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Lozen Boer - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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 thequeen711
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of goatxpower
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of champ103
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of drpimento
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nose is malty with some sour and some dark fruit, some powdery yeast, and a small funky twang. Smells good.

Pours a deep mahogany / nut brown color, good clarity, mild head. Beautiful color. Looks good.

Glass 1 pours a deep mahogany / nut brown color with good clarity and a mild head; the color is pristine, it looks good. Nose is malty with some sour and some dark fruit, some powdery yeast, and a small funky twang; smells good. First sip brings an overbearing barrage of mouthfeel - it's nicely tart with an oily coating and some sharp alcohol. Sparsely populated bubbles on my tongue cause pain. Some dark roasted malt manifests, and hints of sugary sweetness. Just where the yeasty mouthfeel ends and the yeast flavors begin is as of yet unclear. A soft medicinal/plastic white noise sits on the threshold of my flavor differentiation.

Glass 2 brings a much better head, but retention is still 20 seconds or so. The medicinal/plastic white noise is louder, accompanied now by alcohol heat. I found some mild funkiness and fruitiness with hints of lemongrass, flowers, earth, and dark, ripe fruit. The intense tartness from the first sips has died down leaving behind a terrestrial fruity tartness. Soft sweetness reminds me of honey. The alcohol has now reached my brain bringing soothing warmth and a poetic urges.

Glass 3 has the most impressive head of all; all those nucleation sites from the lacing I reckon. Still a pretty quick 20-30 seconds retention. Whiff of banana and some other unworldly fruity ester. It still has the droning medicinal/plastic thing going on. The flavor is hard to pin down, hard to reach. It's there, and I can taste it (obviously, no?), but it does taste like white noise sounds. Can one describe the white noise of a crowd of people? Not other than an unknown sized set of voices within the range of human speech. Can one describe the white noise of an electrical room or bank of transformers? Again, not other than the combination of the frequencies of each vibrating part. So this beer, like a crowd of people or bank of transformers, has a definite taste, but without sending a sample to a lab, all I can say is that it tastes like a combination of medicinal/plastic yeastiness, dark fruit, tart fruit/floralness, and roasted malt, the emphasis being on the yeast.

A strong Abbey Ale, Lozen Boer is like an awkward young animal whose feet are too big; I'd put money on improvements with age. It's stiff, it's rough, and it's loud. If you enjoy getting kicked in the mouth for no reason, this is your beer.

Photo of SuperSpy
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay glass this beer comes out cloudy, with a ruby-hued brown that is somewhere between iced tea and A&W root beer. There is a thick, one-finger head that is made up of off-white and tan swirls, with somewhat decent lacing as the head falls away.

The aroma is of brown sugar, caramel, plums and a very slight hint of toffee. As the beer warms up the brown sugar becomes the dominant smell, with plenty of dark fruit esters in the background.

The flavor is reminiscent of the aroma, with an addition of warm alcohol and a slight spiciness. When the beer first hits the tongue it's smooth, thick and a little sweet. As the initial malty sweetness subsides it gives way to dark cherry and plum. The alcohol warms the throat as the beer goes down but leaves no distinct aftertaste which is disappointing.

Malty, heavy but smooth, this beer goes down very well. It is definitely worth giving a try.

Photo of John_M
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a cloudy brown color with a 1/2" head that breaks apart quickly. Some spots of lace develop.

Smell: loads of fruit sweetness and brown sugar rise from the glass.

Taste: caramel, brown sugar, black plums, yeast, pears, raisins, and a mild bitterness is wrapped in a strong alcohol laced blanket.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish. Aftertaste is long as flavor linger on the tongue.

Drinkability: decent for the style but the bomber bottle is enough for one session. Share this one with a friend.

Photo of glid02
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kkipple
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Decent Quadrupel, not great. Normal brown-red color, clear, little bits of sediment. Lighter in color that most quads. No big deal. Small head, no real lace.

Smell is the best thing going here, lots of sweet sugary, musty malt character and dark fruit. Boozy, but not too hot, figs, dates, prunes, a little clove-apple. Singled caramel and cocoa. Smells dessert-like and rich.

