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Hapkin - Brouwerij Louwaege

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53 Ratings

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Louwaege visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-29-2001)
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Reviews by pbrian:
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear deep yellow with a huge pillowy head. Steady stream of carbonation. Sweet perfumey aroma with lots of Saaz in the bouquet and the initial flavor profile. A nice malt character comes next followed by a dryish finish. Combine all of this with a little spicyness and a hint of its strength and you get a very complex and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2002 06:07:13 | More by pbrian
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

02-20-2012 06:48:52 | More by ygtbsm94
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-28-2011 21:00:17 | More by rekel
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-25-2011 21:10:41 | More by Rochefort10nh
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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice balanced blond. Nowadays brewed by Alken-Maes. Postel Blond is also brewed by Alken-Maes. It looks like there are parallels.

L: the head is disappointing; I have never seen so many big bubbles; a fluffy head thus, though my glass was really clean.
S: nice, hops, flowers;
T: a nice balance of the hops and the sweetness; alcohol is mentionable; a bit methylated spirit;
O: a littlelittlelittle bit to sweet for my taste, but nevertheless this beer is okay!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 21:18:00 | More by Filosoof


4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 03:12:16 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the first Belgian beers I ever had. It poured into a glass and it gave off this yellowish color that had the slightest shade of green it seemed. It was a little odd to me... The aroma was sweet mixed with alcohol. The amount of flakes floating around in the glass was quite a lot. The bubbles kept them a float too. It looked as if they were dancing in the glass. This beer wasn't too bad and I would surely try it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 03:09:12 | More by Knapp85
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3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a blond beer how i like blonds. Bought this beer a month ago when i was in Gent at the Hopduvel, a great beershop. Today is sunday and i decided to start the drinking day with this blond.

Poured in my Struise brouwers glass this beer looks very good. I big big white creamy head and a a blond/yellow fluid with lots of carbonation. After a few minutes the head is about one centimeter big.

The smell is average, good and soft malt taste. I enjoy this one and recommend this if you like blond beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 14:14:33 | More by Brabander
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3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy pale golden colour with enormous (yeah, it's Belgian) white head, large bubbles but produces large frothed-up egg-white-style foam on the top, sinks unevenly. Leaves some nice specks of lacing. Yeah, nice Belgian pale ale appearance, would like less head though.

Nose is very Belgian. Lots of green character with a slightly sour spice to it. Hints of green peppercorn and capsicum and a slight pickle brine note. A pleasant sweetness lingers behind though, slight glazed character with light tropical fruit. Quite nice but standard Belgian pale ale nose.

Ooh, oddly fruity on the palate. Sweet and strong but with a large fruit flavour on the mid. Distinct cherry notes with some apricot and orange peel as well, but yeah, mis-to-late it's a rich, sweet, glacé character all over it. Maraschino cherry and a slight red grape skin note as well. Unexpected. A lot sweeter than I'd thought but still a nice dry Belgian finish, lacking in spice but not venturing into oversweet territory, thankfully. Pleasant, sweet and rich.

Feel is a bit sizzly with carbonation coming through, dry on the back but a nice thick body. An interesting one. Texture is reminiscent of a good brut champagne.

Not a session beer, but pleasant for tasting. Nice flavours and good balance with a nice clean, dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 03:44:54 | More by laituegonflable
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Czech Republic

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light honey colour with bubbles and calm head.

S: Various fruits with signification smell of alcohol. Mango and orange.

T: Spice with fruits. Alcoholic element is lost.

M: Medium body, well carbonated, refreshing.

D: One of the good Belgium beer I recommend in hot summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 18:01:41 | More by mmahut
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3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color, with a nice layer of thick froth. On the nose there are bready yeasty notes, a piney, grassy hop aroma not unlike kindling, and possibly a touch of pineapple. Flavor is thin and dry with a slightly bitter finish. Definitely hoppier than your average Belgian beer, but I tend not to like the grassiness that comes from a lot of continental European hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 07:57:14 | More by gyllstromk
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3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Corsendonk tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours cloudy golden color with a large white head that dissipates fairly slowly and leaves a pretty heavy lace.

Smell: Weak bready smell with notes of apple and citrus.

