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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

279 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 14
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ccrida on 07-25-2007)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 06:55:02 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -2.7%

11-16-2012 00:42:36 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.7%

11-14-2011 21:14:31 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip glass. The pour brings a light caramel-colored body with a short (for the style) white head that doesn't have the best lacing. The nose is pretty plain, with some very mild esters and a bit of malt sweetness. The taste is a bit of a mess with too much malty sweetness and not enough yeast. In reality, not much of anything other than some sweetness. This carries over into the feel, which is almost cloying and isn't dry like I'd expect. Drinkability is decent enough, but I expected a lot more out of this.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 22:02:29 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sun-splashed honey with a twist of orange peel. Despite a barely audible 'pop' when the cork was (easily) extracted, the crown of ivory colored foam is large, creamy and sticky. This beer looks Belgian, which is the highest compliment that I can pay. Abundant lace decorates the glass in attractive fashion.

The best wild ales (or those that use Brettanomyces, at least) aren't one-trick ponies of funk. Signature is exhibit 'A'. The nose is an aromatic melange of citric hops, golden malt and sourish Brett. The end result is incredibly complex. Any bets on whether or not the flavor will follow suit?

It wasn't until I did a little research prior to this review that I discovered that Signature Ale contains such a large quantity of hops (Amarillo, U.K. Phoenix and German Brewer's Gold). That's a killer hop bill and it's a shame that I didn't pop this baby open sooner. Make no mistake, it's still delicious. It's also much more hoppy than the typical BSPA.

Who would have ever imagined that a beer combining the best attributes of IPAs, BSPAs and wild ales would be so good and so drinkable? Since those are three of my favorite styles and since De Proefbrouwerij and The Lost Abbey are two of my favorite breweries in all the world, this collaborative effort was bound to be... out of this world. I'm amazed at how much hoppiness has persisted over the past year.

Signature Ale's best feature (other than the flavor) is the mind-blowing contrast between bitter, sour-funky and sweet. The flavor profile, in no particular order: white grapefruit and orange zest, tart apples, sourdough bread crust, honey, white pepper and horse blanket funk. You want dizzying depth and complexity? This beer is overflowing with it.

Given a minimal escape of CO2 on cork removal, and given almost no visible carbonation, it's amazing how gorgeous the appearance is on each subsequent pour. The upper third of the glass is positively crusted with lace. I'm also floored by how completely the alcohol has been cloaked. My increasingly fuzzy brain tells me that 8.5% is... just... about... right.

The mouthfeel isn't quite as outstanding as the rest of the beer. The biggest reason is the relative shortage of carbonation. More bubbles would have resulted in more creamy volume. Nitpicking? Probably.

It's fantastic that Messieurs Naudts and Arthur decided to brew Signature Ale a second time. Here's hoping they see the wisdom in making it a semi-regular release because this is the finest example of a Wild Belgian Strong India Pale Ale that I have ever consumed. Highly recommended.

This bottle is from the original release. The second release, which is from Spring 2008, has a small 'B2' near the silk-screened government warning. Thanks to the incredibly generous Talisker for the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 22:23:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is cloudy brownish yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of toffee in the nose.
T: The taste has a bit of sweetness with flavors of caramel and toffee from the malts along with notes of spices from the hops and slight hints of sourness form the brettanomyces.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a hint of dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is a lot maltier compared to other beers but this makes it very flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 20:13:57 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clody amber color with a decent head that sticks fairly well and scatters some lace

Smell: Complex combination of candi sugar, herbacious funk, apples/pears, hay and hops

Taste: Opens with a caramel sweetness that is quickly transformed into a fruity, tart and bitter melange, with the sweetness dominant; after the swallow the fruit and earthy tones are more discernable, but the finish maintains the candi sugar sweet aspect

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate to high carbonation; considerable warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: I was surprised to read of the Brett in this beer as it didn't have the expected tart/sour character; just goes to show the complexity that a little bit can bring to a range of other flavors that are present in this beer

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 18:35:49 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into a Grottenbier glass

A – Poured a very light hazy golden amber with a full two fingers of frothy white head on the top. Very nice and slow recession finally gave way to a decent layer of lace and froth across the top that stayed with it until the bitter end. Good amount of suspension visible as well as a decent amount of carbonation could be seen streaming up towards the top.

