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

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RATINGS: 253   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2009
On tap at Barley’s. Pours very dark brown, almost black with pillow light tan head. Aroma is slight chocolate and cherry. Watery mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and is smooth. Kind of reminds me of cherry coke taste. Dry finish. Not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Pours a Hazy chocolate brown with tan head. Nose is cherries, holiday spices, yeast, very smooth with a hint of brown sugar. Taste has a hint of cherries, lots of pruple fruits, fairly sweet, off roasty flavor, and quite a bit overcarbonated.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2009
A beautiful pour of a brown colored beer. Lasting head which leaves good lace. Barnyard aromas with a distinctly undesirable smell of urine. I found it very distracting. Two others at the bar didn’t notice it. Envision a dry Stout blended with a Framboise. While there is plenty of burnt toast and dark unmalted barley. Lots of raspberry flavor with enough sourness to make it interestingly complicated. Moderate body and carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2009
Black pour with a big, rocky, lasting, tan head. The aroma is cocoa with hints of tart dark cherries, dark fruit and a very faint hint of dry brettanomyces funk. Overall the aroma is quite mild. The flavor starts of with a quick splash of cherry tartness which is then washed away with a strange combination of cardboard and cocoa powder that then fades to a metallic sour tanginess. After a few more sips I get a few added hints of plum and fig. The body has a nice full creamy mouthfeel with gentle carbonation. I just don’t see the eccentric mix of ingredients working very well together in this one.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (10103) - Randers, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2010
Bottle at Fanø tasting 2010. Creamy off-white excellent fully lasting head. DArk brown colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma with nice fruity notes. MOderate bitter flavor. Strong plumb notes. Average m oderate bitter finish. Oily palate.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Bottle, brown pour. Aroma is cherry cola, yeast, chocolate, roast and pit fruit. Flavor is the same; roasted malts, some slight sourness, finish is a bit strange with the juice and bitter roast. It gets worse as I drink more.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2009
bottle- shared with jacob, rudolph and swoop- quite a nice treat to have enjoyed this rare new release- thanks guys- felt the beer was overwhelming cherry juice, with decent sherry (almost oxidized) notes- some barnyard there as well- might do well with some age on it-

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2010
I picked this up based upon previous experiences with De Proef beers and Les Deux Brasseurs. This sadly did not measure up for me. It was dark brown, almost black and the head was sizable. The smell was a bit horsey which I like but it didn’t last. There was a hint of cherries and spice. The flavor also had a bit of cherries and a tiny bit of funk but overall I did not find anything memorable or enjoyable about this. It was not bad by any means but also was not enjoyable for my palate. I was actually a little bummed that I spent the $15 for this but I’ll still try anything else De Proef puts out. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-01-2010 02:58:20

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Bottle shared at Glouglouburps after Mondial tasting 2010. Pours a big deep murky brown with some slight muddled ruby highlights and a modest head. Aroma is big caramel and toasted malts some sharp chocolate malts, lots of leathery hints, earth, slight cherry pit and light medicinal peppery kick going on with some burnt hair. Flavor is more earth, toast, burnt malts, light chocolate hint, cherry pits, light juicy kick, more medicinal hairy leather earth, spice, peppery mace, cardamon, etc with a pitty astringency in the end and is just not that dry or refined- still a bit muddled up and not that great overall. Kinda disappointing especially considering the $16-$20 pricetag.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (5750) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Corked well aged 750ml bottle and served in my NB Worthy glass: A interesting black film on the bottom of the cork and rim of the bottle makes me worried but it seemed to pour okay. Deep brown russet hue with some reddish highlights topped by a small fading beige head that left spotty lace. The aroma has notes of chocolate covered sour cherries along with a light roast and bready malt notes. Slight winy acidic vapour with little to no brett character even after the time aging. Slight cardboardy oxidation but nothing overly bad. Some strange sugary notes and even a bit of band-aid as it warms. The taste is semi-sweet and soured with a nice restrained balance but there is little outstanding characteristics other than the fruity tones. The hybrid nature of this brew is quite apparent on the palate... a little Belgian Ale, A little porter-ish, very fruity and a little sour. A hodge podge of parts that is better than the whole. I really wished for more brett action here to give the sourness more kick and depth. Also I tad disappointed with how much sweetness does remain. The mouth feel is tad slick and chewy but also a bit under-carbonated for my tastes.

Outside some cardboardy notes it is like this beer has not aged at all. The yeasties seemed to doing nothing to advance this beer or add further depth or complexity. In the end it is a muddle brew that still remained drinkable.


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