De la Senne Zinnebir Christmas (X-Mas) 2005

Formerly brewed at Brasserie de la Senne
Style: Belgian Ale
Brussels, Belgium


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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
X-Mas Zinnebir is slightly darker and stronger than the year-round version of Zinnebir, with the hop bitterness nicely moderated by a caramelized malt aroma. No spices are used in this or any other Sint-Pieters beer.

DISCLAIMER: Note that this is the 2005 version. The 2006 version of Zinnebir Christmas (which was distributed in the USA) is the same as Equinox. They changed the name after putting labels onto the bottles, but the recipe was already changed.

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fonefan (49514) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2013

Bottle 330ml.

[ Courtesy of Chriso ]. [ Vintage ]. Clear medium to dark brown amber colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, oxidide, spicy, moderate yeasty, spiced, raisin, plum. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light to heavy bitter with a average to long duration, vintage, oxidide, caramel, raisin, light yeasty. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120803]

oh6gdx (26487) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 15, 2012
[email protected] pre-gbbf shindig 2012. Reddish amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is fruity, wooden, mild earth and some yeastyness. Flavour is rather similar along with some tartness and mild madeiralike notes. Quite resiny finish.

ROGUE (2215) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - JUN 18, 2010
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy dark amber color with a two finger off white head, that recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing. Smells of lightly toasted malts with hints of light molasses and loads of spices. The flavor was spicy with some sugary sweetness. There as a fruitiness along with some slight nuttiness and a spicy finish. Mouthfeel is pretty light with heavy carbonation that really jumps off the tongue.

beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2008
Pours a dark brown color with a medium beige head. Average flavor of caramel, chocolate and alcohol. The body is light to medium with a liquorous texture and gentle carbonation.

FlacoAlto (4197) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Fairly well carbonated, with only a touch of work I easily get a four-finger thick, amber to dark tan colored pillow of froth sitting atop a deeply burnt, amber colored brew (not quite black, but close enough). Surprisingly when I hold the beer up to the light I can see right through it; The light shows a brilliantly clear, and I mean brilliantly clear, deep ruby hue that is absolutely gorgeous. the head leaves lots of lacing as it slowly subsides and even forms a varied, interesting surface with lots of elevation change. The aroma has a nice burnt note to it, but the fruitiness is the first thing that I notice; notes of concentrated plums, raisins and even a touch of tart apple notes are the most noticeable fruit aromatics. The roast character brings a sharpness to the aroma as well as carrying a rich malt character. Aromatics reminiscent of well toasted whole grain bread, touches of dark chocolate, dusty burnt grain husks and something like toasted, crushed soda cracker dust. Touches of liquorice, aromas of cloves, hints of toasted allspice add a spicy component to the nose. The aroma is quite nice and I really like how no one component is dominant; each of my three groupings (fruit, malt & spice) add a noticeable, but well integrated component to the aroma.

Served cool (about 58°F / 14°C), the beer has a soft creaminess to it that is contributed by the residual malt sugars. The sweet malt notes add a touch of body to what is most definitely an easy drinking brew. The sweetness accentuates some notes of raisins and concentrated plum, but compared to the aroma these have lost their intensity and focus. Instead the apple notes (both sweet & tart varieties) as well as fresh, ripe, slightly tart plum notes and even a hint of some concord grape flavors. The fruitiness definitely has a roasted, slightly burnt edge to it and the finish even has slight drying effect with the soft, modestly astringent burnt malt character. This has a really nice malty middle to it; flavors of toasted grain, deeply caramelized / slightly burnt malt sugars, The burnt fruit notes, the toasty malt and the smooth roast character make me think they used some Special B malt here. Spicy notes of clove, cardamom, and cola form a subtle backdrop to the more dominant characteristics already mentioned.

A very tasty beer; this is full flavored, yet not overwhelming. Once again I have been quite impressed by the, now, three beers that I have had from this brewer. I’ll definitely make sure I pick up the other brews from these guys as I can. I really dig how light and easy drinking this beer is; this makes it quite a bit easier to finish a whole 750ml bottle on my own. Of course it doesn’t hurt that I am really enjoying this beer too, but at least I won’t be completely useless after finishing this brew. Looking at some other reviews of this beer I get the feeling that a bit of age has done a lot for this beer.

mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2007
Courtesy SoLan. Pours a very dark brown, with a thick, fluffy, well retained light tan head. Kind of a mellow smell, pretty roasty, wit hsome dark malts. The taste is a little mellow as well, roasted malts, kind of nutty, with a touch of chocolate too. Almost tastes like a porter. Just a touch of some dark fruit in the background, but not much. Different than what i was expecting from this beer, but a pleasant surprise. I think this beer is underrated.

caesar (7165) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2007
As I purchased my bottle in Holland (did not state any year, BB Nov 07), i presume this beer is the 2005 version, although alc% says 6.6%, which was mistakenly mentioned on the 2006 version. However, I see no ratings from the european continent, and the BB date looks more like a 2005 version, coz usually x-mas beers can be stored quite a time. So, up to the beer: clear brown color, medium brown head. Aroma of some alcohol, bit wine like, caramel and roasted malt. Bitter and slight sweet taste, some chocolat. Nice x-mas beer.

Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 28, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 4     Pale Yellow(1)->Copper(5) : 5     Still(1)->Volcanic Sparkling(5) : 4
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 4     Lasting: 4     Lacing : 4
Intensity : 2  
Yeast : 4   Bread : 2   Dough : 4   Esters : 3   Phenols : 2   Dusty : 4   Spicy : 3   Apple : XX   Banana : 3   Tropical Fruits : XX   Brett : XX   Barnyard : XX   Leather : XX   Wood : XX   Vinous : XX   Cheese : XX   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : XX
Malt : 2   Pilsner : 2   Pale : XX   Vienna : XX   Biscuity : XX   Toasty : 3   Hay : XX   Caramel : XX   Honey : 3   Cereals : 2   Grainy : 4   Wheat : XX
Hops : 2   Noble(1)->American(5) : 1   Leafy : 2   Perfume : XX   Orange : 3   Floral : 2   Lemon/Lime : XX   Herbal : XX   Grassy : XX   Piney : XX
Notes : Pepper : XX   Cloves : XX   Coriander : XX   Ginger : 2   Orange : 2   Earth : XX   Vanilla : XX   Oxidation : XX   Bubblegum : XX
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Sourness : 2   Acetic : XX   Lactic : 2   Bitterness : 1   Farmy : XX   Complex : 2   Length : 1
Light(1)->Full(5) : 2   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 4   Clean : 2   Sharp : XX   Watery : 2   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : 1   Alcohol : XX   Mineral : XX

Comments: Despite some appealing spicy and belgianesque flavours, this is a rather dusty example, lacking a bit of finesse in its integration that feels a bit airy and sloppy.

jzzbassman (1638) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Looks great, very dark brown with a nicely formed tan head. Really nice aroma that speaks of spices that aren’t there. Flavor is alcoholic and hoppy, with roasted wood tones. Finishes dry and bitter.

reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2007 Bottle from Utobeer. Opaque amber with only an off white ring for a head. Medium body with grainy sediment. Amazing peppery aroma of caramel, banana, raisin, spiced rum and cinnamon. Taste of spices, brown sugar, banana and whiskey. Yes, whiskey. Bitter, waxy finish. Slightly flat, but little is lost. Christmas in a bottle!

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