Zatte Bie | Brouwerij De Bie

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Zatte BieZatte 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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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 59
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 Darkale
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, root-beer-brown body with a very strong and long-lasting light tan head. An appealing beer to the eye.

Aroma is a pungent mix of yeast and malt, almost acrid with a sweet edge. Mouthfeel is the best part of this beer: rich and creamy and full. Taste is caramel at first, but with too much sourness.

A decent Belgian beer. Taste is a bit too sour for my inclination.

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Photo of tjd25
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intense dark color, the head was thin. When you see the beer, you know it’s gonna be good.
Fruity smell, pear maybe with hints of cherry. You can feel the high abv too.
Powerful taste, woody, with hints of cherry, very malty, some spices, and a strong flavor of wine on the palate as an aftertaste. I usually don’t like the liquorish taste of some strong dark ales, but I found this one to my taste. Some tiny bubbles pleasingly bite the tongue as you drink it. The hops aren’t that present in the beer. and me and my friend found it really drinkable. My friend wants me to add that Zatte bie is more refreshing than other beers of the same style. I’m almost sorry for not having noticed any honey flavor, although most of the other reviewers did and although there’s a bee on the label of the bottle…

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Photo of pio
4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this was one of my first belgian loves. the head dies to a thick blanket but is easily roused and starts impressively large. the beer is rich brown with garnet highlights. hazy. bits of lace.
one of the greatest smelling beers for all time in my book. it's dark and bready with floral and nector-y honey notes that are so enticing. there is notable pear and honey dew abiding. a high alcohol note if you seek it but it's in no way obtrusive. i liked the herbal spice of sage and clove. a great malty bottom that is constant and low as a bowed bass. quite a base.
alot of complexity resides in this sweet honey pot of an ale. it's pretty amazing how it dries crisply on the finish despite so much sweetness. the sweetness eventually resides in the longer portion of the finish. it's difficult for me to think that i tasted a cocoa note here. honey and a rich malt drive the middle along with an apple, pear and mellon (cantalope), these fruitier charecters are ripe and autumnal. there is a warming congac/port like alcohol to flush your face and give you a smile. herbal notes play on the palate throughout but are not a leading role, clove is a loud part of this chorus.
zatte bie is quite effervescant at first but dulls out as it is experienced, especially, it seems, if it foams out of the bottle after opening. but where the carbonation seems to fade the body is constant and filling, kind of light for how sweet and full the flavor is. satiny and smooth.
awesome desert beer, guaranteed a good impression on whomever you serve it.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque honeyed brown color with a tan head that's short-lived leaving a bit of lace. Swirled bottle to get yeasty sediment pretty well but a thick sediment was still left in the bottle. Aromas of raw honey, candi sugar and toasty malts. Tastes almost overwhelmingly sweet, but if you don't know that this Belgian contains a honey adjunct, then that's your fault. Blows away Biere de Miele. Good nutty malt profile. If you're ever in the mood for a sweet Belgian brown ale look in this direction. Enjoyable, but almost overly thick on the palate.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a fine bubbled, coco colored head that faded fast to a film. The beer is dark cola in color with aromas of candied caramel and sweet alcoholic raisins. The flavor is a lot closer to the American micro style that I'm used to then other Belgian brown ales. A nice mix of roasted barley, some honey and plums, a little tangy fruit and candied flavors. The beer is nice and smooth, almost creamy, pretty light on the tongue. The finish is fairly clean, the flavors fading slowly as the stomach warms from the alcohol. This is a pretty darn good beer, a subtle mix of flavors and smooth going down.

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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 ark57
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This artisanal brown ale has a spicy phenolic aroma. It is quite malty and spicy with floral notes from the honey that is used. It has a smooth medium body and a slightly warming finish. I thought that they alcohol could have been balanced a little better with a slightly fuller body.

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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 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 DrunkMcDermott
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another four-year old bottle that has kept well. Nice dubel smell with scent of honey. Pours dark and bubbly, looks like a Coca-Cola, with sediment stuck to the bottom of the bottle. Taste full of sugar and honey. Malts are nicely dark, but not roasted. Sweet, but not cloying.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A very drak brown pour with a modest tan head.

