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

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common

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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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Production stopped in 2008, resumed in 2011.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4288) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Pours deep ruby-tinged mahogany into a snifter. Dark caramel and pit fruit aromas. Medium bodied with sweet dark pit fruit, fruitcake and caramel front to back. Lasting mildly bitter earth and distant banana finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ronaldtheriot (1177) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 15, 2013
X-Mas Zinnebir has a medium, fizzy, cream-colored head, and a cloudy, brown appearance, with lots of bubbles, tan chunks, and lacing left behind. The aroma is of subdued spice, with a preponderance of brown bread and stereotypical strong ale smell. Taste is the same, with overriding brown bread and a strong bitterness, which grows across the sip. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy, and X-Mas Zinnebir finishes semi-dry, rich, hearty, and good. Overall, I liked its focus on beer flavor, instead of spices. I recommend it. RJT

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markextrae (854) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2013
2012 bottle at a bar. poured a hazzy brown colour with a tan head. Dark fruit and some coffee and chocolate. bit boozy, toasted malts. smooth carbonation. not a real good brew

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (2695) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - DEC 14, 2013
Pours brown small white head Eeathy smelll Bit bitter . Much grains , bitter hops . Very bitter aftertaste

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (1992) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Pours a deep copper color with two fingers of tight tiny bubbled eggshell foam. Nose is full of fruity yeast, moist earth, cedar, cinnamon, raisin, leather. Palate follows... complex, touch of boozy warmth, nice balance between yeasty esters, earthy mystery and spicy booze. Touch of bitterness and spice lingers. Good carb ! Proper.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nickls (1809) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Tap. Nice light tan frothy head, dark copper with ruby highlights. Slight spice in the aroma, slight dark fruits, touch bready as well. Flavor is pleasant, dark fruit again, touch of prune, minimal spice. Clean and nice. Thinner to medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3823) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 10, 2013
375 ml bottle from The Beer Trappe. August 2013 bottling. Deep brown color. Big taste of toffee and caramelized sugar. Caramel. Tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (10686) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2013
Tap at. Tatoverede enke very very dark brown smooth brown head. Belgian yeasts belgian nuts in the aroma slightly cellar and mouldy. Flavor is nutty roasted malty bitter dark dried fruits bitter spicy notes like tea and stinging nettle. Bitter herbs. Sweet malts balance and even far away from getting cloying. I think this beer will grow on you. Good Christmas beer

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
poech73 (147) - Nivelles, BELGIUM - DEC 7, 2013
Bière de Noël dans la tradition, la lourdeur en moins. Dégustation tout en subtilité, au nez déjà : caramel, malt fortement torréfié, houblon herbacé, légère pointe d’aigreur. En bouche, fortes saveurs de levure ( je bois le fond de la bouteille) de malt torréfié (un peu de brûlé), un pointe caramel, cardamone, coriandre. Finale amérisée avec des notes légèrement acides et fleuries sur une longueur moyenne. Bel équilibre entre les ingrédients. Je préfère cette version à la Zinnebir classique. Encore!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4409) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Draft at GBD in Washington. Poured a light hazy amber copper color with a large white head. Aroma was sweet toffee, some spices, earthy notes. Flavor was earthy hops, caramel sweetness is in there. Tasty.


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