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Brewed by Alken-Maes (Heineken)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Jumet, Belgium

bottled
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RATINGS: 325   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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HAPKIN has a very good fresh, flowery, Saaz hop aroma, a very big creamy head, a soft malt character, and a spritzy, perfumy fruitness drying toward the finish.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaymobrown (1617) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2002
Fruity nose with high carbination. Yellow orange color. Very light with a tone of hops. There are some fruit flavors hidden somewhere. The alcohol is really well hidden here.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 9, 2002
Light, syrupy, and a little hoppy, the nose heavily disguises what is to come. A beautiful lacey solid white microbubble foam greets you, yet it stays the course. This is wonderfully clear as bell, a light straw color that is consistent even around the edges. A peppery mild spice entices and balances out with the perfect amount of hop balance. This is nice. There’s no way this can be 8.5 percent, no alcohol twang whatsoever. Well done.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2002
Lots of carbonation and head. Nice floral aroma that sweetened as it warmed. A bit harsh on the tongue at first, but got better toward the end as it warmed. Had a peppery taste at the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
motelpogo (6130) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 8, 2002
medicine aroma. flavour starts medicine then gets a bit woody and comes to a long honeyed end.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RAUCHFEST (122) - PROSPECT PARK, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2002
very saazy almost spritzy my duvel light but a totaly separate beer highly recomendable

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4343) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2002
Like more people say, it’s like a Duvel. Well balanced taste. Palate is a little sour. This one deserves a recommendation.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
confusedboy0 (99) - BELGIUM - AUG 2, 2002
VERY GOOD like a Duvel ;-), but more complete

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stic (109) - Oostende, BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2002
White creamy head. Bitter, some citrus, a little fruity, mild. A good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (9822) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 24, 2002
Hoppy, but not very strong aroma with citrus and yeast. Medium bodied. Hopbitter, bit sweetish taste. Bit herbal with a alcohol burn. Strong grapefruit finish. Not nearly as complex as a Duvel, but I like it!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2002
Head is initially huge, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy light yellow, dense tiny particles, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately hoppy (herbs), lightly malty (light bread, grain), lightly yeasty (mold), with a note of alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately bitter, lightly acidic, lightly sweet. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic, moderately astringent. Second rating and still not wild about this one due to the somewhat uninteresting aroma (for the style) and astringency. Nice appearance with a pretty good flavor balance, though.


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