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

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De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur)De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur)
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De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur)De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur)

Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ccrida on 07-25-2007

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Ratings: 322 |  Reviews: 239
Photo of rhoadsrage
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a deep straw yellow body with a slight hazy and long strings of tiny bubbles rise to the surface supporting a rocky antique-white head of foam that last for the full beer. This beer reminds me of the old Boddington's poster with an ice cream scoop taken out of the head.

S- The full smell of sweet perfumed pale malt has fruit blossoms in it but blends into a soft horse blanket smell and then a soft cheese rind note a bit like sharp cheedar. The finish is a spicy hop scent that compliments the funk and sweetness perfectly.

T- There is a crazy soft tart and funky note that blends into a pale malt slightly sweet note and a hint of dry cheese to it. This is followed by a green spicy perfumed hop taste and that is blended with a sweet pale malt note. The hops linger with a slight grapefruit and Nori quality to them.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slippery texture and the head offers a bit more fullness in the finish. This beer is very smooth and no real alcohol heat is noticed.

D- This beer has lots of crazy flavors but they all compliment each other and none of them are overpowering. The beer store guy described this as a "mind f%#k", and that is all he would say. I can now see why. It is the only beer that I have bought a case of bombers after I tried it. Truly an amazing beer, and an example that it is possible to have a fusion of hops, funk, malt, and fruity yeast flavors in a beer.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of tykechandler
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

unbelievably tasty. i highly recommend this.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was 17.99 at Wholefoods in Chelsea. Probably a rip off, but I couldnt find this anywhere else in NY.

I poured the yeast in with the bottle, creating a hazy wheat color with clingy head that drapes the glass with lace. The aroma is of green melon, lemon candy, brett earthyness and grapefruit zest. The taste shows sharp lemony hop bitterness, doughy malt, candy sugar and leathery brett. It isnt the musty, wet horse blanket brett character, its cleaner and more acidic. Tropical fruits show with warmth, as does a herbal, minty Euro hoppy character. The mouthfeel is delicately soft and completely packed with tiny, miniscule carbonation. The finish is bitter and tart. Alcohol is very well hidden throughout.

This is an incredible BSPA. So well rounded and complex, with great hops, funk and belgian malt character. Not as funky as Orval, but rivals in drinkability. Its amazing how easy to drink this beer is.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a tulip yesterday at the Brick Store Pub. Really gorgeous cloudy light orange, with a pretty white foamy head. Aromas of funky brett, green apple and spice. Taste was very light and refreshing. Really balanced with all that was going on in there: funk, hops, spice, touch of fruit. Semi-dry in the mouth and finished very smooth. Could not get over how balanced and enjoyable this beer was.

8.5%? Would have never have guessed it.

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Photo of drums4matt
4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one came home by accident - lumped in with the other 10 or so De Proef 750's i scored from my friend's work. Man...I need to do something nice for him...Poured into Scaldis tulip.

A - This one pours clearer than I anticipated. A small amount of haze, but as this was the first from the bottle no yeasties came with. Beautiful copper amber color but a surprisingly small, half-finger head that didn't hang out too long. The nucleation points in the glass kept this one nice and alive. Some good stickiness came about regardless of the short head.

S - Whoa! There's a lot going on here; a little hoppy, roundly caramely/malty with some leathery (and dare i say even chocolate), funky yeast notes with a bit of alcohol shining through leaving just a breath of fruitiness (pear? apple?). The hops really jump out for the style...this is just intriguing. Hops and CO2 on the burp...haha...unexpected.

T - Impressive. It's got a chocolaty sweetness with some nice hop flavor up front leading to some grain at which point the alcohol character comes through. The taste finishes off semi-clean and leaves a nice, bitter hop thing hanging around with some drying chalky notes and feel.

M - Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is nice and present, nearly creamy. The finish is rather dry. I like it, but maybe a little too dry for the style. Other than that, one can let this stuff roll around their mouth all day opening up new flavors and sensations.

D - Quite drinkable for someone, like me, who favors the hoppy, dry finish of a nice IPA or the like. Really, this beer is great. As it warms, it grows more and more complex. These De Proef collaborations are becoming easily my favorite Belgians. This one, brewed in '07, has been hanging around the distribution warehouse until just last week and I'm assuming that some time did this brew nothing but good; every beer enthusiast - no matter the stage of progressing into the world of beer - should try beer like this.

