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:
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Added by Patrick999 on 09-06-2008

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Photo of khiasmus
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a quite cloudy orange into my glass, with ample puffy white head. The head lasts the entire glass, and laces a sheet down the sides. There is no constant bubbling however, which I would have expected from a beer of this effervescence.

Aroma... how to describe it? Like Honeycomb cereal with some really old brie and a tinge of cat piss. There's some lemon, some barn, but those are just elements. The essence of it is the brie and honeycomb. Great aroma.

Flavor starts off with some sweet honey/caramel notes, along with a good bit of those chewy orange slice candies. Then it transitions to the cheese from the nose, some orange peel, and a deep, earthy backbone of hopping. The finish is the exact same aftertaste as brie that's been in the fridge for months.

Very high carbonation accentuates a medium-light body that has a tendency towards syrupy. The finish is dry and lightly spicy.

This beer will probably improve drastically with age. Once the brett is able to take care of a little more of that residual sweetness... this one will be a contender for a top spot among brett beers. If you have one or access to one, get it and bury it for a year or two. I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

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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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Photo of Pamola
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew caught my eye in RSVP in Portland today but I held back, since the price was slightly prohibitive and my basket was heavy already. Luckily right down the road at the great lost bear they had it on tap. Serendipity! Is this the tangible benefit to 'beer karma?'

A: Delivered in a small flight tasting glass with a healthy head. The beer was a foggy blonde. The lacing and retention on the head were incredible.

S: Holy moly. Smells of a blended lambic or wild ale. Heavy on the citrus and mighty sour.

T: I swear this is half lambic, half tripel. Balances well even though there's no chance I could categorize it.

M: Crisp, tart sharpness on the tongue, roof of the mouth, not too full and not too carbonated. Beautiful.

D: As with any lambic, wild, geuze, flanders, whatever, I'd love to drink them all day. Then, as I lie in agony with an ulcer and 5 bottles of Rodenbach and 5 of Boon Geuze around me, I'd realize the folly of my ways. I would love to have this again and will have this again. Just not in huge quantity.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this from a recent trip to Wine Gallery (Brookline, MA). Their beer guy Kai (kaimcm) said it was something that I couldn't live without, so here goes...

Brown 750mL bottle with synthetic cork (first time I've seen that). No date.

Appearance: Somewhat cloudy, amberish-gold, with 1/2 inch white sudsy head that sticks to the glass like glue.

Nose: Green apples, raspberry, cherry, lots of sour aromas, a touch of fresh cream, and a wee little funk out there somewhere.

Palate: Wow. Hang on. Don't know what to say yet...Moderate carbonation. The texture of this beer is fantastic. It's woody, sour, rough, a little sweet up front, and tannic-ly dry on the finish. Flavors are all over the map, with all the fruits from the nose plus fresh oak bark, wool blanket, dried wild rice, a little tin or maybe better said as mineral (river bed rocks).

Notes: The nose seems rather focused on the sour fruits, and had me a little worried, just a little. But the palate is explosive and chaotic, a wonderful cornucopia of flavors, both earthy and fruity, and the texture is fantastic. A truly unique beer with lots to offer. This one should be given to people who think that beer can't be as complex (if not more complex) than wine.

Two minutes after the sip, my mouth is tingling and I can still taste everything. What a finish!

Cheers to Kai for making me buy this!

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Photo of dolemite77
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer... I've not experienced a lot of the "wild" ales so I'm not as sure about what to write on this one... pours golden, thick rocky head... aroma is fruity and yeasty (not as funky as expected)--- funk comes out in the flavor though... sour and earthy, with just the right amt of sweetness... a true example of the amazing power of yeast to produce flavors that you just couldn't imagine coming from the ingredients in beer.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden honey, dense foam. Rockly lace. Aromas of belgian sugars, yeast, bready biscuit and candy malts as well as herbal hop vapor and brett essence. Taste is of bread and brett up front. with a bit of biscuity malt and herbal hop in the middle. The finish is spritzy and dry and the brett is subdued but still lingers. Mouthfeel is spritzy and light, yet creamy and lush. Drinkability remains strong. Nice.

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Photo of philipt
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really good beer. One of the most interesting and creative brews I've tried in quite some time. When I purchased this beer, I wasn't quite sure what type of belgian I picked up. Upon uncorking, I was pleasantly surprised by a sour, tart, and sweet fruit smell. Nearly on par with flemish sour ales. Very, very nice. Frankly, I was taken aback by the first sip, and not exactly in a good way. The musky, barnyard character was startling and a bit overwhelming for an unsuspecting drinker. Second sip, better. Third, very good. Earthy, spicy, and a slightly fruity. Given the complexity and gravity of this brew, it is surprisingly drinkable and the sour/tartness makes for an incredibly refreshing beer.

