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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Pours pleasantly dark with a tan, lasting, rocky head. Thick lacing clings to glass likie little soap bubbles. Aroma is initially dry and bretty, thin metallic notes, rust, faint aromas of berries follow, subtle cocoa and mild roast. Flavor begins with a brief, but sharp, burst of funky cherries, A mild roastiness washes over the tongue soon after, finish leaves a little bit of a metallic, almost bloody note. Body is fairly light with medium carbonation. I rather enojoy this one. Interesting!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tedovertu (293) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Cherries and chocolate in the aroma and taste. Really enjoyed this beer. Large light brown frothy head with excellent lacing. Hazy body with a dark brown color. Lightly acidic initial flavor with some sourness/acetic tones. Medium to full bodied with a slightly syrupy texture. Pretty lively carbonation for this style. From a beer club that someone gifted to me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a ridiculously large, very dense, light brown head. Lacing is extremely strong. Aromas of chocolate, cherry, banana, and hints of molasses. Wow - what a smooth beer for the mouthfeel. Creamy throughout, with a nice coating upon the swallow. Flavors are great with cherry and chocolate at the start, then a nice banana and orange finish. Honestly the most complex beer I have tasted. Not sure I could drink more than one but it is amazing - must purchase if you can find it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2010
750ml. Bottle. Murky chocolate colored pour with a tiny layer of tan foam. Big Brett nose that hovers over this one like a dusty spiderweb with bits of cherries and wood peaking through. Flavor profile is complex with notes of chocolate, roasted coffee, overly ripe dark fruits and lots of tart cherries. No real sourness although the combination of Brett and dark cherries gives it a little bit of tartness. Pretty much a big malt beer with lots of cherry juice. I liked the Porter qualities in this one from the roasted and chocolate malts that kept this from being fermented cherry juice. Personally I think this beer would have been excellent with a little lacto or pedio addition to turn it into a true sour. Definitely worth trying if you can find it.

   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 (183) - 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.

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