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De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur) - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur)De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur)

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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 16
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ccrida on 07-25-2007

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Ratings: 295 | Reviews: 239
Reviews by sfoley333:
Photo of sfoley333
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from corked caged 750ml bottle from The Port's bottle shop back in September of last year. Have tried many times before both in bottles and on tap at Lost abbey and at the port but never reviewed until now. First of all I have to say I like this beer better in the bottle than on tap even though its a great beer no matter the source, Second with a year age on it the Brett has developed mor and some of the hops have faded but help balance it out more like a BSPA. Poured into Duvel Snifter a Hazy Golden Orange color with a white head about a finger thick with good lacing. Smell is a light brett funk, spice, sweet candi sugar amd mellow citrus scents. Taste is sweet malt mixed with lemon zest, light grass flavors, atouch of spice and phenolic compounds. Mouthfeel is light body with an active but light carbonation. This mixed with its great balance of flavors and the fact that its abv is well hidden make this not only a great drinking beer but a world class effort by two great brewers.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork pops and it pours into my glass a beautifully clear copper orange with an inch of creamy white foam sitting atop the brew. Lacing kisses the side of the glass as the head holds on strong. Aromas start with vibrant hops upfront. Citrusy, tropical with grassy herbal accents as well. Bold spicy, peppery accents with earthy yeast tones. Crisp sun dried grain malt meets with a nice kick of brett yeast as well. Quite a contemplative mix of aromas here. Very nice.

First sip brings a smooth pale malt rolling into a melting pot of hops and spice. Citrus and tropical flavors of Amarillo are quite evident along with grassy and resinous herbal tones. Tantalizing spiciness and peppery accents move into earthy Belgian yeast tones. The Brett kicks in a bit of funk and tartness that blends perfectly here, it's not overpowering just a great addition to the overall beer. Finishes a touch dry with lingering fruit, spice and hops. I love this beer!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a solid, spritzy fast moving carbonation. There's a nice creamy accent that makes this extraordinarily easy to drink. Really glad I grabbed a bottle of this and I hope I can find another one before it's all gone. A wonderful brewing collaboration, seek this out and enjoy. The best hoppy Belgian brew I've had to date.

Photo of drums4matt
4.79/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one came home by accident - lumped in with the other 10 or so De Proef 750's i scored from my friend's work. Man...I need to do something nice for him...Poured into Scaldis tulip.

A - This one pours clearer than I anticipated. A small amount of haze, but as this was the first from the bottle no yeasties came with. Beautiful copper amber color but a surprisingly small, half-finger head that didn't hang out too long. The nucleation points in the glass kept this one nice and alive. Some good stickiness came about regardless of the short head.

S - Whoa! There's a lot going on here; a little hoppy, roundly caramely/malty with some leathery (and dare i say even chocolate), funky yeast notes with a bit of alcohol shining through leaving just a breath of fruitiness (pear? apple?). The hops really jump out for the style...this is just intriguing. Hops and CO2 on the burp...haha...unexpected.

T - Impressive. It's got a chocolaty sweetness with some nice hop flavor up front leading to some grain at which point the alcohol character comes through. The taste finishes off semi-clean and leaves a nice, bitter hop thing hanging around with some drying chalky notes and feel.

M - Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is nice and present, nearly creamy. The finish is rather dry. I like it, but maybe a little too dry for the style. Other than that, one can let this stuff roll around their mouth all day opening up new flavors and sensations.

D - Quite drinkable for someone, like me, who favors the hoppy, dry finish of a nice IPA or the like. Really, this beer is great. As it warms, it grows more and more complex. These De Proef collaborations are becoming easily my favorite Belgians. This one, brewed in '07, has been hanging around the distribution warehouse until just last week and I'm assuming that some time did this brew nothing but good; every beer enthusiast - no matter the stage of progressing into the world of beer - should try beer like this.

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of dill
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. I'm usually not a fan of Belgian Strong Pale Ales, but this one has a nice bit of funkiness and is really mellow and easy to drink. I have more of these that I will look forward to trying down the line. It should age quite well.

