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)
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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
4.11 | pDev: 11.44%
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Retired (no longer brewed)
De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur)De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur)
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Photo of bushbeer75
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur) poured a light hazy/cloudy golden hue with a rocky 2-finger white head that formed a clingy foamy lacing. The smell is a combination of light fruit [pears, apples] and spicy. The taste follows the smell with malty sweetness of caramel added and a light tartness from the yeast. Mouth feel is medium bodied with a generous amount of carbonation.

Overall, a nice Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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 kojevergas
2.95/5  rDev -28.2%
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.


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Photo of Slatetank
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Brew33
2.57/5  rDev -37.5%
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 Smakawhat
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Deep chestnut tones with a sunset orange orb like glow for the body. Forms only a simple tan one finger head, but always manages a good simple thin puck while drinking. Nice middle rise of carbonation that creeps in a super slow snails pace. Real interesting animal.

Real fascinating and wicked aroma. Passion fruit, with some brett heat and pepper. Good wild yeast notes of plum and acid with a hint of balsamic like sweetness. Real balanced between dry funk and sweet vinegar like sensing brown sugar. Caramel rounds out nicely with an almost gooey aroma. Excellent smelling nose, and a touch of maple syrup.

Greatness is going down on here on the palate. Rich caramel and excellent dry pepper palate. Fruity finish going all over from tropical notes, to raisins, and a plum like fruit quality. Rich mouthfeel thick but not syrupy, getting in every crevice of the palate. Chewy texture with fruit action bursting nicely, with hints of hop presence, wild fruit funk, and cherry like acetic qualities.

It's like a good saison, oud bruin, hop American tasting blast all in one brew. Real excellent experience.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: It is a murky reddish brown color that poured a two finger off white head. It has some clarity when held up to a light and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tart, apples, pears, grapes, funk, spices, caramel, toffee, bready, and vanilla.

Taste: The sweetness of the malts comes out first followed by slight tart and funky flavors with spices and other above mentioned flavors in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little dry, tingly bitterness, full bodied, sweet, tart, chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: This beer rocks. I think it is in a category of it's own. Solid stuff and will have to find more bottles of this collaboration beer.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip
A: Muddy brown with bits of yeast floating around and a very thin head that disappears in a flash
S: Very malty, somewhat sweet (like simple syrup), a cheese note, a hint of strawberry/spice. Fairly complex, but not sure how well it all works together
T: As much as the A/S are perhaps a bit off, here it all comes together and quite nicely. Big malt flavors up front, and tastes like freshly dried grain. That's followed by some fruit esters which are immediately followed by a nice yeasty/cheesy note, then some additional grain/herbs and a nice finish
M: Light to medium-bodied, a pleasant carbonation & crispness
O: Don't judge a book by its cover. I was wondering where the overall BA score came from when I first poured/smelled this... one taste and it makes sense. Well made & a very pleasant beer to drink

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/13/2010. No pop of the cork upon opening. Pours very hazy red-orange color with a small fairly dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of pear, apple, grape, peach, orange, floral, caramel, honey, bread, light pepper, clove, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity brett notes with balanced hop and malt notes. Taste of pear, apple, grape, peach, orange, pineapple, floral, caramel, honey, bread, toffee, light pepper, clove, and yeast earthiness. Very slight fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, floral, caramel, honey, bread, toffee, clove, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity hop/yeast notes with well balance malt sweetness; with no cloying flavors present after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is actually quite good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian strong pale ale, despite lack of carbonation. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity and malty flavors; and quite smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a beer i thought i had had before... or at least remember it having a distinctly different more spicy qualities when fresh. an older bottle the yeast really take on an effect. pour is nice and lacy orange cloudiness. nose of orange blossom hopping, breadiness and yeastiness... camembert notes. plate is floral and orange sweet. clove hints and mineral dry. noble bittering. wonderful beer with a dynamic spicy, yeast and hop combination. one of a kind.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy to cloudy dark golden yellow to orange in color - similar to the color of apple cider. The beer has a quarter finger tall off-white head that reduces to an extremely thin film in a medium sized patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of malty sweetness - primary notes are those of toffee.

T: This beer has quite a bit of malty sweetness with both toffee and caramel notes present. Light spice notes contributed from the yeast and slight notes of brett.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Very malty for this style of beer but this is a very good and interesting beer to try... Very much a sipping beer.

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is cloudy brownish yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of toffee in the nose.
T: The taste has a bit of sweetness with flavors of caramel and toffee from the malts along with notes of spices from the hops and slight hints of sourness form the brettanomyces.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a hint of dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is a lot maltier compared to other beers but this makes it very flavorful.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemmed Gulden Draak tulip: Murky burnt orange body under a finger of fluffy, dough-colored head with some floating sediment & lots of tight nucleation strands.

