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

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RATINGS: 253   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: Bellís 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 ímash-upí 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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
devman171 (713) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
poisoneddwarf (1616) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - DEC 28, 2013
750 ml bottle. Iím 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brenn79 (1429) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westmeister (1520) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suprchunk (1952) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (2350) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kcorum10 (319) - Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Aromas of cherries, grapes, and bananas. Flavors of some darkness and a mild sweet finish.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
PhillyCraft (2845) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Bottle shared with Keith, pours black with giant mocha head, lasts forever. Aromas of cherry juice, dark chocolate, light brett, taste is black sharpie, wood, cocoa dust, booze, and barrel. A lot rougher compared to nose. Medium to full body, warming in chest. Needs more carbonation and less marker flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
annunz123 (809) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 17, 2013
Aroma is very fruity with grape, cherry, and spice. Sweet and sour flavor with a wine-like grape flavor. Definitely different and certainly good, but not great.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (3306) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2013
Thx. to tderoeck (Tim) for sharing this one // 75 cl. bottle sampled @ Timís De Molen & assorted beers tasting // a collaboration between Bellís & de Proef which includes Michigan, dark cherries, brett & Nelson Savignon hops amongst its ingredients // colour me interested // pours black, creamy mocha head, some lacing // smell is coco powder, mocha, berries, dark cherries, sweet other cherries, nice fruits sweetness, chocolate, dark malts, touch sweet red wine // taste is sweet berries & dark cherry juice, chocolate, wild berries, light bitter herbs, lots of coco, lots of sweet chocolate, dark grapes, pure chocolate, sweet coffee // touch grounded, coco body // mmm, this was so damn good // personal fav. of the tasting


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