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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%
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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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4.3
SudsMcDuff (8496) - .....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 !!!

4.3
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2010
bottle. pours a dark brown with a huge rocky tan fluffy head - a true beauty... great aromas of coffee, chocolate and sour cherries... medium body with light cherry notes up front with some sugar, more chocolate, grapes, and deep malts... roasted finish with a slight tartness on the tip of the tongue... did not pick up on the Brett.... really nice beer.

4.3
allfreej (556) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Bottled. Brown pour, tan head. Nose is horse blanket, spices, and cherries. Flavor is malt, cherry, horse blanket funk and brett bitterness. Nicely bitter, cherry pit finish.

4.3
thewolf (12803) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2010
Bottle. [thank you, after4ever]
Pours deep chestnut with slight red edges. Big, creamy, beige head. Great lacings. Flavour has lots of nice cherries, deep dark chocolate, light fruity tartness, some spicy liqourice. Medium carbonation, great creamy mouthfeel. Rather dry in the finish. Flavour is lovely tart, plums, lots of chocolate, light liqourice, cherries with no marzipan. Some caramel, cocoa, coconut, oak and a sherry feel throughout. Long, lingering dryness. Very elegant. Like a blend of a great porter/dubbel and a sour cherry ale. Yum!

4.3
Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2011
(bottle, says Bell 01 on the cork, not sure if that’s indicative of the batch) Pours black with some ruby highlights on the bottom of the glass and a large tan head that leaves behind good lacing. Aroma is pretty interesting with plenty of cherry showing up, chocolate intertwined, and a pleasant base of funk with spikes of pineapple and mint. Brett is certainly present here, and it’s matching up well with the chocolate and cherry. I do get some banana too, as it pops in from time to time between the more dominant cherry, funk, and chocolate. It actually matches up quite well with the chocolate. I also get a smell of pancake batter, which just ratchets up the complexity. Gooseberry is a good call in the description, as it’s certainly here in spades with more warming. Further warming yields some soy sauce. This is a really unique beer, and one of the more aromatically complex that I’ve drank in awhile. Flavor is a little more straightforward, but it’s definitely pleasant, with plenty of tart cherry perfectly counterbalanced by a smooth chocolate flavor followed by even roasted malt and light roasted coffee. There’s a decent amount of earthy and cheesy funk on the finish, and it fits in well with the roasted malt. Lingering cherry skin tartness on the finish as well that is synced with light hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is quite lively. Overall this was a surprisingly good beer that is fit for sipping and contemplating.

4.3
Bule (2256) - California, USA - NOV 5, 2016
750ml bottle from Monk's cafe. Pours a deep purple color with no head. No carb. Delicious fresh cherry flavor. Like biting into cherry skins. Very delicately balanced, and some flavor fallen off.

4.2
nuplastikk (6456) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Draft at Maxs. Not unlike Bells Cherry Stout. Awesome and mellow, with an additional bretty sour kick. Smooth, easy cherry chocolate beer. Excellent.

4.2
jredmond (8648) - 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.

4.2
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2010
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with James. Pours a hazy chesnut brown with a thick, creamy, off-white head. Aroma of walnut, spice, toasted malts, yeast, and an outrageously beautiful hint of pure banana bread. Fuller bodied with a crazily robust, sugary, and balanced palate. Finishes with a subdued sweetness and a nice bit of warming. Great colaboration. Great Belgian strong.

4.2
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Appearance: old browns and melted chocolates under a tan head which fades into a thin film with a thick border. Swirls with lace and a thicker border.
Nose: chocolate covered cherry heaven. Long cherry finish which leads into dry tannic bitter skins and stems. Prunes add black fruit meatiness. Leather and polish underneath meets in the back with old well worn and well polished wood fireplaces; mahogany. Leather, dust, horse and the blankets, too. Hershey kisses with almonds.
Palate: omg. Chocolate cakes with a soft chocolate mousse finish in the back of the throat. Tartness nibbles along the sides of my cheek and tongue with plums and black cherries. Chocolate covered prunes, hold the pits please. Whole, fresh, real cherries both sweet and tart in my breath. Almonds are also covered in chocolate, now sporting a fudgy consistency and density. Not as much funk as in the nose, but some can be found as she warms up – leather and old varnished worn woods. Tartly sweet plums and cherries atop my tongue as she slowly dries a smidge more, revealing horse blankets and dusty earth.
Final Thoughts: an orgy of flavors which all worked together almost seamlessly. I can’t wait to see what happens with 6 months or even a good year or two of cellar aging will do to this beer. A dessert all its own.


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