RATINGS: 224   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. Heres 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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2013
My valentines day present! Thanks Brie! This stanks like its straight out of Belgium with a little funk and tons of raisins in the nose. The first sip is very chocolaty with soft carbonation and a nice (not too heavy) mouth-feel. The bourbon and vanilla flavors slowly creep up as it warms. The last few sips are like a chocolate bourbon... there is a nice spicy warmth from the alcohol. Yummy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rando7 (778) - Iowa, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Bottle pours dark brown with reddish tint and thin brief tan head. Aroma dark fruits. Taste dark fruits, caramel, slight bourbon and a lot of oak. Had this twice - the first time the oak overpowered the flavor but the second was more subdued. Moderate palate with oaky finish.

OK beer that cant decide what it wants to be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2013
On tap at Monks.
Appearance: Garnet hues through the edges, thin tan head with great retention.
Aroma: Chocolate and roasted malts with light vanilla oak and bourbon.
Taste: Bourbon with a light sour up front, dark chocolate lingers with some oak from the intro through to the finish.
Palate: Creamy medium body, soft carbonation.
Overall: Solid imperial stout, worth trying again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (11600) - Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Chocolate covered bananas, bourbon, funky yeast (not in a sour/wild sense) its decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6904) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 11, 2013
22 ounce bottle from Jungle Jims. Medium body. Some cola in taste. Light chocolate and caramel. Some barrel in the nose and taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Bottle. Pours with a near black body, medium size retentive off brown, tan head. Aromas of licorice, marshmallow and milk chocolate, estery, dried raisins, chalky roast, mild oak and maple. Fudge. Flavors are woody, chalky, roasted nuts, bitter and ashy roast, char, barrel, mildly thin, tobacco, nutty. Mild yeast. Rustic. Honestly a bit bland and light on barrel. Quite dry, roasty, nutty coffee, medium-low body. Fuller carbonation

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2567) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Pours a two-finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Black color, faint ruby highlights. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Roasted chocolate nose and flavor is chocolate, hints of caramel and bourbon. Bottle conditioned 2012, $6.79 for a 22oz bottle from Berts Better Beers Hooksett, NH

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LinusStick (3274) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2013
An average beer. Aroma was nice. Strong bubblegum and Belgian yeast with not much else. Pour was a dark brown/near black with a thin tan ring for a head. Taste was not very full. Mostly Belgian yeast with notes of dark roasted malt and a heavy wood flavor. As it warmed the wood became more pronounced but could not detect any notes of bourbon which was disappointing. Nice carbonation rounds the beer out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smith4498 (3568) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Bomber poured into my Smuttynose Big Beer snifter. Pours very dark brown color with tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, Belgian yeast, chocolate, oak, vanilla and some alcohol. Roasted malt flavor with some chocolate, Belgian yeast and some alcohol. The barrel hasnt really added much and I dont get much, if any, of the bourbon. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Not bad, but I was hoping for much more influence from the bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Pours black with small head. Aroma wood, stone fruits, alcohol, chocolate. Taste mirrors aroma mostly strong on sweetness, bourbon, lively on tongue. Dry sweet malt, chocolate sticky finish

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