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


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RATINGS: 257   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (4036) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Pours pleasantly dark with a tan, lasting, rocky head. Thick lacing clings to glass likie little soap bubbles. Aroma is initially dry and bretty, thin metallic notes, rust, faint aromas of berries follow, subtle cocoa and mild roast. Flavor begins with a brief, but sharp, burst of funky cherries, A mild roastiness washes over the tongue soon after, finish leaves a little bit of a metallic, almost bloody note. Body is fairly light with medium carbonation. I rather enojoy this one. Interesting!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2009
750ml. Pours a dark cola color with an airy frothy light tan foamy fizz, sticky and fluffy. Aroma at first is pleasant cherry juice quickly followed by lots of brett, some woodiness and slight cheese note with a hint of smoke, like a gouda. First taste follows my gouda intuition, smoked yellow hard cheese, followed by a slight cherry sweetness and then quickly becoming dry with lots of brett before finishing dark and roasty like a porter. What a whirl-wind of flavors =p. Maybe just a touch faintly peppery. The brett combined with the cherry juice adds a bit of a sour funk to it, vaguely reminiscent of another experiment that New Glarus just undertook in their old world porter. Medium bodied, lighter feeling, airy fizzy carbonation, brett thins it out obviously. Becomes a bit ’too’ dry especially in the aftertaste the more one drinks. Cool beer. [this beer is better served colder, the sweet cherry flavor is present then, as it warms the roast takes over and the fruit disappears]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11234) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2009
Bottle at Cole’s. a unique experience. Thae aroma is oregeno and Balsamic vinegar and other salad oil, pleasant really. Dark brown, with a white head, that becomes lighter in brown through the bottle. The taste of chocolate malt, yes gooseberries and understated cherry as in Choocolate bars. Much lace, poetic combinations of it. Some interesting sweetness. Smooth. Incredible balance for it all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crackedmachine (479) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Pours deep, dark brown with a lighter brown head. The aroma is wonderful - upfront Brettanomyces and sour cherry. The flavor is complex - sour cherry and fruit alongside chocolate, roasty porter. The smooth sweetness of the porter up against the sour funk is an odd pairing, but it works.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trevor211 (1631) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2009
Pretty pour! Deep, ruddy brown, with a crazy dense, light toffee-colored head. Smells a lot more tart than it actually is. Tart cherries and Brett funk on the nose, along with a note that actually reminds me of my high school photo darkroom days. Just a bit of the tartness comes through in the flavor, as the chocolate and mild coffee notes from the porter overwhelm the rest of what’s in here. For the size of head it had, it’s remarkably still in the mouth. With a bit more thickness, this might have somewhat of a cherry cordial flavor. As is, it seems like the vast amount of distinct flavors in here don’t meld well enough. Interesting, novel, and good - but not fantastic. Roughly my thoughts on all of these Brewmaster Collaborations.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2009
coffee, cinnamon, brown shugga, like a pie flavored porter. yummers, Bottle from a tasting at the house of chris Montelius

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