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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: 284
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 14
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ccrida on 07-25-2007)
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Photo of mlazzaro
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look awesome. Nice thick and dense head. Clear amber body. Head laces the glass. Aesthetically pleasing beer.Has a barnyard darker musky funk. Really unique but kind of strange. The taste I find to be much more approachable than the aroma. Solid maltiness, w/ what I believe is a tart wild yeast finish. Smooth , especially considering ABV. Bitterness is suiting. Body isn't bone dry as expected, still a touch of body left. I'm always down for some real sour; so I find this to be a bit mild. Highly drinkable beer. Quality, unique, and enjoyable.

mlazzaro, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of guild337
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

guild337, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of uturn
4/5  rDev -2.4%

uturn, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

deapokid, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -2.4%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -2.4%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -2.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of tjkinate
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't live up to the hefty price, still good though.

A: 2 fingered, cream colored, frothy head with good retention and loads of lacing. Body was murky orange, completely opaque, and full of tiny bubbles.

S: Citrus notes, grapefruit, banana, herbs, and spices.

T: Very similar to the scent, mixes well with the relatively high ABV.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated.

O: Enjoyed the brew, would happily drink again if someone offered me a glass.

tjkinate, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of TheBeerCarl
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A nice offwhite head with good retention. The beer is an opaque light amber color. Good looking Belgium ale.

Smell: very subtle notes all around, the nose on this is not strong in the least bit. First on the nose is light malt, then some banana esters and finishing with some very light earthy hops.

Taste: Malty sweet breadness with some definite banana and heat and finishing with some hoppy acidity.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth with a mellow carbonation.

Overall: This is a decent Belgium style ale. The american hop side of the beer doesn't really compliment it well though in my opinion.

TheBeerCarl, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of WastingFreetime
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


This one was also in the basement since 2008. I pulled it up for opening today because my other De Proef collaboration bottle from 2008 (the Allagash one) turned out to be either infected or over-aged when I tried it two days ago... so I got really concerned about this one.

(Short version : This one is still pretty damn good but showing initial signs of decline that lead me to estimate it as a couple months past its cellaring apex for my particular tastes)

A: Cloudy, murky, yet sediment chunk-free dark burnt orange color with one finger of cream-colored soapy foam in my tulip glass. Foam is short-lived, mediocre lacing left behind.

S: Initial bottle-opening odor of sour pineapple hops fades away quickly, only leaving behind its residual tartness in the flavor. Smells mostly like pine resin bitterness, but partially like those individually-wrapped strawberry candies and sour cherries with some more yeast esters on top.

T: Loads of doughy and belgian yeasty flavors, sticky toffee that has been rolled around in pine needles, I am still getting a hint of semi-sour strawberries and cherries rather than the usual suspects of dark fruits, which is rather surprising. There are also some minor leathery oxidation tones (nice!)... Oh yeah, and a mild beginning of the plastic-y creeping band-aid doom flavor that had completely saturated and ruined the other De-Proef collaboration bottle for me... I estimate I should have cracked this bottle open a couple of months ago by the progression of this off-flavor. That interesting subtle semi-spoiled pineapple aspect from the aged citric hops sticks around evenly throughout all aspects of the sip, despite having faded from the smell...it makes a really nice decorative frame for the picture that is the overall flavor.

M: Sort of sticky in texture, medium-full bodied, lightly carbonated but I can excuse that since this bottle is from 2008. Nothing annoying to speak of in this category.

Worth my cellaring efforts, it seems to have gently magnified the tart/wild ale aspects of this brew which were originally only of garnishment strength into minor sub-category strength. If I were to do it again I would aim for about 2-2.5 years of time rather than 3.

WastingFreetime, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of ummswimmin
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have had this bottle for about a year now in the cellar. It was time to savor the aging of the belgian characteristics.

I poured aggresively from the bottle into a snifter glass. I wanted to get a lot of aroma from this beer to smell both styles in the collaboration.

I picked up a lot of belgian on the pour. There was sour, raisin, and yeastiness. Also present was some hop smell.

The beer was good, but it smelled so much better. There was some heavy alcohol in the flavor.

This was a good experience to be a part of. Thank you.

ummswimmin, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of stx00lax
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Color is a fairly clear amber. Poured gently into a glass reveals a full finger of creamy foam that leaves spotty lacing around the glass. Not much though.

S- Ripe tropical fruit, caramel malts, brown sugar and a bit of belgian yeast spice.

T- Soft malty tropical fruit with a mellow peppery finish. Very sweet. Not much hop presence to speak of.

M- Creamy, sweet, with medium carbonation. kind of a muddled sweet mess, I really like belgian pales that are drier.

O- Being a huge fan of the style, this was good to experience, it wasnt my favorite, but i was happy to try it nonetheless.

stx00lax, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of Trilogy31
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty medium brown orange tint with a merengue like head leaving thick sticky lacing. The nose has bright citrus, sour berry, slight earthy funk, sour cherry and almost a champagne like minerality. The taste brings bready malts, light belgian spices (clove, white pepper), lemon zest, and raspberry tart. The beer has nice acidity along with a nice carbonated zip. Well done and interesting for the style.

Trilogy31, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of CuttDeez
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into an oversized wine glass.

A - A dark golden azure color with a creamy large white head with a good amount of lace.

S - An earthen floral aroma with some spice that is mixed with some candi sweet sugar notes that bring some slight fruits in.

