Bieken - Huisbrouwerij Boelens

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.72%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Paquette on 11-24-2002

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Reviews by endincolorado:
Photo of endincolorado
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
2.55/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Rich golden color, topped with a fluffy, tight frothy head and clinging lace.

Musty aroma with notes of raw honeycomb, flowers, pith, orange peel suggestions, and some mild baker’s yeast in action.

Creamy mouthfeel, fluffy body. Light flavors of honey curl around the palate and coat it with a thin sugary sweetness. Candy-like at times. Malty/bready notes follow, then the carbonation scrubs the palate and releases a smooth sweet-lime hop character, light hay/grassy notes. Rounded orange-like flavors. Rhubarb flavors pull through from time to time. Herbal, pithy. Dusty/yeasty finish, with a rough hay character.

There’s a lot going on here, but there seems to be a blanket of “blah” cast over this beer. Like the volume as been turned down or something. Unbalanced, a bit dirty, with too many dominant tannins to boot.

Interesting none-the-less, but there are better examples of Belgian honey beers.

Photo of magictrokini
2.72/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours hazy gold with a nice, thick white head. Sweet honey, lemon, bread, fig, and yeast aroma. Very flat and muted taste. Honey and yeast dominate, but with a lot of flour/dough and corn in the way. It felt like there was nothing there after a while. Sorry, this was not good.

Photo of pat61
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light honey aromas with light lemon and light malt. Pours cloudy gold with a 1” fluffy foam head, dissipates to a thin film that produces good lacing. Some small particles are also suspended in the beer. Spicy palate with light fruit, traces of honey, bitter finish. Very creamy medium body with above average carbonation. Carbonation is crisp with a little bite.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of dgallina
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Photo of GRG1313
2.82/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with a short white head.

Nose honey and floral spice.

Mouthfeel is medium to full with a nice viscous mouthfeel when the beer warms up to room termperature. Temperature on this one made the beer go from night to day; from mediocre to very good. My comments are on the beer at room temperature.

Flavors of spice and honey and a very light carmel malt character-hints of fruit and hint of banana. Cooked fruit and honey elegant finish with just a hint of bitter carmel and hop.

Didn't like this beer cold; at room temperature this was much better, perhaps even good, and it was excellent with Chinese food.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle purchased at LaBodega in Riverside, CA in late January 2006, for $10.99. Part of the globalbeer network. The label sez: "A top fermented Ale brewed in the ancient traditions of the Land of Waas. This blond honey ale has the taste of light spices, fine aromatic hops, and the very subtle taste of honey." Like another reviewer, I bought it for the label, never having heard of it before.

Pours a medium honey-golden color, slightly cloudy, with decent carbonation. A smallish white head is fed by the carbonation so that it doens't disappear too quickly. Overall decent enough looking beer poured into my Leffe goblet.

Aroma is sweet malts, sugary almost candy-bar like, but I kind of like it.

Flavor is a mix of sweetness (honey, undefined flowers) and a slight (very slight) sharpness from the hops & yeast. Very light spiciness as mentioned on the label. Spices increase as it warms, but the exact nature of the spices are indistinct. I'm not a flavor expert, but I can usually identify several obvious ones- this is just a generic "spicy". Still quite subdued, though.

Mouthfeel is kind of thin, but it really hides the alcohol pretty well. Alcohol heat there at the end of the swallow, but much more mellow than many 8.5% beers that I've had. In fact, if I were asked, I would say this is a lower ABV than listed except for the fact that I can feel it.

Drinkability is decent enough. Overall, I think my reaction to this beer is that it's OK, and I wouldn't feel bad drinking it, but it doesn't excite me. Especially not for the price- there are some incredible beers out there for this price. What more can I say?

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of scottoale
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a 750ml. brown capped champagne bottle pours a hazy golden ale with an apricot hue to it. A thick white creamy head with good retention and lots of clingy lace. Plenty of carbonation and yeast sediment as well. A good looking brew.

