Brewed by Brouwerij de Bie
Style: Belgian Ale
Waregem, Belgium


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RATINGS: 162   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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HELLEKAPELLE from Brouwerij de Bie is an unusual pale ale with a straw color, hoppy aroma, light to medium body and clean malty flavor. It’s bitterness that starts in the middle of the palate and dominates through to the finish comes from Poperinge hops, wonderful thirst quencher.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Aurelius (4530) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2003
Like beer-flavored seltzer water. Nice aroma, smells a little bit like kids' vitamins and dough. Lightly hoppy, yeasty, fizzy with light fruit. Terrible label. Somewhat unpleasant aftertaste -- clings to the sides of the back of the tongue.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LINKBREW (101) - Santee, California, USA - JUL 24, 2003
Very, very lively, lots of big white foam. Sour notes in aroma, as well as dry hoppiness. Low PH, very puchering, sour tang, earwax?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorisPPattyn (8202) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 17, 2003
(Provisory rating). Very thick, loby head, irregular. Very hazy, orange-green beer. Whilst pouring, vague smell reminiscent of gingerrootbeer. Spicey aroma. Coriandre & orangepeel. Taste: Hoops. Infected. pediococcus or something (don't havy my micros ready). Orangey, citrussy flavour underneath, becomes piquant through the mouldy off-taste. Some sweetness still, strangely enough. Very carbonated, but yeast in suspension makes it more creamier, fuller than it probably is. Well yes, this happens (too often). Will rate this beer again, sometime.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BillKismet (3412) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 27, 2003
Orange apricot color with a nice head and clingy, frothy bubbles. Unfortunately, this beer had a definite skunkiness wafting around in aroma and flavor. It does have notes of belgian piquance and spice> Disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2003
What color is this? How do i describe it...? Yellowy, mucus-like, thick and covered in a thin layer of bubbles, grit floating everywhere. Nose is light, yeastie, cat-spray and clove combine but don't offend. Taste is mostly yeast, it's a bit thick and doesn't go very far. It loses steam at the front of the tongue and a watery nothing rolls back down the throat. Do any of these damn breweries actually mark the label as to when it was made, anymore??? There is a place on the bottle to mark the year, but as with many other Belgians, it's not marked. This could be good until anywhere from 00 to 04. Aftertaste is dry, or a little pasty like I just pinched off a piece of pillsbury dough from those "pop-open" cans and chewed it up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2003
The beer as it pours from the bottle a tenebrous golden orange color, the head portly in size, frothy in texture, and the residue forms a fine sheet of lace to cover the glass. The nose sweet, light hints of yeast, orange peel, fresh and clean, quite appealing to the senses. Start is mostly malt, somewhat tart, top is slender in its feel to the palate, finish has a moderate to light acidity, hops are delightful in their spicy presence, aftertaste long lasting and slightly bitter, quite a pleasant little brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maupie (927) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - FEB 12, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2003 This beer has a ocher body - hue with an initial bitter flavor and a light body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2002
Definite tropical fruit through the whole front end of this one. Pear. Then a kind of welcome (for me) flattish hop harshness comes in and straightens out the whole sweet party in your mouth. Whew! Great body, great appearance...but why oh why do I keep going after blondes when I don’t like them?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2003 Great aroma - pears, apples, citrus, sweet, light hops. Small off-white head over golden cloudy beer - almost luminescent. Medium fizzy with medium-heavy body, bit chalky from sediment. Alcohol. White wine flavor, grape, honey, citrus. Decent bitter end/finish. Champagne. Great tasting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 22, 2002
Murky, heavily creamed coffee color with a thin dense head of white foam. Minute carbonation. Sassy aroma with tropical fruit mixing with musty yeast and pasty dough. Biting, crisp and sharp on the first sip with a mellow nature underneath. Notes of pineapple, kiwi and acidic melon atop a rich, doughy malt base. Yeasty sharpness is tangy and almost sour. Hop bitterness and flavor are not apparent. Remains crisp and sharp throughout, but never spritzy. Light bodied. Finishes thicker, awash in tropical fruitiness and with a yeasty zest. A handsome brew of such light stature.

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