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Van Twee (w/ John Mallett) - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Van Twee (w/ John Mallett)Van Twee (w/ John Mallett)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

156 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 8.35%


Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: memyselfandi on 08-01-2009)
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours red with very little head. Clear though with a few bits of sediment floating/sitting in it.
Smell is cherry and malt with a slightly sour note.
Taste is sour, tart cherry with a strong malt backbone. Slight hop note.
Tart with a medium/high effervescence. Light/medium body, slightly watery finish. Aftertaste doesn't last very long sadly. A pretty good beer overall.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2011 02:46:21 | More by PorterLambic
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zoso1967

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served up ruby brown with a rocky and voluminous slightly tan head that looked like it had a life of its own. The aroma carried plenty of sweet malt, tart cherry and some citric sour. The taste was more subdued than I had expected. Still very flavorful, but not as in your face as I had expected from the aroma. The flavor is a mix of tart cherry, brown sugar, toasted malt, plum, dried dark fruit and a bit of spice. It is very complex, yet approachable. Slightly tart, but overall quite well balanced. The body is on the lighter side of medium with fairly pronounced carbonation. The mouthfeel is a wee bit sticky, but stuff quite nice. Very tasty and very drinkable for style. I am glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2010 21:42:29 | More by zoso1967
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danmouer

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another onderful collaborative brew from the Proefbrouwerij and, in this case, Michigan's innovative Bell's Brewery. There is a great discussion on the back label about the intentions and nature of this beer, so there's little reason to repeat that here other than to say that the brewers got it rong. They described it as a kind of cross between a porter and a Belgian dubbel. I'd call it a nice hybrid of a porter and a Flanders Brown Ale (or possibly a Flanders Red).

If I have it right, this is basically a traditional robust porter fermented with a highly attenuative Belgian yeast to which a nice dose of deliciously famous Michigan sour pie cherries has been added.

It's a big toasty porter that pours deep brown with a nice tan head. Roasted malts predominate, as is typical with (especially) American porters. Hops are only in the background, adding a bitter spine to the generous contribution from the roasted malts.

A nice dose of both malt and candi-sugar sweetness comes through, balanced by yeasty spices, a well-dried-out body, and a hop-bitter base note. All of this is further complexified by a Flemish-like sourness and a thread of Bretty "funk."

With all that going for it, I am going to downgrade it a bit on drinkability--at least while it's this young. As the beer matures, I expect a bit more winey character and even more sour. Perhaps the pie-cherry flavors ill finally emerge, for they are missing now, contributing mainly (I assume) to the sour notes.

I'm with those who have liked to have seen this beer with a bit less roasted malt and a bit more cherry flavor and aroma. At nearly 18 bucks for a 3/4 liter, I won't be drinking too many of these; however, I'd like to lay down a couple. I s'pect that, ith some maturation time, they will become pretty spectacular.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2010 21:56:03 | More by danmouer
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10oz serving on tap at The Devil's Den and let warm for 15 minutes or so.

A- A dark color that is bordering on black but more of a dark rustic deep brown. The foam was thick like and lasting leaving a cap and a sheet of lace down the glass.

S- My favorite aspect of this beer here. The smell is inchanting with sweet tart cherries all over with some fig action and some funky drummer on the outside. De Proef yeast is hiding in there somewhere.

T- A interesting take on a Dubbel, Van Twee in the beginning mixes a tart cherry with some faint chocolate underlined with a a handful of nuts. In the middle the yeast gives off some odd tasting bread and some more fruit. Afterwards the cherries come back with a malt rush and the figs.

MD- Very smooth, this went down with ease. A little tart in the beginning, yeasty in the middle, malty towards the end. A strong medium body with a light carbon touch. This was very drinkable and the flavors while enjoyable and integrated well, are kind of tame coming from these two brewers, I expected a harder punch. I'm glad I did not spend $19 on the bottle. Van Twee is one to let warm up alot to get as much as you can flavor wise out of it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2010 17:17:32 | More by BARFLYB
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Farmhouse in Emmaus PA. Overall, this is an interesting and tasty Belgian, but it's not Proef's best brewing. It's a mix of dark bread crust, sweet cherries, and cocoa powder, but in a world of great Belgians, it's a touch flat. The body is smooth and drinkable, just a little on the thick side.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2010 19:17:01 | More by tempest
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glid02

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a dark brown color with a 1.5-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of tart cherries with hints of earthy hops. As the beer warms the cherry aromas become a bit more tart and hints of funk enter into things.