Taste: Tastes bready with slight fruit hints and a stronger bitter finish and hints of alcohol throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with sharp carbonation up front and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Overall, a pretty good beer, enjoyable, and definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 05:13:51 | More by Mosstrooper
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4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly foggy yellow with a nice thick white head. Nose is not overpowering, but brings some dough, spices, and funkyness. Flavor is nice. Smooth sweet tones, good mixture of spicyness, minor dough. Very minor alcohol tones on the backside, but it doesn't interfere with the flavor ride at all. Feel is smooth and slightly slick on the liquid aspect. Carbonation is full enough and bites a bit on the tongue. This is a very tasty pale ale. I would never mind having this around to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 11:18:31 | More by RblWthACoz
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2003.

Appearance: abundant white foam head but average duration, slightly cloudy beer (yeast).
Taste : has a good bitterness and a slight fruity yeast.
Drinkability: close to the level of taste Duvel red : therefore, very good and strong-bodied beer to be discovered.

You can read on the bottle : The great Beers of Belgium Michael Jackson said : "Hapkin has a very good, fresh, flouvery, Saaz hop aroma, a very big, creamy head, a soft malt character, and a spritzy, perfumy, fruitiness, drying toward the finish."

Review translated from french 5-25-2008.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 19:24:54 | More by thierrynantes
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Quebec (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: You've got to give credit to those belgians, they sure give good head! Really thick and clingy meringue that just would not quit, with a peachy yellow, not quite opaque brew underneath.

Smell: Yeasty, with sort of a lactic twang, and vegetal finish that reminded me of asparagus.

Taste: Really lively carbonation that seizes your tongue. Yeasty and quite boozy, especially in the aftertaste, that eventually became a bit much for me. It's sort of a Duvel knockoff that left me lukewarm.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 01:13:32 | More by Goldorak
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4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Alken-Maes' Hapkin is best served at cellar temperatures (46-50°F) from a signature Hapkin axe embossed pear shaped, stemmed glass. This wicked Belgian Golden Ale pours up lively with a lacy, but short lived white head that sits craggily over a bright golden body. The enviting aroma is filled with a nice intermingling of earthy (catty, grassy/haylike, floral/perfumy), spicy (lemon pepper, turmeric, vanilla) & fruity (dried apricot, banana, peach pit) estery notes. There's just a hint of alcoholic warmth along with some delectable honeyish malt notes underlying the spicy, Noble Saaz hop accenuated aroma.The delicately balanced flavor starts off rather fruity with a soft, light graininess that carries into a slightly earthy, spicy hop influenced bitterness which takes over to deliver a harmonious finish with a devilish alcoholic warmth. Hapkin is a lovely elixir that shows just how devilishly drinkable this style can be. Michael Jackson refers to this one, as one of the "Wickedest beers in all of Belgium" and I couldn't agree more. Here's to the former Count of Flanders, Boudewijn Hapkin with the Axe and his namesake beer... don't lose your head!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 02:16:42 | More by Beertracker
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United Kingdom (England)

3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My 33cl brown bottle claims in is brewed by Alken-Maes, it has the same front label as the picture on this page (as at 11 Feb 2007).

Poured into a Duvel glass, it looked the part, a little lighter than Duvel, but very simular with its huge white head. Golden clear, until I added the sediment towards the end.

Wheaty smell, summer flowers and hops also, but nothing strong.

8.5%, but no great flavour or taste to it, even after I had added the bottom of the bottle in. A flowery, almost sweet feel to it, the sweetness hangs around, but nothing comes and bites you with this beer.

Not a bad blond, but not up with the best either, if I ever see it on tap, I'll give it another go, otherwise, I will not be buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 17:36:25 | More by BlackHaddock
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark golden. Had a medium head dissipated quickly. Head color is sightly tan. Aroma of malt, hops, citrus, fruitiness. Flavors of hops, malt, citrus, tartness, with a slight yeast/bready character. Mouth feel of medium body, moderate carbonation. Overall one of the best of the style. Had a Duvel before this one this one is a lot better. A must if in to belgian pale strong, or just belgians in general.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 05:21:35 | More by amatuerbeerguy
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4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 33ml bottle brown glass bottle. White and gold colored label has a rather strange design to it.

Appearance: Clear golden pour if you are careful, my second bottle was rushed and created a fused hazy yellow body. Massive white head, mountainous peaks and crevice troughs as it settles, classic Belgium looks. Sprightly carbonation and a superb presentation in the Hapkin goblet used at the bar.

