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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (9470) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Bottle @ home with LeninCat picked up at Wilbur’s Fort Follins. 2013 vintage. Lenin is sure digging this. Pours a hazy, fairly cloudy brown appearance with a lasting tan head. Zippy, fruity yeasty, big cherry cola, light caramel, a bit tart aroma. Pretty full bodied. Caramel toffee, dark chocolate, cola, dark berry/cherry fruity, chewy yeasty flavor. Delicious. Lenin easily gives this five ticks out of five ticks. The crazy motherfucker licked the bottle so much that it warmed up and then became awfully aggressive with my glass of the beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7316) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2013
330ml bottle. Reflective ruby with a high beige collar going nowhere. Juicy spiced aroma with root beer, dandelion and burdock, juniper, plum and cinder toffee notes. Juniper spice and berries carry over into the flavour with oak and mellow chocolate and a splash of rum-like heat to finish. Plume of distant cigar. Too much booze. Winner.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcane7 (1668) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Draft at Monks. Pours a cloudy amber with thin off-white head and soapy lace. Nose of roasted malt, caramel, dark fruits. Medium body. Somewhat sweet with a very dry finish, moderate bitterness. Similar to a typical Belgian Christmas beer until the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4541) - 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 (1338) - 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 (1322) - 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 (3624) - 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 (2374) - 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 (1887) - Washington, 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 (4193) - 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.


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