De Proef Signature Les Deux Brasseurs Ale (w/Jason Perkins) - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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Reviews by Shaw:
3.53/5 rDev -14.9%
A light amber in color with a sticky white head that reduces to a fine layer in my tulip glass.
Very complex aroma that reminds me of Christmas spice, with notes of banana.
Very earthy flavor, most likely from the complex yeasts used in this beer. Dry, with just a hint of malt sweetness and no real hop bitterness. High alcohol level is well hidden.
Overall this is a very interesting example of the style. Quite different from the top rated ones, like Duvel, but worth trying for those fans of wild yeasts.
10-05-2010 03:35:37 | More by Shaw
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4.13/5 rDev -0.5%
Bretty funk on the nose; sweet pineapple, orange skins, a touch of leather.
The band-aid character mingles nicely with sweet, rich malts on the palate. Earthy hops and bright fruit, turns bready toward the finish.
Overall, this is a solid wild ale. Though, it does lack a little of the "wow factor" and could be a bit dryer for me.
12-11-2009 00:40:31 | More by brownbeer
4.6/5 rDev +10.8%
One of the best, if not the best, beer that I've had this year. Poured into a tulip glass, it was a butterscotch color with a fairly thick white head. Nicely carbonated, pretty to look at. Ample lacing. Outstanding aroma, with pear, bread, and yeasty funk all vying for attention. The taste definitely lived up to the aroma. Sour apple/pear up front, then a sweet bread taste (like a German stollen), and a tiny bit of hops bitterness at the end. Nicely balanced. Incredible beer. I bought this at Tully's for $19, and it was well worth every penny.
12-19-2008 13:04:35 | More by lordofthewiens
3.93/5 rDev -5.3%
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a huge rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet sugary melon and spicy peppery bretty yeast.
The flavor is the same - sweet sugary melon and musty yeast with a nice spicy brett finish that has some subtle hop bitterness for a dry finish. As it warms some tart sour notes come out as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and is a bit watery.
Overall, this is brett done well. It's a nice balance of the sweet fruits and the spice and brett.
04-08-2009 06:05:34 | More by Beaver13
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
Corked and caged bottle pours a hazy, polished brass body with a large vanilla head. Sticky and frothy lace adorns the goblet.
Aroma is fruity and musty. Honeydew, pawpaw, and slightly overripe golden delicious apples offer a lucsious fruitiness which melds with notes of funky wet basement and barnyard.
Medium to medium full body has a satiny carbonation. Bretts provide a dirty/funky feel akin to chewing on twigs or licking gravel.
Taste has ripe gooseberries, overripe papaya, kiwi, melon, and golden apples. Very pithy fruity. Peppery alcohol, leafy herbal hops, and some honey sweetness add complexity. Tart berry emerges toward the finish.
Bretts here don't seem to have fully emerged, so if you've got a bottle of this one try to hold on to it awhile longer. Still, an interesting and enjoyable collaboration.
04-27-2009 15:09:38 | More by merlin48
4.4/5 rDev +6%
Picked this up at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.
Pours a cloudy orange color with a two-finger slightly off-white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of slight funk, tart apples, sugar-coated pears and earthy malt.
Tastes very good - there's a lot going on. Sugar-coated light fruit flavors are joined by honey flavors almost immediately. Midway through the sip a bit of funk and tart fruit flavors shine through, leading to herbal hop flavor right before a slightly dry ending. As it warms the funk flavors dwindle a bit and the hop flavors increase.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a heavy thickness with active carbonation.
Drinkability is great. I had no problem polishing off the bottle, mostly from trying to identify all of the flavors.
Overall I think the first Signature was slightly easier to drink, though this one was more complex. If I had to recommend one it would be this one, simply because there's so much going on.
05-13-2009 03:21:02 | More by glid02
4.93/5 rDev +18.8%
(served in a chalice)
the cork reads 24/04/12 it must be a best before date?
A-This beer pours a hazy orange body with a spongy off-white head that sticks to the glass and is supported by a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head creates register marks with each sip and last long after the glass is empty.
