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Lozen Boer - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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BA SCORE
83
good

111 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 5
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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Photo of frankypoo351
1.65/5  rDev -55.2%
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+.

frankypoo351, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

puboflyons, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

SkeeterHawk, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of boulderaz78
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

boulderaz78, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of sprucetip
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

sprucetip, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of mmmbeer
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

mmmbeer, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

Pours a very dark brown color with slight plum hues when held to a light source and a thick two finger frothy yellowish tan head. Decent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves sporadic spots of lacing behind.

Chocolate malty aroma with hints of peppery spice, candy sugar and dark fruit. Hints of plum, raisin, fig and dark cherry.

Soft carbonation up front with lots of roasty chocolate maltiness, sweet cany sugar, plum, raisin, date, fig, cherry and grape. Well balanced with rostiness from the malt, sweetness from the fruit, spice and alcohol warmth in the finish. Slightly sour aftertaste.

corby112, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of aerozeppl
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

aerozeppl, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

tempest, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of mexikrainian
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a Petrus chalice.

Appearance: murky brown with short-lived off white head and minimal lacing.

Aroma: overwhelming sweet malts, cherries and nutty.

Taste: a bit sour, lacking dry finish and watered down

Mouthfeel: creamy medium body with light carbonation.

Overall impression: a lackluster quadrupel. thin and flat, this is worth a try, but average for the style.

mexikrainian, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

GilGarp, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of tubacharlie
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

tubacharlie, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of mcallister
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

mcallister, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of mwilbur
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mwilbur, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

twiggamortis420, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of froghop
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

froghop, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of ArrogantB
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle $12. Dark brown color, red tints, so-so head. Smells like alcohol, raisins, not sure if its more dubbel or quad. The taste was kind of underwhelming, more raisins, sweetness, alcohol. I usually like De proef beers but to be honest I was a little let down by this one in particular.

ArrogantB, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Beerenauslese, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of Travlr
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Travlr, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of JayQue
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle poured into my trusty Chimay goblet.

Pours a dark brown color with a good size (for a 10 percent beer) off white head. The head fades fairly fast to a covering of the glass. some sticky lacing. Looks good.

There is an aroma there, just not what I expect in a quad. Sugar, alcohol and dark fruit. Not particularly enticing.

Nice flavor. Dark fruit, malt and sugar. Nothing too complex, just tasty.

Mouthfeel is rich, a little alcohol burn and smooth.

Drinkability is good for a Quad, but I would rather have more challenging flavors and settle for less. This is a good beer, but for a Quad, I would select abt 12 any day and abt 12 is very available.

JayQue, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of thequeen711
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

thequeen711, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of goatxpower
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

goatxpower, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of champ103
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

champ103, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of drpimento
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle from Sam's in Chicago. This is one of the weaker quads we've ever had. Thinner body. Good tan head. Aroma was similar but lighter in every respect. Just less of everything. Quad that should be aspiring to dubble. Little bit boozy. Finish is ok. Not a session

drpimento, Jun 10, 2009
Lozen Boer from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
83 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.