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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Belgium | website

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

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238
Ratings:
318
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
13.51%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with Dave of the Brick Store Pub. Yeasty aroma. Cloudy golden with white lace and head. Some funkiness in taste, with Belgian spices and also citrus, it's an understated and balanced wild ale. Very great and medium mouthfeel.Pleasant bitterness throughout, unique.
Had it again 10 months later and its characteristics for hop leaf bitterness and barnyard aroma came through, as well as aggressive carbonation.
Two and a half years later, had a bottle courtesy of Jeremy and its a dark fruit smell, citrussy, lacey. Better mouthfeel.

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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 BEERchitect
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A seriously strong contender in a style that's difficult to distinguish moderately good versions from incredible ones. But this interesting and high-quality strong golden ale becomes the later with its serious burst of tropical fruits, wood complexity, alcoholic power, savory sweetness and assertive hop character.

The beer just goes into a lot of different directions in its aroma contributions alone- they are strong and rely greatly on slightly over-ripened fruits that are similar in scent to dates, figs, apples, peaches and pears. Zesty lemons, orange peels and grapefruit follow with a sharper and more acidic balance. And then there's the pleasant earth scents of must and cork-ish wood.

Ripe fruit flavors of tropical and citrus fruits wrap around a distinct and pungent yeast character for tart dried lemons, white wine must, and weathered wood. Hopped strongly, the spicy woody notes provide lemongrass and hay-like grass notes that not only balance the dry malt taste but add earth to yeast and fruit to the esters- all leading to a lightly resin bitterness to close the beer's taste.

The beer's lightness and dryness is noted early on the palate as the taste simply bounces off of the taste buds, thus ushering in a rush to finish and leaving the bulk of the beer's flavors to be more appreciated in aftertaste than when it actually rests on the mouth. Lightly powdery to finish, the beer's modest warmth and hop dryness keeps the focus on the beer's drinkability and less on its impact on taste- this is classic and quintessential of the style.

It's no surprise that the larger than life Belgian ale-type producers of De Proef and Port combine with the former's ability to churn out authentic product that couples with Mr. Author's artistry and attention to keen detail that separates the contenders from the pretenders.

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Photo of largadeer
3.58/5  rDev -12%
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 brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clody amber color with a decent head that sticks fairly well and scatters some lace

Smell: Complex combination of candi sugar, herbacious funk, apples/pears, hay and hops

Taste: Opens with a caramel sweetness that is quickly transformed into a fruity, tart and bitter melange, with the sweetness dominant; after the swallow the fruit and earthy tones are more discernable, but the finish maintains the candi sugar sweet aspect

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate to high carbonation; considerable warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: I was surprised to read of the Brett in this beer as it didn't have the expected tart/sour character; just goes to show the complexity that a little bit can bring to a range of other flavors that are present in this beer

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Kryptic: Poured a deep hazy golden color ale with a huge bubbly foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma of funky notes with some barnyard-like notes as well. Taste is also a nice mix between some barnyard-like notes and some funky yeast with a dry European hops finish. Full body with limited filtration and great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. It kind of reminded me of Orval but I would still prefer to drink Orval over this even thought it is an interesting experiment.

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Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes...

Fluffy pitted foam, gargantuan rocky head, a ring of webby lace. Good head retention. On tap I remember the lacing being the most unusually intricate i've seen.

Herbal and dry hop aroma, yeast esters, with a slight note of Brett. On tap there was a distinct note of pear, but I didn't pick that up from the bottle.

Taste is also dry and herbal due to the high level of hops, I get a woodiness with some pine sap, but not much fruit presence.

Aftertaste is pretty dry, had to switch up with water pretty often towards the end. Don't see myself trying this again for the price ($16) but on tap I would definitely have one.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.95/5  rDev -27.5%
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 Thorpe429
2.88/5  rDev -29.2%
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 zeff80
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden hue with hints of amber. It had a small, fizzy, bubbly, off-white head that left some traces of lace.

S - It smelled of brett, a little horse blanket funk and some spice. A light caramel malt aroma was present, too.

T - It tasted a little funky and sour. Burnt toast maltiness and a spicy hop kick add to this nicely balanced Belgian ale. Also, a little alcohol taste.

M - It was very crisp, sharp and had a good bite at the back of the throat. It was medium-bodied.

D - This is a good brew. Nice brett funkiness in a strong ale.

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Photo of nickfl
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two and a half fingers of off-white foam on a slightly hazy, golden brown body. The foam settles slowly and leaves thick lace.

S - Lots of fruity, funky yeast with earthy cherry notes and mild acidity. Significant notes of malty caramel in the background along with a floral hop aroma hiding behind the funk.

