Brewed by De Proefbrouwerij
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Lochristi - Hijfte, Belgium


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RATINGS: 256   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Ingredients and techniques from two different areas come together to produce the beer in this bottle. Van Twee (From Two) is the remarkable result of a collaboration between two breweries know for extreme innovation: Bell’s Brewery of Kalamazoo, MI and De Proef Brouwerij of Lochristi, Belgium. Special emphasis was placed on using ingredients from both Belgium and Michigan in designing this beer. Michigan is renowned for producing sour, dark cherries of superior quality, and a significant quantity of cherry juice was added to the brew. Deep hued Belgian candi sugar adds to the complex flavor of the beer. The sugar used for bottle conditioning came from native Michigan sugar beets. A finishing fermentation with vinous Brettanomyces strain of yeast complements the unique New Zealand hop variety, Nelson Sauvin. The result is broadly a cherry infused ’mash-up’ of the porter and dubbel styles, brewed to an original gravity of 1.072 and fermented with multiple strains of yeast. Each ingredient used brings a subtle hint of a varied fruit such as plum/prune from the roasted malts; gooseberry/grape from the hops; pear/banana from the yeast and specialty sugar; and of course cherry. These flavors are wrapped in a rich and complex roasted malt base that imparts flavors reminiscent of chocolate and coffee--much like the famous filled chocolates of Belgium. We hope you enjoy drinking this beer as much as we enjoyed making it for you.

branspra's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a ridiculously large, very dense, light brown head. Lacing is extremely strong. Aromas of chocolate, cherry, banana, and hints of molasses. Wow - what a smooth beer for the mouthfeel. Creamy throughout, with a nice coating upon the swallow. Flavors are great with cherry and chocolate at the start, then a nice banana and orange finish. Honestly the most complex beer I have tasted. Not sure I could drink more than one but it is amazing - must purchase if you can find it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fluffy (1842) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2014
didnt really know what to expect from this one, but i have to say it was pretty good, a nice mix of flavors for a belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericdevin (961) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle from Corvallis Brew Supply, Corvallis. Pours almost black reddish brown, moderate amount of tan head. Aroma slightly boozy, Bourbon, cherries, dried fruit, not much Brett. Body very lively, surprisingly bitter, sweetness, chili powder, candi sugar, vinous/tart, oaky character. SUblime and complex, de Proef are wonderfully underrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (3090) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2014
From Brett’s fridge (previously from Luekens Liquor). Brief note: cherry, burnt sugar, very light tart, little warm. Tasty and drinkable. 7.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
devman171 (1119) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Got this bad boy on clearance! great dark fruits aroma with a nice smooth tart cherry and light funk taste, great beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
poisoneddwarf (1821) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - DEC 28, 2013
750 ml bottle. I’m thinking this is about four and a half years old. Aroma is complex, with cherries, chocolate, Brett, toffee. Pours a dark brown to mahogany with a two finger tan head with excellent retention. Taste is earthy, lightly sweet and somewhat tart from the cherries. Thin-bodied with a fairly light body. The Brett comes out more as it warms. Nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brenn79 (1626) - Idaho, USA - DEC 28, 2013
750 ml bottle, thanks Poisoneddwarf- Pours very dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma is brett, barnyard funk, cherries, barrel, tart. The taste is tart, funky, cherries, the roasted grains of the porter shows up in the finish. Big surprise with this one, was expecting something more malty, very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westmeister (1891) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Shared by the Atlanta Fantasy Football Crew. Pours brown with a thin off white. Aroma of ripe fruits, cherries, spices, cola. Taste was cherry candy, molasses, some cocoa, spices. Slightly weird finish of off yeast. Not bad at all, but perhaps just a bit of something that I cannot find words to describe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suprchunk (2444) - Crestview, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Dark brown colored pour. Huge dark tan head. Plenty of lacing. Big sour aroma of dark cherries and pits. Some chocolate notes as well. Chocolate flavor right up front. Sweet milk chocolate. There is some of the cherry in the back. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (2745) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Pours dark roasted chestnut unclear with a decent creamy and lacey darker beige head. The aroma has slight cherry juice and wild yeast astringency. The flavor brings the wild yeast as well, with light sweet fruity notes that settle delicately on the palate. I remember much bigger flavor, especially from the cherry juice. I think I sat on it too long.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kcorum10 (325) - Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Aromas of cherries, grapes, and bananas. Flavors of some darkness and a mild sweet finish.

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