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Brewed by Brasserie de la Senne
Style: Belgian Ale
Brussels, Belgium

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RATINGS: 487   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sdmmb (713) - USA - FEB 13, 2014
Drunk from 33cl bottle bought at Malting Pot, Brussels. Lovely, drinkable hoppy pale ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msnelling09 (147) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 10, 2014
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJvd (811) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2014
33 cL bottle at home. Pours slightly hazy golden with a large white head, leaving nice lacing. Aroma is citrus, hay, some spices and yeast. Taste is a bit grassy with citrus, hay, spices, yeast and a medium bitter finish. Medium body and carbo. Nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Taboada (280) - Compostela (Galiza), - FEB 6, 2014
Tasted on tap 04/02/2014 Brussels. The appearance is enjoyable and is a very fresh beer with orange notes. The colour is gold yellow and the alcohol is very well balanced. Next one please.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sblsimone85 (230) - USA - FEB 5, 2014
Ottima birra nel suo genere, profumata e leggermente fruttata al naso ottimo corpo ---Rated BY Italianbeer85

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Buongiorgio00 (725) - - FEB 2, 2014
Veramente golosa questa Zinnebir, con piacevoli note fruttate accompagnate da un tocco citrico che intriga e rinferesca. Prodotto belga di qualità e decisamente particolare e interessante!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fkoolen (231) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2014
Hazy yellow colour, white foamy head. Pronounced citrus hops in the nose, honey, even some mint. Taste is very refreshing with the mentioned aroma’s along with nice malts and a lingering bitter aftertaste. Lively mouthfeel with medium-high carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (13261) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2014
On tap at Fleur Papier Doree Brussels. Hazy gold lasting white head. Tangerine orange aroma and flavour. One has to ask why you have never had this before. Super drinkable. Pretty good. Immediately goes into one of my go to beers in Brussels.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markextrae (887) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
bottle at a bar. poured a hazzy orange colour with a smaller head. citrus, grains, some peach, belgian spices. yet not to carbonated. a decent de la senne

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (523) - BELGIUM - JAN 15, 2014
La zinnebir, ou bière du zinneke, le petit gars du peuple de Bruxelles … Nous voici avertis pour le contexte, et d’ailleurs la force alcoolique à 5,9 % abv (et non pas 6, comme indiqué sur le site) fait penser à une bière à consommer toute la nuit. Nous verrons que l’illusion est trompeuse (par définition …). Couleur ambre moyen, légèrement orangé (très joli, et pourtant je ne suis pas un fan!) Apparence mate due à une levure incluse par la dépression de l’ouverture de la capsule. Bulles très fines par milliers en fontaine au centre (spectacle merveilleux...). Et ceci malgré un exemplaire très vieux (il a dépassé sa date de plus de 3 ans ….). Mousse blanc cassé qui tient à 1 cm et crémeuse. Très beau. Arômes de blé mûr, candi blanc, abricot, pointe de réglisse et de raisin blanc, du malt caramel. 1ère bouche structurée, avec une très belle prise sur malt et houblon, un rétronez de fruits rouges et grenade. Arrière-bouche fraîche, fine, équilibrée. 2ème bouche avec du fin houblon et du blé jeune, de l’orge de printemps. Arrière-bouche avec une pointe d’épices. 3ème bouche à l’équilibre splendide et au houblon merveilleux. Arrière-bouche pleine, nette, placée à niveau. Du grand art. La longueur montre une très belle évolution : le houblon passe par diverses phases, et le malt est complexe. La levure est de très belle facture, et vraiment pas neutre pour cette réalisation au sommet. L’alcool n’est pas si faible que le chiffre (l’illusion est donc bien trompeuse... oui oui), il constitue un très beau soutien au thème. La finale a un nez de malt et donne malgré tout du houblon en dominante dans la bouche …. Une vraie finale de dégustation. Conclusion : une formidable (mot typiquement bruxellois!!!) bière, qui est très loin d’une bière du peuple... Des « zinnekes » comme ça, j’en veux bien tous les jours !!! Une bière de maître.


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