Hellekapelle | Brouwerij De Bie

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Brouwerij De Bie

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 23
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Photo of Jason
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz slender brown bottle, the label shows a cartoon like witch and her familiar on a broom flying through a graveyard. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pale golden with straw hues, this bubbly lace with a settling to a wispy lace.

Smell: Fruity aroma of vague pear, mango and banana with a hint of juicy fruit bubblegum smell. Sweet on the nose.

Taste: Moderate body with a crisp and refreshing mouth feel, carbonation is a little stiff but at a good level. Little slick with an undertone of buttery diacetyl up front, pale malt with husk flavour is rounded out by the sweetness. Hops and yeast both take a sharp, somewhat musty bite, into the sweetness. Fruity flavours are light but all over the place. More powdery yeast on the palate, a bit dainty but clean and earthy. Alcohol is a bit meek yet is fitting for this beer, trace of hop flavour in the middle to end. Clean finish with some residual sweetness and a mild touch of diacetyl.

Notes: Wow, this is a flavourful tiny Belgian beer. This could be a great session beer to not get snookered off of being that it is only 5% abv. Definitely worth a try if you have not had it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mattfancett
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Sammy
3.09/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unusual and part of my venturing into the less popular Belgium pales. Starts bitter and finishes sweet, with a lot of creamy head/foam. A macro cheeselike beer aroma dominates the nose. Pale colour. Poperinge hops, relatively low alcohol. Refreshing, but not something I would seek out again. From the Belgian Shop, received late 2006 and official expirey was February.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a hazy beige color ale with a foamy head with a good size foamy head with good retention but minimal lacing. Aroma of dry malt with a funny yeast smell. Taste is a weird mix between some dry malt, bad funky yeast and some dry hops. Full body with some good carbonation. Definitely not the best beer from this usually fine brewery.

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Photo of desint
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RuudJH
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Healthy pale ale, 33 cl. bottle, Bottled october 2009, lot D.
Best within 3 year.

Pale golden colour, big soapy head, good carbonation. Cloudy after pouring it out.
Smell of citrus, clove, koriander. Light sour.
Grassy in the taste, and very malty. Mostly dry finish.
Very watery mouthfeel. Leaving it a few minutes, it is very much like a lager.

Overall, this beer is a bit disappointing. It started very promising though.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer as it pours from the bottle a tenebrous golden orange color, the head portly in size, frothy in texture, and the residue forms a fine sheet of lace to cover the glass. The nose sweet, light hints of yeast, orange peel, fresh and clean, quite appealing to the senses. Start is mostly malt, somewhat tart, top is slender in its feel to the palate, finish has a moderate to light acidity, hops are delightful in their spicy presence, aftertaste long lasting and slightly bitter, quite a pleasant little brew.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold color and very bubbly. The nose offers pure flavors and fragrant hops. The palate is soft with good bitterness might be described as powerful and shows the power of hops. The aftertaste also allows the same honest bitterness out of power and fill the mouth without the sublime. This is also far from convincing to 100% because it offers nothing more. However, it is easily drinkable with its alcohol content low.

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Photo of marc77
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark golden hue, w/ copious aggregates of yeast in suspension. Tight, persistant head leaves loose lace. Yeast mustiness and tart fruit in aroma w/ honey - like sweetness and light clove. Spicy, pepper flavors dominate the flavor profile, but lemony fruitiness is there as well. Light in body, crisp, w/ an almost spritzy mouthfeel. Refreshing and quenching, yet highly flavorful. Hop bitterness is light and appropriate considering the mild malt backbone of this brew. Finishes clean, and quite dry, with only a hint of black licorice. Hellekapelle is tasty and highly enjoyable for such a light beer-- A great Belgian session beer.

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Photo of 123321123321
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WynnO
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of thelagerheads
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle
Holiday Market
Canton, MI

I bought this mainly because it had a flying witch on the bottle and because those in the KNOW buy Belgians and quaff their face off whilst looking down their up-turned noses. But because I'm semi-human and obstinate I've refrained from putting this into a dainty European Warsteiner glass and opted for a thick European Grolsch glass and thus probably have erred and am off the Trappist Wire Tap of Americans to Watch Who May or May not Try to Import Trappist A-List Beers into the Country Illegally Against Decree of the Self-Annointed and Sheepishly Adhered to Command by their Devoted Minions. So there's this caramel and malt and a nonstop battle to keep whatever is in the spice pack floating near the bottom in circulation with the rest of the beer. It's not working and I'm assuming that under this sweet film of delectable water I am going to get a mouthful of suntin' suntin'. Here comes the sediment! MMMmmm...Ok, so it wasn't very dramatic. Maybe a light cinnamon, honey and let's just say arsenic to sound esoteric and brave. No signs though of the fruity sweetness others have harped and hollered about.

