Broederlijke Liefde (w/ Brian O'Reilly) | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Broederlijke Liefde (w/ Brian O'Reilly)Broederlijke Liefde (w/ Brian O'Reilly)

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De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brian O’Reilly of Sly Fox Brewing Company joins Dirk Naudts to create the fifth brew in the De Proef Brewmaster’s Collaboration series. This year’s collaboration celebrates the great brewing cultures of both Philadelphia and Gent.

Broederlijke Liefde (Brotherly Love) is a slightly higher gravity interpretation of the saison style. It is fermented with two yeasts – a classic saison yeast as well as brettanomyces from an original gravity of 1066 (16.5 plato). These yeasts yield a dry and slightly spicy ale with a strong hint of farmhouse character that will continue to develop with age. The use of Target and Styrian Golding hops at 37 IBUs add floral aromatics and a balancing bitterness.

Broederlijke Liefde if the official Belgian collaboration ale of Philly Beer Week 2011. If you can’t join us in Philadelphia for our annual celebration in June please enjoy this creation in your own celebration of the international brewing community.

Added by rfgetz on 06-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, earth, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earthy bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a very nice Brett presence in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy and dark yellow in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down a bit and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The smell has balanced aromas of sourness from the brett and spicy hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather complex and has initial notes of sour flavors and lingering spiciness from the hops in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Hints of dryness become apparent as the beer warms up.
O: This is a very interesting saison because it has just enough brett to make things interesting but still preserves the characteristic spices of the style.

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3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into 2011 Beer Passion Weekend stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high; I'm really in the mood for a saison, it has high ratings, and I've liked De Proef in the past.

Acquired at Wades Wine in Westlake Village, California, yesterday. Cost was $15.99 USD plus tax. '

Not paired with food. Side-poured normally/without vigor as I didn't anticipate carbonation issues.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, pretty good thickness, and great retention for the high AV. Colour is a clear somewhat dark yellow. Some yeast particles are visible. Inviting.

Sm: Farmhouse funkiness; primarily bretts. Quite floral but not at all hoppy. Wild yeast, cream, lemongrass, a fair amount of spices, and esters. Fresh, alive, pleasant, and appealing. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Incredibly creamy, especially on the open, introducing you immediately to its easygoing mellow light refreshing feel. The lemongrass/clean barley body is complemented nicely by subtle spices and a bit of candi sugar. The brett character doesn't come through as much as I'd like, but it's present and enjoyable.

The build is a bit strange. Structurally, the midpoint lacks sufficent flavour to keep up with the rest of the profile, leaving the beer's second act feeling empty as a result.

Other than the problematic structural imbalance, the balance is generally pretty good. You can tell they're going for subtlety.

I wish there was layering, and far more complexity, but overall it's a pretty decent saison.

Mf: Delicately light on the palate. Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours pretty well. It may be too thin for my tastes, and almost approaches a watery character at the midpoint.

Dr/Ov: I'm absolutely shocked at how high the ABV is compared the flavour. It by no means comes through at all; if pressed I'd say this was 5% tops. I don't know how this was accomplished but it's impressive. It's a really enjoyable and refreshing light saison (in spite of its ABV) and will please fans of the style. Just don't expect a lot of bretts or even much complexity. A successful collaboration brew, but not without its faults. I'd only try this again aged. The price point is rather ridiculous in my opinion.


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Photo of oline73
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet. Tasted at a tasting during new years eve.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with prominent bubbles like champagne. There is a layer of fluffy white head that stays on top of the pour.

Smell: Sweet and light. Quite herbal and fruity with a hint of tartness from the brett.

Taste: This is a very herbal saison. Light malt with a slight brett funk, but not a very sour beer at all. There are notes of banana and citrus fruit with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive yet fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really nice beer with a great blend of flavors. It should age very well and I'll look for another bottle to test that theory out.

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft, served in a footed tulip glass.

Bright orange gold, soapy and sticky foam that leaves a good deal of lacing around the edges. Dimpled, pitted surface that has a meringue sheen to it. Looks the part of a bretty Belgian saison.

Dry brett yeast aromas of leather, wet hay and horsehair, also some dried pineapple sweetness.

Flavors are similarly dry, horsey, vaguely leathery and dry. Fruity elements offset the dry funk of the initial smell, dry saltine cracker and mellow apricot and pineapple from the brett again. Effervescent and quenching, though bone dry in the finish. Signature De Proef brett character, reminded me of a more restrained iteration of the Flemish Primitive series.

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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but probably brewed in 2011. Pours slightly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2-3 finger fluffy white head with nice retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge lemon zest, pineapple, orange peel, peach, grass, hay, pepper, herbal, earth, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity; very fruity and tropical from the Brett. Taste of lemon zest, pineapple, orange peel, pepper, peach, citrus rind, hay, floral, grass, wheat, earth, and yeast spiciness. Slight earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, citrus rind, pepper, peach, grass, hay, floral, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor complexity and balance; with a nice malt and spicy ester balance; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick and prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Brett Saison. Very nice flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering as expected.

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

A: Pours a hazy light to medium golden yellow in color. The beer has a finger tall dense white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Quite a strong aroma of barnyard funk and brett in the smell of this beer along with some lighter notes of floral hops and touches of vinegar acidity. Additionally, there is a light amount of lemongrass spiciness in the finish of the smell.

T: Starts out with some pale malt flavors and quite a bit of spicy yeast (peppery). There are also light amounts of tartness and funkiness contributed by the presence of brett. Additionally there is a light flavor of citrus/lemon rind.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Very dry in the finish.

