Sunday, February 15, 2009

De Proef Les Deaux Brasseurs

This is the second is a series of collaborations between the Belgian brewery De Proef and a US brewery. The first was with Tomme Arthur and Port Brewing. This one, the second is with Jason Perkins of Allagash. I've been a fan of this Portland, Maine based brewery for quite some time. They make some amazing Belgian style beers. We don't get much of their more unique offerings down in Houston, other than a couple of their oak aged beers, that I've had the opportunity to try.
This one which means The Two Brewers is an incredibly unique beer. Its a Golden ale fermented with two different strains of Brettanomyces, one from each brewery. It was also dry hopped with Czech Haas hops. Yes its unique, but how does it taste?
The Beer: This one weighs in at 8.5% and pours a rich hay golden color with a frothy thick white head. The nose is of sour yeast, pear, their is a sourdough funkiness here along with some white fruits. The mouthfeel is creamy and thick. Funky notes of hay and barn, but also fruity notes of pear and pineapple. Pale malts and a bit of floral hop notes show up. The funk is the king here, though. The strains of bret have created a monster, that can at times be distracting from the other fruitier flavors of the beer. I like it, not my favorite, but an incredibly uniquely fruity funky beer. This one gets a B from me. Here's what the folks at BA say.

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