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RATINGS: 214   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.

BBB63's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Bomber bottle and served in my big arse Tripel Karmeliet glass: Pours a very deep brown, nearly opaque with an initial big frothy tan head that fades. The aroma is twangy cherries and plums, heavy roasted barley and charred black malt, with a bit of Belgian yeast banana and bubblegum as well. The taste is sort of muddled... make that very muddled notes of fruits, roast and yeast. Some oak and vanilla towards the tannic dry finish. The mouth feel is far too thin for the genre. I do not care much for these Belgian Imperial Stouts and while this is better than most it still lacks depth, richness and complexity found in American and British styled version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6364) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2015
Bottle, dark walnut brown color with scant foam, aroma of roast nut, flavor is smooth lighter bodied roast chocolate, maple, honey, finish has a little too much alcohol

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Pitch black, cloudy and opaque with a one finger light beige head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind. Slightly earthy, roasted malt aroma. Some piny resinous hops countered by dark chocolate malt, toast, coffee bean and oatmeal. Decent amount of roast but sweetness and fudge/dessert like characteristics are dominant. Still slightly hop forward. Medium bodied with a decent balance of earthy hops, roasted malt and alcohol sweetness. Dry piny bitterness up front with resinous oils and grassy pine needle flavor. This is countered by sweet chocolate, toffee and caramel as well as burnt toast, dark chocolate, oatmeal and roasted coffee bean. Prominent boozy sweetness and heat in the finish. Decently balanced but a touch too hot for my preference.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tmongoose (1962) - 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 (10337) - 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 (1281) - 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 (2033) - 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 (1693) - 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 (5815) - 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 (12201) - 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 (4786) - 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!

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