O: Quite a bit of complexity in this beer and very enjoyable. Probably my favorite beer in this series of collaborations this brewery has done - definitely one to get again.

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4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BlessedBeBeer for cracking this.

Pours a light fizzy head with golden clear banana colored beer.

Nose has light Belgian straw malts, Brett and barnyard funk, light citrus and orange peel, light spices, bright fruit.

Taste has Brett! Big time Brett! Light barnyard funk, spices, citrus, bitter orange peel, light sweet sticky malt, Belgian golden malts, drier sticky finish.

Mouth is med bodied, lighter but dec carb.

Overall not bad, needs more time to let the Brett do it's thing, nice golden malts, nothing bad, nice light citrus, a bit sticky though.

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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of mactrail
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grape popsicles and freezer burn! Textbook flavor of brettanomyces, so if you want to taste a clean and clear example, this is it. Rich malty taste underneath the funk. Just a touch of tartness, less than many Saisons. Modest hops at first, but aftertaste gets stronger as you sip. Ends with the classic Sly Fox bitter-harsh flavor.

Intriguing for its huge brett flavor, but after a while it's more than enough. Nice amber and foam appearance in the tulip glass but I didn't quite finish it. Drank at the Pizza Port in OB, San Diego.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Brewed as a collaboration between Sly Fox and De Proef as the result of a contest/drawing that occurred at McGillin's Olde Ale House in Philly in which the winner picked the brewer of his choice and was awarded a trip to Belgium to assist in developing the beer. I'll just say that I was there that night and entered into the contest, with Dogfish Head as my brewery of choice. I should've won just because I was forced to go to McGillin's, aka the worst bar ever. Also my beer would've been better because DFH > SF. Heh. Anyway.

This poured was served in a Pinocchio's signature stem glass, a mostly clear peach color, with a small cap of white head that left a bit of lacing. Nice mild aroma of citrus and spice, with tones of Belgian yeast and funk. Taste of pale malts, light sugar, Belgian yeast (a bit subdued, which was nice, actually), sour orange zest, pineapple, wet grass. All flavors in very good balance. Higher alcohol barely noticeable. Almost medium-bodied, crisp and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at International Beverage in Grand Rapids last weekend. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a nice golden-orange color with a bit of chill haze that clears up as it warms. Huge, fluffy off-white head sticks around forever and leaves good lacing on the glass as it falls.

The nose starts out with quite a bit of Brett -- nice notes of earth and a bit of barnyard plus some peppery phenolics. Lightly-toasted malt comes in behind that. The flavor steps back a bit, with the phenols taking over a bit and the Brett earthiness falling a bit behind. Same problem occurs in the mouthfeel. Quite dry in the finish. No problems per se, just not as good as the nose would have suggested. Overall, very high quality and probably my favorite in the collaboration series to date. Should age nicely.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA.

A - Yellow/orange body with a nice white head. Strangely clear body for a saison.

S - Belgian yeast and some breadiness. It has a bit of a spicy aroma as well. If it weren't for the funk, I would say it smelled like a Belgian pale ale.

T - A hint of hops up front and some grassy flavors. Finishes with a spicy kick. Interesting, but still a lot like a pale ale. I even get a little bready wheat and malt.

M - Wow it's a hefty saison. I didn't think it was light and refreshing at all. Medium bodied, which I think is a lot for a saison.

O - Not what I was expecting at all. I maintain that it blurs the line between saison and pale ale.

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2.4/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of CharlesK
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a wide-mouthed chalice.

A - Big white foam settles to a thin cap, leaving glass-coating lace behind. Transparent apricot body.

S - Nice funky brett - pineapple, light lemon, spicy farmhouse yeast, and a faint medicinal note. Stone fruits, peppery esters, a bit of lactic yogurty character, and some pale, lightly toasted, grains.

T - Taste is a bit more of a traditional saison - stone fruits, pale malts, and a bit of medicinal and sour brett charater in the finish. Pleasant, but loses the complexity and depth of the aroma.

M - Slightly grainy but otherwise smooth texture, medium body, lower carbonation, and a moderately dry finish.

D - Nice brett Saison, and by far the best De Proef collaboration so far. Surprisingly good, although a bit too expensive for what it is - I think I can buy Fantôme cheaper. Worth a spin though, especially if it's on-tap.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Broederlijke Liefde is the 2011 Brewmaster's Collaboration beer for Philly Beer Week between Brian O'Reilly of Sly Fox and Dirk Naudts of De Proef Brouweru. This Saison was fermented with two different yeast strains, a traditional Belgian yeast and also brettanomyces.

750 ml bottle poured into multiple tulip glasses.

A: Vibrant and bright hazy golden/orange body with a fluffy, creamy white head. The retention is very nice, leaving a distinct foam ring around the glass. This ring gives up some of itself as the beer is consumed in the form of splotchy lacing.

S: Peppercorn, Belgian yeast, mixed spices, funk, lactic tart citrus fruits, bubblegum. I like the funky notes coming off of this and the aromas lead way for what I hope to be an unique twist on the Saison.

T: Barnyard funk and spice are up-front, laying a nice, clean and crisp foundation that allows other flavors to come through nicely. Spicy citrus notes - apricots and grapefruit - are mid palate and finished off by some dry hay elements.

M: Crisp, medium-bodied, near perfect carbonation. I was wondering about the carbonation after I popped the cork as there was really no "popping" sound but it turned out to be fine.

It's a damn shame this beer won't be made again, as it's probably one of the best Saisons I've had. The bottle states it will develop over time, so I guess I'll have to track down what bottles are left and see if they survive the taste test of time.

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Broederlijke Liefde (w/ Brian O'Reilly) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 115 ratings