Lozen Boer - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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2.44/5 rDev -34.1%
Found this at one of my usual bottle shops and picked it up without hesitation based on a really pleasant experience with another beer from De Proef. Cellared for six months.
I've read that plastic corks are not harmful, so I didn't take that as a bad sign. Unusually long cork pulled free from the bottle with just the slightest pop, which I now know was not the result of carbonation. No best by date visible, even under close examination, although the cork had some coding.
Smell of sugar, slight bit of alcohol and dried fruit.
This beer was dead flat. Even with a forceful pour I could not raise a head. Very slight lacing that lingered the usual amount for a quad. Hazy tannish ruby through which light passed only when held up to it.
The taste was distinctive and pretty pleasant - sort of like fruitcake overall. The spice was not abrasive, yeast notes, dried fruit, sugar and occasional flashes of alcohol.
Mouthful was watery due to zero carbonation.
Overall - major disappointment. I can't say that I know what this beer is supposed to taste like. The cork (pork? for plastic cork) clearly made a good seal so I don't think it lost carbonation, I think secondary fermentation never happened. Bottom of the bottle had an unusually thick black layer of solids that mostly resisted swirling the last centiliter and did not have the expected taste of a yeast sediment.
De Proef's website portrays a company seriously dedicated to brewing, and the lineup of products is formidable especially given their intent to produce limited batches. I really liked Boerinneken and would pay a premium to get more of it, which makes this experience even more of a loss.
03-24-2014 00:56:33 | More by Tinfang
4.1/5 rDev +10.8%
750 ml bottle into chalice; no bottle dating and unknown cork coding. Pours moderately cloudy dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, apple, pear, plum, molasses, toast, dark candi sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, apple, plum, pear, molasses, toast, dark candi sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark and light fruits, molasses, toast, dark candi sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent quadrupel style. All around great balance and complexity of dark malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
10-01-2013 04:59:53 | More by superspak
4.26/5 rDev +15.1%
A little perplexed by the lack of carbonation. Intentional or cork problem? I ventured ahead anyway.
Minimal head with small amount of carbonation present.
Dark brown in color.
Fruity but on the sour side.
Smooth in the mouth but agree more carbonation would improve overall.
FWIW, I had no point of reference for this beer and therefore low expectations but was pleasantly surprised.
05-18-2013 03:43:20 | More by deac83
2.55/5 rDev -31.1%
S: Served in a chalice from a 750ml bottle.
A: No foam, no lacing, no carbonation. The beer itself was dark brown in color.
S: Very boozey, chocolatey, and fruity.
T: Overwhelmingly alcoholic, which would have been fine if it has some sort of carbonation. Tasted like a thinned out chocolate with darker fruits infused.
M: Flat, a bit off - reminded me of a liquid candy bar.
O: I was really excited to try this, but it was certainly a letdown.
I was told by two people at the shop where it was bought that it was a good beer. When it was opened, I was already disappointed. No typical pop when opened - we then knew SOMETHING had to be wrong. I'm just thankful that my boyfriend doesn't mind flat beers...
03-18-2013 21:50:06 | More by dieBlume
4/5 rDev +8.1%
I likes me some quads and this one is a pretty good one. Some red wine tannins, some burnt sugar, some boozy cake. Something in this reminds me of marshmallow and bubblegum but only slightly. Mostly it's rich, dark ale goodness all around. I'll be happy to sit with beer for awhile and enjoy my evening.
03-13-2013 00:34:41 | More by ommegangpbr
Lozen Boer from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
84 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.