De Proef Brewmaster's Collection

Unique Expressions of the Brewmaster's Art

In 1996 highly regarded brewing engineer and professor, Dirk Naudts, created De Proef Brouwerij in the village of Lochristi, near the historic city of Gent, Belgium.  The ultra-scientific brewery blends modern equipment and technologies with traditional brewing methods.  Each beer is crafted in an 11 hectolitre (9 U.S. barrel) brewhouse that Michael Jackson once described as "the ultimate toy for the aspiring homebrewer."

The flexible nature of the brewery enables Naudts to create an impressive range of traditional and not so traditional ales.  His ability to design and brew unique products is showcased in the De Proef Brewmaster's Collection.

Van Twee -
Brewmasters Collaboration with John Mallet


The 2009 collaboration brew was created with John Mallet of Bell's Brewing in Michigan. Van Twee is a "mash-up" of the porter and dubbel styles blended with sour cherry juice from Michigan and brettanomyces in the secondary fermentation. It is a rich, dark beer capped by tan foam. Malty layers of chocolate and coffee trade on the palate with sour brett and dark fruit notes. Reminiscent of the famous fruit-filled chocolates of Belgium. July 2009 selection - Michael Jackson's Rare Beer Club

Original Gravity: 1072
IBU's: 18
ABV: 7.5%
Cases of 6/25.4 bottles

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Les Deux Brasseurs -
Brewmaster's Collaboration with Jason Perkins


The second beer in the Brewmaster's Collaboration Series created with Jason Perkins of Allagash Brewing in Maine. LDB is fermented with two strains of brettanomyces - on from each brewery. A bright golden ale with a full rocky head. A complex array of aromas and flavors including apricot, peach, pineapple, barnyard/sour notes from the brett, graham craker, herbal and spicy hop notes. August 2008 selection - Michael Jackson's Rare Beer Club.

Original Gravity: 1070
IBU's: 30
ABV: 8.5%
Cases of 6/25.4 bottles

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Signature Ale -
Brewmaster's Collaboration with Tomme Arthur


A unique collaboration with noted San Diego brewer Tomme Arthur. A complex hybrid of aggressively hopped west coast IPA, combined with traditional Belgian brettanomyces fermentation. Strong citrus hop notes followed by hints of sourness and delicate spice and a long fimish. July 2007 selection - Michael Jackson's Rare Beer club. 94 points - World Beer Championships.

Original Gravity: 1076
IBU's: 45-50
ABV: 8.5%
Cases of 6/25.4 bottles

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Witte Noire -
Imperial Amber Wheat Ale


Deep amber/chestnut color with an off-white head. Roasty & chocolaty aromas with a hint of spice. Lightly roasty notes on a soft palate. Wheat lightens the body and clove-like spice notes are present on the finish. Exellent with smoked foods.

Original Gravity: 1074
IBU's: 18
ABV: 7.5%
Cases of 6/25.4 bottles

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La Grande Blanche Imperial White Ale


Beautiful hazy golden color capped by bright white foam. Floral and tropical fruit aromas followed by a soft wheaty palette. Finishes with a hint of hop and coriander spice notes. A bit more body than many Belgian Wits, but still stylish and refreshing. 96 points - World Beer Championships.

Original Gravity: 1068
IBU's: 17
ABV: 7.5%
Cases of 6/25.4 bottles

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Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale


Fermented three times with two different yeasts, including a strain of brettanomyces - the "wild yeast" of lambic brewing. Pale golden color with an enormous rocky white head. Brett and spicy aromatic notes, with a malty-juicy note on the palate. Finishes with Brett and dry hop notes. April 2003 selection - Michael Jackson's Rare Beer Club. 94 points - World Beer Championships.
OG: 1068
IBU's: 33
ABV: 9.0%
Cases of 6/25.4
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Saison Imperiale - Belgian Farmhouse Ale


Created in 2006. While the style is generally known for its light body and subtle spice, Saison Imperiale is a bolder, "mega" interpretation of the style. Light amber in color, funky wild yeast notes and spice to the nose, with a bit more malt character, body, and hop notes as appropriate to the "Imperiale" style. May 2006 selection - Michael Jackson's Rare Beer Club. 89 points -World Beer Championships.

Original Gravity: 1072
IBU's: 30
ABV: 8.5%
Cases of 6/25.4 bottles

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Zoetzuur Flemish Ale


From the Flemish translation for "sweet-sour." This is a unique amber colored ale of multi yeast strain fermentation, with a hint of Belgian Kriek (cherry) juice added. The brewer has combined these elements in a subtle and complex blend where sour notes are balanced by tart fruit, hints of wood, and a velvety finish. August 2004 selection - Michael Jackson's Rare Beer Club. 93 points - World Beer Championships.

Original Gravity: 1072
IBU's: 21
ABV: 7.0%
Cases of 6/25.4 bottles

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Lozen Boer Abt - Abbey Style Ale


Named for the famous West Flanders restaurant near the brewery. The label tells the story of the restaurateur's father who smuggled cows from Amsterdam to Belgium. The beer is dark and rich, with dark fruit and spicy aromas and flavors. Layers of depth and complexity. September 2005 selection - Michael Jackson's Rare Beer Club. Silver Medal - World Beer Cup. 92 points World Beer Championships.

Original Gravity: 1088
IBU's: 40
ABV: 10.0%
Cases of 6/25.4 bottles

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