Lozen Boer - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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Reviews by froghop:
3.5/5 rDev -5.4%
pours a clear dark brown with a small dark beige head, and some lacing.
smell is of caramel, some malt, some dark fruit, and a little spice.
taste is of dark fruit, cocoa, some sour malt, white pepper, and spice, ends a little dry and somewhat bitter.
02-22-2010 01:29:00 | More by froghop
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3.53/5 rDev -4.6%
Appearance This one poured a dingy orangish-brown with a good, off-white head that kind of surprised me because the cork came out without the least bit of pop.
Smell This Quad still has a stiff darkish malt base. Theres some Belgian yeast in there along with some dark fruits, especially raisins and dates, but not the big fruity explosion that you get with some examples of the style. The nose is still kind of tight, even after the ale warms.
Taste The taste opens up a bit more. Theres a strong bitterness to the malts that I enjoy but may surprise those seeking the typical style standard. The sweets actually step back from the nose. The yeast is solid but the booze is somewhat harsh. Not burning, but definitely in your face.
Mouthfeel This really isnt much over medium-bodied and the bitter dryness almost felt kind of hoppy. I enjoyed the mild but efficient carbonation though.
Drinkability This ale was a good drinker. But, I gotta say, when I think of Quads I think of greatness, and in that sense it missed the mark.
01-04-2006 04:04:46 | More by RoyalT
4.22/5 rDev +14.1%
Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.
The beer geeks have tagged this a Quadrupel, but essentially it's an Abbey-style ale. Lozen boer means "gentleman farmer," yet on the label it says, "Legend of the Cow Smuggler." An inside joke, we think?
The lace is out of this world, surprising for a higher-alcohol beer. It starts off with a good two fingers of light tan head and literally sticks to the glass all the way down. A deep burnished chestnut hue comes through the glass when put up to the light. Brown sugar aroma from sweet malts; then the nose turns to raisins, currants and blackberries from fruity esters and an ever-so-faint solvent alcohol in the back. Lush, creamy smoothness rolls off the tongue with each sip. The alcohol is evident from the get-go, but it's never overpowering, thanks to the muscular maltiness that flexes with notes of dark bread, caramelized/burnt sugar and toasted biscuit flavors. Underlying fruitiness. Modest hop bitterness and flavor, with enough phenolics to balance out the sweetness with light clove. Finishes semisweet, with a plum and toasted grain aftertaste.
Wow, a balanced Quadrupel. You don't see that too often. This one is well worth the hunt. We're curious to see how it cellars.
07-06-2010 13:59:00 | More by BeerAdvocate
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
3.88/5 rDev +4.9%
Purchased at U and I Liquors in Oakland.
A- This looks great! Dark copper brown with a huge fluffy off-white head.
S- Yeast. Spice. Dried fruit
T- This is good. Strong nods to Westy 12/ St Bernardus abt 12, but simply doesn't have the complexity of those beers. Figs, plums, raisins, bready/yeast tones, good malt without being too sweet. A little bit of spice. NO hops. Apple and pear on the tail end. Some heat.
M- very silky, with some body to it. Lingers on your tongue for a while. My favorite part.
D- very drinkable for a 10% Belgian. I could drink one here and there, but would probably just get St Bernardus abt 12 instead.
08-19-2009 22:31:52 | More by goatxpower
3.93/5 rDev +6.2%
Had this courtesy of daryk77 - thanks!
Pours a turbid dark brown with ruby highlights and a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a thin pancake of bubbles on top leaving light lacing.
Smells of booze-soaked figs and raisins with a solid sugary malt backbone.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Lots of boozy dark fruit flavors up front with a vaguely nutty malt flavor coming in at the end.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness, but the carbonation is a bit on the heavy side - still, it goes down pretty smoothly.
Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing one glass and could go for another.
Overall this is a good quad, but not quite a very good quad. Worth a shot.
03-15-2009 01:33:41 | More by glid02
3.88/5 rDev +4.9%
750 mL bottle with an artificial cork.
Served cool into the Watou glass, Lozen Boer Abt is a dark chestnut brown, slightly hazy, with thin short-lived head. A few spots of lace but otherwise pretty ordinary.
Aroma is bozy and fruity in roughly equal measure. It has a nice caramel apple thing going on here.
