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Brewed by Brasserie de la Senne
Style: Belgian Ale
Brussels, Belgium

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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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Production stopped in 2008, resumed in 2011.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maneliquor (3156) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle shared at CBC Clerkenwell for Gunnar tasting. Pours dark brown with a sticky khaki head. Nose is big pepper, toasted bread, toffee and dark fruits. Massive spices. Taste is big spice with raspberry and quite woody. Some nutty undertones and chrissy cake resemblance. Solid

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (2961) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle (330 ml). Hazy brown with a medium mostly lasting beige head and some lacing. Aroma is of spices, caramel, alcohol, Belgian yeast and light fruity notes. Taste is moderately sweet with spices (almost cloying), caramel, candi, bubblegum and light alcohol. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Spicy finish. Completely different from the regular Zinnebir. Average Christmas beer, too much spices and not easy to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eManu (449) - Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2014
from a 33cl bottle as a 2013 Xmas Zinnebir. (Bottled in 10.2013) Aroma of caramel malts and hops. Taste start a caramelized malts and good hints of chocolate, with a non-sweet soft bitterness. flavors evaluates as I drink along, tastes of dark coffee and toffee appears, herbs, more hops slightly kicks in for more bitterness. Very smooth and well balanced, with more bitterness kicking at the end, with the taste of more hops and yeast.. Very satisfying and pleasant.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ShivanDragon (1723) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2014
caramel bruinig met schuimige witte kraag aroma is moutig, zoet, caramout, rood fruit, rozijnen de smaken zijn matig zoet, redelijk bitter, sterk, matig fruitig oa van de pruim en rozijn, verder caramel, zoethout medium body, glad in de mond, laag co2, afdronk vrij bitter, over het algemeen een vrij bittere kerstbier. géén topper

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (15342) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2013
28th December 2013
Tap East. Keg. Hazy amber beer, tidy pale cream coloured head. Palate is smooth and semi dry. Good fine carbonation. Smooth and dry creamy.malt, little toffee, mild but rich and vibrant dried fruits. Very light touches of spice and cherry. Finishes dry with a carbonated nip. Well.joined up, fruity and drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5584) - Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2013
11.2 oz bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Looks good; a semi-transparent dark amberish brown with foamy head somewhere between off-white and light beige. Smells of Belgian yeast, malt, and spice (maybe cinnamon?) with a fairly swet backbone. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (1399) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 27, 2013
Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights topped by a resilient thin offwhite head that leaves great lacing. Aroma is composed of caramel, green hops, spices and a little booze. Taste is indeed sweet but there is a good bitterness just like in the original Zinnebir to balance it all out. Light burnt sugar, pepper, caramel. As weird as it may seem I get a nutty finish to it (think peanuts). Carbonation is medium, body too. Mouthfeel is airy. Bitterness might be just a little too much and would prevent me to drink a whole lot of this I think. Good beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (13884) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle from Dranken Pauwels Kortrijk. Very dark brown almost black beer with a thick dense beige head. Good strong malty aroma. Spices in the flavour. Some toasty roasty flavour and some light spice. Dry on the finish. Fine. Some dark choc. I like the malts but not that keen on the spice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sir__v (673) - Lille, FRANCE - DEC 19, 2013
on tap @ La Capsule, Lille - FR. Color: nice clear amber beer with medium carbonation and medium ivory head. Smell: malt and small hoppy nose with good spices notes. Taste: good balance of malt and hops with some spices notes. Really drinkable. Aftertaste: spices notes.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (4531) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2013
pours hazy dark golden-orange-reddish with a nice creamy orange-ish head, some retention and lacing. sweet and spicy malts, caramelized nuts, caramel, brown sugar, toasted candi. red fruitiness but also overcooked apricots, pepper, underlying phenolic esters, bit of earthy notes. average carbonation, light to medium body, bold earthy-spicy-grassy-herbal and slightly mineral finish. interesting but miles away from original zinnebir..


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