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
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 Dzu
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter from 0.33l bottle.
L: Light amber color with a massive white foam head.
S: Belgian yeasts, peaches, lime. Weak sourness.
T: Simidry, weak sourness, grapefruit.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: Decent refreshing belgian ale.

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Photo of Kiro
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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 WynnO
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of mattfancett
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of HopStoopid120
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of mrfrancis
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of Slatetank
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of benfons
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very pale, hazy blonde colour; nice decent head

S: apple, banana and other fruits. some spices and hops

T: not very convincing, alcoholic mainly; a hint of hops and malts

M: on the thin side, carbonation a bit thin

O: very average beer, won't buy this again

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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 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 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 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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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 BuckeyeNation
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Equal parts amber and orange with a few dark flecks that escaped into the glass on the pour. The pale ecru lid, never very large to begin with, has faded to a thick disk after a whole lot of snappin', cracklin' and poppin'. It's anything but sticky and isn't decorating the glass at all.

The nose is dominated by a musky fruitiness and a musky (and musty) hoppiness. I wouldn't be surprised if some woodland herb or other was present, but I doubt it. Where's the usual Belgian yeast magic? Not in this bottle, that's for sure.

Hellekapelle Artisanal Belgian Blond Ale is interesting beer, but it isn't good beer. At the bottom is a blond malty, dark honeyish flavor that adds almost no sweetness. At the top is an herbal, marshgrassy hoppiness that isn't bitter. There's also an odd sort of flavor that reminds me of anise seed. Unfortunately, none of it works well individually or in combination.

The mouthfeel is anything but Belgian. It's undercarbonated in the extreme, which makes the beer feel flat and thin. Since most of the good scores were from several years ago, I wonder if only one batch was sent stateside and I'm drinking a beer that's well past its prime. Could be.

Zatte Bie was good, Helleketelbier was decent and Hellekapelle is barely passable. Unless you can be assured that you're getting a reasonably fresh bottle, I'd suggest leaving this one on the shelves. Cool label, though.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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