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Lozen Boer - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 116
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 20.7%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot) visit their website

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-20-2005

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Photo of tubacharlie
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The scent of treacle wafts out of the glass following a slow, relaxed pour. After a minute, a smooth and creamy head emerges from the depths to coat the top layer with a perfectly flat, light caramel-colored carpet of micro bubbles. The dense brown brew is hazy with yeast and unfiltered fun.

Molasses dominates the flavor, as the scent, and combines with mellow hops for a nicely balanced, rich, full-flavored experience. Effervescent carbonation enhances and expounds on the malty base, exuding esters of alcohol and the essence of flowery hops.

One of the best beers I have had in a while. Excellent with strands of dried cuttlefish or some Stilton and a Baguette.

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Photo of John_M
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a striking brownish ice tea color with OK head retention and decent lacing. On the nose this beer smells very attractive, with some noticeable milk chocolate, brown sugar, cherry vanilla, coffee and some underlying spice. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose perfectly, and I must say this beer has a very rich, smooth, somewhat sweet flavor profile. This beer is almost decadently rich and is just about all I could want in a good quad. Alcohol is pretty well disguised, though you can tell this is not a small or light beer.

Wouldn't want this all the time as it's just too rich. Nevertheless, this is a very solid beer, one I wouldn't hesitate to order or buy again.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Brick Store Pub with Brickstoredave. Pours chestnut brown with a tight head that fades to a thin cap and leaves some spotty lacing. The aroma is sharply fruity with cherry and plum and with lingering sherry notes. Tastes rich and fruity with flavors of vanilla, fig, plum, cherry, apple, lemon, and even some grape notes. Delicious, and the slighttly woddy finish helps cut the richness as well. Smooth mouthfeel, but slightly light for the style. Still, an easy drinking Quad with very well hidden alcohol and a quite a pleasure. I'd even drink this one in the summer.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL dark brown Belgian bottle, and underneath the cage is a synthetic cork. Brewed to 1.088 and hopped to 40 IBUs. Pours a clear deep crimson, almost purple, with lots of carbonation and a thin yellowed-parchment head that leaves a few threads of lacing. Smells fruity and well-aged, with rich and caramelly/biscuity malts. There are notes of dark fruits, apricots, cherries, raisins, prunes, blackberries, pecans and a bit of spicy hops. The complexity follows through to the palate, which adds rich Munich malts and raisiny dark caramel malts. Perhaps some red apples and roast as well, with a few sharp phenolic notes that are eased by a light sweetness. It has a deep-seated carbonation, with a smooth, fullish body that finishes light and dry. The alcohol is well-hidden here, and it is complex and quite delicious - a well-crafted brew that would age very nicely.

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Photo of deac83
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent dark brown with a smallish head that dissipates quickly, leaving some fine lacing.

Prunes and dark, dark chocolate, molasses, dark roasted grains, walnuts, raisins, nice Christmas pudding smells.

Tastes of prunes, dried raisins, dark cherries with a little sour note, and dark, dark chocolate and walnuts. The alcohol is present lending some bourbon notes, with ginger and hops coming through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy and light, a good vehicle for delivering these strong dark flavors, without being too sweet or syrupy. A nice beer for the winter months.

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Photo of boulderaz78
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

**Update** I now realize this bottle is flat. No bueno. Still tastes delicious, but you know why I'm unhappy right now.

I've given up the quest to find a replacement for Rochefort 10 (that is until I finally try a Westy 12), so now I'm trying to find the best substitute. Up until now, St. Bernardus ABT 12 has been the answer, but I think this Lozen Boer might be the new leader. I first had it at the Bar Lamar in the back of the Whole Foods in Austin, and now I'm drinking it while watching the Final Four while the wife is out of town. Maybe everything tastes better while I have a sense of bachelorhood, but both times I've had the Lozen Boer, I've been extremely impressed.

(All comments are in comparison to Rochefort 10.)

Probably the darkest of the available quads. Pours a deep, deep amber with not much residue.

Smells very sweet but not absent of the richness that a quad requires.

Its best quality is the taste. Not much of a hint of hops, which is probably why I'm so drawn to it. It's also not too sweet, which gives it a very nice yet hearty balance.

Pours very light. Not much head, and decent lacing for what head you to get.

Overall drinkability is top notch. As long as I can find this as easily as St. Bernardus ABT 12, I'll choose this 8 times out of 10.


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Photo of aerozeppl
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Pours a murky brown color with a little bit of cola colored head. Quite a bit of lacing which was kind of a surprise.

S: The nose is off brandy soaked raisins which I kind of dig. Not the most complex of noses but I did like what I smelled. Little bit more dark fruit as it warmed.

T: Really well integrated taste. You get the dark fruit and then some. Dark raisins. Malt. Slight warming alcohol. Little bit of sweetness. No candi sugar to speak of they did this the old fashioned way.

