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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9729) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Abundant cherries and chocolate malt swirl into tartness, helped by the effervescent mouthfeel of this unique creation.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A lofty head of foam decorates the dark brown, lacing beautifully.
-Im not sure this is a pertinent use of Nelson Sauvin hops. Their tropical apport doesnt work too well with the grain bill, imho.
-Dusty specks are provided by the otherwise tame wild yeast presence.
-Some coffee-like roastiness accompanies the chocolate.


   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (9216) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2013
Thx. to tderoeck (Tim) for sharing this one // 75 cl. bottle sampled @ Tims De Molen & assorted beers tasting // a collaboration between Bells & 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (9181) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8971) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 5, 2010
Bottle. Dark mahogony beer with a nice tan head. Cherry, earth, and chocolate aroma with yeast and light brett. Brett and cherry flavor with cocoa, yeast, and malt. Medium bodied. Cherry and cocoa linger with a light tartness and some earthiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8925) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Bottle drank with the boys. Pours a dark brown/black color with a medium brown head. A sour vinous nose with chocolates. The flavor is indeed like a sour porter; yeasty, chocolates, sour, fruity and smooth. Roasted malts. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8493) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2009
It pours deep mahogany with tall but loose tan head. The aroma is a Brett tart and lemon like sourness right to the snoot followed by grapefruit sour moldy citrus and a thin layer of musty earthiness. The taste is smooth with prunes, plums, cherries and modest tartness unlike what I was getting in the nose. It gets a bit dry and mildly tart and refreshing blending into smooth fruitiness right into the finish. Nice smooth refreshing brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (8469) - Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2010
10/9/10. Thanks, Coleman! 750mL bottle. Huge boozey sweet aroma with cherries, licorice, and more. Reminds me of Jager... Sweet smokey chocolate flavor that is way better than the aroma leads on. Its liked smoked chocolate cherries. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (8296) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2010
pours with a huge head, awesome lacing .. . woowee! delicious stuff!! complex and smooth and would you stop looking at my ass! .. . pure aftertaste, wonderful flavor of dark cherry .. . the world slows down when you drink this!..and as i enter this review, rooney puts in a header in extra time against man city to send united to the carling cup final !!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (8074) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Bottle sampled at the Institute in Philly. Opaque black with an active, slightly beige head. Musty aroma, tart cherries, brett, honey, a little horsey. Flavor is weird. Starts with tart lambic flavors and brett. Ends with sweet, caramel porter flavors, chocolate and a little grass. Heavy carbonation with some lasting sweetness. Cherries get lost. I guess its a dark lambic but the porter gets lost too.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (8049) - New York, New York, USA - APR 4, 2010
Bottle split with pat, take out from belgian cafe. Pours a dark brown almost black body, with nice off white lacing. Aroma is tart, nut and something extremely peculiar....banana bread. Taste is medium palate with notes of banana, tart, nut, caramel, chocolate malt.

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