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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2002
This is a very smooth, refreshing beer. Citrus and orange dominate the flavor. The amount of sediment puts me off a little, but it doesnít take away from the flavor or the finish. Aroma is slightly vanilla. I really like this beer. Impressive.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
notalush (5716) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2002
This beer has a really funky-looking sediment (like large grains of sand), but other than that it has a nice, cloudy, golden appearance, and an inviting, fruity, yeasty aroma. It has a very earthy, malty, tripel-like flavor, but seems to be a bit softer and fuller than many tripels Iíve had. The finish is very smooth and slightly citrusy. I actually enjoy this more than their Beatrix, and this is a bit cheaper, too. Good, good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fraternie (988) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2002
Extremely complex ale. Soft, yeasty nose, spicy tripelesque malt flavor. The finish is a mix of flavors- caramel, butterscotch, candy/sugar. Moderate hops. The sugar flavor seems to overwhelm the otherwise superb balance as the beer warms. Lots of yeast sits on the head and the beer is sedimenty. A very nice ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BŁckDich (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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2005
Golden orange colour with white head. Taste is fruits, yeast and malty, nice balance, really good brew. sampled at Radekfest 05.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2002
Pours with a crisp, noisy head - very sparkly and quickly diminished. Slightly cloudy, golden color. Extremely aromatic, earthy, mossy, vinous malty. Distinct alcohol burn... fruity, raisin and caramel undertones, with yeasty earthiness prevailing. Nice bittersweet finish, some anise. Classy saison-like character. Lots of sediment. Fans of saison, biere de garde and funkier tripels should find this worth seeking out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2002
I am simply going to start referring to this brewery as "the funk" because thats what they bring. Yeasty and slightly sour with flavors of fermented apples, caramel, and sugar. Not as complex as its big sister Beatrix but quite nice.

   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 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 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 itís 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. Iíd love to have a go at her again, but the beer is retired so I canít 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 wasnít paying attention, bringing with them the heavy muggy atmosphere they enjoy so much. Itís 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.

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