De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur) | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur)De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur)
BA SCORE
4.06/5
322 Ratings
De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur)De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur)
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ccrida on 07-25-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,068
Reviews:
239
Ratings:
322
pDev:
11.58%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
19
Trade:
0
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Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip. The code on the cork suggests this might be from 2012, but I'm uncertain.

Cloudy gradient - largely mahogany with marigold highlights - supports a half finger of papaya whip foam. Rich sandy lacing; decent retention.

Brett. is evident but not dominant in the nose, the peppery funk accompanied by a sweet almost candy-like note with hints of vanilla, clove-stuffed oranges, and stewed nectarines.

Nice continental malt backbone on the palate with the aromas all still present but richer and more expansive if still somewhat ill-defined. Brett. is nicely integrated, providing some wild character without excessive barnyard or musty notes, and not much in the way of sourness. Finish dries out just barely enough, though on the whole I would prefer the bugs married to either a paler or darker ale - this sort of caramel-touched amber ale might work better with a more characterful strain of yeast to accentuate or off-set the Brett.

Soft, creamy mouth-feel, with sufficient carbonation.

Slightly sweet, and lacking some character, but well crafted. Probably better enjoyed as part of a meal or paired with cheese (maybe something like a Reblochon or an aged Cantal).

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Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mush
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of EdgarGerik
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HabaJohn
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liamt07
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of retry4z
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mango esters, yeasty, biscuity, and bitter grape seeds on the finish.

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Photo of Whatup14
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Livendadream
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xtonytx
3.17/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kojevergas
2.95/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

BOTTLE: Purchased in Austin, TX earlier today. Brown glass. Unbranded hood-and-wire cap over a cork. Standard De Prouf label - simple.

8.5% ABV.

Served cold into an oversized snifter. Expectations are high given Tomme Arthur's involvement. Reviewed live as a brett ale per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: About 2.5cm wide. Off-white colour. Average foaminess/frothiness, thickness, and fullness. Average (2 minute) retention. Leaves sticky coating lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Copper of above average vibrance. Clean, without visible yeast particulate or hop sediment.

Appears adequately carbonated. Not a unique or special looking brew. Could appear more lively.

AROMA: Biscuity brettanomyces yeast with mild funkiness. Belgian pale malts. Floral hop character. Grassy hops. A hint of vague citrus - maybe white grapefruit? Bitter fruit rind.

Aromatic intensity is average. Suggests a surprisingly hoppy Belgian beer with a modest brettanomyces presence. I don't find any farmhouse notes like straw, hay, or oak.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Follows the aroma, plus it has a healthy amount of crystal malts. Hop-forward for a Belgian, which dries out the palate unnecessarily alongside the extinguishing brettanomyces funkiness. The coarseness and dryness of this beer lends it a rough, scratchy presence on the palate that makes it drag and fatigue. More of a light, smooth, wet, refreshing mouthfeel would be ideal, and would play off the pleasant floral hop character better.

Sweetness/bitterness balance is decent but isn't quite dialed in. The rindy bitterness is tamed somewhat by the Belgian pale malt/crystal malt sweetness, but this never feels gestalt or cohesive. Build is odd, awkwardly straddling the line between Belgian brettanomyces ale and American pale ale.

Flavour duration is above average since the brettanomyces linger in the aftertaste (due to the dryness). Depth of flavour and flavour intensity are average.

Build is unconventional, but it doesn't pay off.

Overcarbonated, light to medium-bodied, and of average heft and weight on the palate. There's not a harmony of texture and taste here.

OVERALL: Drinkable to an extent, but I'm glad I'm splitting the bottle three ways. I wouldn't want to drink a whole bottle of this. Given Tomme Arthur's involvement, I hoped for far better, but ultimately it's a forgettable experiment that doesn't really shake out. Glad I tried it, but not a winning beer - or one that will impress the discerning drinker. It may have worked better with a more subtle brettanomyces presence, but I think the real problem lies in the premise, not the execution.

C

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jzeilinger
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmorgan310
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slatetank
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this on tap at Holy Hound in York -served chilled in a goblet.

The color is golden hazed with thick fluffy white head with fine bead and thick lace. The smell is yeasty with a fruity quality and slight hop scent in the citrus realm with mild phenolic and estery quality. The feel is tangy with spice in the feel and bitter hop texture with light sweetness and mostly dry finish with slight alcohol influence.

The taste is tangy with a light tropical flavor with slight grassy/citrus hop flavor with gentle spiciness and light strone fruit flavor with a golden plum-like element with mild malt and yeast flavor has a spice aspect with mild alcohol in the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian Pale with nice yeast and hop flavor-worth trying

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Photo of Canada_Dan
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brew33
2.57/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Yuck. So much yuck. Oddly sweet, weird caramel flavors. I can't tell if this is gross because it's old or just because it's gross but it is definitely gross.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 322 ratings
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