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.
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, taco-mac.com) from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday Jan. 19, with Van Twee on draft, as well as Bell’s Cherry Stout and Hopslam.