Flavor is strong and complex with lots of sweet dark fruits up front, spice towards the middle, and finishing somewhat dry with the alcohol making itself known once again.
Mouthfeel is medium-plus in body, low in carbonation, and reasonably well-balanced though leaning towards the sweet side.
Overall a tasty quad but not a memorable one given some of the greats out there.
09-02-2010 22:46:07 | More by GilGarp
4.15/5 rDev +12.2%
Finally pulled a bottle of this out of the beer cellar after a year or so, maybe two. After pouring I'm struck by the big plum and raisin aroma jumping out of the glass. The flavor has more the sweet dried fruit, but with a hint of juice, along with dried cocoa, leather, and an herbal spice mix. The body isn't too heavy, just light-medium like a dry wine. The finish is fruity with toffee candy note. Hardly bitter, it's sort of the same feel as a rich dark chocolate.
11-03-2010 02:43:31 | More by tempest
3.63/5 rDev -1.9%
Pours a reddish chestnut with 3 fingers of tan colored head. Super head retention & lacing
S: Oaky notes & leafy hops along with jammy & apricot notes
T: Dry with oaky notes & leafy hops up front. Some boozeyness as this warms, along with cherries, vanilla, & tanins. Finishes with baker's chocolate, licorice raisins, & more dryness
MF: Low carbonation with medium body & some slickness. A tad thin for the style IMO
Kind of so-so as Quads go. Has no serious malt depth as the style demands & way too much dryness to just enjoy IMO
10-23-2007 04:46:53 | More by russpowell
4.25/5 rDev +14.9%
Sampled at Julio's Belgian Beer Fest on August 14, 2011. It begins with a medium-amber pour with nice clarity and a decent head. While malts are noted in the aroma immediately there is also something more nutty than fruity there. The medium-to-bold body is smooth and creamy with excellent stability while swirling. The aroma begins candied sugar sweet but evolves into a sour, dryer finish. This beer was very nice altogether.
08-14-2011 19:55:20 | More by puboflyons
4/5 rDev +8.1%
750 ml bottle from La Bodega in Riverside, CA., July 2008. No price recorded.
Pours a pretty rich mahogany brown, with a decent head at the start which dies away to a thin cover in no time.
Aroma is a rich dark fruitiness, a bit of charp cheese and bitter chocolate, and aromatic spices. Rich and full, roasty, luxurious is the only word for the flavor and mouth- brandy soaked cherries, figs and dates, good stuff. Alcohol is a tad too noticeable, and the sharp hop ending isn't as smooth as I would like this to be.
Honestly, I have had a number of quads, and this one is definitely a good one, a very good one. But it does not have that je ne se quios (spelling, please?) that just makes it a great one. Could drink this one very happily all night long, but it is missing the wow factor.
07-22-2008 02:43:47 | More by Dukeofearl
3.78/5 rDev +2.2%
750ml. brown bottle with caged cork dated 10 05 09, had very little pop when opened. Poured into my Duvel tulip a ruddy brown with burgundy tint and an eggnog colored, tight fluffy cap of 3/4". The head was kept aloft with plenty of carbonation and the ruddy murk cleared as it warmed. Nice fine lace, down to the last drop.
Smell was sweet and spicy with lots of malt and dark ripe fruits and as it warms, alcohol comes through with authority. The flavor was as expected....very sweet with raisen, fig, prunes and spice, followed by malt and molasses. As it warmed, an onslaught of alcohol comes marching through, ending with a prickly hot finish...needs some serious aging to mellow out. Nice flavor overall with decent body and ample carbonation for the style.
High octane quad that I would recommend aging till the date on the cork to tame the heat and add complexity, yet drinkable as is.
09-26-2007 01:02:17 | More by scottoale
4.25/5 rDev +14.9%
A: The beer is very hazy brownish amber in color and poured with a thin layer of beige bubbles covering the surface that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. There are some visible particles floating near the bottom, but it is unclear if these are yeast particles or remnants of the cork that shattered when opening the beer.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of dark fruits in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste also has flavors of dark fruits. Notes of plums, prunes and raisins seem to stand out in particular.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer definitely improves with age as it becomes very smooth and drinkable.
