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

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RATINGS: 465   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."


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   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 (3147) - 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 (967) - 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 (5466) - 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 (7244) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2007
From a 750mL Bottle. Purchased at the Carlsbad location Bottle Shop. Healthy crack upon opening the bottle. Pours a mostly transparent, golden honey color with a thick layer of even, frothy white head. A fresh, lemony hop aroma immediately grabs my attention. Behind the fresh American hop layer erupts a nose of yeasty fruits that is uniquely Belgian. Notes of papaya, melon, honey, and rose petals promise richness. Earthy peppers and musky orange rinds add more depth. Medium bodied, richly carbonated mouthfeel. There’s plenty of doughy yeast to chew on up front, but the palate is lightened substantially by the richness of the carbonation. I’ve had this a couple of times before, but never an entire bottle to contemplate by myself. This beer is substantially more complex than I noted before. Along with the yeasty dough flavors come some creamy banana, cardamom spice, a hint of musky funk, and a gentle kiss of pepper. The palate dries up mid-palate as the American hops start to shine through, perhaps Amarillo. The yeasty characters outlast the hops in the end, however, leaving a brett-like dryness lingering on the palate. As it warms, I’m starting to notice the brett more and more in the aroma as well. A touch of warming alcohols are noticeable in the finish, but not really a negative point in the big picture. This is a wonderful example of a Belgian-American fusion beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2007
Bottle. Sampled at Stephen Beaumont Class at Tria Fermentation School, 8/10/07. Poured orange-amber with a moderate sized off-white head. Big funky, musty, earthy nose, with strong floral hops. Sweet, honeyish flavor up front, gives way to tartness and earthiness, then finishes with crisp hop bitterness. Light carbonation; really smooth mouthfeel. This is a really nice beer; I’d love to be able to sample it again.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2007
MJ Rare Beer Club, 750ml bottle: Opens with a forceful poooft and pours beautifully into the tulip. Thick honey appearance with a short head that is thick and full. From first sniff, I can tell that this is indeed one unique collaboration. A wall of fresh American hops hit the nose first, followed some wonderful honeyed malt. The body leans in the same direction, although it seems heavily spiced to me. I get alot of chamomile/potpourri type notes below the citrusy hops. As the beer continues to warm, the sweet malt profile develops and balances the perfumey hops (additions?). I noticed some brett in the background of the finish, but it is really light. This should become real interesting in a year.


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