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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Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of PhillyTJ
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! This specialty beer developed for Philly Beer Week is a truly something different. Belgium's tribute to "Brotherly Love" is an amped-up Saison that is both funky and flavorful.

A: Deep rich gold
S: Funky! Wild! Farm-y! Like a fine French cheese, you can smell the wild natural forces at play here. Pleasingly pungent. Bodaciously bretty.

T: Less intense than the aroma and ends with a spicy, tasty finish. For some it might be too intense, but with each additional sip the taste gets better and better.

Drank @ City Tap House on 8/2/11.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a hazey golden/ amber with some great uniform color. Thick sticky white head that coats the side of the glass.

S- some dry malt aromas up front creating great canvas for the other aromas to shine. Floral hoppiness and spicy yeast character that give off subtle fruity esters of pear. Big funky Brett aromas on the finish with an earthy wet hay, goaty musty cellar character. Spicy white pepper on the finish as well. Very very funky!

T- nice cakey malt up front that transitions into some quenching fruity flavors of peach and nectarine. Transistions into a balanced yet aggressive Brett character that drys out the beer and imparts lots of wet hay and earthy musty cellar flavors. Finishes with a white pepper note and long lasting funk aftertaste.

MF- full slick velvet mouthfeel with a medium body and soft fine carbonation.

D- quenching and delicious with a great complexity and balance. Super drinkable.

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Photo of rudzud
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Armsby Abbey. This beer is a collaboration between De Proef ans Sly Fox in honor of Philly beer week. This is a saison with Brett yeast as well as Syrian Golden hops. 37 IBU.

A - Poured into a standard tulip with a crystal clear golden hue with a creamy one finger off white head that fades slowly leaving massive walls of creamy side lacing.

S - Very nice spice notes that are definafe barnyard saison funk. Light citrus as well that leads to a slight sourness from the brett. Gentle grassy hops.

T - Continues with the nose. Gentle barnyard farmhouse flavours and Belgian spices. Some light banana notes too. A very nice faint sourness and gentle spice from the 8%.

M - A nice saison feel. Not heavy or syrupy but not exactly crisp either. Low carbonation and higher abv makes this feel slightly heavy.

O - Overall I enjoyed this collaboration quite well. A nice harmony of flavors and a magnificent appearance. Wish the mouthfeel was a bit crisper but this is still good.

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Photo of jlindros
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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Photo of Dope
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden cloudy pour. Big white head. Good lacing and retention.

S: Beautiful. This beer's best aspect. Even my wife who hates beer commented on it. Pears, apples, cloves and pepper I'd say. Maybe a little grass too.

T: Unfortunately the taste doesn't live up to the smell but it's still good. Up front there is a nice pear/apple taste but it quickly goes very dry and bitter with pear and grass petering out. Super crisp bite in the end. As the beer warms the bitterness fades a little which is nice.

M: Pretty heavy for a saison. Very drying and long lasting aftertaste. Quite a bit of carbonation that I think they were trying to use to make it seem lighter than it is.

O: Very unique saison. The brett and unusual heaviness especially.

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Photo of glid02
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pour a hazy golden-copper color with a white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of funk and slight hints of pears and green apples. Also present are mild amounts of grassy hops and breadiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as complex. Light malts up front are joined quickly by bready flavors that thicken things up. Midway through slight funk comes into play before being pushed aside by soft pear flavors that carry through to a crisp ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a tasty beer but there wasn’t enough going on to make it anything more than that. I bet this will get better with time, it’s likely worth sitting on a bottle.

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Photo of DIM
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a slightly chill hazed bright yellow color. It was served to me with a small frothy cap that left spotty lace in its wake.

s: Lots of Bretty fruit aromas like pears, apricots, lemon, and apples are the most noticeable. There was also some mild sweet grains, peppery spices, and a hint of grassy hops.

t: Definitely Brett forward, but in a light, refreshing sort of way. There is an apricot flavor that reminds me of other beers I've tried from De Proef. I also found plenty of citrus, sweet pears, and mild peppery cloves.

m: This has the crisp lightness of a smaller saison.

o: I've really enjoyed these collaborations and this ranks among the best of them. A bit pricey, but I do love a funky saison.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap tonight at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA. Poured into a tulip glass.

Comes to me slightly over-chilled, as is typical for an on-tap beer, so I let it warm a bit. The body is a clear straw, unblemished by any chill haze, carbonation streamers, or yeasty murk once it warms. There is a creamy head that leaves a smattering of delicate rings around the edges of the glass, but nothing consistent.

The aroma is immediately full of a fruity bretted funk. Pears, apples, and clove on top of a clean straw-scented earthiness spring from the glass. I did not expect such a full aroma so quickly. There are some spicy white pepper notes as well, but the funk really shines. Similar on the palate, the pear is accentuated as the dry funky finish leaves you with grassy hops, white pepper, and clove.

Well-bodied and nicely carbonated, this is a delicious and refreshing beer on a hot day in the summer. A phenomenal offering, I wouldn't mind seeing this turn into an annual release. Great balance, great flavor, and great all around.

