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Zinnebir | Brasserie de la Senne

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie de la Senne
Belgium
brasseriedelasenne.be

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by paterlodie on 11-24-2005

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Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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 kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

its a shame we will never be able to get a fresh specimen of this beer in the states, like, the bottle i just cracked has probably been collecting dust and allowing morning sunshine on some god forsaken warm shelf for so long its a fossil now, which really sucks, because de la senne is sensational, and this beer deserves a more fair shake here in america, which is supposed to be some sort of "land of opportunity" but it isnt for this beer, which maybe is indicative of minority populations and "9/11 truthers" and suffragists and anticapitalists before them. once upon a time, this was delightful belgian pale, but now its oxidized and bitter with notes of wet corrugated cardboard and airplane napkins. nevermind that though, lets focus on the potential here, what i know it was like way back when, honey and grassy hops and a yeast strain unique to this brewery that shows tea and lemongrass and clarity like a crystal ball. good body and appropriate strength. i have always wanted to drink a guinness or a newcastle beer close to origin to fully appreciate, and now i can add this to the list of quality beers that just do not translate well to the american market. some de la senne stuff works over here, this one does not. someday we as a country will be able to receive this beer appropriately... i hope i am around to see it...

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Photo of spycow
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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 biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
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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2.68/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Zinne Bir." Brussels' People Ale. 5.8% ABV. .33l brown glass bottle served into a goblet. Reviewed from notes taken in Belgium in June 2010.

A: Pours a one finger very thin head of bad retention and hardly any cream. Body colour is a light murky gold.

Sm: Bittering hops reminiscient of a tame IPA. Very dry. My broken nose detects little else. All apologies, lads.

T: Caramelized malt body leads to a bittering hop climax. Finish is biteen bland and the open is uneven. Very simple for the style - surprisingly so. Not bold or exciting. Balanced decently and built alright, but even as a traditional beer in the style, it's rather boring.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with coarseness on the climax where the bittering hops emerge. Complements the flavours alright.

Dr: Relatively high ABV for more traditional examples of the style. Easy to drink, but priced a bit highly by local standards. This is a beer worth trying but don't expect much from it.

C-

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Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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 brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a massive head that sticks and webs like crazy

Smell: Pear, tart apple and crayons

Taste: Opens with a biscuity flavor that expands in the pear and apple direction by mid-palate, introducing a vague hint of clove and coriander; after the swallow, the refined bready flavors are joined with a nice spicy yeast element; the hops give a modest bitter aspect to the beer as well

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: While I cannot get that crayon aroma out of my mind, the flavor of this beer is so subtle yet touches on all of the key elements of malt, hops and yeast; really quite nice

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aromas of dry hops are dominating with a bready yeast presence. Taste is also a very nice mix between some dry Noble hops with a nice Belgian malt profile and somewhat bready yeast. Full body with good carbonation and no alcohol. Very well done and easily drinkable.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 zestar
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jlindros
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey Ho-Ho Belgian Christmas.

Big fluffy soapy head with tons of lacing, super hazy dark ruby red bright color.

Nose is light, light reddish malts, bit fruity dark fruits and light straw like, hints of earthy hops.

Taste brings herbal hops, earthy, decent bitterness, chewy hops, almost medicinal herbal, light dark fruits, raisin, kinda sweet, not really balanced, a bitter mess. Finishes biter, spicy chewy herbal hops, light sticky sweet syrup, hint of fruit.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall meh, not my style herbal earthy hops, too bitter and sweet bit not really balanced

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas during our trip to Belgium last week. Reviewed from notes.

Served in a De La Senne cervoise.

Pours a clear yellow with a huge, fluffy white head and great lacing on the way down. Thin cap throughout.

Bright floral hops start the nose off along with a bit of pepper and spice from the yeast. A bit of earth there as well.

Body is light and crisp with a dry and bitter finish. Overall, fairly similar to the Allagash collaboration, but with continental rather than American hops. Quite tasty.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 dcmchew
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours very hazy light yellow, one finger white head that leaves tons of traces as it subsides to a small lacing.
Tasty hops in the smell, floral and fruity, enhanced by the Belgian yeasts, so nice citrus, some pineapple, apple, pear, lime and faint peach. Some honey and bready malts too.
Taste has a short sweet flash, be careful or you might miss it (apricot, honey, tangerine), green apple acidity, unrripe grapes, followed quick by strong grapefruit, and it's all bitter from here on. You can hardly get some spices and biscuity malts under all the hoppiness. Big perfumey flowers, aromatic herbs, big grassy bitterness that blows up in the finish, really dry and rough. Not too clean either, there's some dry tobacco and a bit of earthiness.
Medium body and carbonation. Not much left in the aftertaste but a huge bitter feel. Unfortunately you carry it on till you drink again, and the fruitiness gets harder and harder to detect.
I expected hops, but this felt way too unbalanced. And i actually like hop-punches. Something was off.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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 wethorseblanket
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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