Sweet malt, musty and dusty, orange peel and soil, earthy soil and some faint grassy hops is what's going on in my
nose, interesting aroma.

Smell pretty much dictates the taste dept. with the exception of a fairly stong taste of honey about midway through that gets drowned out by a lovely taste of dirt in the finish...and i'm not talking potting soil here, just plain old dirt. Alcohol becomes apparent as it warms a bit.

The mouthfeel is quite smooth and creamy with a medium to heavy body, I think the flavor knocks down the drinkability of this beer for it's style and over all enjoyabilty. None the less it's a Belgian that's got some good qualities worth trying.

3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of Rastacouere
2.13/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Nice lasting 1cm white head. Cloudy golden body. Unexpected aroma where the honey is barely present and indeed lets the throne to this weird sour grass like huge yeast aroma. Made me think of a skunked beer in fact, not that it comes close. Hints of powder sugar, honey jar (as much the dry ceramic jar than the content), powder sugar. Strikingly dry yeasty taste. Agressive sourness, badly aged honey like. Rhubard and herbal suggestions. Like it was made with a trailorload of wheat. Slight alcohol bite. Watery texture, very lively carbonation, repelling. Left a very bad impression on me.

Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ML capped bottle.

Chill hazed apple juice colored beer with quite a strong white head.

Most beers have something notable about them and this has a notably strong yeast aroma, smells just like fresh kneaded bread dough. Beyond that is a sweet and sour spiciness and lemon. Faint candy apple aroma, but it is had to get past the yeast smell to ID anything.

The taste starts out sweet and woody with a powdery yeasty flavor. Coriander is here and this is rather bitter and herbal for a Belgian beer. Spicy and earthy reminds me of truffle oil dressing on radish and peppers.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Hmm really expected more here for some reason, note to self, just cause it has a better label doesn't mean it will taste better than Duvel. An OK beer but if I see this again I will be ordering something else like Duvel over this.

Photo of MrIncognito
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle had at Paradiso Pizza in Georgetown, DC.

A - Nice dark brown with a slight reddish hue. Two-finger white foamy head, moderate carbonation making its way to the surface.

S - Honey and dark malt with alcohol in the background. When swirled, the alcohol really comes to the forefront.

T - A very complex mix of dark malt and honey and a nice alcohol aftertaste. There is no doubt the alcohol is there, it is very pronounced, makes the beer sweet. Not overpowering, but makes this a sipping beer. Alot going on here and it's enjoyable to taste all the flavors.

M - Alcohol makes the beer smooth and slick then you've got a slight crispness from the bubbles

I think this is a very good beer and definitely underrated by most. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have not had any other honey beers yet, but when just rating the complexity of this beer it is very good. A definite sipper

Photo of Douberd
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of crossovert
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a honey gold color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is quite exotic. I get orange, honey, butter and tootsie roll, maybe some cherry and vanilla as well. As expected, this beer is fairly sweet, but is also hugely complex. Flavors in include orange lemonade, vanilla, almond and tootsie roll (again), all on a moderately sweet frame. However, the beer somehow manages a fairly dry infinish, which enhances its drinkability IMO. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but with a light, dry finish. Drinkability is pretty good, though given how rich it is, I can't really imagine drinking more then one. Nevertheless, I quite liked this beer and wouldn't hesitate to order it again.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, seems like the reviews for this beer is all over the map. I think I understand why. Because, compared to gread Belgian Pale Ales, this beer does little without the honey addition--I believe that the beer would be weak without the honey additions. But with the honey, an extra sweetness and smoothness is added, which masks (what would be) grainy and eartny characters. Now, the beer is sweet, clove-ey, silky, and very sweet. Despite such bold alcohols and warmth, the honey covers all of the rough edges and promotes a better flavored beer than the structure inherently anchors. Away from all of the poetic justice, I liked it, despite it's shorcommings.

