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 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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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.38/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750 mL pours a hazed amber color with a fine-bubbled off-white foam. Fades quick and leaves a little bit of lacing. An ok looker.

Nose is caramel and honeyed malts complimented by a hefty west coast hop load and brettomyces induced yeastiness. Light fruits join the party in the form of some mangoes, raisins and figs.

Malts are robust, toasty and decently sweet. Kind of medicinal with a bit of band-aid...homebrewy even. Brettomyces is barely discernable and that is a big bummer. Despite the malts, it is a bit flat and thin on the palate. Hop bitterness is still kickin' pretty good, lasting into the finish. Malts taste a bit oxidized and this beer is obviously past it's prime. Really not very good, and a HUGE dissappointment considering the $18 price tag and the fact it is a DeProef and T.Arthur collab. I can barely finish my half of the 750. I won't touch this one again with a ten foot pole.

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Photo of Brew33
2.57/5  rDev -37%
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 drabmuh
2.61/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer served in a snifter glass. Beer is light brown and hazy and forms a thin white head of tiny bubbles that quickly breaks.

Beer's aroma is mostly sweet with an almost piny / woodsy backbone to it. Very weird and a little off putting.

Beer is super thin and has a bite to it in the front. Finishes too dry and overall is light on flavor. Beer has an off putting aftertaste that is almost smokey. I am very annoyed at this point. This was a huge disappointment I would never drink it again.

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Photo of Overlord
2.71/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I was excited to track down a few bottles of this. I even sent one off to someone as an extra. F***. I should have tried it first.

Pours as a golden, yellow, slightly hazy well-carbonated liquid. Large white frothy head.

Smells yeasty, with spices, spices, spices, spices, some light citrus, and a hint of funk. Okay ... thought this was a sour. WTF? But I see it's on the site as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. WTF? But it's made with Brett. WTF?

Taste is a mess. Astringent grass and hay background with a cloying amount of yeasty sweet spiciness and a mishmash of earthy funk with unpleasant soapy zest. Ugh. What a trainwreck. Way, way, way too much going on. Like an overly sweet saison.

Just. Not. Good.

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Photo of Tilley4
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured this into a Duvel tulip... Appears cloudy and golden with probably more sediment that I've ever seen in a beer.. Its loaded with it... Small fading head...

Not much on the nose.. Maltiness mixed with a touch of yeast? Maybe a little bit of funkiness...

Very super sweet malt presence abounds and dominates and gets cloying very fast. Maybe a little funkiness here as well but this seems more like an eisbock or something... Booze and malts... Man I am disappointed with this..

Well I can say I've tried it and didn't care for it. This beer seems hit and miss with folks and it missed with me

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.88/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip glass. The pour brings a light caramel-colored body with a short (for the style) white head that doesn't have the best lacing. The nose is pretty plain, with some very mild esters and a bit of malt sweetness. The taste is a bit of a mess with too much malty sweetness and not enough yeast. In reality, not much of anything other than some sweetness. This carries over into the feel, which is almost cloying and isn't dry like I'd expect. Drinkability is decent enough, but I expected a lot more out of this.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.95/5  rDev -27.7%
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 psuKinger
2.96/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

25 ounce bottle split with my buddy Griff at Monk's cafe. Bottle poured into chalice. This is one of the most unique, puzzling beers I've ever come across.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a head that didn't stick around long and left no lacing. 3.0.

S: massive smell of tart sugars, a touch of *funk*, and a hint of a spicy burn on the back end that I can't quite put my finger on. Huge nose here. 4.5.

T: incredibly complex. This beer starts light, tingly, and a little sour. It moves to a malty sweetness before a leathery earthiness creeps in. Dry resinous hops also arrive here, but are subtle. A strong amount of malty sweetness is what's left at the end. There's a lot going on here.

Ultimately, I think I have to agree with the bartender's short, succinct description. This beer tastes "like a sweet leather belt". 3.0

M: light and tingly in the mouth, this beer finishes leathery and malty-sweet. 2.0

D: a unique beer, fun to try, but I feel no desire to ever revisit. 1.5

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.01/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a cloudy amber color with copper/orange highlights when held to a lamp. Difficult to see any carbonation up the glass, but there is a half-inch head that recedes quickly into a quarter-inch head on the brew, leaving nice sticky lacing down the glass.

S: Pine, grapefruit hops, and a leathery, hay-like quality. It's pretty pungent, though not well-developed in clarity.