S – The aroma was fantastic coming off of this one. A very full and bright vibrant smell, lots of yeast and light citrus aromas. Hints of fresh grass, lemon, and coriander were very apparent and gave this a very big hop nose. The underlying yeast was also quite fruity providing a nice backdrop of light grain and peach smells.

T – The taste was awesome in a word. I was quite shocked and surprised by how nice this was. It started with a nice light peach or pear flavor but was then hopped and taken out of the realm with a good deal of grapefruit and lemon flavors. This nice tart and bitter finish was beautiful. Such a light bright but yet full flavor was a really big surprise. A very fruity and hoppy Belgian, you could definitely detect Tomme’s influence here, especially in the finish.

M – Super smooth and a very nice creamy feel to it. Nice light to medium body that was accented perfectly by more then adequate carbonation and a really great smooth finish. This was solid from the first sip to the very last.

D – Almost a perfect sipper. There was really no sign of the alcohol at all and the tight flavor profile was perfect for this. Just really a nice feel with great carbonation and a bitter profile made this great for just sitting back and relaxing.

Overall I was shocked by how good this was. It was almost a perfect blend of the two styles and the west coast hop profile really shined here. It was just a great match between the two and I would love to see them do something else together soon. Great job on this I really enjoyed it and will have to go grab a couple more of them.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2007 00:40:28 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2.7%

11-15-2011 22:40:02 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Kryptic: Poured a deep hazy golden color ale with a huge bubbly foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma of funky notes with some barnyard-like notes as well. Taste is also a nice mix between some barnyard-like notes and some funky yeast with a dry European hops finish. Full body with limited filtration and great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. It kind of reminded me of Orval but I would still prefer to drink Orval over this even thought it is an interesting experiment.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 17:53:24 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A seriously strong contender in a style that's difficult to distinguish moderately good versions from incredible ones. But this interesting and high-quality strong golden ale becomes the later with its serious burst of tropical fruits, wood complexity, alcoholic power, savory sweetness and assertive hop character.

The beer just goes into a lot of different directions in its aroma contributions alone- they are strong and rely greatly on slightly over-ripened fruits that are similar in scent to dates, figs, apples, peaches and pears. Zesty lemons, orange peels and grapefruit follow with a sharper and more acidic balance. And then there's the pleasant earth scents of must and cork-ish wood.

Ripe fruit flavors of tropical and citrus fruits wrap around a distinct and pungent yeast character for tart dried lemons, white wine must, and weathered wood. Hopped strongly, the spicy woody notes provide lemongrass and hay-like grass notes that not only balance the dry malt taste but add earth to yeast and fruit to the esters- all leading to a lightly resin bitterness to close the beer's taste.

The beer's lightness and dryness is noted early on the palate as the taste simply bounces off of the taste buds, thus ushering in a rush to finish and leaving the bulk of the beer's flavors to be more appreciated in aftertaste than when it actually rests on the mouth. Lightly powdery to finish, the beer's modest warmth and hop dryness keeps the focus on the beer's drinkability and less on its impact on taste- this is classic and quintessential of the style.

It's no surprise that the larger than life Belgian ale-type producers of De Proef and Port combine with the former's ability to churn out authentic product that couples with Mr. Author's artistry and attention to keen detail that separates the contenders from the pretenders.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 22:49:30 | More by BEERchitect
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dark golden body with a white, creamy-looking head.

Smell: A notably spicy, fragrant aroma generous with it's amount of grass, pine, and Brett that inspires alot of green, earthy imagery.

Taste: Faint pale malt sweetness with stronger flavors of pine and grass and flickers of white pepper and citrus. Finishes semidry with a slight lingering of bitterness and pepper. Am I mad in saying it's like a beer-inspired chutney?

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Full, lively carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A pretty good beer, it's release should be good news for any fans of the latest trend of hoppy Belgians.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 19:58:48 | More by ChainGangGuy
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.7%

12-19-2011 17:23:32 | More by kjkinsey
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev -2.7%

12-29-2013 06:05:45 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

03-11-2013 05:17:21 | More by spycow
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

09-25-2012 15:38:27 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

02-11-2012 11:00:19 | More by ygtbsm94
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emerge077

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes...

Fluffy pitted foam, gargantuan rocky head, a ring of webby lace. Good head retention. On tap I remember the lacing being the most unusually intricate i've seen.

Herbal and dry hop aroma, yeast esters, with a slight note of Brett. On tap there was a distinct note of pear, but I didn't pick that up from the bottle.

