is a wonderful Belgian pale ale that should be a pleasure all the way to the bottom of the bottle. It's unripe apple and pear fruity with a dry crispness that was expected once I learned that no candi sugar was added. It isn't especially parching though, so some amount of pale malt sugar made it through unscathed.

Beer of this style (if it isn't highly hopped like De Ranke XX Bitter) is often dependent on a quality yeast strain to provide zip and the zing. This one is up to the task and gives off spicy flavors of clove and cardamom. Speaking of hops, there's quite a bit of floral, grassy, noble goodness keeping things on the bitingly bitter side. A wee lack of complexity isn't necessarily a negative when the beer is this delicious and this drinkable.

Given the surfeit of bubbles, I would have thought the mouthfeel would have been more light and airy. It feels fine, it's just that it isn't as lush or as silky as it could be. No barrier to drinkability here either.

Zinnebir is a solid offering from the relatively new Brouwerij Sint-Pieters. It's a classic, back to basics, well-constructed pale ale that is disappearing with effortless ease. I'll be sure to be on the lookout for more of Mr. Bernard Leboucq's creations since it's obvious that he knows what good beer is all about.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up an 11.2 OZ for $2.99 at Olive Tree Market here in OB and poured it into a Forestinne branded stemmed tulip glass.

A: Pours a lightly hazy orange hue with a fat white head that gives way to nice lacing from start to finish, with a good deal of chunky sediment that is a bit too much for my liking. I'm down for unfiltered but this is just too much.

S: Crackery sweet malt, light fruity esters with a mellow hop presence in the mix as well.

T: Similar to the nose but with a very prevalent yeast flavor that has a tiny bit of nice funk to it that I didn't get in the smell, sour apples, black peppercorn and wood that are all balanced amazingly well.

M: Lively carbonation which works well with the style, on the lighter side of medium bodied, finishing very crisp and dry.

Overall a great ale and one that goes well beyond the confines of a "pale ale". The funk is great and was not expected. My one gripe is the appearance - way to much floating around in my glass and made me want to leave the last few sips.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, de struise glass

Bright orange body, fully creamy head with strong retention, decent amount of residual sediment in the bottle. Nice citrus notes, moderate bitterness, clementine, yeast, oily herbal hops. This is tasty stuff - would tick again

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle in Ghent. I'd seen this beer before back in the states but never paid attention to it until a friend ordered a bottle. What a surprise, this was a great Belgian ale. It appeared a hazy orange with a tall white head. What I really like was the fresh paired of hops with the fruity/spicy Belgian yeast character. The citrus notes of the hops led before the beer dove into caramel malt and a final, long bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of VoodooBrew
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange-peach with lots of yeast-detritus littered about. Big generous thick white head.

Aromas include light fruit mingling with grainy sweetness and toast. Suggestions of coriander and yeasty spices.

Soft malty flavors with fruity tones give way to a moderate yet firm bitterness, right into hints of white pepper phenols that linger into a long dry finish.

This beer gets better as you drink it & as it warms up -- the beer expresses itself much more clearly.

Starts off flavorful, semi-sweet, fruity and quenching. Ends up dry and makes you thirst for more. A wonderfully surprising beer. This strikes me as lying somewhere between Belgian Pale Ale and Saison.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 10/13/2010 at Julian's in Providence, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold/orange color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light malts, Belgian yeast, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with some spice and citrus flavors up front that are quickly followed by bready flavors from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. There's a good hops presence for the style. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice Belgian-style beer worth pounding down for a long time.

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Photo of OldSock
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – 750 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. While the frothy white head falls quickly into the clear (gets hazier on successive pours) golden beer it manages to leave some nice sticky lacing behind.

Smell – Slightly mineral, with spicy Belgian yeast. Underneath the primary aromas there is a solid toasted malt backbone with some complimentary spicy noble hops. Simple and balanced.

Taste – Yeast character dominates, spicy almost peppery with some mild banana esters. The hops meld well with the yeast and water making it hard to tell what aspect to attribute to each component. The malt provides a clean base for the beer, but doesn't add much complexity. Dry, rather bitter, and not too close to anything else that I have had.

Mouthfeel – Lively carbonation does a good job concealing the light body.

Drinkability & Notes – Refreshing, but I wish that I had chilled this down colder that 60. Always nice to try a beer from a new brewery, hopefully we'll be seeing more from them in the future.

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Photo of ahalloin
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a Gouden Carolus tulip glass. Pours a vibrant champagne like deep yellowy-gold color with a white, one finger-width head. Bubbles continue to break for the surface from all around the glass keeping a nice ring of foam stable at the top.

Nice balanced aroma with some sweet fruitiness, yeasty bread, and spicy hop notes. A little bit of sweet toffee permeates the aroma as well.

The taste is spot on for the style and very nice. There is a sweet toffee-like flavor up front carried on a wealth of carbonation with hints of citrus fruit. The dry-finish brings about an earthy bitterness that is very refreshing.

The mouthfeel is great for the style, with a good amount of carbonation carrying the effervescent liquid.

The only drawback to drinkability might be the powerfully earthy-bitter finish that lingers long in the palette.

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Photo of Crosling
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yellow color with a full, well lasting and well shaped head of foam. Lovely aromatics and flavors. Just a pleasure to drink. Fresh, bright, lively. Incredible nuance. Fruit, barnyard, leather, honey. World class mouth feel. Excellent balance. De La Senne rocks!

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Photo of Gamsy
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice straw yellow color, with a white head. Very rich aroma for such a light beer (citrus and spices). Flavor is very refreshing, to the hoppy side with hints of citrus again. Light and easily digestible beer, but still with a very strong flavor.

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4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on jul´12. Foggy yellow appearance. White, small bubbled, froth. Close & creamy crown leaves copious rings. Floral & herbal aromas with bready hues & citric notes to the nose. Malty flavor at first sip followed by oily hops, ripe fruit touches & subtle grapefruit, wheaty notes too. Medium body. Soft to moderate carbonation. Oily texture & flavorful palate. Gentle fruit & sharp bitterness in the middle linger into the dry finish. Refreshing & very easy drinkable.

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