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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Bottle from Jimbo. Interesting. Deep dark brown pour, aroma was chocolate and cherries. The flavors were Chocolate, smoke, cherry, sour fruits and funky yeasts. Oddly enough, this reminded me of beef jerky dipped in chocolate. There was a hint of cherry there too. Weird, but pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2009
Pours a solid opaque dark brown with a large light brown head. Aroma is exactly of what promised: Sour cherries and brettanomyces. Chocolatey malts too. Very complex aroma with coffee lurking behind. Again the label is accurate: Very nutty, roasted, porterish body with light sourness and fruit in the forefront. Chocolate and smoky leather flavors are also present. Full mouthfeel, good carbo. They really took a risk on this one in my opinion and it works out pretty nicely to the taster with an open mind. I mean, normally one would expect the porter and sour flavors to conflict, but I think the overall craftsmanship here holds everything together. The quality, I mean. Odd, but quite nice. Overall, excellent minus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
alagnak (468) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Bottle. Pours deep dark murky brown with a long-lasting off white head. Nose is tootsie roll, coke, light musty cherrry and just a faint hint of funk. Flavor starts out with a nice musty cherry with a touch of sour funk and then has nice componenets of toffee, figs, and even some red licorice. FInish is the only place aI thought this beer fell apart - the sweetness factor kicks in and it leaves with a fairly sticky mouthfeel (wife said cough syrup for the finish, though I didnt find it that pronounced or cloying). All in all - I thought this was a really nice beer, though from swallow to swallow, it didnt always fit. Will buy again, definitely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Pretty nice bretty Belgian Ale. Aroma is funk, cherries and candi sugar. Pours a rose brown with fluffy brown head. Flavor is dry, refreshing and clean, ending on a clean finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (9841) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (14771) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours extremely dark witha a creamy light tan head. Wonderful aromas of lighter dark fruits. Dates? Near full bodied with creamy carbonation. Flavor is mildly sour with dark malt. Its definitely fruity. Seems like kriek. Extremely tasty. Like a cross between kriek and quad. The cherry comes forth more strongly with time. Surprising. Amazing. Wonderful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cavie (4575) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Bottle courtesy of bu11zeye. Brown pour that has reddish tints on the hue. Dark malts with a hint of tartness. Taste is high in tartness with some acidic fruit. Finishes with a bit of dark chocolate and dark malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a huge tan head and a deep brown body. Aroma has a little funk, cherry, horse blanket, chocolate and nutshells. Taste is thin with chocolate, cherry, metallic notes and brett. Dry mouthfeel, medium to high carbonation. A whole lot going on here that doesnt meld right. I love brett, love Nelson Sauvin, and like Bells, but this doesnt work too well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (4097) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2009
Shared 750ml. bottle among grateful friends, donated by a distributor friend. A large sample was poured for me to a Czech-pils glass showing a very dark brown hue with ruby tones peeking through, a frothy, off white to light tan head, and ultra-clingy, web-like lacing. The aroma was immediately barnyard and leather, roasty malt, with some chocolate and sweet dark cherry notes. The cherry washed out a little in the flavor, roasted malt and a bakers variety chocolate continued, along with light tartness and vinous qualities. The carbonation was lively, but not too overbearing, as the beer finished fairly dry. Nice complexity and altogether enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
topherh (1927) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Pours a reddish brown with a big tan head. Aroma is cherry, Belgian malt, and Bretty funk. Flavor is roasty malt, semi sweet cherry, and lively funk. The roast bitterness and funky cherries seem to compliment each other surprisingly well.

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