Photo of Beaver13
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Pours a hazy murky golden orange with a huge frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued, but nice - yeast, sugary malts, some fruits and some hops.

The flavor is sweet malts and fruits with a crisp hop finish with a good amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a pretty different but nice Belgian. It's a little too sweet for me.

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caged and corked (plastic cork at that) Pours dark apricot, and cloudy, oatmeal head is retentive, slowly receding and then turning into a thicker tiny bubble film, lace left behind is generous and intricate. Nose has a lot going on, citrus, barnyard, gooey/resiny hop juice. Big, complex, bold, thoroughly enjoyable creation. Lots of pineapple, lime, resiny hops, bready malts, and then the bonus of Belgian yeast spicing and sour brett. notes. Yum yum yum, an adventure in taste and sensations in every sip. Love this hybrid American/Belgian style and this one is right on. Only drawback here is the sticker shock pricing of $17.99 for the bomber....

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cavie for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a light hazy brown color. The aroma is light funk with some yeast and caramel malt. The flavor is more of the same with funk, apples, other fruits and a light alcohol presence. The mouthfeel is medium, as is the carbonation level.

Photo of magictrokini
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Pizza Port Carlsbad bottle shop (yes!). Pours hazy gold with a frothy white head. Nice lacing. Hoppy, spicy, and slightly funky aroma. Orange peel, more hops, pepper, and the funky/sour/tart taste from the yeast. Left me wanting more...beer. Great beer.

Photo of Kraken
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 1/22/08

This had been sitting in the fridge for a couple of months and figured that no time was better then the present to indulge. Poured from a corked and caged 750ml into a standard 20oz pint glass. Moderate pour evokes a large and active 3 fingers of golden tan head. Head exhibits dramatic staying power, which is somewhat frustrating as I really want to take a sip. Color is dark golden amber. Fantastic lace, really clings to the sides of the glass.

Nose- Nice light hop aroma, some spice white pepper, light green apples, scent of sweet honey.

Palate- Very light, tangy, dry, and creamy. Some green apples, slight honey sweetness. Very dry with moderate hop bitters in the finish. Hop profile is much lighter then I expected initially, they become more prevalent as it warms. Booze is totally hidden.

Mouthfeel- Complex, creamy, dry and tart

Drinkability- Excellent, seek out if you can find.

Photo of OStrungT
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy yellowish orange color. It boasts a thick, fluffy white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a thick curtain of lace.

This beer has a spicy aroma. It has a nice spicy hop aroma also. I dont detect and Brett though, and that is a bit of a let down. It has a slight clovey aroma. Some earthy yeast notes are present.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Spicy. Very spicy, but very subtle. No sourness that I would expect from the Brett. Oh well.

This beer is very full bodied. It leaves a spicey aftertaste. It is high in carbonation, suiting the style.

This beer would not be the best session beer. High alcohol makes it hard to put down too many.

Overall: This beer was good. Not exactly what I expected, but still pretty good. Anything Tomme Aurthur makes is bound to be great.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of glid02
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Green's on Ponce.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with hints of orange near the center of the glass. Head is one finger of off-white foam that recedes slowly into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated fruits - pears, lemons, and grapefruits - with raw hop aromas. There's the slightest bit of funkiness in there from the Brett, but I had a hard time finding it.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the Brett holds a bit more sway. Sugar coated light fruits kick things off with a sweet malt backbone. Medicinal hop flavors come in right before a finish that's equally sweet and tart.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I could spend all day trying to figure this beer out, and I would if I'd picked up a few more bottles.

Overall I'm happy I finally broke and bought this beer - the price tag kept me away for a while but it was worth every penny. Definitely worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a deep straw yellow body with a slight hazy and long strings of tiny bubbles rise to the surface supporting a rocky antique-white head of foam that last for the full beer. This beer reminds me of the old Boddington's poster with an ice cream scoop taken out of the head.

