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Lozen Boer | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy brownish amber in color and poured with a thin layer of beige bubbles covering the surface that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. There are some visible particles floating near the bottom, but it is unclear if these are yeast particles or remnants of the cork that shattered when opening the beer.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of dark fruits in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste also has flavors of dark fruits. Notes of plums, prunes and raisins seem to stand out in particular.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer definitely improves with age as it becomes very smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy medium amber color with an excellent beige head; splashy lacing

Smell: Toasted malt aromas; slightly vinious

Taste: There is a bit of fruit and a bit of band aid up front; the fruit flavors are of prune and raisin and the band aid is of, well, band aid; after the swallow, the fruity flavors take on a rum-soaked aspect as there is a real boozy aspect the comes on strong at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with relatively low carbonation and plenty of warming

Drinkability: As others have suggested, a quad should deliver so much more that this beer does

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Photo of nickfl
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown and hazy. Nice lace and reasonable retention.

S - Aromas of caramel and raisins with notes of brown sugar and chocolate and a slight hint of spicy hops.

T - Chocolate and raisins up front. Slight hop character comes in the middle with a roasty finish.

M- A thick body, with med carbonation and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Rich and thick, this is definitely a quadruple, but it is not as complex as some others, like Rochefort.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice; no bottle dating and unknown cork coding. Pours moderately cloudy dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, apple, pear, plum, molasses, toast, dark candi sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, apple, plum, pear, molasses, toast, dark candi sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark and light fruits, molasses, toast, dark candi sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent quadrupel style. All around great balance and complexity of dark malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Burnished bronze that becomes burnished cherry wood with orange edges when fading afternoon light is permitted to enter the glass. The upper half of my drinking vessel is filled with a lovely chunk of golden beige foam that counts stickiness as its finest feature. Thick sheets of fractured lace look good as well.

My first thought as beer splashed into glass was 'whiskey'. The booziness of the aroma is now more like a combination of dark rum, tawny port and cherry schnapps. It's brown sugar sweet, red wine vinous and fruity, all at once. This should be pretty good beer.

Although I like Lozen Boer, it isn't as rock solid as some quads that I could name. The initial rush of flavors is the best, but they don't hang together as well as they might and don't see the mouthful through to a quality finish. A certain (mild) grain alcohol roughness appears at the midway point and keeps the flavor profile from being as cohesive as it might have been. Warming could help, although I doubt it.

I might have said English barleywine if blinded. The beer is malt-dominant, with hop flavor and bitterness (never big contributors in a quadrupel) smothered by the attention seeking alcohol. As for specifics: cherries macerated in brandy and cherry cough syrup, caramel and pureed dates. There really isn't much depth or complexity here.

Good call on the appearance score. The pint glass is almost completely coated with a 10.0% ABV-defying amount of lace. The mouthfeel is on the thinnish side for the style. In fact, it isn't coming together as well as I'd hoped and displays a serious lack of commitment on the finish. Maybe that's one reason why the flavor fails to wow.

Lozen Boer Abt. falls well short of Zoetzuur Flemish Ale when it comes to the Brewmaster's Collection/ Special Reserve beers that I've had to date. It's a passable quadrupel, but passable doesn't get it done when there are so many stellar versions out there.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, dark copper body with a full, cream off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of light caramel, dark fruits (figs, mostly), a little chocolate, and a half jigger of sherry.

Taste: Flavor begins sweet with caramel and dried dark fruit flavors and finishes warming and metallic with some yeasty spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I found it to be woefully average for a Quad, but kudos are in order for hiding the alcohol so well.

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Photo of russpowell
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish chestnut with 3 fingers of tan colored head. Super head retention & lacing

S: Oaky notes & leafy hops along with jammy & apricot notes

T: Dry with oaky notes & leafy hops up front. Some boozeyness as this warms, along with cherries, vanilla, & tanins. Finishes with baker's chocolate, licorice raisins, & more dryness

MF: Low carbonation with medium body & some slickness. A tad thin for the style IMO

Kind of so-so as Quads go. Has no serious malt depth as the style demands & way too much dryness to just enjoy IMO

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Photo of GClarkage
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

05/09/06- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. No freshness info on the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Muddy brown colored pour. Large foamy head forms to the top of the tulip (1.5 inches?) Very large bubbled. Lacing is above average.

Smell- Scent kind reminds me of an English Barleywine. Has the milk chocolate scent with some sweet caramel malt and maybe even some butterscotch.

Taste- Flavor also reminds me of a barleywine. It's rather harsh though. Needs to rest I think. The alcohol comes through in a kind of a cough sryup harshenss, though not thick and sryupy, just has that flavor. Maybe a bit of cherry to remind a bit like Three Philosophers.

Mouthfeel- More carbonation than would like in any style this high in abv.

