Zatte Bie | Brouwerij De Bie

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Zatte BieZatte Bie

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Bie

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-07-2002

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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.

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Photo of beerpirates
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Rbald42 for this brew.

750ml Bottle

Poured into my Watou chalice a nice brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice big island and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast notes, figs, raisins, plums, slightly spiced. The taste is malty, yeasty, nice touch of dark fruits, and some spice notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is my first one from this brewery and it is pretty tasty, glad to have had a chance to try it.

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Photo of ThaCreep
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
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 .

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Photo of Travlr
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sorry but this comment is in french :

Appearance : Bière acajou très foncée, presque opaque, à la mousse abondante et assez stable.
Smell : Nez intense et doux, aux tons èpicés lègers, arôme puissant mais fin.
Taste & mouthfeel : Saveur pleine, aux tons de malt grillé, amertume nette, post-amertume franche, plutôt longue. Corps armonieux
Drinkability : encore une très bonne bière Belge

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Photo of khiasmus
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2003 vintage.

A- A decent, but rather boring-looking brown ale. Slightly cloudy with tan head that retains fairly well, but no lacing.

S- Raisins, fruit, honey, caramelized brown sugar, alcohol, Not really any yeast or hops to speak of, although if you smell the bottom of the bottle you get some yeast/bread.
Smells very good.

T- Much like the nose, with a bit of a sour/bitter aftertaste, but the entire experience is overall sweetness and alcohol in the finish. A LOT of alcohol. Tastes like more than 9%, to me anyway.

M- Smooth, chewy, and alcoholic warming, especially in the finish. Carbonation is low.

D- I'll definitely have it again, but the alcohol is a bit high. Sweetness isn't cloying though, but yummy.

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Photo of janubio
2.81/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First, I must mention it's an out of date bottle.
Black colour and big brown head, it looks like a stout. Promising. Smell of honey, toffee, roasted notes, dried fruits, but with some acetic notes, probably because of the time. Still promising. Mouth... well, there's honey, dried fruits and chocolate, but the dominant note is a very disgusting metallic taste that miss it. Some vinegar too, again, probably because of the out of date time. Must try a good bottle some day.

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Photo of cbl2
2.44/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

3/9/2007 $2.99 11.2 oz. 9.00% 99-03 are marked on the container, but nothing is notched.


Pours a dark murky brown that is speckled with a large amount of floating sediment. Topped by a thin film of fluffy white head that settles immediately.


Ripe figs, maple syrup, loads of belgian candied sugar and a ton of toffee with mild alcohol notes.


Thin watery mouthfeel with an odd off yeast flavor in the foreground. All of the pleasant aromas of the nose have vanished leaving some nasty diacetyl and way too much breadiness. This is not my day for beers. Two tries, and two that go down the drain after one sip.

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Photo of dgallina
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of walleye
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the bottle 03 . this was more like a winw bottle thab a beer bottle had to get a cork screw to get the cork out and that was after I pop the cap off. poured brown with a big tan head. aroma dark fruits that are starting to turn sour, caramel, some alcohol, the sourness just took over on this. flavor, malts, honey, fruity, some roastyness as it warms some chocolate comes out the sourness took a back seat which I was glad of.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml. An unexpected arrival at a local specialty store. Paired with a terrific dinner, which required a good dubbel or something of the like. This beer was very sweet, but in a good way. Very fruity, almost heading towards something like a Flanders red (like Duchesse de bourgogne). A bit thin in body, but the flavor is good all the way through. I enjoyed this enough to buy it again, and it did work quite well with our dinner. Always nice to find a new Belgian...

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Photo of hunteraw
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle looks OLD, American import label peeled off as soon as condensation collected when it came out of the fridge, revealing the belgian label underneath (no barcode, yes notched bottling date). Bottled in June of 2003 - this bottle is more than three years old - luckily, this style is cellarable and should have improved with age.

Appearance: red-tinted dark amber, looks somewhere between sparkling red grape juice and cola. One finger off-white head with decent retention and some lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast aroma, candi sugar, hops, and what I want to describe as a "cola" like character. Some dark fruit as well.

Taste: Fairly subdued character as it enters your mouth. Not as flavorful as I'd hoped or expected. After a second or two of sloshing around, though, it starts to open up. Lots of residual sugars, sweet. Dark fruits (raisin?). Hop bitterness is enough to balance the malts. Very mellow, a touch tart. Aftertaste is earthy, toffee.

Mouthfeel: Not as carbonated as it looked when I first poured it. Medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability: hides the 9% ABV rather well, I think. Not as good as I'd hoped when the label peeled off and I saw this had been inadvertantly aged three years, but fair drinkability all the same.

