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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)

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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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by: 03/11/14

A: Pours a slightly cloudy straw yellow with a massive 3-finger head that leaves great lacing

S: Definite belgian yeast with a slight funk. Yeast leaves notes of banana, pear, apple, and other fruits including some lemon zest

T: Same as the smell, with a nice sour finish. Not mouth puckering, but definitely good. The sourness found in some strains of brett certainly doesn't overpower the beer, and lets the fruits shine. Alcohol is hidden well, but also lends a slightly peppery taste that compliments the fruitiness of the yeast

M: Light bodied with fairly low carbonation as well

D/O: This is definitely a great BSPA and one that I would go back to if it was regularly released and wasn't $17 for a bottle. Aside from those two aspects, it's extremely drinkable and tasty. Great collaboration!

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Thanks to Draught2012 for providing this beer to a recent beer tasting. Jimmy is a great guy..

Wasn't sure what to expect here, so I went in with a totally open mind. Happy to report that this beer grew on me as I drank it and in the end I really enjoyed it.

Fluffy white head forms atop the beer and stays for quite a while. There is a dull haze to the beer which is a light gold/straw color with some amber tones. Not much in the way of lace.

Aroma sharp at first. Wow, this signals a sour beer to come. As often happens the flavor is not as assertive as the aroma leads you to believe. Light stone fruit and subtle wood in the aroma as well. Certainly a musty quality to the aroma.

There is quite a bit going on in the flavor here. At a beer event last summer we heard Rob Todd speak about wood aging. He handed out a flavor wheel at this talk that I've kept and found very helpful. As soon as I tasted this beer I thought of the wheel and one of the flavor components listed. Pencil shavings, yes Pencil shavings. Slightly different than cedar, but definitely this was it. Also lots of fruit with Apple, apricot. Also a menthol quality to the flavor.

Slightly dry, aggressive carbonation, fairly refreshing.

A complex beer and one to explore all the different components.

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

golden with a white head that leaves some pretty lace. nose is citrus, spice, fruit and a touch of bretty funk. taste is like a slightly peppery blonde with lots of fruity esters and spicy phenols. not bad. not awesome. similar to confluence with a little less funk and a touch of chalkiness in the finish. medium body with zippy carbonation. good beer. not mind-blowing.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap tonight at Galaxy Hut in Arlinton, VA. Poured into a pint glass.

a = Pours a hazy orange color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bananas, oranges, spices, yeast, light brett or funk, and fruity malts.

t - Tastes of bananas, spices, yeast, citrus, and fruity malts. No brett like in the smell, but still good.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy. Nice body.

d - A very nice Belgian ale. I really liked the smell and the body was great. Would certainly have again.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

lLong and complex brett Belgium ale, almost with geuze-like touches of vinegar. Pleasing and worthy.

Presentation: 750 ml rubber corked bottle. Simple front label design based on the typography and noting background name of the brew, description, and signature of the collaborating brewmasters: Dirk Naudts from De Proef B rouwerij, and Jason Perkins from Allagash brewing. Back label includes a lengthy narrative going over the history, intent, and characteristics of the brew. Lacks a clear best by date (delicate print on the plastic cork note 24/5/12). Notes Alc. by Vol. (8.5%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy deep amber pour, short head, minimal retention not that there is much to retain. Fair memory ring with minimal lacing.

S - Funky barnyard, assertive, with a sour note. Some citric and generic fruity notes.

T - Funky, sour, caramel, touches of vinegar, woven with a bretty sense. Notes of barnyard over some sugary and tart fruit.

M - Medium to Medium-full body with quite low carbonation. Actually it works pretty well, with a strange smoothness as the complex and sour notes open up.

D - Hmm, if one digs how the brett strains work here and provide that sour undercurrent this is rather enticing.

Notes: Hmmm, maybe not the favorite from De Proef's collaborations but sure enough it is quite memorable.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 rate.

750ml bottle. Very torn on this one. On one hand, it has a lot of qualities I really seek and and admire -- well-integrated brett, wild, barnyard qualities, very pleasantly tart, sour, and funky, and a great tropical fruit presence. On the other hand, it verges on being disgusting in that it is not lacking in the pig manure and cat urine quality. I think an additional six months might clarify this issue. Really good, would be my assessment, could be wonderful if the yeast character changes a bit for the better in the bottle. The ultimate goal here would be to have the beer's rating rises to the level where Tertons would be willing to drink it (though it remains to be seen whether it is limited enough for that to happen).

