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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 Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur)De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur)

Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ccrida on 07-25-2007

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Photo of BrewMonkey
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber with huge amounts of rock solid head that recedes with tons of lacing, more like head stuck to the side of the glass. Aroma intially of fresh baked bread gives way to lots of fruit aromas, raisons, peach, sour cherry, watermelon.

Fruity sourness greats the palate, but is balanced by a starchy breadiness. Almost like drinking a fruitcake. Peppery spice up front with sour fruit at the back. Good levels of hop bitterness balance the sweetness with faint levels of grassiness, maybe a little pine. Very subtle nutty character. You can take a sip and the flavors sort of dance and change in your mouth after you swallow. Some floral notes also.

Very interesting and complex. First experience with Brett yeast in an ale and I'm definately intrigued. I hate sour ales, but there is an overall balance to this one that keeps it from being to sour for my taste. Good stuff.

High ABV keeps the drinkability down a tad, as does the overall complexity. The alcohol notes are just present enough to know its strong.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle at Ted's Butcherblock in Charlotte SC. This was a a big winner. Pours a golden color with a huge head. Aroma is full of pale malts, yeast and hops. Very full taste of peach, hops, and bread. I'd love to track down another bottle of this.

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Photo of dbONE
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I couldn't wait to get this bottle open! The cork flew and a fog followed out of the top with lingering hints of the Brett and Sacc.
The belgian glass welcomed the deep golden necter with enough excitment that the white (a tint of rust) head danced on top.
The Brett and Sacc really play up the palette first with a big dried fruit slap topped. The presence of spices rolls on the tongue then gets pushed aside for the malty caramel grain. Tomme has his hand in this with the noticably fruity/citrusy hop character that blends well with the carbonation as it rolls to the back of the tongue. The sourness comes in tighter as it warns up with a touch of tobacco, resign and hop bitterness.
I cracked my second bottle and it paired nicely with my Ashton VSG cigar.

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Photo of illidurit
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sampled at Lost Abbey during RBSG. Pours the color of unfiltered apple juice and just as hazy. Head is soft with decent retention and nice lacing. Aroma is canned peaches with some funky brett. Flavor is yeasty with a peach syrup sweetness and a dry brett/hops finish. Alcohol is invisible. Interesting beer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
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 czfreeman
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This special BSPA pours out a murky lemony toned golden blond color, head on this bier is absolutely magnificent. After two whole minutes it still held a solid two finger head with ample amounts of silky lacing.
Aromas are huge in this beer. This is one to sit and think about for several minutes. Oranges peaches, honeysuckles, wild springtime-like greeness, spicy peppery ginger-like balance added in as well. Yeast aromas are marked throughout, they spike here and there and add to an already complex nose.
Flavor is outstanding. Creamier than most BSPAS Ive had, but I really dig it. sour yeasts, lots of the smae flavors found in the aromas now concentrated into liquid delight! Mouthfeel and drinkability go without being spoken as ridiculously wonderful. Anything involving either of the two collaborating Brewmasters-Sir Tomme or Dirk is phenominal, here we have the result of a Belgian Master with an American Belgian-style Master. Phenonminal beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of Walken
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

De Proefbrouwerij: Tomme Arthur Signature Ale, Belgian Strong Pale Ale (07/27/08)
750 ml. bottle: poured into a tulip.

Appearance: The beer pours out a hazy orange color with a layered head composed of small, tight white bubbles on the bottom and large ones on top. Belgian lace, affirmative.
Odor: Ripe orange, honeysuckle and a robust bready malty aroma with clove phenolics in the background.
Consistency: Medium body. The texture is creamy and slightly dry from the ample carbonation, with a little bit of fruity acidity to lend some juicy depth to the feel.
Taste: Waxy bitter orange peel and earthy, leafy hop flavors take hold initially as honey and slight caramel flavors move in to balance. Clove flavors are strong throughout and give the hops an edge up on the malt. Finish is slightly dry, hop oils coat the palate leaving a resinous, grassy citrus flavor.

