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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Hazy golden body with a light, fluffy white head. The aroma is sweet and fruity with a bit of spice and a moderate hop element. Apple cider, lemongrass, vanilla, honey, biscuit, earthy hops, alcohol and a touch of cobwebs. Strong carbonation gives the tongue a nice prickly sensation. The flavor is mostly sweet with a bit of earthy hop bitterness toward the end. Almost too sweet at times, where the finishing bitterness and funky yeast just can’t cut it. Refreshing and pleasant, just not quite as strong as I expected. Perhaps I should have given it a bit more time dry out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2004
A golden brew pours forth from this bottle into the glass, but leaves a mess of odd flecks and floaties, and this is forgiven by the beauty of the snow-white cap of creamy foam above. Aroma, fresh, airy, and sugary-sweet, with minor sour notes. hidden underneath. Taste: sweetness right from the start, married well with a nice, fruity character, peachy, citric, lemony and orangeish, very smooth and creamy, soft and light, candyish in the sugar-like quotient, very pleasant, tasty, easy to quaff. Body is light,to medium, and the finish is nice and soft and sweet. Label speaks of an "abundance of malt in the palate" and "mildly hopped"...finally, truth in advertising! This is nice, with tiny tart notes jumping in to joust with the sweet, a nice easy to swallow, despite the 8% ABV, Belgian-style Dutch ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2004
Appearance is a hazy golden yellow color, with a respectable head that slims down shortly after forming. The aroma is a good yeasty smell with some sweet fruit notes, apple and green grapes. Flavor is rather smooth and full bodied. Somewhat grassy feel to it with ends with a crisp finish. Complex enough to keep me interested while drinking the enitre 750 ml of goodness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernest (7343) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2004
Head is initially large, fizzy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, toasted bread/grain), lightly hoppy (herbs, grass), moderately yeasty (cobwebs, barnyard, leather), with notes of plum, pear, apple. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Nice stuff, and the raw yeast character reminds me of Blaugies’ yeast...very farmy, rural, rustic, nostalgic (you can smell the fossilized tractor, the stacks of old wood, the saddle leather, the spring country air). It is just a little too sweet for a top tier saison (which is the style I think this is closest to), but the bottom line is I like this better than Beatrix (in which the apple/pear notes dominated my sample).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Amber gold pour with a large white ehad that cut in half quickly. Nice lacing. Lots of citrus in the nose; bitter orange and lemons. Some coriander and floral hops. Malty flavors with orange and lemons. Sour apples. Hops are bitter and floral. Warm alcohol. Tangy palate, full bodied and a bitter finish with alcohol

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Lots of carbonation, white fizzy head and some lacing. Hazy amber broze color. The aroma is full of musky barnyard/cobbwebb notes and tangy sourness. Very spicey things going on here. The mouthfeel is bubbly and highly carbonated. The flavor is toasty with malts, nice tangyness & an aged creamy fruit undertone like unrotten old fruit. Finishes dry with light sweetness. Good, strong alcohol in the tail though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Sort of has the same aroma as Beatrix, lighter color, yellow, translucent, pour with a frothy white head. Aroma is yeasty, sweet, sour and a little leathery. Flavor is mostly sweet with a dab of sour apples thrown in. Finish is dry with some alcohol burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2003
Pours a lightly clouded golden with a foamy white head. Sweet malt and bready Belgian yeast dominate the nose and combine for an almost licorice-like aroma. Flavor starts sweet but turns almost immediately alcoholic, leading to a considerable burn in the finish. Body is light and fizzy. Not a bad Belgian strong, but it definitely needs to hide its alcohol better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2003
poured clear and golden with a very large white lumpy head..aroma of apples, powdered sugar, straw, and glue...full thick and creamy mouthfeel starts with apple and grassy flavors..giving into spicy alcoholic pepper notes..ending alcoholic and dry..heated..but not overly alcoholic..some sweetness in there somewhere but not cloying..green apple flavors in aftertaste..Yeah..definitely not up to par with beatrix..but the full body makes it nice nonetheless..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - AUG 3, 2003
ok this crap has to stop! this is the second bad bottle in as many days... this was horrible.. first off the cork did not want to come out, and then it didnt make any noise when it came out, poured with no head, and tasted like olive juice, 2 sips and down the drain it goes

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