Drinkability- Not one again that I would pick up...no matter what style it is. Plus at $9.99 it was not a bargain. Not bad, but just below average.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally pulled a bottle of this out of the beer cellar after a year or so, maybe two. After pouring I'm struck by the big plum and raisin aroma jumping out of the glass. The flavor has more the sweet dried fruit, but with a hint of juice, along with dried cocoa, leather, and an herbal spice mix. The body isn't too heavy, just light-medium like a dry wine. The finish is fruity with toffee candy note. Hardly bitter, it's sort of the same feel as a rich dark chocolate.

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Photo of Gavage
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a cloudy brown color with a 1/2" head that breaks apart quickly. Some spots of lace develop.

Smell: loads of fruit sweetness and brown sugar rise from the glass.

Taste: caramel, brown sugar, black plums, yeast, pears, raisins, and a mild bitterness is wrapped in a strong alcohol laced blanket.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish. Aftertaste is long as flavor linger on the tongue.

Drinkability: decent for the style but the bomber bottle is enough for one session. Share this one with a friend.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aromas that are quite similar to a fruity rum waft to my nose as I pour this beer. It is topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick, tan colored head that slowly recedes with a textured, lace inducing, varied, rocky surface. The beer is an opaque, dark, concentrated amber color that shows a lightly hazy, cranberry hue when held up to the light. Quite alcoholic smelling, definite seems rum infused with its mix of rich fruit and malt notes. A mix of peppery-higher alcohols, prunes, figs, sweet molasses soaked brown sugar, ginger and clove. A substantial concentrated malt character towards the middle and finish seems to walk hand-in-hand with a slightly stale, almost old malt extract like mustiness. An interesting aroma, in the end the aroma smells significantly of a mix of concentrated fruit and spicy higher alcohol notes, but seems to be lacking a richness and finesse that I would like.

Significantly drier than I was expecting, but it still has a significant fruit sweetness to it. The higher alcohols are also quite noticeable in the flavor; they provide a spicy, slightly hot, peppery finish to this brew. The higher alcohols are slightly balanced by a deep fruitiness that reminds me of Dr. Pepper or the mythical prune juice soda. Flavors of raisins, prunes, cloves, a touch of molasses, a touch of plum like tartness and some interesting cola like cardamom notes. Malt notes of caramel, brown sugar, hints of cocoa and substantial toasted grain.

This just seems to fall flat some how; it is a touch thin and even a bit washed out for something labeled as an Abt. Really though I think this is too spicy, too full of higher alcohols for the residual malt character to deal with effectively. If there was more malt here, more body, I think the extra spiciness would work quite well.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear deep brown colored beer with red highlights. Good tan head that falls a bit too quickly.

Smell is boozy strong fig aroma and fainter melon aroma with a trace of bourbon. Brown sugar and mildly spicy mostly allspice.

Taste starts out Sweet and spicy with lots of brown sugar. Faint bourbon flavor wonder if this was put in a used bourbon barrel. Vanilla and crème brulee flavor there is a bit of seared sugar flavor. Big fig flavor tastes a bit like a fig newton.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not bad, if there is anything to want more of in this beer it would be a slightly punchier flavor. As this is it is quite good, just turned down a notch from the best of the style. A good introduction beer the Quadrupel style.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Brick Store Pub with Brickstoredave. Pours chestnut brown with a tight head that fades to a thin cap and leaves some spotty lacing. The aroma is sharply fruity with cherry and plum and with lingering sherry notes. Tastes rich and fruity with flavors of vanilla, fig, plum, cherry, apple, lemon, and even some grape notes. Delicious, and the slighttly woddy finish helps cut the richness as well. Smooth mouthfeel, but slightly light for the style. Still, an easy drinking Quad with very well hidden alcohol and a quite a pleasure. I'd even drink this one in the summer.

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Photo of John_M
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a striking brownish ice tea color with OK head retention and decent lacing. On the nose this beer smells very attractive, with some noticeable milk chocolate, brown sugar, cherry vanilla, coffee and some underlying spice. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose perfectly, and I must say this beer has a very rich, smooth, somewhat sweet flavor profile. This beer is almost decadently rich and is just about all I could want in a good quad. Alcohol is pretty well disguised, though you can tell this is not a small or light beer.

Wouldn't want this all the time as it's just too rich. Nevertheless, this is a very solid beer, one I wouldn't hesitate to order or buy again.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Julio's Belgian Beer Fest on August 14, 2011. It begins with a medium-amber pour with nice clarity and a decent head. While malts are noted in the aroma immediately there is also something more nutty than fruity there. The medium-to-bold body is smooth and creamy with excellent stability while swirling. The aroma begins candied sugar sweet but evolves into a sour, dryer finish. This beer was very nice altogether.

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Photo of corby112
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

Pours a very dark brown color with slight plum hues when held to a light source and a thick two finger frothy yellowish tan head. Decent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves sporadic spots of lacing behind.

Chocolate malty aroma with hints of peppery spice, candy sugar and dark fruit. Hints of plum, raisin, fig and dark cherry.

