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De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Aurthur) by De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
8.50 % ABV

Review by joe1510 on 02/20/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 8 15 4 8 2010
Sam's Marcey

This beer has been down in the cellar for about 7-8 months now. The initial pour fills my glass with a polished bronze liquid with perfect clarity. The body is outlined in gold with orange highlights when backlit. The head grew without much coaxing to a finger + of fizzy off white that fades to a skimming with a thick collar. The collar leaves behind chunky lace after each drink. I'm surprised at the clarity of this brew.

The nose certainly shows signs of brett but what's there is mild and well integrated. A caramel malty backbone starts things off before the damp moldy dead wood and that summer field wild flower quality that fills my entire nose. A touch of peach here and a touch of pear there along with a slice or two of green apple seem to round out the flavor. The brett brings along some of that dry hay-like quality as well. There are not a whole lot of barnyard but more overgrown fields. Each swirl of the glass intensifies the aroma.

The flavor basically follows the aroma step by step. Caramel maltiness gets things started and falls to the back to lay down a solid base while the brett characteristics are exactly as I described in the aroma. The orchard fruitiness jumps out on the finish with the gritty pear, green apples, and peach all in that order of intensity. All the flavors seem to combine seamlessly. My only complaint, and its minor, is that there's too much caramel in this brew. I would appreciate it more if the malts were more of the pale variety. There's a nice spicy hop character that comes around mid palate and lingers through the swallow and beyond.

The body is medium and actually a little heavier than I would have expected but it works surprisingly well with this beer. The fine carbonation produces that Belgian airiness on the swallow and the solid hopping brings a mild bitterness that sticks around.

This is a highly drinkable beer from De Proef. There's not much if any sourness but the fine carbonation and fruity finish keep the bottle tilting often.

Signature Ale is a solid brew from De Proef and Port. The brett didn't have quite the impact I was hoping for but is noticeable and adds some nice characteristics. Well worth seeking out.

Reviewed: 11/17/08

Price: $12.99 Served In: Tulip

Review by Oxymoron on 11/08/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 9 18 4 8 0
Interesting story line here. Pours a cloudy golden color with more blond highlights through out. A soft head that did take time to dissipate but eventually did die out complete. Decent lacing when it was there.

The nose is light overall. Some noticeable Belgian notes. The malt has a biscuit aroma that is almost herbal in character. Some very soft floral notes that is enhanced by a light yeasty character. Some light funk on the back end with a subtle barnyard and earthy quality.

The taste is more defined. A good malt flavor with biscuit flavors mostly. A nice honey malt taste as well that blends with a more herbal hibiscus flavor. Some floral notes with a mix of some esters and rose peddles. Some earthy notes and a light fruity flavor with apricots and peaches. Some minor alcohol flavors but good. Some off metallic flavor but subtle, and more of a nit pick type of thing.

The body is more moderate but understandable with the ABV. A soft carbonation. Overall a light beer with some very soft and floral notes. I should note that this has been aged just short of a year. Would like to see this after a few years.

Served In: Bottle

Review by orbitalr0x on 11/22/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2008
Cork pops and it pours into my glass a beautifully clear copper orange with an inch of creamy white foam sitting atop the brew. Lacing kisses the side of the glass as the head holds on strong. Aromas start with vibrant hops upfront. Citrusy, tropical with grassy herbal accents as well. Bold spicy, peppery accents with earthy yeast tones. Crisp sun dried grain malt meets with a nice kick of brett yeast as well. Quite a contemplative mix of aromas here. Very nice.

First sip brings a smooth pale malt rolling into a melting pot of hops and spice. Citrus and tropical flavors of Amarillo are quite evident along with grassy and resinous herbal tones. Tantalizing spiciness and peppery accents move into earthy Belgian yeast tones. The Brett kicks in a bit of funk and tartness that blends perfectly here, it's not overpowering just a great addition to the overall beer. Finishes a touch dry with lingering fruit, spice and hops. I love this beer!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a solid, spritzy fast moving carbonation. There's a nice creamy accent that makes this extraordinarily easy to drink. Really glad I grabbed a bottle of this and I hope I can find another one before it's all gone. A wonderful brewing collaboration, seek this out and enjoy. The best hoppy Belgian brew I've had to date.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 06/06/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 2008
A - Pours a clean golden colored body. Head is slightly off white, about two inches, and sort of soapy looking. Head falls to a thin layer on the surface that never goes away.