S- This beer has a smooth barnyard wet grain aroma with nice aged champagne vinegar note to it. Notes of raw damp wheat and earth come through followed by a stronger overripe pineapple hint that finishes the smell.
T- This beer has a blend of barnyard funk and green apples with a softer graham flavor and a bright lemon zest note. The finish is a bitter hop bite that has grapefruit notes and brie rind flavors. There is a bright citrus tartness that lingers after each sip but is soft.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no real alcohol heat and no real astringency.
D- This beer has a full flavor and is well balanced between nice fruitiness and tart funk notes with hops growing as the beer warms. The funk and hops really do work well together in this beer and there are some malt hints offering support.
04-08-2009 15:38:14 | More by rhoadsrage
3.88/5 rDev -6.5%
Bottle from Gordon's in Boston. Expensive but worthy, and it is an exception to the rule of smell and taste. Barnyard but very good. Now smell is in the rating, it is tolerable. Creamy and fairly full mouthfeel. lasting head. Yeasty and pineapple.Liked the brett.
Had a year later, Jeremy bottle from Belgian, dark grapefruit colour with white lace. Good mouthfeel, a sipper.
08-23-2009 02:09:12 | More by Sammy
4.15/5 rDev 0%
750mL bottle, left out for 15 minutes to warm up a bit from the fridge temp
A - muddled golden-amber with no head, minimal lacing. not sure if it's a cabronation issue, brett, malt, etc. swirls of yeast/sediment throughout the bottle
S - warm fruit, strawberries...an intense berry-fruit aroma. some grassy hops, mild tobacco
T - again, strawberries, tobacco comes through much stronger in the taste. very interesting brett twang; not so much the typical "barnyard" taste, much more fruity. finishes pretty dry. there is a lot going on here - really complex and lots of different flavors I've not had in a beer before
M - carbonation seems a bit on the low side for a Belgian ale; maybe this is why it wasn't the prettiest when pouring out. Not very dry except on the finish; the wheat does it's job of fluffing up the body.
Really cool beer. Definitely pushes the limits and is a beer that I've never tasted anything similar to. Don't know how much it goes for (it was a gift), but I would recommend as a bottle to share among people who like brett/funky beers.
03-25-2012 01:23:33 | More by gdkersey
4.43/5 rDev +6.7%
This Signature Ale release pours a bright copper color. A moderate amount of haze clouds the scene. It looks a little red when held to light. An impressive, off-white head tops it off. It's easily two and a half fingers in depth. Retention was very good, and a sticky, thick web of lace trailed down the glass.
The nose is extremely impressive. It's very fruity and a little sweet initially. Pineapple is the centerpiece. Apple, pear, and a little lemon round it out. Musk and funk are certainly noted. The presence of Brett can't be denied. While it's easily noted, it's not an overly strong funky scent. That's a positive. It blends in nicely. It smells a little spicy on the tail, but that aspect is subtle. Alcohol is masked extremely well. At the end of the day, it smells very deep and complex and...delicious.
The flavor is very impressive. It kicks with a strong fruit flavor. Pineapple is easily strongest, and resonates throughout. Apple, pear, and lemon all follow. It tastes a little sweet and sugary, but it's far from overbearing. Due to the Brett presence, it's musky and funky. Those flavors add a ton of depth and complement the other flavors extremely well. I'm pleased to report that the funky flavor is moderate, rather than overwhelming. In a word...delicious. Clove and pepper spices add more depth and flavor. There's even a lively Noble hop flavor that's a nice touch. And Let us not forget the very flavorful Belgian yeast. Alcohol is lost in the shuffle. It finishes a little tangy with a funky twist.
The body here is light, leaning medium. It's too thin. It somehow manages to be smooth, but it would benefit from more body. Carbonation is also a little too buzzy. Drinkability, on the other hand, is extremely high. This is damn tasty stuff that's difficult to sip. It's too tasty. A 750 you ask? It might not be enough.
