De Proef / Surly Zwart Black Star

Old Ale · 8.0% ABV · ~250 calories

De Proefbrouwerij · Lochristi-Hijfte

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  • Belgian Ales Online

    278.1 miles away · 540 East 105th Street, Cleveland, OH 44108

    Beer Store · Menu Updated: 06/29/2020

    11.2oz Can $5.95

  • BG Beverage Center

    364.4 miles away · 811 Haskins Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402

    Beer Store · Menu Updated: 07/19/2020

    12oz 4 Pack Cans $17.99

  • Marty's Hops & Vines

    379.3 miles away · 6110 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45224

    Menu Updated: 06/12/2020

    12oz 4 Pack Cans $19.79

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Beer Description

Old ale with star anise and Brettanomyces. The dense caramelization remaining in the old ale rolls out as dried dark fruits, cotton candy and chewy taffy. Brettanomyces makes this comparatively dry and more easily drinkable than most old ales.

For this year’s De Proef Brouwerij’s annual Brewmaster’s Collaboration series, Dirk Naudts partnered with Surly’s Jerrod Johnson and Ben Smith to craft an old ale with star anise and Brettanomyces, creating a delicious beer that will continue to develop with time.

The overall effect of the anise on the flavor is subdued and brilliantly integrated. It’s reminiscent of oak tannins to a certain degree, providing an edge for structural purposes, and letting the dense caramelization remaining in that old ale roll out as dried dark fruits, cotton candy and chewy taffy. The impact of the Brettanomyces makes this comparatively dry and more easily drinkable than most old ales.

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