Long Of Tooth | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Long Of ToothLong Of Tooth

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De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
On March 31st, 2014, the collaborative minds of Surly's Head Brewer Todd Haug and DeProef's BrewMaster Dirk Naudts brewed this one of a kind ale. Inspired by English Old Ales and Belgian chocolate they sat down and, over diligent tasting sessions, hammered out the "best" way to handle their vision.

The result is Long of Tooth Ale, dark gold in color with a complex grain bill, rife with notes of toffee, caramel, dried-fruit, cacoa, oaky-vanilla and finishing with classic Belgian character that only Brett can produce.

Suggested pairings include aged cheeses, grilled or roasted game, chocolate-caramel deserts or enjoy it all by itself.

Added by smithj4 on 07-13-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

App 3.75, Nose 4.25, Taste 3.75, Feel 4.0, Overall 3.75
A collaboration beer with Surly. Served on tap during Friday Night Flights at Party Town, Florence, Kentucky, Earth. The pour is very clear, yet quite dark. It has a nice mahogany color with some ruby hints. Carbonation is quite low and even the draft serving produces little head. Retention is also low. The nose carries mostly sweet bready, malty notes as well as some fruity esters. I get mostly toffee, treacle, fresh bread, and vanilla, but there is a cherry-like note as well.

Full body and nice creamy feel. Lots of sweetness up front as the malt takes center stage. Toffee, caramel, angel food cake, and maple syrup spring to mind. At mid-palate I start to get slight hints of smoke and dark fruit (cherries and dates). There's even a touch of orange rind in the back of the throat. The finish is warm and lingering with notes of coconut husk.

The description of this beer intrigued me. Old Ale aged on cocoa nibs and oak? Sounds great, but you worry me when you mention the brett. I wasn't sure how it would work in an Old Ale, but I hardly noticed it at all. My only issue with this beer is that I like Old Ales to have deep, intense malt character and to display good malt complexity. There's too much going on here with all the fruit notes. The flavors, while good, tend to get muddled. I liked this beer, but I'm not sure all the added ingredients enhanced the flavor all that much. Right now, I would prefer a top-shelf, standard Old Ale (like North Coast Old Stock Ale) to this. As I continue to experience more beers, my tastes might change and I might warm to this more.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Pours dark amber with tall, long-lasting, foamy, off-white head. Aroma is of funky yeast, caramel malt, dark fruit and wood. Body is full and crisp. Taste is of spicy yeast, caramel malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, herbal hops and alcohol. Complexity of flavor is increasing as beer warms up. Finish is long, herbal and dry. Outstanding brew.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +8%

Beer is time. Beer is money. There's really no room to make a beer and sit on it to allow its deep vinous character to develop, or those leathery, tobacco-laden intangibles. So while English strong ale needs some time, brewers are cheating a bit by the introduction of wild yeast to try and emulate those "olde" attributes.

And in doing so, Surly's collaboration with De Proef pours with such tawny bronzen hues to easily trick the eye into port-like aesthetics, if not for its dainty swath of foam and its preferences of lacing over legging. Its striking aromatics are both sweet and sour as the beer takes on wildly tangy wine-like character aside from that of ale.

Layer upon layer, its malty-sweet upstart carry a stern brown sugar, molasses, caramel, toffee and maple medley across the middle palate before the earthen tartness of red grape, vinous wine, blackberry, plum, cherry and lime all chime in to balance the sweetness. An old world charm swirls above the palate and gives a musty cork-like taste accompanied with weathered wood, cobweb, burlap and sea brine.

Closing with a greater sense of dryness than expected, its sweet taste develops quickly into a powdery-fresh finish, equipped with a broad woodsy hop bitterness, wood spice and the sour-astringent interplay suggestive of grape seed and plum skin, and then finally a glimpse of dark chocolate in aftertaste.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%

Appearance: Pours a dark, dusky reddish-amber body with good clarity and a frothy, lightly creamyish, beige head. Light lacing.

Smell: Rich, layered, sweet-scented maltiness and nib action, an ample fruitiness that pleases, and a spicy, earthy, funky Brett quality wrapped it up like a lace ribbon bow.

Taste: Toffee and caramel whipped up with sweet, toothsome chocolate. Moderate sweetness. Pinch of vanilla sugar. Plum, cherry fruitiness, a bit tangy, but tempered by an earthy, spiciness of pepper and clove with just the right amount of Brett character bound to a tea-like herbal hint. Fruity, roundly malt, but also a bit drying on the smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. Smooth, not-quite-chewy mouthfeel but also a lively effervescence.

Overall: Quite nice, really. I enjoyed myself, but my enjoyment is tempered by the abject sadness of knowing I only have this one, lone bottle. It reminds me to take pleasure in the simple things, to go outdoors, to go do something, anything. To live life and enjoy it. For Long of Tooth.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of bsp77
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Murky orangish-brown with good sized head and okay lacing.

Smell: Very sweet fruity aroma, a little overripe. Caramel, chocolate and toffee. Some earthy notes.

Taste: Overripe fruits are dominate and very sweet. Chocolate, caramel and toffee add to the layers and sweetness. Towards the end of the sip, the oak, vanilla, earthy and spicy notes come into play.

Feel: Low carbonation with a full, sticky body. Warming and a little cloying.

Overall: Fairly good Old Ale with some nice oak aging, but really wasn't worth the money or a big fancy collaboration (but I did not lower the score due to the price).

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Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a very deep brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of beige head that slowly settle into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A toasty, fruity, and funky malt forward aroma with big hints of yeast and fruit. Toasted malt with big hints of sweet caramel, toffee, chocolate, biscuit, nuts, and oak. Sweet hints of vanilla and brown sugar. Big presence of yeast along with funky hints of Brett. Lots of fruit scents with hints of cherries, pear, apples, orange, and banana along with dark fruit hints of prune, raisin, fig, dates, and plum. A very complex and good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a complex toasty, fruity, and funky malt driven taste with big notes of yeast, caramel malt, and fruit. Bready toasted barley malt with notes of biscuit, sweet caramel, toffee, chocolate, nuts, and yeast. Good presence of oak along with some vanilla and brown sugar sweetness. Funky presence of Brett and some pepper spicing. Big mix of fruit flavors with notes of cherry, apples, pear, banana, and orange. Dark fruit undertones of fig, raisin, dates, and prune. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and somewhat chewy. Finishes dry. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: A very good take on an Old Ale. Good mix of bready dryness, funk, and fruit notes.

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Photo of valkyre65
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Zonian1
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beer21
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Iparedman
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Carlalwin
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass (not complaining, I get more for my $) at Anodyne in Albuquerque, NM.

A- half-finger, khaki-colored, fluffy and chewy-looking head. Body is a dark-amber and is pretty opaque. 4.25

S- Dark fruit, raisiny, and sweet from some roasty, caramel malt aromas. 4

T- I'm immediately reminded of grape juice with the first sip, as this is sweet with a big, grape-like flavor. As the beer warms and I get further into the pint, sticky caramel, raisin, and a candy-like, but slightly astringent finish and aftertaste. 3.75

M- It's a bit cloying due to the candy-like, grape juice sweetness and the sting of dry booziness, almost reminiscent of Manishevitz or something of that nature. It's thick-bodied and filling, so you'll slowly sip this. 3.5

I'd prefer to revisit this in about 3-4 years minimum, but alas, I doubt there's a drop of this beer outside of Anodyne's keg.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of PretzelCity
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kegatron
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2.94/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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