This collaborative effort by De Proefbrouwerij and Jason Perkins of Allagash is fantastic. There's very little to criticize negatively. The flavor itself is very deep and satisfying. I guess the body feels a little too thin, but that hardly ruins it. All other cylinders are firing nicely. I don't know how many of these bottles are left out there, but do yourself a favor and find one. Honestly, I enjoyed this one every bit as much as the collaboration with Tomme Arthur. Find a bottle.
05-01-2010 03:03:23 | More by prototypic
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
On-tap at the Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. Appears a hazy gold with a thick white head and strong lacing.
This is an exceptional beer. Although the brett funk dominates, there's a wonderful undercurrent of light apple and pear fruit flavors and that's what makes this beer stand out from straight up sour pale ales. There's also a semi-balanced (if you can balance sour and bitter) herbal hops with cutting citrus rind bitterness. The sour character is big, but not overpowering, with musty barnyard and wet hay.
01-20-2009 01:24:37 | More by tempest
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
Pours a golden-orange honey color with dense white foam that laces down the glass.
Sweet funky fruit and spicy scents jump out. Sugar, honey, fig, sour dough, spicy phenols and some apricot and grapey smells. Hint of barnyard.
Taste is similar to the nose. Rich, sweet fruity and slightly caramel maltiness underscored by a funky sour brett presence which creates a nice depth of flavor. Clean, yet rich and fruity. Almost a restrained or subtle Flanders Red, especially if you get the yeast stirred up.
Soft and smooth with a medium body feel, no watery mess here.
Highly (and dangerously) drinkable and worth the $16 price-tag Id say.
11-15-2008 05:27:28 | More by BeerZack
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
Pours a dark, hazy brown with thick tan head.
Nose is funky and fruity with some floral undertones.
Taste is pretty darn good. Pear, apple and subtle pineapple up front. Balanced out by graham cracker/bread crumb flavors. Finishes with some spicy hops.
Very unique and good beer.
11-03-2011 03:50:22 | More by osusullins
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
An exquisite beer of delicate construction. A musty orange color and an off white head of slight stature but a tenacious covering. Smell is musty with a deep fruitiness that has an apple and pear signature and Bret based barnyard funk. Taste has a sharpness like good cheddar that borders on lactic. Apples, pears and white raisins flow into a light tartness. Hops in the finish has a horse blanket carriage. Feel is creamy and lightly carbonated. Drinkability is starts out good and gets better as you go.
04-08-2010 02:36:09 | More by scootny
4.15/5 rDev 0%
C: Low carbonation with a gold color and little to no head retention.
S: Sweet pineapple and pear
T: Front- over powered by the nose.
Middle- was very musty.
End- very pineapple and pear.
M: Front- smooth with no carbonation
Middle- Huge overpowering musty taste that hits the sides of the tongue but quickly leaves and is replaced by fruity candy sugar.
End- Pineapple and pear without a yeasty taste that honestly I was waiting for.
D: This is one beer that was fun to drink. I shared it with some friends and we all had a different experience with it! That to me is what it is all about. Drinking a brew and talking it over with some beer nerds. The fact that we all had different opinions about this one means that I want it again. So I recommend this to anyone that wants to experience something different.
01-17-2011 22:54:29 | More by chainsfan1
2.65/5 rDev -36.1%
A corked (synthetic cork) and caged 750 mL bottle shared with ksak and janlud.
A: The ale has a brownish-orange auburn color, darker and opaque, with only a faint wisp of white head. No lacing with this one.
S: The ale has a dense, smokey fruit aroma that justs time spent in a whisky barrel. A few candied fruits are lingering around but they struggle against the sickly fullness. I'm not taking this as a good sign. As my notes say, infected or bleh.
T: The rich flavors, almost smokey, continue into the body. The denseness takes a while to reveal the pineapple flavors. They're there, just not very impressive. Brettanomyces? Where? Nothing doing on that front. I'm gonna chalk it up to a bad bottle and leave it there.
M and D: I lack the conviction to continue...
05-19-2010 12:26:56 | More by akorsak
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
Beer review #1000.
Figured i'd pull out something i've been hanging onto for a little while now. This one has about six months on it, in hopes of developing the Brettanomyces.