S- The full smell of sweet perfumed pale malt has fruit blossoms in it but blends into a soft horse blanket smell and then a soft cheese rind note a bit like sharp cheedar. The finish is a spicy hop scent that compliments the funk and sweetness perfectly.

T- There is a crazy soft tart and funky note that blends into a pale malt slightly sweet note and a hint of dry cheese to it. This is followed by a green spicy perfumed hop taste and that is blended with a sweet pale malt note. The hops linger with a slight grapefruit and Nori quality to them.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slippery texture and the head offers a bit more fullness in the finish. This beer is very smooth and no real alcohol heat is noticed.

D- This beer has lots of crazy flavors but they all compliment each other and none of them are overpowering. The beer store guy described this as a "mind f%#k", and that is all he would say. I can now see why. It is the only beer that I have bought a case of bombers after I tried it. Truly an amazing beer, and an example that it is possible to have a fusion of hops, funk, malt, and fruity yeast flavors in a beer.

Photo of degerbah
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a huge head that sticks to the side of the glass like glue. The smell is like a spice rack. Mostly coriander I think but there sure is a lot of it. The taste is fantastic. Some hops and aa little funky taste that is very pleasant. This is the first beer I've had from either brewery...fantastic.

Photo of mutterfudder
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing Live after pouring into a Allagash Tulip.

Copper hazy pour with little to no head. No lacing. Smell is musty, fruity with an almost pineapple nose. Interesting! Peppery and leathery flavor. Hops are more notable than expected. Funk is heavy.

Interesting beer, very drinkable and interesting. Glad to have had it.

Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with Dave of the Brick Store Pub. Yeasty aroma. Cloudy golden with white lace and head. Some funkiness in taste, with Belgian spices and also citrus, it's an understated and balanced wild ale. Very great and medium mouthfeel.Pleasant bitterness throughout, unique.
Had it again 10 months later and its characteristics for hop leaf bitterness and barnyard aroma came through, as well as aggressive carbonation.
Two and a half years later, had a bottle courtesy of Jeremy and its a dark fruit smell, citrussy, lacey. Better mouthfeel.

Photo of ElGordo
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the corked 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. A careful pour resulted in a smallish head. Still, a good finger's worth of thick, creamy white head that slowly recedes to a thin coating that remains for a good long while. Body is a deep orange-amber with a slight cloudiness.
Bready aroma of assertive yeast, brett, and pale malt, along with a sweet, fruity note of white grapes. Palate is sweet up front, with bready malt and a good dose of fruity hops. A good hoppy bitterness emerges mid-palate, yielding again to the sweetness of the malt on the swallow. Finish is rather sweet, with a nice, warming boozy quality.
The body is nice and full, with a nice amount of carbonation holding through to the last sip. A great cross-continental collaboration beer; I look forward to trying the fruits of more efforts like this one.

Photo of dirtylou
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, grossly overpriced but the only beer that Tomme Arthur crafts that is currently available in WI

appearance: poured into a de koninck chalice, bright straw-amber body, delicate beige froth with a thin but elegant lace left behind - nice appearance

smell: subtle delicate nose, sweet and creamy - honey, moderate traces of yeast yet subtle on the brett, lightly hopped, spiced citrus

taste: not exactly what i was expecting - i'm starting to tire of the brett-bomb scene so this was a nice curveball. the brett is rather subtle but the overall yeast presence is strong - sweet honey, clove, black pepper, hits of hay and grass, slightly astringent and rather herbal.

mouthfeel: smooth and creamy, medium body, alcohol rather well masked

drinkability: nice

Photo of kingsdirt
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has sat in the cellar for a year or two. 750, c&c, poured into a triple karmeliet goblet.

A: Hazey pale color, solid head

S: A little bit of funk with some hop arrmoa and sweet honey.

T: Hops battling brett. Some spice and sweetness. The brett character is not very strong.

M: Lite reserved belgian pale, solid carbonation and very mild overall profile.

D; Overall a good beer that does not have to many bells and whistles. Really feels more like two different beers battling for supremecy.

Photo of nbree00
4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I nice Orange color with some hints of brown. Carbonation seems plentiful and produces a large white head.