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Photo of YankChef
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a dfh snifter glass. Thanks Ted's!

Appearance: Burnt orange amber glow that is NOT clear, this bad boy is cloudy folks and I took care to pour carefully some sediment still found its way in. Really thick head that is super pillowy and fluffy with a concentration of evil looking bubble in the center, with some of the most serious clingy sticky lacing I have ever seen.

Smell: Dry-hopping shines through with a strong aroma from the aramillo coming through as well as the brett funk. Sweet diacetyl and citrusy goodness and some floral herby notes.

Taste: WOW! this beer has so many layers of different things going on that it is just incredible... it all comes together wonderfully though. There are flavors that are subtly sweet like peach and orange and lemon peel, there are also hoppy resinous flavors that make it taste like a IIPA, but there is still that yeasty breadiness that is like a belgian pale.... There is hop juiciness and o my!!

Overall: This beer defies style designation... One of the most unique and outstanding beers I have ever had if you can find it ignore the price tag and just get it it is unbelievable.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into a Grottenbier glass

A – Poured a very light hazy golden amber with a full two fingers of frothy white head on the top. Very nice and slow recession finally gave way to a decent layer of lace and froth across the top that stayed with it until the bitter end. Good amount of suspension visible as well as a decent amount of carbonation could be seen streaming up towards the top.

S – The aroma was fantastic coming off of this one. A very full and bright vibrant smell, lots of yeast and light citrus aromas. Hints of fresh grass, lemon, and coriander were very apparent and gave this a very big hop nose. The underlying yeast was also quite fruity providing a nice backdrop of light grain and peach smells.

T – The taste was awesome in a word. I was quite shocked and surprised by how nice this was. It started with a nice light peach or pear flavor but was then hopped and taken out of the realm with a good deal of grapefruit and lemon flavors. This nice tart and bitter finish was beautiful. Such a light bright but yet full flavor was a really big surprise. A very fruity and hoppy Belgian, you could definitely detect Tomme’s influence here, especially in the finish.

M – Super smooth and a very nice creamy feel to it. Nice light to medium body that was accented perfectly by more then adequate carbonation and a really great smooth finish. This was solid from the first sip to the very last.

D – Almost a perfect sipper. There was really no sign of the alcohol at all and the tight flavor profile was perfect for this. Just really a nice feel with great carbonation and a bitter profile made this great for just sitting back and relaxing.

Overall I was shocked by how good this was. It was almost a perfect blend of the two styles and the west coast hop profile really shined here. It was just a great match between the two and I would love to see them do something else together soon. Great job on this I really enjoyed it and will have to go grab a couple more of them.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy orange in color with a decent sized head-not the huge whipped cream type you often see in a beer like this but a good size. Very complex and varied aroma-fruity, green apple like with a funky, spicy undertone. Wet hay smelling. Big malty flavor with a strong brett taste to it. Mildly spicy, somewhat citrusy. The balance between the maltiness and the brett is just great. Quite a hop bite going on as well. Has a velvety/creamy mouthfeel I dont think I have ever seen in a beer of this style. Really a complete package here. Goes down ever so easy and I cannot get enough of the malt/brett. I bought this on a whim-need to get some more.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of nygannon
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork pops and it pours into my glass a beautifully clear copper orange with an inch of creamy white foam sitting atop the brew. Lacing kisses the side of the glass as the head holds on strong. Aromas start with vibrant hops upfront. Citrusy, tropical with grassy herbal accents as well. Bold spicy, peppery accents with earthy yeast tones. Crisp sun dried grain malt meets with a nice kick of brett yeast as well. Quite a contemplative mix of aromas here. Very nice.

First sip brings a smooth pale malt rolling into a melting pot of hops and spice. Citrus and tropical flavors of Amarillo are quite evident along with grassy and resinous herbal tones. Tantalizing spiciness and peppery accents move into earthy Belgian yeast tones. The Brett kicks in a bit of funk and tartness that blends perfectly here, it's not overpowering just a great addition to the overall beer. Finishes a touch dry with lingering fruit, spice and hops. I love this beer!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a solid, spritzy fast moving carbonation. There's a nice creamy accent that makes this extraordinarily easy to drink. Really glad I grabbed a bottle of this and I hope I can find another one before it's all gone. A wonderful brewing collaboration, seek this out and enjoy. The best hoppy Belgian brew I've had to date.

