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Zatte Bie - Brouwerij De Bie

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69 Ratings

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Bie visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-07-2002

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank from my Mane Liquor Chalice

A -Pours a deep cola colour wit a tanned head that retains and laces.

S - Malt and brown sugar with a little booze.

T - Up front some nice malt and burnt sugar notes. The finish is nicely balanced.

M - Medium body and low to medium carbonation

O - A very well crafted BSDA without a wow factor, but well worth the try.

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2.65/5  rDev -28.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33 cL bottle poured into mytulip glass

Pours hazy dark brown with a huge creamy light brown head. Sweet roasted malt aroma with a light note of honey. Slight sweet into a more herbal and slight acidic finish with bitterness. Reveals some malty and yeasty mixtured flavour with a slight edge and some softness from the honey. Good but nothing really thrilling.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Rbald42 for this brew.

750ml Bottle

Poured into my Watou chalice a nice brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice big island and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast notes, figs, raisins, plums, slightly spiced. The taste is malty, yeasty, nice touch of dark fruits, and some spice notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is my first one from this brewery and it is pretty tasty, glad to have had a chance to try it.

Photo of ThaCreep
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A damp smell of soil, with roasted malt that reminds both of caramel and honey. These flavors are also found in the mouth, lips that is both soft and slightly sweet but with a presence of hops and spice. It also feels touches of honey rather discreet but present throughout the tasting, and especially in the aftertaste, this without prejudice to the notable qualities of hops and yeast hops that make this beer very significant .

Photo of Travlr
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Jet black with moderate tan head that lasts a long time then settles to leave excellent lacing.
S: Aroma of smoke and malt with light background spice.
T: Flavor is dominated by malts - caramel, with vinuous grapes. Acidic finish suggests a problem with the batch.
M: Nice big brew, but some oils are present - also a problem.
D: A bug beer, one of the better of the range.

Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a bottle in some halloween-themed cafe outside of Ghent. This was certainly something different and not for everyone. This beer tastes like a doppelbock, btu drinks like a dark ale - meaning its a bit smoother and sweeter. The aftertaste was a bit lacking, but I was happy to find something a little out of the norm here in Belgium.

Photo of ggaughan
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle. Beer poured a deep dense brownish, almost black color and with a thick tan head that lasts awhile and gives way to a solid ring and lacing. The nose was a bit sweet, some fruit tones. Hints of honey but it is not in the beer. The taste is more of the same and you get a taste of the higher abv and a solid body. As the beer warms the fruit aromas come out a bit more and you get some bready yeast notes. Well rounded beer.

Photo of thierrynantes
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sorry but this comment is in french :

Appearance : Bière acajou très foncée, presque opaque, à la mousse abondante et assez stable.
Smell : Nez intense et doux, aux tons èpicés lègers, arôme puissant mais fin.
Taste & mouthfeel : Saveur pleine, aux tons de malt grillé, amertume nette, post-amertume franche, plutôt longue. Corps armonieux
Drinkability : encore une très bonne bière Belge

Photo of khiasmus
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2003 vintage.

A- A decent, but rather boring-looking brown ale. Slightly cloudy with tan head that retains fairly well, but no lacing.

S- Raisins, fruit, honey, caramelized brown sugar, alcohol, Not really any yeast or hops to speak of, although if you smell the bottom of the bottle you get some yeast/bread.
Smells very good.

T- Much like the nose, with a bit of a sour/bitter aftertaste, but the entire experience is overall sweetness and alcohol in the finish. A LOT of alcohol. Tastes like more than 9%, to me anyway.

M- Smooth, chewy, and alcoholic warming, especially in the finish. Carbonation is low.

D- I'll definitely have it again, but the alcohol is a bit high. Sweetness isn't cloying though, but yummy.

Photo of janubio
2.81/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First, I must mention it's an out of date bottle.
Black colour and big brown head, it looks like a stout. Promising. Smell of honey, toffee, roasted notes, dried fruits, but with some acetic notes, probably because of the time. Still promising. Mouth... well, there's honey, dried fruits and chocolate, but the dominant note is a very disgusting metallic taste that miss it. Some vinegar too, again, probably because of the out of date time. Must try a good bottle some day.

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2.44/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

3/9/2007 $2.99 11.2 oz. 9.00% 99-03 are marked on the container, but nothing is notched.


Pours a dark murky brown that is speckled with a large amount of floating sediment. Topped by a thin film of fluffy white head that settles immediately.


Ripe figs, maple syrup, loads of belgian candied sugar and a ton of toffee with mild alcohol notes.


Thin watery mouthfeel with an odd off yeast flavor in the foreground. All of the pleasant aromas of the nose have vanished leaving some nasty diacetyl and way too much breadiness. This is not my day for beers. Two tries, and two that go down the drain after one sip.

Photo of dgallina
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml brown bottle dated simply 2003. Sampled November 10th 2006.

Pours clear red-edged mahogany with no head and thin tendrils of lace. Smells quite mellow and alcoholic at this age. Aroma is full of toasted oak-edged malt, cookie dough, sugary plums and raisins. Lots of vinous fruity alcohol. Flavor is a bit of a let-down (perhaps too much age on this bottle). Chewy lightly toasted caramel malts give way to touches of rounded dark fruit. Finishes abruptly with strong medicinal alcohol sourness and burning. Viscous and nearly-cloying body with some residual carbonation. Not something I'd rush to drink again, though I might attempt a fresher bottle if I found one.

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3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the bottle 03 . this was more like a winw bottle thab a beer bottle had to get a cork screw to get the cork out and that was after I pop the cap off. poured brown with a big tan head. aroma dark fruits that are starting to turn sour, caramel, some alcohol, the sourness just took over on this. flavor, malts, honey, fruity, some roastyness as it warms some chocolate comes out the sourness took a back seat which I was glad of.

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml. An unexpected arrival at a local specialty store. Paired with a terrific dinner, which required a good dubbel or something of the like. This beer was very sweet, but in a good way. Very fruity, almost heading towards something like a Flanders red (like Duchesse de bourgogne). A bit thin in body, but the flavor is good all the way through. I enjoyed this enough to buy it again, and it did work quite well with our dinner. Always nice to find a new Belgian...

Photo of hunteraw
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle looks OLD, American import label peeled off as soon as condensation collected when it came out of the fridge, revealing the belgian label underneath (no barcode, yes notched bottling date). Bottled in June of 2003 - this bottle is more than three years old - luckily, this style is cellarable and should have improved with age.

Appearance: red-tinted dark amber, looks somewhere between sparkling red grape juice and cola. One finger off-white head with decent retention and some lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast aroma, candi sugar, hops, and what I want to describe as a "cola" like character. Some dark fruit as well.

Taste: Fairly subdued character as it enters your mouth. Not as flavorful as I'd hoped or expected. After a second or two of sloshing around, though, it starts to open up. Lots of residual sugars, sweet. Dark fruits (raisin?). Hop bitterness is enough to balance the malts. Very mellow, a touch tart. Aftertaste is earthy, toffee.

Mouthfeel: Not as carbonated as it looked when I first poured it. Medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability: hides the 9% ABV rather well, I think. Not as good as I'd hoped when the label peeled off and I saw this had been inadvertantly aged three years, but fair drinkability all the same.

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