Lozen Boer | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Lozen BoerLozen Boer

Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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 +12.9%
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 Dukeofearl
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle from La Bodega in Riverside, CA., July 2008. No price recorded.

Pours a pretty rich mahogany brown, with a decent head at the start which dies away to a thin cover in no time.

Aroma is a rich dark fruitiness, a bit of charp cheese and bitter chocolate, and aromatic spices. Rich and full, roasty, luxurious is the only word for the flavor and mouth- brandy soaked cherries, figs and dates, good stuff. Alcohol is a tad too noticeable, and the sharp hop ending isn't as smooth as I would like this to be.

Honestly, I have had a number of quads, and this one is definitely a good one, a very good one. But it does not have that je ne se quios (spelling, please?) that just makes it a great one. Could drink this one very happily all night long, but it is missing the wow factor.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 7-11-08

Pours a very cloudy orange/brown, with a foamy tn head that settles to a nice, medium level. Huge lacing coats the entire glass.

Smell is sweet and malty, with lots of dark fruit and booze. Not overly complex, but quite strong.

Taste is very malty at first, and the finish is surprisingly bitter and super dry. The middle is a little bit sour, maybe some wild yeast. After awhile the alcohol becomes very apparent.

Mouthfeel is good, but a little too carbonated.

Drinkability is decent, but the bitterness and alcohol are quite heavy.

Overall, a different kind of quad. Less sweet and a little more saison than I expected. I'd probably like it more the second time.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
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 Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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 Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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 russpowell
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
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 scottoale
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml. brown bottle with caged cork dated 10 05 09, had very little pop when opened. Poured into my Duvel tulip a ruddy brown with burgundy tint and an eggnog colored, tight fluffy cap of 3/4". The head was kept aloft with plenty of carbonation and the ruddy murk cleared as it warmed. Nice fine lace, down to the last drop.

Smell was sweet and spicy with lots of malt and dark ripe fruits and as it warms, alcohol comes through with authority. The flavor was as expected....very sweet with raisen, fig, prunes and spice, followed by malt and molasses. As it warmed, an onslaught of alcohol comes marching through, ending with a prickly hot finish...needs some serious aging to mellow out. Nice flavor overall with decent body and ample carbonation for the style.

High octane quad that I would recommend aging till the date on the cork to tame the heat and add complexity, yet drinkable as is.

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Photo of dnichols
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 750 ml caged and corded bottle into a challis. Label identifies it as a "brewmasters collection" "special reserve."

A: It poured a chocolate brown liquid that when held to backlighting was revealed to be a bright cherry red. The head was modest at about one finger but produced large caramel colored bubbles that receded to an even cover and lingered well into the experience. The head leaves an uniform lacing that is attractive and marks the glass at each interval during the drinking experience.

S: There was a strong aroma of roasted (almost burnt) malts and alcohol. The malt flavors, once the beer settled, exhibited strong characteristics of dark chocolate, caramel and bing cherries.

T: Initially the malty chocolate flavors dominate, and then the cherry and alcohol come on strong leaving a dry finish with a bit of hoppy bitterness. I love quadruples and this beer lacks the balance and subtlety of the front line quads from Belgium. The dominance of the alcohol and bitterness on the backside result in a sourness that make each sip less and less enjoyable.

M: This beer is medium bodied leaving a sense of unfulfilled expectation with each sip. It has the mouthfeel of a quality barley wine, however, it grows creamer the longer it sits.

D: This is an enjoyable beer that has a nice warm character. You know you are drinking a beer with a high ABV but it is not so abrasive that it drives you from finishing the bottle.

Comment: This beer benefits from a modest rest after the pour. It lacks the complexity and balance of other Belgium quads. I enjoyed the beer but with other beers in this class available I doubt this beer will have a place in my private stash.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
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 Westsidethreat
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Ruddy dark auburn color with some haze to it. Head is a good two inches of fluffy, light tan color.

S: Maple, prunes, vanilla and gooseberry.

T: A very gentle but tasty buttery toffee starts this beer off. Next wave of flavor is strong brown sugar, burnt caramel and raisin puree. Spicyness helps round out it out, almost prickly across the lips and tip of the tongue. Finishes alcoholic with moments of rum, vanilla, dark berries and toasted marshmallow

M: Medium body, slightly oily texture with fuzzy carbonation.

D: Jeebus, this beer is 10%...no wonder the alcohol is apparent. Good beer with solid taste but lacks a lot of complexity for the content. This beer should be in the 6-7% range and would be much better.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown bottle corked and caged. Poured into a chalice it has an easily managed tan head. Body is a murky brown color.

Alcohol is strong and in the forefront. Suggestions of dark fruits and a bitter end to this make it stand out. Mild spices do more for the mouthfeel than the flavor profile but welcomed none the less. Not as thick as some and for the style I'd call this fairly light. Bakers chocolate lingers beneath the main flavors and there is also a mild suggestion of black liquorice. Nice spritzy carbonation fits well as it cuts through the large body.

Notes: I thought it was pretty good overall. A damn tough style to be considered elite and this doesn't sniff that area. Rather its a middle of the road type quad that was worthy of a try.

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Photo of ChillMike
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost completely opaque dark amber color with a massive tan head that sticks and leaves a nice coating of lacing around the glass. A nice smell of malts that remind me of fresh Vermont maple syrup, lots of pleasant smelling spices, and a nice mild hop smell. Bitter hop taste sticks around in the mouth while also a bit of malts, not really enjoying the taste all that much, the smell doesn't match the taste at all. However the beer does have the feel down, the carbonation is pretty good and it's just "thick" enough. Overall I'm not sure I care too much for this one maybe it's the strong presence of alcohol that is noticeable at any rate, it's not a bad beer, just not my type.

