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Broederlijke Liefde (w/ Brian O'Reilly) - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rfgetz on 06-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brian O’Reilly of Sly Fox Brewing Company joins Dirk Naudts to create the fifth brew in the De Proef Brewmaster’s Collaboration series. This year’s collaboration celebrates the great brewing cultures of both Philadelphia and Gent.

Broederlijke Liefde (Brotherly Love) is a slightly higher gravity interpretation of the saison style. It is fermented with two yeasts – a classic saison yeast as well as brettanomyces from an original gravity of 1066 (16.5 plato). These yeasts yield a dry and slightly spicy ale with a strong hint of farmhouse character that will continue to develop with age. The use of Target and Styrian Golding hops at 37 IBUs add floral aromatics and a balancing bitterness.

Broederlijke Liefde if the official Belgian collaboration ale of Philly Beer Week 2011. If you can’t join us in Philadelphia for our annual celebration in June please enjoy this creation in your own celebration of the international brewing community.
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Ratings: 106 | Reviews: 52
Reviews by sjccmd:
Photo of sjccmd
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an interesting pale orange color with a large white head. I don't think I've seen a beer quite this color before. It's very light, slightly murky...I'm not sure why it's unique..just the combination of very light, almost clear, and orange sheen. The head recedes slowly leaving a nice lacing.

The beer reeks of overripe fruit. Apples and pears. Hint of grains, and musty basement. Tartness, grassy hops, mild raspberry aroma. Very earthy backbone.

The first sip reveals tons of fruit and citrus. A decent amount of hop bitterness and spices. Some malt in the background, a good amount of funk and slight tartness. Finishes with spicy, earthy hops and warming alcohol. Despite the burst of fruit flavors, it finishes extremely dry.

Lots of bubbles in the mouthfeel but not at all fizzy. Smooth and creamy. Cleans out very quickly.

Overall another excellent beer from De Proef. Maybe not the best of the collaborations, but definitely unique.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of brett notes, as well as some dry citrus notes - mainly orange and lemons. The flavor is a little more complex. There is a lot of brett in the flavor, which comes across as leather and a bit of funk. There is also a good bit of juicy orange and lemon notes, as well as some biscuit malt. The beer is not sour, but the funk and leather notes definitely come through strongly. The alcohol is definitely present, but it is not overpowering. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Coff
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of rwilde
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of whoneeds8
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. bernardus chalice golden yellow, second glass hazy, with a one finger white head. No retention or lacing. The scent is obviously Brett, brett, brett. The taste had the punch of sour brett that warmed into the farmhouse spices with lemon mixed in all the way. Mouthfeel was highly carbonated and thin bodied.

Photo of jpbebeau
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of glid02
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pour a hazy golden-copper color with a white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of funk and slight hints of pears and green apples. Also present are mild amounts of grassy hops and breadiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as complex. Light malts up front are joined quickly by bready flavors that thicken things up. Midway through slight funk comes into play before being pushed aside by soft pear flavors that carry through to a crisp ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a tasty beer but there wasn’t enough going on to make it anything more than that. I bet this will get better with time, it’s likely worth sitting on a bottle.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a yellowish-orange body with a very slight hazy to it. Each additional pour grows hazier. There is a gentle carbonation supporting a cobweb thick bubble mass of snow white head. A lovely Belgian lace forms after each sip.

S- The full saison yeasty character has fresh dandelion flowers and floral hops blending with a wet stones and fresh rain aroma in the finish.

T- The classic fruity sasion yeasty esters have some bright herbal pungent hops to follow with a nice cheese rind brett character grown in the dry finish. There is a nice pungent dandelion flowers and fresh cut alfalfa taste that lingers into a great brett grapefruit pith aftertaste.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a nice spicy fizz in the finish that really enhances the flavors in the finish.

O- This beer has a full pungent hops blended with great saison yeast character and nice aged brett flavors. This reminds me of summer in a glass. It is a beer you could just sniff and sniff and the flavor is even more delicious.

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Brenden
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beauty is a medium yellow with slightly amber hues in in its depths. Everything about the white head is as close to perfect as can be; starting off at 2-3 fingers but thick with no give, it retains itself the entire way. When it recedes, the thick, impenetrable foam that remains is itself one finger tall and never less. This crown drops lacing that clings to the glass like I've rarely seen before.
The nose is interesting, though distinctly Belgian as I pick up the light bubble gum/banana immediately, but there's also just a touch of funk. There's a gentle white flesh fruits aspect as well and a bit of peppery spice. Hops are gentle, adding a light grassy bitterness at a very low level. I do just get the slightest taint of something almost plastic.
The same is all in the flavor, and the spiciness comes in a bit more strongly. Hops also make a statement, coming in on the back of the tongue through the middle into the finish. This is a very nice beer, and the fact that the brett is so gently used simply lets all of the depth and complexity come out that much better. The Belgian character is never lost, the funk is here, and it's simply a great beer all around. Alcohol does kick if you're not paying attention. The only off flavor is the ghost of that same plastic-like note that makes the aroma good instead of great; it similarly affects the taste, particularly going into the finish.
There's a nice, creamy start to this beer with a lightly crisp edge from a moderate carbonation that never fades. The body is medium and a bit fuller than expected and it really goes silky.
This is a great beer and the use of brettanomyces makes it all the more interesting. I have to thank Matt at the Beer and Wine Cave in Toledo for recommending it.

