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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Bottle from Red Carpet. This is as unique as it is well done. Nose of dark cherry, roast, toffee, dark malt and Belgian dark fruit. Color is a dark garnet with fat head. Flavor is a GREAT sour cherry melded perfectly with a nice mellow dubbel MELDED PERFECTLY with a great toffee roasty US Porter. The effect is a nice balanced sweet Belgian dark and a cherry-chocolate porter. I am really impressed by the balance. Works well with the fruit on the level of Cherry Adam. I hope this doesn’t get more sour with age but it’s probably inevitable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1964) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Draft at Jerry’s. Murky, dark red-brown with big, foamy brown head / Barnyard nose of dark pit fruit and chocolate / Medium body, sour and slightly acidic, with good balance and finish / Deep, complex, funky, barnyard brettranomyces cast over flavors of dark cherry, prune, banana, chocolate, and coffee / If you like this things, this one is real good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (8039) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2013
Thx. to tderoeck (Tim) for sharing this one // 75 cl. bottle sampled @ Tim’s De Molen & assorted beers tasting // a collaboration between Bell’s & de Proef which includes Michigan, dark cherries, brett & Nelson Savignon hops amongst its ingredients // colour me interested // pours black, creamy mocha head, some lacing // smell is coco powder, mocha, berries, dark cherries, sweet other cherries, nice fruits sweetness, chocolate, dark malts, touch sweet red wine // taste is sweet berries & dark cherry juice, chocolate, wild berries, light bitter herbs, lots of coco, lots of sweet chocolate, dark grapes, pure chocolate, sweet coffee // touch grounded, coco body // mmm, this was so damn good // personal fav. of the tasting

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (14090) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours extremely dark witha a creamy light tan head. Wonderful aromas of lighter dark fruits. Dates? Near full bodied with creamy carbonation. Flavor is mildly sour with dark malt. It’s definitely fruity. Seems like kriek. Extremely tasty. Like a cross between kriek and quad. The cherry comes forth more strongly with time. Surprising. Amazing. Wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Sampled 11/20/2009. This Belgian Strong Ale pours a dark brown color, with some beautiful reddish highlights, from a 750ml bottle. Large sized beige foamy head, with good retention and nice lacing. The aroma is chocolate, cherry, funky and tart. A medium bodied Belgian Strong Ale. The malts are fruity, cherries with a touch of chocolate. Some brett, some funky, some tartness. Nice carbonation. A nice interplay between the chocolate and the cherries. The flavors really open up as the beer warms. Lovely beer. I wonder what a year of two of bottle aging would do to this beer as the bretts do their work? Hmm, think I will need to do some testing. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 13, 2010
Tap at the Spinnerstown hotel. Pours a deep brown with amber notes and a medium bubbly creamy off white head. Aroma of tart cherries, grapes, light wine notes, caramel, toffee and Belgian yeast. Flavor of tart cherries. Nice grape notes, toffee, some nuts and Belgian yeast. Light Brett character in both flavor and aroma. Really good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....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 !!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2010
bottle. pours a dark brown with a huge rocky tan fluffy head - a true beauty... great aromas of coffee, chocolate and sour cherries... medium body with light cherry notes up front with some sugar, more chocolate, grapes, and deep malts... roasted finish with a slight tartness on the tip of the tongue... did not pick up on the Brett.... really nice beer.

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