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%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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Photo of ONUMello
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip
A: Muddy brown with bits of yeast floating around and a very thin head that disappears in a flash
S: Very malty, somewhat sweet (like simple syrup), a cheese note, a hint of strawberry/spice. Fairly complex, but not sure how well it all works together
T: As much as the A/S are perhaps a bit off, here it all comes together and quite nicely. Big malt flavors up front, and tastes like freshly dried grain. That's followed by some fruit esters which are immediately followed by a nice yeasty/cheesy note, then some additional grain/herbs and a nice finish
M: Light to medium-bodied, a pleasant carbonation & crispness
O: Don't judge a book by its cover. I was wondering where the overall BA score came from when I first poured/smelled this... one taste and it makes sense. Well made & a very pleasant beer to drink

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Photo of mantissa
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of rtepiak
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a beer i thought i had had before... or at least remember it having a distinctly different more spicy qualities when fresh. an older bottle the yeast really take on an effect. pour is nice and lacy orange cloudiness. nose of orange blossom hopping, breadiness and yeastiness... camembert notes. plate is floral and orange sweet. clove hints and mineral dry. noble bittering. wonderful beer with a dynamic spicy, yeast and hop combination. one of a kind.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -2%
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 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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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemmed Gulden Draak tulip: Murky burnt orange body under a finger of fluffy, dough-colored head with some floating sediment & lots of tight nucleation strands.

Smells of baked apple, a little baking spice, some pineapple, kind of a cakey bread. Actually, the closest comparison I can come to is the smell of Apple Newtons. Pretty nice.

Taste follows suit, leading with fruit (apple, white grape juice, pineapple), moving into an herbal & candy-ish flavor, like Ricola, rounding off with more baked, cakey character, & ushering in a moderate dry booze heat. The aftertaste is pretty dry but with the baking spice going on again, with just a touch of stoney, mineral, & funky that I get from brett a lot. Gains some citrus notes further in.

Medium-full-bodied, kind of chewy, you can roll it around on your tongue. The heat & growing attack from alcohol becomes a little formidable, but doesn't spoil the experience.

Some challenges, definitely a lot of recognizable qualities that ground it while pulling it a little in the direction of more experimental beers. Reminds me of a slightly mutated Unibroue Raftman, which I love.

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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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