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


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"A stylish and artistic collaborative brewing effort that combines the enormous talents of Dirk Naudts, at Belgiumís De Proef Brewery, and Tomme Arthur of Port Brewing and Lost Abbey in southern California."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7335) - 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. Didnít notice the Brett at first, but itís 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.

   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. Thereís plenty of doughy yeast to chew on up front, but the palate is lightened substantially by the richness of the carbonation. Iíve 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, Iím 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.

   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; Iíd love to be able to sample it again.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
juiceisloose (1063) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2007
Courtesy of Redlight. Thanks Brent for sharing this rare treat. Poured a golden blonde with a thin white head. The aroma was of citrus fruits, spices, and some hops. The taste is pretty similar with a mild blend of sweetness and spices together. It had some malts in there and some brett like characters, but not real sour. This was an interesting blend of a lot of things. It finished off clean with some spices in the background. Nice collaboration with this one, glad I got to try it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2007
Courtesy redlight. Thanks Brent!! Pours gold with a small white head. A little bit hoppy, some citrus in the aroma. Pretty mild all the way through. Some spices are present. The taste is somewhat hoppy and spicy mixed together. Not a real character to this beer. It seems to be a couple different things at once, which was interesting, and pleasant. Some mild sweetness comes through, but blends in well with the hops and mild malts. Pretty good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2007
Hoppy, grassy, sweet and spicy in the aroma. Pours golden blonde. Piney, with hints of citrus, sweetness, hints of brett like flavors. I wonder if this will sour up in some time? Nicely carbonated and easy to drink for 8.5%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4505) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2007
Appearance: Pours a hazed, dark golden body with a white, creamy-looking head. Smell: A notably spicy, fragrant aroma generous with itís amount of grass, pine, and Brett that inspires alot of green, earthy imagery. Taste: Faint pale malt sweetness with stronger flavors of pine and grass and flickers of white pepper and citrus. Finishes semidry with a slight lingering of bitterness and pepper. Am I mad in saying itís like a beer-inspired chutney? Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Full, lively carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel. Drinkability: A pretty good beer, itís release should be good news for any fans of the latest trend of hoppy Belgians.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2007
Bottle. Didnít notice any brett, but what I did notice was this this is by far my favorite highly hopped, Belgian-style beer. Very nice and drinkable. Smooth w/ a hearty hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 21, 2007
Honey-straw hue with vigorous carbonation and a bubbly white head. First thoughts are of Orval with all of the brett and hops, but the hops are much more grassy- and citric-American in this beer. Bananas, pepper, pineapple, tarragon aromas. Very bright and dry with prickly carbonation. Citric and bready to start, finishes with lots of pepper and pine. Lingering doughy taste. Light in body with a slick texture and fierce carbonation. Should improve as the brett picks up, but already very good.

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