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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Reviews: 140
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rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 25
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

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Beer added by: Patrick999 on 09-06-2008

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Photo of jdhilt
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades very slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Light fruit/yeast nose. Very good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is almost sweet fruit and yeast, higher ABV is hidden. Clean finish. Excellent beer, but way too expensive, why do we have to pay for Jason's trip to Belgium??? $19.00 for a 750ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me. (406 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank from a 750ml/1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westborough, MA
The cork was stamped 24/04/12
Served in a tulip

The beer poured a hazy, golden-amber color with a bubbly, rocky, bright white, one-finger head. Eventually the head faded to a thick dollup of froth. A sticky film of Brussels lacing coated the glass and lasted long after the liquid was finished.

The aroma was amazingly tart and complex. Funky and pleasantly acidic with strong indications of brett. Musty, horse blanket notes were also apparent. Some fruitiness was noticeable as well. This beer definitely smelled more like a wild ale than a typical Belgian strong pale ale.

The taste was interesting yet not as complex or as intense as the aroma. Malty and well balanced up front. Tart and fruity in the center (possibly some ripe tropical fruits?). The finish was an interesting combination of lemony tartness, funk and clean, grassy Saaz hops. Overall, the flavor profile was sweeter, more malty and less tart and funky than the aroma.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied (a touch syrupy) with a very fine and mild effervescence. Belgian-style ales beg for more carbonation than what this offered.

Drinkability was quite impressive. This was a tasty, refreshing and appetite whetting BSPA. Furthermore, at 8.5% ABV, the alcohol content was very well masked.

This beer combines American ingenuity and Belgian tradition in an interesting and exciting way. All in all, another impressive offering from the folks at De Proef, despite the steep price tag. (1,546 characters)

Photo of drgonzo3705
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep copper color with a decent head that sticks around in the form of a thin head.
S: Big funk with a nice dose of a tart cherry essence underneath.

T: More funkiness with a light dark fruitiness and a touch of tartness.

M: Medium body with good carbonation

D: I'd have to say this is damn drinkable. One bottle is no match for me. (350 characters)

Photo of Rchap1
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (1,094 characters)

Photo of sjccmd
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a cloudy orange/gold, lively with a large white head, nice lacing

S: sweet citrus, bubblegum, blue cheese/earthy funk, tart cherries

T: it's pretty ridiculous the amount of different flavors that come across...tart cherries, sweet bread, overripe (almost rotten...but in a good way) fruit, a little sourdough bread, barnyard and blue cheese funk...i could be easily swayed by the claim of the different strains of brett used, but it seems like that has made a nice combo of earthy/cheesy/barnyard funk with sour/rotten fruit funk

M: crisp and bubbly but finishes with the funk staining your mouth

D: the complexity and the amount of funk made it less drinkable, but overall a very interesting beer (710 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Barnyard beer? Yes, here.

Pours golden with off-white head that is rather modest. Nose is very fragrant with some pears and peaches, barnyard funk, and fragrant aged cheese.

Palate is somewhat high in carbonation, with peppery spicy flavors coming across a sour flavor profile that somehow manages to bring in some sweet fruits too. Finish is tart. (350 characters)

Photo of libertygrails
4.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Came highly recommended to me from Justin, the beer buyer/co-Manager at Beaumont Market.

Appearance: Cloudy/turbid orange.

Nose: Bready, fruitcake, freshly sliced pear, moist Earth, sea foam. Heavenly.

Palate: Singular medley of yeasty day old bread with dried apricots some baked apple pie and funky Earthy salty notes. The 8.5% ABV is completely masked by the lovely and complex sugars and esters here. Surprising and delish!

Mouthfeel/Finish: Buttery and full-bodied with that trademark Brett bite up front and on the tip of the tongue.

Drinkability: Oh, my. Wish this wasn't so pricey. I could drink this every day and be happy.

Thanks, Justin. Nice call. (667 characters)

Photo of clickpush
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour: 750ml bottle to tulip glass. Apricot cloudy body w/ a big white head. Very slow descent that sticks to the glass all the way down.

