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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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3.4
yespr (47069) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2014
22 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted dark malty and toffee. Breadish and dark caramelish malty. Roasted dark and breadish. Toasted and fruity dark malty finish.

3.5
anders37 (26878) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. Has a fruity malty spicy dark dark fruit aroma with weak yeasty hints. Sweetish roasted malty spicy caramel and dark fruit flavor. Has a roasted malty spicy dark fruit and caramel finish.

3.6
Travlr (25821) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Draft. Solid brown color, bright beige head. Aroma of Hershey bar. Taste is dark chocolate syrup, cocoa powder, coffee, vanilla, light spice. Nice.

3.5
cgarvieuk (25728) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 17, 2016
Bottle in hotel room Orlando 2016... Dark black.. Thin tan lacing... Soft sweet caramel toffee roast malts nose... Soft sweet chocolate dark roast.. Dark malts.. Soft sweet chocolate... Light body... Too sweet roast

3.9
Leighton (22054) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2013
Bottle at ChrisO Holiday Tasting, London - thanks to The Peter’s mother-in-law (Myrna?). Pours dark brown with a fine, tan cream head. Dark bread malt nose, hints of Belgian candi sugar, dry cocoa. Medium to strong sweet flavor, some light dry cocoa, candi sugar, rich toast, light smoke, roasted malts. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming to finish with moderate earthy bitterness, dry cocoa, toasty sugars, brown sugar, rich dark bread. Very tasty, nice bitterness offsets the dark sugars. Great balance overall. I loves the Smuttynose.

3.8
Theydon_Bois (20460) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle at ChrisO tasting, thanks to Peter and his mother in law Myrna, 30/12/12. Hazed dark mahogony brown with a thin tan head that clears to the edge. Nose carries dark malts, dark fruits, wood, spice, booze. Taste comprises dark malt, bread, rye, spice, wood notes, dark fruits and sugars. Medium bodied with soft carbonation leading to a bitter dry finish. Decent.

3.7
harrisoni (19189) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle at Chriso tasting new year 2012/13. Black beer with lasting beige head. Choc aroma. Smooth. now this is balanced and pretty good. yes pretty good.

3.7
rlgk (18852) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle at Chriso’s tasting in London, 121230. Chocolate aroma, caramel, licorice, roasted, violet, anise, spicy, bready, biscuits, yeasty, woody, whiskey notes, woody. Chocolate flavor, licorice, caramel, figs, raisins, yeasty, oak, caramel. Really nice.

3.7
jtclockwork (17100) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle at Paul’s "Blind" imperial stout tasting. Pours black with tan head. Nose and taste of tobacco, dark fruit, vanilla, roast chocolate malt and coffee. Medium body.

3
FatPhil (16928) - 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.)


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