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


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RATINGS: 257   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: 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.

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deyholla (12583) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Bottle. Poured a dark molasses brown with a grayish brown head that laced nicely. Aroma had tart and sour cherry notes, a bit of sweet chocolate, candied sugar and a yeasty note. Flavor had tart cherries throughout with a sweet sugary and chocolate finish. The beer was smooth on the tongue.

77ships (11481) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2013
Thx. to tderoeck (Tim) for sharing this one // 75 cl. bottle sampled @ Tim’s De Molen & assorted beers tasting // a collaboration between Bell’s & 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

BVery (11458) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottle (small sample). Darker brown pour with a tan head. Tart fruit nose and taste. Decent, but I didn’t love it.

hopscotch (11422) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Bottle… Pours dark brown with a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head. Great retention. The nose offers chocolate, tart berries, campfire smoke and espresso. Medium-bodied with kicked-back carbonation. Chocolaty flavor with an acidic cherry tang. Tangy-sweet finish.

alexsdad06 (11223) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2010
750 ml bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours very dark brown with a large beige head. The aroma is tart cherries, sweet caramel malts, chocolate with a Belgian spin. The flavor was an interesting combination of tart cherries, caramel, woody, Brett, some roast creeps in at times, vanilla and Belgian yeast. This was fairly complex with many different flavors coming through. I am left wondering if this is best now or will it continue to develop with time?

DocLock (11189) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Bottle from Smith’s. Pours turbid deep brown w 2f tan head. Nose is rock sugary malt, figgy fruit, brown sugar, earthy, blackberry. Tastes malty, fruity, witgh tart cherry, earthy, fig, and spruce. Medium palate heft, complex,, and a unique and enjoyable style.

daknole (11048) - 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.

kp (10880) - 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

marcus (10867) - 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.

tderoeck (10615) - 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.

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