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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (9992) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (8904) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Bottle. Poured a dark molasses brown with a grayish brown head that laced nicely. Aroma had tart and sour cherry notes, a bit of sweet chocolate, candied sugar and a yeasty note. Flavor had tart cherries throughout with a sweet sugary and chocolate finish. The beer was smooth on the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8798) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8736) - 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.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (8692) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottle (small sample). Darker brown pour with a tan head. Tart fruit nose and taste. Decent, but I didn’t love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (8116) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2009
courtesy of the guys at RedligthRedlight. pours dark brown with thin beige head. Aroma is yeasty with hints of sourness and dark fruits. Flavor, dark malts, some chocolate, dark fruits; cherries, prunes, hints of candi sugar and thin spicy yeast notes in the finish along with some good sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (8050) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Pouring at session one of Belgian Beer Fest in Boston. Pours a hazed brown with a thin beige head. Cherries, soft roast and char on the nose. More cherry flavors, lightly sour oude bruin notes. Toffee as well. Very tasty, with some dark fruit and malt touches on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (8001) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 9, 2009
This dark brown ale poured with a dense tan head and a toffee aroma. This is a malty brew that has lots of Belgian candi sugar and some delicious sour cherry notes. Everything goes well together - a successful collaboration. The flavor improves noticeably after a few sips. I really like this one.

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