S - Belgian yeast comes right up and hits the nose, bringing with it some spiciness. Brett makes itself obvious, with a funky lime yogurt aroma. Nice fruitiness with pear, mango and papaya.

T - Fruity fight up front. Pineapple, mango, papaya and pears all intermingle, sort of like a fruit salad. Sweet, but not too sweet. Yeast comes in and brings a nice amount of spiciness in while honey brings in a bit more sweetness. Funk comes in, bringing with it various barnyard flavors that don't seem to overwhelm the beer. There's a touch of grassy hops in here as well, which could easily be missed while tasting the funky flavors. Finishes with a touch of bitterness. Aftertaste is a bit of leftover bitterness and a bit more funky barnyard flavors.

M - Medium bodied. Carbonation is spot on.

Overall - Very quaffable and well balanced brew. Nothing overpowers the other, rather all the flavors just seem to compliment each other. Highly recommended.

Served In: Tulip

Review by seaoflament on 04/08/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 11 18 4 8 2008
Bought this bottle last year at South Bay Drugs without realizing it had brett in it…I wasn’t too fond of funky beers but I set this one aside for the future in case my taste for funky beers developed and I’m glad I did.

Pours a golden apricot color with a thick two inch crown of white foam. There’s some lacing as the head falls down to a thin layer.

This beer has a great mixture of fruits and tartness. I immediately pick up apricot, lemon, green and red apples, orange, and grapefruit. Then there is another layer with more subtle fruits like grapes, pears, and honey. The malt comes by as a toasted aroma mostly and there are some earthy aromas that seem to be from the yeast. Finally, there’s the tart and funky aroma from the wild yeast which has more presence when you are pouring. After the beer settles the funky aromas hide behind the fruits and slightly spicy aromas.

Taste is a little tart, fruity, yeasty and spicy at first with the malt coming through in the finish. There’s a mixture of tartness and bitterness near the finish that seems odd but it washes away rather quickly. There are also some flavors of lemon and nectarines. Not as sweet tasting as I thought it would be. As the beer warms up the malt comes through a little stronger with more sweetness and toasted flavors. Some apple starts to develop in the finish as well.

Good carbonation level, quite high but it glides down the tongue rather smoothly.

Very tasty beer and I wish I had another to see how it does in a couple more months; the brett could sure use some more time to work its magic.

Even if you are not a fan of funky or tart beers this one is till quite tame in that department and would be worth a try.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Kegergator on 02/22/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 2008
Thanks to tangfoot for this brew>

Pours a real murky burnt orange color with a nice thick white creamy head. It settles down with really nice alcing lacing left on the glass. Swirls bring out moe thick head from the cascading bubbles. Smell is very yeasty,with some sourness. Sour apple? Light tart bite up front, with some fruits. A dry middle leads to a really clean and refreshing finish. Really a solid brew overall with nice blend of light sourness, fruits and yeast.

Price: $12.99 Served In: Tulip

Review by Westside Threat on 02/06/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 17 4 10 2008
A: Pours a clean light copper color with droves of bubbles forming from the bottom of the glass. Head is a sudsy mass of 2 inch high off white bubbles. So far so good.

S: Smells clean, spicy and fruity. Get hints of pine tar, mango, pineapple, papaya and toasted biscuits.

T: Initial taste is fruity around the front of the palate. Lots of lighter type tropical fruits with just the right amount of sugar to be quaffable. Medium honey sweetness with aspects yellow apple and spicy floral tendencies. After the swallow, the honey increases with basic barnyard flavors. Finishes mildly yeasty with present alcohol, grass clippings and a simple “brightness” to it. Some lingering bitterness remains on the palate.

M: Medium body, soft with perfect carbonation

D: This beer gets rave reviews so I was immediately hesitant. First sip and instantly thought it was over rated…but the more I drank, the more it grew on me. The reason is for all the qualities that pale Belgian styles posses, this beer has them but actually balanced. There isn’t one aspect of it that’s dominant, all the flavors work in perfect harmony. This has got to be the best fresh version of a Belgian pale I’ve had in a really long time.

Served In: Tulip

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