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

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RATINGS: 487   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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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3.6
BuckeyeBoy (8466) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2007
750ml bottle pours out a cloudy gold topped with a white head. Odd nose of ligth hops belg spice. Pretty cool the IPA/Belg combo. I am glad i had it but would not be a everyday brew for me.

3.6
heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Thanks for sharing general_gao. The body was medium gold colored with a light khaki head. The aroma was funky with notes of hay, apricots and carmel. The taste was leathery with some carmel. There was also apple core and notes of apricots. This is a strange brew, but part of my problem is that I do not like apricots.

3.7
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2010 smells musty with ripe cherries. muddy yeast forward that tingles the tongue. smoky throughout. 073110 Nice gentle brett character, some salty wet dog.

3.3
drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2009 on tap at the maproom. pours hazed orange with white head. nose is peachy, orange, hoppy, and slightly medicinal. flavor is sweet peach, orange, apricot, medicinal, no alcohol noticied at all. hops are fruity but this isn’t very bitter and didn’t seem that fresh. decent stuff but would have been killer if there was no medicinal notes and a fresher hop taste.3.3.

1/2/09, 750ml bottle. big green apple aroma with some in the flavor, herbal notes, oh this is just awful, drain pour.2.8.

4.4
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 1, 2007
750 ml bottle. Poured a clear orange color. The head was white and fairly delicate, but retained it’s height well for several minutes and left some lace on the glass. The aroma was a pleasant mix of fruit and hops. Almost like a flower blossom at times, but with that special added funk of the Brettanomyces. It was delicately sweet, yet tart on the tongue. It was fairly effervescent without being too bubbly. The fruit, funk, malt, and hops in the flavor worked well together. Like a combination of subdued melon, rose hips, sweetened lime tart, and honey. There was also an occasional hint of alcohol that reminded me of white wine. Refreshing like a dry champaign, but slightly sweet and and fuller bodied. Great beer.

4.5
FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Pretty well carbonated, the beer pours with over a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head even though it was done quite carefully. The head leaves patchy lacing patterns on the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes with a rocky, never quite disappearing surface of froth. A myriad of carbonation bubbles stream from the bottom of my tulip, all easily visible through the brilliantly clear, cranberry-tinged, copper colored beer. As I pour this beer I get a spicy note of white pepper. Upon further inspection the nose is amply hoppy, substantially spicy and even has a nice funky tartness to it. Aromatic notes of fresh cut weeds, orange zest, peaches, lychee, hay, ginger, orange zest, moldy cotton, honeysuckle, black pepper, lemon-thyme, clove, hints of urea and lots of other spicy phenolics and esters that keep that beer very interesting. This is definitely a beer that I can easily spend quite some time smelling and exploring, not even worrying about getting to the flavor exploration of this beer. The hops and Brettanomyces combine to create a really green, sharply spicy, savory herbal character. Really just a fantastically interesting and complex nose.

Fairly sweet, yet fairly well carbonated, which really helps to temper the residual malt sweetness. Overall this beer actually has a sort of dry flavor profile; the sweetness does play a role it is just that the carbonation and the astringently herbal / phenolic notes really help to balance and dry out the finish. Characteristically Amarillo hop flavors of lychee, apricot and sweet citrus peel mix with the malt sweetness to form a sort of orange-blossom / wild flower honey nectar character. Lightly tart, somehow this melds in with the fruity hop notes and becomes part of that flavor profile. Touches of funky Brett flavors mix with herbal hop notes in the finish to provide a mix of sharp flavors; Astringent herbs, a biting bitterness, spicy-not-quite plastic like phenolics, must cotton notes. There is a fair amount of body to this brew, it is still easy to drink, though I am not quite sure I would term this a quaffing brew.

At times the Amarillo hops are quite characteristically present, yet at other times the other competing flavors take over; the flavor and aroma of this beer are really quite interesting. What should be strongly competing flavor profiles from the hop and yeast character, somehow melds; sometimes the Brettanomyces dominates, at others the hops take over, but still at other times (and this last the most prevalent) this cacophonous chatter of competing flavors just melds into delicious, somehow well integrated whole that is just a pleasure to drink. As the beer warms up it starts to become a bit more tart, which actually accentuates more of a lemon zest character from the hop notes, but really all of the other hop notes are still noticeable.

This is an absolutely kick-ass brew; ample hops and Brett derived funk, how can I not just absolutely love this beer. A beer to satisfy the inner hop head and funk-o-phile at the same time. I am so glad I found this lone, discardedly placed, wayward bottle at Hi-Times. Perhaps not perfect in any category, but I am just really digging everything this beer has to offer right now. I think part of my enjoyment of this beer is that it reminds me of a hoppy, 100% Brett fermented, 5% alcohol beer that I brewed that was just phenomenal. My biggest regret is that I don’t have a couple of these to age.

3.5
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Bottle from Pizza Port Carlsbad Bottle shop consumed at Las Olas Mexican Restaurant. Yeasty aroma is balanced by a good bitterness. Interesting and it went well with the excellent Mexican food.

4.1
SDalkoholic (2424) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Purchased bottle at Holiday Wine Cellar. The last bottle they had so I considered myself lucky to be able to grab one for a taste. The pour is a clean clear golden elixir with a rigorous thick heading. In the nose, I found a mild aroma of Belgian yeast and spice with a light citrus background of possible orange. It has very subdued flavors that are chewy and spicy paired well with the soft delicate palate and its rich creamy finish. I’m really amazed how smooth this ale turned out but hey when you got pizza port working on it and some masters from Belgium how could it go wrong?

4
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - SEP 19, 2007
Bottle. Pours with a beautiful orange golden color and a medium head. Very fruity aromasn and a bit of wild yeast. Flavors are tart and yeasty, a lot of citrus and some breadiness. Very complex and delicate. Outstanding beer.

3
Ernest (7815) - 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.


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