Lozen Boer | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Belgium | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-20-2005

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119
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3.72
pDev:
20.43%
 
 
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Photo of tubacharlie
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The scent of treacle wafts out of the glass following a slow, relaxed pour. After a minute, a smooth and creamy head emerges from the depths to coat the top layer with a perfectly flat, light caramel-colored carpet of micro bubbles. The dense brown brew is hazy with yeast and unfiltered fun.

Molasses dominates the flavor, as the scent, and combines with mellow hops for a nicely balanced, rich, full-flavored experience. Effervescent carbonation enhances and expounds on the malty base, exuding esters of alcohol and the essence of flowery hops.

One of the best beers I have had in a while. Excellent with strands of dried cuttlefish or some Stilton and a Baguette.

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Photo of mcallister
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nearly a five for appearance. Just a beautiful color amber/mahagonny, brilliant and sparkling almost with an off white head that leaves a thick splotchy lace in its path.

Quite a nose on this as well. Thick rum raisin, dates, caramel, red currant, toffee, bready malts, woderfully sweet aromas very enticing with a little earth on the back.

Very good beer with nice flavors but the mouthfeel is way to thin and watery for the style. Taste is nearly identical to the nose with even more caramel and some fig. Quince paste as well as pecan type flavors.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

The beer geeks have tagged this a Quadrupel, but essentially it's an Abbey-style ale. Lozen boer means "gentleman farmer," yet on the label it says, "Legend of the Cow Smuggler." An inside joke, we think?

The lace is out of this world, surprising for a higher-alcohol beer. It starts off with a good two fingers of light tan head and literally sticks to the glass all the way down. A deep burnished chestnut hue comes through the glass when put up to the light. Brown sugar aroma from sweet malts; then the nose turns to raisins, currants and blackberries from fruity esters and an ever-so-faint solvent alcohol in the back. Lush, creamy smoothness rolls off the tongue with each sip. The alcohol is evident from the get-go, but it's never overpowering, thanks to the muscular maltiness that flexes with notes of dark bread, caramelized/burnt sugar and toasted biscuit flavors. Underlying fruitiness. Modest hop bitterness and flavor, with enough phenolics to balance out the sweetness with light clove. Finishes semisweet, with a plum and toasted grain aftertaste.

Wow, a balanced Quadrupel. You don't see that too often. This one is well worth the hunt. We're curious to see how it cellars.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a very murky dark brown (minimal light comes through with backlighting) with a 1/2 inch tan head.
S: Sweet underripe melon, dark dried fruit (raisin), caramel, a subdued yeast note, a hint of spice, and with warming roasted malt and chocolate notes come to the surface. What an interesting mix of aromas!
T: Doesn't quite keep up with the aroma here...not nearly as cloying. Caramel and semi-sweet chocolate, the sweet melon (honeydew?) is a tad tart and bitter here, hint of raisin. Not as complex as I was anticipating.
M: Soft and smooth. Medium body. Lingers briefly on the palate. Not so good, especially for style.
D: Nice idea, but it stumbled a bit along the way. ABV remains well hidden. Drinks more like a dubbel than a quad. Worth a try, but not as good as several of the other offerings from The Prof.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle purchased in 2009 pours a fairly clear, medium brown color. Has a thin layer of tan foam, neither retention nor lacing is overly impressive.

Nose is sweet candi sugar with some caramel malts and alcohol. Fruitiness is of the lighter variety - honeydew melon, strawberries and cherries. Nose is not really all that big for the style, especially compared to Bernardus, Westmalle, etc..

Flavor is kind of a quad 'lite' with a surprising bite of hops on the end. Not really overly sweet, one of the driest quads I have had. This gives it a lighter body and a drinkable quality that is nice, it is not just a sipper. Goes from the start to finish without a whole lot in between, lacks a bit in complexity. Could use a creamier mouthfeel as well. Subtle brown sugar flavors come through as it warms up. Alcohol is noticeable, but does not taste like a 10%'er. Quite an enjoyable beer, but different than most quads. Go get one and try it, highly doubtful you will be sorry.

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Photo of froghop
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear dark brown with a small dark beige head, and some lacing.

smell is of caramel, some malt, some dark fruit, and a little spice.

taste is of dark fruit, cocoa, some sour malt, white pepper, and spice, ends a little dry and somewhat bitter.

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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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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent dark brown with a smallish head that dissipates quickly, leaving some fine lacing.

Prunes and dark, dark chocolate, molasses, dark roasted grains, walnuts, raisins, nice Christmas pudding smells.