Viva, Amarillo. Gem of a beer.

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Photo of gwood
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this take on the style, nice mix of American hop character, good slightly sweet malt base, and some slight funk mixed with yeasty spices.

Color is a pale golden orange with a great big brite white head. Nose is slightly funky with citrus and apricots, some slight grains. Nice backbone of mixed malts, some that are a bit sweet and some that are a bit more husky. Being a big "C" hop fan and a fan of Belgian Pales really put me in the right space for this beer. More citrus notes, not the more fleshy ripe notes but more grapefruit and orange rind, quite good. Mouthfeel is big and creamy for the style. Quite the mix here, I wish I would have picked one up to age for a bit.

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Photo of paytoplay
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Would rate this much higher in a couple years. This needs time. Sediment was heavy, a little oxidized but in a good way. Floral, hops kick in a little in the mid and finish. Slightly disjointed finish and dry. Nose smelled of white rubber, and the brew had some sweetness. I have to believe once that balances out with some bottle age this will be an outstanding brew. And at around $13 not bad for a special brew in a 750ml caged bottle.

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Photo of YankChef
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a dfh snifter glass. Thanks Ted's!

Appearance: Burnt orange amber glow that is NOT clear, this bad boy is cloudy folks and I took care to pour carefully some sediment still found its way in. Really thick head that is super pillowy and fluffy with a concentration of evil looking bubble in the center, with some of the most serious clingy sticky lacing I have ever seen.

Smell: Dry-hopping shines through with a strong aroma from the aramillo coming through as well as the brett funk. Sweet diacetyl and citrusy goodness and some floral herby notes.

Taste: WOW! this beer has so many layers of different things going on that it is just incredible... it all comes together wonderfully though. There are flavors that are subtly sweet like peach and orange and lemon peel, there are also hoppy resinous flavors that make it taste like a IIPA, but there is still that yeasty breadiness that is like a belgian pale.... There is hop juiciness and o my!!

Overall: This beer defies style designation... One of the most unique and outstanding beers I have ever had if you can find it ignore the price tag and just get it it is unbelievable.

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Photo of mcallister
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2

Pours a unpolished amber color with a great only slightly off white thick pillowy head that leaves tracking lace, great retention.

Tropical fruity hops, belgian yeast and spice, very fruity and hoppy in the aroma. A bit of orange rind, and starfruit, some piney grassy aromas as well.

Man this is good. Tart fruit flavors with a thick sticky malt and resiny hop middle. Full of tropical fruits, hints of stone fruit, and belgian yeast. Some spicey qaulity on the finish with a nice spritzy carbonation that really makes his a drinkable beer. So much going on and just a terrific collaboration.

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Photo of dedrinker
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sort of a light, hazy copper with an average puffy off-white head. Very subtle aroma of earth and yeast. The flavor really did a strange number on me - it was so very mild and shy, a touch of sweetness that I could not tell whether it was from malt sugar or added sugar balanced by a faint bitter dryness that once again I could not guess its source. Hops? Yeast? A very dry maltiness achieved through high attenuation? I couldn't say, and I couldn't even say if it "tasted good" because everything was so damn mellow and elusive. A very coy beer. It was the soft medium body, and something (again) elusive on the mild dry finish that made me just go, "damn" and keep on taking rapid sips to hunt it down. Something was happening but I didn't know what. This beer is invisible. Nothing bold or brash about it. You just keep wanting more and then it's gone. I'm still not sure I get it.

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Photo of Crosling
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Supposedly a wild ale, hopped like a Double IPA. Golden color with a small, wispy white foam. Smells of some wildness, with hints of floral-like, lemony, grapefruity hops. Flavor has some malt & yeast derived notes of peach and nectarine. Also a lot of hop character with some funkiness. It's a fairly good Belgian ale.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting story line here. Pours a cloudy golden color with more blond highlights through out. A soft head that did take time to dissipate but eventually did die out complete. Decent lacing when it was there.