Nose: Light peppers, crisp hops, toasted malts and yeast. Freshly baked bread odors and Saaz hops.

Taste: Shy start, but the soft sweet malts are soon invaded by a Saaz like crisp hoppy character. Hints of yeast and a breaded dough middle with a finish big in fruits with black peppers and some yeast to boot. Spicy at times.

Mouthfeel: Firm body, clean crisp conditioning. Big feel but a nicely balanced drinker.

Drinkability: Dangerously quaffable, the wheaty nature of the brew imparts a thirst quenching character whilst the clean crisp aspects make for a brew that is very hard to put down.

Overall: Sampled many of these during my recent Easter Trip to Belgium and found them to be great nightcaps. A lovely brew that seems to have a captivating spell, Duvelian in nature, but with some gorgeous spiced fruity aspects that add to the quaffability and your dehydration the next day!! Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 01:29:09 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of Crosling


3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light golden with a large head. Aromatics of fruit, especially white grapes and pear, along with other hints of vanilla and yeast. Suprisingly lovely flavor with notes of bubble gum and dried candied fruits. A finish of saaz hops gives a moderately bitter, spicy and grassy finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 15:10:23 | More by Crosling
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Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yeasty Belgium. Grassy with corriander spice on tongue. Creamy head, Boldly hopped, creamy feel on tongue, grainy. Finishes on sweeter side, with subtle fruitiness. Some astringent sour fruit aftertaste. Standard, nice drink, though nothing extraordinary.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 17:25:20 | More by Sammy
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4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this gem at Moscow's biggest discount grocery store - they must have hired a closet BA to serve as beer purchaser. Comes in a brown long neck 33 cl bottle with a white and gold label featuring a couple of muscular field workers apparently threshing grain. The Russian import label lists nothing but purity law ingredients. Best before March 2006, I opened it on 9/23/05.

Initial pour comes out clear gold under a huge 3+ finger white head that is very sticky and firm, receding slowly but perceptibly, leaving mountains and craters as the liquid goes down. Very nice lacing clings to the glass. The secondary pour clouds things up considerably, leaving an almost banana colored fuzzy sheen. The nose is sumptuous - very flowery, slightly spicey, with just a hint of cabbage. The mouth is very prickly and fairly light. The taste? Wow, a hoppy Belgian. A touch of grainy malt opens, quickly overwhelmed by dry espresso bitterness, with a bit of carnation to sweeten things up. This is not the standard francophone sweetness of raisins, but much more flowery. A nice dry bitter aftertaste really inspires to another sip. Very, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2005 17:17:54 | More by Globetrotter
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New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brassy gold color with a fine sizable head and oodles and oodles of lace. Looks magnificient and tasty, but we'll have to see about that....

The nose is sweet citrus, sharp lime, tangy freshness. Bit of toastiness underlies, but is overwhelmed by the fruity bits.

The prevailing flavor is, at first, oranges, tangerines and the like. Soon an unexpected buttery malt center shows up, briefly. Earthy mild bitterness finishes it off. An interesting progression, quite unlike Duvel or La Chouffe, etc.

It's creamy and smooth, nicely put together, no sharp edges. My only complaint is that it gets a bit syrupy eventually (perhaps I'm not drinking fast enough) and there's not enough bitterness to temper it. Just my personal taste.

I'd certainly drink this one again, happily. And more quickly.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2005 23:05:09 | More by horndecker
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3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this bottle courtesy of CJRMellor and his cooler of goodies.

Pours a hazy golden color with a large fluffy white head. Decent lacing around the glass. Lots of bubbles rising to the top. Very effervescent.

Aroma is bready and yeasty at first but there's definitely a spicyness in there along with some citric qualities.

In the taste I'm not getting near as much yeast flavors as I was in the aroma. There's a good amount of hoppy spicyness along with more fruity flavors underneath. Carbonation is strong almost taking away from some of the flavors of the beer. Nicely balanced though and quite enjoyable. Finish is dry and lingering.

This beer is really effervescent giving it a champagne like mouthfeel. Kind of light in body but it holds the flavors together well.

As for drinkability, I could have another, the alcohol really hid well. The carbonation though nice might take the drinkability down a bit.

Overall this was a nice beer rivaling Duvel in many aspects. A style that I don't seek out too often but usually enjoy when trying it. Thanks Craig

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2005 12:44:08 | More by granger10
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Hapkin from Brouwerij Louwaege
88 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.