Aroma: Pops right out of the bottle. Peaches and cream. Lots of vanilla. Wild yeast. Cinnamon and ginger. Yummy.

Taste: Creamy body, small bubbles, dry finish. Long lasting herbacious hop flavor. Flavors develop from front of the mouth to the back. Some wild yeast character, alcohol heat, and some metalic notes. I think one glass of this is enough. (489 characters)

Photo of EGledhill
3.47/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Started up my first trade in 6 months so i figured "what the fuck, lets grab something from the cellar". decided on this because, well, it was in the first box i looked in.

A. popped the cork on this and it gushed harder than patronwizards wife when I'm around (yeah... that's for you vic)..when it was done foaming into the sink, I had about 3/4 of the bottle left...Fuck

S. Wow... first wiff reminds me why I shouldn't review sours...Not a fan of them. Musty funk, like my gym sneakers. There's some fruit in the smell but damn, I just cant get past the brett smell.

T. This dogs bark is worse than its bite... the taste is tolerably good. not overly powerful with the sour, slightly fruity, and a good amount of funk

M. coats the mouth which is good...but leaves the funk taste...not gonna dock points for it

D. like every other sour tasting beer I've tried. I'm sure someone thinks it's the shit but not this guy..Definitely my last endeavor into sours (962 characters)

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another bottle we cracked at our employee holiday party 6 months ago.

Opened several pricey bottles that night. This was the definitive favorite.

Orange body and a huge white head. Sour brett, sweet apricot, cider vinegar in the nose. Sweet peach and apricot with moderate sourness and a light, spicy citrus hop finish. Tart, acidic, hoppy, mmmm...me like. (362 characters)

Photo of grayburn
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After trying the signature ale, I was delighted to get my hands on this pristine example of libation.

The beer pours a cloudy orange with some red and brown lights around the edges. The head is belgian all the way. Retention is a bit less than I would like, but the wonderful laced etching really makes up for it. Very nice looking beer.

The smell and taste....let me see if I can do this justice...starts with an almost ripe green apple that fell on the barn-floor, mixes quickly with an almost burnt rubber (oddly an intriguing combination). The sour notes lead into just a touch of some sweetness that holds up quite well.

The mouthfeel is incredibly light and refreshing, a dynamic transformer in nature, simple perfection.

I could drink this all the time, delicious. (777 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is all kinds of sour with a creamy sweet-smelling malt base. Mild chocolate, hints of fruit, but mostly sour. Smells great. De Proef has a nice arsenal of yeast.

Pours a deep butterscotch candy color, mild clarity, creamy soft head with fairly quick retention. Looks good.

Sour! as the nose advertized. There's a nice malt base - creamy with lots of chocolate and coffee roast as well as a nice maltiness. Soft malty sugar, hints of caramel and roasted sugar. Im thinking the tartness and earthy spice is hops, but I can't really tell. All of this makes up about 10% of the raw flavor, the rest comes from a dimensionless white noise of a sourness that is loud an almost unruly. Soft notes of circus (orange, lemon, lemongrass?) and oaky vanilla. Oh yes, and a good stiff bitterness that - come to think of it - feels kind of like lemon zest. Tastes great. Feels very good. Great drinkability.

What's really amazing is the interplay between the soft, supple oaky/citric/malty flavors and the raw sourness. It's a wonderful orchestra playing in my mouth. I repeat, De Proef has a nice arsenal of yeast. Brettanomyces is a wondrous thing... kudos to Dirk Naudts and Jason Perkins who know how to wield it.

I'm definitely going to snag up the next few bottles of this I cross paths with. Superb! (1,302 characters)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Emerge077. Thanks Matt.

