Beer, Beer and More Beer

I’m a big beer fan.  That being said, my palette has become more attuned to wine than my favorite barley friends. 

I’ve decided to try to evolve my taste buds and in concert start blogging on some of my best finds.  I also want an excuse to drink more beer.

I’m going to first focus on Belgian (and Belgian-styled) beers, as they’ve always spoken to me in a special way.  In fact, my partner Ryan McIntyre and I went on a beer tasting trip to Belgium last year. 

I’m also going to rate them on a 10 point scale. 

First up: Signature Ale – De Proef Brewery – collaboration with Tomme Arthur 2008


De Proef makes great beers.  I don’t know Tomme Arthur, but this Signature Ale is a collaboration between the two brewers and it is a great result.  The 2009 version is a collaboration with Bell’s Brewing.  (I haven’t had this one yet).

My take?

A citrusy nose with a sour patch candy front end.  This is a complicated and funky Belgian beer and might not be appropriate for classic American light beer drinkers, but it smacks of craftsmanship and thought.  There is a lot of richness and activity on the palette when on your tongue.  There will definitely be another sample in my near future, as I was fairly awed by the variety of flavors.

Mendelson Rating: 8.5/10

Happy drinking.