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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 BeerZack
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden-orange honey color with dense white foam that laces down the glass.

Sweet funky fruit and spicy scents jump out. Sugar, honey, fig, sour dough, spicy phenols and some apricot and grapey smells. Hint of barnyard.

Taste is similar to the nose. Rich, sweet fruity and slightly caramel maltiness underscored by a funky sour brett presence which creates a nice depth of flavor. Clean, yet rich and fruity. Almost a restrained or subtle Flanders Red, especially if you get the yeast stirred up.

Soft and smooth with a medium body feel, no watery mess here.

Highly (and dangerously) drinkable and worth the $16 price-tag Id say.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ok, I'm a huge allagash fan. I've been drinking their product since their second year of existance. I'm on a business trip in PA and I see this bottle for sale with Jason Perkins as a guest brewer at De Proef. Hello, I'm buying.

A - a tale of two halves. first large glass is crystal clear golden yellow collor with a huge billowy white glass. the last glass from the bottles picks up a haze from the sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

S - a belgiany yeasty, sweet fruity malt effect with an undertone of funk and horseblanket.

T - I could peel this back and savor for a bottle more or two. velvety belgian candi sugar, belgian yeasts, caramel, fruit, classic allagash yeast strain, spicy peppery notes, a hint of tart sour leathery notes. It ebbs and flows wonderfully.

M - medium full bodied, nicely carbonated, crisp with a dry sharp finish.

D - an entertaining medly of flavors from the first sip to the last.

wow, a cool collaboration and if you like a tart beer, I'm imagining this developing quite a tart / gueze character over a few years in the cellar.

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Photo of RickSawyer
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a white cap that builds gently before falling to a thick film across the top. The head leaves a coating of tiny bubbles against the glass walls. Smells wonderful and strong. I can smell this beer from 2 feet away. The nose is full of sweet fresh bread, big tropical notes, pineapple, mango, crisp tart green apples, grapes, tangerine... Very interesting and a wonderful floral boquet of fruity and funky brett. Taste begins in front with a sweet, bready malt and is quickly followed up by the big fruits (pineapple is certainly there, tart apples, and some citrus sweetness), fresh rolled hay, and grassy notes. The hops march through in the end providing a balancing bitterness full of pepper, lemon juice and mint, and some more of the grassy brett shows itself on the swallow. Finishes dry and leaves your mouth sour and bitter. As the beer warms the brett flavors amplify a bit more. A wonderful beer.

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Photo of peabody
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours out a golden pale with amber tints and one finger of suds that stays with the pour.
Smell is sour lemon and apple peel with mabey a dry cherry pit thrown in for good measure.
Taste is like gradeschool glue at first. Dark malty yeast bitterness with the sour coming on top of the dark bitter. Almost a rotten peach flavor going on with the aftertaste of bitter hops and lemon peel.
Mouthfeel is a bit oily but still clean.
Great feeling beer in the mouth. Not a lot of alcohol even though the 8.5% abv.
Great beer here!

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the stuffed Sandwich last night. This has to be the same beer as the Tomme Arthur one, just without the hops. That point was fairly unanimous.

Midly hazy, golden color, very bubbly, tall head, not much retention.

Smells like sweet pale/pilsner malt, strange spiciness that I assume is the De Proef yeast, and it almost smells like it would be sour (like the Tomme version).

Flavor is sweet and spicy. Well balanced hop bitterness, which is a little more than the belgian stuff we usually get out here. A little hop dryness in the after taste. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, even once it warmed up to room temp.

Medium body, medium/high CO2, quite drinkable and enjoyable. Didn't want to look at the price tag though.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, with a big puffy head, like clouds, and the beer is light orange underneath. Nice lacing down the side of the glass. The nose has a very distinct smell of yeast. The taste is sweet, with hints of bread. I really like the taste that these two strains of yeast bring to this beer. The sweetness left a funny taste in my mouth. A slow and enjoyable drink. I would definitely tell anyone to pick this up if they can.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very hazy with a dirty golden hue. Nice 2-3 finger off white, fluffy head with big bubbles that leaves foamy patches of sticky lacing.

S - Tart fruits of green apples and pears, hints of spice, light bready aroma and some barnyard and animal fund.

T - Slightly sweet at first with graham cracker and honey followed by tart green apples, pears and finishing with a slightly spicy dryness that has a hint of plastic flavor to it. Barnyard mixes in and out with different sips and adds a nice presence that I prefer over barnyard with each and every sip. Complex.

