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.

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bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 8, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a medium amber body with a large beige head. Aroma of cork, mustiness, citrus, and vanilla. Flavor of banana, cloves, and brandy.

hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2005
Not sure how this one would hold up - been sitting in the fridge for ~1 year and from the stories I read, it may be older than that. Poured a medium, cloudy amber color with a small white head. Aroms of cork, rubber and yeast. Hmm, smell made me worry a little bit. Tastes of citrus, yeast and light spices. Lightly sweet. Tastes a lot better than the aromas. Lively body.

Sammy (12762) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2005
A light cloudy very yeasty and drinkable ale. Sweet and spicy,apples, pear, pepper, peaches, apricot, bannana, sugar and plum, A full mouthfeel experience. Would be lovely with dinner. Retired? Glad I didn’t completely miss this performer. Radekfest #12.

hopscotch (11236) - 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!

kp (10880) - 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

MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2005
The Lure:
Old baking flour generously dusted on yeast particles and brown sugar.

The Festivities:
Big bubbles bounce off the powdery sugar and yeast. Dry and bitter with no apparent cohesion. Either this is too old and disintegrating, or it is just not very well done.

One of my cousins used to work in a large factory/bakery hoarding bags of flour into a machine.

Ernest (7820) - 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).

CaptainCougar (7634) - 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.

Radek Kliber (7483) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 12, 2005
Small creamy crown, cloudy gold brew. Woody, earthy, malty. Interesting blend . Not bad at all.

ClarkVV (6863) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2005
Big thanks to Rastacouere for bringing this bottle to the tasting. Unknown vintage (has to be at least 3 years old). Bottle pops open without any gushing. . .good. Aroma is certainly funky, with no thick veggies. MartinT quickly takes a whiff and remarks, "flour". It did have a strange, powdery-sweet aroma, but I wasn’t altogether turned off. Bits of sharp fruit peek in and an old, musty yeast shows its face. Pour is heavily hazy, polished copper with plenty of white head. Flavor begins with plasticy, artificially sweet notes, rather chunky and with the strangest yeast characteristics I’ve encountered. At first I think I’m tasting a decent maltiness, but the more I sample, I figure it must be some residual sugar (hopefully they didnt use plain old white table sugar in this, but I can’t be so sure!). It’s funny, I didn’t hate this, and it wasn’t horribly offensive, just not something you are used to tasting. That being said, it’s not really something I’d want to get used to tasting. Medium body, some astringency on the finish, with a good carbonation. I don’t taste any alcohol.

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