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

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RATINGS: 258   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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: Bells 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.

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3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (3145) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Pours dark roasted chestnut unclear with a decent creamy and lacey darker beige head. The aroma has slight cherry juice and wild yeast astringency. The flavor brings the wild yeast as well, with light sweet fruity notes that settle delicately on the palate. I remember much bigger flavor, especially from the cherry juice. I think I sat on it too long.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kcorum10 (347) - Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Aromas of cherries, grapes, and bananas. Flavors of some darkness and a mild sweet finish.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
PhillyCraft (6448) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Bottle shared with Keith, pours black with giant mocha head, lasts forever. Aromas of cherry juice, dark chocolate, light brett, taste is black sharpie, wood, cocoa dust, booze, and barrel. A lot rougher compared to nose. Medium to full body, warming in chest. Needs more carbonation and less marker flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
annunz123 (956) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 17, 2013
Aroma is very fruity with grape, cherry, and spice. Sweet and sour flavor with a wine-like grape flavor. Definitely different and certainly good, but not great.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (8494) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2013
Thx. to tderoeck (Tim) for sharing this one // 75 cl. bottle sampled @ Tims De Molen & assorted beers tasting // a collaboration between Bells & 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

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martinus (4562) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2013
Dark brown colour, beige head. Aroma of cherries, berries, chocolade, tobacco and plums. Sweet flavour, coffee, cherry. Relatively thin body, finish berries and plums.
(From 75cL bottle at the DMT @ Tims living, Gent. Shared by tderoeck. Thanks, Tim!)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (8529) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2013 30/XII/12 - 75cl bottle from a trade with otakuden @ home: De Molen & assorted beers tasting - BB: n/a (2012-1422)

Clear dark purple to brown beer, very big aery beige head, unstable, adhesive, nice lacing. Aroma: very fruity, cherry juice, lemony, sourish, plums, alcohol. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: little sour, mocha, some coffee, fruity, pretty bitter, grape peel, tannins, bit water. Aftertaste: bitter, red wine, bit earthy, dry, cranberries, bitter touch.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2012
75cl, exclusive collab. brew, with cherry juice, thx to tderoeck!, complex brew, malty/fruity and slightly sour/roasted, balanced, cloudy, good head, good brew

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (5938) - Fredonia, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2012
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of foamy light brown colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a softly carbonated opaque dark brown colored body. The aroma was brown malt musty and dark malt. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The mild flavor contained notes of brown malt and cherry. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (15426) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown with tan head. Nose/taste of chocolate, cherry juice, toasted grain, plum, dark berry, candi sugar and dry wood. Finishes with hints of tart cherry pit dipped in chocolate. Medium body.


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