Hazed orange, small cap of glistening white foam. The aroma is fantastic, all pineapple and spice from the yeast, with a little horsey element at first. Very fruity, which carries over to the taste. The pear, apple, & pineapple listed on the label all deliver, with an authentic funky farmhouse character. There is a light bitterness, restrained sweetness, and a very dry finish. The body has a fullness to it. The dry aftertaste has more lingering funk and fruitiness. Tasty, though I could see a whole 750 being overwhelming to someone new to wild ales.
04-20-2009 00:30:42 | More by emerge077
4.47/5 rDev +7.7%
Had this at a De Proef tasting at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville this evening...
A: Good cloudy golden color, letting plenty of light through it. Nice little bit of very pale tan head that stuck around for a bit and laced the glass nicely
S: Straight from the farm. A good amount of barnyard funk in there, but also getting some good cherry notes in it
T: Again, straight from the farm, or maybe my dirt basement. Very very musty, a lot of sour fruit flavors, almost too many to pick out individually. This thing has a whole lot going on in the taste department, and I think I'm probably a hair underqualified to try and pick them all out. Needless to day, there's a lot of depth here.
M: Nice and full, with a little bit of bitterness to finish it out. I feel like I'm picking up more on the De Proef bretts than I am the Allagash strain, and I think this is where I would've noticed it the most.
D: Down the hatch surprisingly quick. Maybe it's because I knew I still had some great beers left to try, but I think I could handle a bottle of this over a couple hours and be ready for another!
07-29-2009 02:00:32 | More by Rchap1
4.08/5 rDev -1.7%
Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty yellow color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and some great lacing. Aroma consists of dirty barnyard with a lightly tart aftertaste. Taste is mix between some funky barnyard taste with notes of oak and tartness. Body is full with great carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. Very well done overall with great presence of Brett notes; some additional dry hops would have improved this (already) great beer.
01-09-2009 20:43:54 | More by Phyl21ca
4.45/5 rDev +7.2%
A: Gorgeous pale orange with massive three finger head, awesome lacing down the glass
S: Nice Brett tartness, spice, pear, honey, is that graham crackers?
T: Sourness but not at all over powering due to nice hop/malt balance. Get lots of honey, spice and fruit. Great stuff.
M: Nice creamy mouthfeel, which I was a bit surprised by given that it's a sour. Very refreshing from the tartness, course
D: Awesomely drinkable. Something about these well balanced sours goes down great
An impressive brew. Really glad I have more than one of these things. I'm already looking forward to next year's Signature.
10-01-2008 02:59:37 | More by abfraser
3.98/5 rDev -4.1%
Received this in trade a long time ago from Stopbarking.. Barks is a truly great trader.... Thanks Daniel.. Our's was epic!!
lightly hazed orange brew.. good head and lacing....
nose shows a bunch of brett with fruity esters.... pretty dusty and a fair amount of apricot..
even after all this time.. it is quite a bit sweeter than expected. sweet red apple... and shades of deep funk.. certainly more Brett than sour.. but everything that I hope for is there..
I've been sitting on this for a long time.. and I hoped for more .. but the brett really only showed well on the palate with warmth.. I am pretty damn sure this is the 1st bottling... I need to pick up a couple at Brewforia while the getting is good. Huge thanks again Daniel... We should do it again some time.
02-17-2010 07:27:21 | More by JohnGalt1
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
pours out a golden pale with amber tints and one finger of suds that stays with the pour.
Smell is sour lemon and apple peel with mabey a dry cherry pit thrown in for good measure.
Taste is like gradeschool glue at first. Dark malty yeast bitterness with the sour coming on top of the dark bitter. Almost a rotten peach flavor going on with the aftertaste of bitter hops and lemon peel.
Mouthfeel is a bit oily but still clean.
Great feeling beer in the mouth. Not a lot of alcohol even though the 8.5% abv.
Great beer here!
11-08-2008 23:11:30 | More by peabody
De Proef Signature Les Deux Brasseurs Ale (w/Jason Perkins) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
92 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.