De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
4.07 | pDev: 7.86%
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: We are thrilled to welcome Daniel Carey of New Glarus Brewing Company as our 11th annual partner in this series. A long-time student of classic Belgian ales and early practitioner of Belgian-style brewing among American brewers, Daniel brings a rich and diverse background to this collaboration.

In the true spirit of this project, we have created a beer based on the classic Belgian Abt style, with unique Wisconsin contributions including Santiam and Chinook hops. To further highlight the Dairy State we've added lactose for extra mouthfeel and richness. The result is a dark ale with fruity esters, a velvety smooth palate and balancing wood notes from our use of French and American oak along with spicy hop notes. This ale is designed to drink now, but we believe will evolve beautifully over the next 1-2 years.

Enjoy Abtsolution with roasted meats, rich cheese and of course, friends. Cheers!
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Mitchster from Michigan

3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

These were at blowout prices, $2.99/ 750ml bottle so I bought a case of these. No date on the bottle. 9% ABV. Aged in french and american oak. Hopped with Santiam and Chinook. "Newcork"'ed and caged. Pours out to a limp deep chestnut brown, quite cloudy, forming a small wisp of a head which quickly recedes into nothingness. No lacing. Very mild carbonation, maybe 1.5 carbs or so. Nose of prune juice, soy sauce, raisins, plums, port, Mouthfeel is soft, smooth, medium-dense bodied,moderately syrupy. Bitterness is very mild. Taste is a recap of the aroma...lots of dark fruit and soy sauce. Moderately warming, peppery finish. Not much Belgian yeast character, more like drinking an old barleywine.

I wonder if these were on blowout because of the carbonation issue. Worth the $2.99. Definitely not worth the $12.99 I've seen these at.

Apr 14, 2021
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bushbeer75 from Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 1pt. 9.4 fl. oz. caged and corked brown bottle

De Proef Abtsolution poured into a tulip glass a cloudy dark amber hue. Atop sat a ¼ finger off-white head that reduced to a foamy color and produced spotty lacing. The nose has picked up notes of; sugar, caramel, dark fruit (i.e., raisins, plums). The taste matches the nose with dark fruit upfront followed by candied sugar and hops at the finish. Mouth feel is high-medium bodied and smooth.

Overall, a nice BSDA that is a little hoppy for the style.

Aug 13, 2020
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Alieniloquium from Florida

2.6/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle. No pop after I struggled with the synthetic cork. Pours murky brown with no head. Smells a little sweet with some dark fruits. A little earthiness. Tastes sweet up front before bitterness and earthiness take over. The bitterness is reminiscent of oxidation, but that's the only sign of oxidation. A little twang in the finish. Medium heavy. Flat. Didn't drink much of this. It wasn't all that pleasant.

May 04, 2020
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I think about 2 years on this bottle, can't find a proper bottling code
Pours a light mahogany with ruby highlights. Thin head forms a dense ring with a sheer layer of bubbles covering the top.
Smell is boozy sweet with some tart cherry/raspberry notes. Warms up to a more vinous character with some subtle spice coming through.
Taste features toffee and a nutty malt character along with some subtle 'mulling' spice sense and a bit of dark stone fruit sweetness. Mildly boozy but no alcohol heat.
Mouthfeel is an odd and somewhat off putting mix of slightly thin and slightly sticky. It is certainly full bodied but there is a bit of wateriness that is off putting.
Overall this is a pleasant beer, I'd imagine it is a bit better fresh. Nice complex spiced fruit and toffee flavors going on and a very clean drinking beer. Mouthfeel was off for me and it was all a bit muted in my opinion (quite possible it's just showing it's age)

Nov 19, 2019
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Viaduck from California

3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

It’s not the prettiest beer, a light mahogany/ dark tea color with a puny head that resembles soap bubbles. The aroma is banana bread with raisins soaked in alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet with mild salty/bitter. Flavor: a bit of a disappointment, caramel, toffee, alc, brown sugar& hop flavors. Medium viscosity, virtually no carbonation, fair amount of alcohol burn. Overall: it’s a hoppy caramel banana & for me it does really work that well.