Tastes of prunes, dried raisins, dark cherries with a little sour note, and dark, dark chocolate and walnuts. The alcohol is present lending some bourbon notes, with ginger and hops coming through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy and light, a good vehicle for delivering these strong dark flavors, without being too sweet or syrupy. A nice beer for the winter months.

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Photo of Travlr
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle purchased in July 2008, stored in my beer cellar until December 2009.

A: very dark ruby red with a large light beige head that settles over 5 minutes to a surface layer of fine bubbles, with good lacing.
S: Notes of vanilla, chocolate and dates
T: Begins with dark cocoa and progresses through raisins to scotch, with a bitter cocoa finish. Alcohol shows through.
M: Nice body, better than most abts.
D: I expected more of a mellow flavor after 15 months of storage, this one still had quite a punch. Reasonably good complexity, not outstanding, but definitely in the upper half of Belgian abts.

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Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle poured into my trusty Chimay goblet.

Pours a dark brown color with a good size (for a 10 percent beer) off white head. The head fades fairly fast to a covering of the glass. some sticky lacing. Looks good.

There is an aroma there, just not what I expect in a quad. Sugar, alcohol and dark fruit. Not particularly enticing.

Nice flavor. Dark fruit, malt and sugar. Nothing too complex, just tasty.

Mouthfeel is rich, a little alcohol burn and smooth.

Drinkability is good for a Quad, but I would rather have more challenging flavors and settle for less. This is a good beer, but for a Quad, I would select abt 12 any day and abt 12 is very available.

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Photo of thequeen711
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark caramel brown, with a frothy 2-fingered head, slowly dissipating to a couple millimeters of foam. Nose of sweetness...brown sugar, cherries and other dark fruittiness, caramel goes with the brown sugary nose. Taste is a rich mouthfeel of flavours maltiness, sweetness of chocolate, caramel, brown sugae, cherries, plums, vanilla...just a bunch of flavours that blend well with the brew. High ABV..10%, but that's A-OK! A nice quad to enjoy.

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Photo of goatxpower
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at U and I Liquors in Oakland.

A- This looks great! Dark copper brown with a huge fluffy off-white head.

S- Yeast. Spice. Dried fruit

T- This is good. Strong nods to Westy 12/ St Bernardus abt 12, but simply doesn't have the complexity of those beers. Figs, plums, raisins, bready/yeast tones, good malt without being too sweet. A little bit of spice. NO hops. Apple and pear on the tail end. Some heat.

M- very silky, with some body to it. Lingers on your tongue for a while. My favorite part.

D- very drinkable for a 10% Belgian. I could drink one here and there, but would probably just get St Bernardus abt 12 instead.

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

Nose is malty with some sour and some dark fruit, some powdery yeast, and a small funky twang. Smells good.

Pours a deep mahogany / nut brown color, good clarity, mild head. Beautiful color. Looks good.

Glass 1 pours a deep mahogany / nut brown color with good clarity and a mild head; the color is pristine, it looks good. Nose is malty with some sour and some dark fruit, some powdery yeast, and a small funky twang; smells good. First sip brings an overbearing barrage of mouthfeel - it's nicely tart with an oily coating and some sharp alcohol. Sparsely populated bubbles on my tongue cause pain. Some dark roasted malt manifests, and hints of sugary sweetness. Just where the yeasty mouthfeel ends and the yeast flavors begin is as of yet unclear. A soft medicinal/plastic white noise sits on the threshold of my flavor differentiation.

Glass 2 brings a much better head, but retention is still 20 seconds or so. The medicinal/plastic white noise is louder, accompanied now by alcohol heat. I found some mild funkiness and fruitiness with hints of lemongrass, flowers, earth, and dark, ripe fruit. The intense tartness from the first sips has died down leaving behind a terrestrial fruity tartness. Soft sweetness reminds me of honey. The alcohol has now reached my brain bringing soothing warmth and a poetic urges.

Glass 3 has the most impressive head of all; all those nucleation sites from the lacing I reckon. Still a pretty quick 20-30 seconds retention. Whiff of banana and some other unworldly fruity ester. It still has the droning medicinal/plastic thing going on. The flavor is hard to pin down, hard to reach. It's there, and I can taste it (obviously, no?), but it does taste like white noise sounds. Can one describe the white noise of a crowd of people? Not other than an unknown sized set of voices within the range of human speech. Can one describe the white noise of an electrical room or bank of transformers? Again, not other than the combination of the frequencies of each vibrating part. So this beer, like a crowd of people or bank of transformers, has a definite taste, but without sending a sample to a lab, all I can say is that it tastes like a combination of medicinal/plastic yeastiness, dark fruit, tart fruit/floralness, and roasted malt, the emphasis being on the yeast.

