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L'Ange Tombé - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.94%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: jamie2dope on 08-04-2009)
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Reviews by rudzud:
Photo of rudzud
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bought some of these a while back at Julio's beerfest. Been cellaring since then.

A - Amber pour with a two finger head that quickly dissolved to almost nothing and held there with light lacing down the sides.

S - Light fruit and funk. Not getting any of the negative smells other reviewers have encountered.

T - Really doesnt taste much like a Saison. Needs to be more funk and fruit. Dont know what else to say...the carbonation is about the only thing this has going for it. I mean, I can definately taste melon on the backend!

M - With all the cabonation I'm expecting a lighter mouthfeel but instead I've got a syrupy wash.

D - Will I drink this again? I guess I have to as I have another bottle. Maybe I'll cellar this for a year and see what happens, but I will not buy another bottle. I'll bump the grade up a bit due to how you dont really get the 8%.

rudzud, Aug 05, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by a generous soul.

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of muted and fairly dry caramel malts with hints of toastiness. Also present are earthy hops and indistinct dark fruits.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Equal parts toasted malt and caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderately sweet dark fruit flavors - raisins mostly with hints of prunes. Midway through the sip slight yeasty spiciness works its way into things before quickly fading. Right before a moderately bitter ending hints of earthy hops come into play.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall nothing about this beer stood out and everything seemed as though it could be ratcheted up a bit. Certainly not worth seeking out but not worth avoiding either.

glid02, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of Trashcat
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Trashcat, Nov 21, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from jyoungsbcp, cheers Josh!

Pours an effervescent & slightly hazed caramel with a finger of tan colored head. Never really clears all the way, but has great head retention & lacing

S: Orchard fruit, a bit of figgyness & brown bread

T: Caramel, faint apple peel flavor & faint herbal hops up front. Dryness, breadyness, cocoa & a touch of licorice comes through as this warms, some pears & persimmons too. Dryness & fruittyness in the finish plus leafy hops & green apple. This isn't really screaming saison to me, half point deduction for drifting too far off style

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, becomes pretty warming over time

Drinks easy, but not really a "must buy" IMO

Always happy to try De Proef's offerings, but this one is of style by a bit, I think I've had a "black saison or 2 so far not warming the cockles of my heart...

russpowell, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Kegatron, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of akorsak
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bottle, courtesy of Foofaa or Ffejherb, at the Brass Rail. I've wanted to try this for some time.

A: The saison is far darker than I'm used to, pouring a caramel amber color that is just dark enough to be opaque. Nothing memorable on the head, although decent lace is left behind.

S: The nose is is syrupy and malty, maybe just enough sugars to hint at a Belgian style but even the yeast leaves it high and dry.

T: The body doesn't strike me as a saison, more malty and syrupy, emphasizing a caramel flavor. Spices, anise especially, seems to fit with the darker caramel. Belgian yeast flavors need a little prodding to come out, adding fruitiness. Nothing really stands out, no hook to make me want more.

M: The mouthfeel has Belgian elements but it never really gets going. Some fruits and anise do linger though.

D: It's strength is never really an issue. That may be the only redeeming quality. I never really got into this beer.

akorsak, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of mendvicdog
2/5  rDev -41.2%

mendvicdog, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.7/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An exclusive beer brewed by De Proef for Julio's Liquor's.

Pours an amber/orange color with the perfect sized head, fades at a slightly fast rate, some patchy lacing.

The aroma is rather weak for a saison, not much funk or spice, pretty much only a mild caramel malt aroma and even that was difficult to pick up on.

Taste is rather muted, not much spice or funk or much of note, even the yeast presence isn't very inspiring, the mouthfeel is also rather thin, carbonation is lively and crisp though but isn't enough to save this dull beer.

Other than the awesome (obvious Unibroue-like) label, I'm actually quite disappointed in this beer, it seemed like it would be so good, a "black" saison.

deltatauhobbit, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of ritzkiss
2.1/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

750ml corked bottle courtesy of viggo, thanks man! Listed on the bottle as a "black saison".

Pours a caramel amber color with a hint of cherry, a light haze, thin head which quickly recedes to wisps.

What this is I do not know but it is no saison and certainly not very good. A bit of mustiness and spice in the nose, some caramel malt and a hint of cherry. Once it enters the mouth the party begins and this one turns south fast. Cherry cough syrup, anise, medicinal astringent bitterness, a light non-descript sweetness. Sharp medicinal drying in the end, much like chomping on a mouthful of Tylenol and the flavor just disappears into thin air - all Tylenol, all the time. Thin and watery mouthfeel.

