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Brewed by De Proefbrouwerij
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Lochristi - Hijfte, Belgium

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RATINGS: 255   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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.


2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GT2 (8184) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Tap at Max’s. Everyone I know loves this beer. But I think it legitimately sucks. Looks divine in the glass. Deep rouge with a thick tan head that leaves insane lace. Big green olive aroma. Taste is salty with a light sourness and some balsamic vinegar. Ick.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8030) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (7905) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown with tan head. Nose/taste of chocolate, cherry juice, toasted grain, plum, dark berry, candi sugar and dry wood. Finishes with hints of tart cherry pit dipped in chocolate. Medium body.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7822) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a huge tan head and a deep brown body. Aroma has a little funk, cherry, horse blanket, chocolate and nutshells. Taste is thin with chocolate, cherry, metallic notes and brett. Dry mouthfeel, medium to high carbonation. A whole lot going on here that doesn’t meld right. I love brett, love Nelson Sauvin, and like Bells, but this doesn’t work too well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Bottle from Smith’s. Pours turbid deep brown w 2f tan head. Nose is rock sugary malt, figgy fruit, brown sugar, earthy, blackberry. Tastes malty, fruity, witgh tart cherry, earthy, fig, and spruce. Medium palate heft, complex,, and a unique and enjoyable style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Abundant cherries and chocolate malt swirl into tartness, helped by the effervescent mouthfeel of this unique creation.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A lofty head of foam decorates the dark brown, lacing beautifully.
-I’m not sure this is a pertinent use of Nelson Sauvin hops. Their tropical apport doesn’t work too well with the grain bill, imho.
-Dusty specks are provided by the otherwise tame wild yeast presence.
-Some coffee-like roastiness accompanies the chocolate.

Bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 3, 2010
Pours a mostly opaque dark mahogany with a clingy lacing beige head. Aroma of dark toasty sweet caramel with some black cherries, yeasty esters and a touch of smoke. Starts with good fullness and effervescence along with a sweet dark caramel and biscuity complexity along with some strawberry fruitiness before a drier semitart finish. Well-balanced, unique and enjoyable. A nice collaboration between two great brewers.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7092) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 5, 2010
Bottle. Dark mahogony beer with a nice tan head. Cherry, earth, and chocolate aroma with yeast and light brett. Brett and cherry flavor with cocoa, yeast, and malt. Medium bodied. Cherry and cocoa linger with a light tartness and some earthiness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6768) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2009
It pours deep mahogany with tall but loose tan head. The aroma is a Brett tart and lemon like sourness right to the snoot followed by grapefruit sour moldy citrus and a thin layer of musty earthiness. The taste is smooth with prunes, plums, cherries and modest tartness unlike what I was getting in the nose. It gets a bit dry and mildly tart and refreshing blending into smooth fruitiness right into the finish. Nice smooth refreshing brew.


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