freeofthoughts (625) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JUN 9, 2011
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml. bottle aged 2 years. Lower carbonation due to aging but smooth on the palate. Held to light looks a very dark garnet red, at eye level looks like cola. Not much in the nose, just a little yeast and wheat. At first it almost kinda tasted like a cola finishing with some very light chocolaty roasted malt followed by a really nice yeasty finish. It has moments of a dark german wheat or a belgian wit but this stands out and is unique. Smooth hop balance, with some of the german hops coming out, i kind of picked out a lemon drop taste with the hops, wheat and yeast. Good aged beer all around, i do not regret it at all. I found myself right at home with this one.
drjay44 (2449) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml. bottle. Corked and caged. Pours a medium, lasting beige head, with attractive lacing, over a clear, dark amber (SRM 13) body.....nose is light caramel/toffee, raisin, fig, plum, light molasses, cereal....taste is light sweet caramel/toffee, then light raisin, fig, plum, finishing with a hint of clove....mouth feel is medium, alcohol hidden, carbonation adds a nice foamy sensation. This is between a Dunkleweizen and a Weizenbock. It is heavier than the first and lighter than the second in both the depth and subtlety of aroma and flavor. It is a well balanced and thoroughly enjoyable beer. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7
LiteWait (267) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ML corked bottle. It sat in AirForceHops basement since July 2010. Deep red/ brown poor. Bubbly white head that was short lived. Nose is raisins, plum, dark fruit with a touch of caramel in the background. A slightly light metallic smell. Taste mirrors the aroma but plum is dominating though out the sip. A smooth almost Red wine finish, kind of dry, yet smooth. Shared with AirForceHops On a snowy April Fool’s Day in a winter that just doesn’t want to end. To me this is more like a Weizen Bock Rather than a Plain Jane Wheat ale. This brew has a nice layer of complexity.
AirForceHops (2586) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2014 750 ML corked bottle. It sat in my basement since July 2010. Deep red/ brown poor. Bubbly white head that was short lived. Nose is raisins, plum, dark fruit with a touch of caramel in the background. A slightly light metallic. Taste is a duilpcate of the nose. Enjoyed on a snowy April Fool’s Day, will this winter ever end?? This brew has a nice layer of complexity.
This is one one my first re-rates and I have to say it is nearly identical to my original post. This bottle had much more clove in the flavor. With the solid caramel malt backbone under the wheat base.
TreadyTalk (15) - Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells of red wine with a clear, deep red sunset appearance. Somewhat thin body with well-balanced alcohol taste. Raisin, cherry, dried fruits. I don’t feel that this beer really stands out.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle at Churchkey, shared with Ed, Scott & Linda. Murky brown color, small off whitehead. Very smooth and chocolatey, decent malt, few hops. Nice stuff.
beerguy101 (5253) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on 2/14/2011 at the Beer Revolution De Proef event. This Belgian Wheat Ale pours a very dark reddish amber color from a 750ml bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is dark fruit, caramel and sweet. A medium bodied Dark wit. The malts are fruity and sweet, raisins, dates and candi sugar. The hops are herbal and earthy. Mild carbonation. Nice balance. A touch of spice and a touch of wheat. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
NielsenRatings (8124) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2010
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tasted from a bottle at the Parade of Darks in Denver, Colorado. Hazy and fairly dark appearance similar to a dunkleweizen. Dark wheat aroma. Sweet flavor and it may have candy sugar added- not sure. Sweet finish.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml from Sam’s, Durham. It’s a dubbel, Jim! Was hoping for something a bit more elaborate or quizzical from De Proef. But this dark brown beer (with amber tinges) immediately tipped its hands by sending off an aroma that recalled Westmalle’s yeast strain more than Proef’s. Plenty of fruit in the flavor, banana and plum, but a generally indistinct malt profile tends not to give clarity to the different flavors so much as reduce them to generic Belgian.
thornecb (4113) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep mahogany into a tumbler. Tan head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Roasted chocolate aromas. Sweet, dry chocolate upfront turning to clove in the sweet lasting finish.