Smell: Chocolatey hints in the nose and maybe a touch of roasted malt.

Taste: A very mild chocolate sweetness followed by hints of coffee bean. Some roasted malt flavours give the beer a decent backbone

Mouthfeel: A very light body, all things considered and overall a very smooth beer. Mild chocolate finish and a hint of dry, dark fruit.

Drinkablilty: I quite enjoyed this beer even though i wouldn't consider it a "great" beer by world class standards.

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Photo of daledeee
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark; no light through this beer. Has a thin head that hangs around. Nose is fig and fruit. Taste is caramel, bitter chocolate and fig. This beer is fairly sweet but fits in well with the tastes. Judging by the label there is honey in this beer. After it warms up, becomes a little thin tasting. A little dry on the finish, but wet up front on the mouthfeel. This is a tasty strong Belgian dark ale.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is dark brownish red with cloudy partculates in the beer. The aroma is sweet caramel, malt and alcohol. The flavor is toasted caramel, slightly sweet, but finishes with a roasty almost burnt flavor. You can also sense the alcohol in the finish, which in this beer is quite dry.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice caramel brown color with a faint malty aroma and little head.Malty flavor with very little hops.Your typical Belgian yeast flavor comes thru with a slight alchohol burn.While a little thin in body certainly a big tasting beer-the alchohol overall is well masked.I thought I would get a honey flavor from the impression the label gives but none whatsoever.I'd have another if offered.

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Photo of TheDM
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured a small head of fine to large sized light brown bubbles and a semi opaque dark brown body with carbonation on the side of the glass. It has a very nice strong malt aroma and has a burnt roasted flavor with a strong alcohol taste which still leaves a nice aftertaste.

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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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Photo of Shiredave
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label suggests honey is involved in brewing this Brown Ale.
I popped the top and walked away for a few minutes and returned to find the bottle in a puddle, thick brown foam still creeping out. Deep, burgandy brown, low dense head with slow trickles of carbonation. Head receeds quickly, probobly encouraged by the bottle "breathing" and de-gassing prior to pouring. Fruity aromas of cherries and plums with a zesty yeast note. Medium to full bodied rich and complex brown malt flavors - honey on slightly burnt toast with hints of chocolate and mixed fruit jam. Chewy, earthy hop and tongue drying bitterness glide in gracefully without clashing w/ or overpowering the malty base. Finish is a lazy, long lasting hop dryness mixed with cherry and berry juice. A fine, very enjoyable and extra fruity Belgian Brown Ale.

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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 jreitman
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fruity and floral aroma. Copper/amber with a white head. Light bodied. Sweet undertones with some nuts and hints of subdued fruit. Started out kind of bland but as it warmed the flavors came out of their hiding places including some light floral flavors that were otherwise non-existent.

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Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz slender brown bottle, the label shows a cartoon brewer taking a nap with an odd bee hive floating above the beer barrel. No freshness date.

Appearance: Deep tawny brown with a light tan lace that foams up well as retains until the beer is finished.

Smell: Caramel and candied fruit, earthy to the point of being mineral-like with a vague vanilla bean in the mix. Soft and sweet on the nose with subtle fruity aromas.

Taste: Medium body with a smooth and semi-creamy mouth feel, sweet with a light tart twang. Sweetness from the malt is close to cloying but the mild alcoholic esters and its spiciness help to balance, the hops are there but do not get in the way of the malt. The sweetness is the back is from the residuals of raw honey. The strength of the alcohol is quite deceiving as the warmth is slow. Suggestions of bing cherries, vanilla and apple skin are complex by-products that bring the brew to the next level. Seems like more toasted malt flavour come through when the beer warms up a bit. The brown or toasted malt flavour is sizable in the front and slowly mellows into the finish.

Notes: Perhaps a bit too sweet for some, certainly a desert beer or even a night cap of a brew. Enough complex flavours to draw the taste buds away from the sweetness here and there.

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Zatte Bie from Brouwerij De Bie
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 71 ratings