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

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RATINGS: 471   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6729) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie), moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot, grapefruit, resin), lightly yeasty (mold), with notes of cotton candy, band-aid, alcohol, perfume, hint of detergent. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean, slightly husky. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. A mix of good and bad elements, resulting in a somewhat average result. The aftertaste is unpleasant, a bit saccharine and slick/coating along with some grainy roughness. Not elegant. Some off notes in the aroma, but some pleasant things in there too. Neither a success nor a failure.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Bottled. Beer is clear, light caramel. The head is large, white, frothy. Fuzzily diminishes, mostly and admirably lasts. Significant lacing on the glass.<P>Lean and fruity. Malty with light notes of cookie, toasted grain, trace of caramel; Hoppy with moderate/heavy notes of resinous pine, moderate herbal grapefruit oil, light lemon zest; Yeasty with a light note of band-aidy plastic, trace of basement and dish rag; Light pepper, faintest trace of lacquer.<P>The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, light/moderately bitter with a long, moderately bitter, trace acidic, lightly sweet finish.<P>Nice mouth feel. The body is full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Hazy orange, white head. Aroma is musty belgian funk yeast. Flavor is orange, belgian phenolic yeast, spicy, sugar, great citrus profile, lemon, grapefruit and more orange. Full mouthfeel with lots of carbonation, spicy, citrus, wheat and yeast. Interesting beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11911) - 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 (3287) - 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 (975) - 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 (5572) - 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!


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