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RATINGS: 221   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 46   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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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. Here’s 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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FatPhil (16930) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 25, 2015
660ml bottle - thanks VastActiv! (6:4:6-:4-:11=3.1--)
Ruby glints, tiny head. Aroma has some mushrooms. Sweet and sticky body. Both drying and sweet. Nutty sweet and messy taste. What is this? (Apart from a bit of a weird mess, that is.)

3
Marduk (8219) - Reval, ESTONIA - JUN 21, 2015
650ml bottle @laiti’s, thanks. Dark brown color. Tiny to almost no head. Malty, hops, sweet, roast, sweet notes in aroma. Roasted malts, sugar and chocolate in taste. Sweet roast in aftertaste. Way too sweet for me!

3.5
VastActiv (7490) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle 0.65l at Laiti’s, Helsinki. Thanks to Jow! Colour is black with very small head. Aromas and flavours: Coffee, some chocolate and roasted malts. Quite fruity easy imp stout. Nice drinkability.

3.3
laiti (8508) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 13, 2015
65 cl bottle @ home
Aroma has licorice, cardboardy tones and some licorice. Flavour has herbal tones, licorice root, sweet toasted sugary tones and mild milk-coffee tones. Too sweet and sticky but not that bad. Does not feel like an IS, close to a sweet stout. Pairs well with Marie cookies.

2.7
rougeau13 (3157) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2015
Dark clear cola colored with a tan head. Aroma of banana, bubblegum, and roast. Taste is roast and bubblegummy yeast. It’s a bit off-putting and cloying. Medium bodied. Not thrilled, at all.

4.1
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - JUN 7, 2015
On tap at Hopcat. Pours a dark brown with minimal head. Aroma is lots of chocolate and some dark fruit. Bourbon is evident and some oak. Really nice. Alcohol is noticeable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
Chudwick (3329) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - APR 15, 2015
bomber - nose is roast and dark chocolate. Sip adds burnt sugar/caramel and licorice. boring and flat.

3
Underdogs88 (325) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Belgian esters mix with roast in the aroma. Appearance is a very dark brown almost black with a small tan head with low head retention. Flavor has Belgian waters upfront with coffee like roast in the end. Notes of cocoa and toast are also present. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. Overall, the Belgian esters and the roast clash with each other. Not a fan. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
trapped (3484) - New York, TURKEY - MAR 16, 2015
Draught @ Albion. Dark brown with creamy tan head, spicy coffee-caramel aroma, medium carbonation, full body, long finish with mocha aftertaste. The Belgian yeast seems to add some fruity flavors, making this quite a nice brew!

2.8
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Batch 2012 Pours dark brown with a sheet of light tans. Smells of vanilla, artificial grape, some wood, cocoa and graham. Flavor is mostly grain, sweet graham, some fruit (stone fruit), raisin, dust. Medium bodied leaning on empty, moderate and smooth carb with a dry finish. Interesting beer, the belgian yeast isn’t too aggressively which allows for balance.


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