T & M & D - A pretty good balance the mimics the nose. The Earthen airy floral notes blend with some sweet fruits and it is cut by a barnyard funk middle. The full bodied nature of the beer makes the flavors bold and the high carbination cleans the palate on the finish making the abv subtle and the drinkability high.

O - A good funky belgium dark with wild qualities. The sweetness could be a little overwhelming at times but the earthen spicy notes along with the tart cut help balance the beer.


CuttDeez, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

MasterSki, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of jamescain
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Saint Arnold’s sniffer, thanks texasclimber for sharing this one

Appearance: Brownish-copper with a white head about a finger thick. The head recedes to a ring around the side of the glass.

Aroma: Spicy with a touch of funk and apples, nothing out of control.

Taste: zesty and tart, but not overwhelmingly tart or sour, balanced nicely with a malty sweetness and dark fruit subtly.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation that finishes sweet and slightly sour.

Overall: This beer was the surprise of the night. The others were expected to be good, but no one knew anything about this beer. We were all pleasantly surprised and I would buy it again if I could find it.

jamescain, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by my neighbor. Poured into a wine glass.

This is a lighter colored beer with a full haze. Its a pastel, clouded gold. At times, and mostly on the last glasses of the bottle, this beer can be quite muddy.

This has a very nice, lighter and floral aroma. Light fruits like apples and pears mix with a little bit of pollen and a subtle funk. Its a dry type of yeasty funk.

The funk I was picking up in the aroma doesn't manifest any sort of sourness, but there is a yeasty funkiness to the flavor. Hops are light and soft, mostly tasting floral. The fruitiness remains bright, with notes of apples and pears. There is a dash of clove and honey here and there.

The carbonation is quite low. The mouthfeel is softened and filled out by the haziness and higher level of suspended yeast.

Quite good. This is one I've seen around but just passed up. It was well worth the try, but it doesn't have me eager to buy any of the others.

MbpBugeye, May 16, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into 3 different glasses.

Appearance - Very hazy. Dark orange colored. Little head that disappears quickly. The final glass was murky as hell and tasted like yeast. You could see the sediment floating around through the side of the bottle.

Smell - The aroma is more inviting than the appearance. Smells like apples. Very malty. A bit funky. Not much a lot of hop aroma comes through.

Taste - Slightest bit sour. Rather funky flavor. Sweet with a bitter finish. Some flavors I can't really put my finger on.

Mouthfeel - Syrupy. Not much of the alcohol comes through, though it's only 8.5%. Lightly carbonated. The carbonation makes the finish creamy.

Overall - Not something I'd look for again (although I actually picked this up because I remember liking it a couple years ago). So much of the bottle is yeasty sediment that I couldn't drink the last third of it. Quite a shame.

Alieniloquium, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of psuKinger
2.9/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

25 ounce bottle split with my buddy Griff at Monk's cafe. Bottle poured into chalice. This is one of the most unique, puzzling beers I've ever come across.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a head that didn't stick around long and left no lacing. 3.0.

S: massive smell of tart sugars, a touch of *funk*, and a hint of a spicy burn on the back end that I can't quite put my finger on. Huge nose here. 4.5.

T: incredibly complex. This beer starts light, tingly, and a little sour. It moves to a malty sweetness before a leathery earthiness creeps in. Dry resinous hops also arrive here, but are subtle. A strong amount of malty sweetness is what's left at the end. There's a lot going on here.

Ultimately, I think I have to agree with the bartender's short, succinct description. This beer tastes "like a sweet leather belt". 3.0

M: light and tingly in the mouth, this beer finishes leathery and malty-sweet. 2.0

D: a unique beer, fun to try, but I feel no desire to ever revisit. 1.5

psuKinger, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of stephens101
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thin and fleeting off-white head tops a golden orange brew. You can count the spots of residual lace on one hand.

Bold and sour as all get out to the nose with big grapefruit, lemon and orange notes mixed in with Belgian yeast, wet straw, bubblegum and taffy.

Tastes spicy and palpably phenolic up front with a sweet and malty base holding it all together. A few more sips reveal definite notes of brett and a little squirt of citrus.

Medium bodied with dry edges which surround a slightly creamy core. Alcohol is there, but hidden by the brews other complexities.

Orval on steroids, and has me feeling its charms.

stephens101, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich and long bretty ale, on this aged take with a layered memory of hops, and a fruity and sweet underpinning.

Presentation: 750 ml rubber corked bottle. Simple front label design based on the typography noting name of the brew, description, and signature of the collaborating brewmasters: Dirk Naudts from De Proef B rouwerij, and Tomme Arthur from Port Brewing. Back label includes a lengthy narrative going over the history, intent, and characteristics of the brew. Lacks a clear bottling date (delicate print on the plastic cork note s0108, and there is a B2 next to the legal jargon probably placing it as the second batch from January 2008). Notes Alc. by Vol. (8.5%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy deep amber pour, tall frothy head, nice retention, surface memory and rich lacing.

S - Funky barnyard, soft but assertive, with a soft and sweet memory of hops.

T - Gentle funk, brett with a nice range, soft hops, very tamed by now with a sweet fruitiness woven around the creamy sense. Citric notes, very tamed, with a nice apple tart and rotten sense, fresh and complex.

M - Medium to Medium-full body with light carbonation, in fact maybe a bit low. But it opens up a creamy smoothness that works very well

D - Still working like a charm. Nice brew, and a very worthy pick.

Notes: With the fresh hops this must have been a different delight altogether. In this incarnation it offers a rich funk, with a nice fruity sense. It is aging well.

Daniellobo, Feb 20, 2011
De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
91 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.