In the end we all ended up pouring it, it just wasn't pleasant to drink. De Proef does some good stuff but this is not one of them.

ritzkiss, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of weeare138
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Josh. Like hopdog, I too thought this was a new release from Unibroue based on the label...
Appears a semi-transparent, dark orange with a small white cap that slowly fades out into a whispy cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of peaches, grapes, mango, and white wine.
Taste is of the white wine flavors with herbs, spices, caramel, grapes, and peaches lingering.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, herbal, and slick.

weeare138, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of IBUnit63
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a huge pop of the synthetic cork at all. Into a Duvel tulip...

It's actually a bourbon barleywine color. The head is a light maple color. Carbonation is rather active and of medium speed. Decent enough.

There's a little bit of spice in here that emerges from the darker malts. Decent hop pine goes well. Slight apple note may indicate flaw but it works well.

Methinks the carbonation is a little light here. Not in volume...in taste. There's a diluted club soda feel to this - a little salty. It may need more warmth but the taste profile is light. The malts indicate a Germanic presence here; hops are rather light. It's sort of a mix between a Saison and a Marzen. I need that Belgian yeast electricity, though...and it's a little light in that department.

It rolls well on the palate. Nice, light feel that's quite spritely while emitting those Germanic spice notes. Finish is crisp and clean...no caffeine.

It's easy enough to drink...but I'm really expecting a little more flavor here. It's tough to see where the alcohol comes from because this doesn't feel strong at all. In fact, it's borderline quenching. It'll play in a pinch.

IBUnit63, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A "black saison" specially brewed for Juliio's. Dark, muddy caramel color. Clumpy off-white head that leaves some lace. Consistent skim retention.

Jolly Rancher aroma at first sniff. That fades away into caramel, tree bark, clean, grassy hop with a mild mildew and farm undertone.

Tastes...weird. A farmy vs. sweet vs. fruit war in my glass. No flavor wins nor is a truce reached as it leaves a taste similiar to OK Soda (remember that stuff?). Notes of anis, peaches and pears with a steely caramel finish.

Overall it's messy and all over the place like an experiment. Seems like they were trying to brew a "black saison" just to be different rather than because they had a good beer in mind. I'm usually not stickler for style conformity, in fact most times I flagrantly disgregard them. That said, it's not black and it's not dry or farmy enough for a saison. Perhaps "black saison" should be re-thought.

donkeyrunner, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of cbutova
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes, my review was deleted, won't get as elaborate. Opens with a decent ping. Pours a dark red color with a fizzier head that dies down pretty quickly, lacing seems harder to come by for this beer. Tastes and smells of fruits, yeast and spices. Watermelon and apple are most prevalent for me, with some peaches in there also. Mouthfeel was pretty high carbonation with a moderate body. Drinkability is decent, not the best price for the quality, probably won't buy it again but the fruit taste and smell was interesting for one time around.

cbutova, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains brown sugar, Belgian yeast, spices, caramelized malts, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty malt character and a strong Belgian yeast backbone. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, different representation of style, overall this is a good beer that is worth drinking when you want something a little bit different.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of connecticutpoet
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost expected this one to foam over when opened, but it didn't. This black saison was actually reddish amber, slghtly hazy, with a two finger head that subsided to a thin layer.

Aroma was of light fruits, yeast, and faint spiciness. Not grassy or floral.

Taste had hints of cherry among a strong grassy and floral flavor. Pale malts were evident... where did the color come from?

Mouthfeel was clean and light, and very carbonated. Good body.

Drinkability is very good. Had to resist going for another. Great job, Julio's!

connecticutpoet, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of ppoitras
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA. Corked & caged.

Poured into a Harpoon tulip, formed a 3/4" tan head over the cloudy ruddy copper brew. Head lasts well, with sticky slow-falling lace. Aroma is fruity, lightly spiced. Taste begins fruity, lightly tart, spices in the middle, lightly earthy close with a revisit of fruitiness lingering. Flavors seem very distinct and separate. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. Not quite what I was expecting, but a serviceable brew, for sure.

ppoitras, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of kmo1030
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours an orangey brown with a nice sized light tan head.
the aroma contains raisins, plum, apple, caramel, and a nice dry earthiness. a touch of vanilla.
the taste is a soft dry earthy caramel. beyond that a thin apple tartness. plum and raisin mingle with spice, and the caramel touches base again for some finishing bitterness cleans up a bit. not much hop flavor except for a hint of grassiness. some anise character when warm.
the mouthfeel is a touch thin with fine spritzy carbonation.
the drinkability is good. it verges in refreshing, and with an 8% abv. not bad. it's not gonna blow you away with comlexity, but it's a respectable and pretty unique beer. a few reviews earlier than mine, the reviewer says it's like a hybrid of a marzen and a saison. that's a pretty spot on description.

