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: 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (12741) - Randers, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2010
Bottle at FanÝ 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (12668) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2009
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a large lasting tan head. Aromas of sour cherry, dark chocolate, carmel, plum, light leather, light spice and a hint of funk. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of dark chocolate, sour cherry, carmel, horseblanket, plum, leather and brown sugar with a smooth dry lingering tart funky finish. Very tasty beer Iíll have to score a couple more for the celler.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2010
(750ml bottle) Pours an amber-brown body with a small off-white head. Aroma of raisins, cherry, plum, and brown sugar. Flavor of raisins, chocolate, marzipan, plum, caramel, and cherries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12383) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2011
A dark brown ale with a thin brown head. Aroma of dark fruits, molasses, cherry blossoms, wet dough. In mouth, loads of dark cherries, molasses, light coffee, some bizarre lactic notes. Tasted March 12 2011 with Montreal crew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (11943) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2010
Corked bottle from NickD717, thanks! Deep dark brown color. Cherry, leather, hints of roast and milk chocolate in the aroma. Malt, milk chocolate, cherry, marzipan, leather, citrus and roast in the very complex flavor. Nice flavors and complexity all around. The beer is delicious but lacks balance. Flavor come and go and return as they please. I donít know exactly how to rate this beer. The rating above is the best guess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (11878) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2009
750 mL bottle from Whole Foods Market, Charlottesville, VA. Pours a very dark brown color appearing nearly black in the glass. Very large light brown head with good head retention and lacing. Aroma of cherry, chocolate and an earthy funkiness. Taste is tart cherries, chocolate, dry earthy funkiness, a bit of cheese, citus and an herbal note. Medium bodied. Interesting. Very smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (10913) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10884) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10800) - 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.

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