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Photo of chainsfan1
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

C: Low carbonation with a gold color and little to no head retention.

S: Sweet pineapple and pear

T: Front- over powered by the nose.
Middle- was very musty.
End- very pineapple and pear.

M: Front- smooth with no carbonation
Middle- Huge overpowering musty taste that hits the sides of the tongue but quickly leaves and is replaced by fruity candy sugar.
End- Pineapple and pear without a yeasty taste that honestly I was waiting for.

D: This is one beer that was fun to drink. I shared it with some friends and we all had a different experience with it! That to me is what it is all about. Drinking a brew and talking it over with some beer nerds. The fact that we all had different opinions about this one means that I want it again. So I recommend this to anyone that wants to experience something different.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a slightly flat hazy orange liquid with some nice golden hints. There is almost no head at all. (3.5)

S - Aroma of ripe peaches, white grapes and nice vinous notes. Slight vinegar tartness is present. There are some soft bread notes on the back of the nose as well as some nice yeast phenols. The funk in this beer is pretty nice as well with slight husk notes and a bit of a musty farmhouse smell. (4.0)

T & M - The flavor is not as tart as expected based on the aroma but there is that slight vinous character, especially with some white wine note. Slight fruit juice sweetens particularly some apple, pear and some peach as well. This is a very delicious brew. The bread notes come in along with the fruit and balances the sweetness. The funk is also quite good and not too overwhelming or dry. The yeast notes play perfectly with the fruit sweetness the vinous tart notes to create a very well balanced Belgian Ale. You just have to love the way they use the Brett in this brew. Then what takes this beer near perfection is how the hop character is reminiscent of an American IPA with a slight peachy and tropical hop character. The body is nice and light and not overly dry. The carbonation is on the lower end of the spectrum but there is enough to add some crispness to the beer. The finish is great with some great balance of flavors. (4.5) (5.0)

D - Beer is delicious and I would have this readily available in my fridge if possible. Im actually glad I got more than 1 bottle of this. ABV is well hidden. (5.0)

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Photo of Shaw
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A light amber in color with a sticky white head that reduces to a fine layer in my tulip glass.

Very complex aroma that reminds me of Christmas spice, with notes of banana.

Very earthy flavor, most likely from the complex yeasts used in this beer. Dry, with just a hint of malt sweetness and no real hop bitterness. High alcohol level is well hidden.

Oily mouthfeel.

Overall this is a very interesting example of the style. Quite different from the top rated ones, like Duvel, but worth trying for those fans of wild yeasts.

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Photo of akorsak
2.68/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A corked (synthetic cork) and caged 750 mL bottle shared with ksak and janlud.

A: The ale has a brownish-orange auburn color, darker and opaque, with only a faint wisp of white head. No lacing with this one.

S: The ale has a dense, smokey fruit aroma that justs time spent in a whisky barrel. A few candied fruits are lingering around but they struggle against the sickly fullness. I'm not taking this as a good sign. As my notes say, infected or bleh.

T: The rich flavors, almost smokey, continue into the body. The denseness takes a while to reveal the pineapple flavors. They're there, just not very impressive. Brettanomyces? Where? Nothing doing on that front. I'm gonna chalk it up to a bad bottle and leave it there.

M and D: I lack the conviction to continue...

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

This Signature Ale release pours a bright copper color. A moderate amount of haze clouds the scene. It looks a little red when held to light. An impressive, off-white head tops it off. It's easily two and a half fingers in depth. Retention was very good, and a sticky, thick web of lace trailed down the glass.

The nose is extremely impressive. It's very fruity and a little sweet initially. Pineapple is the centerpiece. Apple, pear, and a little lemon round it out. Musk and funk are certainly noted. The presence of Brett can't be denied. While it's easily noted, it's not an overly strong funky scent. That's a positive. It blends in nicely. It smells a little spicy on the tail, but that aspect is subtle. Alcohol is masked extremely well. At the end of the day, it smells very deep and complex and...delicious.

The flavor is very impressive. It kicks with a strong fruit flavor. Pineapple is easily strongest, and resonates throughout. Apple, pear, and lemon all follow. It tastes a little sweet and sugary, but it's far from overbearing. Due to the Brett presence, it's musky and funky. Those flavors add a ton of depth and complement the other flavors extremely well. I'm pleased to report that the funky flavor is moderate, rather than overwhelming. In a word...delicious. Clove and pepper spices add more depth and flavor. There's even a lively Noble hop flavor that's a nice touch. And Let us not forget the very flavorful Belgian yeast. Alcohol is lost in the shuffle. It finishes a little tangy with a funky twist.

