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Zatte Bie - Brouwerij De Bie / D'Hellekappelle

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BA SCORE
84
good

68 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Bie / D'Hellekappelle visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-07-2002)
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Reviews by Travlr:
Photo of Travlr
4.08/5  rDev +10%
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.

Travlr, Jan 07, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A very drak brown pour with a modest tan head.

Smell: Chocolatey hints in the nose and maybe a touch of roasted malt.

Taste: A very mild chocolate sweetness followed by hints of coffee bean. Some roasted malt flavours give the beer a decent backbone

Mouthfeel: A very light body, all things considered and overall a very smooth beer. Mild chocolate finish and a hint of dry, dark fruit.

Drinkablilty: I quite enjoyed this beer even though i wouldn't consider it a "great" beer by world class standards.

Popsinc, Oct 29, 2003
Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz slender brown bottle, the label shows a cartoon brewer taking a nap with an odd bee hive floating above the beer barrel. No freshness date.

Appearance: Deep tawny brown with a light tan lace that foams up well as retains until the beer is finished.

Smell: Caramel and candied fruit, earthy to the point of being mineral-like with a vague vanilla bean in the mix. Soft and sweet on the nose with subtle fruity aromas.

Taste: Medium body with a smooth and semi-creamy mouth feel, sweet with a light tart twang. Sweetness from the malt is close to cloying but the mild alcoholic esters and its spiciness help to balance, the hops are there but do not get in the way of the malt. The sweetness is the back is from the residuals of raw honey. The strength of the alcohol is quite deceiving as the warmth is slow. Suggestions of bing cherries, vanilla and apple skin are complex by-products that bring the brew to the next level. Seems like more toasted malt flavour come through when the beer warms up a bit. The brown or toasted malt flavour is sizable in the front and slowly mellows into the finish.

Notes: Perhaps a bit too sweet for some, certainly a desert beer or even a night cap of a brew. Enough complex flavours to draw the taste buds away from the sweetness here and there.

Jason, Mar 07, 2002
Photo of merlin48
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750 ml corked and capped bottle with a label depicting a napping brewer with a swarming bee and beehive above the barrel he is resting his head on. Unusual label, and the cork was a bear to remove, even with a corkscrew. This pours into a goblet a dirty, chestnut brown with a small tan head that quickly falls into a longlasting collar. Attractive sheet lacing is left on the goblet. No sediment noted.
Aroma begins with malty chocolate and toffee, quickly joined by dark fruits(prune juice), and mild spicing. Raw clover honey is also prominent, as is an earthy yeast presence.
Mouthfeel reveals a medium full body, with a spritzy carbonation that is uniquely Belgian.
Taste begins with a dark fruit sweetness that evokes coriander spiced prune juice. Mild note of toffee, strong note of raw honey, and plenty of herbal hops bitterness. The promising start goes downhill midway through with some harsh acidic yeastiness and a medicinal note from the otherwise concealed alcohol. The finish is dry and acridly bitter from a dank yeastiness. This follows into the aftertaste, and convinces me that this is an ale to avoid in the future. The aroma and initial tastes remind me very much of one of Unibroue's strong dark Belgian style ales, like Trois Pistoles, or La Fin Du Monde. Zatte is rougher around the edges, however, and lacks the balance of its Canadian counterparts. Maybe, the green color of the bottle played a role here, but this one disappointed.

merlin48, Dec 05, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Deep mahogany brown tone with a nice full more than two finger sized tan head leaves perfect even lacing scatter evenly around my glass. Aroma: Toasted malts a blend of honey not bad even sweetness but not cloying in anyway just yet seems a bit stale. Taste: Dark roasted malts with a tinge of honey doesn't finish well hops seem stale if at all decent. Mouthfeel: Medium body sprizty effervescent carbonation not smooth in anyway. Drinkability: This beer just doesn't work for me find me another aged Belgium ale because this one doesn't succeed.

WVbeergeek, Jan 17, 2004
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.

ggaughan, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of Metalmonk
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at the Ten Pin Cafe, Martinsville, VA, poured into a regular pilsner glass (TPC is lacking in appropriate glassware).

Body is your basic brown with ruby hints. Foamy, average-sized head with mild lacing. Head halves and stays for the duration.

Smells of malt, maple syrup and, yeah, a faint trace of honey. Pretty reserved aroma though, not giving away the great flavors to follow.

Great taste that reminds of a hybrid of mead and a basic Belgian brown. Malt and honey mingle well, with some additional fruit character showing up. An almost hazelnut tinge here too. Alcohol is felt but it's timid, present enough to provide a mellow warming sensation.

The thick-ish, buttery-just-shy-of-syrupy mouthfeel only helps the delivery of the flavor.

Despite a higher ABV, Zatte Bie is very easy to drink. It goes down smooth and will give you a glow after only a few good sips.

Metalmonk, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of mattfancett
2.65/5  rDev -28.6%

mattfancett, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of ElGordo
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy dark orange with a frothy white head that hangs around for a while. Fruity nose reveals a good amount of sweet malt, stone fruit, molasses, a touch of Belgian yeast, and a distinct alcohol presence. Palate is complex - up front, sweet malt with notes of honey, molasses, and dried fruit, becoming sharper in the back of the mouth with a touch of hops and the yeast coming forth. Warming alcohol sensation on the finish lasts for a while. Mouthfeel is a little lacking, simultaneously thin and syrupy, I don't know how to describe it. While interesting, this is a difficult beer to drink. Of course, the bottle I have is almost two years old, so maybe it's better in its prime.

