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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   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 doesnt take away from the flavor or the finish. Aroma is slightly vanilla. I really like this beer. Impressive.

   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 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 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fraternie (1010) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2003
I'm not crazy about this ale. Fruity, bitter, and overly sour flavors. Alcohol is also noticable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JAN 25, 2005
75cl bottle, one Ive had for at least a year, via Johns Grocery originally. Pours with a nice white head that lingers as Ive let the glass sit for at least 10min, a finger width of foam is still sitting on it. First pour from bottle is a clear copper/peachy/orange color. Cork is evident, musty cellar character I guess is what we are supposed to call that...overall the smell is somewhat reminscent of an Amsterdam alley, but maybe one that is near some blooming fruit trees. First taste reveals a light malty palate, finishes with malt just lightly spiced with hop bitterness...drinks pretty easy, although alcohol does make itself known. Lots of fruitiness in this one, but it is all in check and doesnt get carried away...it just gets mixed in with the funk...the corky nose starts smelling like a horse saddle(albeit mildly so), and that shows up in the finish too. Finish begins to thicken up on me and becomes somewhat sticky as I work through the glass...The first time I tried this beer I was very intoxicated, and I thought it smelled and tasted like mothballs. That may have just been the corky, leather taint I get in this one, or it was a sketchy bottle, or I was drunk. I was very skeptical about it this time, but it turns out I like it somewhat, kind of like Amsterdam for me...lots of dingy, dank crap, but an overriding sense of uniqueness and beauty pervades if you allow it to do so. You walk out of that city, and something sticks out about it, and sticks with you...same thing with this beer. I wish mine would have had one of those shoes hanging on it like the picture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2005
Good for its age. Sadly we are unclear exactly what year the bottle was, but sampled at Radekfest 2005. Hazy golden body with plenty of floaties. Spicy and fruity yeast in the crazy bready aroma. Some cider like flavours in this lightly carbonated dry beer.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 5, 2003
Apon the first sip my girlfriend said this beer taste like drain cleaner.It did have a nasty bitter medicinal chemical taste that was hard to ignore at first.Had a sweet apple cider flavor like Beatrix with a strange herbal bitterness at the end which softened thankfully so we could finish it.Liked Beatrix and signature much better.It seems everone has a different experiance with these 3 ales.

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