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

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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

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Added by Patrick999 on 09-06-2008

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Photo of kmo1030
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

les deux brasseurs pours a hazed brownish gold, with with moderate white head that fades fairly quickly to a film, but laces a bit.
the nose is filled with complexities starting with a fruity musky funk, wet hay, horse. there are strong flowery citrus components as well as pear, apple, banana, clove, caremelized sugar, pineapple, lavender, and a touch of stewed tomato.
the taste is equally complex and yeast driven with the same funk at the forefront, coupled with caramel and molasses, apple, pear, candy sugar, and unripe banana. there seems to be some grassy hops in here too the flavor and bitterness hit towards the middle of the tongue. funk hits you again at the back cleaning things up with some musty hay. with warmth you notice light spicing and vanilla.
the mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium bodied, with an active delicately bubbled carbonation.
the complexity in this one is through the roof. it would be very easy for this to turn into a mess, but it manages to walk a fine line keeping a sweet funky balance. very, very nice

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Photo of tempest
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. Appears a hazy gold with a thick white head and strong lacing.

This is an exceptional beer. Although the brett funk dominates, there's a wonderful undercurrent of light apple and pear fruit flavors and that's what makes this beer stand out from straight up sour pale ales. There's also a semi-balanced (if you can balance sour and bitter) herbal hops with cutting citrus rind bitterness. The sour character is big, but not overpowering, with musty barnyard and wet hay.

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

Enjoyed on NYE, 2008.
This one poured a hazy yellow/gold with a solid white cap, great head retention and thick lacing. Aromas of ripe, tropical fruit, pineapple, lemon zest, grass and funk, plus a bit of earth, tartness, and the faintest hint of vinegar. Bitterness was only apparent in the finish and had a grapefruit quality. Flavours of pineapple, some banana, sweet malts, grass, crackers, light alcohol, and a bit of spice. Dry with a medium to light body, moderate carbonation that was on the creamy side. Very drinkable with well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty yellow color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and some great lacing. Aroma consists of dirty barnyard with a lightly tart aftertaste. Taste is mix between some funky barnyard taste with notes of oak and tartness. Body is full with great carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. Very well done overall with great presence of Brett notes; some additional dry hops would have improved this (already) great beer.

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Photo of champ103
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy, but bright golden orange. A large rocky white head forms and leaves rings of lace.
S: A medley of fruit flavors apples, pears, ect. Yeast and some doughy malt. Very similar to the Tomme Aurthur.
T: Again, fruity flavors that follow the nose, and closely resembles Tomme Aurthur. Though this seems even more tart and sour.
M/D: A medium to full body, but over carbonated for my tastes. A touch of prickly alcohol. Though it is still very easy and smooth to drink.

If you like Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Aurthur) you will like this as well. Very similar. I would like to try these side by side.

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Photo of DIM
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a mostly clear pale golden color. It poured with a massive, long lived, craggy, and sticky off-white head.

s: This had a mild but complex nose. Sweet grains and a little vanilla are punctuated by prickly, yeasty aromas of green apples and apricots.

t: This one is difficult for me to describe. Yeasty flavors seem to dominate this one. Moderately tart apple with a little apricot and some slightly sweet grainy vanilla towards the end. Subtle, mellow, and intriquing.

m: Long lived, semi-aggressive carbonation and a lingering, funky bitter bite.

d: I loved this and I have never had anything quite like it. Highly recommended.

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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 LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sampled on 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk. Pours a cloudy golden yellow/orange with a small white head. Aroma of honey, melon, wheat, and funk. Flavor is quite funky, with a slight tartness and sweet fruit notes (apple mostly), and some Belgian yeast. Pretty good beer.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden color with a finger of white head. The haze was suspended in the glass and really never fell to the bottom.

S: Funk. Sweet sweet funk. A little bit of sweetness. Then barnyard. Apples. Overripe fruit. Wet goat. Awesome.

