De Proef Signature Les Deux Brasseurs Ale (w/Jason Perkins) | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

De Proef Signature Les Deux Brasseurs Ale (w/Jason Perkins)De Proef Signature Les Deux Brasseurs Ale (w/Jason Perkins)
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De Proef Signature Les Deux Brasseurs Ale (w/Jason Perkins)De Proef Signature Les Deux Brasseurs Ale (w/Jason Perkins)

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De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Patrick999 on 09-06-2008

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Photo of UnknownKoger
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of mhatters
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap in appropriate glassware at Monk's Cafe here in Phiily

Slightly hazy, straw golden, a thick head, gives off a delightful barnyardy, somewhat lemony nose. Good malt and Brett balance, a beautiful combination. Long finish, great acid and tartness turning to dry heaven.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of libertygrails
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Came highly recommended to me from Justin, the beer buyer/co-Manager at Beaumont Market.

Appearance: Cloudy/turbid orange.

Nose: Bready, fruitcake, freshly sliced pear, moist Earth, sea foam. Heavenly.

Palate: Singular medley of yeasty day old bread with dried apricots some baked apple pie and funky Earthy salty notes. The 8.5% ABV is completely masked by the lovely and complex sugars and esters here. Surprising and delish!

Mouthfeel/Finish: Buttery and full-bodied with that trademark Brett bite up front and on the tip of the tongue.

Drinkability: Oh, my. Wish this wasn't so pricey. I could drink this every day and be happy.

Thanks, Justin. Nice call.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(served in a chalice)
the cork reads 24/04/12 it must be a best before date?
A-This beer pours a hazy orange body with a spongy off-white head that sticks to the glass and is supported by a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head creates register marks with each sip and last long after the glass is empty.

S- This beer has a smooth barnyard wet grain aroma with nice aged champagne vinegar note to it. Notes of raw damp wheat and earth come through followed by a stronger overripe pineapple hint that finishes the smell.

T- This beer has a blend of barnyard funk and green apples with a softer graham flavor and a bright lemon zest note. The finish is a bitter hop bite that has grapefruit notes and brie rind flavors. There is a bright citrus tartness that lingers after each sip but is soft.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no real alcohol heat and no real astringency.

D- This beer has a full flavor and is well balanced between nice fruitiness and tart funk notes with hops growing as the beer warms. The funk and hops really do work well together in this beer and there are some malt hints offering support.

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Photo of bryanbrick
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

How can this not be good. Two of my favorite brewers coming together to collaborate on one beer. It is like the awesomeness of Voltron. Great on their own but unstoppable when they combine forces for all that is good in the world.

There is so much to like here. It really has aspects of a lot of styles, a little bit for everyone if you will. Bret rears it head and gives some great lactic notes, combined with some of the floral hop notes. It is hard to drink this 'cause it smells so damn good. Pineapple, key lime, some sweeter mushroom notes like oyster or sweet cap, orange pith and honeycomb. It is all here.

On first taste this seems simple almost one dimensional, but far from it. This is subtle but has tremendous depth and complexity. All of wich I think will continue to develop in bottle, I will surely stash this with the wine in the basement.

Lacy, creamy and snappy all at the same time in the mouth. Great dissapating carbonation and wonderful clarity. You can't help know exactly what this is striving to be.

Got to stop typing and start drinking, too distracted by this to not fully enjoy it.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I wasn't sure what to expect from this beer, but I'm glad I tried it. I had a 16oz pour in a chalice. It had a nice golden color with a decent head. Right away you can smell the apple tones from this beer. The taste is of sweet fruit, but it isn't overpowering or sugary; it's quite refreshing. The mouthfeel was crisp with plenty of carbonation. I would certainly order another glass of this, and after a few more months I look forward to trying the 750ml bottle I have in my cellar.