Taste falters; when this isn't by-the-numbers it isn't what I like. Sweet, yes, dark esters, yes, booze, yes. There's a strange yeasty-dry thing going on here that's not very appealing, as well as a weird walnut-attic must that is overbearing. Spicy and rather dry... hm. Finish is slightly buttery and sour -- not good. Which is a shame 'cause I really wanted to like this one.

Mouthfeel is medium full with adequate and unsurprising levels of carbonation. An unpleasant, slightly astringent (walnuts again) finish hurts this one. I'm not pouring it out, but I wouldn't buy it, either.

Ultimately, Lozen Boer is simply okay. Worth a shot if you like Quads; this may be up your aisle. But with brewers like St. Bernardus and Rochefort around, I don't see a reason to visit it again.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of yelterdow
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cellared for about three years, I'll bring this one last bottle from the late Michael Jackson Rare Beer Club upstairs and into my Chimay chalice. Served at cellar temperature with a hunk of Stilton cheese, this bottle was obtained on December 21, 2005, with the drink by date lasered on the cork: 10/05/09. Here goes!

Appearance- Gorgeous beer right from the start... it pours a Burgundian purplish-red with an immediate and extremely fat light beige head, settling to a marshmallowy topper. The lacing is incredible, sticking and draping almost unbroken down the inside of the glass. Off the charts on the eyes!

Smell- The dark, sweet fruit aromas of plum, fig, prune, and date are about as rich and decadent as any beer I've yet sampled. Drippy, soaking wet ripened fruits with a hint of cola are in abundance, as well as just an indication of alcohol.

Taste- First, the interesting notes of cola that I mentioned before come up again, displaying caramel and sugars first and then a rich, honey-infused malt backbone that finally concedes to a drying hop finish. The only real problem I have with this beer is the lack of lush character I would expect from a cellar aged Quadrupel, it falls a bit short on complexity. At 10% ABV, this could be sublime drinking right now.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Unfortunately, this beer's decent texture doesn't effectively promote the fruity, malt-driven flavors to the point where I'd care for this again. There is something missing overall, a thinness that needs body and more character. I'm glad to have sampled this, and it was in part to Michael Jackson's passion for Belgian beers that brought this particular bottle to me in the first place.

Photo of allengarvin
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a Chimay glass. It appears a somewhat hazy reddish-brown with a thinnish head on top. It bears a rather sweetish, highly fruity aroma, with nice malty underpinning. Lots of malt taste, caramel with a touch of bitter licorice, together with ripe fruits... alcohol apparent at the finish. Big, rounded body.

Almost a good quad, but I find it maybe a tad too sweet... more abbey yeast character would go a long way to making it better.

Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of nickfl
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of BMoney575
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 7-11-08

Pours a very cloudy orange/brown, with a foamy tn head that settles to a nice, medium level. Huge lacing coats the entire glass.

Smell is sweet and malty, with lots of dark fruit and booze. Not overly complex, but quite strong.

Taste is very malty at first, and the finish is surprisingly bitter and super dry. The middle is a little bit sour, maybe some wild yeast. After awhile the alcohol becomes very apparent.

Mouthfeel is good, but a little too carbonated.

Drinkability is decent, but the bitterness and alcohol are quite heavy.

Overall, a different kind of quad. Less sweet and a little more saison than I expected. I'd probably like it more the second time.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aromas that are quite similar to a fruity rum waft to my nose as I pour this beer. It is topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick, tan colored head that slowly recedes with a textured, lace inducing, varied, rocky surface. The beer is an opaque, dark, concentrated amber color that shows a lightly hazy, cranberry hue when held up to the light. Quite alcoholic smelling, definite seems rum infused with its mix of rich fruit and malt notes. A mix of peppery-higher alcohols, prunes, figs, sweet molasses soaked brown sugar, ginger and clove. A substantial concentrated malt character towards the middle and finish seems to walk hand-in-hand with a slightly stale, almost old malt extract like mustiness. An interesting aroma, in the end the aroma smells significantly of a mix of concentrated fruit and spicy higher alcohol notes, but seems to be lacking a richness and finesse that I would like.