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated creating a creamy mouthfeel that works well. Dry lingering finish.

D - Tasty. I like the complexity of this one now and am glad I tried it before the barnyard takes over more.

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Photo of waltonc
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep golden orange, hazy, with lingering white head. Good looking brew.

S: sour fruits, funk. One reviewer below noted cured leather. I can see that. Good call.

T: Being fairly young, the sourness factor isn't extreme. I wonder how much more pronounced that will become over time. Tart, fruity, spicy, musty.

M: Medium, fairly significant carbonation. Mouthfeel complements the other characteristics of this beer nicely.

D: For a beer with bretts, this is highly drinkable. An overall excellent drink.

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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 abfraser
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Gorgeous pale orange with massive three finger head, awesome lacing down the glass

S: Nice Brett tartness, spice, pear, honey, is that graham crackers?

T: Sourness but not at all over powering due to nice hop/malt balance. Get lots of honey, spice and fruit. Great stuff.

M: Nice creamy mouthfeel, which I was a bit surprised by given that it's a sour. Very refreshing from the tartness, course

D: Awesomely drinkable. Something about these well balanced sours goes down great

An impressive brew. Really glad I have more than one of these things. I'm already looking forward to next year's Signature.

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Photo of CoalCellar
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked bottle into my delirium snifter....

A: Has an awesome golden haze, slightly can tell your in for a treat...

S: Has a nose of fruit, funk, leather, lots of brett..

t: WOW, this is some serious brett! Barnyard funk, bandaids, peaches, medicine, apricots, all the flavors are there, and they work. By far the most complex flavor I've had to date, this is BRETT GONE WILD.

m: average body

d: I rate this average drinkability, because while refreshing, this is not something I could drink more than one or two glasses of due to the amazing combination of flavors. Well worth trying if you can score a bottle.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a big wine glass at 57 F/ 14 C.

Hazy golden-orange color, an inch of frothy off-white head, nice classic looking lace.

Crisp fruity smell, like fresh cut apple and lime, with mild but distinct Brett sharpness. Soft notes of lanolin, clove and cheese. Some pie crust, honey, and a bit of earthy hops.

Tastes like juicy fruit salad with a medium amount of refreshing acidity, grassy hop flavor, and a healthy dose of hop bitterness. There's enough sweetness for some balance to be achieved, and the bitterness ends up welcome and refreshing. A characteristic Brett note underlies everything. Long tangy fruity bitter finish.

Pleasant fully carbonated texture. Supremely refreshing and drinkable.

Quite interesting and enjoyable, a "wild yeast meets hops" story with a happy ending.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle courtesy of Tayner, thanks a bunch. Nice orange, cloudy, smells like a bit of graham cracker as noted on the bottle. Nice flavors, very fruity, watermelon, funky fruits and I didn;t notice much barnyard funk. Overall this is very interesting and makes me want to seek out the DeProef/Port collaborative beer.

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Photo of JRed
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavenly looks of a brew with a King Kong head that lives forever and a gorgeous dark golden hue of hidden treasure proportions.Breathtaking aroma of manure, hay, and farm grass. Tastes reminiscent of a barnyard with fields of grass, hay piles, and some oranges laying around. Citrus notes toward the end of the drink and an aftertaste that brings you right back to your afternoon chore of feeding the pigs. This brew smells and tastes reminiscent of shit but is a wonderful characteristic of a this bottled barnyard.

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Photo of SeanRedd
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing like sippin an 8.5 at a petting zoo. Horse manure and pig feed never smelled so appetizing. I sit on a bale of hay and say hey!, how can man harness microrganisms with such precise intent? Huge billowing head towers over the tulip similiar to a Duvel. A smooth carbonation blending lactic acids and barnyard, not as subtle as has been described. Tart tangerine brings a stimulating zest that stands out amongst the complex melody of funked summer fruits. A farmers gueze; sip elegantly in a pair of overalls.

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Photo of dstc
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange/brown color with a big foamy white head that falls fairly slow with nice lacing.

Very spicy aroma. Fruity, pears and pineapple maybe. Maybe a little sour.

Very tangy fruit taste up front with a nice spice to it. Bit of a hoppy finish.

Medium bodied and very smooth in the mouth with moderate carbonation.

Fairly drinkable but one 750ml bottle at a time was fine with me.

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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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De Proef Signature Les Deux Brasseurs Ale (w/Jason Perkins) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Beer rating: 87% out of 100 with 177 ratings
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