The nose is light overall. Some noticeable Belgian notes. The malt has a biscuit aroma that is almost herbal in character. Some very soft floral notes that is enhanced by a light yeasty character. Some light funk on the back end with a subtle barnyard and earthy quality.

The taste is more defined. A good malt flavor with biscuit flavors mostly. A nice honey malt taste as well that blends with a more herbal hibiscus flavor. Some floral notes with a mix of some esters and rose peddles. Some earthy notes and a light fruity flavor with apricots and peaches. Some minor alcohol flavors but good. Some off metallic flavor but subtle, and more of a nit pick type of thing.

The body is more moderate but understandable with the ABV. A soft carbonation. Overall a light beer with some very soft and floral notes. I should note that this has been aged just short of a year. Would like to see this after a few years.

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Photo of dill
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. I'm usually not a fan of Belgian Strong Pale Ales, but this one has a nice bit of funkiness and is really mellow and easy to drink. I have more of these that I will look forward to trying down the line. It should age quite well.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked cracked during a BA tasting.
Thanks to rustydiamond for this in a trade.

A: Clear golden color with minimal white head. One half finger of white head.

S: Little bit funky. Had a weird perfume/ flowery smell that everyone notes but was really enjoyable. Brett does some weird stuff sometimes.

T: Sweet. Sticky. Perfume. Flowery with a nice citrus hop notes. A Slight spice from some of the yeast. Really nice and complex.

M: medium body. Low carbonation.

D: Super easy drinking. This is a weird beer in that it has so much going on. Almost too much. Would love to see how this ages when that Brett goes to town. A really great singular beer.

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Photo of beerking1
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgian funk and phenols with an American hopping character. Pours dark gold with a significant haze. The aroma is Brett Funk, spicy phenolics and citrusy hops, all in near equal balance (although the funk does dominate a bit). Flavor follows through from the aroma. The Brett gives this beer a pasty flavor, which predominates. Still, the malt, the hops, and even the phenols come through to balance things pretty well. This beer is a great balance of many differing characters, and it is done really well.
If you are not a fan of Belgian or wild brews, BEWARE THE FUNK! If you enjoy them, YOU WILL LOVE THIS BEER!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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 msubulldog25
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Caged/'newcork'-ed 750mL bottle, 'signed' by Tomme Arthur (Port Brewing) and Dirk Naudts (De Proef Brouwerij). First try of this was a kegged version served at 2007 Portland International Beerfest (did not review); today's bottle was purchased in late November on a trip to Tucson, AZ - so it's been cellared for about 6.5 months. After a couple cork twists resulting in a light 'pop', poured to a tulip glass.

A: Lovely, glowing golden-orange, crowned with a voluptuous dollop of crackling white froth. Head crests at 3-fingers then drops like rocky seafoam, speckling the glass with loose bubbly bits. Liquid is clear and shows active steady carbonation.

S: Musty-sweet aroma of rustic Belgian yeast (re: Brettanomyces and sacchromyces): tart apple, dry berries, apricots, lemon-lime chewing gum. Grassy/herbal hops are muted.

T: More tart and medicinally bitter than the sweetness in the nose led with. Rear label states that this is a hybrid of Belgian and American brewing techniques (notably, Belgian yeasts with American-style hopping). The result is a good, rather dry, pale ale with a nice zest hop kick. Hop bitterness seems to alternate at times, from pithy and harsh (citrus rind, aspirin tablet, chalk) to grassy and herbal (fresh-cut lawn, sage, parsley, mint?). It's not always 'tasty' but certainly holds my interest.

M: Crisp yet tantalizingly juicy, here is where the yeasty tartness and hoppy citrus come together beautiful. It's mouthwatering and velvety all at once. Very slight alcohol warmth, some heaviness building toward the finish.

D: A very nice treat on a glorious early June Sunday afternoon. Paired at first with some meats and cheeses then later on it's own, a likable ale which is certainly worth recommending.

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Photo of ejquin
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Sunny ornange color with little head, just a few stray large bubbles that fade quick.

