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Brewed by Brouwerij de Bie
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Wakken, Belgium

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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.64/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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2.7
mauritsio (931) - FINLAND - JUL 20, 2017
Bottle from Carrefour Brugge. Hazy yellow with medium head. Some alcohol bite. Some sour and medium bitterness.

1.9
Beerhunter111 (20490) - P´Castle, GERMANY - JUN 24, 2017
33cl bottle. A clear deep golden beer with a small white head. Mild sweet grainy malty aroma, corn. Taste of medium sweet strong malt, grainy malt, cereals, soft metallic hops, meh...

2.7
Alengrin (5382) - BELGIUM - MAY 13, 2017
Bottle from the Prik & Tik in Zele, strange I never encountered this before, as it seems to have been added to the De Bie range twelve years ago already. Medium thick, off-white, regularly shaped head, settling quickly into a moussy rim and some flat ’islands’ in the middle, some basic lacing, over a lightly hazy, deeply ’old gold’ coloured beer with warm orangey hue and even a very vague greenish tinge, turning into an equally misty peach with sediment added. Aroma dominated by a very high degree of DMS (overcooked cabbage) and even strong FFF (freshly fermented farmland - which I tend to associate more with Belgian dark ales than blonde ones), cooked turnip, chicken broth, cloves, damp earth, rotting pumpkin flesh, some stewed pear, soggy white bread, dried flowers, peach and banana to even slight bubblegum underneath but the DMS ruins everything. Tastes fortunately a bit better than it smells: fruity onset with a dash of banana ester but certainly not over the top as is so often the case in this category of beers, hints of peach, raw pineapple and red apple with a very softly sourish gooseberry touch, fizzy carbonation (a bit overcarbonated even), minerally side notes, a tad numbing on the tip of the tongue. Smooth, slick body, feeling less ’full’ than what I tend to expect from an 8% Belgian but probably ’lightened’ by the fizzy carbonation; the fruity esters, especially peach and pineapple but fortunately less so banana, travel downwards over a supple, smooth, very lightly caramelly malt sweetish body with drier grainy edges, to a malty and phenolic finish, too phenolic in fact even for a tripel, with this sharpish carbo still fizzing away on the root of the tongue; hop bitterness remains limited to a floral, earthy bitterish touch, malts and some esters remain and after all this has passed - and luckily only after - a glow of warming, ’jenever’-like but altogether pretty well hidden alcohol appears. Older bottle for sure, with embryonic but unmistakable signs of that chicken broth-like oxidation coming up - the worst form of oxidation imaginable in a beer, but probably not a great beer to begin with, considering the enormous amount of DMS which completely destroys it for me, being highly sensitive to that repulsive substance. Could do with a bit more maltiness and a somewhat heavier body - clearly white candi sugar syrup has been applied to induce alcohol formation in accordance with old Belgian practice - but admittedly the alcohol remains well hidden for an 8% beer. Tastes better than it smells, in this form at least, but being able to reconstruct how it must taste young (based on experience), I am not inclined to go out and look for a fresh bottle of this. I liked some of De Bie’s creations and a vintage Zatte Bie of 15 years old tasted fine a few weeks ago, but they have some misfits too and this to me is clearly among those.

3.3
Alex60 (302) - - AUG 30, 2016
Bouteille 33 cl - couleur blonde avec mousse blanche qui ne tient pas, odeur de houblon, goût de houblon avec fin sur la mûre, amertume en fin de bouche qui reste en bouche

3.1
ForlornHope (524) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2016
Bottle at home. It’s a blonde. Aroma is not bad, yeasty, spicy with some peppery hop in there. Tastes sweet with some balancing bitterness. Usual flavours of yeast, vanilla, spice but with a hit of hop. Nice dry finish. I have had some distinctly iffy beers from this brewery in the past; this one was a pleasant surprise. Above average hopping and avoids the sweet and sticky route. Not bad.

2.9
JefVerstraete (3376) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - JAN 3, 2016
Bottle as a gift. Hazy yellow, white foam. Nose of banana, caramel, yeasty and metallic. Sweet and alcoholic. Light bitter finish.

2.4
bierhier (21) - BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2015
average blonde, nice appearance. Finish and palate are not really my thing.

3.1
tderoeck (9744) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 9, 2015
12/V/15 - 33cl bottle from Geerst (Oostakker) @ home - BB: n.a, bottled: 3/2014 (2015-607)

Clear blond beer, creamy white head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: sweet, very sugary, lots of banana, coriander, some almonds. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: very metallic, yeasty, coriander, sweet, bit spicy. Aftertaste: bitter touch, banana, lots of coriander, sweet, bit sugary.

2.6
DJoer (1291) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2015
Medium white head, golden copper colour, yeast bread metal herbs smell, medium to high carbonation low bitter metal yeast taste

1.8
tricksta_p (4663) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JAN 9, 2015
Aroma of rotten fruits, yeast, boiled vegetable. Flavour is medium sweet and a bit acidic. Not good.


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