Van Twee (w/ John Mallett)

750 mL corked & caged bottle, plastic cork (I hate those), $13.99 from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA.
BA pghlee at The Brick Store gave me a sneak taste of this a couple of weeks ago, now I get a chance to have a proper crack at it.
Pour is almost black with about 3/4 of an inch of frothy, light head. Mocha colored. On the pour at least the beer seems quite carbonated and fizzy. Things settle down to give some nice lace and a classic, spotty, creamy surface on the beer.
Nose gives the lightly, tart fruit that one would expect from the cherries and a very light touch of funk.
The tastes give a light, blue cheese funk up front and some more light acidity. A bit like balsamic vinegar but not at all that harsh. The back-end and finish is where the cherries kick in. REAL, non-sweetened cherries with a gentle, tart note. More blue cheese in the aftertaste.
Very tasty but you have to be in the mood for a slightly funky Belgian Dark. This is not a classic, dark fruity, rich, sweet Belgian since the cherries add a touch of funk and the blue cheese note. Pretty interesting and not an everyday Belgian for me (since I prefer a more classic Belgian Dark), but catch me in the right mood and I’ll enjoy it.

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12/13/2009
Format:
bottle
ABV: 7.5 %
Appearance: 4.5
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 4
Overall: 4
Total: 4.03
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