Jun 29, 2019
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Lavoied from Florida

4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Had about 2 years after bottling. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and the taste has aged wonderfully. The malted grain has aged very nicely and the Belgian yeast has mellowed considerably. Perhaps not on par with the olden trappists but is a unique beer worth experiencing before the tap runs dry

May 11, 2019
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sokol_1993 from California

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got one on tap at Public House, La Jolla.
An excellent beer. Dark fruit all around, with sweet Belgian sugar candi and yeast. Little hoppiness though.

Apr 08, 2019
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Poured from the 750mL bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass. 2017 vintage bottle, reviewed late 2017.

A: Murky rich brown, just barely translucent. Still manages an average amount of visible carbonation. Forms a half-finger of light tan head that fades quickly to a lasting ring of foam.

S: Quite low amount of aroma. Some toasted malts, Belgian yeast esters, and a weird metallic or medicinal note in the background. A mild caramel or toffee sweetness. Not off-putting (except for that weird metal aroma), but this isn’t anything inspired.

T: Sweet, lightly toasted malts, with brown sugar and toffee. Belgian yeast esters – apple, pear, and milder banana. Some oaky tannins and mild hop bitterness add a degree of counterpoint to the sweet flavors. More brown sugar and caramel and some dark fruit as well. An almost rummy ethanol sweetness at the swallow, then more sweet caramel.
NOTE: As this warms to room temperature, it does get a bit better. The flavors become more unified and mesh better, though the notes I can pick out remain the same.

M: A sticky mouthfeel and full-bodied. The alcohol is noticeable but not overly hot. Carbonation sensation fairly low, but it seems to fit the beer.

O: Really not my favorite. It just seems to be all over the place, without doing anything particularly well. It’s not god-awful, but I won’t be drinking it again. Belgian meets wood meets hoppy barreled beer just doesn’t work out. Of note, reading the label – I get no particular lactose presence. And I don't know where that would have fit into the equation at all. This might be the beer equivalent of Mom’s clean-out-the-refrigerator-of-leftovers-meal.
NOTE: Since it did improve as it warmed, I'm going to use that higher set of scores. Interestingly, the aroma never did open up. Even warmer, it's far from great, but I would still highly recommend letting this warm to nearly room temperature before even bothering to drink it.

Mar 24, 2019
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pants678 from California

3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Dark between, opaque.

Malt, yeast.

There's a beer without lactose here that I'd enjoy. Mutes the flavor far too much. Date, raisin and something like blueberry.

Enjoy the viscosity but this beer has no bite.

Mar 03, 2019
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teromous from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't see a bottle date listed.

Appearance: It is dark brown and hazy with a thin and creamy light tan head. It has a subtle ring of foam around the edges.

Aroma: Before approaching the glass there is a banana aroma. It fades upon closer inspection and is replaced by a more dominant scent of dates and plum jelly. There is a nice fig aroma to the beer.

Taste: Brown sugar and caramel make an appearance at first. These two either artificially or realistically seem to spice the blood sugar levels quite a bit. Either way it seems to immediately boost the feeling of sugar in the bloodstream. There is a nice toasted toffee flavor with a bit of raisin. A touch of tobacco flavor and a bit of sour tartness lingers at the end.

Mouthfeel: It feels thick and full bodied, sweet, low carbonation, and smooth. It feels under-attenuated.

Overall: This beer is very decadent and I highly recommend sharing it. It's has an abundance of sweet aromas and flavors. It does feel too sweet at times but the flavors are still good. You will likely need something to cut the sweetness of the beer. I would still recommend drinking this beer but it's the kind you might only ever drink 1 or 2 of.

Mar 03, 2019
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sjrider from California

3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a a deep brownish mahogany with quickly receding off white head leaving scant bubbly lacing. Sweet stone fruit hits the senses as soon as I opened it. Taste follows with candy sugar,earthy wood ,yeast and some mild hoppiness. Finish is smooth and almost creamy with a hint of alcohol.