The body here is light, leaning medium. It's too thin. It somehow manages to be smooth, but it would benefit from more body. Carbonation is also a little too buzzy. Drinkability, on the other hand, is extremely high. This is damn tasty stuff that's difficult to sip. It's too tasty. A 750 you ask? It might not be enough.

This collaborative effort by De Proefbrouwerij and Jason Perkins of Allagash is fantastic. There's very little to criticize negatively. The flavor itself is very deep and satisfying. I guess the body feels a little too thin, but that hardly ruins it. All other cylinders are firing nicely. I don't know how many of these bottles are left out there, but do yourself a favor and find one. Honestly, I enjoyed this one every bit as much as the collaboration with Tomme Arthur. Find a bottle.

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

Pours a murky orangy brown with nice poof of cream colored head. Good retention and sticky lacing. Smell is of earthy funk backed by fresh grain, bread, touches of pear and apple. Taste a blend of fresh grains, musty earth, notes of semi-sharp cheese, backed by a sweet bready taste and hints of the pear and apple. Medium bodied, grainyness to it. A wonderful beer drinking experience, the scent makes you think complete funk while the taste is nothing but original and unique. Highly recomended.

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Photo of zeff80
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy/murky brown color with a tan, foamy head of thick foam. It left some soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of spice and some barnyard funk. There were also fruity notes of pear and apple.

T - This one had a good funky taste with sweet maltiness - a graham cracker like flavor. Pear and apple flavors came through nicely, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a really great tasting beer. Very unique beer. It has aged well.

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

An exquisite beer of delicate construction. A musty orange color and an off white head of slight stature but a tenacious covering. Smell is musty with a deep fruitiness that has an apple and pear signature and Bret based barnyard funk. Taste has a sharpness like good cheddar that borders on lactic. Apples, pears and white raisins flow into a light tartness. Hops in the finish has a horse blanket carriage. Feel is creamy and lightly carbonated. Drinkability is starts out good and gets better as you go.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in trade a long time ago from Stopbarking.. Barks is a truly great trader.... Thanks Daniel.. Our's was epic!!

lightly hazed orange brew.. good head and lacing....

nose shows a bunch of brett with fruity esters.... pretty dusty and a fair amount of apricot..

even after all this time.. it is quite a bit sweeter than expected. sweet red apple... and shades of deep funk.. certainly more Brett than sour.. but everything that I hope for is there..

I've been sitting on this for a long time.. and I hoped for more .. but the brett really only showed well on the palate with warmth.. I am pretty damn sure this is the 1st bottling... I need to pick up a couple at Brewforia while the getting is good. Huge thanks again Daniel... We should do it again some time.


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Photo of dciBA
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from the 750 into my Allagash chalice. Pours a cloudy deep orange. About one finger of white head kicks it off and stays around for a long time. i smell a little belgian yeast under sour fruit, mostly apple. Quite a bit of funk in there as well. Taste is mostly apple, some fresh cut, with some sour apple in there too. A nice little taste of hops as it goes down. The funkiness in the smell isn't as overpowering in the taste as you would expect. Drinkability is very good, with a nice dry mouthfeel and finish. My only gripe would be the staying power on the palate. You lose the taste quickly and are looking for the next sip right away.

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Photo of pmoore311
3.09/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2008 Poured from a cork and caged bottle into a snifter on New Years Eve 2009 as a toast to ring in 2010.

Appearance - pour a beautiful hazy orangish color with a nice white head.

Smell - very funky, I now know what others mean by the term "funk" as this is one of my first experiences with Brettanomyces yeast being this dominant. Other notes of fruits appear behind the overpowering funk. I particularly noticed peach and pear to be the most dominant.

Taste - very funky barnyard, outdoor, hay and leather followed by sour, sour fruits (peach and pear are what I noticed to be most forward), I would say sour grapes too. Very acidic and sour, had a nice pucker factor. Slight hop profile to finish.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied and chewy, seemed to sit on my palette and continue to deliver sourness between sips.

Drinkability - due to the sour nature of this beer I rated average drinkability.

