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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: 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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (10343) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours extremely dark witha a creamy light tan head. Wonderful aromas of lighter dark fruits. Dates? Near full bodied with creamy carbonation. Flavor is mildly sour with dark malt. It’s definitely fruity. Seems like kriek. Extremely tasty. Like a cross between kriek and quad. The cherry comes forth more strongly with time. Surprising. Amazing. Wonderful.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cavie (3671) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Bottle courtesy of bu11zeye. Brown pour that has reddish tints on the hue. Dark malts with a hint of tartness. Taste is high in tartness with some acidic fruit. Finishes with a bit of dark chocolate and dark malts.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7787) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a huge tan head and a deep brown body. Aroma has a little funk, cherry, horse blanket, chocolate and nutshells. Taste is thin with chocolate, cherry, metallic notes and brett. Dry mouthfeel, medium to high carbonation. A whole lot going on here that doesn’t meld right. I love brett, love Nelson Sauvin, and like Bells, but this doesn’t work too well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2124) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2009
Shared 750ml. bottle among grateful friends, donated by a distributor friend. A large sample was poured for me to a Czech-pils glass showing a very dark brown hue with ruby tones peeking through, a frothy, off white to light tan head, and ultra-clingy, web-like lacing. The aroma was immediately barnyard and leather, roasty malt, with some chocolate and sweet dark cherry notes. The cherry washed out a little in the flavor, roasted malt and a baker’s variety chocolate continued, along with light tartness and vinous qualities. The carbonation was lively, but not too overbearing, as the beer finished fairly dry. Nice complexity and altogether enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
topherh (1907) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Pours a reddish brown with a big tan head. Aroma is cherry, Belgian malt, and Bretty funk. Flavor is roasty malt, semi sweet cherry, and lively funk. The roast bitterness and funky cherries seem to compliment each other surprisingly well.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ajm (1063) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Bottle from Red Carpet. This is as unique as it is well done. Nose of dark cherry, roast, toffee, dark malt and Belgian dark fruit. Color is a dark garnet with fat head. Flavor is a GREAT sour cherry melded perfectly with a nice mellow dubbel MELDED PERFECTLY with a great toffee roasty US Porter. The effect is a nice balanced sweet Belgian dark and a cherry-chocolate porter. I am really impressed by the balance. Works well with the fruit on the level of Cherry Adam. I hope this doesn’t get more sour with age but it’s probably inevitable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Pours murky brown and looks like lake water. Aroma is funky with sour cherries. Flavor is chocolate covered cherries. Medium body with fizzy mouthfeel. Weird combo of porter and brett but it works.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 30, 2009
750ml bottle. Pours a deep murky coffee / chocolate brown, fairly viscous with a good sized beige head. Nose held some funky cherry notes with some spice, and some roasty notes. This brew was a bit too carbonated for my tasted, kind of killed the mouth feel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3108) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2009
Brown pour with tan colored head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of chocolate, maple syrup, wood bark and sweaty brett. Flavor is woody, malty, with sour cherries and woody, earthy brett. There’s a bit of musty funk in there. Very dry finish with nice carbonated mouthfeel. This beer is like taking a deep breath in a forest in a foreign country.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Pours a Hazy chocolate brown with tan head. Nose is cherries, holiday spices, yeast, very smooth with a hint of brown sugar. Taste has a hint of cherries, lots of pruple fruits, fairly sweet, off roasty flavor, and quite a bit overcarbonated.


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