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Photo of dogfooddog
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml, 50f. pours brownish-orange, large tan head follows in orval chalice. cork dated 10/05/09, cork made a very small pop upon removal.

nose is very malty, attractively so. hints of peppery butter come up, my first thought is that this smells somewhat like a belgian amber.

taste is malty as well, a bit bitter, with mild notes resembling buttery malt. after the first swallows it becomes a bit maltier and bitterer, and overall a decent but not spectacular drink. Aftertaste becomes somewhat sweeter, maybe fruity.

One for the 'try once' category, but I would not revisit this beyond that. As far as beers from this brewery that I have tried go, the flemish wild series (or the 3 I tried) were the most interesting.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
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 GCBrewingCo
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear medium amber with a fleeting tannish low head which retreated in an flash to leave but wisps at the surface of the beer.

The aroma was strongly deep dark fruits and dark caramel. The dark fruits were raisins and prunes and dried cherries. The aroma contained a light bit of biscuit character and a strong toasty presence. Some alcohol presence led to a phenolic spice character of cinnamon and light pepper.

The flavor was dark caramel and dark fruits as in the aroma, but with a strong presence of alcohol. The flavor was toasty and biscuity coupled to the dark fruits of raisins and prunes. The spice flavors were peppery and more of the cinnamon noted in the aroma. The alcohol was too strong in the flavor and caused what would have been a nice complexity of flavors to be overshadowed.

The finish was dry with lasting dark fruits, cinnamon and alcohol into the aftertaste. The body was medium full with a fairly low carbonation level. The alcohol presence killed the head and also was overly strong in the flavor. The warming after consumption was very high and lowered the drinkability of the beer.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Hmmm. A cherry amber not unlike Bigfoot Ale. Clear, with a massive manila head. Great retention, eventually breaks down to berg floating atop a sea of skim. Good lacing.

Smell: Dense, sweet wall of sticky caramel malts, buttered toffee, cherry, pine and wine grapes. Again, sort of like Bigfoot.

Taste: Wow, not what you might expect. As was mentioned earlier, it's definitely got a saturated malty, piney, butterscotch barleywine base. Add to that wine; not vinous notes, but an actual cabernet. Finishes with an almost tannin sourness -- this is quite odd. The problem here is they don't really blend, you start out with a west coast barleywine and finish with a Bordeaux. Mouthfeel is OK, a bit thin and with more bite than I might like.

Drinkability: Well it's pricey,10 percent and it's a bit of an oddball to boot -- gonna take a special person to enjoy this one. I'm one and done with this.

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Photo of Wildman
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a very deep ruby red color and formed a bubbly light tan head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. A light aroma of malt, black cherries and chocolate. The flavor was of malt and chocolat. The body was fairly light for the style and not much really present in the finish expect the alcohol. Not a bad beer, but not impressive for a quad.

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Photo of maxpower
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml corked and caged bottle pours a cloudy reddish brown color with a creamy light brown head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Fruity raisin and grape aromas, caramel, plum and brown sugar flavors, alcohol shows as it warms. Full bodied with a soft and full mouthfeel, finishes sweet.

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Photo of ypsifly
2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750 that is corked and caged with 10/05/09 jetted on the side of the cork. Purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a Val-Dieu chalice.

Not much of a pop when the cork was pulled, but it did produce a nice head of light tan that rose to the top of the glass and slowly fell to a layer of foam bounded by a fat ring that left lots of wispy lace as it went down. The beer is deep dark brown to almost black with reddish edges.

Dark fruits and sugars with some chalk and a bit of musty cellar aroma. Faint hint of alcohol hides in the back. Not very strong smelling or complex overall, but not bad.

Malt with some dark cherry upfront that turns acidic and grows hot with alcohol. Its actually rough and leaves a sharp alcohol and acid aftertaste. This needs to sit at least a couple years.

The mouth starts off full and smooth but the obvious abv and acidic flavors cut right through all that. I am not impressed but would consider buying another bottle just to see if time can indeed heal all wounds.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
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 brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Ego
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to Yelterdow for breaking this out with the chimay grande reserve cheese... this is billed as a quad but I never felt it was a quad.... (this was selection was gleaned from the michael jackson beer club)

light brown with a good head that is self sustaining. moderate stickiness and nice lacing adds to the look of this. It doesnt look like a typical quad but it does look good.

it reminded me of a good english bitter meshed with an american (west) pale ale... seriously. There was some good hop kick (very un belgian outside of Fantome) and a nice malt (kent? fuggle? hop in there also?). For a quad this had a VERY subdued (not bad) nose.

taste etc...
for a quad the mouthfeel was dead on... the taste was not of a quad, it was pretty straight forward malt and hops, not the complex belgian web I have been used to. I kept telling my friend dan "no way this is a quad"... it tasted like a wierd blend of an ESB (english) and a west coast american beer.. except with a little more alcohol.

tasty beer, no doubt. as a quad? no way. But very tasty and it held up to some nasty cheese we had (Chimay grande reserve washed rind cheese)... it held up to that! so it may be too smooth for its own good ! Would I drink this beer again ? absolutely. As a quad ? absolutely not, the complexity is just not there imo . Try thier flanders red, much better !

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Lozen Boer from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
3.73 out of 5 based on 121 ratings.
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