Tastes similar to how it smells, unlike the bottle I recently had. Dark malt flavors up front are joined almost immediately by loads of tart cherry flavors. Midway through the sip flavors imparted from brett make a muted appearance before giving way to the cherry flavors to carry on through to a crisp and mildly bitter ending. After the beer warms the ending changes a bit and very light roasted malt flavors linger on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quicklky and could easily have another.

Overall I was very surprised how much the tap version differed from the bottle. I have to say that with the tap version the flavor profile has surpassed the aroma for complexity whereas the bottle version was the opposite. Both were very good beers however and I recommend giving this one a shot no matter where you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2010 00:46:00 | More by glid02
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confer

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Spinnerstown Hotel. First of all the 10 oz tiny goblet that the Van Twee was served in was very disappointing especially for the price.
The color was very dark brown with a two finger brown head that faded to a light cap.
When first served a faint smokey aroma was apparent and as the beer warmed cherry started to appear.
The first couple sips were earthy and smokey more like a stout, a hint a cherry came through on the taste,but the cherry tasted medicinal.
I had this beer with dinner and I believe it would have been better alone.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2010 21:23:51 | More by confer
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Minotaur

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Spinnerstown Hotel - poured into a goblet glass from the hand pump.

A smooth deep chocolate brown-black with little opacity. The head is fizzy, solid and one finger head. There is more carbonation present than the dark richness would lead you to expect. Lacing is substantial, spotty but attractive and enduring.

The aroma is some roasted chocolate scent with the cherry tartness poking through. There is a tiny bit of brett farmhouse funk in the nose but not enough to give itself away casually. The aroma is the one aspect of this beer that I actually found weak. Especially once tasting it, I would have appreciated a strong upfront aroma.

The first sip is a blast of sour cherry over top dark cocoa flavors. As you take progressive drinks and the glass warms, the sourness becomes less overwhelming but does endure through the entirety of ever quaff. There are some complex layers going on including chocolate and caramel sweetness, licorice, cloves, burnt malts, roast, and the lingering hay-grass like quality

The mouthfeel is a bit thin and could benefit from some chewiness and density with this degree of flavor complexity. If you are into sours this is a drinkable ale. The alcohol while present doesn't intrude, and it is not particularly hard hitting despite being hefty.

Unique and tasty but also definitely a taste to be acquired.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2010 22:47:10 | More by Minotaur
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bavarian Lodge - Lisle, IL

Pours deep brown with a fluffy tan head that sticks around awhile and leaves a nice sticky lacing on the glass as well. Aroma is sweet malt and fruity cherries with some scents of Belgian yeast. Taste is one of the most complex ales I've ever encountered. Chocolate, tart cherries, mild coffee, fruit, the dubbel comes through, the porter comes through, and the sourness on the finish is nice as well. Mouth-feel was thinner than expected, but still pleasant. Overall, I'm glad I got to try this rarity!

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2010 03:00:19 | More by barnzy78
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with very good head retention and lots of sticky lacing all around. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, but there's some noticeable chocolate, cherries and funk (horse sweat and the like). Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, with a nice interplay of sour and moderate sweetness. The funk comes through on the palate as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly soft, with the carbonation dialed down nicely in this this beer. Drinkability is good, with the alcohol and sour well integrated into the beer.

Very nice. Not entirely my cup of tea, but this was pretty tasty, nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2009 22:27:07 | More by johnmichaelsen
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Van Twee, on tap at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Served in a 10 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Arrives a dark but not too dark brown-bodied ale with ruby highlights around the periphery - a gorgeous color really, the appearance of which is accentuated by an obviously Brett-ified head. The half finger of dull tan mass has great retention and leaves sticky, bulky wisps and swaths of lace on the sides of the glass, mimicing the hop protein "successive sip" effect. A fine looking brew.

