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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2010 Fantastic. 750mL poured into a snifter. Rich malty aroma that hints of a little sour/tart character. Taste comes in strong with definite sour cherries, sugars, the brett is great. Dark fruits- plum, prune, dates, purple grapes. Easy going down. Wish I had more. Awesome brew

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quasimodo (217) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Chocolate, cherry, coffee, banana bread, grape, pancakes and roasted malt. Hints of brandy. Elegant concoction from two wizard brewers. Nice, warming finish that lingers. I expected more tartness from the brett. Reminds me of Ommegang Seduction.

   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 I’m not sure spending a year in my cellar improved it at all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjmcend (209) - USA - MAR 3, 2010
Aroma is of strong cherries. Pours reddish brown with a thick tan head. Taste is complex, with chocolate malts, hints of cherry, some smoke, and light hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ManvsCity (180) - Redmond, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Thick and chewy with lots of oaked dark cherry. On tap at Malt & Vine, it pours a dirty brown, almost black with a creamy tan foam, good lacing. Fair amount of barnyard in the aroma, but also chocolate, stone fruits, and musty wood. Tastes of a tangy Flemish red blended with a rich porter with a kriek. Residual pucker hangs on for a bit after you finish the glass.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yinzerbeernut (180) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2009
750ml. Deep red brown color with and rich frothy redish tan head that leaves massive lace. You can smell the fruit on pour. The nose gives you a lot of fruit while leading with cherry, grape, plum, and pear. Being complex, the nose opens yielding malt, smoke, nuts, black licorice, and coffee. The body is heavy, heavy medium that produces a mouthful of flavor across the entire palate. It provides a ’chewy’ type feeling as well. The finish is long, starting at the front then moving to the sides with a sour yet hoppy taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rcweir (139) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Thick brown head, long lasting with lacing. Dark opaque brown. Full bodied. Brett finish, with tartness. Dry, not a lot of cherry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Bottle bevmo. Pours dark brown slightly cloudy, nice tan head. Sour and roasted malt aroma. Both tart and burnt flavors come through. Some cherry flavors come through in the end.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
bonk0076 (99) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Opaque brown in color with a massive frothy head. Aroma is blood. Taste is metallic with chocolate and cherry beneath it. Hope it ages well

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Totochtin (73) - Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Pours dark cloudy brown with a tan head. Aromas of chocolate, dark cherry, and raisin. Taste starts lightly sweet and chocolatey, quickly becoming tart and fruity, and finally finishing lightly bitter. Notes of grapes, pears, and of course cherries. Finish is somewhat earthy/dusty, possibly from the brett. Medium body with lively carbonation. Not what I was expecting but not bad either.

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