Hellekapelle | Brouwerij De Bie

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3.64 w/ 31 ratings

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Bie

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-07-2002

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of Sammy
3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
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 BEERchitect
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
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 Phyl21ca
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
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 -17.6%
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 Jason
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
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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Photo of Slatetank
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of mrfrancis
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
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 desint
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kmpitz2
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to clvand0 for sharing this with me. It pours a hazy straw color with a small head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is spicey, slightly grainey, a touch raisiney sweet. Nice. The flavor is more sweet than the nose would say...a bit more orangey citrusy. The spiceyness is very well blended with the citrus and slight raisin. Very nice. The feel is moderate with a nice carbonation. Overall, I find it to be highly drinkable. It is smooth and easy to drink. Good brew.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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 WynnO
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clvand0
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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 JISurfer
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
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 HopStoopid120
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of marc77
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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 mattfancett
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of janubio
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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 marburg
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
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 Kiro
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ypsifly
4.04/5  rDev +11%
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 RuudJH
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
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%
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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