T - Thick caramel malt with toffee and bready notes, blended with restrained funk, some notes of sour cherry and pineapple. Powerful pine hop flavor breaks through in the middle and combines with the fruity funk in the finish to produce some dark, barleywine like flavors of tobacco, toffee and char.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Surprisingly drinkable. The fairly mild funk blends well with the fruity/pine hop flavor and the two become more than the sum of their parts. There is a lot of complexity in the finish and this beer has the rare virtue of becoming sour without throwing away the complexity of malt and hops in the process. Certainly one of the best non-traditional sours I have come across.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sun-splashed honey with a twist of orange peel. Despite a barely audible 'pop' when the cork was (easily) extracted, the crown of ivory colored foam is large, creamy and sticky. This beer looks Belgian, which is the highest compliment that I can pay. Abundant lace decorates the glass in attractive fashion.

The best wild ales (or those that use Brettanomyces, at least) aren't one-trick ponies of funk. Signature is exhibit 'A'. The nose is an aromatic melange of citric hops, golden malt and sourish Brett. The end result is incredibly complex. Any bets on whether or not the flavor will follow suit?

It wasn't until I did a little research prior to this review that I discovered that Signature Ale contains such a large quantity of hops (Amarillo, U.K. Phoenix and German Brewer's Gold). That's a killer hop bill and it's a shame that I didn't pop this baby open sooner. Make no mistake, it's still delicious. It's also much more hoppy than the typical BSPA.

Who would have ever imagined that a beer combining the best attributes of IPAs, BSPAs and wild ales would be so good and so drinkable? Since those are three of my favorite styles and since De Proefbrouwerij and The Lost Abbey are two of my favorite breweries in all the world, this collaborative effort was bound to be... out of this world. I'm amazed at how much hoppiness has persisted over the past year.

Signature Ale's best feature (other than the flavor) is the mind-blowing contrast between bitter, sour-funky and sweet. The flavor profile, in no particular order: white grapefruit and orange zest, tart apples, sourdough bread crust, honey, white pepper and horse blanket funk. You want dizzying depth and complexity? This beer is overflowing with it.

Given a minimal escape of CO2 on cork removal, and given almost no visible carbonation, it's amazing how gorgeous the appearance is on each subsequent pour. The upper third of the glass is positively crusted with lace. I'm also floored by how completely the alcohol has been cloaked. My increasingly fuzzy brain tells me that 8.5% is... just... about... right.

The mouthfeel isn't quite as outstanding as the rest of the beer. The biggest reason is the relative shortage of carbonation. More bubbles would have resulted in more creamy volume. Nitpicking? Probably.

It's fantastic that Messieurs Naudts and Arthur decided to brew Signature Ale a second time. Here's hoping they see the wisdom in making it a semi-regular release because this is the finest example of a Wild Belgian Strong India Pale Ale that I have ever consumed. Highly recommended.

This bottle is from the original release. The second release, which is from Spring 2008, has a small 'B2' near the silk-screened government warning. Thanks to the incredibly generous Talisker for the opportunity.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dark golden body with a white, creamy-looking head.

Smell: A notably spicy, fragrant aroma generous with it's amount of grass, pine, and Brett that inspires alot of green, earthy imagery.

Taste: Faint pale malt sweetness with stronger flavors of pine and grass and flickers of white pepper and citrus. Finishes semidry with a slight lingering of bitterness and pepper. Am I mad in saying it's like a beer-inspired chutney?

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Full, lively carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A pretty good beer, it's release should be good news for any fans of the latest trend of hoppy Belgians.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
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 superspak
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Slatetank
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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 russpowell
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been sitting on this bottle, an 07 for a while,

Pours caramel/orange with 3+ fingers with cream colored head. Nice vicious look to this, along insane lacing, fades after a while. Good head retention

S: Appleskins, honey & pears

T: Applesskins, pears, a bit of rough alcoholic cider up front. Some candi sugar & tangerines come out of hiding as this warms along with grapefruitty hops & dryness. Finishes with nice fruittyness, warming booze, honey dryness & grapefruit

MF: Sticky, with low carbonation & good balance

Drinks pretty good, but the complexity & ABV would get to me after a bottle or 2. Good take on the style, the Brett didn't mess this one up too much

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Huhzubendah
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer appears a very hazy, light brown hue with a minimal head and just a touch of lacing. Aromas consist of Belgian yeast with perhaps a hint of citrus and hay. This collaboration tastes decent, but not great. For the price and availability, I would never choose this over Duvel or Delirium Tremens. However, I am always elated to taste a new beer, especially from two highly respectable breweries.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -12%
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 MasterSki
3.38/5  rDev -17%
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 smakawhat
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
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 drabmuh
2.61/5  rDev -35.9%
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 Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caged and corked (plastic cork at that) Pours dark apricot, and cloudy, oatmeal head is retentive, slowly receding and then turning into a thicker tiny bubble film, lace left behind is generous and intricate. Nose has a lot going on, citrus, barnyard, gooey/resiny hop juice. Big, complex, bold, thoroughly enjoyable creation. Lots of pineapple, lime, resiny hops, bready malts, and then the bonus of Belgian yeast spicing and sour brett. notes. Yum yum yum, an adventure in taste and sensations in every sip. Love this hybrid American/Belgian style and this one is right on. Only drawback here is the sticker shock pricing of $17.99 for the bomber....

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Photo of GClarkage
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
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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