Jan 16, 2019
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Dope from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Opening up this 2017 vintage now, almost exactly a year old I believe.

A: Pours a very very dark brown with reddish tinges. Tall and frothy tan head that sticks around excellently. Huge swatches of thick lacing. Top-notch appearance.

S: Sweet caramel and some toffee. Sugary (belgian candi?). Light earthy spices.

T: Very nice. Again, sugar and caramel with additional toffee here, up front anyway. Some mild hoppiness lending some fruitiness that I can't quite place. Lightly oaky, especially on the back end, along with a nice rush of booziness to balance out the sweetness. Some more of those hops on the back end again adding a little bit of bitterness and flavor.

M: Fairly heavy and creamy. Quite smooth really, with a nice bite of alcohol to balance it out.

O: Interesting BSDA. It's dark and sweet but boozy and hoppy and creamy at the same time. Not very traditional but a nice take on a classic style.

Dec 12, 2018
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Abtsolution pours a dark brownish color, with a small, lacing head. Big sweet aroma, with lots of dry fruits. Flavor is sweet, lots and lots of dry fruit,nice mellow candied flavors. Good body and feel. Overall, a very good beer, great complex flavors, nice to sip.

Nov 16, 2018
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a dark brown amber hue with hints of yellow amber at the edges with backlighting. Thin skim of dark tan head quickly settles to a thin skim.
S: Yeasty raisin bread, cinnamon, sweet molasses, brown sugar, and toffee.
T: The yeasty raisin bread and cinnamon hit first, but then the hop notes emerge as secondary notes to the strong malt notes. Pine and tart citrus...but softened by the stronger malt notes. Cream, toffee, and brown sugar. Hints of oaky vanilla, cherry, and figs.
M: Soft (lactose) and supple (malts!) feel. Medium body. Layers of sweet malt with subtle hints of hop bitterness. Love the balance there. Spicy and fruity yeast characteristics. Nice lingering and maturing on the palate too.
D: This one really grew on me the further I got into it. Really enjoyed the multiple malt layers and the subtle secondary hop notes. I would recommend drinking this one fresh to fully enjoy this balance. I expect a lot from De Proef and Daniel Carey...and they delivered!

Apr 17, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Growler Guys-Meridian. Dark pour, small bubbly head, fades quick. Smooth, slick, nice textures. Mild sweetness, nutty. Plums. Goes down easy and super tasty.

Mar 07, 2018
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clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown body with good head and lace ring that sticks around for awhile. Aroma has notes of dark fruits like raisins and plums with some spicy yeast notes as well. Smooth, slightly creamy thanks to lactic addition, there is an oaky "red wine" sharpness in beer that covers a raisin/plum sweetness and has a clean finish. Interesting notes and good balance for a good beer that is interesting take on a Belgian quad.

Mar 05, 2018
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stortore from Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a goblet. Had 7/29/17.

Pours a dark ruby/amber, mostly opaque, with a half inch head and a fair amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of yeast, malt, lactose, grapes, plums, dates, light vanilla, some toffee, light cherries, spices. The taste is malt, grapes, dates, raisins, lighter plums, some figs and caramel, light wine, a light hop bitterness. Not picking up the lactose here. Smooth, a good medium body, carbonated a little on the high side.

Kind of a different twist on a BSDA, lots of grapes, the hops are a nice touch. I’m obviously writing this from notes, and I have a positive memory of this. But, it seems like it could have been much better. Had a pretty high price point, too. I think those last two thoughts stopped me from getting another bottle.

Feb 22, 2018
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Jimlikesbeer from North Carolina

3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice. As others have said, getting the “plastic” cork out took some extra effort. No pop though when I finally got it out and this surprised me. Then foam started going everywhere.

I really enjoyed the flavor. Not too strong and very little alcohol taste, despite the 9% ABV. Rich dark color, but not black. A lot of retention I the head. Good to the last pour from a 750ml bottle. The $2 off price made it even better.

