At only 4.5% this beer is ridiculously refreshing, with a hoppy, citrusy nose and that beautiful complexity that only comes from Belgian yeast strains.
*Now, frankly, the celebrations and tradition surrounding Zwarte Piet are a bit controversial, as Zwarte Piet (meaning Black Pete) is often portrayed by people dressing up in black face. In fact, New Westminster BC used to have a large Sinterklaas festival but it was cancelled in 2011 as a result of this controversy. There you go, you just learned something.
“Jambe De Bois”
This beer is based on a Dry Irish Stout though, not a stronger or sweeter stout as many Belgian-style stouts often are. Therefore, at 4.5% the beer is lighter and drier, with a fresh bitterness and roasted notes that maximize it's drinkability. This ale also possesses some light fruitiness from the house strain of yeast, distinguishing itself from a traditional Irish stout.
Zinnebir derives it's name from the Brussels term 'zinneke', which refers to wild, stray or bastard dogs that used to inhabit the poorer areas of Brussels along the Zenne river which flows through Brussels. This term means 'little bastards' and according to the brewers has since come to be used for young men of mixed background in these same areas (those with french speaking mothers and flemish fathers, or vice versa).
The beer is golden blonde, with a complex nose with a fruity and hop aroma. 6% alc./vol, malty, with a fine bitterness and a long finish.