Smells of baked apple, a little baking spice, some pineapple, kind of a cakey bread. Actually, the closest comparison I can come to is the smell of Apple Newtons. Pretty nice.

Taste follows suit, leading with fruit (apple, white grape juice, pineapple), moving into an herbal & candy-ish flavor, like Ricola, rounding off with more baked, cakey character, & ushering in a moderate dry booze heat. The aftertaste is pretty dry but with the baking spice going on again, with just a touch of stoney, mineral, & funky that I get from brett a lot. Gains some citrus notes further in.

Medium-full-bodied, kind of chewy, you can roll it around on your tongue. The heat & growing attack from alcohol becomes a little formidable, but doesn't spoil the experience.

Some challenges, definitely a lot of recognizable qualities that ground it while pulling it a little in the direction of more experimental beers. Reminds me of a slightly mutated Unibroue Raftman, which I love.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber with an opaque center. Fair retention and a few polka dots of foam.

Smells unmistakably like banana bread. Banana bread with a mango twang. Tastes like it smells. Not overwhelmingly hoppy but a good amount of resin the body.

If I had to take a blind guess at the style I would have guessed a citrusy wit rather than a Brett infused Belgian pale.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur)

Pours a cloudy peach color, decent bubbly head and retention. Aromas of bread, fruit, Belgian yeast, alcohol and brett traces.
In the taste, unripe apple, apricot, yeasty funk, mild wild, light citrus hops. Fairly sweet and shows some alcohol strength. Moderate earthy bitterness, and finishes bitter sweet. Medium body with a drying finish. Overall, a well made beer not lacking in character. I would consider this a Belgian Imperial IPA.

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Photo of Chaney
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my wife's friends' husband gave this to me as a Christmas present. Wow!

This is presently #9 in the Belgian Strong Pale Ale category here on BA.

Corked and caged. The cork itself looked like it was made of a styrophome material. Weird...

Minor thud on the pop...

A: Not copper, note bronze, but a rather attractive gold color, majorly cloudy.... by the way, with a massive off-white head that clung to the glass and then some.

S: Lots of hops, fruit, and PEZ candy notes for sure. STRONG candy with a little bit of Belgian funk, but not too much.

T: OMG, what a cocophany of flavor here! I got sort of a gourmet BBQ sauce sort of aftertaste here, with lots of Belgian yeast bright candy sugar, and tons of colorful hops as well. Belgian + American brewing technique medley was definitely prevelant.

M: My glass looks like it just went through a used car wash, and my palate has been wrecked...jeez. Sugar/hop/belgian funk profile for sure, but the carbonation level was great in spite of all of this weirdness.

O: I wasn't expecting this to be as good as it was. Definitely more American than Belgian, but since I live in (and work for) the US of A, I can't complain...

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look awesome. Nice thick and dense head. Clear amber body. Head laces the glass. Aesthetically pleasing beer.Has a barnyard darker musky funk. Really unique but kind of strange. The taste I find to be much more approachable than the aroma. Solid maltiness, w/ what I believe is a tart wild yeast finish. Smooth , especially considering ABV. Bitterness is suiting. Body isn't bone dry as expected, still a touch of body left. I'm always down for some real sour; so I find this to be a bit mild. Highly drinkable beer. Quality, unique, and enjoyable.

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Photo of tjkinate
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't live up to the hefty price, still good though.

A: 2 fingered, cream colored, frothy head with good retention and loads of lacing. Body was murky orange, completely opaque, and full of tiny bubbles.

S: Citrus notes, grapefruit, banana, herbs, and spices.

T: Very similar to the scent, mixes well with the relatively high ABV.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated.

O: Enjoyed the brew, would happily drink again if someone offered me a glass.

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Photo of TheBeerCarl
3.44/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A nice offwhite head with good retention. The beer is an opaque light amber color. Good looking Belgium ale.

Smell: very subtle notes all around, the nose on this is not strong in the least bit. First on the nose is light malt, then some banana esters and finishing with some very light earthy hops.

Taste: Malty sweet breadness with some definite banana and heat and finishing with some hoppy acidity.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth with a mellow carbonation.

Overall: This is a decent Belgium style ale. The american hop side of the beer doesn't really compliment it well though in my opinion.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


This one was also in the basement since 2008. I pulled it up for opening today because my other De Proef collaboration bottle from 2008 (the Allagash one) turned out to be either infected or over-aged when I tried it two days ago... so I got really concerned about this one.

(Short version : This one is still pretty damn good but showing initial signs of decline that lead me to estimate it as a couple months past its cellaring apex for my particular tastes)

A: Cloudy, murky, yet sediment chunk-free dark burnt orange color with one finger of cream-colored soapy foam in my tulip glass. Foam is short-lived, mediocre lacing left behind.