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Photo of Brent
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Blake for sharing this outstanding beer. Delightful is a description I don't often find myself applying to a beer, but in this case it is fitting. Light-bodied with lively carbonation and a tight merangue head. Peppery and pleasantly sharp on the tongue. Orchard fruit flavors flare in the middle along with a clean malt. Some white wine notes finish. ETOH is well integrated in the flavor profile.

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Photo of 1000Bottles
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is Belgian - yeasty, spicy, almost a little bit nutty. Flavor is - yummy malts and just the right amount of spices. Tends to cleanse and dry the palate toward the finish like hops do. Orange comes though a bit later after the finish. Yum!

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Photo of Viggo
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Years corked bottle tasting extravaganza with grub and biegaman! biegaman brought this one!

Pours a hazy amber, medium sized off white head forms, drops to a thin layer leaving a ton of lacing behind, looks pretty nice. Smell is insanely wicked! Grapefruit, very hoppy, caramel, acidic, oranges, sour funk, wood, great. Taste is similar, floral and piney hops, fruits, oranges, alcohol, some bready malt, nice funkiness, some vinegar, insane. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, wickedly drinkable and good. One of my favourite beers for a while, thanks Jan!!

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Photo of mbrasi
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden brown wiith a large head that laces around the glass. Aroma is belgian yeast, spice, resin hops, and some slight funk, lemon. Mouthfeel is thick but not overdone and nicely carbonated. This brew tastes like a hopped out belgian brew with some funk. Good idea. Wasn't expecting it to be to hoppy but there is a distinct presence of resinous, piney hops in the backbone of this brew. The brett presence is subtle but present, and the belgian yeast is there but not too much which can be the downfall of so many other belgians. What is this brew? A Belgian strong ale? How bout' a IPA-Belgian-sour? OK it's not that sour, how bout just a Belgian IPA? Close but there's more, Oh, screw it. Its a Belgian strong ale, and a damn good one at that.

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Photo of BeerZack
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to KingG for hooking me up with this 750ml.

Strawberry-blonde beauty with a hint of honey color under a bright white head of fine bubbles and lace.

Very delicate floral hoppy aroma, slight honeyed nose. Very fresh smelling.

Honey with spicy floral hop bitterness. Light, yet complex and refreshing with the hint of dry funk. Slightly sweet, but pretty clean finish.

Dangerously drinkable. Very memorable.

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Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich, glowing cedar with tints of orange and a silky tan head. The nose has sweet bready malts, floral hops, earthy spices, citrus fruits and a subtle funky presence. Taste is equally complex. I found this to be a superbly balanced Belgian IPA with a touch of Brett. The funk does not play a huge part in the ale, but quietly adds to the rest of the flavors. The body is silky smooth with delicate carbonation. Fantastic brew.

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: The beer pours a thick and glowing deep peach amber color, almost rosy, with a rocky cap of one finger that lingers throughout the entire drink. Wonderful with high spotty lacing. Color is shimmery but has a slight cloudiness despite the fact that very little yeast residue remains in the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma: Oh, wow, the aroma is out of sight on this beer. Immediately I'm overwhelmed but the complexity and freshness of the flavors. My nose is hit with warming and earthy bretty characteristics, slight hay and grass notes, but strong tart tart apple aromas, like the bite of a freshly picked Macintosh. Slight underlying spice and pepper aromas. The first smell straight from the bottle had a heavy hop bite that made the whole things blend into a sweet, fresh, flowery lily aroma. The aroma has settled now into more background brett notes but it's still exquisite.

Taste: The taste is good, but not quite as amazing. Definitely has a deeper medium body than I was expecting but that sweet maltiness is all balanced exceptionally well by the fresh American hopping and the tartness that peaks through from saccro and brett. More fresh apple qualities come through in the middle and finishes with a slight peppery, warming alcohol and final wallop of slight hop bitterness. Oh yeah.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with an soft carbonation presence that gives great mouth coverage.

Drinkability: I could drink this beer all night...and all the next day... and the day after that. Very nice and super drinkable.

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Photo of nbree00
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I nice Orange color with some hints of brown. Carbonation seems plentiful and produces a large white head.

