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
proefbrouwerij.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ccrida on 07-25-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
321
Reviews:
238
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
11.76%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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 +6.4%
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 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.

C

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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 emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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 Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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 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 zeff80
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
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 dmorgan310
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -2%
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 DrBier
4/5  rDev -2%

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 nickfl
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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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De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
4.08 out of 5 based on 321 ratings.
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