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X-Mas Zinnebir | Brasserie de la Senne

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Brasserie de la Senne

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Risser09 on 12-10-2007

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

X-Mas Zinnebir has a medium, fizzy, cream-colored head, and a cloudy, brown appearance, with lots of bubbles, tan chunks, and lacing left behind. The aroma is of subdued spice, with a preponderance of brown bread and stereotypical strong ale smell. Taste is the same, with overriding brown bread and a strong bitterness, which grows across the sip. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy, and X-Mas Zinnebir finishes semi-dry, rich, hearty, and good. Overall, I liked its focus on beer flavor, instead of spices. I recommend it.


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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

20 12 version, listed as a brown ale. 7.8 abv

A: darkish brown with a rootbeer like head. micro carbonation rising in little columns on the edges
S: dark and slightly sour.
T: indeed, belgian brown style, smooth, toasty dark malt with very mild dirty hops. coffee like
M: very mild carbonation.
O: mild coffee, easy going

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A burgundy red beer with a small head that only leaves some head at the side of the glass.

The smell is a combination of yeast derived smells of spicy, coriander, and malt smells like liquorice and cherries. The beer has a candisugar and dark crystal malty smell too.

The taste is nicely balanced between the yeast character and the malt. The yeast character is typical Belgian, notes of spices like coriander and cloves, without being added. The malts add a nice dark candisugar taste and there is a chocolaty and light dark bread crust taste to the beer. The mouthfeel of the beer is sweet and sticky. This beer is just a decent quad, and although I love it, it is not extraordinairy.

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3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly cloudy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of raisin, apple, pear, citrus peel, clove, pepper, coriander, floral, grass, caramel, honey, toast, candi sugar, bread, and earthy yeast spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast esters. Taste of pear, raisin, apple, orange peel, clove, pepper, coriander, candi sugar, caramel, honey, toast, molasses, floral, grass, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, clove, pepper, cinnamon, candi sugar, honey, toast, floral, molasses, and earthy yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of malt and fruity/peppery esters; with a very nice balance of peppery spice and malt sweetness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian pale ale style. Very nice balance and complexity of malt with fruity/spicy ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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X-Mas Zinnebir from Brasserie de la Senne
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 142 ratings
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