Hapkin
Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #282
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #33,964
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 13.17%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
30
From:
Brouwerij Alken-Maes
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  0
Gots
  3
SCORE
84
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Reviews by lucat:
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lucat from Italy

3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dense foam. Quite bitter. Actually so bitter that is hard to find other tastes! but there is some fruit as strawberries and bananas. Nice and delicate smell with a hint of jasmine

Jul 20, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Quite pale gold, clear (filtered), pours with 1Cm quite pillowy white head.
S- Some mild spice notes, the type typical of certain types of Belgian beer.
T- Starts mild on the palate and rapidly grows in prominence, finishing as something of a statement. Within it is some fruit, banana is clearest for me.
F- 8.5% yet entirely refreshing, zero risk of anything over-heavy or cloying here. Carbonation in the mouth is very good.
O- I like it, I think it's very well put together, well balanced, and there is not a single facet evident that is out of place or balance to me. It isn't cheap but I'm glad I got to try it. I'd very happily drink this again, all in it's a class act.
Bought from BeersOfEurope/UK for home delivery, 330ml bottle £2.99

Jul 20, 2020
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samEBC from Belgium

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nov 04, 2019
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josanguapo from Spain

3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

De Belgiuminabox. En copa Teku. Jugando a Inner World. 24 meses tras consumo preferente. Notas a manzana dulce y algo de presencia de alcohol. Correcta pero sin levantar pasiones

Jul 16, 2019
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WOLFGANG from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +21%

Jul 04, 2013
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mactrail from Washington

3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear yellow color with ample white foam in the Champagne flute. Pleasant hot and fizzy mouthfeel. Clean and malty but fairly dry to start. There's just a modest grainy flavor along with the alcohol. Mineral aftertaste and a very dry yeasty flavor. This doesn't have the fruity taste of the Tripels and Biere de Gardes. More like an aperitif. From the 330 ml bottle purchased at a French supermarket.

Jul 17, 2018
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mattfancett from England

3/5  rDev -19.4%

Aug 28, 2014
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beerpirates from Belgium

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Mar 08, 2014
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desint from Belgium

3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Jun 14, 2017
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle from À la Mort Subite, Brussels (€5.50):
Quite a nice & light beer with a fluffy feel at times but one that had strong carbonation & a sharp, crisp finish with a dryness throughout. It was well-balanced with only a touch of alcohol showing & although the nose could perhaps have been stronger there was nice apple & banana flavours coming through with some yeast & spice as well. Fresh & easy going, the beer was surprisingly good & one that I'd happily pick up again if I found it in the UK.

Jul 10, 2018
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Hanglow from Scotland

3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours gold, voluptuous head. crystal clear.
phenol and alchol on the nose, not too much of either. bit of noble hop.

Bit more hop in flavour, some diacytyl, dry-ish but probably not enough for the strenght and lack of bitterness.

It's ok but there are many better blonde belgians out there

Sep 11, 2018
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safaricook from Netherlands

3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A beer of the same name is registered name is registered at beeradvocate under the brewery brouwerij Louwaege. I heard that the brewery was bought by brewery Alken-Maes in 2002 and closed soon after that. The Hapkin beer is now brewed at a different location probably under a different recipe, but I really don't know. However, this is definitely not the same beer as in the other entry and therefore this addition seems justified.

Label of the bottle is the same as in the old version showing two brewers in the cornfield raising their wooden mash rakes like if they wanted to catch flies.

Poured it into my Duvel Tulip leaving the sediment in the bottle creating an almost translucent golden orange body with lots of coarse carbonation. Head is gigantic like in Duvel but less stable and more coarse. There is some lacing.

Smell is sweet of light malts, phenolic, bread all in all typical belgium yeast aromas and I think I get the Saaz hop that is mentioned on the label.

Taste is also some light malts sweetness and hoppy bitterness. Both are nicely balanced. It ends particularly dry almost sour.

Due to the coarseness of the bubbles the beer lacks the velvety Duvel quality and this is probably the biggest difference to its role model.

This is definitely a good beer, but just not great. The beer clearly tries to be Duvel but is clearly not. With the availability of Duvel nowadays there is no need for this beer especially as its roots have been caped by the corporates.

Jun 16, 2013
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MaevaS from France

4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

Jan 25, 2014
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dcmchew from Romania

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Nov 04, 2013
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byronic from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Jul 04, 2014
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stcules from Italy

3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Intense blonde, very big head, white, elegant.
In the smell yeast, fruit (pear, apple), some candy sugar. Esters.
Classic taste, malt, candy sugar, fruity notes. Relatively dry.
Average body, quite dry finish aftertaste.
Anyway, well done.

Aug 29, 2019
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JTuomi from Finland

3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 27, 2016
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Hayley_86 from Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aug 07, 2016
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Jerseyislandbeer from Jersey

3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Feb 05, 2016
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BJSmit from Netherlands

4/5  rDev +7.5%

Feb 11, 2014
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HopBelT from Belgium

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 23, 2015
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iftcoach from Germany

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 12, 2018
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YvesB from Belgium

2.5/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Apr 04, 2016
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Shanex from France

4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An interesting Belgian Strong Pale Ale, bought in Belgium at a good price.

33cl bottle poured into a mug, leaving a massive head lasting a bit.

Excellent brew in my opinion but apparently not so available.

Jun 28, 2017
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54V4G3 from Belgium

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Apr 22, 2017
Hapkin from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 30 ratings