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of paterlodie
2.51/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

No freshness date. Not much of a head and foggy golden beer. Nose is unfresh having lots of diacethyl, straw and honey to cover. Very papery with it and some maltynes. Taste is bit better but again sour buttery. Further quiet phenolic and bitter. Some honey sweetness noticable a some malts. Drinkable but far from great.

Photo of haz77
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber with a few floaties and an inch of white head, which quickly falls to a thin layer. Large bubbles of moderate carbonation.

S - Farmyard, little bit of solvent, light honey, yeast, some light fruit.

T - Unexpected flavour. Sweet honey flavour initially that turns very smoky in the middle. A tart, sour bite comes through at the end and lingers into the aftertaste with a bit of alcohol warmth.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - An interesting beer which I would certainly try again. Very drinkable for the ABV.

Photo of mcallister
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of gpogo
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy golden color with a large off white head. Very lively carbonation.

A- Spicy belgian yeast quality. Sweet smell as well.

T- Spicy belgian taste. Slightly tart finish. Sweet spiced malt taste. On the label described as a honey flavor.

M- Medium body with moderate to high carbonation. Very smooth to drink.

D- I recommend letting this warm up a bit passed fridge temperatures. It just got more and more enjoyable.

Photo of GClarkage
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

05/17/06- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle. Capped, but no cork. No freshness info listed. Poured into my St. Bernardus goblet.

Appearance- Honey-orange-golden color. Nice micro-specks of yeast fill the glass. Head in white, solid and about 3/4 of an inch. Nice cobweb lacing left after the finish.

Smell- A bit of sugar, a bit of white pepper and a wee bit of farmyard urine scent. Overall really nice.

Taste- At first I noticed a very off flavor that lasted only the first few sips. Kind of a metallic-medicinal flavor. That went away quickly. Light honey taste and texture. A really good amount of candied sugar that melds well with a wit like yeast taste. Avery White Rascal comes to mind. A nice sour aftertaste comes into play late on the pallete.

Mouthfeel- A medium carbonation level. Sweet and sour aftertaste.

Drinkability- After hearing a few reviews from people, I really wasn't expecting much. But, after drinking it, I feel this is a pretty tasty beer. Room temp is advised. The price I paid, however, was a tad steep. I think I paid about $12 with tax. This would well be suited as a nice $7.99 bottle.

Photo of putnam
4.82/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Explosive foam settles very quickly. Scorched gold colored liquid with slight flurries of yeast dirt. The aromas derive recognizably from honey but don't give the slightest impression of sweetness. Rather the image is more of an earthy, milky, vitamin jar rich tone. Very slight sticky pollen and herbal notes chime in. A mouthful is hyperactively fizzy and leads with slate-flavored bitterness. As the gas bursts and resolves across the palate there is a tense balance of sweet, floral perfumes, fig nectar and bitter pine nut flavor. Wet concrete notes seem to indicate some brettanomyces. The intense texture contradicts the exquisite delicacy of flavor.

Because of its unusual character I began by rating this beer only "average/good." As the bottle warmed and drained I liked it more and more. Original, wild and feminine. An eloquent contradition of a beer. Reminiscent of La Choulette Ambre, only cleaner and dryly honey-like. Somehow I feel like I am just scratching the surface.


That was my "4.35" review four days ago. This is my "4.70" appendix:

Now the third bottle. Uncommonly natural, creamy and zesty tasting. A beer I'd spring on my 67 year old mother. Like a Cooper's Sparkling Ale with Beligian muscle. Like a St. Bernardus Triple with deep, groovy cut. Like La Chouffe, with rooted, resiny bitterness. This is a terrific beer. I will have three more this week.

'That was"8/1/2005"

Dinking the same stock from the other reviews -- now it's 8/1/06, -- the beer is sweeter now. Do not approach this liquid if you dislike the flavor of butter.

Do not approach it if you dislike th flavor of spice and toast, cream and wine, milk and honey, peaches and herb, seals and coft ...

Please ignore my praise for this beer.

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Bieken from Huisbrouwerij Boelens
82 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.