S: An awesome fruity IPA type aroma comes through

T: Taste is simply exquisite, the hoppiness, reminds me of an American IPA, and is combined with an elegant malt character, banana-citrus flavors and Belgian style yeast notes. You can truly taste the combination of the American and Belgian brew masters.

M: Mouth feel is some what heavy although no where near as far as a stout.

D: I found this beer to be quite lovely, however I could see it being to intense for some. Aaaaah the beauty that comes from pushing the boundaries of beer styles

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Photo of GClarkage
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

04/27/08- Purchased at City Beer in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle with no freshness info. It is, however, a 2007 release. Poured into my RR Damnation tulip.

Appearance- Very nice golden colored pour. Not quite murky, but somewhat clouded. Full one inch head plus some. 1/2 inch head reamins for the duration. Incredible chunky lace left behind. Textbook.

Smell- Wondeful fruit medly of what seems like lime leading the way. Peaches and nectarines as well. Some sugary nose with a good amount of hop aroma.

Taste- Aspects of several styles of beers here. Powdered confectioniers sugar for a wit taste, mild funk for a saison flavor and just the right amount of brett for a wild ale. Very hoppy with a decent malty edge as well. Quenching for sure.

Mouthfeel- Leaves a dry hoppy bitter aftertaste with a spackle of sugar on the tongue. Medium and brisk carbonation.

Drinkability- This one scores high in my book. Combines so many great scents and flavors and is extremely drinkabkle. Had this with pork chops and a spicy green bean dish, went very well with it.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My 100th review. And a good one to review for #100.

Pours a honey color with a thin white head. Not much lacing.

Smells amazing. Lots of smells going on. Lots of fruit with sugary goodness. It smells of some oak as well. Very nice.

Taste is great. Just as it smells. Very fruity with a slight sweetness to it. Very tasty. Nice Belgian yeastiness to it.

Mouthfeel is perfect. No complaints or suggestions.

Drinkability is super high. I could drink this all night and forever. A very tasty brew. I love Belgians.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Into my St Bernardus glass, pours a clear coppery amber color, little carbonation or head forming, minimal lacing after a while. The bottle talks of prodigious head and stuff, but not so much. The aroma is on the mellow side, or, restrained, shall we say. A bit of the Belgian funky yeasts comes through, also some sweet malts and citrus.

Taste is delightful though. Some funky brett and whatnot for sure, but also citrusy hops, tart fruits (grapefruit, apple, mandarin orange), blond malts, sweet, sweet funk, all kind of complexity up in this bitch. Lovely.

The lack of carbonation, while not lending its lovely looks, works well with the body, the funk, and everything else. I fell it would have been distracting for all the complexity in here.

I wouldn't have thought possible all the flavors in this beer could possible coexist so beautifully. Yet, they do, and it is fantiastic, and I am happy. Lovely.

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Photo of alexgash
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle.

Slight haze in a deep golden orange body. Tall, rocky, formidable, whitish beige head. Great retention and lacing. Complex nose of grassy, resinous hops, sugary fruits (pears, fruit cocktail), white pepper, horse blanket Brett, baking spices, and sea air funk. Terrific.

Herbal bitter hops and toasted malt flavors up front. Sweet fruits follow along with powdered sugar and some biscuity malt. More herbal hops enter along with some pine and resin notes. Hints of earthy tartness and cobwebs come in before a bittersweet finish. Very nice. Gets even more complex and tasty as it warms. Full-bodied with a creamy feel backed by rollicking bottle-conditioned carbonation. What a great collaboration!

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Photo of Trueant1
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep yellow and sits in the glass golden orange. Has a thick thick white foamy head that leaves globs of lacing. Lots of champaigne like bubbles. Semi-cloudy appearance.

Smells of fresh fragrant hops and spices. Very robust and intriging. Several fruit smells if you look for them. Such as Pineapple, apple, apricot. Belgium candy sugars also noted.

Tastes like the smells. As the previous reviewer said, lots of apricot. Very spicy beer from the hops, peppers and bitterness balance out to create the spices. A sweetness that is so nice, comes through all the spice. Candy like qualities to this beer. A medium bitter aftertaste lingers.

The beer seems a little creamy through all the spice. Sweet, but not sticky. A little thin.

What a treat. Where is the 8%? So so good. I now have a nice collectors bottle to remind me of this one time brew!

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