S: Initial bottle-opening odor of sour pineapple hops fades away quickly, only leaving behind its residual tartness in the flavor. Smells mostly like pine resin bitterness, but partially like those individually-wrapped strawberry candies and sour cherries with some more yeast esters on top.

T: Loads of doughy and belgian yeasty flavors, sticky toffee that has been rolled around in pine needles, I am still getting a hint of semi-sour strawberries and cherries rather than the usual suspects of dark fruits, which is rather surprising. There are also some minor leathery oxidation tones (nice!)... Oh yeah, and a mild beginning of the plastic-y creeping band-aid doom flavor that had completely saturated and ruined the other De-Proef collaboration bottle for me... I estimate I should have cracked this bottle open a couple of months ago by the progression of this off-flavor. That interesting subtle semi-spoiled pineapple aspect from the aged citric hops sticks around evenly throughout all aspects of the sip, despite having faded from the makes a really nice decorative frame for the picture that is the overall flavor.

M: Sort of sticky in texture, medium-full bodied, lightly carbonated but I can excuse that since this bottle is from 2008. Nothing annoying to speak of in this category.

Worth my cellaring efforts, it seems to have gently magnified the tart/wild ale aspects of this brew which were originally only of garnishment strength into minor sub-category strength. If I were to do it again I would aim for about 2-2.5 years of time rather than 3.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have had this bottle for about a year now in the cellar. It was time to savor the aging of the belgian characteristics.

I poured aggresively from the bottle into a snifter glass. I wanted to get a lot of aroma from this beer to smell both styles in the collaboration.

I picked up a lot of belgian on the pour. There was sour, raisin, and yeastiness. Also present was some hop smell.

The beer was good, but it smelled so much better. There was some heavy alcohol in the flavor.

This was a good experience to be a part of. Thank you.

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Photo of stx00lax
3.36/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Color is a fairly clear amber. Poured gently into a glass reveals a full finger of creamy foam that leaves spotty lacing around the glass. Not much though.

S- Ripe tropical fruit, caramel malts, brown sugar and a bit of belgian yeast spice.

T- Soft malty tropical fruit with a mellow peppery finish. Very sweet. Not much hop presence to speak of.

M- Creamy, sweet, with medium carbonation. kind of a muddled sweet mess, I really like belgian pales that are drier.

O- Being a huge fan of the style, this was good to experience, it wasnt my favorite, but i was happy to try it nonetheless.

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Photo of Trilogy31
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty medium brown orange tint with a merengue like head leaving thick sticky lacing. The nose has bright citrus, sour berry, slight earthy funk, sour cherry and almost a champagne like minerality. The taste brings bready malts, light belgian spices (clove, white pepper), lemon zest, and raspberry tart. The beer has nice acidity along with a nice carbonated zip. Well done and interesting for the style.

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Photo of CuttDeez
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into an oversized wine glass.

A - A dark golden azure color with a creamy large white head with a good amount of lace.

S - An earthen floral aroma with some spice that is mixed with some candi sweet sugar notes that bring some slight fruits in.

T & M & D - A pretty good balance the mimics the nose. The Earthen airy floral notes blend with some sweet fruits and it is cut by a barnyard funk middle. The full bodied nature of the beer makes the flavors bold and the high carbination cleans the palate on the finish making the abv subtle and the drinkability high.

O - A good funky belgium dark with wild qualities. The sweetness could be a little overwhelming at times but the earthen spicy notes along with the tart cut help balance the beer.


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Photo of MasterSki
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle purchased a Binny's a while back. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter. Batch #2.

A - A careful pour yields a finger of late-rising creamy light tan foam that settles to a near-complete cap and thick collar, but leaves behind a few spots of lace. Body is an opaque amber/cider copper color with streams of tiny bubbles throughout.

S - Large apple and toffee malt backbone, some light tropical and slightly rotten fruit funk, candi sugar, honey, grass and hay, estery yeast, and light alcohol is present. I think this bottle is pretty old, but it didn't get overly funky - just lost the hops.

T - Taste is somewhat similar, with plenty of caramel apple and brown sugar malts and a peppery yeast character, light tropical fruits, as well as a lightly sour/tart finish and bitter herb/medicinal aftertaste. Alcohol is better hidden than in the aroma.

M - Medium-full, chewy and viscous body, with light carbonation tingle. Finish is surprisingly dry for such a sweet beer, and there are plenty of residual resinous hop oils. There is some warming alcohol, but no harsh or solvent notes.

D - I suspect this was more interesting when it was hoppy and fresh, as it's now it's overly sweet with only light funk and sourness. I wish there were actual bottle dates rather than batch codes, but this is nearly three years old as far as I can tell. That being said the beer matches the description on the bottle pretty closely - I guess I just don't dig this combination of flavors. I labored through about 375ml before using the rest for cooking.

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De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 323 ratings