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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Bottle @ Richard’s tasting. Black pour with a tan head. Spicy vanilla notes, some bourbon, and cocoa powder. Roasted malt, nutmeg, and black cherry. Flavor is nicely sweet. Vanilla, black cherry, and bourbon. Roasted malt, cocoa powder, and a nice spiced finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - SEP 10, 2013
Bottle shared with Timfooley. Smelled of dark fruit. Tasted of dark bitter chocolate. Was a little over carbonated for my taste. Still a solid beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Bottle from a trade. Aroma is more Belgian, while flavor gets the IS tilt. Definitely some dark chocolate, dark/tart cherries, medium roast, etc. Lots of carbonation up front on the tongue. Still, a rather enjoyable beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dodgrblu (732) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 7, 2013
22 ounce bottle from Timfoolery, raisin aroma, mild roastiness. raw sugar finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
abcfan (918) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Very well done. Pours deep brown with a fluffy tan head. Aroma is is light today and Belgian yeast. Taste is light cardboard. Finishes slightly boozy with burnt coffee notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike5326 (1636) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Poured from a cold bottle. Dark brown color almost black, small tan head. Vanilla roasted malt smell. Cream, coffee, alcohol with a hint of bourbon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Luvystypotables (1688) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Mild nose, hint of bourbon, aroma reminiscent of a stout. Malty taste, a bit sweet, definite coffee flavor. Palate has hint of bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14161) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Bomber from BottleSelect.com. Pours dark brown black with a tan head. Aroma is bourbon, smooth dark malt, and darkish fruit. Full bodied, or at least nearly so. Flavor is chocolate, bourbon, smooth dark malt, treacle and something more like dates than plums. Wood is not strong, but present. Actually wood seems to get strong in the finish. As does coffee. There’s a lot going on with this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (2700) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Dark brown/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit, & chocolate; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, yeast, chocolate, dark fruit, and some licorice; Nicely balanced; Foreign stout style - good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reynolds314 (3324) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Probably should be listed as a foreign stout. A very belgian yeasty stout with fruityness, candy sugar and spices that dominate the base stout a lot. Decent but not my favorite style.

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