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RATINGS: 221   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 19/20
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - JUN 7, 2015
On tap at Hopcat. Pours a dark brown with minimal head. Aroma is lots of chocolate and some dark fruit. Bourbon is evident and some oak. Really nice. Alcohol is noticeable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (2734) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - APR 15, 2015
bomber - nose is roast and dark chocolate. Sip adds burnt sugar/caramel and licorice. boring and flat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Underdogs88 (321) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Belgian esters mix with roast in the aroma. Appearance is a very dark brown almost black with a small tan head with low head retention. Flavor has Belgian waters upfront with coffee like roast in the end. Notes of cocoa and toast are also present. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. Overall, the Belgian esters and the roast clash with each other. Not a fan. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trapped (2072) - New York, TURKEY - MAR 16, 2015
Draught @ Albion. Dark brown with creamy tan head, spicy coffee-caramel aroma, medium carbonation, full body, long finish with mocha aftertaste. The Belgian yeast seems to add some fruity flavors, making this quite a nice brew!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Batch 2012 Pours dark brown with a sheet of light tans. Smells of vanilla, artificial grape, some wood, cocoa and graham. Flavor is mostly grain, sweet graham, some fruit (stone fruit), raisin, dust. Medium bodied leaning on empty, moderate and smooth carb with a dry finish. Interesting beer, the belgian yeast isn’t too aggressively which allows for balance.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
paulruest (1) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 13, 2015 does not count
Not the mouth feel I like in a stout. It’s a good stout otherwise. It’s a little watery for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
milewide (1990) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2015
Very dark brown color. Sweet with Belgium yeast aroma and taste...but not much stout roast flavor. Average!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndyW68 (1372) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Dark brown pour with thin white head. Aroma of sweet dark fruit, bread and vanilla. Taste follows nose with an addition of sweet bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2698) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Pours a black brown color with a puffy off white head. Notes of bubblegum, milk chocolate, toffee, and fresh air. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (1100) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2015
22oz bottle - pours a dark brown thin off white head . Faint dark fruit , bready sweet aroma . Medium thin bottle , sweet finish . Not bad for the price . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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