Soft carbonation up front with lots of roasty chocolate maltiness, sweet cany sugar, plum, raisin, date, fig, cherry and grape. Well balanced with rostiness from the malt, sweetness from the fruit, spice and alcohol warmth in the finish. Slightly sour aftertaste.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a cola color with lower carbonation than I expected. Left a small white cap, minimal lacing and some white bubbles

S: I get cola, caramel with some caramelized sugar, toffee and some dark fruits on the nose

T: Taste has an immediate caramel, light candy sugar with some dark fruits, toffee, more caramel and cola midway to finish with some underlying booze. The taste falls flat on the end leaving only a sweetness with booze and sticky flat and bitter taste.

M: Rather thin, plain and medium bodied. Not what I was wanting nor expecting

O: Average

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown body w/ minimal head and lace as the thickness just drags it down. A very yeasty/orange aroma, typical of Belgians, plus that nice sugary caramel malt rush, althugh I seem to also pick up dark fruits and a touch of bread. For a heartier beer I must say the smoothness, creaminess really through me off. Passes easily with citric and dark fruits piping in, and the fruits balance w/ this chunky caramel and sugary sweetness but everytthing is held in check, even the ABV as it does not bleed into the beer and it finishes ultra clean. Somewhat simplistic but rather a really enjoyable beer and made for a great sipper.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Well shit looking at the latest reviews this beer is kind of crap. Ow well I at least only paid like 5 bucks for a 10% Quad bomber.

A - The cork is quite strange like made of some kind of rubber or plastic. Could this be what caused the off flavors and low carbonation people are reporting? Opening the bottle I get a very lively full inch of mocha colored head, fizzy from ABV but still sticks around for a bit. Beer itself is a very deep chestnut brown almost pitch black like a stout.

S - Strong alcoholic esters with some sugary malt and very little actual fruit. The booze is strong in this one.

T - Has a very weird herbal woody flavor that seems to be a mix of oak and stone fruit. Next the fruity yeast kicks in giving a sweet malt flavor and then mild sherry kind of boozy taste. Finish has a touch of hop bit and a warming character.

M - Medium to heavy, rather syrup like ABV shines in taste which is kind of offputting.

Overall a very boozy quad that has rather weird flavors than your typical fruity/low ABV lasting counterparts (ST Bearnard 12) Worth getting if you like boozy Belgium's.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rather murky brown, rust, amber color with a rather quick head. some scattered lacing. The aroma is a little phenolic ut still a good brown sugary sweetness. The taste retains that brown sugar sweetnes in the nose. Plus some other oddbals sweets that I can't seem to define right now. But the flavors don't seem as complex as a quadrupels should be. Seems like its lacking some effort in recipe construction. The alcohol was well incorporated in the palate for the nice warming effect.

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Photo of drpimento
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle from Sam's in Chicago. This is one of the weaker quads we've ever had. Thinner body. Good tan head. Aroma was similar but lighter in every respect. Just less of everything. Quad that should be aspiring to dubble. Little bit boozy. Finish is ok. Not a session

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Photo of glid02
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this courtesy of daryk77 - thanks!

Pours a turbid dark brown with ruby highlights and a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a thin pancake of bubbles on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of booze-soaked figs and raisins with a solid sugary malt backbone.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lots of boozy dark fruit flavors up front with a vaguely nutty malt flavor coming in at the end.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness, but the carbonation is a bit on the heavy side - still, it goes down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing one glass and could go for another.

Overall this is a good quad, but not quite a very good quad. Worth a shot.

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Photo of champ103
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky brown color. At first a light tan head of over two fingers forms. It recedes in a minute. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Very malty. Sweet caramel and chocolate. Some vanilla and dark fruits. A dry woody aroma.
T: Again, some malty sweetness of caramel, chocolate, and brown sugar. A very light dark fruit flavor. Maybe some spiciness as well.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A little thin and watery though. This has a high ABV, but it is barley noticeable. Something that I can sip on all night.

This is a pretty good quad. Nothing outstanding, but very enjoyable. Something that I would recommend. Another good beer from De Proef.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 cork and caged bottle the beer presents a slightly hazy brown, the head monstrous in size, tan in color, creamy in texture, upon its evaporation the lacing forms a concealing sheet upon the glass. Nose has a earthy aroma, caramel and sweet malt, a touch of oak like sourness noted, delightful sniff. From has a pleasing malt profile, a somewhat bitter twang at the back, top has a light to moderate feel to the palate. Finish has a stern acidity, hops perfectly spicy, dry and tart aftertaste seals itself to the palate, touch of warming noticed, and a fine drinking brew that is worth the sample.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle $12. Dark brown color, red tints, so-so head. Smells like alcohol, raisins, not sure if its more dubbel or quad. The taste was kind of underwhelming, more raisins, sweetness, alcohol. I usually like De proef beers but to be honest I was a little let down by this one in particular.

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