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Lozen Boer - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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BA SCORE
84
good

107 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-20-2005)
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 01:32:28 | More by DrDemento456
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rolive

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

12-02-2012 20:42:05 | More by rolive
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halo913

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

11-18-2012 03:33:15 | More by halo913
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

11-16-2012 00:43:18 | More by t0rin0
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b_sid

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Let's start with the most obvious issue here. This beer is flat. Dead flat. Like a 2 liter of soda flat, that's been opened numerous times and stuck in the back of the fridge for you to unfortunately come across when your totally craving a fizzy thirst quenching beverage.

Anyway, it's hard to review something that's so off from the start. I love Belgian beers, and I was really hoping for something special here (it even says Brewers Reserve on the bottle), but it was not to be. Immediately after pulling out the cork you could tell something was off. No pressure. No champagne bottle pop. Actually, no pop whatsoever. Barely even a hiss. OK... but there were subtle bubbles forming after the pour, so initially thought, "OK, well at least we have some life here." Kinda wrong there. No life, just dead beer (and it had so much potential).

The beer actually smells great, and leads you on to thinking this may still actually be amazing. The aroma reminds of a nice Barley Wine with a strong fruit character, but that's where the promise ends. The flavor (while initially hopeful) is actually quite disappointing. It's brevity is unmatched (not a good thing). Since it lacks any carbonation, the flavor lasts for a nanosecond, followed by burning, which if you're drinking a nice whiskey is great, but not here. Not at all.

It's actually quite amazing that I've even devoted this much to review this beer. Probably cause there was so much anticipation of greatness, followed by unprecedented weakness. Maybe it's the plastic "cork" they used here. Maybe if they used a real cork the beer could have actually developed and kept (or begun to develop) it's carbonation. Cause underneath the overwhelming lack of carbonation there is an exceptional beer lurking, but unfortunately it's just not here.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 01:18:33 | More by b_sid
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%

08-08-2012 18:36:32 | More by JohnK17
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zachary80

Indiana

2.85/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cellared for 10 months. Poured into a Globe. Cork opens with a really really weak pop.

Dark brown, some reddish highlights, looks good. No real head, some whitish bubbles that persist; not normal for a quad.

Aroma is fruity and complex. One of the better smelling quads, reminiscent of La Trappe.

Flavor is a let down. Starts off tasty - follows the aroma, finishes pretty bad, tastes more like a liquor, and the finish is extremely short. Reminds me of bad alcohol flavors, big turn off.

Carbonation is too low, mouthfeel is off.

Overall I like the smell and taste but the alcohol is harsh and I think its negative side is combining with another character in the beer that I'm not fond of. Perhaps its very oxidized, although it is less than a year since purchase and doesn't have as much of the cardboard type taste. (Might be worth noting that I shared a Baller Stout earlier in the evening...and its 13.8% didn't show half as much as this beer's 10%)

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 05:37:16 | More by zachary80
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impending

California

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

B+

750ml into a tulip. Pours a bright cola copper, low carbonation, little head lasted briefly, insubstantial lacing.

A strong vinous quality as if port split upon dark fruits that have begun to rot. Thick and sweet with caramel. Wonderful

Taste is in accord with the scent, again wine notes with a long phenolic aftertaste. Medium bodied. Medicinal in a nice way. Shines at room temp.
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 06:53:37 | More by impending
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a cola color with lower carbonation than I expected. Left a small white cap, minimal lacing and some white bubbles

S: I get cola, caramel with some caramelized sugar, toffee and some dark fruits on the nose

T: Taste has an immediate caramel, light candy sugar with some dark fruits, toffee, more caramel and cola midway to finish with some underlying booze. The taste falls flat on the end leaving only a sweetness with booze and sticky flat and bitter taste.

M: Rather thin, plain and medium bodied. Not what I was wanting nor expecting

O: Average

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 00:56:02 | More by barleywinefiend
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ATPete

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -45.9%

01-18-2012 20:13:57 | More by ATPete
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wattershed

California

4/5  rDev +8.1%

01-03-2012 16:13:39 | More by wattershed
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Stoffel

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

01-02-2012 20:29:20 | More by Stoffel
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.1%

01-02-2012 04:27:30 | More by dbrauneis
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metter98

New York

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 23:29:50 | More by metter98
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.9%

12-17-2011 17:36:10 | More by djrn2
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trojankeg

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-17-2011 02:50:47 | More by trojankeg
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tbeq00

California

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-12-2011 20:09:43 | More by tbeq00
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-29-2011 03:55:11 | More by JAHMUR
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-26-2011 01:32:00 | More by Rochefort10nh
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bigdaddypolite

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-17-2011 04:04:13 | More by bigdaddypolite
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown body w/ minimal head and lace as the thickness just drags it down. A very yeasty/orange aroma, typical of Belgians, plus that nice sugary caramel malt rush, althugh I seem to also pick up dark fruits and a touch of bread. For a heartier beer I must say the smoothness, creaminess really through me off. Passes easily with citric and dark fruits piping in, and the fruits balance w/ this chunky caramel and sugary sweetness but everytthing is held in check, even the ABV as it does not bleed into the beer and it finishes ultra clean. Somewhat simplistic but rather a really enjoyable beer and made for a great sipper.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 19:02:41 | More by clayrock81
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frankypoo351

Wisconsin

1.65/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Very cloudy and had an acrid smell as though they fermented it with sugar that was not inverted. Little to no carbonation to hide the unattenuated malt and it gave me a headache very quickly. the flavor is very very flat on the tongue, like watered down brown sugar. I do not understand why this beer is rated as a B+.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 01:20:51 | More by frankypoo351
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 19:55:20 | More by puboflyons
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I've been doing quite a few of the De Proef beers here lately, so here is another one, which is one of their bigger ones, so hopefully this will be a treat. Let's see:

Appearance: I carefully removed the cork, but I had to pull it out rather than holding it back. There was very little foam after a pretty aggressive pour for this style of beer (right down the center of my tulip). There are some bubbles rising as you can see at the edge of the glass, but they don't stick at the top. The beer itself is very dark, but you can tell that it may lend a Garnet color if you hold it up to intense enough light. I can't remark on the clarity.

Aroma: Lots of fruity notes going on in here with plums and raisins being the most noticeable. There are some yeasty notes in this beer that are a pretty big player, but there is some dark caramel to toffee in here to support the whole thing. Overall, it is a pretty bold aroma, but there is nothing that seems overly dominant at this point in time.

Taste: The flavor is also fruity like the aroma suggested, but it is thinner and more palatable than I thought it would be. The carbonation is super low in this beer, and it is actually showing subtle signs of oxidation with some sherry and paper notes, but these aren't screwing the beer up yet. The finish is sweet with far too little carbonation to back it up, but the balance is pretty good overall with the dark malts providing as much balance as any hops are.

Opinion: This beer was really hurt by the lack of carbonation. I assume that the "cork" just leaked, but it was a plastic cork that didn't do a whole lot of expanding even after it was pulled out, so it looks like it didn't try very hard. I am not a fan of the plastic corks, so perhaps their decision to go with these corks hurt them on this review as the lack of carbonation is the major draw-back on this beer. I would try it again, but I am not sure if it will be me buying it. Perhaps I will come across a more presentable sample at a beer meeting coming up or something.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 06:24:26 | More by SkeeterHawk
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boulderaz78

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 01:48:03 | More by boulderaz78
Lozen Boer from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
84 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.