De Proef Signature Les Deux Brasseurs Ale (w/Jason Perkins) - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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De Proef Signature Les Deux Brasseurs Ale (w/Jason Perkins)De Proef Signature Les Deux Brasseurs Ale (w/Jason Perkins)

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175 Ratings
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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 25
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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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: Patrick999 on 09-06-2008)
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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the stuffed Sandwich last night. This has to be the same beer as the Tomme Arthur one, just without the hops. That point was fairly unanimous.

Midly hazy, golden color, very bubbly, tall head, not much retention.

Smells like sweet pale/pilsner malt, strange spiciness that I assume is the De Proef yeast, and it almost smells like it would be sour (like the Tomme version).

Flavor is sweet and spicy. Well balanced hop bitterness, which is a little more than the belgian stuff we usually get out here. A little hop dryness in the after taste. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, even once it warmed up to room temp.

Medium body, medium/high CO2, quite drinkable and enjoyable. Didn't want to look at the price tag though.

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for Allagash night at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a light tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, spices, and some sour/tart fruit aromas. Taste is very similar but there is an alcohol kick that I was not expecting at the end of each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but this one smells better than it tastes.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Anytime you get two world renowned Belgian style brewers to put their heads together, a great recipe has to emerge. This beer is a true pleasure to drink.

The turbulent brew pours smoothly into the chalice, relinquishing a rusty orange color, significant haze, and a creamy white head forms that is decorated with spice and yeast.

Mouthwatering aromas of tartness, sourness, fruits, and herbs. Under-rippened berries set the tone while the vineous sourness comes through with a white grape and grapefruit stimulus. Hearty mustiness soon follows with a lot of wood character and a dusty horse-blanked note that proves to be much more than just complimentary. Herbal hop notes also prove bold enough to challenge the crisp pilsner malt and Brettanomyces onslaught.

Going into the flavors, the beer seems to crispen up and clean up a lot. The pilsner malt flavors are met with the added sweetness of wheat and bready flavor. The yeastiness focuses on the fruity esters and peppery phenols while leaving the majority of earthy, musty, horse-y character for the nose. Still, hop flavor gives a touch of grapefruit, pineapple, and lemon zest that weaves beautifully in and out of the sourness; giving a lot of variation and complexity to the taste.

The hops, sourness, tartness, and crispness of the beer combine in a clean bitter-tartness that seems to thin the beer into something remarkably drinkable. The wheat holds onto a maltiness that the Brett just couldn't break. Smooth, semi-full, and richly citrusy going into the finish. An Orval-like metalic note enhances the hops and sourness late without biting in the throat.

Brett beers are always a bit of a challenge in the first few sips, but after the beer settles and warms, the beer is impossible to sit down. The nose is so complex and the hops-yeast bitter-sourness keeps the beer appealling with each sip. Simply a beautifully complex beer.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Juicy apricot with butter rum borders. More yeasty haziness would help... and arrives like the cavalry on subsequent pours. The macadamia colored crown is a thing of beauty. It's both softly creamy and rocky, an outstanding combination that I didn't think was possible. It's also supremely sticky and is plastering the goblet with chunks of foam and sheets of lace. This is a true beer masterpiece.

The room-filling aroma was impressive during the pour... and is even more so when nose is placed over glass. Thankfully, the dual strains of Brett don't overpower the underlying ale. Each sniff delivers pineapple, ripe pears, citrus peel, ground clove and a *just right* blast of barnyard funk that wild ale aficionados should go gaga over.

Whether Jason Perkins of Allagash or Dirk Nauts of De Proefbrouwerij deserves more credit for the final product or whether they're equally deserving doesn't matter in the end. Les Deux Brasseurs Belgian Ale is as fine a collaborative effort and as fine a Belgian ale as the first beer in this series, Signature Ale (with Tomme Arthur).

It's been much too long since I had the other beer, but this one seems less hoppy and more funky. Having said that, if I had popped the cork when this bottle was still fresh, things might have been different. In any case, it's still drinking mighty fine for anyone who's sitting on a bottle or two.

As the label states, DPSLDBA is more of a strong golden ale than a strong pale ale. It's much closer to the pale end of the spectrum though, thanks to mostly pilsner malt and wheat. There are solidly sweetish underpinnings that are nicely complemented by both bitter and tangy-tart. German Hallertau and Czech Saaz provide the former, while each brewery's strain of Brett provides the latter.

Flavors include lightly toasted sourdough bread (complete with crust), pear preserves, fresh pineapple, lemon zest, a potpourri of spices (clove, white pepper, ginger) and a moderate amount of horse blanket funk that ties it all together and adds a mind-boggling amount of complexity. It's a damn good thing this bottle contains 750 ml because any less wouldn't have been enough.

Just like the Tomme Arthur version, this beer doesn't quite deliver on the mouthfeel front. The polite pop on cork removal was my first clue that the carbonation was on the low end rather than the high end. It's almost (but not quite) enough to keep things inflated for the duration of each mouthful.

