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RATINGS: 482   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 Belgiums 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, youll 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 youre on a pilgrimage to Brussels youll drop by the Empire Club and let us know whether you prefer Green or Orange....

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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2008
750mL bottle. Yellow-gold color, slightly opaque, with a medium sized white head. Wet hay, sharp phenol, citrus acid, and an earthen woodiness in the aroma. Soft, rounded tartness up front, flush with fruity esters. Grassy, plasticine components manifest. Some horsiness segues to the finish, with a lingering, complex lemony acidic character and a high, keening woody note. Mouthfeel is medium, rather dry.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cloudskipper (17) - Kaneohe, Hawaii, USA - JUL 16, 2008
750 ml bottle poured into Russian River Barrel-Aged glass. Thin white head dissipated quickly. Aroma is a little citrusy, leaning towards lemon, oakey, tart. Taste is very much a balanced sour, right up my alley. Not too overpowering, no particular flavor standing out above the other. Quite carbonated, and leaves a bit of a dry mouth. Just outstanding. Glad I got the opportunity to have this.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 15, 2008
My 600th rating. From the "Open Eyes" tasting. Thanks Markus for the opportunity to go down to San Marcos to get this beer on Patron’s Day (and thanks to Tomme for talking to an annoying 21 year old ask questions)! Isabelle is an amazingly briliantly complex American Lambic! Pours with a hazy golden body with a light, small white head that stays for a while and leaves a touch of lacing. Aroma of pinneaple, cinnamon, lemon, brett, oak and a high amount of sweetness. The aroma is endlessly complex and seductive. Taste starts with some orange, brett, horse blanket, and pineapple, nice and tart. Light and naturally fizzy carbonation and a relatively creamy, but at parts dry mouthfeel. Great!

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (10767) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Murky golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. The aroma is an earthy, acidic bath of sharp cheese, lemon pulp and cinnamon bark clinging onto a mess of wet straw, must and burlap. Medium to full-bodied with tingly carbonation. The beer acidity is allowed to express itself, but the reins are pulled before it can truly run rampant... controlled sourness. Mellow sweetness and passable bitterness provide a semblance of balance. Tart, coarse, dry finish. Thanks to TheCheeseMan for sharing this world class beer!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Big thanks to TheCheeseman for sharing this pricey gem. Pours a mostly hazy glowing orange color, with a small white head. Smells ofsweet sourness and oak, with some tart fruits mixed in. Got traces of subtle cinnamon notes as well. Really dug that nose. The flavor was pretty sour as well, not too overpowering though. Not so much where you couldnt enjoy the tannic fruits, and oakiness of its complexity. This was well crafted, and really had no excuse not to be considering the great brewing minds that touched this gem. Damn fine brew.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale ber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2008
sampled with the phoenix crew. thanks to psprings for bringing this... pours a milky orange gold with a scant white head which disappears within a few eye blinks. really stinky funky smell... floral, woody, fresh pineapple and a bale of straw left out in the rain. it’s definitely dry and funky... a little sour but not too tart. other notable flavors include dust, woody, a touch of pale malt sweetness and white verjus. medium body. very dry but not continuously parching. awesome...

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Thanks for sharing Andrew! The beer pours to a yellow hazy/murky body with a thin white head. The aroma is sick! Sour complex leathery pineapple and starfruit. Tartness everywhere. The flavor is tart and leathery sour fruits like pineapple and starfruit. Kind of like a gueuze but not blended. The palate is tart, medium bodied, refreshing, and not overly sour. Nice acid component throughout. Near perfect! Keep it up Tomme, Vinnie, Lorenzo, Rob, Adam, and Sam! Wowzers!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Many thanks to Andrew for bringing this! Poured pale sunset golden with a little white head sticking around. The aroma had heavy, lovely funk all over.. lemon zest, tart peach skins, pineapple, and a touch of hay.. further exploration found a dose of wet blanket.. wow! The flavor had tart lighter fruits and pineapple again (heavier pineapple influence with later sips).. just a touch of light fruit sugar.. dusty and barny funk moreso on the back.. long, lingering funky fruit-inspired finish.. excellent! Tart and gripping on the palate with perfect balance.. one of the stars from the tasting, which is saying a whole lot!!!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2008 Pours a hazy golden yellow. Aroma is full on Belgian sour goodness. dank earth, horse blankets, fresh cut hay, some floral notes. Flavor is very refined, with an almost delicate sour note. Great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008
750 ml. bottle Pours a hazy golden yellow with a medium frothy head. Some beers you can pick out the different componets, well with this one I seem to be able to pick out the differnt brewers, ahh funky. Flavors of citrus, brett, and all things funky.


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