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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 46   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tmongoose (2198) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 1, 2015
draft sampler that poured a dark brown with light brown head. the nose was of roasted malts and hints of hops and that strain of Belgian yeast mild yet very distinctive. the flavor you get that same Belgian strain but I picked up notes of bourbon and vanilla and oak..all very mild in degree. most notable was the chocolate. decent abv but still off in a way...otherwise still drinkable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (11056) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2015
Some interesting aromas, however not delivering. A dry stout with syrup. Not very drinkable. My first? Smuttynose drainpour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
halfonit (1319) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2015
Pours black with a tall, tan head. Aroma is of well-roasted malts, roastyness, nuttiness, spice, cloves, and oak. Full bodied. Flavor is of roasty, toasty, and chocolaty malts, dark fruits, some spice, Belgian yeast, cloves, and oak barrels Leaves an oaked Belgian stout finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (2076) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 23, 2015
22oz bottle. Very glossy black pour with no head. Aroma is rich and earthy. A little smokey. Flavors are not sweet or sticky. A touch alcoholic, but not bad. Tough to place, which I suppose fits with its mixed heritage. Not really noticing the begian yeast, but the stout and barrel character come through.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hershiser2 (2004) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark and thick. Not much of a head. Smells wonderful. Chocolates and coffee, dark fruit, creamy vanilla. Taste is alcohol, coffee, vanilla, chocolates, dark fruit. Yum. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (6387) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 2, 2015
(Bottle, 0.65 l, at laiti’s, 20150613) The beer poured very dark brown and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had malts, molasses and yeast. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, sweetness, yeast, bread, grass and bitterness. Aftertaste was sweet and mildy bitter. A nice malty brew

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FatPhil (13582) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 25, 2015
660ml bottle - thanks VastActiv! (6:4:6-:4-:11=3.1--)
Ruby glints, tiny head. Aroma has some mushrooms. Sweet and sticky body. Both drying and sweet. Nutty sweet and messy taste. What is this? (Apart from a bit of a weird mess, that is.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marduk (6129) - Reval, ESTONIA - JUN 21, 2015
650ml bottle @laiti’s, thanks. Dark brown color. Tiny to almost no head. Malty, hops, sweet, roast, sweet notes in aroma. Roasted malts, sugar and chocolate in taste. Sweet roast in aftertaste. Way too sweet for me!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (5595) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle 0.65l at Laiti’s, Helsinki. Thanks to Jow! Colour is black with very small head. Aromas and flavours: Coffee, some chocolate and roasted malts. Quite fruity easy imp stout. Nice drinkability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (8031) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 13, 2015
65 cl bottle @ home
Aroma has licorice, cardboardy tones and some licorice. Flavour has herbal tones, licorice root, sweet toasted sugary tones and mild milk-coffee tones. Too sweet and sticky but not that bad. Does not feel like an IS, close to a sweet stout. Pairs well with Marie cookies.

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