ElGordo, May 18, 2005
Photo of swamiswamu
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one has one of the most distinguised heads out there. The huge frothy mass just kinda stays. The color is a deep brownish burgundy. There is a pleasant yeasty aroma. The taste features a wonderful interplay between the malt and underlying yeast with hints of caramel and bourbon. The huge body deducts somewhat from the drinkability, but this one's great.

swamiswamu, Jan 31, 2005
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.

tempest, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another four-year old bottle that has kept well. Nice dubel smell with scent of honey. Pours dark and bubbly, looks like a Coca-Cola, with sediment stuck to the bottom of the bottle. Taste full of sugar and honey. Malts are nicely dark, but not roasted. Sweet, but not cloying.

DrunkMcDermott, Dec 29, 2003
Photo of DESTRO
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours out a deep brown, nice large head, impressive. aromas of malt, bready yeast, mild honey sweetness etc. not bad. in the mouth it is crisp, bubbly, lively...everything a nice belgian should be. taste wise, youve got your light fruitiness, sweet malt, a touch of honey, some caramel and a decent slap of alcohol. but it seems a bit un-balanced. but hey maybe thats just me. a big beer that is drinkable, but not overly so. one was fine for me.

paid $1.99 for a bottle

DESTRO, Apr 10, 2004
Photo of dgallina
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

dgallina, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of hotstuff
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a tan head with fine-small bubbles. There was lacing on all sides of my mug. It has a reddish-brown body. It was thin and watery. I could taste the alcohol in this brew. This is another brew to be sipped and enjoyed and not guzzled in my opinion. I did not notice any aftertaste with this brew.

hotstuff, Jun 10, 2003
Photo of Darkale
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, root-beer-brown body with a very strong and long-lasting light tan head. An appealing beer to the eye.

Aroma is a pungent mix of yeast and malt, almost acrid with a sweet edge. Mouthfeel is the best part of this beer: rich and creamy and full. Taste is caramel at first, but with too much sourness.

A decent Belgian beer. Taste is a bit too sour for my inclination.

Darkale, Apr 06, 2004
Photo of Padron4KM
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Pours dark brown, with a medium sized tan head.

Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, prune.

Flavor is equaly sweet with some fruity notes,
Thick creamy mouthfeel.
High abv is hidden well.
I had a few pieces of smoked guoda cheese with this beer, and that helped dimish some of the sweetness.

Padron4KM, Aug 29, 2004
Photo of santoslhalper
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence: The creamy off-white head sits above a reddish brown body with orange tints.

Smell: The smell is luciously sweet, with strong honey and sugar notes.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is a great sweet and sour mix, with strong honey and candi sugar tastes. It has the sweetness of mead, the sourness of a lambic, the complexity of a flanders red, and the body of a Belgian dark ale. The complexity is outstanding.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a truly unique ale in my opinion. It's hard to fit it into a specific catagory, but whatever the hell it is I thoroughly enjoyed every last ounce in my glass.

santoslhalper, May 30, 2005
Photo of Gusler
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A somewhat vague cranberry color on the pour, the head is lavish, the lace glutinous sheets that cling longingly to the glass, both light chocolate in color. Nose is nutty sweet, malt, and caramel, also lightly smoked. Front is sweet malt, top is flimsy, the finish is sparingly acidic, satisfactorily hopped, somewhat malt dry. A decent drinking beer, with a bit of "Belly warming" as you quaff the beer.

Gusler, Nov 03, 2002
Photo of dansteino
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brown with some reddish hints. Nice head.

Smell: Some ripe fruit, spice, and sweetness. I also get some earthy and wooodsy tones. Pretty complex

Taste: Very sweet with some bitterness (provided more by the carbonation -- I think)

Mouthfeel: Now I know what "heavy" and "cloying" means.

Drinkability: One is enough. Thanks. Still, I would buy this again.

dansteino, Jun 09, 2004
Photo of ThaCreep
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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 .

ThaCreep, Mar 06, 2010
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.

eric5bellies, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of beerpirates
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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.

beerpirates, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of tjd25
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intense dark color, the head was thin. When you see the beer, you know it’s gonna be good.
Fruity smell, pear maybe with hints of cherry. You can feel the high abv too.
Powerful taste, woody, with hints of cherry, very malty, some spices, and a strong flavor of wine on the palate as an aftertaste. I usually don’t like the liquorish taste of some strong dark ales, but I found this one to my taste. Some tiny bubbles pleasingly bite the tongue as you drink it. The hops aren’t that present in the beer. and me and my friend found it really drinkable. My friend wants me to add that Zatte bie is more refreshing than other beers of the same style. I’m almost sorry for not having noticed any honey flavor, although most of the other reviewers did and although there’s a bee on the label of the bottle…

tjd25, Mar 18, 2004
Photo of jreitman
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fruity and floral aroma. Copper/amber with a white head. Light bodied. Sweet undertones with some nuts and hints of subdued fruit. Started out kind of bland but as it warmed the flavors came out of their hiding places including some light floral flavors that were otherwise non-existent.

jreitman, Aug 24, 2002
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Zatte Bie from Brouwerij De Bie / D'Hellekappelle
84 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.