Formerly brewed at Brouwerij de Horste
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Nederhorst Den Berg, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
A full-bodied, copper ale with an enticing aroma and a warm rich finish. Mildly hopped with an abundance of malt in the palate in the finest tradition of the Netherlands.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2010
I love old beer, aka aged beer. Why? Usually because it tastes fanfuckingtastic, but I also would say that it’s the novelty of the matter, too. Even more amazing is the novelty is actual reality, especially when I sit with said aged beer in hand, pondering how age has changed her for the better, or for the worse. But I am rambling. Where was I? Ah yes, aged beer, specifically the Bottle Conditioned Traditional Dutch Ale Vermeer from the Brouwerij de Horste in Belgium. The bottle we shared at a recent tasting was many years old, and I must say, she was at the prime of her long proud life. I’d love to have a go at her again, but the beer is retired so I can’t buy a new bottle to age even though I want to. A crying shame, which makes the glass I savored even more special.

Dirty oranges with a miniscule head which scatters rather quickly, lingering as a pathetically thin ringlet. She swirls nicely though, tufting up in proud regalia and tracing lace along her path. Exploding forth from her disturbed depths is a thick, rich nose of orange sherbet, nectarines, mango, kiwi, papaya, guava, and a background essence of green herbs and aloe. Apparently, the tropics have descended unto my glass when I wasn’t paying attention, bringing with them the heavy muggy atmosphere they enjoy so much. It’s alright though; I am a tiki bar beach bum after all. Licking greedy lips, my first quaff is as deep as her equally tropical and exotic depths which waste no time opening up to me. Sweet, pulpy, and fruity, guava and honey coats my lips before smothering all porous surfaces within my mouth. Grab the juicer because here come papaya, mango, cucumber, green pepper, and soft ripe bananas ready to be blended into a tropical smoothie paradise. A soothing presence of aloe permeates her whole palate while a touch of toasted meringue offers up gentle support from the background. Not overly complex, but very rich in palate, she satisfies with each subsequent quaff which I savor with time-honored reverence.

Awesome. What was she like back when she was but a fresh babe right off the bottling line? I have no idea, but I can tell you that, years later, time has been generous with her blessings and I am equally blessed to have been able to share in it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3561) - Miami, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Bottle shared by hopscotch @ otakuden’s Vero Beach Throwdown. Pours hazy golden color with white head. Belgian yeast and butterscotch aromas. Sweet butterscotch flavor with some dough, apples and vanilla. Medium body with average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10645) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Bottle… O’sS&BS-I-T-YVBThrowdown… Murky golden ale with a creamy, white head. The aroma is chock full of apples, butterscotch, bread dough and a trace of clean ethanol. Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Sweet, warming, butterscotch flavor and finish. Nice! Very good for a vintage beer brewed by a dude in his garage in the Netherlands... without a license. Lots of positive oxidation than enhances rather than detracts. Makes me remember Beatrix... yum! Kudos to after4ever for shipping this bottle all the way from Washington state to Florida!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
750 ml bottle shared. Some head on this orangish gold pour. Aromas of sweet sugar and fruit. Flavors had some spice and touches of tartness. Bready finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2008
Date: 01/12/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party

hazy dark gold, wispy off white head, drippy lace, sweet malt aroma with lots of fruity character and a touch of spice, big body, big sweet malt flavor, nice malt candy character, lots of spicy character blends well with the candy sweetness,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Pours a light yellow color with a white head. Aroma is spicy, wheaty, and some hops. Flavor is malty, wheaty, spicy, some honey, and a light bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 29, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2007 Bright, lightly hazy golden pour with a monster head. Crisp melon and barnyard funk dominate the aroma, rounded out by sweet candy sugar and noble hops. Full bodied and grainy palate. Very sweet with medium acidity, similar to the melon in the aroma. Flavors are more of the same, with a very yeasty and sweet/funk background component. Very pleasurable to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - APR 2, 2006
This Belgian Strong Ale pours a medium gold color from a 750ml bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is malt, fruit, pepper and funk. Medium bodied Strong Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet, lots of pineapple, mango and apple. Hints of pepper and funk mix with some banana and clove as well. Lively carbonation. Nice smooth taste. An interesting beer, it is sort of a cross between a Belgian Strong Ale and Farmhouse ale. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2006
UPDATED: APR 2, 2006 Cloudy gold, medium head. Aroma is sweet pineapple candy and lightly spiced. Starts off really smooth, almost creamy. Flavors of apple, pineapple and mango are juggled nicely with the sweet and dry malts. Carbonation is light enough to notice and tough enough to somehow take away the sugary sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2006 Cloudy orange gold, with huge off white head. Bready and yeasty, with some fruit. Not a big great Belgian, but a more traditoinal farmhouse style. Exactly what I thought it would be.

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