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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: 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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2009
Dark brown effervescent pour. Very lively. Aroma is sweet and very roasty with caramel malts and molasses. Flavor is similar with roasted coffee, some fruit, caramel, faint pepper and burnt brown sugar. Pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (8941) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Brown pour. Light brown head. Tart fruits, yeast, caramel, raisins and some chocolate. Flavor has some cherry tartness and light chocolate. Good malt backbone.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6594) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2009
courtesy of the guys at RedligthRedlight. pours dark brown with thin beige head. Aroma is yeasty with hints of sourness and dark fruits. Flavor, dark malts, some chocolate, dark fruits; cherries, prunes, hints of candi sugar and thin spicy yeast notes in the finish along with some good sourness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tedovertu (283) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Cherries and chocolate in the aroma and taste. Really enjoyed this beer. Large light brown frothy head with excellent lacing. Hazy body with a dark brown color. Lightly acidic initial flavor with some sourness/acetic tones. Medium to full bodied with a slightly syrupy texture. Pretty lively carbonation for this style. From a beer club that someone gifted to me.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 9, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2009
Date: August 01, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Rare Beer Club
Appearance: dark opaque brown, creamy tan head
Aroma: rich dark malt aroma, touch of ripe dates and fruity esters
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich malt flavor, light fruity character, touch of chocolate, just a hint of cherry tartness
Overall: fairly lackluster for a strong dark Belgian

Date: December 03, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Aroma: picking up the ripe cherry in the aroma, chocolate, light funk
Flavor: lots of funk in the flavor, dry chocolate

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2009
750 ml bottle through rare beer club. Cherry, chocolate malts, hints of a funkiness, sweet molasses aromas. Pours very dark brown with a fluffy tan head, that lasts. Chocolatey malts with slightly tart cherry, tart berries, raspberry, hints or funk, sweet but not too sweet, really a great beer! I really really enjoyed this beer!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Bottle shared w. swoopjones, frylock, ipfreely, hopsun. Thanks Mike! Very dark brown, tan head w. nice lacing. Nose is roasty malts, cherry tartness, earthy & some light milk. Flavor is tart cherry, some caramel, apple. A bit oxidized. Finish is tart cherry, light cocoa.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2009
750ml from the MJBC. For some reason, I hadnít picked up on the fact that this was a variation on a porter. Hmm. Well, in fairness itís of a kin with the lactic, fruity, vaguely tart Belgian stout style, so why not? Huge dark brown pour, with a rocky head that lasts quite a while. Subtle cherry and chocolate notes in the nose, with a prickly yeast thatís not quite as Proef-y as I expected. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I anticipated, but still fairly pleasant. Nice base porter, to be sure, and the lingering tartness from the cherries blends nicely with the (as yet too understated) funk. A decent, dry finish. Right now, it tastes a bit unbalanced and Iím not getting enough De Proef character in its youth. Enjoyed it, but it will be interesting to see how this changes over time.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2009
bottle, dark whiskey color with lots of foam, good sour Belgian aroma, flavors of leather, sour cherry, malts, chocolate, kept wanting a little more out of this

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Bottle from the rare beer club. An interesting brew. Like a mixture of cyber de tomme and a nice, robust porter. Start is sweet, sour, cherry. Finish is dry like a porter. Nice brew.


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