S: Nice malty sweeness with definite orange notes. Candy sugar. Nice slightly spicy hop presence.

T/M: Mouthfeel is perfect to me. Just the right amount of carbonation and weight for this style. Starts with some sweetness which fades into a nice hop bite. Finish the spiciness of the hops comes through bnd turns into a yeasty and bready note. Long dry finish brings thh alcohol in with an astringent/herbal/earthy note. Slight orangish tste comes in as well with touches of honey.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 750 ml. bomber holding the beer was silk screened with a lot of information about the making of this joint effort. When poured into a Duvel tulip, this one looked decent but not great. The golden color, and the large head were nice, but the chill haze was a bit heavy. The smell was quite a bit like a Saison with hops and wildness coming together for an inviting bouquet. The taste was a great marriage of two bold and proud traditions. The hops were immediately noticeable like they would be in a bright American IPA, but the malt content was quite a bit higher, and the unique dry and sour flavors that come only from Belgian Yeast and Brettanomyces were vying for attention. The finish was spicy like white pepper. The body was medium thick and satisfying in its sticky consistency. Another proof that addition of more hops is almost never a bad thing.

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Photo of rdickey
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours amber gold into a tulip. Some yeast fragments floating about. Two and a half finger rocky white head that lingers. Stream of bubbles from the bottom. Looks nice.

Smell: Floral with sourness at the same time. Some unmasked hoppy alcohol comes through.

Taste: Wow. This is nice. Reminds me of Brooklyn One, which seems to be what a lot of Belgians are going for now. Great floral and fruit notes up front, but the hops come through strong at the end. It's not overpowering or drying, but significant enough to end up with a hop taste as opposed to your usual golden ale aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Damn near perfect. Is the carbonation a little high? Perhaps, but it works here.

Drinkability: Will finish this bottle and report back. [Time passes] Even better than I initially thought. Very solid.

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Photo of Overlord
2.71/5  rDev -33.3%
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 sfoley333
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from corked caged 750ml bottle from The Port's bottle shop back in September of last year. Have tried many times before both in bottles and on tap at Lost abbey and at the port but never reviewed until now. First of all I have to say I like this beer better in the bottle than on tap even though its a great beer no matter the source, Second with a year age on it the Brett has developed mor and some of the hops have faded but help balance it out more like a BSPA. Poured into Duvel Snifter a Hazy Golden Orange color with a white head about a finger thick with good lacing. Smell is a light brett funk, spice, sweet candi sugar amd mellow citrus scents. Taste is sweet malt mixed with lemon zest, light grass flavors, atouch of spice and phenolic compounds. Mouthfeel is light body with an active but light carbonation. This mixed with its great balance of flavors and the fact that its abv is well hidden make this not only a great drinking beer but a world class effort by two great brewers.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a deep straw yellow body with a slight hazy and long strings of tiny bubbles rise to the surface supporting a rocky antique-white head of foam that last for the full beer. This beer reminds me of the old Boddington's poster with an ice cream scoop taken out of the head.

S- The full smell of sweet perfumed pale malt has fruit blossoms in it but blends into a soft horse blanket smell and then a soft cheese rind note a bit like sharp cheedar. The finish is a spicy hop scent that compliments the funk and sweetness perfectly.

T- There is a crazy soft tart and funky note that blends into a pale malt slightly sweet note and a hint of dry cheese to it. This is followed by a green spicy perfumed hop taste and that is blended with a sweet pale malt note. The hops linger with a slight grapefruit and Nori quality to them.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slippery texture and the head offers a bit more fullness in the finish. This beer is very smooth and no real alcohol heat is noticed.

D- This beer has lots of crazy flavors but they all compliment each other and none of them are overpowering. The beer store guy described this as a "mind f%#k", and that is all he would say. I can now see why. It is the only beer that I have bought a case of bombers after I tried it. Truly an amazing beer, and an example that it is possible to have a fusion of hops, funk, malt, and fruity yeast flavors in a beer.

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De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 322 ratings
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