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Lozen Boer | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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3.71/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Belgium
proefbrouwerij.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-20-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,616
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
125
pDev:
16.17%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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Photo of impending
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

B+

750ml into a tulip. Pours a bright cola copper, low carbonation, little head lasted briefly, insubstantial lacing.

A strong vinous quality as if port split upon dark fruits that have begun to rot. Thick and sweet with caramel. Wonderful

Taste is in accord with the scent, again wine notes with a long phenolic aftertaste. Medium bodied. Medicinal in a nice way. Shines at room temp.
cheers
jd

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
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 ATPete
2/5  rDev -46.1%

Photo of wattershed
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Stoffel
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
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 djrn2
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of bigdaddypolite
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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 frankypoo351
1.61/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Very cloudy and had an acrid smell as though they fermented it with sugar that was not inverted. Little to no carbonation to hide the unattenuated malt and it gave me a headache very quickly. the flavor is very very flat on the tongue, like watered down brown sugar. I do not understand why this beer is rated as a B+.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.23/5  rDev +14%
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 SkeeterHawk
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I've been doing quite a few of the De Proef beers here lately, so here is another one, which is one of their bigger ones, so hopefully this will be a treat. Let's see:

Appearance: I carefully removed the cork, but I had to pull it out rather than holding it back. There was very little foam after a pretty aggressive pour for this style of beer (right down the center of my tulip). There are some bubbles rising as you can see at the edge of the glass, but they don't stick at the top. The beer itself is very dark, but you can tell that it may lend a Garnet color if you hold it up to intense enough light. I can't remark on the clarity.

Aroma: Lots of fruity notes going on in here with plums and raisins being the most noticeable. There are some yeasty notes in this beer that are a pretty big player, but there is some dark caramel to toffee in here to support the whole thing. Overall, it is a pretty bold aroma, but there is nothing that seems overly dominant at this point in time.

Taste: The flavor is also fruity like the aroma suggested, but it is thinner and more palatable than I thought it would be. The carbonation is super low in this beer, and it is actually showing subtle signs of oxidation with some sherry and paper notes, but these aren't screwing the beer up yet. The finish is sweet with far too little carbonation to back it up, but the balance is pretty good overall with the dark malts providing as much balance as any hops are.

Opinion: This beer was really hurt by the lack of carbonation. I assume that the "cork" just leaked, but it was a plastic cork that didn't do a whole lot of expanding even after it was pulled out, so it looks like it didn't try very hard. I am not a fan of the plastic corks, so perhaps their decision to go with these corks hurt them on this review as the lack of carbonation is the major draw-back on this beer. I would try it again, but I am not sure if it will be me buying it. Perhaps I will come across a more presentable sample at a beer meeting coming up or something.

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Photo of boulderaz78
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

**Update** I now realize this bottle is flat. No bueno. Still tastes delicious, but you know why I'm unhappy right now.

I've given up the quest to find a replacement for Rochefort 10 (that is until I finally try a Westy 12), so now I'm trying to find the best substitute. Up until now, St. Bernardus ABT 12 has been the answer, but I think this Lozen Boer might be the new leader. I first had it at the Bar Lamar in the back of the Whole Foods in Austin, and now I'm drinking it while watching the Final Four while the wife is out of town. Maybe everything tastes better while I have a sense of bachelorhood, but both times I've had the Lozen Boer, I've been extremely impressed.

(All comments are in comparison to Rochefort 10.)

Probably the darkest of the available quads. Pours a deep, deep amber with not much residue.

Smells very sweet but not absent of the richness that a quad requires.

Its best quality is the taste. Not much of a hint of hops, which is probably why I'm so drawn to it. It's also not too sweet, which gives it a very nice yet hearty balance.

Pours very light. Not much head, and decent lacing for what head you to get.

Overall drinkability is top notch. As long as I can find this as easily as St. Bernardus ABT 12, I'll choose this 8 times out of 10.

Enjoy.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Mahogany liquid rests under a fluffy off-white head that has great retention. Ruby red and hazy with yeast when backlit. Head leaves thick lacing initially, but it eventually washes away.

I could smell this from arm's length while pouring! Boozy esters, dark fruit, and green apple. I find a faint vinegar like sourness to be, surprisingly, slightly stronger than the malty sweetness. Rich and complex. Very nice.

Dark fruit, a bit boozy and spicy, rich malty sweetness, Belgian yeasty, and light bitterness leading into the dry finish. Smooth, balanced and complex.

Stongish carbonation with a few tingles leads into a rich full body with medium viscosity, and then a dry finish.

This first date went over very well, and I look forward to the next. She is a legitimately authentic Belgian gal. But I'm not quite as smitten with her as I am with St. Bernardus, Pannepot, and Chimay Blue.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL dark brown Belgian bottle, and underneath the cage is a synthetic cork. Brewed to 1.088 and hopped to 40 IBUs. Pours a clear deep crimson, almost purple, with lots of carbonation and a thin yellowed-parchment head that leaves a few threads of lacing. Smells fruity and well-aged, with rich and caramelly/biscuity malts. There are notes of dark fruits, apricots, cherries, raisins, prunes, blackberries, pecans and a bit of spicy hops. The complexity follows through to the palate, which adds rich Munich malts and raisiny dark caramel malts. Perhaps some red apples and roast as well, with a few sharp phenolic notes that are eased by a light sweetness. It has a deep-seated carbonation, with a smooth, fullish body that finishes light and dry. The alcohol is well-hidden here, and it is complex and quite delicious - a well-crafted brew that would age very nicely.

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Photo of corby112
3.86/5  rDev +4%
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 aerozeppl
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Pours a murky brown color with a little bit of cola colored head. Quite a bit of lacing which was kind of a surprise.

S: The nose is off brandy soaked raisins which I kind of dig. Not the most complex of noses but I did like what I smelled. Little bit more dark fruit as it warmed.

T: Really well integrated taste. You get the dark fruit and then some. Dark raisins. Malt. Slight warming alcohol. Little bit of sweetness. No candi sugar to speak of they did this the old fashioned way.

M: Very low carbonation. Super smooth. velvety almost.

D: Super easy drinking. Not the most complex example of the style but a nice sipper for sure.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
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 mexikrainian
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a Petrus chalice.

Appearance: murky brown with short-lived off white head and minimal lacing.

Aroma: overwhelming sweet malts, cherries and nutty.

Taste: a bit sour, lacking dry finish and watered down

Mouthfeel: creamy medium body with light carbonation.

Overall impression: a lackluster quadrupel. thin and flat, this is worth a try, but average for the style.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle with an artificial cork.

Served cool into the Watou glass, Lozen Boer Abt is a dark chestnut brown, slightly hazy, with thin short-lived head. A few spots of lace but otherwise pretty ordinary.

Aroma is bozy and fruity in roughly equal measure. It has a nice caramel apple thing going on here.

Flavor is strong and complex with lots of sweet dark fruits up front, spice towards the middle, and finishing somewhat dry with the alcohol making itself known once again.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus in body, low in carbonation, and reasonably well-balanced though leaning towards the sweet side.

Overall a tasty quad but not a memorable one given some of the greats out there.

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Lozen Boer from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 125 ratings
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