Update: 12-26-09
After cellaring this bottle for close to a year, I have to say that it drank better fresh. The aroma is much more yeasty than before. The beer is now a cloudy yellow color, but the impressive head remains. The taste isn't as sweet as it once was, and now has a green apple flavor with some bretty funkiness. It's still an excellent beer, I just preferred it when I had it from a fresh keg.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to koopa for the opportunity to try this wonderful beer! 750 ml bottle poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

A- When the bottle is uncorked it makes this wonderful fizzy sound but it does not overflow or gush. The body is a translucent golden yellow hue. Pours with an approximately 3 finger white head which slowly subsides to 1 finger and has perfect retention from there. Plenty of lacing is left all the way down the glass. The body is very hazy and cloudiness is uniform and very thick. Perfect and exactly what I am looking for in this style.

S- Some apples and pears definitely come to the nose first as well as some brett funk. This is accented by floral hops and has a nice sweet bready yeast backbone. The nose is a perfect balance between tart and sweet and I can't stop smelling it.

T- A lot of floral hops flavors upfront...but as one drinks it the apple and pear presence becomes more and more prominent upfront. These fruity flavors are somewhat tart and somewhat sweet. The backbone is filled with funky brett and sweet bready yeast. These flavors intensify for the finish as the fruity flavors turn more tart and a hint of floral hop bitterness, a good dash of spicy hop flavor, and a hint of alcohol also become present. What lingers is funky brett, medium residual floral hop bitterness, apple and pear tartness, and a hint of sweet bready yeast. There is a lot going on here and it is truly wonderful.

M-Medium carbonation and a body that is packed with yeasty smoothness but also has a noticeable Phenolic presence. Good but not as wonderful as the rest of the characteristics of this beer. Perhaps with a bit more age the mouthfeel would improve.

D-This is a wonderful beer that I have been taking my time with tonight. Its a bit pricey and not available in this area; but it is wonderful and worth the price. Its something that I would definitely trade for again and consume on a special occasion. The ABV is noticeable primarily in the mouthfeel but this still drinks like a session ale with really big flavors. You can tell a lot of hard work was put into this beer and a wonderful job done by De Proef and Jason Perkins of Allagash. I would have let this age a little bit more but I was too excited to try it! This is definitely my kind of beer!

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Photo of mwilbur
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a cloudy yellow-orange (more orange with backlighting) with an inch thick frothy white head with good retention and excellent lacing left on the glass.
S: The brett is immediately apparent (bottle states that this is a "golden ale fermented with multiple strains of brettanomyces yeast"). Sour and citrus notes. Herbal floral aroma comes out as this warms...and with futher warming this transitions to more of a medicinal herb aroma.
T: Very complex and very well balanced! Smooth (in fact not sour at all as I was expecting from the aroma) earthy mineral notes. Graham cracker, farmhouse, pear, apple, and mild spicy hop notes arise. Creamy lemon citrus finish in the aftertaste.
M: Light body. Slight acidic tingle. And an interesting second or two of hoppy bitterness usually a few seconds after beer is swallowed. This is very fleeting though and quickly replaced with a creamy, smooth satisfying finish.
D: Drinks more like a saison, but I believe it falls under the belgian strong pale ale category. The high ABV is extraordinarily well hidden. This is tremendously easy to drink. Excellent on its own and I'm sure also good with lighter fare (bread and chevre)...nothing too strong or spicy to drown this beer out though! An outstanding brew.
Note: This beer is a collaboration between Jason Perkins from Allagash and Dirk Naudts at De Proef Brouwerij.
Note #2: Now that I've finished this one, I see that in the top ten belgian strong pale ales (per Beer Adovocates reviews) that De Proef Brouwerij has a whopping 4 beers represented and Allagash has one. No surprise then I guess that this is one hell of a brew.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Bernardus chalice, my favorite glass, this beer is a cloudy amber color. Only a small head forms on top, though it laces the glass nicely. The aroma is beautiful, delightfully sweet and sour, with tropical fruit notes mixed with a rainy-earthiness. The taste, likewise, is exceptional. It starts sweet, but with a nice resinously hoppy bitterness, spicy yeastiness and highly fruity, offset by a lightly tart sourness and a moderate leathery funkiness. What is remarkable is how well everything is in balance. It is complex and deserves to be savored, but it's so light-bodied (in the way the best strong Belgians are) and tasty I want to quaff it down. What a beautiful beer! The best I've had in months.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I walked into Oasis this evening to pick up a Sam Adams Choc Bock and low and behold a bottle of this one sitting up on the shelp. I ran, grabbed, and brought it home with much haste. Served at a comfy 50 degrees, this one was consumed on 12/02/2008.

