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De la Senne Zinnebir Christmas (X-Mas) 2005

Formerly brewed at Brasserie de la Senne
Style: Belgian Ale
Brussels, Belgium


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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
X-Mas Zinnebir is slightly darker and stronger than the year-round version of Zinnebir, with the hop bitterness nicely moderated by a caramelized malt aroma. No spices are used in this or any other Sint-Pieters beer.

DISCLAIMER: Note that this is the 2005 version. The 2006 version of Zinnebir Christmas (which was distributed in the USA) is the same as Equinox. They changed the name after putting labels onto the bottles, but the recipe was already changed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2006
The aroma promises more than it delivers - but it does look nice, a deep brown with a sustained tan head... no lacing. It smells of plums and dark grapes, pepper, mint, and other spices. The flavor has an earthy maltiness to it and the dry bitterness of tea leaves. Not bad, but not interesting enough to demand a repeat.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2006
Any first impressions?
-A regal head of foam crowns the hazy burgundy.
-Loads of dry yeast offer feeble fruitiness in an otherwise timid, uninspiring aroma.
-Dry hoppiness and minty herbs walk alongside the tiring yeast. A linear flavor profile.
-The frothy carbonation and suave body would have been exquisite had they had any interesting flavors to carry.

What if you dig deeper?
-Cranberry fruitiness and cocoa powder are discovered under the earthy yeast.
-Secretive grassy hoppiness show up in the end, but everyone’s left already.
-As soporific as the regular Zinnebir, yet never problematic.

Bottle; no date.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (5858) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2006
This beer is the winner for most overpriced beer I’ve had this year - for $14 you should get better than this. Pours very dark with a crimson hue and large pillowy tan head. The aroma has lots of spice - peppery, barnyard, earthy and wild yeast. Medium body and smooth with a mild amount of sharp carbonation. The taste has anise and spice, earthy malt and some caramel. The finish is a slightly sour variation of the initial taste. This isn’t a bad beer by any stretch, but kind of boring. I can get great Belgium beers for half the price of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2006
Bottle. Brown pour with a light tan head. Aroma of fruity hops, a bit of yeast and some light malt. Flavor of candied fruit, some earthy hops, caramel malts and some spice. SMooth mouthfeel with a somewhat bitter finsih.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2006
Bottle: Dark brown with a tan head. Aroma, yeasty, caramel, spice. Flavor, caramel, kinda bready, yeast and spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Aroma is of candi sugar and dark fruits.Pours brown with tan head.Has a big yeast taste.Well carbonated with a sweet finish.Shared at Columbus tasting 4.0

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2006
750ml bottle at Columbus tasting 4.0 - Pours Brown with a big tan head and lots of lacing. Aromas of candi sugar, raisin and caramel with lots of yeast. Flavor is caramel, candi sugar, and yeast. Good carbonation and a soft mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (34322) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 29, 2006
I found my specimen at Le Bier Circus in Brussels. The beer is red-brown and it has a dense long lasting light brown head. The aroma is sweet with notes of caramel, but also light notes of cellery. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of herbs and vegetables, as well as wood and caramel, leading to a dry woody end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (6010) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown with a moderate tan head. Nose is sweet malts, cocoa, light milk choco-notes, and dusty yeast. Taste is rich and malty with ripe sweet fruits (berry and melon) and dusty cocoa. Body is medium with a moderate carbonation feel. Finishes with bigger fruit flavors, light choco-notes and creamy malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bierkoning (12359) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2006
Found in Ermelo. Malt, licorice and anis both in aroma and flavor. Pepper. Thinnish and sweet. Pleasant enough, but lacks body.

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