Pours a hazy light gold in color. A very nice inch or two of white, pillowy head forms on the pour. Smell is a good amount of brett, some belgian yeast and some floral notes.
Taste is even more brett. The brett has really taken charge in this beer. It really dominates the flavor of the beer. Gives it a very dry taste and mouthfeel. It's very smooth, creamy and full on the mouthfeel. A very easy drinker.
I honestly can't figure out why Allagash does not get more love and notoriety than they do. I haven't had any of their 750's that I didn't thoroughly enjoy. (607 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (2,810 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.88/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 5/21/2009 (Bottle):

Pours a golden pale color body. Has a small foamy white head. A nice sour aroma, sweet and somewhat fruity, with apple or light grape. Very sour taste, not as sweet or fruity. A little too much on the sourness, might not be a big fan. (264 characters)

Photo of TheToe
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got one at Decatur Wine & Spirits in Georgia. This is a very complex Belgian wheat ale. The appearance is a cloudy amber and the bouquet is dry fruits with a strong hint of hops. The flavor is fruity at first taste, but the finish is one of dry hops.

Not a great beer for those (like me) who do not favor the overripe flavor of wheats, but nonetheless very drinkable: the hops are tame and the yeast is more evident. Having said that, given the complexity it is a great beer for those that like Belgian triples. Cheers. (520 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (982 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (1,901 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml
$12.99
Binny's Orland

De Proef's collaboration with Allagash produced a sour with the appearance of a tarnished penny that has a hazy orange glow when directly backlit. A soft pour still conjured up an impressive, and sticky, three finger head. After some time in the glass the head fell to a thick cap and an even thicker collar. The lace left behind is the type that will take some scrubbing to clean the glass.

This brew is fully brett laden and I like it. Tart grapefruit and orange overlay the funky notes of horse blanket and baby shit. It's crazy but one smell brings the tart fruitiness out and the next seems to concentrate the more rustic characteristics of barnyard. A field of wildflowers wafts through as well. The brett character is incredibly complex in this brew. The malt backbone is mildly caramelly and a lightly sweet doughy. This wild brew is interesting all around.

This beer has totally evolved and it's only been in the glass for 30 minutes. Golden fruitiness comes through much more on the tongue. Gritty pear and green apple shoot out to the lead with overripe pineapple showing up in the back. The horsey tones aren't as big as the nose suggested but when they show up it's on the finish. Caramel maltiness and a candi sugar like sweetness make up the base. The malt profile is actually pretty one dimensional but the yeast profile is dizzyingly complex and delicious. The pineapple really opens up when this beer warms up.

The mouthfeel is exactly where it needs to be. The body is light, especially for an 8%er, and the carbonation creates a bit of zestiness in the mouth like some of the best Belgians. It doesn't quite hit the "best" level but it's not far off. The swallow is tongue sappingly dry.

Each drink goes down easier than the last. As the more fruity aspects come out of this beer it gets so easy to drink it's worrisome. The dryness makes the next drink seem necessary.

Les Deux Brasseurs is an excellent collaboration. De Proef makes some of the most interesting sours out there and with some help form Jason Perkins brewed yet another one. I'm going to pick up a few more bottles of this brew in the near future. The evolution while I drink is mind blowing. (2,214 characters)

Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic looking beer. Pours a rich cedar color with a thick beige head. Excellent lacing and retention. Nose has big nutty malts, ripe fuits, fruity hops, tart yeast and barnyard funk. Like their ale with Tommee, this incoporates the wild yeasts perfectly. Sweet bready malts complimented by floral hops. Also tart citus, rotting wood, old manure ridden hay and a musty soil presence. Nice silky body with a crisp yet light carbonation. I'm really starting to enjoy De Proef. Will have to explore more of their offerings. Drink at cellar temp. (545 characters)

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: golden orange color with thick foamy head, lots of pretty lacing and swirling carbonated streams in the middle
s: mix of flower bouquet, tart fruits consistent with brett and sweet biscuit undertones
t: tart flavor to start and a presence throughout, with mix of malty biscuit in the middle and a mixed finish
m: creamy body, plenty of carbonation
d: highly drinkable as the tartness isn't exaggerated and does a good job of mixing with things going on here (460 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (822 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (734 characters)

Photo of mhatters
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap in appropriate glassware at Monk's Cafe here in Phiily

Slightly hazy, straw golden, a thick head, gives off a delightful barnyardy, somewhat lemony nose. Good malt and Brett balance, a beautiful combination. Long finish, great acid and tartness turning to dry heaven. (282 characters)

De Proef Signature Les Deux Brasseurs Ale (w/Jason Perkins) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
93 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.