01-01-2012 23:29:50 | More by metter98
3.93/5 rDev +6.2%
Poured from a 750 cork and caged bottle the beer presents a slightly hazy brown, the head monstrous in size, tan in color, creamy in texture, upon its evaporation the lacing forms a concealing sheet upon the glass. Nose has a earthy aroma, caramel and sweet malt, a touch of oak like sourness noted, delightful sniff. From has a pleasing malt profile, a somewhat bitter twang at the back, top has a light to moderate feel to the palate. Finish has a stern acidity, hops perfectly spicy, dry and tart aftertaste seals itself to the palate, touch of warming noticed, and a fine drinking brew that is worth the sample.
12-05-2007 23:50:06 | More by Gusler
3.73/5 rDev +0.8%
Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a very murky dark brown (minimal light comes through with backlighting) with a 1/2 inch tan head.
S: Sweet underripe melon, dark dried fruit (raisin), caramel, a subdued yeast note, a hint of spice, and with warming roasted malt and chocolate notes come to the surface. What an interesting mix of aromas!
T: Doesn't quite keep up with the aroma here...not nearly as cloying. Caramel and semi-sweet chocolate, the sweet melon (honeydew?) is a tad tart and bitter here, hint of raisin. Not as complex as I was anticipating.
M: Soft and smooth. Medium body. Lingers briefly on the palate. Not so good, especially for style.
D: Nice idea, but it stumbled a bit along the way. ABV remains well hidden. Drinks more like a dubbel than a quad. Worth a try, but not as good as several of the other offerings from The Prof.
03-31-2010 05:03:50 | More by mwilbur
4.15/5 rDev +12.2%
750 mL bottle purchased in 2009 pours a fairly clear, medium brown color. Has a thin layer of tan foam, neither retention nor lacing is overly impressive.
Nose is sweet candi sugar with some caramel malts and alcohol. Fruitiness is of the lighter variety - honeydew melon, strawberries and cherries. Nose is not really all that big for the style, especially compared to Bernardus, Westmalle, etc..
Flavor is kind of a quad 'lite' with a surprising bite of hops on the end. Not really overly sweet, one of the driest quads I have had. This gives it a lighter body and a drinkable quality that is nice, it is not just a sipper. Goes from the start to finish without a whole lot in between, lacks a bit in complexity. Could use a creamier mouthfeel as well. Subtle brown sugar flavors come through as it warms up. Alcohol is noticeable, but does not taste like a 10%'er. Quite an enjoyable beer, but different than most quads. Go get one and try it, highly doubtful you will be sorry.
03-03-2010 04:26:14 | More by twiggamortis420
3.66/5 rDev -1.1%
Well shit looking at the latest reviews this beer is kind of crap. Ow well I at least only paid like 5 bucks for a 10% Quad bomber.
A - The cork is quite strange like made of some kind of rubber or plastic. Could this be what caused the off flavors and low carbonation people are reporting? Opening the bottle I get a very lively full inch of mocha colored head, fizzy from ABV but still sticks around for a bit. Beer itself is a very deep chestnut brown almost pitch black like a stout.
S - Strong alcoholic esters with some sugary malt and very little actual fruit. The booze is strong in this one.
T - Has a very weird herbal woody flavor that seems to be a mix of oak and stone fruit. Next the fruity yeast kicks in giving a sweet malt flavor and then mild sherry kind of boozy taste. Finish has a touch of hop bit and a warming character.
M - Medium to heavy, rather syrup like ABV shines in taste which is kind of offputting.
Overall a very boozy quad that has rather weird flavors than your typical fruity/low ABV lasting counterparts (ST Bearnard 12) Worth getting if you like boozy Belgium's.
01-16-2013 01:32:28 | More by DrDemento456
4/5 rDev +8.1%
Clear deep brown colored beer with red highlights. Good tan head that falls a bit too quickly.
Smell is boozy strong fig aroma and fainter melon aroma with a trace of bourbon. Brown sugar and mildly spicy mostly allspice.
Taste starts out Sweet and spicy with lots of brown sugar. Faint bourbon flavor wonder if this was put in a used bourbon barrel. Vanilla and crème brulee flavor there is a bit of seared sugar flavor. Big fig flavor tastes a bit like a fig newton.
Mouthfeel is good.
Not bad, if there is anything to want more of in this beer it would be a slightly punchier flavor. As this is it is quite good, just turned down a notch from the best of the style. A good introduction beer the Quadrupel style.
10-15-2008 02:56:36 | More by Zorro
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
Lozen Boer from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
84 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.