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Photo of deeplennon
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Very under-carbonated, nearly flat, which gave the beer a pretty thin body. An aberration perhaps? There was no freshness date though the year tabs on the side of the bottle were for 00-04, so it could've been a fairly old bottle. Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland which can be notorious for having beer on the shelves for years (greatest beer store on the west coast though, imho.)

Nice fruity yeast aroma characteristics, including lemon, my wife notes coconut. The taste was fairly light compared to the aroma, reminded me of a witbier with lighter coriander and orange peel characteristics. Yeast was heavily packed on the bottom of the bottle and I let some come out for Abbaye De Rocs like chunks in the glass. Very very easy to drink it was gone in minutes. Different enough from other Belgians to be recommended though not especially good enough to be sought out specifically. The wife calls it a 'session Belgian' and says it has it's place. I'd agree with that as it's light even for a Blonde at 5%.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good beer, with only a few flaws. Fruity, spicy, yet soft aromas -- reminescent of a Witbier. Nice lemony, orangy, murky color with a fair head and lacing. Tastes modeltly sweet on the malt side, but solid with the fruits. Oranges, lemons, and grapefruit make up the majority of the flavors. Mild spices (corriander, curraco, allspice) add character. A pronounced grainy bite in the throat increases as I reached the bottom of the glass which I found off-setting. Feels soft, smooth, and light on the toung. Finishes moderately sweet, but clean except for the bite. Alcoholic heat increases into the finish that helped the complexity.

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Photo of janubio
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Clear yellow colour, with a small white head and some lace. Funky smell of tropical fruits, spices, maybe clove or pepper, bananas. Medium body, carbonation good enough. Taste is fruity, spicy, some citrus. You think it has more alcohol than it really does. Very good.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Lots of yeast character in the aroma. Apricots and esters and honey. Lots of sweet malt.

Pale gold, no head, little carbonation bubbles. Clear as can be.

Flavor is mostly of honey. (De Bie...might have to revisit their signature beer. This might be a lable beer). Slightly fri\uity (green apples) with not a whole lot of fermentation character.

On the light side of body. Slightly under carbonated.

A good beer but probably one I won't go out of my way to have again.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought I would try this cause it had a funny little witch on it. Well, I was glad I did. This was one unique looking beer, that's for sure. With a huge frothy white head, brown murky color, and tons of yeast. More yeast than I am used to that is. It's got a nice taste to it too. Something of a mix of citrus, wheat, raisins, plums, and various others. It also had a taste of alcohol, which I wouldn;t have expected in something so light, relatively speaking. Do I like it? Hells ya. Will I get it again? After I drink every beer in the world!!!

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Photo of ypsifly
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated 12oz purchased at Holiday Market in Canton and poured into a tulip.

Light hazy blond with minimal head and no real lace.

Fruity nose with some cherries and banana and lots of lemon zest. Dry. I like it.

Quick flavor of sweet malts upfront then it turns dry with some tart fruits and dry hops. Dry finish that is somewhat tart and leaves a suggestion of ripe apples.

Moderate mouth that fits the style just right. A nice little Pale that goes well with a plate of cold meats and cheeses.

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Photo of HopStoopid120
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Travlr
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy straw colored with a small white head that settles very quickly and leaves little lacing.
S: Aroma of grass and apples, with some sour notes present. Maybe black pepper and a bit of citrus.
T: Malts dominate the taste, with some sour apple.
M: Reasonable body, but not great.
D: Middle of the road in this brewer's range.

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Photo of clvand0
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy yellow color with a moderate head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is slightly sweet with a lot of spices and graniness. The flavor has some citrus and spices as well as quite a bit of sweetness. Moderate mouthfeel and the drinkability is very nice. Enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of marburg
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh, what a fine glass of yeast...er, beer.

Opaque, opaque, opaque -- to the extent that hazy doesn't even begin to describe this thing. A yellow-ish latte color with a short, dense, fur-like head. A mango-ish, exotic nose -- all kinds of wonky tropical flowers and fruits.

Flavor seemed a bit forced, though that seems unlikely. I wonder if I had an off bottle. The yeast was there with an almost nasty finish. But the most part, this brew is ridiculously sweet and fruity in all its subtlties -- and then some. At this point, I'm a little confused. There's something not quite right -- an almost rotten sweetness is creeping in. I keep thinking about the bottle teetering on being bad. Regardless, it was flavorful and interesting. Even if this wasn't going bad, I can see having this again despite the problems I had with the flavor.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted 2007.

Appearance : yellow color, with white foamy head.
Smell : hops aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : a fine bitterness fully meets the mouth, soft consistency, with a dry finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian Pale Ale.

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Hellekapelle from Brouwerij De Bie
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 33 ratings