Aroma: Brett's pretty powerful in this one, contributing a strongly tart, bandaid-y, borderline cheesy smell. The tartness is accentuated by the cherry notes, subtle yet present. Agitation releases a lot from this one, a strongly roasted base, complete with hints of toffee, caramel, faint chocolate, and earth.

Taste: Tart cherries, earthy malts, strong phenols, and plenty of medicinal bretty notes. The malt notes are very deep - complex layers of dirt, chocolate, earthiness, toast, dark toffee, and bread crusts. A few other stray fruit notes round this one out.

Mouthfeel: Subtle, with fine, slow, soft, well-embedded carbonation in a moderately thick but slightly slick body.

Drinkability: A solid and enjoyable brew that I might not have enjoyed nearly as much a year ago. The Brett in this one is pretty strong, and I suppose I should have expected nothing less. And at 7.5% (far less than the 10% Ommegang Adoration I just had), this is one you can have more than one of. And you'll probably want to. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2009 19:02:10 | More by CrellMoset
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful pour of a brown colored beer. Lasting head which leaves good lace.

Barnyard aromas with a distinctly undesirable smell of urine. I found it very distracting. Two others at the bar didn't notice it.

Envision a dry Stout blended with a Framboise. While there is plenty of burnt toast and dark unmalted barley. Lots of raspberry flavor with enough sourness to make it interestingly complicated. Moderate body and carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2009 20:38:28 | More by smcolw
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Maction

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Into a Bell's tulip at Hopleaf, it's dark mahogany with a dense mocha-colored head.

S: Smells like sweet cherries, linen, mineral spray

T: I first get bitter chocolate, then sour cherries both in the middle and on the finish, yeasty bread, and finally a fairly dry and tart finish. Intriguing characteristics that make we want to take another sip to figure it out.

M: A dry and light mouthfeel.

D: This is a crazy sweet/dry, fruit/bitter, complex brew. I can't tell if it's too complex for me or just a hot mess.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2009 18:43:04 | More by Maction
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown with a billowing tan head that continues to ooze up. Great retention.
S: Strong cherry presence, vinegar, roasted malt.
T: Cherries are a little more subdued than in the smell. Malt is smooth, more of a smokey roast character than chocolate. Grape, cherry, and just a bit of tartness peeks out before a rauch-like woody smoked flavor. Finish is bitter and drying. Complex and incohesive.
M: heavy attenuation/dryness you would expect from a fruited beer with Brett that has been aged. Body is medium-light with moderate carbonation.

This beer was a bit of a disappointment when fresh, and it really hasn’t improved. Not bad, but I’d put it in the pile with the rest of collaborations where the sum doesn’t equal the parts.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 03:25:30 | More by GeezLynn
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outdoor7or24

Georgia

4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into sniffer, Phillip picked up for me at CBX, $16
A: pours a dark chocolate color, thin khaki foam head, some spotty lacing
S: incredible aroma, cherries, chocolate, grapes, slight Brett, Belgian candy sugar, fresh plums, hint of coffee.
M: medium syrupy body
T: cherry, tartness, chocolate, plum, banana from malt, Belgium candy sugar, barnyard funk from Brettanomyces, grape, dry sweet finish
O: complex and full of flavor, 5 stars in my book, this is a great sipper, would get another bottle to age.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 02:35:54 | More by outdoor7or24
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metter98

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark reddish brown (close to near black) in color. It poured with a short tan head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of chocolate malts and cherries in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some hints of roasted malts and sourness. No bitterness is detectable.
M:It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a beer that is both very flavorful and drinkable. It is remiss cent of a light stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 21:13:27 | More by metter98
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml into a duvel glass

A: pours a deep dark murky brown with two and a half fingers of browned head that sticks around for a bit.... Leavs tons of sticky lacing as it recedes, wouldve given the appearance a 4.5 but the head was pushing obnoxious.