*note* this is one that needs warmth. leave it out for a while before you pop the cork.

kmo1030, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap @ Armsby Abbey.

A: Frothy 2 finger head that shows no sign of fading with reddish orange pale color and pretty clear, much darker than I expected for a saison

N: Nose has some interesting spice and malts and a slight fruity yeast

T: Taste starts with slight juicy fruits and nutty malts, some spices are very subtle, a sweet caramel or brown sugar comes to mind in the middle, it has a very appley taste toward the end from the yeast, its pretty clean tasting but adds a slight earthy bitterness

M: Lots of carbonation and frothy slightly smooth and thin

F: Finish adds more earthy bitterness and a little sweet fruit that fades hinting that there might be more, but then leaves the tongue ready for another sip

Final thoughts: I'm not usually a big saison fan but this is really nice. It didn't have the huge fruity quality, although it had some, and it wasn't really yeasty or sour, it had more dark malts and sweetness as well. It doesn't try to do too much and be overly complex, its just a light beer that tells it's story with a great light taste and disappears. Very refreshing.

jlindros, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of grub
2.45/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

MasterSki hooked us up with this one. thanks alex!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled aug 10/2010.

pours hazy pale red, more orange at the edges with a very thin fine off white head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is ok. sweet cherry syrup. belgian yeasty spice. caramel. white bread. light alcohol.

taste is not that good. starts off as cherry syrup, but almost instantly goes super thin and watery. so dry it seems to suck all the moisture from your mouth and you're quickly reaching for a glass of water. bit of white bread. low bitterness level. no alcohol, and very little of anything else.

mouthfeel is odd. very low carbonation. ultra dry and thin.

drinkability is not good. thin, unbalanced, watery... none of us managed to get even half way through our glass. pass on this one.

grub, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of hopdog
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks Josh for bringing this 750ml bottle over. I would have guessed it was a Unibrou beer based on the label.

Poured a medium and clear amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of rotten citrus, oakiness, spices, and fruity. Tastes of caramel, fruity, and spices.

hopdog, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of colsandurz
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - clear, reddish brown color. A light, tan colored head, that dissipated pretty quickly.

S - Not very aromatic, the only aroma I got was fruit.

T - More fruit, but now it's more clear, a nice cherry taste

M - Pretty light.

D - Easy to drink. 8% alcohol, but hides it very well.

Overall, I'm a little disappointed with this one, I was expecting something more complex. That being said, it's simple, but well done.

colsandurz, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of jdhilt
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Hazy amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is unpasteurized apple cider, but flavor is not a saison more bready and hints of caramel. Higher ABV is hidden. $8.99 for a caged & corked 750ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

jdhilt, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Big thanks to connecticutpoet for this bottle!

I'll echo previous sentiments: A black saison? All right. It pours a translucent russet ruby topped by a bit over a finger of cream-colored foam. The nose comprises figs, raisins, rye bread, nutmeg, cinnamon, red grape skin, and a hint of what seems to be watermelon. The taste very similar, but with the addition of ruby red grapefruit, orange rind, and saison-style earthiness. These new flavors drag things down considerably, not meshing very well with the more BSDA-style elements. The body is a nice medium, with a light carbonation and a pretty smooth, fuzzy feel. Overall, a pretty good brew, but I think the attempt at darkening a saison went a bit awry. Had the target been a straightforward BSDA, it seems like this would have been a strong success. Still, I'd definitely say this is worth a try.

TMoney2591, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very large four-finger head; recedes in a rocky fashion. Some chunky lace on the glass. Amber, with a touch of orange, color. Hazy.

Very earthy aroma of dried, fermented sugar. I also detect licorice

Comes across as flat, but not in a carbonation sense. The flavors are there, but they are far more muted than most Saisons. Dry start, with a light hop finish. The body is light and carbonation is relatively high.

smcolw, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of John_M
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up last February at Julio's Liquor (the only place I assume one can find this beer).

The beer pours a brownish amber color with something of a red highlight to it. The beer also has pretty good head retention and lacing. The beer smells pretty nice, as I pick up considerable brown sugar, tootsie roll and cherry vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this moderatel sweet beer, though the finish is a bit watery, with a significant dropoff in flavor at the end. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and as noted above, the finish is a bit watery. The alcohol is integrated into the flavor profile very well, and the beer is not the least bit heavy or tiring on the palate. So drinkability is in fact pretty good.

Shrug. While nothing special, I thought this a pretty nice beer. It sort of reminds me of a lighter style of dubbel (rather than a saison noir as the label indicates).

John_M, Dec 05, 2010
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L'Ange Tombé from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
79 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.