De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur)

On-tap at The Brick Store, Decatur, GA, USA.
WOW – classy! Mid-orange pour with a super high, dense, bone-white head.
Nose has a mild grapefruit which is reflected in the taste.
It is isn’t until the ending that you get the Brett/Funk/Saison/Farmhouse notes. All melds together to give a deep, satisfying experience in the glass. Some bitterness in the finish but it comes together beautifully to give a memorable beer.
Smooth on the palate, I would characterize this in the mould of a Belgian IPA, but having some Biere de Garde and Saison character too – an interesting beer.
We were sitting around talking about comparisons and obviously Houblon Chouffe and De Ranke XX came to mind. HOWEVER, when we poured a Chouffe to actually DO the comparison, it seemed weak and watery, ESPECIALLY in the nose – frankly it was VERY light sitting against this.
Interesting stuff!

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04/18/2008
Format:
on-tap
ABV: 8.5 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 4.5
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 4
Overall: 4.5
Total: 4.33
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