The pour was a wonderful deep, hazy, golden amber with a large frothy head of white on top. Rich side lacing and great retention, left no doubt in my mind that this one was going to be a killer.

Leaned in for a whiff and was blown away. Large, funky brett notes on top of a wonderful layer of rich spice. Hints of grain and light bready malts, touches of pears and peach, just a wonderful, warming aroma. The flavor though is where its at. This was tremendously good. Rich, warm, inviting flavor of funk, just mixed in slightly with a spiced apple and pear tone, that was just perfectly placed. Wondeful notes of pepper like spices, smooth grass like hops and a rich warm note of light grain. Wondeful consistency and a smooth, mellow follow through that was just sublime.

Overall I was shocked by how good this one was. The first collaboration I thought was stunning but this one was other worldy. I need to find more, now.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this one up since Jason Perkins collaborated on it and I do like a good BSPA. Pours with just a bit of head but the aroma is bellowing out. Sweet to begin followed up by some funky yeast and finishes some fruits. How to describe the taste. Well, there are multiple fruit flavors to pick out that lead into that farmhouse ale funk. There is just enough sourness on the back of the tongue to balance out the sweetness which is well done. There is a good amount of carbonation making ever sip a full one. Finishes smooth and very drinkable. I really enjoyed this one and will have to get another before they disappear of the shelf.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of pat61
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From tasting notes. 750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.
A: Hazy copper gold with a very sudsy, persistent and lacy off-white foam collar.
S: Perfumey, funky, over ripe fruit, light malts and a variety of pitted and tropical fruits. T: Starts rich and malty immediately followed by fruit from ripe to over ripe, passion fruit and a hint of guava. A dash of horehound in the middle and traces of some other spices. Slight lemony tartness.
M: Has the creamy soft Brett texture with fine soft bubbles and medium body.
O: A nice showcase for Brett flavors and textures.

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Photo of bobsy
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank a bottle at Cole's with ritzkiss to celebrate getting a bonus and being on Christmas vacation.

Pours a lovely deep gold with a finger of white head that drops to a thin cap and leaves some nice spots of lace. The funky aroma certainly has the brett first and foremost, but with notes of straw, lemon, apple and tropical fruit. Definitely the sort of beer I could sniff for an age!

Brett, brett, brett in the flavour. Lots of funk... leather, horseblanket, barnyard, straw, cider - its all there. Some tropical fruit, light grain and a subtle sourness underneath. Truly a delightful experience, and on of the better beers I've tasted this year. Medium body with a smooth carbonation.

The price on this bottle was steep, but I'm glad to say it was worth it. A great day south of the border!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

750ML caged and corked bottle.

This pours a hazy orange gold with a 2 finger head of foam. Lots of lacing and the foam looks like it's going to stick around for a while.

The smell, I noticed immediately upon opening the bottle, is of citrus hops, fruit, and spice. And some funk. Actually, lots of it. Makes me want to dive right in.

The taste is huge! Lots of funk and wheat dominate the intial sip with light notes of citrus hops and not so light notes of peppery spiciness. Some sweetness way in the background that gets stronger with further sips but man, the Brett notes are what's drawing my attention and there are some really nice tart notes that are starting to really shine. What a brew! The foam shrank to about an inch but it's very irregular in shape.I've got a seperate "pile" near the middle of my glass that stands above the rest of the foam. Very unusual but pleasing to my eye.

