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Helleketelbier - Brouwerij De Bie

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BA SCORE
83
good

32 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-10-2002

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Photo of pio
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

mostly clear orange amber with streaming minute bubbles of activity. white lacy head a bit spotty but covering at all times. one long banner of lace with a few other spots here and there.
apricot, light candy and a sweet tarts (tm) scent are notable at the tip of the perfume. a nougat/light caramel hint and a touch of what seems to me like a single floral hop, perhaps a tad of corriander too. totally consealed alcohol.
i tasted this and said out loud alone-delish! an apricot and pear driven belgian journey. candy sweet start and the middle puckers up with a mildly tart finish that leaves the mouth watering. a slightly herbal vegeteal/leafy note is left on the palate, very nice, compelling.
quite an effervescant carbonation compliment the flavors well and it has a juicy body that dosen't seem sticky for how sweet it is, not clingy at all.
this beer is a great choice especially for those who need their eyes opened to the wonderfullness of belgian brews, a good 'told ya so' beer. however it's been a bit inconsistant from bottle to bottle as far as i'm concerned, enviromental/storage/shipping...i dunno why. i do get a couple if i find a row of them are good.

Photo of Popsinc
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A golden/amber pour with a fairly generous white head.

Smell: Overall a very mild and subtle nose. Hints of raw sugars and honey comb take centre stage here.

Taste: A light roasted malt flavour is obvious up front. Noticeable caramel sweetness highlights the body of this beer with a suagry honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Dry for the most part but the finish leans towards a sweet and exceptionaly smooth ending.

Drinkability: I thought this was a decent beer, slightly better then average at best. Worth another shot but not nessecarily world class.

Photo of mickeymac
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was served from an 11.2 oz bottle with a haggy looking witch stirring a boiling cauldron on the label. Although it's labeled an amber ale, it's actually closer to gold than amber. A small white head disappears quickly and no trace of lace is left on the glass. The smell is an intriguing mix of spice and tart fruit. The taste of apple or pear is backed up by what seems like the entire contents of a spice rack. Maybe it's a bit too much; things just never seem to come together as expected. Fortunately, the 7% abv is well-hidden and it's overall a pretty pleasant experience but not an earthshaker.

Photo of beerguy101
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium golden brown color, very cloudy. Smallish head, Aroma is applish, cookie and citrus. A medium bodied amber, spiced with a multitude of spices: ginger, allspice, coriander and ???. Tart and sweet throughout, flavor of apples predominates. Interesting beer, great for sipping. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. High alcohol is not noticeable.

Photo of StevieW
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can't believe this beer was found at my local gourmet grocery store. Cool label, with a green witch stirring a kettle, and drunken cat peeking out from behind the kettle.

Cloudy golden color, with a fizzy fast fading head. Bottle swirl produces a ton of rich yeast goodness. Smell is heavy on the spicy side, lots of sweet cake like flavors. Noticable traditional belgian yeast smell as well. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and anything else lying around. Taste is an explosion of flavors, the belgian yeast is subdued, then the rich spice eruption, followed by a crisper, more dry finish than what is expected from a belgian beer. A very complex flavor combination. A nice after dinner sipping beer. If you see this one, grab it. It's worth the price, if only to challenge your beer tasting skills. 7% ABV, sneaks up on you.

Photo of pbrian
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is beautifully interesting, the definition of "artisinal." Large fluffy off-white head shrinks slowly to a nice protective covering over a murky amber liquid. Pumkin pie-like spice aroma is underscored by a gueze-like tart aroma. Starts off slightly sweet and spicy offset by a slight sourness. Creamy mouthfeel. Mildly bitter finish. Once in a while a beer will prove to you that seeking out uncovered gems pays off. This is one of them.

Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz slender brown bottle, the label shows a cartoon like witch and her familiar brewing in her cauldron. No freshness date.

Appearance: Gingery orange colour, great head during the pouring and the retention was above par also by leaving sticky patches down the glass.

Smell: Powdery yeast, a bit minty with ripe oranges and apple skin. Spicy going on herbal and fruity with esters to boot. Mild diacetyl is noticeable.

Taste: As smooth as it is crisp with a moderate fluffy body, some creaminess comes through on the mouth feel and so does a slap of buttery diacetyl. Fruity esters are abundant but not overwhelming, suggestions of rind of grapefruit and apples comes to mind. Alcohol has a touch of warmth to the body. Malt flavours are sweet yet grainy. The spices and the spiciness from the Saaz hops give a good bite to counteract and complement the sweetness. Spices go from allspice to herbal. A little phenolic with medicinal flavours middle to end.

Notes: Can a beer be too complex? There are so many flavours going on at the same time that the taste buds get worn out. Seems like this beer would be better off being pair with a hearty meal rather than having it alone.

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Helleketelbier from Brouwerij De Bie
83 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.