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 jamescain
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Saint Arnold’s sniffer, thanks texasclimber for sharing this one

Appearance: Brownish-copper with a white head about a finger thick. The head recedes to a ring around the side of the glass.

Aroma: Spicy with a touch of funk and apples, nothing out of control.

Taste: zesty and tart, but not overwhelmingly tart or sour, balanced nicely with a malty sweetness and dark fruit subtly.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation that finishes sweet and slightly sour.

Overall: This beer was the surprise of the night. The others were expected to be good, but no one knew anything about this beer. We were all pleasantly surprised and I would buy it again if I could find it.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by my neighbor. Poured into a wine glass.

This is a lighter colored beer with a full haze. Its a pastel, clouded gold. At times, and mostly on the last glasses of the bottle, this beer can be quite muddy.

This has a very nice, lighter and floral aroma. Light fruits like apples and pears mix with a little bit of pollen and a subtle funk. Its a dry type of yeasty funk.

The funk I was picking up in the aroma doesn't manifest any sort of sourness, but there is a yeasty funkiness to the flavor. Hops are light and soft, mostly tasting floral. The fruitiness remains bright, with notes of apples and pears. There is a dash of clove and honey here and there.

The carbonation is quite low. The mouthfeel is softened and filled out by the haziness and higher level of suspended yeast.

Quite good. This is one I've seen around but just passed up. It was well worth the try, but it doesn't have me eager to buy any of the others.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
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 psuKinger
2.96/5  rDev -28%
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 stephens101
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thin and fleeting off-white head tops a golden orange brew. You can count the spots of residual lace on one hand.

Bold and sour as all get out to the nose with big grapefruit, lemon and orange notes mixed in with Belgian yeast, wet straw, bubblegum and taffy.

Tastes spicy and palpably phenolic up front with a sweet and malty base holding it all together. A few more sips reveal definite notes of brett and a little squirt of citrus.

Medium bodied with dry edges which surround a slightly creamy core. Alcohol is there, but hidden by the brews other complexities.

Orval on steroids, and has me feeling its charms.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich and long bretty ale, on this aged take with a layered memory of hops, and a fruity and sweet underpinning.

Presentation: 750 ml rubber corked bottle. Simple front label design based on the typography noting name of the brew, description, and signature of the collaborating brewmasters: Dirk Naudts from De Proef B rouwerij, and Tomme Arthur from Port Brewing. Back label includes a lengthy narrative going over the history, intent, and characteristics of the brew. Lacks a clear bottling date (delicate print on the plastic cork note s0108, and there is a B2 next to the legal jargon probably placing it as the second batch from January 2008). Notes Alc. by Vol. (8.5%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy deep amber pour, tall frothy head, nice retention, surface memory and rich lacing.

S - Funky barnyard, soft but assertive, with a soft and sweet memory of hops.

T - Gentle funk, brett with a nice range, soft hops, very tamed by now with a sweet fruitiness woven around the creamy sense. Citric notes, very tamed, with a nice apple tart and rotten sense, fresh and complex.

M - Medium to Medium-full body with light carbonation, in fact maybe a bit low. But it opens up a creamy smoothness that works very well

D - Still working like a charm. Nice brew, and a very worthy pick.

Notes: With the fresh hops this must have been a different delight altogether. In this incarnation it offers a rich funk, with a nice fruity sense. It is aging well.

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
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 DovaliHops
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very murky golden color that looks like unfiltered apple juice with a medium white head that diminishes quickly. Scent is very apple-forward, but not the usual green apples. This smells like a big basket of fresh red apples. Very unique smell. A bit of spice and funk as well in the nose. Taste is very red apple forward as well. A lot of delicious hoppiness as well with a fair amount of booziness. Definitely some tasty Belgian yeast flavors with some great spiciness. Very sweet grape flavors as well. The label says this beer has subtle tartness, but I pick up zero tartness. None whatsoever, which I believe would have made this beer OUTSTANDING! With the great flavors I'm getting, some sourness would have been the perfect addition. Mouthfeel is full bodied and thick. Nice carbonation. Drinkability is fair.

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Photo of fastpass17
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden slightly hazy. Quick fading one finger head.
S: apples, spiced, yeast, malt in the back.
T: spiced fruit, ginger, fresh baked apple pie
M: clean and dry, stays in the palate pleasantly.
D: for it's strength, extremely drinkable. Enjoyed it!

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Photo of Tone
3.49/5  rDev -15.1%
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 DPFRD
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750 in a Chimay goblet.

Pours a murky brown/golden hue... not much head or head retention. Definitely some evidence of activity on the head of the beer.

Smells of slight caramel and abundant yeast, with a hint of spice.

Tastes pretty damn good. Hints of caramel and toffee, some hop spiciness are tied together by the brett and a hint of white grapes. Hop flavor intensifies a bit once it warms.

Mouthfeel is good, stinging carbonation/hop combo. Nearly thick, almost seems more like a pater than a pale to me.

Drink-ability is good in my mind... might be a bit overbearing for those not used to pounding strong Belgian beers.

After tending to this bottle for a long while, I've realized that I like this beer more than I thought. It has gotten dryer as it warmed. It is almost giving me slight Orval similarities. Maybe it's the brett, as Orval is the only Trappist to use it, only for bottle conditioning though.

This beer has a leathery aftertaste that makes it hard to stopping licking my chops. If I see it again I will grab it.

