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Brewed by De Proefbrouwerij
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Lochristi - Hijfte, Belgium

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RATINGS: 468   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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"A stylish and artistic collaborative brewing effort that combines the enormous talents of Dirk Naudts, at Belgium’s De Proef Brewery, and Tomme Arthur of Port Brewing and Lost Abbey in southern California."


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11681) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2007
Bottle at Dilly Deli. Poured hazy dark amber with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate complex hoppy citrus aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Solid balanced bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a smooth complex standout beer

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2007
Bottle from the Pizza Port Carlsbad bottle shop (yes!). Pours hazy gold with a frothy white head. Nice lacing. Hoppy, spicy, and slightly funky aroma. Orange peel, more hops, pepper, and the funky/sour/tart taste from the yeast. Great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - SEP 9, 2007
On tap at Lost Abbey’s Brunch. Pours with a nice 1-finger medium-fade light head. Nice IPA aroma medium level hop bouquet. Light yellow color. Mild hop bitter taste with a blend of grapefruit and other hops. I don’t notice any sourness from the use of Brett yeast (that I’m not skilled at picking out, except when pronounced). Very drinkable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 8, 2007
On tap at Lost Abbey/Pizza Port. I really enjoyed this beer: IPA goes to Belgium. Hoppy, tangy, w/ some funy a very nice brew. This would be an excellent beer to serve w/ Thanksgiving dinneer. great job.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3180) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2007
Brewmaster’s Collaboration

9/05/2007: Port Brewing Company / De ’Proef’-BrouwerijSignature Ale has a hazy golden color. The aroma is a bit spicy with some orange in it. The flavor is lightly malty with some citrus and yeast. There also seems to be a touch of almond flavor. The flavor isn’t bitter or bitey and no alcohol is noticeable in it either. The body of this beer is medium with an average palate. Overall this beer is nicely blended, well-balanced, and mild-mannered. Quite tasty!

750 mL corked and caged bottle (8.5% Alc. by Vol.) shared by Tmoney99 at the Dilly Deli. Thanks Tom! I really appreciate it. Rating #26 for this beer...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (969) - Carlsbad, California, USA - SEP 6, 2007
UPDATED: APR 8, 2008 750ml bottle, from MJ’s club. Prost! This is an intriguing beer. Ive had some of these "fusion" beers that mix yeasty Belgian ales with American hopping, and this one does the style some justice. Pours a hazy blond with and orange center and a whole lot of that lacing thing goin on. Citrusy aroma of pear and banana with Belgian yeast, backed up by a greenish pine scent with spice. Complex flavor that teases the palate between the bread-like yeasty and malty Belgian base, the bittering hops and a moderately sour finish from the brett. Very drinkable, and the Amarillo hops makes itself known, staining the palate between each sip. Nicely done.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5489) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Pour is gold with splashes of rust and orange. Sort of an early fall sunset. Sticky white head leaves splotchy lacing on the glass. Aroma is hoppy and spicy with citrus notes, pepper, bit of funky Belgian yeast, hints of stale urine, and drying flowers. Nice! The first sip starts bitter but begins to mellow. More yeast notes, citrus fruits, spicy hops, flowers, tart fruits (some lemon juice), cobwebs, bit of earthiness, Belgian yeast, and dusty malts. Body is effervescent and tingly but chalky in spots. Lingering bitterness. Overall medium feel. Finishes with more spicy hops, citrus fruits, mellower yeast, flowers, tart fruit flavors and spotty earthiness. Very nice!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2009
Name: Signature Ale - Lost Abbey
Date: July 18, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: hazy orange, creamy off white head, drops of lace
Aroma: sweet bready malt aroma with lots of spicy hops and a peppery bret character
Body: carbonated body
Flavor: lots of floral hop flavor on a yeasty malt base, spicy character from the bret, sweetness comes through to offer balance but then disappears again

Name: Signature Ale - Lost Abbey
Date: October 10, 2007
Mode: draft
Source: falling rock
normal carbonation level, less of the yeasty bread character,

Name: Signature Ale - Lost Abbey
Date: April 27, 2008
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma with a nice funk
Flavor: sweet and funky flavor with lots of spicy character, long bitter finish follows the spices

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcr (2286) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 22, 2007
750 ml bottle. Take an Orval-esque Belgian and a mild IPA and blend them together thoughtfully and I think this is what you would come up with. Golden-yellow pour with a white head. Aroma was heavy with yeast, especially leather, dough and brettanomyces’ lacquer. Average aroma of malts and hops, especially lemon and citrus and other fruits. Behind it all is the smell of clove. The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter nad heavily acidic. Medium body with a watery texture. Enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7305) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 21, 2007
Bottle. Amber beer with an off-white head. Fruity (appricot/tropical) aroma with floral and spice tones. Floral and fruity flavors with yeast, malt, and a bit of bubblegum and spice. Didn’t notice the Brett at first, but it’s there at the finish and when you look for it. Tropical fruit shines. Malts are a bit doughy. Medium body, Carbonation a bit high. Very drinkable.


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