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


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RATINGS: 257   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7253) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (7134) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7133) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (7095) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6704) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Bottle drank with the boys. Pours a dark brown/black color with a medium brown head. A sour vinous nose with chocolates. The flavor is indeed like a sour porter; yeasty, chocolates, sour, fruity and smooth. Roasted malts. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6579) - Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2010
10/9/10. Thanks, Coleman! 750mL bottle. Huge boozey sweet aroma with cherries, licorice, and more. Reminds me of Jager... Sweet smokey chocolate flavor that is way better than the aroma leads on. Its liked smoked chocolate cherries. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6571) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2009
Bottle. Shared with Jacob, Rudolf, IPFreely & Hopson Brown pour with smaller whitehead. Chocolatety, roasty, aroma with light cherry & dried fruits. Taste is chocolate, light cherry, more dried fruits with some cardboard, bandaid brett hidden in there. least favorite of the De Proef & Americab Brewer collaboration

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6474) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2010
750, corked and baled. Pours nearly black with a dense and pillowy dark tan head. Big dark sugar and cherry nose, lots of cola and cola nut shot through. Creamy medium body, a bit sticky, plenty of lively carb. Cola, cola nut, burnt sugar, cherries, and black bread on the mid palate. Long sticky sweet finish. Interesting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (6470) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2010
pours with a huge head, awesome lacing .. . woowee! delicious stuff!! complex and smooth and would you stop looking at my ass! .. . pure aftertaste, wonderful flavor of dark cherry .. . the world slows down when you drink this!..and as i enter this review, rooney puts in a header in extra time against man city to send united to the carling cup final !!!

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