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Photo of Tilley4
2.75/5  rDev -33.1%
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 mwilbur
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
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 Thorpe429
2.88/5  rDev -29.9%
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 JoEBoBpr
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice hazy orange jam color with some slight brownish hints and a thin quick dissipating head that is about .25 inches tall.

S - Delicious tart and fruit hints some vinous character and definitely some peaches in the nose. Quite hoppy as expected from the colab. with Port. There are some slight tropical and citric notes as well.

T & M - Starts off with some nice bready and sweet caramel like malt. There is some nice tart and white wine like flavors in there with nice tart white grapes as well as some slight lemon rind. The hops are quite present and do a good job turning this beer into a nice BSP and APA hybrid. There is some nice peach and tangerine flavors as well as nice grassy and earthy tones form the hop resin. There is some funk in the flavor as well more similar to a saison or a Belgian IPA. Nice crisp mouthfeel with a great mix of flavors from both continents.

D - Very high because of nice clean flavors with some higher ABV but not too crazy.

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

murky orangeish brown with a nice one fingered eggshell colored head that sticks around forever and clings to the glass.

aroma is definitely infiltrated by the Brett. A good amount of citrus hops is there, as well as some caramel and white bread. but the brett gives it that swampy, musty, vinegary, moldy and funky aroma. weird, yet decent mix.

taste is not as sour as I expected, a lot hoppier, and quite a bit sweeter as well. candi sugar, toast, caramel, lemon zest, pepper, biscuit, pine, grass, raisin and toffee flavors are contrasted nicely by the funky, sour, vinegary brett flavors. Definitely skirts outside of style boundaries, but as an overall flavor profile, it is tasty. spicy, sweet, bitter, and sour all in one.

mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, and a bit bubbly with a little bit of a syrupy feel left on the tongue that leaves some residual sweetness.

drinks ok. alcohol can be detected, but only slightly. lots of flavors are packed into this beer. some are good, some detract, but it makes this beer one to sit back and contemplate which kind of hurts its enjoyability.

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Photo of nickd717
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle thanks to TommeArthur. A collabo with the man, myth, and legend known as Tomme Arthur? How could this not be awesome (unless it had no carbonation)?

Pours a cloudy amber color with a small off-white head that fades but leaves good lacing.

Complex aroma of brett, lemon peel, Asian spices, caramel, and apple. Floral hops evident as well.

The flavor is slightly sweet and slightly tart. Caramel malt and candi sugar form the base, with spicy notes of ginger and mint, earth, citrus peel, green apple and stone fruits, and hop resins. Brett and Belgian yeast. A lot going on, but not extremely well balanced.

A little on the flatter side carbonation-wise, with medium body for the style.

A worthy effort from Tomme and De Proef, but not amazing.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip on 8/13/10

Faded, pale amber-brown in color. A few pieces of sediment drift throughout. Ample foam of nearly three fingers. After a few minutes the head has dropped by 50%, leaving behind scattered clumps of lace. Very thin retention throughout. Good lace towards the end. The second pour is extremely murky.

The aroma is filled with fruit esters & spices from the Belgian yeast, there are notes of clove, pear, tart apple & possibly muscat grapes. There are also undertones of musty Brett funk though it seems situated behind the fruit tones. The American hops add a subtle contrast, offering orange peel & hints of lemon peel. Vague notions of toasted sugary malts.

The taste is much more robust, with a penchant for heaviness, that wasn't suggested by the aroma. Surprisingly dry notions of brown sugar & caramel blend seamlessly with the apple & pear notes; raisins, as well. It makes for the semblance of candied fruits. Rather toasty with just a faint sweetness. Funk isn't particularly appreciable. Hops offer a subtle twinge & work in conjunction with spice notes.

Medium bodied, despite being full flavored. Initially the carbonation seemed aggressive; though it has tamed over time it's still pointed. Fruit esters & residual sugars linger long on the finish.

Drinkability is plenty fine. The second pour finds darker fruit & sugar notes more manifest; possibly I should have gone the snifter route on this one to get the dregs mixed in earlier. In any case, this was pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.31/5  rDev -19.5%
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 Huhzubendah
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
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 DeanMoriarty
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark orange, with a small head that dissipates quickly leaving a slight amount of lacing in my glass.

S: Herbal tea and sweet malt, citrus and grassy with some biscuit yeast in the mix as well.

T: Amarillo for days - earthy grassy citrus, fermented apples, sweet and malty with a slightly spicy finish.

M: Medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, a bit sticky, rich and well balanced.

D: Real easy drinker, especially with a 8.5% ABV.

Nice collaboration here.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.38/5  rDev -42.1%
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 drabmuh
2.61/5  rDev -36.5%
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 drpimento
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a decent cream colored foamy frothy fluffy head and good lace. Color is a slightly hazy medium amber. Aroma is spicey yeast malt a bit of fruit. Flavor is like aroma but bitterness dominates the sweet. Good body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor with alcohol warming at the end of medium length. Decent beer, but nothing too remarkable.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy pumpkin colored orange with a rocky and huge head that died alright but left lace patches down the tulip glass. A very potent aroma of honey, corriander, peppery spices, sugar, tart fruits like berries, some breadiness and yeastiness are in there as well. A fluffy medium body that is slightly chewey from breadi- and yeastiness and also a bit prickly thanks to some sour fruit/tart fruits that cut and sour citric hops as well as some carbonation. An excellent balance thanks to spice and honey/caramel/sweet malt that is clearly evident for a mix of sour and sweetness and perfectly finished with a slightly tart/dry backbite that grabs the tongue. ABV well-hidden and a tad bit like a juicy white wine; this is a great one-off.

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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