Vermeer | Brouwerij De Horste

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Brouwerij De Horste

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-27-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by AndoBrew:
Photo of AndoBrew
2.11/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

*did not like would never buy*

app: tarnished gold, ugly.

smell: spice, honey, small amounts of leather. some wine like booze.. very complex! very ... deep.

taste: harsh, sharp chemicals honey booze, i do not like this. it is over the top (ott)

mf: thin spritzy.

drinkable?: nope.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one poured a glowing but hazy orange in color with a thick, beautiful head that didn’t show much retention.

Smell – The big peppery spices come out big at the nose. They are powdery and unforgiving. Besides the usual suspects I swear I can pick up mustard seed.

The yeast is here as well. It’s not bready though, more like a spritzy wad of raw yeast with an orange rind mixed in.

Taste – The fruity orange and cherry come out more at the taste, and the spices are downright jaw-shaking. The concentrated flavors hit the back of your palate with a smack.

Mouthfeel – This one is medium-bodied with some crazy, extreme carbonation that’s not fluffy in the cheeks like I prefer.

Drinkability – This one went down well enough but I wouldn’t buy again, especially at $10 a bottle.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Rastacouere
2.54/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Decent foamy head. Golden-orange body. Poor unapt aroma reveals celery overtones on top of overly sweet shaving cream and plasticy funk. Hair fixing stuff abounds on the palate, greasy. Bubbly mouthfeel, drying out and rubbering out! Hopefully not one of the bottles that have aged the best, because I really don’t like it and I loved Beatrix.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.11/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally sampled on 19 April 2003. I am writing this review from my notes. Vermeer poured w/ a large, frothy, meringue-like head. It has a hazy yellow color. It has a distinct aroma that I can't quite place. I liked the aroma, but it was one of those smells that many might not, as others have noted. The taste was slightly fruity, maybe some green apples. If it were a bit crisper, I'd say it was a high alcohol white beer

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Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this solitary blue label on brown bottle in Solvang California.

The Label reads as such.

"Traditional Dutch Ale.


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."


The bottle has a wooden shoe hanging from a red, white, and blue ribbon on it.

Pours a cloudy orange brew.

Smell is musty sour and tart. Smells strongly of sour fruits but I can't separate the smells. Except the smell of sour apples.

Taste is sweet and dry at the same time. Has an earthy flavor and a touch of sour apples with a wine like woody flavor. This is a sweet and sour type brew. At first I thought this bottle had gone bad, but later I get the plan. This is a complex sour beer, BUT! Not a really sour Belgian. The taste of granny Smith Apples cooked permeates this brew. This gets sweeter and spicier the more you drink it. Like a complex Belgian beer this keeps getting better the more you drink it.

Mouthfeel is really good

Drinkability? Another sipper brew. Chugging is for college when I was far more dumb!

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Photo of Shiredave
4.09/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a hazy gold with moderate carbonation. The tall white head collapses quickly with little cling- a few specks of lace. Aroma is very inviting; lemon / vanilla perfume with some yeast and honey notes. Tastes a little like lemon pound cake with white frosting... then flavors of warm apricots on fresh baked bread. Reminds me of a Bier de Gard...but more. Mouth feel is medium bodied while being refreshing though alcohol presence gives it depth.
Finish combines the spritzy, citrus hop bite wih fruit steeped in rum and fades to a dry pinch of the tongue and a satisfying throat burn.
A great beer to compliment food such as Lobster or more rich and spicey seafood dishes.

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Photo of clvand0
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Belgian strong dark? It's too light for that style. Pours a cloudy orange color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing. I made a mistake and accidentally poured a bit of the tremendous amount of sediment into my glass. Be careful for that. The aroma is mostly comprised of raisins and a strange musty/farmhouse thing. The flavor has a lot of a spice that makes my lips tingle a bit. Not sure what spice that is. The dank-musty thing is in the flavor as well. Lots of raisin character. The body is fairly light and the drinkability is just ok on this one.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.17/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a hazy, peachy-orange color with a 2 finger head that falls to coat the top. Not quite as dark as I would expect for the style. The nose is interesting. There is a nice earthy, musty aroma over a healthy dose of graineyness and some raisins and oranges...maybe even some leather as well. Lots going on there. The flavor is pretty nice. The mustyness is there, but the deep raisin is very nice. There is a bit of spiceyness and a small alcohol puff on the finish. The aftertaste is a bit leathery and earthy. The feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. Its not heavy on the tongue, but just a good feel. Overall, I dig this brew. Its different from others in the style. That musty, earthyness is really drawing me in.

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Photo of cooch69
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a deep golden orange with a minimal head. Only a full coating of tight lacing on top.
This beer smells like honey, raisins, alcohol and a little bit of white grapes.
This brew is much more roasty than I anticipated. When I took the first sip it was full of roasted malts, honey, fruit bread, and grapes. It's got the color of a more paler ale with some flavors of a darker ale. More or less inbetween both of them.
The consistency was very very creamy. This beer was like silk on the tongue. It admitedly smelled more alcoholic than it tasted but it was still strong enough to make it a fireside sipper.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Vermeer from Brouwerij De Horste
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 11 ratings