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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2009
coffee, cinnamon, brown shugga, like a pie flavored porter. yummers, Bottle from a tasting at the house of chris Montelius

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
solesaver (15) - chickasha, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 11, 2009
This dark hazy brew had a nice start with a moderate head. Wasnt quite sure where this beer will end up. Will try again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2010 750ml bottle, courtesy redlight. A dark, hazy, chocolate brown pour is crowned with a head of khaki foam. Skinny ribbons of lacing circle the glass. The aroma is based in molasses and cola malt, with cocoa lending a bit of bittering earthiness and sweet cherries lending a fresh, fruity element. Woody oak serves up hints of vanilla that work nicely within the mix. Flavors follow suit, with caramel coming through a bit more and the cherries and other dark fruits asserting themselves beyond the grip of the underlying cocoa. Mild brett creeps in, imparting a touch of yeasty tartness that is welcomed, as the brew would otherwise be too sweet. Medium-full on the tongue, the palate sports balance but seems just a touch sticky after the finish. Unique brew, but too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2009
Dark brown effervescent pour. Very lively. Aroma is sweet and very roasty with caramel malts and molasses. Flavor is similar with roasted coffee, some fruit, caramel, faint pepper and burnt brown sugar. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (11035) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Brown pour. Light brown head. Tart fruits, yeast, caramel, raisins and some chocolate. Flavor has some cherry tartness and light chocolate. Good malt backbone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9951) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2009
courtesy of the guys at RedligthRedlight. pours dark brown with thin beige head. Aroma is yeasty with hints of sourness and dark fruits. Flavor, dark malts, some chocolate, dark fruits; cherries, prunes, hints of candi sugar and thin spicy yeast notes in the finish along with some good sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tedovertu (297) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Cherries and chocolate in the aroma and taste. Really enjoyed this beer. Large light brown frothy head with excellent lacing. Hazy body with a dark brown color. Lightly acidic initial flavor with some sourness/acetic tones. Medium to full bodied with a slightly syrupy texture. Pretty lively carbonation for this style. From a beer club that someone gifted to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 9, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2009
Date: August 01, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Rare Beer Club
Appearance: dark opaque brown, creamy tan head
Aroma: rich dark malt aroma, touch of ripe dates and fruity esters
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich malt flavor, light fruity character, touch of chocolate, just a hint of cherry tartness
Overall: fairly lackluster for a strong dark Belgian

Date: December 03, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Aroma: picking up the ripe cherry in the aroma, chocolate, light funk
Flavor: lots of funk in the flavor, dry chocolate

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2009
750 ml bottle through rare beer club. Cherry, chocolate malts, hints of a funkiness, sweet molasses aromas. Pours very dark brown with a fluffy tan head, that lasts. Chocolatey malts with slightly tart cherry, tart berries, raspberry, hints or funk, sweet but not too sweet, really a great beer! I really really enjoyed this beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Bottle shared w. swoopjones, frylock, ipfreely, hopsun. Thanks Mike! Very dark brown, tan head w. nice lacing. Nose is roasty malts, cherry tartness, earthy & some light milk. Flavor is tart cherry, some caramel, apple. A bit oxidized. Finish is tart cherry, light cocoa.

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