(DE HORSTE) VERMEER

Full-bodied copper ale with viscous penny hue, bottom-dwelling yeast sediment, and crayon waft offers tangy nectarine-peach frontage, overripe orange sweetness, musty apple souring, and candied butterscotch sedation. But waxy dry cork finish and wet grass aftertaste dissolve stiffened fruited hop bite. Brewery defunct: 2001.

DE GROEN’S MARZEN AMBER LAGER

Toasted ‘Marzen-style’ lager celebrates Oktoberfest year round, but lacks substantial up-front grain depth. Initial smoked wood pleasantry relinquished for floral hop and dried tobacco illusions, leading to wintry nutmeg-cinnamon spicing before muted red apple ripple, ripe peach tang, and cherry-nectarine-fig medley casually wisp by. Brewery defunct: 2006.

(DE DOLLE) SPECIAAL BROUWSEL

Robust generically-named wholly-organic Abbey-styled ale gathers strength from explosively tangy green grape entry to bitter orange finish. Lingering wine-soured tartness envelops grassy wheat husk, lusty floral richness, unripe apricot tease, and rosewood-spiced herb tangent, settling into bittersweet green apple grove as foamy Brussels lace simmers. An acquired taste for open-minded ‘sour ale’ experimentalists.