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: Bellís 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 ímash-upí 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
allfreej (555) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Bottled. Brown pour, tan head. Nose is horse blanket, spices, and cherries. Flavor is malt, cherry, horse blanket funk and brett bitterness. Nicely bitter, cherry pit finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (12136) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2010
Bottle. [thank you, after4ever]
Pours deep chestnut with slight red edges. Big, creamy, beige head. Great lacings. Flavour has lots of nice cherries, deep dark chocolate, light fruity tartness, some spicy liqourice. Medium carbonation, great creamy mouthfeel. Rather dry in the finish. Flavour is lovely tart, plums, lots of chocolate, light liqourice, cherries with no marzipan. Some caramel, cocoa, coconut, oak and a sherry feel throughout. Long, lingering dryness. Very elegant. Like a blend of a great porter/dubbel and a sour cherry ale. Yum!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Guerde (1288) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2011
(bottle, says Bell 01 on the cork, not sure if thatís indicative of the batch) Pours black with some ruby highlights on the bottom of the glass and a large tan head that leaves behind good lacing. Aroma is pretty interesting with plenty of cherry showing up, chocolate intertwined, and a pleasant base of funk with spikes of pineapple and mint. Brett is certainly present here, and itís matching up well with the chocolate and cherry. I do get some banana too, as it pops in from time to time between the more dominant cherry, funk, and chocolate. It actually matches up quite well with the chocolate. I also get a smell of pancake batter, which just ratchets up the complexity. Gooseberry is a good call in the description, as itís certainly here in spades with more warming. Further warming yields some soy sauce. This is a really unique beer, and one of the more aromatically complex that Iíve drank in awhile. Flavor is a little more straightforward, but itís definitely pleasant, with plenty of tart cherry perfectly counterbalanced by a smooth chocolate flavor followed by even roasted malt and light roasted coffee. Thereís a decent amount of earthy and cheesy funk on the finish, and it fits in well with the roasted malt. Lingering cherry skin tartness on the finish as well that is synced with light hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is quite lively. Overall this was a surprisingly good beer that is fit for sipping and contemplating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5796) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Draft at Maxs. Not unlike Bells Cherry Stout. Awesome and mellow, with an additional bretty sour kick. Smooth, easy cherry chocolate beer. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (7661) - New York, New York, USA - APR 4, 2010
Bottle split with pat, take out from belgian cafe. Pours a dark brown almost black body, with nice off white lacing. Aroma is tart, nut and something extremely peculiar....banana bread. Taste is medium palate with notes of banana, tart, nut, caramel, chocolate malt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2010
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with James. Pours a hazy chesnut brown with a thick, creamy, off-white head. Aroma of walnut, spice, toasted malts, yeast, and an outrageously beautiful hint of pure banana bread. Fuller bodied with a crazily robust, sugary, and balanced palate. Finishes with a subdued sweetness and a nice bit of warming. Great colaboration. Great Belgian strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2010
Pours a slightly murky blackish brownish with some reddish notes, and a lovely tan head. Aroma is sour cherry, some funk, hint of chocolate. Flavor when cool is smoothly of chocolate, moving into sour cherry, with a hint of funk on the finish. As it warms, the chocolate fades into the background and the sour cherry and funk really comes to the front. Really quite excellent, although Iím curious as to what the beer would have tasted like without the brett addition.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
captaink (10) - USA - APR 20, 2010
Bottle into wineglass. Poured a dark ruby amber out of the bottle but was dark brown/black in glass. Dark tan head, great lacing. Malty nose with beautiful funkiness, brett, faint cherry. Medium-high carbonation. Not overly sticky or cloying. Perfect balance from an excellent, well crafted beer. I hope Bottle Barn gets some more of these.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wedgie9 (2639) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 8, 2010
Tasted from a 750mL bottle at Lush Roscoe. Pours an almost black purple color with a hint of red shining through. The head is slightly off-white, pours thick but then recedes to decent lacing. The nose is cherries and charred meat with brett and milk chocolate. Flavor starts off dusty with the charred meats and brett up front, transitioning into cherries and then a dark roasted malt chocolate finish. The body is somewhat thick and oily with average carbonation and a nice roasted finish with cherries. This beer is very enjoyable and easy to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Appearance: old browns and melted chocolates under a tan head which fades into a thin film with a thick border. Swirls with lace and a thicker border.
Nose: chocolate covered cherry heaven. Long cherry finish which leads into dry tannic bitter skins and stems. Prunes add black fruit meatiness. Leather and polish underneath meets in the back with old well worn and well polished wood fireplaces; mahogany. Leather, dust, horse and the blankets, too. Hershey kisses with almonds.
Palate: omg. Chocolate cakes with a soft chocolate mousse finish in the back of the throat. Tartness nibbles along the sides of my cheek and tongue with plums and black cherries. Chocolate covered prunes, hold the pits please. Whole, fresh, real cherries both sweet and tart in my breath. Almonds are also covered in chocolate, now sporting a fudgy consistency and density. Not as much funk as in the nose, but some can be found as she warms up Ė leather and old varnished worn woods. Tartly sweet plums and cherries atop my tongue as she slowly dries a smidge more, revealing horse blankets and dusty earth.
Final Thoughts: an orgy of flavors which all worked together almost seamlessly. I canít wait to see what happens with 6 months or even a good year or two of cellar aging will do to this beer. A dessert all its own.

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