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.

   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 (33333) - 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 (7003) - 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 (1850) - 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 (3403) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (10090) - Randers, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2010
Bottle at Fanø tasting 2010. Creamy off-white excellent fully lasting head. DArk brown colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma with nice fruity notes. MOderate bitter flavor. Strong plumb notes. Average m oderate bitter finish. Oily palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (10770) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2010
Bottle. [thank you, after4ever]
Pours deep chestnut with slight red edges. Big, creamy, beige head. Great lacings. Flavour has lots of nice cherries, deep dark chocolate, light fruity tartness, some spicy liqourice. Medium carbonation, great creamy mouthfeel. Rather dry in the finish. Flavour is lovely tart, plums, lots of chocolate, light liqourice, cherries with no marzipan. Some caramel, cocoa, coconut, oak and a sherry feel throughout. Long, lingering dryness. Very elegant. Like a blend of a great porter/dubbel and a sour cherry ale. Yum!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (13390) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2010
Bottle @ Fanø Tasting, July 2010. Pours dark unclear brown with a creamy beige head and lacings. Nose is dark malts, caramel, yeast and cherries. Pretty much dominatd by the cherrie juice and a slight oaky light touch ?? Fine tartness with some caramel underneath. Smooth and full bodied. Good . . .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (5929) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2010
750, corked and baled. Pours nearly black with a dense and pillowy dark tan head. Big dark sugar and cherry nose, lots of cola and cola nut shot through. Creamy medium body, a bit sticky, plenty of lively carb. Cola, cola nut, burnt sugar, cherries, and black bread on the mid palate. Long sticky sweet finish. Interesting.

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