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


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RATINGS: 256   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
allfreej (552) - 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 (11209) - 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 (1177) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2011
(bottle, says Bell 01 on the cork, not sure if that’s 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 it’s 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 it’s 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 I’ve drank in awhile. Flavor is a little more straightforward, but it’s definitely pleasant, with plenty of tart cherry perfectly counterbalanced by a smooth chocolate flavor followed by even roasted malt and light roasted coffee. There’s 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2009
750 ml bottle through rare beer club. Cherry, chocolate malts, hints of a funkiness, sweet molasses aromas. Pours very dark brown with a fluffy tan head, that lasts. Chocolatey malts with slightly tart cherry, tart berries, raspberry, hints or funk, sweet but not too sweet, really a great beer! I really really enjoyed this beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6692) - 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trancecyclist (42) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2009
750 cl bottle at The Institute’s Battle Royale of Michigan Beers. Beautiful dark reddish brown with a decent head and an appealing scent. I’d describe this as more of a strong dubbel fused with a Flemish sour than having any real porter characteristics. The taste is lightly chocolately but the cherries are not far in the background. I found this to be an excellent beer and a good one to have as a final beer with its distinctive flavors and body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (10092) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2009
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a large lasting tan head. Aromas of sour cherry, dark chocolate, carmel, plum, light leather, light spice and a hint of funk. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of dark chocolate, sour cherry, carmel, horseblanket, plum, leather and brown sugar with a smooth dry lingering tart funky finish. Very tasty beer I’ll have to score a couple more for the celler.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (4504) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Pours mahogany-tinged black into a snifter. Mocha micro head with excellent retention leaves sheets as it slowly recedes. Dusty cocoa and sour pit fruit aromas. Upfront sour chocolate and with a spritzy cherry middle on to a lasting coffee and cocoa finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2010
Pours dark brown with brown highlights - like coffee. Thick tan head fades to persistent dusting with opaque pockmarks of foam. Spots of lace are left haphazardly on the glass. The nose is decidedly sour and acetic - vinegar with hints of cherry and lemon. Some undertones of currants with light bready overdone-toast malts. The flavor starts chocolatey with bready toasty malts and a sublime soft acetic quality. After a few sips, the cherry and vinegar notes subside almost completely to waves of rich malt. Subtle acidity and fruitiness in finish along with warming alcohol and thick chocolate and toasty malt. Finish is dry with a tasty blend of chocolate malt and tart cherry. Mouthfeel is luxurious with lots of thick and rich bubbles that lend a frothy creaminess and serious levity to an almost oily full body. Overall - fantastic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Draft – Max’s. Dark crimson, creamy light tan head (great lacing). Musty cherry puree and yeast aromas right a slight sour berry and roasty-like tone throughout. Dry cocoa and cherry-plum tones round well with final soft vinous brett backing. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. A great collaborative effort…

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