Taste is also dry and herbal due to the high level of hops, I get a woodiness with some pine sap, but not much fruit presence.

Aftertaste is pretty dry, had to switch up with water pretty often towards the end. Don't see myself trying this again for the price ($16) but on tap I would definitely have one.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 00:41:03 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.7%

11-14-2011 19:18:26 | More by JAHMUR
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zeff80

Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden hue with hints of amber. It had a small, fizzy, bubbly, off-white head that left some traces of lace.

S - It smelled of brett, a little horse blanket funk and some spice. A light caramel malt aroma was present, too.

T - It tasted a little funky and sour. Burnt toast maltiness and a spicy hop kick add to this nicely balanced Belgian ale. Also, a little alcohol taste.

M - It was very crisp, sharp and had a good bite at the back of the throat. It was medium-bodied.

D - This is a good brew. Nice brett funkiness in a strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 02:52:22 | More by zeff80
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largadeer

California

3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden-amber in color, not quite opaque but with a good haze to it. A thick inch-high head sits atop, leaving behind rings of lace as the glass empties.

Smell: Lemon, spicy hops, very slight funk and a bit of alcohol. I was expecting a bolder aroma, but this isn't bad.

Taste: Dry pale malts, subtle tartness, some fruity esters and a big herbal hop flavor. Moderate bitterness, not a hop bomb by any means but much hoppier than most Belgian ales. A hint of citrus and mint appear in the finish. Body is medium, about average for the style, while the high carbonation compliments the dry character of the beer nicely.

Drinkability: One glass was enough, don't think I could finish a bottle.

Notes: Good but not overly impressive.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 01:15:14 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

01-10-2013 21:54:24 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nickfl

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two and a half fingers of off-white foam on a slightly hazy, golden brown body. The foam settles slowly and leaves thick lace.

S - Lots of fruity, funky yeast with earthy cherry notes and mild acidity. Significant notes of malty caramel in the background along with a floral hop aroma hiding behind the funk.

T - Thick caramel malt with toffee and bready notes, blended with restrained funk, some notes of sour cherry and pineapple. Powerful pine hop flavor breaks through in the middle and combines with the fruity funk in the finish to produce some dark, barleywine like flavors of tobacco, toffee and char.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Surprisingly drinkable. The fairly mild funk blends well with the fruity/pine hop flavor and the two become more than the sum of their parts. There is a lot of complexity in the finish and this beer has the rare virtue of becoming sour without throwing away the complexity of malt and hops in the process. Certainly one of the best non-traditional sours I have come across.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 04:01:06 | More by nickfl
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle purchased a Binny's a while back. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter. Batch #2.

A - A careful pour yields a finger of late-rising creamy light tan foam that settles to a near-complete cap and thick collar, but leaves behind a few spots of lace. Body is an opaque amber/cider copper color with streams of tiny bubbles throughout.

S - Large apple and toffee malt backbone, some light tropical and slightly rotten fruit funk, candi sugar, honey, grass and hay, estery yeast, and light alcohol is present. I think this bottle is pretty old, but it didn't get overly funky - just lost the hops.

T - Taste is somewhat similar, with plenty of caramel apple and brown sugar malts and a peppery yeast character, light tropical fruits, as well as a lightly sour/tart finish and bitter herb/medicinal aftertaste. Alcohol is better hidden than in the aroma.

M - Medium-full, chewy and viscous body, with light carbonation tingle. Finish is surprisingly dry for such a sweet beer, and there are plenty of residual resinous hop oils. There is some warming alcohol, but no harsh or solvent notes.

D - I suspect this was more interesting when it was hoppy and fresh, as it's now it's overly sweet with only light funk and sourness. I wish there were actual bottle dates rather than batch codes, but this is nearly three years old as far as I can tell. That being said the beer matches the description on the bottle pretty closely - I guess I just don't dig this combination of flavors. I labored through about 375ml before using the rest for cooking.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 22:24:09 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

2.6/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer served in a snifter glass. Beer is light brown and hazy and forms a thin white head of tiny bubbles that quickly breaks.

Beer's aroma is mostly sweet with an almost piny / woodsy backbone to it. Very weird and a little off putting.

Beer is super thin and has a bite to it in the front. Finishes too dry and overall is light on flavor. Beer has an off putting aftertaste that is almost smokey. I am very annoyed at this point. This was a huge disappointment I would never drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 04:35:25 | More by drabmuh
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De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
92 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.