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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: 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.


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (10789) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
A dark amber color with a little extra dose of brown. Sort of oxidized at this point, but nice cherry and caramel aromas. A bit of brown sugar and toffee, maybe a slight roast. Too much cardboard for my tastes, though. The flavor is similarly old and oxidized. Prunes, plums, and cherries give a decent fruit character and there is a lot of sugary sweetness to it as well. Still can’t quite escape the cardboard.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10576) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Bottle from Belmont Party. Poured clear reddish brown color with a large frothy brown head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy chocolate, banana and soft cherry aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy complex sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met by a complex good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (10480) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (10159) - 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 don’t know exactly how to rate this beer. The rating above is the best guess.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (9877) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (9696) - 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 I’ll have to score a couple more for the celler.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9109) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Bottle… Pours dark brown with a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head. Great retention. The nose offers chocolate, tart berries, campfire smoke and espresso. Medium-bodied with kicked-back carbonation. Chocolaty flavor with an acidic cherry tang. Tangy-sweet finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9052) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8867) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8566) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2009
Bottle at Cole’s. a unique experience. Thae aroma is oregeno and Balsamic vinegar and other salad oil, pleasant really. Dark brown, with a white head, that becomes lighter in brown through the bottle. The taste of chocolate malt, yes gooseberries and understated cherry as in Choocolate bars. Much lace, poetic combinations of it. Some interesting sweetness. Smooth. Incredible balance for it all.


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