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

De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur)De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur)
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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
4.11 | pDev: 11.44%
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Retired (no longer brewed)
De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur)De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur)
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Reviews: 240 | Ratings: 323
Photo of Stoneman78
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed at the 2007 Strong Ale festival
A- Murky golden straw hue, thin layer of white head, slight lacing
S- Wonderful bouquet of fruit aromas including berries, honey, pineapple, apples, lemon, some subtle bread malts and belgian yeast
T- Consistent with smell, initial taste is sweet fruits, citrus, and sugary malts, opens up to biscuit malts and finishes dry
M- Light-bodied, watery texture, light carbonation
D- Delicious and easy to drink, very well balanced between the sweet fruits and subtle malts

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

Pours slightly hazy yellow with large bubbled white head.

Nose is very banana and light tropical citrus - maybe some honeydew.

On the palate is an rather sour, tangy, with human bile like flavor (yes, but it's still good). Mixed fruit and powdered sugar sweetness are present, with a highly carbonated sweet and sour finish.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
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 blakesell
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Clear golden, thick 4-finger head. Lacing hold up and sticks to the glass as if it was glued there.

Smell- Rich aroma of American hops, fruitiness, cloves, a bit of brettanomyces, banana, boiled shoe leather, and grapefruit. Nice smells.

Taste- Grassy, clovey, bitter, medicinal, a hint of battery acid and paint thinner. Fruitiness still comes thru all those flavors, peaches and wheat also linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, soft water, well-carbonated, hops linger on the tongue but this is not cloying or overly sticky.

Overall- Nice to try, not something I would seek out for the rest of my life.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
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 ojiikun
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live reviewed from Collins Pub in Seattle that finally got this on tap after weeks of waiting.

Served up in a small tulip, body is foggy amber, on the dark side for a 'pale belgian'. Head is feisty on the pull and falls fast. Lace, however, is a solid wall of white.

Smell is maddeningly forest-like. Tons of piney hops and an earthy, dank yeast. Some mineral water and starfruit if you really huff it.

Taste is significantly spicier and maltier. Chives and corriander. Medium roast malt in moderation. Hops gain a citric note and the bite of acid. Yeast opens up to more farmhouse and less funk.

Very drinkable for the hophead as there is sufficient body to balance. Very full and tart,, nothing light or mellow. Booze adds literal fire to the heat. Mouthfeel is a touch coating, as you'd expect. Can't imagine the carbonation being any higher, but it's just sufficient.

Glad I finally got to try out this cross-Atlantic collaboration. It's an American microbrew twist on your basic Belgian ale, and it works - the hops we yanks have come to crave on a crazy, candied Bel.

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

750 mL bottle, bought at Lone Hill Liquors in Glendora, CA, for $13.99,

A: Pours a vibrant, yellow, gold into a tulip, with a thick, white head, with good retention which leaves abundant lacing.

S: Lots of earth, some Brett funk, and lemon.

T: Has a very earthy hop flavour, some apple and pear esters are there as well, the Brett funk isn't overt in this one, it is more understated, but it adds a layer of complexity to this beer, horse blankets and old wool are relevant, but not over-the-top funky or musty.

M: Smooth, highly carbonated and creamy, a tad medicinal in the finish, but slight.

D: A good Belgian, kind of pricey, but I have good faith in anything that Tomme Arthur does, so I went for it. Maybe a little to expensive for what it is, but still very tasty. Didn't blow me away, but still a tasty Belgian, a good experimental brew.

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Photo of Zorro
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit of a search to find in the database I assumed that it would be listed under port brewing.

Corked and caged 750-ML bottle with a newcork, probably the only size there is.

Cork was removed with only finger strength from the bottle with an average strength pop.

Mildly chill hazed amber colored ale with an immense off-white head; this beer has the looks.

WOW the smell of this is something special. Intensely and powerfully spicy almost painfully aromatic. STRONG coriander and spice in the nose almost like a punch, yeah it is THAT strong. After I acclimate to the power of this I can smell bitter orange, coriander, cinnamon, lemon, pepper, alcohol, flowers, and limoncello.

The taste begins sweet with a little malt sweetness and a woody lemon oil flavor; the aftertaste is long lasting and mostly lemon. Quite spicy in the mouth and the coriander element is quite strong. Spicy and woody are the main flavors with citrus being the next level mostly bitter orange with some lemon and grapefruit. The aftertaste fades to floral and flowery after the bitterness of the spice and hops die down a bit.

The mouthfeel is good.

Tasty beer but really a bit strong in the mouth and a bit of a challenge for the tongue. I wouldn't turn a glass of this down but I wouldn't drink two bottles of it in a night either. Too intense and complex for merely drinking kind of like the lemon over dose that limoncello delivers. A bit pricey but worth it.

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Photo of HugoGrim
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A great looking beer poured into a tulip glass. Apricot gold body with an exceptionally fluffy and foamy head which stays around for quite a long time. Beautiful lace. The head is rimmed on the outside by tiny tightly compacted bubbles which rise rapidly from the depths of the glass.

The aroma is simply excellent. Sweet malts, banana and other creamy-sweet fruits, and subtle spices mix with floral and piney hops. The addition of a substantial hop profile in the nose really makes this stand out. It is certainly not traditional, but ads a level of complexity I really enjoy.

As is with the aroma, the flavor essentially a Belgian Strong Pale Ale with the addition of hops... you might say a Belgian Strong India Pale Ale. While it is true that the hops tend to wash out the fine edges and subtlety of the style, it also makes the beer stand out with it's own unique flavor.

The flavor could potentially have scored higher if not for the fact that as the beer rested and warmed it changed to that of simply an American IPA. All the Belgian elements were lost in the wash of bitter hops. Now this is not really a bad thing in and of itself, however had it retained it's initial balance between the two it would really be something special.

