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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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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10883) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10761) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (10686) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (10205) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Bottle from Smiths. 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.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Tap at Maxs. Everyone I know loves this beer. But I think it legitimately sucks. Looks divine in the glass. Deep rouge with a thick tan head that leaves insane lace. Big green olive aroma. Taste is salty with a light sourness and some balsamic vinegar. Ick.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (9923) - 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 didnt love it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9790) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Pouring at session one of Belgian Beer Fest in Boston. Pours a hazed brown with a thin beige head. Cherries, soft roast and char on the nose. More cherry flavors, lightly sour oude bruin notes. Toffee as well. Very tasty, with some dark fruit and malt touches on the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (9672) - 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?

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9556) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (9546) - 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.


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