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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 46   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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Named in honor of the doggy denizens of Brussels, this hybrid beer is a mix of what we love best in a big, roasty stout, but fermented with a Belgian yeast, which brings out a beautiful, fruity nose.
This relatively new sub-style combines Belgian, American and English influences to create a beer whose total is more than equal to the sum of its parts. Here’s how Zinneke breaks down and adds back up. Start with a strong stout. This is the Big Beer Series after all… then “Belgianize” it by altering the grain bill and fermenting the wort with a Trappist yeast strain. We backed off the heavy caramel and roasted malts to create a more complimentary flavor profile for the yeast, which contributes fruity esters and a light body. These parts combine to create a beer with dark color and light body with prevalent flavors of dark fruits, vanilla and toffee, while subtle chocolate flavors appear in the finish.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (11184) - Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Chocolate covered bananas, bourbon, funky yeast (not in a sour/wild sense) its decent.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6426) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 11, 2013
22 ounce bottle from Jungle Jim’s. Medium body. Some cola in taste. Light chocolate and caramel. Some barrel in the nose and taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7916) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Bottle. Pours with a near black body, medium size retentive off brown, tan head. Aromas of licorice, marshmallow and milk chocolate, estery, dried raisins, chalky roast, mild oak and maple. Fudge. Flavors are woody, chalky, roasted nuts, bitter and ashy roast, char, barrel, mildly thin, tobacco, nutty. Mild yeast. Rustic. Honestly a bit bland and light on barrel. Quite dry, roasty, nutty coffee, medium-low body. Fuller carbonation

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2552) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Pours a two-finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Black color, faint ruby highlights. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Roasted chocolate nose and flavor is chocolate, hints of caramel and bourbon. Bottle conditioned 2012, $6.79 for a 22oz bottle from Bert’s Better Beers Hooksett, NH

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LinusStick (3223) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2013
An average beer. Aroma was nice. Strong bubblegum and Belgian yeast with not much else. Pour was a dark brown/near black with a thin tan ring for a head. Taste was not very full. Mostly Belgian yeast with notes of dark roasted malt and a heavy wood flavor. As it warmed the wood became more pronounced but could not detect any notes of bourbon which was disappointing. Nice carbonation rounds the beer out.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smith4498 (3507) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Bomber poured into my Smuttynose Big Beer snifter. Pours very dark brown color with tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, Belgian yeast, chocolate, oak, vanilla and some alcohol. Roasted malt flavor with some chocolate, Belgian yeast and some alcohol. The barrel hasn’t really added much and I don’t get much, if any, of the bourbon. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Not bad, but I was hoping for much more influence from the bourbon barrels.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Pours black with small head. Aroma wood, stone fruits, alcohol, chocolate. Taste mirrors aroma mostly strong on sweetness, bourbon, lively on tongue. Dry sweet malt, chocolate sticky finish

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Advocate_Ames (569) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2013
An interesting scent. I picked up on dark fruit, roasted malts, wood, vanilla, sweet bourbon, and chocolate. As for taste, the yeast and charred wood stands out. The malts follow those notes and a slight bourbon flavor with a very minimal sweetness appears. The sweetness could be caramel, fruit, or sugar. Either way it barely shows up and sticks around. The finish leaves a malty taste in my mouth which isn’t bad. There is a low to a medium bitterness in this drink. Overall the Zinneke is not a home run but it is enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bbbeer (710) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Dark brown with beige head. Aroma roasted malt, mocha. Medium full body, small alcohol presence. Flavors toasty malt, caramel sweetness, touch of wood and dark fruits. Nothing particularly wrong, not great.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
obguthr (5587) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Hot grape and prune aroma, weak. Mahogany, medium tan head. Roasty coffee and dark chocolate flavor with plum accents. Bread toast present. Medium body with a coffee finish. Not very sweet, no candi at all, probably overly toasty for the style. A very American take on a Belgian style ale, but delightfully so.


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