T: Like I ate some hay. Tons of funk. Some fruit thrown in there for a pitiful attempt to stop the funk. There was a slight hint of hops in the finish.

M: Very crisp and bubbly.

D: All day long. In a year or so this would probably smooth out but I enjoyed this animal fresh. Animal is the right word I would use as this beer tasted like wet fur. Recommended to those down with the groove.

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Photo of kkipple
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Well well, another collaboration from De Proef. This time they've brought Jason from Allagash onboard, lessee what they come up with... I'll go on record as saying I love collaboration beers!

Les Deux Brasseurs pours a hazy deep yellow and boasts a healthy-looking, plump, dense off white head. The head lingers and teases the senses. Great stuff.

Hmm! Funky first and foremost (heh) and then there's all manner of interesting things popping up. Ripe pineapple, black pepper spice, apples, alcohol warmth, a little musty attic malt, altogether sweet and lush, mouth-watering. Delicious!

The nose is indicative of the flavor; a sweet / sour funky boat laden with tropical fruits, sugar, bready yeast, spice, esters of all descriptions, lemon and a fine citric acid flavor that is complementary and the sits on the tongue long after the beer is gone. This is sweet, but all the complementary flavors keep it from becoming overly so. It all works together in an odd, happy way.

Carbonation is full and fluffy, the brew is wet and finishes tart and spicy-clean. Simply wonderful!

Overall impression? A fruity, funky, cleansing and complex beer with loads of character. The best beer from De Proef and possibly one of Allagash's best, too. Les Deux Brasseurs is a unique, memorable brew that works and will doubtless get even better with age. My only complaint is that after writing this I wish I had another! Highly recommended.

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Photo of drseamus
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Decently clear amber body. Nice white head.

S: BRETT BABY!! Apples and malt, but all funk.

T: This is raw! Hay, straw, and horse blanket but not the dustiness I usually find with brett. Nice hop flavor in the finish.

M: Medium bodied but thick with brett.

D: I like it but it could use a bit more time. This will likely age like the best of fine wines because the residual sweetness that is currently in the beer is great food for the brett that is right alongside. The hop flavor will likely decrease but the brett needs to clean up the flavor just a touch. Hope this doesn't result in bottle bombs because it was very carbonated to begin with.

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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 froghop
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy deep orange with a large egg-shell head, great lacing.

smell of pineapple, pink grapefruit, citrus, apricot, spice, sour malt, some floral in the back.

taste is creamy, tart, fruits, malt, touch of caramel, spice, hops in the back, end is dry and somewhat bitter, tart and fruity aftertaste.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A hazy straw color, with a touch of lace around the edges
S:Smells sweet? can't pick it out(sweet pear/apple), I would think it's the brett in there?
T: LOVE IT! Oddly good. Again tastes sweet like candy( belgian candy?) a touch of malt right away moving to a fruity taste on your tongue and leaves with a lingering metallic taste that works
M: Easy on the palate. Great on the tongue
D: Very drinkable! not sure how easy this is to get but it's very good!

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

Pours a nice cloudy/hazy yellow color with a tinge or orange in there, large puffy head that fades slowly to leave tons of lacing on the glass.

Smell is distinctly Belgian, lots of yeasty aroma, some lemony/orange zest.

Taste is a zinger, lots of funkiness going on that just lights up the buds, lots of citrus and yeast with who knows what else, slight sour pucker but not nearly enough to distract and for some probably not enough.

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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 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 weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy, light gold with a small white cap that never fades. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of tart brett, citrus, lemon, white wine, and earthy, zesty, hops.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with sweet white grape and white wine flavors mixing it up with some tart pumelo thrown in the mix.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sugary, silky, tart, citrusy, mildly herbal, and a touch of spices.

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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 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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De Proef Signature Les Deux Brasseurs Ale (w/Jason Perkins) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
4.15 out of 5 based on 177 ratings.
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