S: An awesome fruity IPA type aroma comes through

T: Taste is simply exquisite, the hoppiness, reminds me of an American IPA, and is combined with an elegant malt character, banana-citrus flavors and Belgian style yeast notes. You can truly taste the combination of the American and Belgian brew masters.

M: Mouth feel is some what heavy although no where near as far as a stout.

D: I found this beer to be quite lovely, however I could see it being to intense for some. Aaaaah the beauty that comes from pushing the boundaries of beer styles

Photo of cjgator3
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

S- The aroma is very fruity with some pepper, citrus, spices and Belgian yeast.

T- The taste starts of with sweet and malty with some spices. The finish features a nice array of earthy hops and a little bit of grapefruit as well. The Belgian yeast definitely plays a big role in the complexity of this brew, very interesting stuff.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is a sipper for sure, but it is interesting to see how this one opens up as it warms in the glass. It is definitely an interesting beer that I would purchase again. Recommended.

Photo of prototypic
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Signature pours a golden color. It's slightly hazy and has somewhat strong orange highlights. A soft looking vanilla cap sits on top. A forceful pour yielded two fingers of head. Retention was vey good. Waves of sticky lace clung to the glass.

The nose is intriguing. It's a little fruity up front. There's a little apple and some light citric notes. I suspect that's from some variety of hops. It's somewhat faint and I suspect what hops may have been here have faded to a large degree. It is a little musky and funky (from the Brett), but it's not an overly strong funky smell. Sweet honey emerges late, but adds quite a bit of character. Alcohol is masked almost completely. This is a deep, great smelling beer.

The flavor profile is easily as good as the nose. It is fruity up front. Apple is easily noted. Frankly I'm shocked at how well the hops have held up. Citrus grapefruit, pineapple, and orange are noted. It's still a little bitter. I'm sure it's lost some of its edge, but to pick up any is surprising. The use of Brett here is masterful. It imparts a musky, funky flavor, but it's not over the top and complements the sweet and (slightly) bitter flavors extremely well. Honey adds a little more sweetness, as well as depth. Suffice it to say the flavor's very complex. A spicy combo hits on the tail. I'm getting pepper, but am not sure what else there might be. Alcohol is mildly noticeable. Overall, it's blended well for an 8.5% beer. It finishes sweet, slightly bitter and musky. Wow.

Signature has a lighter body than I'd like. It's light, leaning medium. It is smooth. Light carbonation helps refine it to a degree. But, I'd like more body. Drinkability is extremely high. This is one fine tasting, complex BSPA that goes down like a dream. I regret only picking up one 750.

Personally, I think Tomme Arthur's responsible for a lot of great beer. I had high expectations for this collaboration with De Proefbrouwerij. Honestly, it's exceeded the high expectations I had. Its uniqueness makes it special. I don't believe I've encountered a BSPA with such a citrusy, hoppy presence. I bet this stuff was flat out incredible fresh out of the gate. I also like the somewhat mild effect of Brett here. It works extremely well with its other elements. All in all, this Signature release is fantastic. I would've preferred a bit more body, but that's about all I can criticize. Find a bottle or two if you can. Highly recommended.

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a big bottle at New Beer in the Bowery. Pours a hazy dark amber in my tulip.

The aroma is grassy with apricots and perfume. The flavor beings with white pepper, wet farmhouse, and sweet apple (like in pie) and then finishes with a bitter lemon rind note that lasts and lasts with an earth element. Overall there's a little funk, a little fruit, and then a big hoppy finish. Damn this is good.

Photo of mikey711
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle today. Poured into oversized wine glasses. Man I need to get some goblets.

It's a murky copper with a thin layer of lace that lingers on top of the beer. It has a nice funky smell to it, but a lot of caramel notes are present as well. It is sweet upfront and finishes dry and tart. A very nice balance between sweet and sour. I was very pleased with the amount of body in this beer as it was not as acidic as other brett beers. Also there is a bit of heat still on this beer. Very nice to drink and share with others.

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De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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