Zatte Bie | Brouwerij De Bie

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Brouwerij De Bie

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-07-2002

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Photo of cbl2
2.44/5  rDev -34.1%
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 erica
2.48/5  rDev -33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I'm so sad! I went to Shangy's and asked for a recommendation to 'get in shape' for an upcoming Belgium trip. I said I like strong dark spicy Belgians, and was thinking of getting St. Bernardus 12, but was open to a clerk's opinion. Well he recommended this one, went on about how it's the greatest. Ok, so i bought it. It looked decent, a nice brown colour, a short lived and fizzy head. It even smells ok, alcoholic and spicy even, sweetish. God, then the taste, it's like a big glass of honey. I like honey-ish beers but not plain honey, and this is what it tasted and felt like. There really wasn't much to the flavour besides honey. A bit boozy and a bit spicy, but really not much at all. Way too thick to drink more than one. Somehow I am getting through this bottle, and I know now not to take other people's word when I am not at all familiar with a beer. Too much disappointment for me.

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Photo of HopStoopid120
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of mattfancett
2.65/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of janubio
2.81/5  rDev -24.1%
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First, I must mention it's an out of date bottle.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 WVbeergeek
2.91/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Deep mahogany brown tone with a nice full more than two finger sized tan head leaves perfect even lacing scatter evenly around my glass. Aroma: Toasted malts a blend of honey not bad even sweetness but not cloying in anyway just yet seems a bit stale. Taste: Dark roasted malts with a tinge of honey doesn't finish well hops seem stale if at all decent. Mouthfeel: Medium body sprizty effervescent carbonation not smooth in anyway. Drinkability: This beer just doesn't work for me find me another aged Belgium ale because this one doesn't succeed.

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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 11.2 fl.oz (330ml) brown glass bottle, plain brass colored crown cap, with a rather colorful label that depicts a sleeping brewer being buzzed by a Bee from a nearby seemingly hovering in 3D space Hive.

Appearance: Dark chestnut, dark brown, slightly hazy but clear somehow. Decent head at first, yet it disappears faster than a Terd in a backwash flush. No head in the end, just a halo ring that comprises a light tan head. Lovely super fine dissolved carbonation though, superb conditioning.

Nose: Lots of toffee, creamy Devon milk toffee and some fig like mushy sour crab apples. Smooth though.

Taste: Lots more chewy toffee, creamy swirls, figs, dates and yet more Devon toffee. Finishes with a sweet honey maltness, like a brown sugar encrusted toffee caramel fudge cake. Soft finish. Mild alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Solid feel, lightly warming alcoholic ending, silky smooth toffee chew.

Drinkability: Decent enough drink, can’t help but feel robbed though, I expected a dark stout instead I got an average toffee laden Barleywine.

Overall: What the fuck is this??? This is most certainly NOT the Zatte Bie I had many, many years ago, I recall a dark burnt sweetish roasted black bodied stout that tasted like someone had done a donut on your tongue and left a skidmark on your cheeks. Geez, maybe I am loosing it, this now tastes much more like a Barleywine. Still not bad, but not what it was, by a long stretch. Cost $3.49, a walking the tightrope purchase again.

Bring back the black beer come sweet stout dudes.

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Photo of Senna
3.04/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of paterlodie
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
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 kmpitz2
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
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 54V4G3
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of merlin48
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750 ml corked and capped bottle with a label depicting a napping brewer with a swarming bee and beehive above the barrel he is resting his head on. Unusual label, and the cork was a bear to remove, even with a corkscrew. This pours into a goblet a dirty, chestnut brown with a small tan head that quickly falls into a longlasting collar. Attractive sheet lacing is left on the goblet. No sediment noted.
Aroma begins with malty chocolate and toffee, quickly joined by dark fruits(prune juice), and mild spicing. Raw clover honey is also prominent, as is an earthy yeast presence.
Mouthfeel reveals a medium full body, with a spritzy carbonation that is uniquely Belgian.
Taste begins with a dark fruit sweetness that evokes coriander spiced prune juice. Mild note of toffee, strong note of raw honey, and plenty of herbal hops bitterness. The promising start goes downhill midway through with some harsh acidic yeastiness and a medicinal note from the otherwise concealed alcohol. The finish is dry and acridly bitter from a dank yeastiness. This follows into the aftertaste, and convinces me that this is an ale to avoid in the future. The aroma and initial tastes remind me very much of one of Unibroue's strong dark Belgian style ales, like Trois Pistoles, or La Fin Du Monde. Zatte is rougher around the edges, however, and lacks the balance of its Canadian counterparts. Maybe, the green color of the bottle played a role here, but this one disappointed.

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Photo of dgallina
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
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 aaronh
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown with a creamy tan head. Head shows nice retention and decent lacing. Aroma of honey, chocolate, and spicy yeast. Similar to the Unibroue yeast aroma. Seems mighty nice. Taste is a bit funky, with some earthiness to it. Nice sweetness on the finish is a bit different, and then theres just a slight herbal bitterness on the finish. Seems like I can really taste honey, but it could just be mental from the beehive on the label. Slight souness lingers in the aftertaste. Not astounding though. Mouthfeel seems a bit thin, but many belgians are intentionally this way; light body, high ABV. Drinkability is OK. Not one of the best belgians I've had. Not the worst either.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
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 DESTRO
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours out a deep brown, nice large head, impressive. aromas of malt, bready yeast, mild honey sweetness etc. not bad. in the mouth it is crisp, bubbly, lively...everything a nice belgian should be. taste wise, youve got your light fruitiness, sweet malt, a touch of honey, some caramel and a decent slap of alcohol. but it seems a bit un-balanced. but hey maybe thats just me. a big beer that is drinkable, but not overly so. one was fine for me.

paid $1.99 for a bottle

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Photo of beergurujr
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. brown bottle. no age statement, but there is a place for it on the label.

dark, with a healthy lasting tan head. very fine carbonation.

aromas of sour malt, yeast, and lactic acid.

taste is sour at the start, followed by dry malt and dried apricots. interesting, but as others have recently written, no honey. mouthfeel average, not particularly thick or thin.

finish is a bit sour, though it sweetens as you drink down the glass.

not a bad beer at all. but unless they changed the recipe, there appears to be a problem. advice: drink it now, especially if you like sour beers.

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Photo of wl0307
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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 tempest
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Padron4KM
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Pours dark brown, with a medium sized tan head.

Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, prune.

Flavor is equaly sweet with some fruity notes,
Thick creamy mouthfeel.
High abv is hidden well.
I had a few pieces of smoked guoda cheese with this beer, and that helped dimish some of the sweetness.

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Photo of Gusler
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A somewhat vague cranberry color on the pour, the head is lavish, the lace glutinous sheets that cling longingly to the glass, both light chocolate in color. Nose is nutty sweet, malt, and caramel, also lightly smoked. Front is sweet malt, top is flimsy, the finish is sparingly acidic, satisfactorily hopped, somewhat malt dry. A decent drinking beer, with a bit of "Belly warming" as you quaff the beer.

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Photo of walleye
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
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 ElGordo
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
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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Photo of hotstuff
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a tan head with fine-small bubbles. There was lacing on all sides of my mug. It has a reddish-brown body. It was thin and watery. I could taste the alcohol in this brew. This is another brew to be sipped and enjoyed and not guzzled in my opinion. I did not notice any aftertaste with this brew.

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Zatte Bie from Brouwerij De Bie
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 70 ratings