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Photo of Onibubba
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S'up with the plastic corks guys? Ah well, doesn't affect the brew, just aesthetic bithching on my part. Pours a fairly clear straw color with significant carbonation and a nice foamy, though not long lasting, head. Smells of some earthy funk, and a surprising amount of resiny hops. Taste is more of the same - some sweetness, some slight tang, and noticeable hops. Not bad at all. mouthfeel and drinkability are both OK. Alcohol is a bit strong, but not offensive. Taste is fairly all over the place though (in a good way - lots going on in here) and that makes this a sipper for me.

A good beer that I was looking forward to trying, but the RR Sanctification was far and beyond the stand out go to beer for the weekend.

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Photo of DrewBeechum
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a silk screened corked (plastic) 750 ml bottle into a Chimay Goblet.

Pours hazy gold with a soft, fine bubbled white head that lasts pretty well early in the glass.

A soapy aroma hits you first off and then a tropical earthy aroma plays with a mix of grassy and citrus hop notes.

Flavor is soft malty with a bit of brown sugar and a slight tang that is couched in enough malt to balance the bitterness and tanginess and intense carbonation.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pretty well carbonated, the beer pours with over a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head even though it was done quite carefully. The head leaves patchy lacing patterns on the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes with a rocky, never quite disappearing surface of froth. A myriad of carbonation bubbles stream from the bottom of my tulip, all easily visible through the brilliantly clear, cranberry-tinged, copper colored beer. As I pour this beer I get a spicy note of white pepper. Upon further inspection the nose is amply hoppy, substantially spicy and even has a nice funky tartness to it. Aromatic notes of fresh cut weeds, orange zest, peaches, lychee, hay, ginger, orange zest, moldy cotton, honeysuckle, black pepper, lemon-thyme, clove, hints of urea and lots of other spicy phenolics and esters that keep that beer very interesting. This is definitely a beer that I can easily spend quite some time smelling and exploring, not even worrying about getting to the flavor exploration of this beer. The hops and Brettanomyces combine to create a really green, sharply spicy, savory herbal character. Really just a fantastically interesting and complex nose.

Fairly sweet, yet fairly well carbonated, which really helps to temper the residual malt sweetness. Overall this beer actually has a sort of dry flavor profile; the sweetness does play a role it is just that the carbonation and the astringently herbal / phenolic notes really help to balance and dry out the finish. Characteristically Amarillo hop flavors of lychee, apricot and sweet citrus peel mix with the malt sweetness to form a sort of orange-blossom / wild flower honey nectar character. Lightly tart, somehow this melds in with the fruity hop notes and becomes part of that flavor profile. Touches of funky Brett flavors mix with herbal hop notes in the finish to provide a mix of sharp flavors; Astringent herbs, a biting bitterness, spicy-not-quite plastic like phenolics, must cotton notes. There is a fair amount of body to this brew, it is still easy to drink, though I am not quite sure I would term this a quaffing brew.

At times the Amarillo hops are quite characteristically present, yet at other times the other competing flavors take over; the flavor and aroma of this beer are really quite interesting. What should be strongly competing flavor profiles from the hop and yeast character, somehow melds; sometimes the Brettanomyces dominates, at others the hops take over, but still at other times (and this last the most prevalent) this cacophonous chatter of competing flavors just melds into delicious, somehow well integrated whole that is just a pleasure to drink. As the beer warms up it starts to become a bit more tart, which actually accentuates more of a lemon zest character from the hop notes, but really all of the other hop notes are still noticeable.

This is an absolutely kick-ass brew; ample hops and Brett derived funk, how can I not just absolutely love this beer. A beer to satisfy the inner hop head and funk-o-phile at the same time. I am so glad I found this lone, discardedly placed, wayward bottle at Hi-Times. Perhaps not perfect in any category, but I am just really digging everything this beer has to offer right now. I think part of my enjoyment of this beer is that it reminds me of a hoppy, 100% Brett fermented, 5% alcohol beer that I brewed that was just phenomenal. My biggest regret is that I don't have a couple of these to age.

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Photo of Wildman
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a slight hazy light amber color and formed a nice foamy white head that coated the glass with lace as it slowly subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel, hops, citrus and pine. The flavor was of citrus, pine and a touch of pepper. The body is medium light and the finish is a bit sprite, yet also slightly astrigent.

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Photo of ccrida
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw bottles of this at the Uber Tavern in Seattle, and since it was my favorite at the Portland International Beerfest, I grabbed a 750ml to take home. Poured into my De Proef Brouwerij cervoise, the Signature Ale is a cloudy gold with a huge, rocky white head that leaves big chunks of foam on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is fairly strong and very appetizing. The brett is very evident, with lots spicy citrus zest hops and a sweet grainy backbone.

The taste is even more dominated by the brett, much more so then I recall from having it on draught earlier this summer. Lots of barnyard funk, the infamous horsehair. I assume the brett will continue to gain strength with time, as the hops fade, continuing it's evolution to a totally different beer from fresh draught. Grainy, with spicey yeast, grapefruit hops and a boozy finish. There's a mineral dryness reminiscent of a saison, and if only the fusels were dialed back a notch, it would be exceptional.

The mouthfeel is on the light and creamy side, but with a thick yeastiness.

This is a pretty aggressive beer for those not accustomed to the character of brett, which has become very prominent. I enjoy the complexity it adds, requiring a slower pace to fully appreciate. However, I thought this was fantastic when I had it fresh on draught, with the strong dry-hopping really nice, and ultimately didn't like this older bottle as much. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and really milked the last 1/2 of the last glass, as I really didn't want it to end!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
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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De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 323 ratings