For those that are a fan of Belgian sours and enjoy the flavor the Brett adds I would say this is a very well crafted beer. I for one do not seem to be a fan of the Belgian sour styles as it just does not sit well on my palette. Perhaps I will acquire more of a taste over time, but for now, I will not be seeking out beers within this style.

My marks reflect my impression of the beer and do not reflect the quality in which this beer was crafted.

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

A: Pours a light pear cider colour, with a light coating of grey-white head. Little odd shaped bubbles.

S: Barrage of funky fruits--peach, apple, pear. Light acidic sourness, barnyard funk and grapes. Pineapple. A BA who doesn't enjoy the funky Belgian genre suggested "applesauce which sat in the fridge for a year, blended with moldy pears." From what I remember, this reminds me a little of Orval.

T: The brett funk dominates the initial flavours, and are hard to distinguish with the first sip. With a few more, the fruits described in the smell really come to life--pear, apple, pineapple. Slight sourness, and barnyard funk. As it warms, the hop character really starts to emerge with the barnyard funk. Chewing aged pellet hops is the best comparison I can draw. As it warms a cider/hop pellet character becomes the most prevalent.

M: Medium mouthfeel, but the sourness mellows it out quite a bit.

D: Very interesting beer--much more funky than I was expecting. I will probably be picking up another one of these.

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Photo of gford217
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky golden orange with a small bubbly white head that recedes to a soapy collar and leaves very little lacing.

Aroma is big with lots of sweet and tart light fruits, green apples and pears especially. There is also some lemony sourness and, needless to say, quite a bit of barnyard funk with some earthy, almost leathery character.

The taste is very, very funky up front with the brett really dominating initially. There is some underlying doughy malt and lemon zest with lots of sour apple sweetness. Plenty of fruity esters and even a bit of Belgian yeast spiciness before the big dry funky finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation and dry and wine-like in the finish.

This is an excellent beer with a ton of complexity and really shows what brett can do in the hands of master brewers. Well done all the way around.

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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 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 brystmar
3.49/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle --> Maredsous chalice.

Pours a gorgeous gold/coppery color with just under a finger of white head. This is a gorgeous beer, top marks!

Smells bretty with hints of sour fruits and other fruity notes, a touch of malt too. These scents aren't particularly strong either; all in all, pretty average here.

Taste is an improvement over the smell, starting off sour & bretty with strong Granny Smith apple flavors. Lots of sweetness in the aftertaste to contrast the bright sourness up front.

I love the way this beer feels in the mouth -- on the low to medium side for carbonation with a medium-bodied consistency overall. Low on the scale of alcoholic warmth.

This brew is pretty drinkable in a vacuum, but the sourness this beer exhibits limited me to this single bottle. A solid beer overall.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, deep gold color with a large-bubbled white head that fades rapidly but leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Smells sweetly malty (caramel) with that typical brett and bacterial sour nose. Plenty of fruitiness in there - strawberries and cherries. Theres some hints of bubblegum and rubberbands as well, good smelling wild ale.

The brett is already kicking it into full gear even though this bottle is less than a year old. Lots of rubber and rotting wood flavors are complimented by a heavy malty sweetness that reminds me of honey. There is plenty of fruitiness to go around with the raspberry-esque sour and tart notes. Drinkability is pretty high for such a complex beer. It's got a little bit of everything; brett funk, a bit of sourness, fruity yeast esters and a little bit of spicy saaz hops. Well balanced. A really good beer that I think will improve with a couple years in the cellar.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bretty funk on the nose; sweet pineapple, orange skins, a touch of leather.

The band-aid character mingles nicely with sweet, rich malts on the palate. Earthy hops and bright fruit, turns bready toward the finish.

Overall, this is a solid wild ale. Though, it does lack a little of the "wow factor" and could be a bit dryer for me.

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Photo of alexgash
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked and caged.

Hazy, tawny apricot body with a sticky, rocky, dense, eggshell white head. Great lacing too. Funky nose of mandarin oranges, fruit cocktail, pineapple, shortbread cookies, lemon peel, and a heady, earthy brett funk. Nice.

Mild lemony tartness up front. The funky, earthy, peppery, metallic brett notes follow before sugary fruit and cookie malt fill in underneath. Juicy citrus and woody hop bitterness into the finish. Lingering powdered sugar malts and peppery, cheesy brett. Medium-full body with a lively feel that settles into a creamy finish. Keep up the collaboration guys--this is a very nice 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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