Significantly drier than I was expecting, but it still has a significant fruit sweetness to it. The higher alcohols are also quite noticeable in the flavor; they provide a spicy, slightly hot, peppery finish to this brew. The higher alcohols are slightly balanced by a deep fruitiness that reminds me of Dr. Pepper or the mythical prune juice soda. Flavors of raisins, prunes, cloves, a touch of molasses, a touch of plum like tartness and some interesting cola like cardamom notes. Malt notes of caramel, brown sugar, hints of cocoa and substantial toasted grain.

This just seems to fall flat some how; it is a touch thin and even a bit washed out for something labeled as an Abt. Really though I think this is too spicy, too full of higher alcohols for the residual malt character to deal with effectively. If there was more malt here, more body, I think the extra spiciness would work quite well.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Burnished bronze that becomes burnished cherry wood with orange edges when fading afternoon light is permitted to enter the glass. The upper half of my drinking vessel is filled with a lovely chunk of golden beige foam that counts stickiness as its finest feature. Thick sheets of fractured lace look good as well.

My first thought as beer splashed into glass was 'whiskey'. The booziness of the aroma is now more like a combination of dark rum, tawny port and cherry schnapps. It's brown sugar sweet, red wine vinous and fruity, all at once. This should be pretty good beer.

Although I like Lozen Boer, it isn't as rock solid as some quads that I could name. The initial rush of flavors is the best, but they don't hang together as well as they might and don't see the mouthful through to a quality finish. A certain (mild) grain alcohol roughness appears at the midway point and keeps the flavor profile from being as cohesive as it might have been. Warming could help, although I doubt it.

I might have said English barleywine if blinded. The beer is malt-dominant, with hop flavor and bitterness (never big contributors in a quadrupel) smothered by the attention seeking alcohol. As for specifics: cherries macerated in brandy and cherry cough syrup, caramel and pureed dates. There really isn't much depth or complexity here.

Good call on the appearance score. The pint glass is almost completely coated with a 10.0% ABV-defying amount of lace. The mouthfeel is on the thinnish side for the style. In fact, it isn't coming together as well as I'd hoped and displays a serious lack of commitment on the finish. Maybe that's one reason why the flavor fails to wow.

Lozen Boer Abt. falls well short of Zoetzuur Flemish Ale when it comes to the Brewmaster's Collection/ Special Reserve beers that I've had to date. It's a passable quadrupel, but passable doesn't get it done when there are so many stellar versions out there.

Photo of russpowell
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of scottoale
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of dnichols
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 750 ml caged and corded bottle into a challis. Label identifies it as a "brewmasters collection" "special reserve."

A: It poured a chocolate brown liquid that when held to backlighting was revealed to be a bright cherry red. The head was modest at about one finger but produced large caramel colored bubbles that receded to an even cover and lingered well into the experience. The head leaves an uniform lacing that is attractive and marks the glass at each interval during the drinking experience.

S: There was a strong aroma of roasted (almost burnt) malts and alcohol. The malt flavors, once the beer settled, exhibited strong characteristics of dark chocolate, caramel and bing cherries.

T: Initially the malty chocolate flavors dominate, and then the cherry and alcohol come on strong leaving a dry finish with a bit of hoppy bitterness. I love quadruples and this beer lacks the balance and subtlety of the front line quads from Belgium. The dominance of the alcohol and bitterness on the backside result in a sourness that make each sip less and less enjoyable.

M: This beer is medium bodied leaving a sense of unfulfilled expectation with each sip. It has the mouthfeel of a quality barley wine, however, it grows creamer the longer it sits.

D: This is an enjoyable beer that has a nice warm character. You know you are drinking a beer with a high ABV but it is not so abrasive that it drives you from finishing the bottle.

Comment: This beer benefits from a modest rest after the pour. It lacks the complexity and balance of other Belgium quads. I enjoyed the beer but with other beers in this class available I doubt this beer will have a place in my private stash.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, dark copper body with a full, cream off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of light caramel, dark fruits (figs, mostly), a little chocolate, and a half jigger of sherry.

Taste: Flavor begins sweet with caramel and dried dark fruit flavors and finishes warming and metallic with some yeasty spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I found it to be woefully average for a Quad, but kudos are in order for hiding the alcohol so well.

Lozen Boer from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
83 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.