T: Very fruity at first: apricot and pear esters, grapefruit hops. The finish brings out a funkiness with some white pepper. It's kind of a strange flavor profile, though not completely unappealing.

M: Light-to-medium bodied, with medium carbonation that serves the style well. The ABV is masked well, and the finish leans toward dry.

D: It's an interesting flavor, but in itself, not mind-blowing. Especially at the price. For $17 I expected more. Meh.

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Photo of ballewblake
3.14/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 into my Duvel tulip.

Huge pillowy off white head on an aggressive pour, opaque light copper body. Great lacing on the glass, decent head retention. Nose is brett, not really getting anything else. Taste is smoked malts and slightly sour, hops are there which might be where I get some grapefruit. This would be interesting aged. Not very complex as is. Mouthfeel is okay, lack of tastes limits drinkability for me. Overall, been in my fridge a few months and not really that interesting, hops come out as it warms more, but really not one I'd seek out. Might be great with pork or chicken.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.31/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

750ml corked & caged bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks, Matt!

A: Hazy orange-brown body with a lovely two-inch cap of dense, creamy off-white foam; excellent retention and plenty of lace. Great looking beer, if a bit dark for a BSPA.

S: Very, very sweet, with tons of caramel, toffee, candied orange, and raisin. The supposedly heavy hop bill has faded almost into oblivion, and only the light funk on the tail end suggests to me that this is Belgian, and not a barleywine. It's an intense and enjoyable aroma, but far from what I was expecting.

T: Follows the nose precisely, with complex malts giving way to some light floral and barnyard funk. There's just enough residual bitterness on the finish to keep this from being cloying, but only barely. Too sweet for the style, and even a bit too sweet for my palate.

M: Slick medium body with a good amount of late-arriving carbonation. Interesting and enjoyable.

D: Just bitter enough to keep from being undrinkable, but the 750 is going to be a bear to finish. This stuff makes Duvel seem as drinkable as water, and they're the same ABV.

Notes: I wish I'd tried this fresh, as I bet a more prominent hop component would make this beer far, far better than it is. On the bright side, it makes me want to brew a big American style Barleywine and bottle condition it with Brett. Big thanks to Matt for the generous trade.


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Photo of stx00lax
3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
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 MasterSki
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
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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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of melon and spices with slight tart undertones. Flavor of spices, some vegetal notes, and Belgian yeast. Heavy mouthfeel, fairly warming too. I don't detect any Brett here. Kind of a disappointment, as this was just a regular, run-of-the-mill, uninspiring Belgian strong ale.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip from a small bottle of this.

Hazy orange body with a fluffy white head

Lemon zest with some funk. a hint of Belgian yeasty aromas

kind of a spicy lemon zesty flavor, a hint of belgian yeast notes but not much. Not picking up on any of the funk that I smelt

medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation

Decently drinkable. I dunno not really blown away by this. It doesn't taste bad but it doesn't taste great. I wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of tayner
3.44/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked/caged brown bottle.

golden hoeny colored with a slight chill haze, 3 finger eggshell white head with alot of carbonation bubbles. good lacing

smell is banana and spicy hops, sort of a wet hay smell as well, but overall this was not as pleasing of a smell as I was expecting or would have liked.

taste follows smell, overripe banana, spicy hops, and lemony finish. To me it almost resembeled more of a wheat beer than a belgian beer other than the slight biscuity yeast flavor that was in the background.

Creamy and smooth mouthfeel due to all the carbonation.

Drinkability is good, but IMO it needs to be consumed with food and for me isnt a beer I would drink alone again.. although with food i think it would probably pair nicely.

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Photo of TheBeerCarl
3.44/5  rDev -15.7%
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 SaCkErZ9
3.47/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter at 50F. Emerges golden amber with a rather small for the style, white head. Some lacing and decent retention.

Aroma is quite floral; seems like lavender and pine. Not much of a yeasty aroma and no belgian candi sugar. Perhaps a bit of citrus hops as well. Although the bottle indicates Brett yeast, I dont really smell any Brett characteristics.

Slightly fruity, floral, and bitter in the flavor. Again, more lavender and tons of pine in the flavor. Quite oily and pungent. Solid hop bitterness and a touch of belgian sweetness. A little more Bretty-funkness in the flavor adds an interesting little twist to this one. However, without the denoatation on the bottle of the Brett, I would find it hard to detect.

Pretty thin and watery on the tongue. Stark dry with a touch of astrigency in the finish. Quite alkaline.

