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RATINGS: 224   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40865) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2014
22 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted dark malty and toffee. Breadish and dark caramelish malty. Roasted dark and breadish. Toasted and fruity dark malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (23393) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. Has a fruity malty spicy dark dark fruit aroma with weak yeasty hints. Sweetish roasted malty spicy caramel and dark fruit flavor. Has a roasted malty spicy dark fruit and caramel finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10658) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2014
Bottle... Pours dark brown with a small, creamy, taupe head. The aroma is a collection of chocolate, plums, figs, vanilla, brown sugar, toasted bread and roasted nuts. Full-bodied and oily with modest carbonation. The flavor is nicely balanced – roasty, toasty and loaded with dark chocolate, figs and dates. Lightly bitter, carbonic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
two7offsuit (449) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of malt. Flavor includes spice, and hints of bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brnandersen (3352) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2014
Sample from 65 cl. bottle. Near black with an amber tint. Thin, lightly tanned head. Roasted aroma with sweet fruits, coffee, chocolate, caramel malts and vanilla. Taste is lightly bitter. Medium to full body with a creamy texture and a soft carbonation. Finishes dry and roasted with vanilla and sweet fruits. Lovely Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11411) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2014
Bottled. Dark reddish brown coloured. Dense light brown head. Aroma. Roast, light chocolate, caramel, sweetness, vanilla, light bourbon. Flavour. Sweetness, roast, vanilla, chocolate. cocoa. spice, bourbon, alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Ends light roasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (8735) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2014
Sample from Bottle - black pour with thin tan head. Roasted malty aroma and taste, light burnt caramel, some choc, toffee, nice palate, roasty finish. Lovely drop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CloakedDagger (1977) - - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle 65 cl. Pours a clear, dark brown with an orange hue and a creamy, light brown head. Sweet, vanillaish roast up front in the aroma, but not overly affected by the barrel aging. Rich, sweet chocolatey body, subtle vanilla roast and again only very discreet impact of the Bourbon barrels. Pleasant, but i did expect a little more from a barrel aged Stout. 081114

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (2603) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2014
From Rays in Tosa, cellar aged 3 months. Pours black with a tannish head, some streaky lace. Aroma consists of caramel, roast, some licorice and bakers chocolate. The chocolate comes through stronger down thru the glass. Taste is of bakers chocolate, sweet caramel, light roast and some tangy spices. Maybe would be better at colder than cellar temp. Medium to full bodied. Finishes bitter and sweet, slightly more to the bitter side. Enjoyable, without super depth or complexity. 14.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (9611) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle, RBAG 2014 prelim. Dark amber brown. Chocolste, spices, light plastic, low bitterness, a tad on the thin side.

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