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%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Bottle. The aroma has lots of cherry juice with some light tartness, chocolate, and a hint of caramel. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a half inch beige head with very good retention. The flavor starts with light chocolate and caramel. The finish has a lot of cherry juice with some mild tartness. There’s a definite dark chocolate cherry aftertaste. Medium bodied with a somewhat lively carboantion and a soft mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3889) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Bottle. Pours a deep brown with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet cherry, roasted malt, prunes, chocolate. Flavor of prunes with a sweet cherry finish. No chocolatey or roasty notes (as the description suggests) but still pretty tasty. Sort of similar to Three Philosophers but more cherry and more prunes. Overall, interesting beer. 7/4/7/4/15 [3.7/5]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
obguthr (6239) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Dark chocolate nose, not strong. Beautiful brown with a purplish hue, thick tan lacing head. Tangy malty flavor of chocolate covered cherries, great balance. Not nearly as complex as billed. Faint french roast coffee finish. Very good, but not as spectacular as I hoped.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Bottle bevmo. Pours dark brown slightly cloudy, nice tan head. Sour and roasted malt aroma. Both tart and burnt flavors come through. Some cherry flavors come through in the end.

   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 didnt 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1966) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Draft at Jerrys. Murky, dark red-brown with big, foamy brown head / Barnyard nose of dark pit fruit and chocolate / Medium body, sour and slightly acidic, with good balance and finish / Deep, complex, funky, barnyard brettranomyces cast over flavors of dark cherry, prune, banana, chocolate, and coffee / If you like this things, this one is real good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3386) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Corked and caged 750ml, I found at Holiday Wine Cellar. Pours black with a nice tan head. Nose is sweet, with nice notes of cherry, chocolate and some nice interesting tart feelings. Taste is great, lots of nice cherry flavor on top of a sort of sour tart base. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1880) - Cupertino, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
$15.99 bottle from PP bottle shop. Darl brown color. Lots of carbonation Lots of flavor belies the 7.5% ABV. Leans a hair dry with the illusion of sweetness, probably from the stronger cherry flavor. Cherry skin tartnes. Very good. Very easy to drink.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trancecyclist (50) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2009
750 cl bottle at The Institutes Battle Royale of Michigan Beers. Beautiful dark reddish brown with a decent head and an appealing scent. Id 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.

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