This seems like a pretty decent Belgian IPA with the bitterness, but the dryness really leaves me feeling unquenched and a bit disappointed. Alcohol is really well hidden but still, this one is bitter and dry. A melange of Sasion, Belgian IPA, and heather beer. Interesting overall, and a hop lovers dream, but for some reason, the flavors seem seperate of each other and this one doesnt really come together very well.

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Photo of Tone
3.49/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, dark maize color. There is also suspended sediment present. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, hint of tart malt, hint of honey, hint of wheat, slight citrus, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight citrus, hops, hint of roasted malt, hint of honey, and hint of sweet malt. Overall, good aroma and body, but lacking in appearance and mouth feel.

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Photo of JDV
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to BeerZack for sharing this bottle.
Pours a light hazy amber to golden color with a white head. Smell is honey-like floral and floral hops. Light pollen like smell along with a hint of funk. Very delicate, soft flavors and the 8.5% was hidden very well. Pretty nice.

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Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a malty dark copper, very hazy. Small, quickly receding off white head.

S - Some phenols, very earthy, with not too much else going on. Expecting a lot more tart or sour with Tomme's name on the front and brett all over the back...

T - Again, not too much going on here. Pretty standard light malt profile, I'd like to say there's more here but there just isn't. Maybe a hint of hops?

M - Average.

D - Would not seek out again.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a clear golden color with moderate carbonation producing a 2 inch thick bubbly off white head. Good retention and great lacing.
S: Sharp and bitter grainy hops, pineapple, grapefruit, and hint of cigarette smoke.
T: Softer bitter hops here with restrained citrus fruit...still that hint of cigarette smoke. Just a faint note of brett...mostly is lost amongst the stronger hop notes.
M: Light feel with mild carbonated fizz. Bitter and tart. Slightly oily feel.
D: I was excited to try this one, but I can't say it was worth the $18 I forked out. If you are big into bitter hops, you may appreciate this more than I did. Drinkability only ok. Can't say I'd recommend it nor will I spring for another. Doesn't drink like most belgian strong pale ales.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into 3 different glasses.

Appearance - Very hazy. Dark orange colored. Little head that disappears quickly. The final glass was murky as hell and tasted like yeast. You could see the sediment floating around through the side of the bottle.

Smell - The aroma is more inviting than the appearance. Smells like apples. Very malty. A bit funky. Not much a lot of hop aroma comes through.

Taste - Slightest bit sour. Rather funky flavor. Sweet with a bitter finish. Some flavors I can't really put my finger on.

Mouthfeel - Syrupy. Not much of the alcohol comes through, though it's only 8.5%. Lightly carbonated. The carbonation makes the finish creamy.

Overall - Not something I'd look for again (although I actually picked this up because I remember liking it a couple years ago). So much of the bottle is yeasty sediment that I couldn't drink the last third of it. Quite a shame.

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Photo of largadeer
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden-amber in color, not quite opaque but with a good haze to it. A thick inch-high head sits atop, leaving behind rings of lace as the glass empties.

Smell: Lemon, spicy hops, very slight funk and a bit of alcohol. I was expecting a bolder aroma, but this isn't bad.

Taste: Dry pale malts, subtle tartness, some fruity esters and a big herbal hop flavor. Moderate bitterness, not a hop bomb by any means but much hoppier than most Belgian ales. A hint of citrus and mint appear in the finish. Body is medium, about average for the style, while the high carbonation compliments the dry character of the beer nicely.

Drinkability: One glass was enough, don't think I could finish a bottle.

Notes: Good but not overly impressive.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have heard ‘knowledgeable’ people about town talking this one up. I finally cracked it, and it was less than stellar; it deserves no hype whatsoever.

A – Hazy orange-amber hue, close to iced tea, with a large white head full of micro-bubbles, and the lacing, wow, it looks like the snow fell.

S – Grapefruit-y hop, some malt, some sour brett; these aromas meld fairly well, but they do not achieve any astounding dynamic.

T – Underwhelmed, at first. I then begin to appreciate a vinous, creamy flavor; saucy and quite l. My closest reference is the unusual Saison d’Erpe-Mere.

M – It is relatively syrupy, given the flavor profile; I am underwhelmed, again.

D – De Proef is sometimes a bit sheisty, in my experience; I have had a number of underwhelming and/or half-assed offerings from this Brouwerij. This is an underachieving brew as well. The beer is pretty good, but it is certainly not what I would expect from a unison of two of the foremost brewers in the game.

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