Almost everything that De Proefbrouwerij (and Allagash for that matter) touches turns to gold, especially when Brettanomyces yeast is involved. Kudos as well to Jason Perkins for having a hand in one of the finest Wild Belgian Strong Golden Ales that has ever entered my glass. I can't wait to see what the next beer in this Signature Series tastes like.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I walked into Oasis this evening to pick up a Sam Adams Choc Bock and low and behold a bottle of this one sitting up on the shelp. I ran, grabbed, and brought it home with much haste. Served at a comfy 50 degrees, this one was consumed on 12/02/2008.

The pour was a wonderful deep, hazy, golden amber with a large frothy head of white on top. Rich side lacing and great retention, left no doubt in my mind that this one was going to be a killer.

Leaned in for a whiff and was blown away. Large, funky brett notes on top of a wonderful layer of rich spice. Hints of grain and light bready malts, touches of pears and peach, just a wonderful, warming aroma. The flavor though is where its at. This was tremendously good. Rich, warm, inviting flavor of funk, just mixed in slightly with a spiced apple and pear tone, that was just perfectly placed. Wondeful notes of pepper like spices, smooth grass like hops and a rich warm note of light grain. Wondeful consistency and a smooth, mellow follow through that was just sublime.

Overall I was shocked by how good this one was. The first collaboration I thought was stunning but this one was other worldy. I need to find more, now.

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of largadeer
2.75/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750ml bottle graciously shared by my friend on his birthday.

Appearance: Hazy but clear blond with a big billowing white head. Very bubbly stuff.

Smell: This is one intensely estery beer. I get pineapple, mango and apricot up front, with funkiness present but backseat to the sweetness. The brett comes out more and more as it warms, but the sweetness puts me off. This is supposedly dry hopped, but my nose isn't picking up much in the way of hop aroma.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sugary and fruity, pineapple and apricot flavors really shine here. Not much brett presence in the taste, but plenty of cloying fruity sweetness. The body is medium-light; carbonation is spot-on for the style, highly effervescent and almost champagne-like. The finish doesn't dry up nearly as much as I'd like.

Drinkability: A beer best shared. The sweetness is really overbearing.

Photo of emerge077
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of zeff80
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy/murky brown color with a tan, foamy head of thick foam. It left some soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of spice and some barnyard funk. There were also fruity notes of pear and apple.

T - This one had a good funky taste with sweet maltiness - a graham cracker like flavor. Pear and apple flavors came through nicely, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a really great tasting beer. Very unique beer. It has aged well.

Photo of MasterSki
2.17/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle picked up by d0b in early 2009. Served in a Struise cervoise.

A - Removing the cork doesn't even yield the slightest pop. A hard pour generates a dime of white foam that settles to a thin collar, some wisps, and a few spots of lace. Body looks like some sort of juice puree - apricot perhaps, but darker. This isn't pale at all!

S - Smells somewhat oxidized. There's some caramel malt and vague medicinal and pineapple brett character, along with some earthy notes.

T - Taste is a mixture of cardboard and burnt wood, with a slightly medicinal brett finish. There's a bit of leather and earth in there too. Not totally undrinkable, but not good at all.

M - Extremely low carbonation, dry finish, medium body, tannic and gritty texture, light residual stickiness. Some warming alcohol in the finish.

D - Terrible. I'm guessing this is an off bottle, as a Belgian Golden Ale with brett should hold up better than this. I'm also guessing the synthetic cork didn't get the job done, as most of the reviews reference ample carbonation and completely different flavor profiles. 95% of this went down the drain.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed, glorious bright golden hue, gorgeous, lacy white head. Very promising.

Aroma: A little spice, a little fruit, with a twist of funk. Rather quiet, beyond that.

Tasting it: wild and funky at first crazy texture, dry and spicy, lean bodied, tasty fruit character, peach and citrus fruit, a little honey. Extra-ordinarily well-integrated, beautiful balance, soft, slightly sweet, terrifically drinkable. Brett plays a minor role in this one, gives just a little tickle.

Altogether, a delicious, complex, and very rewarding brew. Twist of this, twist of that, add that up to mmmm.

Photo of Rifugium
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured into a small snifter (9oz. perhaps?), a hazy, golden orange color. Filled to the brim of the glass, so not much in the way of a head, other than an ultra thin layer of tiny white bubbles. Very subdued aroma; I got just about nothing at all, other than a touch of perfume. Delightful taste, very light, yet with a substantial medium body. Fruity: orange blossom, grapes, melon, pear, caramel, balanced with yeasty spice and a touch of grassiness. Surprisingly refreshing and drinkable. Alcohol almost unnoticeable.

Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap tonight at Galaxy Hut in Arlinton, VA. Poured into a pint glass.

a = Pours a hazy orange color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bananas, oranges, spices, yeast, light brett or funk, and fruity malts.

t - Tastes of bananas, spices, yeast, citrus, and fruity malts. No brett like in the smell, but still good.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy. Nice body.

d - A very nice Belgian ale. I really liked the smell and the body was great. Would certainly have again.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown glass bottle with hood-and-wire cap over a cork served into an EKU 28 snifter in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes.

