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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick

De Proef Van Twee Belgian Ale
De Proef Brewery, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium
$14.99/ 750ml cork-finished bottle; also available on draft at select beer bars for a very limited time.

Van Twee front

Profile: Belgian brewmaster Dirk Naudts’ increasingly famous, limited edition Brewmaster’s Collaboration Series has featured beers created with American brewers Tomme Arthur of Lost Abbey and Jason Perkins of Allagash. This time, Naudts’ co-designer and co-brewer is John Mallet of Michigan’s Bell’s Brewery, and the result of their collaboration is called Van Twee (From Both).

It’s a porter-dubbel hybrid, with Michigan sour cherry juice and brettanomyces yeast added in the secondary fermentation. The flavors come in rich waves of sweet and sour, with a combination of dark chocolate and tart fruitiness redolent of chocolate-covered cherries. The brettanomyces adds another, deeper level of funky complexity and earthiness.

Pair with: Chocolate-cherry flavors make Van Twee a fitting choice for Valentine’s Day. And given its steep price, it would be a very nice gift for a special someone. Beyond the obvious match of dark chocolate, it’s an interesting pairing with blue cheese. And it would be fun to try with roast duck with cherry sauce.

Event: Larry Bell of Bell’s Brewery will be at Taco Mac Metropolis (933 Peachtree St. NE 678-904-7211, from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday Jan. 19, with Van Twee on draft, as well as Bell’s Cherry Stout and Hopslam.

10 comments Add your comment

Covert Hops

January 12th, 2010
9:58 am

Thanks for the heads up on this and the Taco Mac event.


January 12th, 2010
3:55 pm

this sounds like a great complex beer


January 12th, 2010
4:01 pm

Thanks for letting everyone know where to get this (sure to be) awesome beer. We will also have Hopslam and a firkin of Cherry Stout. Donald will have a full line-up of Bell’s seasonals and year-round beers. It’s a Bell’s Extravaganza! Party time….excellent….wooo, woo, woo! Sorry for the Wayne’s World reference. I worked at Bell’s for seven years in the 90’s.


January 12th, 2010
4:19 pm

Thanks for the info, I’m looking forward to trying it next Tuesday. It’s really great to know get so much background information about the beer going into the event.


January 12th, 2010
4:32 pm

Anywhere OTP carrying this bomber?

I was really excited about Bell’s debut, disappointed when there was no Two-Hearted to be found, but ended up finding the Amber Ale to a go to standard as nice holdover


January 12th, 2010
4:34 pm

Sounds like a very complex beer. Hopefully I will be able to attend this event and try several of the Bells offerings. It sounds like some knowledgeable beer geeks should be on hand too.

The Other Matt

January 12th, 2010
5:20 pm

I am looking forward to tasting this beer, had a couple of other De Proef’s offerings last week at the BSP’s Beer and Cheese tasting, they were excellent. Hopslam is one of my all-time faves from Bells. Love having them in GA.


January 13th, 2010
9:44 am

Have a bottle of this in waiting in Ye ‘ole Beer Cubbard. Looking forward to the Taco Mac event.


January 13th, 2010
12:23 pm

This ought to be an awesome January with Hopslam followed by Founder’s. That Founder’s Red’s RyePA is shockingly good.

The Other Matt

January 15th, 2010
3:03 am

The BSP pub will be hosting Larry Bell this coming Monday