The mouthfeel is medium, the carbonation is on the light side, and it finishes with a funky-tart-bitterish delight. Yum.

Drinkability? 8.5%abv? It sure doesn't show up in the nose or taste and there's just a very light warming after the swallow. Super well hidden and the flavours I'm getting demand that I pick up the glass again and again. Man, this is some damn good stuff!

Bottom line: Definitely the most Brett centered brew I've had in ages and a sheer delight to drink. I can't call this one anything but world class. A *must* try if the style is something that you appreciate. Thanks again, Alan!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderfully complex and interesting ale that is just delicious. Pours a hazy golden with a very tightly beaded thin white head that leaves some moderate lacing. Smells sweet and a little funky with aromas of peaches, papaya, melon and some light barnyard. The taste is even more complex, and the funkiness is stepped up a notch. Nice tropical fruit and more peaches, as well as some funk characterised by overripe fruit and slightly medicinal flavors, some horseblanket and some late lemony sourness. Very intriguing. Very smooth in the mouth and more refreshing than challenging at this point. This should evolve interestingly and get funkier as time goes on. Definitely one to cellar, but it is very enjoyable right now. Delicious!

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml corked and caged had at Cole's in Buffalo with Bobsy (re-reviewing due to site crash).

Pours a very hazy apple strawberry juice color, no seeing through this one and the murk gives the impression that it's thicker than I'm thinking it will be. A finger of head rises up and falls, leaving some light lacing down the glass.

Nose is delicious! Pear and apples juice mingles with a leathery, barnyard funk, hints of graininess - clean and inviting.

This is a delectable nectar indeed. Pear juice, triple-ish like esters, graininess, apples, light citric sourness - all there with a complex bundle of brett that gives off musty, grassy, leather and barnyard. Hints of Saaz and Hallertau in the finish, adds another layer Manages to be both juicy and drying, very drinkable.

This is one awesome beer! Very balanced and drinkable, complex melding of brett into a terrific beer. Would gladly have again!

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Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic looking beer. Pours a rich cedar color with a thick beige head. Excellent lacing and retention. Nose has big nutty malts, ripe fuits, fruity hops, tart yeast and barnyard funk. Like their ale with Tommee, this incoporates the wild yeasts perfectly. Sweet bready malts complimented by floral hops. Also tart citus, rotting wood, old manure ridden hay and a musty soil presence. Nice silky body with a crisp yet light carbonation. I'm really starting to enjoy De Proef. Will have to explore more of their offerings. Drink at cellar temp.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by Cork Date of April 2012; Sampled September 2008
A careful hand over the cork after I pull off the cage saves the cork from exploding out of the bottle. A careful pour still yields an almost four-finger thick, fluffy textured, tightly beaded, off-white colored head. As I am pouring this interesting aromatic notes of apples, woody pepper and cured leather are noticeable. The beer is a hazy, amber color that shows a bright, fairly clear, orange-tinted, gold color when held up to the light. The head, as it slowly recedes forms a very variegated surface and clings with chunky lacing patterns to the sides of my glass. The nose is quite complex and quite funky; there are lots of woody, musty, slightly moldy notes here, ample black pepper, a funky farmhouse cheesiness, a sharp almost curing plastic like note in the finish, some dusty grain aromatics as well as some funky, butyric acid, barnyard character that is a mix of old animal sweat and musk.

The flavor has a very soft sweetness to it up front that makes me think of pears and a ripe, musky melon. The beer gets pretty dry towards the finish, though it never loses the fruitiness, which even lingers on in the long finish. The finish also has a phenolic, cured plastic note to it that is not expressive enough to be detracting and instead just adds to the complexity of this brew. Soft flavors of orange blossom tea, honey-like malt, a touch of peach, sweet-young pickled ginger, a soft-sometimes noticeable vegetal note in the finish, as well as some savory notes of sage, hints of rosemary and turpene rich-yet-subtle clove. A prickly carbonation adds a peppery carbonic bite that helps to clean the palate a bit. The texture of this is quite nice, light enough to be amply quaffable, yet with enough presence to carry the complex flavors.

