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


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RATINGS: 745   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
donatien (14) - USA - JUL 31, 2009
"THE" best belgian beer actually i think. The Zenne brouwerij is well knowned around here for making REAL caracterfull beers, and that one can be taken as the belgian beer that is missing for too many years. Lightly amber ale, medium body for being drank all night long, pretty nice hop touch, enough bitter and enough sweet... i put a maximum on all ratings because i think it’s the best in belguim.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
extrahoplover (7) - BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2011 does not count
This is the BEST product from the brewery you can find everywhere. Strong taste, from the yeast first (strictly belgian style ale) then from the malted barley and then and for long looong time from the hops. Oh god... If there’s no XX Bitter, I take this with my closed eyes !

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1422) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mulderbelgie (10) - BELGIUM - SEP 9, 2009
yes yes yes, for me it’s actually the best belgian beer, nothing’s wrong about it, it’s just perfect as a belgian pale-ale, easy to drink cold, and strong when it’s a bit hotter. Really great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sleepingbear (27) - Lake Leelanau - Detroit, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2006
This little bastard made an excellent brew! This is something to aspire to; as an alchemist blended a few natural ingredients and came out with such a complex and flavorful- but most importantly a clean and crisp brew that SNAPS into it’s flavor profile. One of the best I have had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - MAR 17, 2012
Una birra quasi perfetta! Una delle belghe piu’ buone mai sentite! Appena vado a bruxelles giuro che me ne bevo a litri!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grzesiek79 (4028) - Radom, POLAND - FEB 11, 2012
floral, chocolate, earthy, cooked vegetables, sparkling, orange, white foam, rocky head, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, heavily sour, full body, oily feel, astringent, long finish,

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
champsamp (5) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 15, 2013 does not count
Delicious beer! Beautifully balanced between the expected Belgian yeast-y character and fruity/citrusy hops. Very refreshing! Pours well with a good head that lingers for a while. Light golden hue with haze. Aromas of citrus right away. If you normally like an IPA and want to venture into Belgian beers this one would be a good one to start with.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jerre (3235) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JUN 30, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl. (from KBW) Dark golden almost amber color, good white head. Aroma = yeasty, hops, a touch of fruits, and hops. Good balanced beer. Medium to full body. Taste is yeast, much bitterness, warm, hops, little spices ?, at the end dry-bitter. GOOD BEER !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jrt (62) - USA - AUG 18, 2007
This is an oak-aged version of Zinnebir, labeled "Crianza 2006" at the top of the bottle. Like the regular Zinnebir, this is a very attractive blonde ale with a clean but satisfying mouthfeel and and a solid, dense head that retains its form very well. The smell is clean and hoppy, with notes of of farmhouse grains and funk. The taste is very much the same, with a dominant golden yeastiness up front followed by a wonderful interplay between sweet, chewy malt and crisp, bright hop flavors. The clarity of flavor is still very "high definition", but this is a slightly more sweet and sturdy brew in comparison to the regular Zinnebir. With the oak aged Zinnebir, the trade off is that you lose a little of the perfect flavor transparancy for the density and richness the oak aging provides. I personally find it a worthwhile experiment, as the chewier, maltier character really compliments the otherwise clean and hoppy side of this beer. Check it out.
Earlier Rating: 2/19/2007 Total Score: 4.6
Excellent Beer! Pours a nice dark gold color with a dense meringue-like head, reminiscant of (if not as insanely thick as) Duvel. I can smell the yeast and a hoppy "grass" tang, but ,upon drinking, I am astonished at the incredible balance of flavor in this beer. It’s slightly hoppier than most Belgian blondes, but the first taste to register is the balance of sweet malts and golden yeast. Afterwards a tangy bite lingers. The mouthfeel is crip and light and this is a very refreshing beer. I think this beer should beer ranked substantially higher and I suspect the modest ratings have to do with the "session beer" abv% and the fact that a lot of serious beer drinkers desire brews that kick them in the face. This beer, while certainly flavorful, is more of a ingeniously balanced thirst quencher than an in-your-face flavor bomb. Well done.

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