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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: Bells 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3223) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2011
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from Beer Run. It pours a somewhat cloud, reddish brown color with a nice sized tan head. The nose is a bit tangy with notes of cherry, cocoa powder, some vinousness, leather, and horse blanket. Intriguing. The flavor is a nice mix of malt and sour characteristics. The lightly sour cherries are there with a nice touch of chocolate, a bit of grape vine, roasted malt, and leather. Rather tasty I must say. Medium bodied with above average carbonation leading to a medium, layered finish. I really enjoyed this brew and would love to try it again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Bottle pours deep brown with a khaki head. Aroma shows notes of roasted malt, cocoa powder, sour cherries, and leather. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of oak, plums, and delhi dates. Overall body is moderate, soft, and slightly tart with a touch of funk.

3.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Rated 2/3/2010 (Bottle): Pours a very dark brown color body, with a huge foamy head, very lasting, good lacing, dark tan in color. Strong funky sour aroma, some sweetness too. Dark fruit and cherries. Some wild notes too. Not super strong though. Roasted taste, watery, porter-like. Some fruitiness, but very muted. Some funkiness. Sour. Letting warm a bit. Chocolate notes. Not as good with spicy kung pao.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (3778) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Sampled at richmond beer dig 2011. Clear brown pour with good tan head. Sticky lacing. Slightly tart cherry flavor and overall pretty tasty stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Aroma:Sour cherries and acrid harshness. Appearance:Brown and opaque. Nice tan head with amazing retention. Taste:The foretaste of this one is a bright sour cherry flavor. In the midtaste, there are some metallic off flavors. This persists through the aftertaste. After a few sips, this off flavor fades a bit, but not completely. Palate:Medium body with lots of sour astringency. Overall:This is a good sour cherry Belgian beer, although Im not sure spending a year in my cellar improved it at all.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (3489) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2011
(bottle - corked & caged 750 ml) Murky copper pour with a thick tan head. Sweet and tart aroma. Definitely get a lot of cherry and cocoa notes with some dark and earthy hints near the end. Sweet chocolate and spice starts the flavor with a beautiful cherry middle and a light chocolate and yeast finish. Tons of different fruits but not as tart as I thought. Smooth.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Appearance: old browns and melted chocolates under a tan head which fades into a thin film with a thick border. Swirls with lace and a thicker border.
Nose: chocolate covered cherry heaven. Long cherry finish which leads into dry tannic bitter skins and stems. Prunes add black fruit meatiness. Leather and polish underneath meets in the back with old well worn and well polished wood fireplaces; mahogany. Leather, dust, horse and the blankets, too. Hershey kisses with almonds.
Palate: omg. Chocolate cakes with a soft chocolate mousse finish in the back of the throat. Tartness nibbles along the sides of my cheek and tongue with plums and black cherries. Chocolate covered prunes, hold the pits please. Whole, fresh, real cherries both sweet and tart in my breath. Almonds are also covered in chocolate, now sporting a fudgy consistency and density. Not as much funk as in the nose, but some can be found as she warms up leather and old varnished worn woods. Tartly sweet plums and cherries atop my tongue as she slowly dries a smidge more, revealing horse blankets and dusty earth.
Final Thoughts: an orgy of flavors which all worked together almost seamlessly. I cant wait to see what happens with 6 months or even a good year or two of cellar aging will do to this beer. A dessert all its own.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6603) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Pouring at session one of Belgian Beer Fest in Boston. Pours a hazed brown with a thin beige head. Cherries, soft roast and char on the nose. More cherry flavors, lightly sour oude bruin notes. Toffee as well. Very tasty, with some dark fruit and malt touches on the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbastard (691) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 7, 2010
This is a fun beer, thanks Mike! A sour cherry nose, Chocolate covered cherries jumped out first, then some brett, along with a porter like taste. Another one time shot beer. Too bad these are not around all the time.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhops (428) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Bottle, pours dark brown/red with medium head. Flavor is cherry, sugar. Flavor is roasted malts with fruity cherriness. Not that sour but added a bit of pleasant funk. Sweet flavor. Decent.


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