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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rcweir (139) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Thick brown head, long lasting with lacing. Dark opaque brown. Full bodied. Brett finish, with tartness. Dry, not a lot of cherry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Totochtin (73) - Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Pours dark cloudy brown with a tan head. Aromas of chocolate, dark cherry, and raisin. Taste starts lightly sweet and chocolatey, quickly becoming tart and fruity, and finally finishing lightly bitter. Notes of grapes, pears, and of course cherries. Finish is somewhat earthy/dusty, possibly from the brett. Medium body with lively carbonation. Not what I was expecting but not bad either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Bottle sampled at the Institute in Philly. Opaque black with an active, slightly beige head. Musty aroma, tart cherries, brett, honey, a little horsey. Flavor is weird. Starts with tart lambic flavors and brett. Ends with sweet, caramel porter flavors, chocolate and a little grass. Heavy carbonation with some lasting sweetness. Cherries get lost. I guess it’s a dark lambic but the porter gets lost too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiver29 (1036) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
smcolw (617) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (13282) - 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.

   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.

   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-

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