A strong Abbey Ale, Lozen Boer is like an awkward young animal whose feet are too big; I'd put money on improvements with age. It's stiff, it's rough, and it's loud. If you enjoy getting kicked in the mouth for no reason, this is your beer.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay glass this beer comes out cloudy, with a ruby-hued brown that is somewhere between iced tea and A&W root beer. There is a thick, one-finger head that is made up of off-white and tan swirls, with somewhat decent lacing as the head falls away.

The aroma is of brown sugar, caramel, plums and a very slight hint of toffee. As the beer warms up the brown sugar becomes the dominant smell, with plenty of dark fruit esters in the background.

The flavor is reminiscent of the aroma, with an addition of warm alcohol and a slight spiciness. When the beer first hits the tongue it's smooth, thick and a little sweet. As the initial malty sweetness subsides it gives way to dark cherry and plum. The alcohol warms the throat as the beer goes down but leaves no distinct aftertaste which is disappointing.

Malty, heavy but smooth, this beer goes down very well. It is definitely worth giving a try.

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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 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 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 kkipple
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Decent Quadrupel, not great. Normal brown-red color, clear, little bits of sediment. Lighter in color that most quads. No big deal. Small head, no real lace.

Smell is the best thing going here, lots of sweet sugary, musty malt character and dark fruit. Boozy, but not too hot, figs, dates, prunes, a little clove-apple. Singled caramel and cocoa. Smells dessert-like and rich.

Taste falters; when this isn't by-the-numbers it isn't what I like. Sweet, yes, dark esters, yes, booze, yes. There's a strange yeasty-dry thing going on here that's not very appealing, as well as a weird walnut-attic must that is overbearing. Spicy and rather dry... hm. Finish is slightly buttery and sour -- not good. Which is a shame 'cause I really wanted to like this one.

Mouthfeel is medium full with adequate and unsurprising levels of carbonation. An unpleasant, slightly astringent (walnuts again) finish hurts this one. I'm not pouring it out, but I wouldn't buy it, either.

Ultimately, Lozen Boer is simply okay. Worth a shot if you like Quads; this may be up your aisle. But with brewers like St. Bernardus and Rochefort around, I don't see a reason to visit it again.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, opaque mahogany, mostly brown. Mild tan head on top with a great retention level and fair lacing. Good rich malty aroma, smells like a quad. Light bananas and moderate spices. Flavors are different, I pull some licorice, some earthy spices, and some really sweet malts, providing banana and honey flavors. Nice big alcohol bite at the very end. Mouthfeel is full bodied, with some mild carbonation. Very warming.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cellared for about three years, I'll bring this one last bottle from the late Michael Jackson Rare Beer Club upstairs and into my Chimay chalice. Served at cellar temperature with a hunk of Stilton cheese, this bottle was obtained on December 21, 2005, with the drink by date lasered on the cork: 10/05/09. Here goes!

Appearance- Gorgeous beer right from the start... it pours a Burgundian purplish-red with an immediate and extremely fat light beige head, settling to a marshmallowy topper. The lacing is incredible, sticking and draping almost unbroken down the inside of the glass. Off the charts on the eyes!

Smell- The dark, sweet fruit aromas of plum, fig, prune, and date are about as rich and decadent as any beer I've yet sampled. Drippy, soaking wet ripened fruits with a hint of cola are in abundance, as well as just an indication of alcohol.

Taste- First, the interesting notes of cola that I mentioned before come up again, displaying caramel and sugars first and then a rich, honey-infused malt backbone that finally concedes to a drying hop finish. The only real problem I have with this beer is the lack of lush character I would expect from a cellar aged Quadrupel, it falls a bit short on complexity. At 10% ABV, this could be sublime drinking right now.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Unfortunately, this beer's decent texture doesn't effectively promote the fruity, malt-driven flavors to the point where I'd care for this again. There is something missing overall, a thinness that needs body and more character. I'm glad to have sampled this, and it was in part to Michael Jackson's passion for Belgian beers that brought this particular bottle to me in the first place.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a Chimay glass. It appears a somewhat hazy reddish-brown with a thinnish head on top. It bears a rather sweetish, highly fruity aroma, with nice malty underpinning. Lots of malt taste, caramel with a touch of bitter licorice, together with ripe fruits... alcohol apparent at the finish. Big, rounded body.

Almost a good quad, but I find it maybe a tad too sweet... more abbey yeast character would go a long way to making it better.

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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 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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