Photo of Beerontwowheels
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of JamesStreet
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of bconsidine
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of jwg782
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA.

A - Yellow/orange body with a nice white head. Strangely clear body for a saison.

S - Belgian yeast and some breadiness. It has a bit of a spicy aroma as well. If it weren't for the funk, I would say it smelled like a Belgian pale ale.

T - A hint of hops up front and some grassy flavors. Finishes with a spicy kick. Interesting, but still a lot like a pale ale. I even get a little bready wheat and malt.

M - Wow it's a hefty saison. I didn't think it was light and refreshing at all. Medium bodied, which I think is a lot for a saison.

O - Not what I was expecting at all. I maintain that it blurs the line between saison and pale ale.

Photo of KMcG
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of PaBeerLover
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft, served in a footed tulip glass.

Bright orange gold, soapy and sticky foam that leaves a good deal of lacing around the edges. Dimpled, pitted surface that has a meringue sheen to it. Looks the part of a bretty Belgian saison.

Dry brett yeast aromas of leather, wet hay and horsehair, also some dried pineapple sweetness.

Flavors are similarly dry, horsey, vaguely leathery and dry. Fruity elements offset the dry funk of the initial smell, dry saltine cracker and mellow apricot and pineapple from the brett again. Effervescent and quenching, though bone dry in the finish. Signature De Proef brett character, reminded me of a more restrained iteration of the Flemish Primitive series.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy golden orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is very nice and fruity, it smells like lemon, pear, barnyard funk, peppery spice and some apple. The brew tastes like bready malt, funk, pears, apples, peppery spice and some grassy hops. There's a little more bitterness in the taste than I expected, but that's not really a bad thing in this case. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and dry with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, I liked it. $14.99 a bottle.

Photo of Mudawg
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of TexIndy
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Duvel tulip. Just hit the Dallas market and is fresh. Was a slightly hazy golden yellow color with lots of carbonation. It had a huge, foamy white head that took awhile to settle into a constant 1 finger cap. Thick sheeting with some sticking.

The aroma was excellent. Lots of funky brett leading the way with classic saison of spicy yeast and peppery overtones right behind it. Good amount of citrus as well. I love a good brett and this one nailed it. The taste was also excellent and again was lead by the farmhouse funk of brett at the start and then the peppery yeast mix slowly building up towards the end. Little bit of citrus to keep it all in-line. Almost gave it a 5 but it's just a hair from that but with some age on it I bet it'd hit it. Mouthfeel was medium and very crisp with a dryer finish.

Overall, this was an outstanding saison that I highly recommend. Been in a saison mood these days and found several that were good but this one is great. The only thing that would keep me from buying a bunch is the outrageous price (at least here in TX on it) of mid $20's. If not for that, I'd buy a ton to drink now and then to age several. [H;Y]

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy and dark yellow in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down a bit and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The smell has balanced aromas of sourness from the brett and spicy hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather complex and has initial notes of sour flavors and lingering spiciness from the hops in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Hints of dryness become apparent as the beer warms up.
O: This is a very interesting saison because it has just enough brett to make things interesting but still preserves the characteristic spices of the style.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap tonight at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA. Poured into a tulip glass.

Comes to me slightly over-chilled, as is typical for an on-tap beer, so I let it warm a bit. The body is a clear straw, unblemished by any chill haze, carbonation streamers, or yeasty murk once it warms. There is a creamy head that leaves a smattering of delicate rings around the edges of the glass, but nothing consistent.

The aroma is immediately full of a fruity bretted funk. Pears, apples, and clove on top of a clean straw-scented earthiness spring from the glass. I did not expect such a full aroma so quickly. There are some spicy white pepper notes as well, but the funk really shines. Similar on the palate, the pear is accentuated as the dry funky finish leaves you with grassy hops, white pepper, and clove.

Well-bodied and nicely carbonated, this is a delicious and refreshing beer on a hot day in the summer. A phenomenal offering, I wouldn't mind seeing this turn into an annual release. Great balance, great flavor, and great all around.

Photo of mwilbur
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Bottle opens with a nice satisfying "pop". Pours a faintly hazy orangish-yellow with a subdued neon glow (comes out with backlighting). 1 inch white head with decent retention. Looking through the haze, you'll find some (but not a ton) of carbonation. Nice persistent lacing.
S: Man, I love the aromas of De Proef's brews! Sticky sweet caramel malt, citrus and melon (melon always seems to show up in the aroma profile of De Proef's brews), black pepper, mild herbal note, and subdued brett funk.
T: A dry bitter hop bite hits first followed quickly by sweet citrus and melon. Black pepper and spice are sprinkled in as well. A nice mash-up of fruity esters and brett funk. The further you get into this, the more apparent the Styrian Golding hops become. Mild floral quality in the background. As this warms, grains come to the forefront.
M: Clean and crisp. Dry and moderately bitter. Spicy bite. Just the faintest of alcohol fizzle (not even a burn) in the finish. Light-medium body (ABV extremely well hidden).
D: What an interesting take on the saison! Love the play between the two yeast strains. Very refreshing and very drinkable If you like the idea of a more hoppy and spicy saison, then this is for you. I can't say this is excellent, but certainly a very good offering and another solid brew from De Proef. Seek it out if you can!

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Broederlijke Liefde (w/ Brian O'Reilly) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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