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

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RATINGS: 255   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcr (2187) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2009
750 ml. Deep brown body approaching opaque. Pillowy, off-white head, slowly diminishing. Strong aroma of brett (horse blanket and lacquer) and sour cherry. Notes of toasted grain, chocolate, prune, banana, caramel. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. It finishes lightly sweet, moderately bitter and moderately acidic. Dry, cherry tartness. Medium to full body, velvety texture, fizzy carbonation. Interesting beer and one that grows on you the more you drink — the overpowering brett influence giving way to the more subtle tastes — chocolate-covered tart cherries with hints of cinamon toast, fruit and sweet caramel.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Totochtin (73) - Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Pours dark cloudy brown with a tan head. Aromas of chocolate, dark cherry, and raisin. Taste starts lightly sweet and chocolatey, quickly becoming tart and fruity, and finally finishing lightly bitter. Notes of grapes, pears, and of course cherries. Finish is somewhat earthy/dusty, possibly from the brett. Medium body with lively carbonation. Not what I was expecting but not bad either.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Aroma of dark fruits and alcohol. Slightly bready yet very dark and malty. The color is a dark belgian stout like appearance. Flavors are bold, sweet malty up front, with a sour dark fruit, banana, and brett after tone. Tastes a little like they knocked some robotussin into the beer. :) Good little brew though.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bleeng (1498) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Dark brown with a thick tan head. Nose is tangy, sharp, cherry, spicy. Taste is very tart and tangy, with the cherry upfront. A bit of a smoke flavor. Fades a bit on the end. Overall easy to drink and well done but not memorable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Bottle. Aroma of lots of prunes with lighter cherry notes as well as lots of earth and nuts. Flavor continues to exhibit sweet prunes with a fairly tart edge. Chocolate and toffee as well. Pretty solid stuff, just a bit too much of the prune character for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (4786) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. chocolate pour with ruby hints. tart cherries and a roasted malt aroma. nice on the palate with a roasted malt flavor and a tart cherry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Courtesy hopscotch. Pours a dark brown color, with a huge, foamy, light tan head. Smells of some sour cherries, with littel hints of oak, and a touch of smoke as well. Caramel, toffee, and candy sugar are also evident. The flavor is more fruity than matly to me, definitely got some of those cherries and other sweet dark fruits. The finish was pretty malty sweet, with a light tart aftertaste. Pretty decent brew. Very drinkable and nice flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4622) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Bottle. The aroma has lots of cherry juice with some light tartness, chocolate, and a hint of caramel. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a half inch beige head with very good retention. The flavor starts with light chocolate and caramel. The finish has a lot of cherry juice with some mild tartness. There’s a definite dark chocolate cherry aftertaste. Medium bodied with a somewhat lively carboantion and a soft mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3422) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Bottle. Pours a deep brown with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet cherry, roasted malt, prunes, chocolate. Flavor of prunes with a sweet cherry finish. No chocolatey or roasty notes (as the description suggests) but still pretty tasty. Sort of similar to Three Philosophers but more cherry and more prunes. Overall, interesting beer. 7/4/7/4/15 [3.7/5]

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
obguthr (3653) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Dark chocolate nose, not strong. Beautiful brown with a purplish hue, thick tan lacing head. Tangy malty flavor of chocolate covered cherries, great balance. Not nearly as complex as billed. Faint french roast coffee finish. Very good, but not as spectacular as I hoped.


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