Zinnebir | Brasserie de la Senne

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Brewed by:
Brasserie de la Senne
Belgium | website

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 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.
Clean.
Very good beer.

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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 DogFood11
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near perfect appearance. A very active carbonation level supports a large and mountainous head. Rocky eggshell white head leaves behind chunks of lace. Golden body with mad racing carbonation and a bit of sediment rolling around. Very appetizing.

The smell was very traditional for a belgian pale with some light fruitiness and the ever present uniqueness of belgian yeast strains. Smell followed suit although my one complaint is the "tinny" backdrop. Highlights was a strong grain bill combined with a subtle tabacco presence and then BLAMMMO a sharp needed dry hop bite about 3/4 of the way through. Maybe its the spices or the combination of spices and hops but it works perfectly. Pear, Lemon zest, bubblegum, saaz type hop feel and a sharp and crisp carbonation cleanser. Nice.

Notes: I've been on an incredibly bad run with new brews and this brings me back to the good offerings. Not the best but definitely above average and worthy of a pickup.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blitheringidiot for this one. 750ml bottle starts with golden yellow/orange pour with a good inch of white head. Lots of bubbly active carbonation along with some small yeast particles in suspension. Aromas of sun dried grain along with light fruit tones of pear, apple and citrus. Spicy yeast and some pepper. A touch funky with a hint of grass in there as well. Quite nice.

First sip brings a nice crisp grain maltiness. Pale with a blast of fruit flavors mirroring the aroma with pear, apple and a mix of citrus tones. Flows down with a spicy yeast kick and a funky farmhouse aspect that has a light sour hint. Finishes off with mellow bitterness and a touch of herbal hops. A well built brew that is quite subtle and nuanced while still have a great depth of flavor. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good steady carbonation. Easy to drink, tasty and ultimately very refreshing on a hot day in the sunshine while I was out by the lake. A great Belgian blonde that I was happy to sample. I will seek this one out again.

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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 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 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 schusterbauer
4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours a deep golden color with picturesque carbonation and a stable white head. smells of pears and honey, with notable yeast. beautiful flavors: warm biscuits drizzled in honey and cinnamon; pears, apples, fresh grains. flavors are delicate and commanding at the same time, supported by light bitterness and peppery spice.
the tremendous amount of yeast in the bottle allows the flavors to build and build. i drank the bottle early in the afternoon, and am certain i could still taste it hours later.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Beautiful, hazy, unfiltered, and peach colored with a massive two finger head. Some suspended floaties.

S: Aromas of lemon zest, barnyard funk, green apples, yeast, and pineapple.

T: Big flavors of citrus, peppery hops, mild cardamom, tart green apples, with a clean malt backbone.

M: Mouthfeel is very dry and peppery yet creamy at the same time. Lots of bitter and tangy going on here that's balanced by that smooth malt quality.

D: So many well defined flavors going on here coupled with a relatively low abv make this one extremely sessionable. I swore when I first smelled this one (before I tasted it) I thought that it was a saison. Tangy cirtus, pepper, and barnyard. When I finally tasted it, it had all the hallmarks of a great saison but then the malt stepped up and kept everything in check. This could be listed as a bridging of the styles of BPA and Saison. What a great beer!

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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 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 dherling
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a cloudy yellowish orange with lots of yeast chunks. Very large bone white head even with the most gentle pour. Amazing head retention and lacing. The nose is spicy with alcohol, honey, and mustyness. Smells saison like. The taste has maltiness, quite a strong hop bitterness, and a tart citrusy finish. Starts off with a sweet maltiness and finishes really dry. Very strong carbonation.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This little bastard was poured from a green, 750ml bottle. Unable to find any bottling date, though the label was a bit disheveled. Bottle was capped and also corked; easily opened. Into the goblet, Zinnebir is a deep golden, apricot hued brew. Has a touch of haze within. There's a plentiful procession of carbo rising up, as some particulate heads in the opposite direction, seeking refuge at the bottom of the gob. A hard pour produces a mammoth, healthy head, an off-white dollop of meringue which slowly ebbs while leaving a lovely trace o' lace in the glass. Nose is not fully forthcoming, but gives off some bready touches along with a hint of ginger and some flowery action. Body was a smidge south of medium, with a light, airy, bubbly feel on the tongue.

Taste is lightly crackery, with some mild fruitiness also acting up. Some mild apple, and a lick of pear come out to play. A miniscule touch of a peppery character comes out, with some flowery hops laying down some bitter background notes in a very dry finish.

Overall? A somewhat better than average bier, but nothing to lose sleep for if you're trying to find it.

Zum Wohl!!

overall: 3.7
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5

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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 Absumaster
3.21/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a murky orange color with a big lasting head that sticks to the glass.

Smell is graint and yeasty with maybe some wheat in it. A slightly malty nose and some oxidation (cardboard).

Taste is bitter and yeasty, with some acidity that somehow complements the beer in a strange way. I could taste some oxidation in this beer, together with the slight acidity, I suspect this was an old bottle. Also given the previous reviews. Aftertaste is dry and grainy. Just an average blond, if not gone bad.

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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 neonbrown82
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a good Belgian blonde. Pours to a hazy golden peachy color. I poured gently but still ended up with an assload of sediment. Has a nice fluffy white head that sticks around for quite a while and leaves an awesome lacing.

The smell is interesting. No bullshit, just barley, hops, water, and yeast. Has a nice sweetness with good grassy, herbal hop aroma. The flavor is just as well. Very nice malt flavor with just the right amount of hops.

Very creamy and full bodied. Awesome mouthfeel. I have really enjoyed this beer and will probably try it again in the future. Very drinkable.

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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 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 putnam
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep yellow with a thick topping of white. Candy cane minty aromas play with a pungent pale malty malt wine perfume (is he using La Choulette yeast here?). Tropical fruits, cream, vanilla, butter, honey ... this is like a beer version of a Thevenet Macon or Weinbach Gewurz. The texture is cream fluff. Trying to isolate any instance of gaseous prickle is difficult, but it can be seen. Piles of sweet green apple flesh bind to anise and green herbs flavors. Big pear notes. Appetizing, leafy bitterness resists drawing attention to itself. Light pastry dough texture and flavors keep pale honey sweetness lifted and clean. Pure, wholesome and natural drinkability. This item defies Belgian beer stereotypes deliciously. What a find!

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Photo of kmcnair
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle purchased over the summer of 05 while visiting Brussels.

Pours a light copper color and makes a fluffy white head, bubbles vary in size with some being quite large. Aroma is very full of green apple esters and sour fruits, light bready yeast and a bit of banana. Really interesting flavor, some of the apple from the nose carries over, nice chewy caramel malts, and the yeast seems very much like the one used by Dogfish Head. Light to medium body with peppery carbonation and has a really nice dry finish. Damn, this is good and I would love to try it again. Offers everything I like about a Belgian Pale and then throws in some curves that really makes it unique.

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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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Zinnebir from Brasserie de la Senne
89 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.
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