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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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4.2
superspak (6094) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2015
750 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but bottled in 2009. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of tart cherry, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, licorice, raisin, prune, fig, light banana, clove, pepper, light smoke/char, and roast/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and cherry juice notes; with good strength. Taste of lightly tart cherry, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, licorice, raisin, prune, fig, light banana, clove, pepper, light smoke/char, and roast/yeast earthiness on the finish. Fair amount of yeast spiciness and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, dark fruit, clove, pepper, light smoke/char, and roast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and light-moderate cherry juice flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly chalky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming presence after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian strong dark ale/porter style! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and light-moderate cherry juice flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

4.1
topherh (1929) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Pours a reddish brown with a big tan head. Aroma is cherry, Belgian malt, and Bretty funk. Flavor is roasty malt, semi sweet cherry, and lively funk. The roast bitterness and funky cherries seem to compliment each other surprisingly well.

4.1
WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Corked and caged 750ml, I found at Holiday Wine Cellar. Pours black with a nice tan head. Nose is sweet, with nice notes of cherry, chocolate and some nice interesting tart feelings. Taste is great, lots of nice cherry flavor on top of a sort of sour tart base. Nice.

4.1
SuzyGreenberg (1604) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2009
draft @ Brouwers Cafe - dark reddish brown with thick tan head; big malty nose of rich chocolate and slightly tart cherries; crazy soft texture that is a decadent combo of chocolate cherry candy; very faint tartness; silky mouthfeel with some coffee showing up too; dark fruit, thinness texture with an impression of valentine’s day candy; wow, a lovely brew with perfect level of tartness and lots of rich chocolate; yummy

4.1
jumpjet2k (330) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Don’t you hate when you pour a glass of nice beer and then spill almost all of it? I do. At least this is a big bottle, though... Black and opaque with a nice tan head, some nice lacing. Aromas are brett funk, cherry tartness, and some chocolaty malt. Sweet, fruity, and rich - chocolate, coffee, plum notes from the malt, alongside tart cherry and some brett notes. Really like a chocolate covered cherry. I had this pretty close to room temperature and it was exceptional.

4.1
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Bottle. Aromas of cherries and brettanomyces-inspired funk dominate, with citrus and caramel/maple syrup in the background. Pours mahogany with a thin white head. Flavor is complex and balanced, with lots of maltiness up front followed by distinct cherry and citrus notes, finishing dry and slightly rubbery (in a good way? I don’t quite know how I’ve come to appreciate underdeveloped brett flavors if juxtaposed properly with sweetness, but I have. It’s at least as hard as using "horseblanket" as a positive attribute). Good body, winey texture and dry in the finish. Really nicely done all around.

4.1
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 27, 2010
Pours a pretty ruby color with a nice fluffy tan head. Aroma has a hint of chocolate and a little funky sourness. Great flavor of sour cherries. The belgian yeast is very noticable. i like they addition of the chocolate flavor. Not sure how to label this beer as a style. But I enjoyed it very much!!!

4.1
puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Bottled. Big a fruity, with a complex yeasty nose. Notes of pear, banana, plum. Flavor is smooth as silk, with cherry and vanilla complexity. Easy drinking, with mild carbonation and a perfect body. Really opens up as it warms. A lovely Belgian ale.

4.1
MeadMe (1685) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2010

Been sitting on this one for a bit. Popped it open and wondered to my self why I had not drank it before now.

A: Pours a nice deep brown with evil shades of red showing through. The head is nice and tall, tan in color with a tint of red in it is well. Very nice retention and nice Belgian lace all the way down the glass.

S: Much much cherry in the aroma. Mostly tart with hints of candy sweetness beneath. Mild chocolate notes and a dash of roast.

T: Nice tart cherry juice up front. Not puckering tart, just a mild tartness. Hints of dark fruits and chocolate. Simple yet tasty.

M: Medium in body, rather lively carbonation. Zippy on the back end.

D: Good, nice light refreshing brew with just enough tartness to provide a nice lingering fruity tartness.

4.1
glennmastrange (2931) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Bottle. Moderate malt notes of dark bread and milk chocolate, perfume and cooked orange for the hops, light soap for the yeast, with fig, dried cherry, alspice and boozy-alcohol in the background. Head is small, creamy with larger bubbles, light brown with good lacing and is mostly diminshing. Color is dark brown. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly bittersweet and acidic. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily with a soft carbonation. There is a whole lot of of everything that belongs in a Belgian Strong Ale in this one. Great bold aromas and flavors that play nicely with each other.


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