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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Bottle, brown pour. Aroma is cherry cola, yeast, chocolate, roast and pit fruit. Flavor is the same; roasted malts, some slight sourness, finish is a bit strange with the juice and bitter roast. It gets worse as I drink more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11664) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2010
750ml bottle. Poured a deeper brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of some cherries, roast, fruitiness, yeast, and some woody earthiness. Tastes of cherries, dark fruits, some breadiness, chocolate, and yeast. Different.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palidor19 (3168) - Brandon, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2010
looks great wit some dark malts and lots of of tart cherry juice for substance. has a nice rich presence and gives a thick mouth feel. the taste is not as tart of a traditional sour beer. still worthy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2010
The aroma is a bit like urinal cakes, cherries, yeast, toasted malt, and grassy hops. The appearance is dark red brown with a tan head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall this is a so so beer but I don’t really like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2010
750 ml brown bottle from Jimbowood. A very dark brown beer with a small fading head. Cannot see through this. Aroma has chocolate, cherry, Brett which is like a leathery sourness. This really smells like a cherry chocolate cake and has a nice chocolate scent. The taste was dominant with cherry juice with some of the Brett at the back of the taste and not near as much chocolate as the aroma. Left decent lacing on the glass. An interesting and different brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2010

Bottle 750ml. @ Fanø¸ Tasting 2010.

Unclear dark brown color with a large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate, cherry, plums. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet, light acidic and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100724]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2010
750mL bottle. Poured deeper ruby-brown with a tight-bubbled, sticky, long-lasting tan head. Fresh sweeter and tangy cherries jumped out of the bottle (and later snifter) into the nose.. plum and vanilla notes came next.. other warm, dark sugars at the core.. some earth and dry peppery yeast were deeper down, but the cherries really drove the aroma. The flavor had moderately tart cherry skins the whole way through.. deeper, darker black cherry meat, raisins, plums, and a hit of chocolate at the core (with a lovely rising dry-roasted cocoa impression that rose through the finish).. overripe banana and almost wheaty tartness showed on the back-end.. balance was great on all facets of the drink. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated on the palate.. I thought upfront that the cherry juice would dominate, but it came together quite well.. just a little wet oxidation on the back. I enjoyed this much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
50belair (3427) - Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2011 Bottle. Just another banana special that left me feeling like it was time to mosey on home..... OK, second attempt at this. Bottle courtesy of Randall and shared at the District. There is quite a bit of smoke and some sweet cherry flavors, but still a below average attempt from LB.....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUL 31, 2010
Ashy tobacco nose, some cherry comes through. little tartness paired with velvety awesome chocolate and burnt wood

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (4187) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Based on the comments of several haters, I expected this one to be a train wreck. Not so at all. Pours a dark ruddy brown color with a large lasting tan head. Roasty and dark chocolatey aroma with slight brett a little fruitiness. Flavor is almost like a slightly tart cherry stout. Very roasty with charcoal and bitter dark chocolate, along with Belgian notes and brett. Medium-light body with high carbonation from the wild yeast. Surprisingly solid stuff. Would drink this again, no question.

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