M: Very low carbonation. Super smooth. velvety almost.

D: Super easy drinking. Not the most complex example of the style but a nice sipper for sure.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of nickfl
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown and hazy. Nice lace and reasonable retention.

S - Aromas of caramel and raisins with notes of brown sugar and chocolate and a slight hint of spicy hops.

T - Chocolate and raisins up front. Slight hop character comes in the middle with a roasty finish.

M- A thick body, with med carbonation and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Rich and thick, this is definitely a quadruple, but it is not as complex as some others, like Rochefort.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Mahogany liquid rests under a fluffy off-white head that has great retention. Ruby red and hazy with yeast when backlit. Head leaves thick lacing initially, but it eventually washes away.

I could smell this from arm's length while pouring! Boozy esters, dark fruit, and green apple. I find a faint vinegar like sourness to be, surprisingly, slightly stronger than the malty sweetness. Rich and complex. Very nice.

Dark fruit, a bit boozy and spicy, rich malty sweetness, Belgian yeasty, and light bitterness leading into the dry finish. Smooth, balanced and complex.

Stongish carbonation with a few tingles leads into a rich full body with medium viscosity, and then a dry finish.

This first date went over very well, and I look forward to the next. She is a legitimately authentic Belgian gal. But I'm not quite as smitten with her as I am with St. Bernardus, Pannepot, and Chimay Blue.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, opaque mahogany, mostly brown. Mild tan head on top with a great retention level and fair lacing. Good rich malty aroma, smells like a quad. Light bananas and moderate spices. Flavors are different, I pull some licorice, some earthy spices, and some really sweet malts, providing banana and honey flavors. Nice big alcohol bite at the very end. Mouthfeel is full bodied, with some mild carbonation. Very warming.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Travlr
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle purchased in July 2008, stored in my beer cellar until December 2009.

A: very dark ruby red with a large light beige head that settles over 5 minutes to a surface layer of fine bubbles, with good lacing.
S: Notes of vanilla, chocolate and dates
T: Begins with dark cocoa and progresses through raisins to scotch, with a bitter cocoa finish. Alcohol shows through.
M: Nice body, better than most abts.
D: I expected more of a mellow flavor after 15 months of storage, this one still had quite a punch. Reasonably good complexity, not outstanding, but definitely in the upper half of Belgian abts.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of thequeen711
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark caramel brown, with a frothy 2-fingered head, slowly dissipating to a couple millimeters of foam. Nose of sweetness...brown sugar, cherries and other dark fruittiness, caramel goes with the brown sugary nose. Taste is a rich mouthfeel of flavours maltiness, sweetness of chocolate, caramel, brown sugae, cherries, plums, vanilla...just a bunch of flavours that blend well with the brew. High ABV..10%, but that's A-OK! A nice quad to enjoy.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear medium amber with a fleeting tannish low head which retreated in an flash to leave but wisps at the surface of the beer.

The aroma was strongly deep dark fruits and dark caramel. The dark fruits were raisins and prunes and dried cherries. The aroma contained a light bit of biscuit character and a strong toasty presence. Some alcohol presence led to a phenolic spice character of cinnamon and light pepper.

The flavor was dark caramel and dark fruits as in the aroma, but with a strong presence of alcohol. The flavor was toasty and biscuity coupled to the dark fruits of raisins and prunes. The spice flavors were peppery and more of the cinnamon noted in the aroma. The alcohol was too strong in the flavor and caused what would have been a nice complexity of flavors to be overshadowed.

The finish was dry with lasting dark fruits, cinnamon and alcohol into the aftertaste. The body was medium full with a fairly low carbonation level. The alcohol presence killed the head and also was overly strong in the flavor. The warming after consumption was very high and lowered the drinkability of the beer.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle.

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Photo of champ103
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky brown color. At first a light tan head of over two fingers forms. It recedes in a minute. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Very malty. Sweet caramel and chocolate. Some vanilla and dark fruits. A dry woody aroma.
T: Again, some malty sweetness of caramel, chocolate, and brown sugar. A very light dark fruit flavor. Maybe some spiciness as well.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A little thin and watery though. This has a high ABV, but it is barley noticeable. Something that I can sip on all night.

This is a pretty good quad. Nothing outstanding, but very enjoyable. Something that I would recommend. Another good beer from De Proef.

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Photo of mcallister
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nearly a five for appearance. Just a beautiful color amber/mahagonny, brilliant and sparkling almost with an off white head that leaves a thick splotchy lace in its path.

Quite a nose on this as well. Thick rum raisin, dates, caramel, red currant, toffee, bready malts, woderfully sweet aromas very enticing with a little earth on the back.

Very good beer with nice flavors but the mouthfeel is way to thin and watery for the style. Taste is nearly identical to the nose with even more caramel and some fig. Quince paste as well as pecan type flavors.

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Lozen Boer from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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