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Photo of Ego
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

found @ cable beverage, bardonia, NY

boiling head. what the hell does that mean ? OK.. here it goes, you pour this thing and the head looks like it is nearly boiling while it is crackling and fading into nothing extremely quickly.. and very audible also. interesting and unique. dark brown with some sediment in the bottom of the glass, light has to struggle to penetrate this.

deep dark herbal honey, it tries to hide the alcohol but you can sense it here, dark fruits slathered in honey... the nose is deep and heavy, it is almost like breathing in honey.. it "smells" that thick. this smell is so interesting and deep I have to rate it highly.. I haven't smelled anything like this.. total dark honey. this almost smells like a honeyed barleywine.

taste etc.
more honey. which hides the ABV of this thing way too well.. oddly enough I don't find this "too sweet" for me. mouthfeel is medium with very subtle carbonation that doesn't get in the way of the flavor. this one is strange... when you hold it in your mouth you don't get much, only when you let it finish... it drinks way too easily in this manner. DEFINITE warming in the stomach from this. I am getting a bit of molasses flavor in this one as well. it coats the mouth very nicely but the carbonation dries it up just enough to urge another sip. There is a hint of bitterness on the back sides of the tongue which adds an interesting element.

this would make a fantastic digestif with dessert. maybe not something to pair up with uber cheese but more along the lines of oatmeal cookies.. or black forest cake... a really interesting ale.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of clvand0
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark color with a nice head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is very sweet and nutty, with a little caramel. The flavor is also quite sweet with some honey notes as well as some caramel and dark malt goodness. The alcohol is faintly detected. The body is moderate and the drinkability is very good.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled Jul-05 BB 2 years after. Nice presentation with good and lasting beigebrown head and a black beercollor. Nose is very caramellic malted with hint of almond and cherry. Not much to detect of roast in this brew but nice caracter. Taste is malty and shows next to the caramellic taste some burnt note. Further a cherrynote and litle sourness. Alcohol present though fitting in brew and moderate bitterness afterwards. Little metalic note makes mouthfeel and taste less as is the saltyness of this brew. Drinkable brew and something else but after first plesent sips this one turned against me more and more. One of the better of "de Bie" though that I sampled.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, light amber colored head that sits atop an almost brilliantly clear, deep amber colored beer that shows ruby highlights when held up to the light. The aroma is rich and concentrated with notes of prune, raisin, fig and toffee; overall it is quite sweet and smooth, with concentrated fruit notes being the most noticeable.

The beer has a reasonably full palate to it that clings to the mouth a bit and definitely lingers. It is fairly sweet and is reminiscent of dried fruits; I get notes of prunes and figs predominantly. I also get a bit of a phenolic note in the finish, which, in combination with the hint of alcohol, a touch of toasty malt character and a hint of spiciness, helps to dry out the finish just enough to make one want to take another sip. Overall this beer is rich and fruity. It has just a touch of aged malt character to it, which supplies it with just a touch of sherry-like flavor. The sherry and toffee notes combine to make this a great sipping beer, especially appropriate when there is a chill in the air.

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Photo of wl0307
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer from the Beer Circus, East Croydon, London. The bottling date is Feb. 200_... ?? not specified.

A: served in a big-tulip shaped wine glass, it pours a very deep dark-ruby colour, with a soda-like "hissing" head dissipating quite fast, leaving just a rimmed, off-white foam.
S: interestingly floating, astringent and sharply-candyish note mixed of a kind of herb+cherry-flavouring+banana-skin+sharp perfume upfront, followed by figs, lightly-caramelised brown-sugar and a raw, yeasty and slightly rustic aroma sustaining firmly in the background. Overall the nose upfront is too aggressive to be attractive and approachable, a bit like the smell of some wild flower in full blossom, and hindering more subtle aroma from coming through until much later.
T: creamy texture of sweet dark malts hits the front palate, along with a very warm, candyish-sugary, peppery, mildly-toffeeish, cherry-ish and ripe-plum's flavour overwhelming the whole mouth, leaving a slightly conflicting, spicy mouthfeel followed by an intensifyingly dryish texture towards the finish, with slightly sweetish aftertaste of preserved-dates or the like.
M: the mouthfeel is consistently smooth but always side-by-side with an alcohol touch, backed by mildly carbonated body but turning a bit syrupy after the flavour softens and a bit thin towards the end.
D: overall a full-bodied beer with overly sugary flavour. I can't say I like this beer, but it shows some potential to age, softening its sharper edge in some months or years...

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A plesant experience with this one. Orange like colored and modestly headed. Decent lacing. Perfumy and mildly spicy aromas blend with big sweetness of honey, malt, and caramel. Tastes sweetly honey, caramelly, and toasted. Belgian candies, cinnemon, and allspice decorate the body. Licorice noted play in the body and toward the finish. Finish is the only place that reveals the high sweet alcoholic flavors. Finishes mildly drying and sweet.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed this in Indy last weekend. It pours a deep ruby brown color with a finger of head that falls to a full coating over top. The nose is light raisin, slight spicey, and a puff of alcohol. Not too bad. The flavor is just okay as well. I get a big metallic flavor up front. This is followed by a sweet raisin, and slightly strong alcohol flavor that does not meld well with the brew. The feel is moderate to thick with a moderate carbonation. I think the flavor does not work too well with this one. An average brew.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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