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RATINGS: 368   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

Note: Initially from Brouwerij Louwaege, from 2001 to 2007 brewed in Jumet, afterwards in Alken.

   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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
trappist12 (200) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 25, 2001
A very good ’wicked’

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
anders.hulthin99 (2) - Malmo, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2001 does not count
A really great beer. The aroma and taste is exquisite.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Ahh, what can I say? This is a marvelous Belgian Strong. My favorite. Dare I say that I prefer it to the vaunted Duvel? To me, it is perfection, but, the beauty is to each his/her own, eh?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TAR (2671) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2001
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2003 Creamy head with some moderate stick power. Perfume, Saaz, pepper, and melon all in the nose. A very round, spritzy, creamy (marshmallow creme?) mouthfeel. Flavors of spice, malt, some Saaz as well and a very clean, extremely dry finish. Amazingly dry, fluffy palate. A belgian bottle conditioned pilsner on steroids if you ask me. Must try to understand.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Pale golden yellow w/ lasting head and good lacing. Flowery and sweet, and sour fermented fruit on the nose and mouth, and a hint of sugar candy on the mouth. Minor effervescence and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Hazy, gold color with a billowy and sustained, white head. Aroma of subdued tropical friut, flowers, sweetness, and an underlying dessert banana. Flavor has some sulphur, sweetness, definite saaz hops signature, grain, and a very uplifting carbonation that when combined with the earthy, acidic hop bitterness, finishes the beer very dry. The interesting thing though, is that the beer is dry but there is also a strong, almost silky, oily maltiness that rides along the palate and competes for dominance in the finish. Alcohol is also present but is pleasant and incorporates itself well into the malt and overall palate. I am torn over this one because I like it better than Duvel, but if Duvel is the benchmark for the style than Hapkin has too much complexity and power for style and is not feminine enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GBZ59 (1217) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - SEP 19, 2011
Botella de 330ml servida en copa Globo.Saboreada en may´11. Color pajizo pálido claro.Velado pero translucido.Corona copiosa y blaca como copos de nieve, anillos de encaje amplios,compactos y persistentes.Aroma ligeramente floral y perfumado lúpulo.Sabor afrutado y matices especiados.Suave y muy agradable amargor en el final y retrogusto.Asimilación extraordinaria.El ABV está bien camuflado pero confiere un cuerpo intenso pero refrescante.Sabores muy bien equilibrados.Entre otras muchas Belgas Fuertes, esta es una de las imprescindibles.330ml bottle served into an Snifter glass.Enjoyed on may´11.Light pale straw in color.Cloudy but transparent to the light.Rocky white snow crown,thick & lasting wide lacing rings.Mildy floral & perfumed hoppy aroma.Fruity mouthfeel,spicy hints too.Smooth & very kind bitterness on the aftertaste.Outstanding drinkability.ABV well hidden gives a full but very refreshing body.Very well balanced flavors.Among many others Belgian Strong Ales this is an essential one.

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