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Photo of scinerd3000
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this at Teresa's in Wayne Pa on Tap. Poured into a tulip.

A:Light golden ale which raised a minimal head. The head it did reasie stayed swirled on top. No lacing. Also crystal clear which was odd for a saison.

S: Peaches up front and spicy belgian esters from the yeast especially clove. Sweet fruit smell mixed with wheat.

T: Sweat wheat, sour funk in the back...interesting. Alcohol is there but very restrained. Lots of clove and spice, some hay flavors. Bitterness comes through tword the end to balance this out nicely.

M: Low to medium body. Carbonation is good. Mouth is left with a slight sweet flavor which lingers and becomes just dry enough on swallow. Very pleasing.

O: I would have wished for a small amount of sourness since i think it would have been great. Solid saison through and through.


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Photo of rdickey
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a light but somewhat cloudy gold, with a nice rocky one-finger head.

Smell: The Brett comes through strong, along with some fruity notes. Very, very enticing.

Taste: Wow, this is a good one. The Brett is primary but not overly dominating, as the almost tripel-like fruit is also present, together with black pepper and perhaps some other spice. Bracing hops come through in the middle and the finish, balancing it all out.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied. The ABV is well hidden.

Drinkability: Quite high; this is a really nice beer.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Bottle opens with a nice satisfying "pop". Pours a faintly hazy orangish-yellow with a subdued neon glow (comes out with backlighting). 1 inch white head with decent retention. Looking through the haze, you'll find some (but not a ton) of carbonation. Nice persistent lacing.
S: Man, I love the aromas of De Proef's brews! Sticky sweet caramel malt, citrus and melon (melon always seems to show up in the aroma profile of De Proef's brews), black pepper, mild herbal note, and subdued brett funk.
T: A dry bitter hop bite hits first followed quickly by sweet citrus and melon. Black pepper and spice are sprinkled in as well. A nice mash-up of fruity esters and brett funk. The further you get into this, the more apparent the Styrian Golding hops become. Mild floral quality in the background. As this warms, grains come to the forefront.
M: Clean and crisp. Dry and moderately bitter. Spicy bite. Just the faintest of alcohol fizzle (not even a burn) in the finish. Light-medium body (ABV extremely well hidden).
D: What an interesting take on the saison! Love the play between the two yeast strains. Very refreshing and very drinkable If you like the idea of a more hoppy and spicy saison, then this is for you. I can't say this is excellent, but certainly a very good offering and another solid brew from De Proef. Seek it out if you can!

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Photo of corby112
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 Philly Beer Week collaboration with Sly Fox. On draft at Monk's Cafe.

Pours a slightly cloudy, dark golden orange color with dark golden straw hues when held to a light and a one finger frothy white head that slowly fades to thin lasting ring.  Spotty streaks of lacing left behind.    

Earthy, musty aroma that is slightly funky from the saison yeast and Brett.  Crisp with hints of hay, straw and grass.  There's also some zesty, peppery spice, especially  coriander along with some bready yeast, subtle alcohol phenol, banana, apple and pear.  

Fuller bodied than expected with soft carbonation and a creamy texture.  Its also funkier than expected with a nice earthy character.  Bready yeast adds fullness and there's lots of strong peppery spice.  Coriander and others peppers that linger into a slightly hot finish.  Faint swetness but not what I expected.  Some apple and pear with an earthy, dry brett presence as well ad some spice and alcohol.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Collaboration served on tap at TJs in Paoli just after Philly beer week. Poured from tap into a tulip tasting glass.

A: A slightly cloudy medium gold color with a one finger white fluffy head. Nice ring lacing on the glass.

S: Without knowing anything about the beer, the brett comes out right away in the nose. Smells of barnyard, funk, yeast, fruit and a candy sweetness.

T: Yeast flavors jump out with the fruit mixed in of sour apple, some lemon and some grassy notes. The barnyard funk then comes in with horse blanket (subdued), wet hay and some sugar/candy sweetness that never gets to out dual the nice tartness. Finish remains tart with funk and some slight hops. Really good beer. I love me some Sly Fox brett beer.

M: Medium, a bit prickly and tart. Alcohol is super well hidden for the 8%. Nice carbonation.

O: A totally different offering from Brian that I loved! Brian, Sly Fox needs a brett beer in their lineup, pretty please! If collaborations make beers like this come to market, then I applaud them.

I hope someone makes this beer on a regular rotation, I liked it that much. Good, good beer.

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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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Photo of rfgetz
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden orange with some yeast floaties, active carbonation yields a quickly diminishing frothy white head, minimal lacing. Scent brings a mild, but none the less inviting blend of horse blanket, light spice, very light floral and fruity notes with a fresh baked multigrain loaf of bread backbone. First sip brings a smooth blend of the noted components of scent. The brett gives a great barnyard/horseblanket note, lightly tart fruityness, nice white peppry spice, fresh baked bread. Body feels fuller then most for the style, helped by in control caronation, smooth on the palate and quite dry. What a nice beer, the brett is present in a perfect quantity and balances perfect with the mild spice and fruityness for such a refreshingly dry beer. Would love to see this develop over 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