Dec 10, 2017
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KEH from Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great brew! I picked up a bomber from a party store in Marquette, MI for about $17. It took some effort to get the cork removed, and much to my surprise, it didn't gush foam all over my kitchen. But, seeing it pour, this made some sense, as it came out a nice deep copper color with a very small, dense tan head (I expect beers of this style to have a bit more action when poured.) It has a nice sweet, malty and kind of floral aroma. The flavor was rich, as well. There was a brown sugar-like sweetness, along with some notes of clover and fruit. At 9%, you'll definitely feel it after a couple glasses, but the beer wasn't overly boozy. I'd recommend giving it a whack!

Dec 09, 2017
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Bluecrow from New York

4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

-hazy rouge-brown tap pour with a thin , tan foam cap. Aroma is sweet and figgy. The flavors include plum and wood with a sharper grape note. The mouthfeel is full and round. There is a molasses sweetness in the finish.

Nov 21, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great brewer to invite to help make this year's vintage. New Glarus' Thumbprint series has made some wonderful Belgians (especially their dubbel) and even has gotten a rare rave from me for Belgian sours. While New Glarus makes their money in the German tradition, they are among one of the best well-rounded brewers... and distribute only in Wisconsin!

Looks like the style with a decent head that stays long enough. Smells like the style, lots of dried fruit and sweet dark malts. Taste tells me a wonderful yeast has crafted this into a complex ale that keeps changing with each sip revealing something new. Often it is the hops peeping through to keep the brew from being too sweet. Also amazing is that the 9% is not evident. Feel is smooth, full.

I hope find this again.

2/14/20 Eureka ! I found it! I Had it again today. I make no changes in the rating as this remains a great BSDA. But I do note that the label recommends aging only 1-2 years and I am now at 37 months from when BA listed it. The biggest difference is the protein swirls are no big deal. Even a good yeast gets tired.

This is only my third collaboration from DeProef. I am on the look-out for more. These guys are smart.

Oct 26, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter. On tap at Pinocchio's in PA.
Hazy dark copper body topped with a decent head.
Medium+ body with light alcohol warming.
Wonderful aroma and flavor with prominent dark dried fruits. Hints of brandy,

Oct 10, 2017
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RoyalT from Ohio

3.34/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – This is a little light for the style with a moderate head.

Smell – The nose comes out right away with dark spices, currants, and a roasted malt aroma.

Taste – The taste is a bit of a disappoint and doesn’t match up to the big nose. It is mild, consisting mostly of flat malts.

Mouthfeel – Hardly medium-bodied, this one lagged it’s peers at the taste. The carbonation is weak.

Drinkability – This Belgian ale is way overpriced, and although a decent beer failed to deliver. There are many more examples of the style worthy of your tall dollars than this one.

Sep 16, 2017
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ONUMello from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into a tulip
A: Opaque reddish brown with a 1+ finger head that lingers
S: Cherry, brown sugar, Belgian yeast
T: Matches the nose adding a bit of oak and malt
M: Medium to full bodied, a touch sweet, incredibly smooth
O: I didn't really pick up any of the hops mentioned though I'm sure they're there. A lot going on here and overall a very well made beer. The smoothness is second to none, I may have to grab another to age

Sep 12, 2017
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown body with a red hue. Khaki color head that pours tall and a gentile stir of the beer in the glass bring up a big head time and time again. Smells of dark fruits, Belgian candied sugar, and a light hint of oak. Tastes of dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, and Belgian candied sugar. Finish has a light hop bite mixed in with a hint of dry oak; both of these flavors balance well with the malt sweetness. A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Very smooth. Sexy mouthfeel like most Belgian style beers tend to have. The carbonation and mouthfeel are really dialed in here. De Proef and New Glarus are big names in the beer world; collaborating on a malty Belgian style beer... this just makes sense. As expected they pulled it off very nicely. Recommended! Its not hyped, but people who know ood beer wil appreciate this beer. It easily surpassed and exceeded my expectations.

Sep 07, 2017
Abtsolution from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 97 ratings