RATINGS: 225   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike5326 (1693) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Poured from a cold bottle. Dark brown color almost black, small tan head. Vanilla roasted malt smell. Cream, coffee, alcohol with a hint of bourbon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ericnixon (745) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Bottle purchased at Healthy Living in Burlington, Vermont. Diggity-dark color with the faintest trace of a light brown hint of a head circling the edge. Earthy, yeasty aroma accompanied by a moderate alcoholy tune with a quiet burbony harmony. Once in the mouth, it is quite fluid (not quite at "watery" but it still has a refreshing quality to it), and hefts an active effervescence - not overpowering, but it definitely stands up and makes its presence known. While its making its way across the tongue, a woody, toasty, choco-mel combo stops by and says hi before heading warmly downstairs. Another winner from Smuttynose. Have I ever lamented before how I dearly wish that lil Smuttynose seal would work hard making these big beers year-round instead of once a year (if that)? Maybe his flippers are too short or something.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Appearance: Pours black with a creamy tan cap.

Aroma: Chocolate covered banana, vanilla, cereal.

Taste: Roasted malt, bourbon, wood, banana esters. Finishes roasty and woody.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Aversge carbonation.

Overall: A very flavorful, balanced Stout. Keeping this under 9% probably played a role in this beers wonderful complexity. Not a booze/bourbon bomb, yet not one of those bourbon barrel beers where you barely get any spirit/barrel character.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
boomlvzbeer (1) - Cheshire, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 21, 2013 does not count
Not the biggest stout fan. But this was incredible! Very nice scent, Carmel, chocolate, vanilla, with the barrel. Flavor has all of the scents above but finishes with a very distinctive coffee taste. De freaking lish!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Good stout base. Interesting Belgian notes. My first of this style -- not sure if its the best thereof, but I enjoyed it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnnnniee (4032) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a smallish tan head that shows good retention and spotty lace. Smells of roast, caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, dark dried fruits, a bit of lactose like sweetness, spicy Belgian yeasty esters, and a mild bit of vanilla. The flavor is actually quite complex. Mild chocolate and dark sugary sweetness up front that is almost immediately pushed aside for some peppery yeastiness. Juicy and lightly tart dark fruits come around next and meld with a bit of chocolate and roast before a touch of vanilla, oak, and ethanol show up. Long lingering sweet tart fruit sugar and chocolate finish last long after every sip. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet sugary mouthfeel. Wow this one impressed me. It might be a hair on the sweet side, but I enjoyed the hell out of this brew.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (13175) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Bomber from Beer Run. Pours a clear very dark brown color with a large creamy tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of big cocoa notes, moderately strong bourbon and mild roast. The taste is nutty, cocoa, bourbon, banana, dark fruits. Medium bodied, quite delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puboflyons (3269) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 15, 2012
From the 2012 big bottle. The pour is a deep ebony brown with a moderate short lasting head. An array of aromas fill my nose including sweet dark malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, smoke, cherry, and a dash of hops. The body is medium to full. The taste is malty up front with a wooden hard liquor character volleying with the sweetness followed by a moderate, lingering bitterness. Very nice beer indeed.

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