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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.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
PhillyCraft (3322) - 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 (864) - 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 (4135) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2013
Thx. to tderoeck (Tim) for sharing this one // 75 cl. bottle sampled @ Tim’s De Molen & assorted beers tasting // a collaboration between Bell’s & 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

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martinus (2892) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2013
Dark brown colour, beige head. Aroma of cherries, berries, chocolade, tobacco and plums. Sweet flavour, coffee, cherry. Relatively thin body, finish berries and plums.
(From 75cL bottle at the DMT @ Tim’s living, Gent. Shared by tderoeck. Thanks, Tim!)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (4866) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2013 30/XII/12 - 75cl bottle from a trade with otakuden @ home: De Molen & assorted beers tasting - BB: n/a (2012-1422)

Clear dark purple to brown beer, very big aery beige head, unstable, adhesive, nice lacing. Aroma: very fruity, cherry juice, lemony, sourish, plums, alcohol. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: little sour, mocha, some coffee, fruity, pretty bitter, grape peel, tannins, bit water. Aftertaste: bitter, red wine, bit earthy, dry, cranberries, bitter touch.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5550) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2012
75cl, exclusive collab. brew, with cherry juice, thx to tderoeck!, complex brew, malty/fruity and slightly sour/roasted, balanced, cloudy, good head, good brew

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (4948) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 29, 2012
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of foamy light brown colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a softly carbonated opaque dark brown colored body. The aroma was brown malt musty and dark malt. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The mild flavor contained notes of brown malt and cherry. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8594) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown with tan head. Nose/taste of chocolate, cherry juice, toasted grain, plum, dark berry, candi sugar and dry wood. Finishes with hints of tart cherry pit dipped in chocolate. Medium body.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6083) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Corked well aged 750ml bottle and served in my NB Worthy glass: A interesting black film on the bottom of the cork and rim of the bottle makes me worried but it seemed to pour okay. Deep brown russet hue with some reddish highlights topped by a small fading beige head that left spotty lace. The aroma has notes of chocolate covered sour cherries along with a light roast and bready malt notes. Slight winy acidic vapour with little to no brett character even after the time aging. Slight cardboardy oxidation but nothing overly bad. Some strange sugary notes and even a bit of band-aid as it warms. The taste is semi-sweet and soured with a nice restrained balance but there is little outstanding characteristics other than the fruity tones. The hybrid nature of this brew is quite apparent on the palate... a little Belgian Ale, A little porter-ish, very fruity and a little sour. A hodge podge of parts that is better than the whole. I really wished for more brett action here to give the sourness more kick and depth. Also I tad disappointed with how much sweetness does remain. The mouth feel is tad slick and chewy but also a bit under-carbonated for my tastes.

Outside some cardboardy notes it is like this beer has not aged at all. The yeasties seemed to doing nothing to advance this beer or add further depth or complexity. In the end it is a muddle brew that still remained drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (1870) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Bottle ages a couple of years or so.

Deep red-brown pour with a tan head. Plenty of chocolate and cherry -- unsurprisingly -- on the almost overpowering aroma and in the flavor alike. The comparison to cherry cordials is hard to resist. Hops are quite oxidized in the aroma and the same follows in the flavor. Sweet, alcohol prevalent. Oaky flavors with unmistakable funk from the Brettanomyces, but much sweeter than any brett-laden beer I’ve had before. Desserty, but easy enough to drink.

It recalls that other Micihgan beer, the much-sought-after Kuhnhenn raspberry eisbock.


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