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Bieken - Huisbrouwerij Boelens

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56 Ratings

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Huisbrouwerij Boelens visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Paquette on 11-24-2002)
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Reviews by dgallina:
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2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml brown bottle without dating.

Pours cloudy pale straw colour. Heavy carbonation, but almost no head or lace. present. Smells very faintly of honey blossom and lemon. The flavor tends towards grainy bitterness; raw cereal with sour lime peel Body is light, but far too gassy.

Unidimensional and not especially likable.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 00:17:38 | More by dgallina
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3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, at home. Poured into my tulip glass. ABV 8,5%. Deep orange copper colour. No activity in the glass, but a beautiful, tall, white head on top. Soapy in texture, with very good retention, leaving heavy lacing behind. Floral and citrus hops on the aroma, with some light alcohol and spice notes. Great! Light bitter taste, becomes even more bitter on the aftertaste, with a nice, long finish. Medium thick on the body, carbonation a little bit above average. Overall, nice beer, bitter and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 17:44:24 | More by Douberd
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3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gouyasse tulip glass. Pours a slightly hazy, light yellowish golden amber. Two finger fine white head with good retention and tons of lacing. Aroma of bready malt, light fruit juice, Belgian spicing and a hint of mineral water. Flavor is bready and biscuit malt with apple and pear juice, honey and hints of tropical fruit. Spice and light hops bitterness in the finish with a hint of oak. Medium bodied with good mouth feel from the active carbonation. Although the flavors are somewhat subdued, the ABV is well covered. A very pleasant and refreshing Belgian pale ale I will certainly revisit.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 04:07:24 | More by LiquidAmber
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3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly murky honey yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink. Smell is of toasted malt, grain, honey, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a medium herbal bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty and easy to drink.

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09-15-2012 02:00:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip, no bottle dating(but must be quite aged, I got it on clearance). Pours very cloudy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of honey, apple, pear, apricot, earth, herbal, floral, bread, light pepper, and light yeast spices. Pretty nice and interesting aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, apple, pear, honey, bread, earth, herbal, pepper, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of caramel, honey, apple, pear, bread, herbal, pepper, floral, earth, and light yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Very nice malt sweetness to peppery flavor balance; with nice complexity and no cloying sweetness at all. A bit of an earthy tang on the finish as well, but not bad. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian strong pale ale. Very nice flavor balance and complexity; very pleasant and smooth to sip on. Despite the questionable age, this was still quite enjoyable; and certainly worth the 5 dollars I paid for the bottle.

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07-22-2012 06:14:54 | More by superspak
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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


750ml into a tulip. Pours a mildly hazed golden yellow, dense towering yellow cream colored head slow to recede, excellent clumpy froth.

Doughy yeast, an abundance of sweet fruits, mild spice.

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07-08-2012 23:56:08 | More by impending


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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Snifter glass. Notes dated on may´11. Golden color headed by white froth. Small bubbled, slowly dissipated crown. Honey & candy aromas, granny Smith apple touch. Flavor is malty, gentle sweet with spiced hues.Medium body, medium carbonation. Subtle fruity notes in the middle. Low bitterness cuts clean sweetness. Interesting, flavorful beer.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like orange juice, unfiltered, cloudy and full of some debris with a large fluffy white head leaving sticky lace behind and holding long retention.

Cracker, and biscuit riddled malts with light honey, grassy hops, lemon, sweet and bready. Some other fruity aspects some tropical notes pineapple, and mango with a sliver of nectarine.

Nice refreshing carbonation and a chewy, creamy mouthfeel. Long finish with prominent honey flavors throughout. Sweet in the middle but drying out on the finish. Again very bready and crackery. Some salty notes, lemongrass, pineapple, earthy, grassy hops, and a bit of phenolic like notes of clove.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 19:14:57 | More by mcallister
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden ale with a touch of honey.

Presentation: 75 cl brown capped bottle. White label with an illustration of a girl lying dressed up as a bee. Small narrative with brewing tradition and main characteristics. Shows 8.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy deep gold pour, generous frothy head with good retention, good memory lacing and some splashes of lacing.

S - Softly sweet nose, fruity notes with the soft touch of honey.

T - The flavor profile expands nicely a somewhat simple but well rounded sweet range, yeast, honey, bready notes with a good sense of light honey.

M - Medium body and carbonation with nice smoothness punctuated by a soft dry finish.

O - Good flow, it has a nice fresh sense overall.

Notes: Surprised by how generally derided this brew is, and pleasantly surprised after trying it. Sure enough, it may not be extraordinary under the style or overtly remarkable, but it works pretty well and it is a nice drink.

Serving type: bottle

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3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle.

It pours a yellowish gold with a slight bit of haziness. It had a big, foamy, white head that dissipates with thick lacing.

The aroma is moderately spicy with a noticeable sweetness, some bready malt, and a bit of fruitiness. The hops are noticeable and add to the fruitiness.

The flavor is earthy and musty. It has a lot of malted barley flavors, and a lot of spice from the Belgian yeast. There is a slight bit of hops in the finish that adds some herbal notes.

It is a decent beer, the flavor isn't really wowing but it is pretty light and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

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4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a beautiful, pale-gold. Hazy. Tall fizzy white head.

S- aroma is bright, faintly lemony, with honey and some nuttiness.

T- flavors are pretty balanced and very refreshing. Some light.citrus, balanced by a faint honey-nut character. Alcohol is apparent.

M- light-medium body. Fizzy and satisfying.

D- despite high abv, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 00:04:21 | More by endincolorado
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3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a very interesting beer. You either love it or hate it. I didn't mind it too much, I thought it was pretty good. Not the bets beer I ever had, but still good enough.

Pours into a glass, with a fluffy white creamy head, decent lacing that clings to the edges.

The aroma is of strong musty barn like smells mixed with honey and maybe sugar cane. I smell flowers, very mild fruit, and some citrus.

The taste is of a nice honey, slightly sweet, it cups your palate. Decent carbonation helps keep a linger in your mouth well after consumption. This beer has some complexities to it that are very unique within its flavor. There is a sweet citrus or lime characteristic mixed with barn yard hay like notes.

Overall, this was a interesting beer, not my favorite, but still goof to try, good to drink, and good to have around.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 22:49:29 | More by StevenBilodeau
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Bieken from Huisbrouwerij Boelens
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