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RATINGS: 481   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
AKA Belle Proximus, a collaborative effort between Tomme Arthur, Vinnie Cilurzo, Lorenzo Dabove, Rob Tod, Adam Avery and Sam Calagione.

In March of 2006 five guys-Adam Avery, Vinnie Cilurzo, Rob Todd, Tomme Arthur accompanied Sam Calagione and Lorenzo Dabove The Prince of Pajottenland through a tour a tour of Belgium’s finiest Gueze producers. Many of the mysteries of Lambic production were answered along the way. They vowed to return to the states to brew a sour beer celebrating their experiences. In November of 2006 the reunited at Port Brewing to brew Isabelle Proximus.

In this bottle, you’ll find the answers to many of the questions that were first posed along their journey near the river Senne. However, like the mysteries of lambic beers, there remains one lingering question that was left unresolved. we hope like us, the next time you’re on a pilgrimage to Brussels you’ll drop by the Empire Club and let us know whether you prefer Green or Orange....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (3039) - Gray, Maine, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Got a slug of a glass brought to me by my new best friend from that other site :) Slightly cloudy pale straw color with lots of funky tangerine on the nose. Bright acidity, clean punch of tart apple, apricot, funky dust and horse blanket notes. Really good based on my gulp... will reassess when someone decides to send me a bottle for my dome !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (8112) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2013
750ml bottle .. . Pours a deep yellow .. . mild head, lacing is solid .. . quite a fruity sour, sourness is balanced .. . clean mouthfeel .. . an upbeat beer, has held up well, but thinking this must have been more sour when first released. .. thanks to Rick for sharing this!! .. . .

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
thebitterendaz (35) - Alabama, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Poured into north coast brewing snifter and shared with my wife stephanie and ratebeer legend daknole. An American wild ale that could pass for true Belgian gueuze - it has the Belgian Barnyard nose usually lacking in most American sours. Nice refreshing sour flavor that lingers well. An absolute treat to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kraddel (6390) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - APR 30, 2013
traded with bill, thnx dude ! yellow, hazy, no foam, no scent. not much carbo sour, with a very complex, wooden twist. very dry, sour. very nice , complex, good moutfeel !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (8228) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 26, 2013
22/IV/13 - 75cl bottle @ De Hopduvel (Gent) - BB: n/a (2013-375) Thanks to Bobochamp (and thus to Kraddel as well) for sharing the bottle!

Little cloudy orange beer, no head. Aroma: sour, funky, sweet ripe tangerines, orange peel, some overripe fruits, banana peel, little chemical touch, dusty, wood, hint of almonds. MF: soft to no carbon, medium body. Taste: almonds at first, very sour, lemony, green apples, woody, bitter, earthy touch. Aftertaste: pretty bitter, wood, apple skin, bit nutty, sourness burning your throat, orange peel, bit spicy, earthy, typical bretta flavours in the end. Maybe a bit too sour to maintain drinkability. Very refreshing though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 23, 2013
75cl, as Isabelle Proximus, retired exclusive American collab. brew, thx alot to kraddel for bringing this over!, very complex sour brew, woody/sour and slightly fruity, balanced, cloudy, nearly no head, very good brew, ’This beer aged very well, yet doesn’t deserve all the hype’

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pushkinwow (2628) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2013
UPDATED: APR 14, 2013 750ml bottle. Clear golden with no head and lots of sediment in the bottle. Acidic, some chardonnay, oak, hints of citrus, sour, only slightly off balance. Moderate carbonation, acidic, bit lot vinegar, becomes dry, hint of lactose, little sweet at the end and then becomes intensely sour. Very happy to have tried this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mustardtiger (4) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 1, 2013 does not count
Thanks to the Braj Brogan, we popped a bunch of his rare gems with the boys before he went back to FLA to diversify his bonds nucca. The beer was really good but to be honest i was to drunk of a bunch of other legendatory brews to give an accurate rating. I’m fairly sure it was one of the best beers i have ever had, but it was for sure more about the company. Whatever the case, check it off the list.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Popped open izzy with a couple great BA’s Poured a murky amber with a light pink HughNose was over ripe citrus and cabernet sauvignonTaste was filled with grape, grape skin, granny smith apples and barnyard funk. Very light mouthfeel, smooth with a dry finish. I didn’t expect much based on recent reviews stating izzy was past her prime. I could not disagree more. This has aged perfectly and was wonderful. Very happy that I have more!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter. From notes. I have a ton of anticipation going into this bottle. It is the beer that I have been wanting to try ever since I seriously got into craft beer, and now I am hoping it was worth the wait. Isabelle pours a gorgeous, full tangerine color. Each successive pour is a little bit cloudier, due to all of the residue in the bottle at this point. There is a small, off-white head that pretty much disappears right away. A few stray bubbles linger. The aroma gives my nose a full blast of barnyard funk, with some hay and grass. Just a little bit of white grape skin adds a fruit of fruit character to the smell. A acetic sourness gives a slight burn as it enters my nostrils. Given how much time it has had to develop, I am impressed with how balanced the flavor is. It is definitely sour, but in quite a good way I am not overwhelmed with how sour the flavor is. A bit of sweet apricot, lemon, and grass are all present up front. As it turns sour, a lemony tartness turns to a slight acetic vinegar flavor. There is a nice smoothness to the body that comes at least partially from the time it spent aging in the bottle, but the body did not suffer. American sours have a tendency to fall off and lose their body if they have been aged too long, and Isabelle shows no signs of doing that. The carbonation is light, but sufficient. The balanced acidity through most of the sip is accentuated by the acetic finish, which is great. Overall this beer did everything it could to live up to my expectations. Too often the beers we spend the most time chasing cannot possibly live up to impossible standards we set for them, but Isabelle was worth the effort. Aside from the feeling of joy of tracking down a beer I wanted to try so badly, I was simply impressed by the beer and how well it is holding up.

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