A second pour of this beer has me working through the thick head to get to the beer beneath and the head is quite creamy textured and fluffy. This is just fantastically complex and funky, it perhaps loses a bit in pure drinkability, but damn if it isn't a nuanced, engaging, contemplative brew that I would b hard pressed to honestly ask more of. The aroma comes off a touch harsher than the flavor does, but both really work, especially if you like the challenge of variable, untamed, Brettanomyces funk. This is going to get increasingly more funky, likely a bit more sour and certainly I need to get more of this to age. Comparatively to the fresh Signature, this beer is more complex, more funky, but not as easily drinkable and smoothly hoppy as the Signature. 'Still I would be hard pressed to choose between the two on any given night (if I am craving hops though (a definite weakness of mine) then I would reach for fresh Signature.

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Photo of sholland119
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's on Black Friday at lunchtime, then again at the Farmhouse beer dinner later that night.

A-Golden with hints of apricot, a modest white head and some nice lacing.

S-Lots of brett character in the nose along with biscuity malt, apricot and lemon.

T-Deliciously funky. Apricot, sour cherry, honey and funky notes of all kinds.

M-Tart with medium carbonation and a bit dry.

D-I would gladly have another, and another and...

We had a bottle of this a few weeks ago which was rather disappointing. I think it just needed more time for the brett to work. This is outstanding on tap. I hope our remaining bottle tastes this good when we break it out in 6 months.


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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the best, if not the best, beer that I've had this year. Poured into a tulip glass, it was a butterscotch color with a fairly thick white head. Nicely carbonated, pretty to look at. Ample lacing. Outstanding aroma, with pear, bread, and yeasty funk all vying for attention. The taste definitely lived up to the aroma. Sour apple/pear up front, then a sweet bread taste (like a German stollen), and a tiny bit of hops bitterness at the end. Nicely balanced. Incredible beer. I bought this at Tully's for $19, and it was well worth every penny.

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Photo of abents
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Synthetically corked(a first for me I think, at least with a beer), best before April 2012. Also my first DeProuef I realize, and it isn't even a whole De Proef beer Allagash helped out.

Anyway, it pours a beautiful amber-orange with a big delicate egg white head, that laces well. It's sitting there yearing for me to drink, it almost taunts me with it's golden glory. But nay, first I must sniff: sweet candy, bread, pineapple and it's got that funky odor associated with wild yeast.

I'm fairly new to the Brett strain and what it is, but I recently tried Struiselensis and enjoyed it and I know that was a wild ale as well. How in the world is this beer is in the same "style" as Duvel? This will always confuse me.

At last I sip. and it is delicious. Complexity rules this brew as sweet bready notes upfront changing into that funky wild fruitiness where I can pick up apples and pineapple again. Lingering sweetness almost a honey bread taste that lasts forever in your mouth. Very much a wild brew with that love it or leave it yeast that makes this beer as interesting as it is. Well carbonated, but the great finish on this beer is amazing, Incredibly smooth with a impressive creaminess up front. This is the George Clinton of the Belgians with a complexity that confounds me. Wish I had another to hibernate a couple years and see what's different, but alas I bought the last bottle.
Mental note, find more De Proefs.

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Photo of gdfan47
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

really enjoyed this one

it pours a stawy yellow with a good amount of head

smells like yeast and that wonderful brett smell with some dry notes

it tastes kinda like it smells, a little tart but very drinkable

it is very smooth and its just a great "wild" beer ...

very good drinkability... cant taste the alcohol very easily

this beer seems pretty rare so enjoy it while you can

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De Proef Signature Les Deux Brasseurs Ale (w/Jason Perkins) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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