Expectations are rather high given the brewers. I've yet to have a bad beer from Allagash, but I do fear that De Proef may be a bit too clinical for its own good.

Paired with gloucester cheese and rye triscuit crackers. Best before date: 03/11/2012. (It's unclear if this is March 11th or November 3rd).

A: Pours a two finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a transparent yellow-gold. No yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Sm: Pear, pineapple, yeast, and light hops. A mild strength aroma.

T: Light spice over a clean malted barley foundation, with a handful of unobtrusive hops and subtle pear and pineapple hints. No alcohol comes through. The yeast is pleasant but subtle, lending the flavour the few spices it contains. Some lactic notes are present but very understated. The bretts barely come through at all - to my chagrin. The pear is delightful but not overdone. Overall, it's a balanced subtle flavour. Refreshing and enjoyable, in spite of its above average ABV - which doesn't come through hardly at all.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a touch of coarseness on the climax to coax out the flavour. Not too thick nor too thin.

Dr/Ov: Very drinkable, especially for the above average ABV. A lovely golden ale. I'd have it again.

B

Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by Cork Date of April 2012; Sampled September 2008
A careful hand over the cork after I pull off the cage saves the cork from exploding out of the bottle. A careful pour still yields an almost four-finger thick, fluffy textured, tightly beaded, off-white colored head. As I am pouring this interesting aromatic notes of apples, woody pepper and cured leather are noticeable. The beer is a hazy, amber color that shows a bright, fairly clear, orange-tinted, gold color when held up to the light. The head, as it slowly recedes forms a very variegated surface and clings with chunky lacing patterns to the sides of my glass. The nose is quite complex and quite funky; there are lots of woody, musty, slightly moldy notes here, ample black pepper, a funky farmhouse cheesiness, a sharp almost curing plastic like note in the finish, some dusty grain aromatics as well as some funky, butyric acid, barnyard character that is a mix of old animal sweat and musk.

The flavor has a very soft sweetness to it up front that makes me think of pears and a ripe, musky melon. The beer gets pretty dry towards the finish, though it never loses the fruitiness, which even lingers on in the long finish. The finish also has a phenolic, cured plastic note to it that is not expressive enough to be detracting and instead just adds to the complexity of this brew. Soft flavors of orange blossom tea, honey-like malt, a touch of peach, sweet-young pickled ginger, a soft-sometimes noticeable vegetal note in the finish, as well as some savory notes of sage, hints of rosemary and turpene rich-yet-subtle clove. A prickly carbonation adds a peppery carbonic bite that helps to clean the palate a bit. The texture of this is quite nice, light enough to be amply quaffable, yet with enough presence to carry the complex flavors.

A second pour of this beer has me working through the thick head to get to the beer beneath and the head is quite creamy textured and fluffy. This is just fantastically complex and funky, it perhaps loses a bit in pure drinkability, but damn if it isn't a nuanced, engaging, contemplative brew that I would b hard pressed to honestly ask more of. The aroma comes off a touch harsher than the flavor does, but both really work, especially if you like the challenge of variable, untamed, Brettanomyces funk. This is going to get increasingly more funky, likely a bit more sour and certainly I need to get more of this to age. Comparatively to the fresh Signature, this beer is more complex, more funky, but not as easily drinkable and smoothly hoppy as the Signature. 'Still I would be hard pressed to choose between the two on any given night (if I am craving hops though (a definite weakness of mine) then I would reach for fresh Signature.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Bruery Provisions,

A: Pours a dark goldenrod with a medium white head, somewhat fizzy, but with good retention and lace.

S: Pungent nose of pineapple, lemon, and leather.

T: Pineapple, pear and assorted citrus form the main flavour, but more yeast oriented than a hop flavour. Definite Brett note in the finish which was intriguing.

M: Medium to full-bodied, but easy on the palate, crisp, smooth.

O: This is a really good beer. Rich, full-flavoured, very tasty.

Photo of Gavage
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a cloudy orange color with some golden yellow highlights. A 1" head lingers around a while and some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: melon and pineapple fruitiness with a sour tone with some strong barnyard funk wrapped around it. Great aroma.

Taste: some breadiness here with caramel, melon, sour green grapes, grass, some alcohol, and loads of barnyard funk. Some yeast and pepper spice are quite noticeable. Bitterness is hearty as the Saaz hops give of a real grassiness here.

Mouthfeel: very crisp to start, less so and a bit dry towards the finish. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is long as the sourness and barnyard flavors linger long onthe tongue.

Drinkability: this is a slow drinking beer that was perfect for a chilly winter afternoon. One bomber bottle will be enough for a long session - but better to share this with a friend. Must pick this up despite the $18.99 price tag.

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De Proef Signature Les Deux Brasseurs Ale (w/Jason Perkins) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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