S: sour cherry juice and earthy tart Brett funk right up
Front, this brew smells a lot more sour then I expected, which is not a bad thing. I also get a lift roasted note along with coffe
And chocolate from the Malts, smells interestingly delicious.

T: this has an interesting flavor profile, I deffinatly get the sour cheery and earthly brett up front but then in the backbone I get an interesting smoke note that blends into dark fruit, plums, slight prune, along with notes of chocaye and coffee, it makes sense that this is a mash up of a porter and a Dubbel... I also get notes of banna and apple mixed in there as well, and there is deffinatly a vinous character from the Brett, this is a very complex brew.

M: medium bodied with medium carbonation and a creamy porter like mouthfeel.

O: this is a very complex beer, it is a slightly sour cherry chocolate porter with dubbel like quad and Belgian sugar and yeast notes. Very complex, deffinatly an interesting
And different brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 01:16:29 | More by PeterIngemi
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes (late-June tasting), just too busy to get in until today.

On the pour, this beer had tons of head that stuck around for a while. The foam led to somre really lumpy lacing. This beer is super dark. It was technically brown, which you only get while holding it up to the light or get down to the bottom of the glass.

It has a very sour nose. You pick up a ton of cherry. The flavor is very over-whelming.

The beer feels like a porter.

This was a very complicated beer. A little pricey, but well worth it if you can afford it.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 17:58:24 | More by ummswimmin
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark, dark red amber with a slight tan head and lacing. Aroma of cherries and spice with a bit of sour. Starts with light cherry sour, light malt, a moderate vinous flavor that carries through to a somewhat cherry sour, smooth finish. A somewhat astringent bitterness at the finish. Complex and well integrated, with a distinct wine-like component. Faint brett flavor that is satisfactory, but reasserts itself on warming. Moderate body. Nicely made, but finish isn't all that attractive to me. Pricey too.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 23:38:14 | More by LiquidAmber
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womencantsail

California

2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A dark amber color with a little extra dose of brown. Sort of oxidized at this point, but nice cherry and caramel aromas. A bit of brown sugar and toffee, maybe a slight roast. Too much cardboard for my tastes, though. The flavor is similarly old and oxidized. Prunes, plums, and cherries give a decent fruit character and there is a lot of sugary sweetness to it as well. Still can’t quite escape the cardboard.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 18:16:47 | More by womencantsail
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MatthewWilde

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2009 (aged 3 years)

A: Almost completely dark with a deep ruby edge halo, pours a sturdy light brown head that is quite intrepid, moderate internal carbonation, unknown translucency

S: A very complex nose, heavy cherries and dried fruits, some vanilla and sugar cane, even some espresso elements rounded off with a touch of alcohol, quite fragrant

T: A flavor as complex and delicious as the nose, dried fruits, cherries, espresso, malt, chocolate, a bit of funk, almost tastes exactly like a chocolate covered cherry, no alcohol, very flavorful

M: Incredibly smooth, melts in the mouth, perfectly balanced, drinkable, easy on the palate, light fruity aftertaste, not drying in the slightest

O: Nice to look at, fragrant, flavorful, smooth, and complex, one of the better beers I've experienced, definitely worth a try (may have already peaked but still pretty amazing)

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 23:29:05 | More by MatthewWilde
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kojevergas

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high; I think this is my first beer from Bell's Brewery. Cork is labelled "Bell 01". No best before date is visible. A so called "mash-up" of a porter and dubbel according to the label.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger head of nice cream, decent thickness, and average retention considering the ABV. Colour is a weak light solid black. No yeast particles are visible due to its opaque nontransparency.

Sm: Very yeasty, with sour cherry, bacteria, cream, hints of porter-esque chocolate, and subtle fruit esters: grapefruit and apple (of all things). A moderate strength aroma. Complex, but strange. I wouldn't call it appealing or unappealing.

T: Some sour cherry and yeast are the first things I notice. The portery notes - weak chocolate and cream - collide with the rest of the beer, unsettling the balance. I like the cherry. The hop fruit esters hardly come through at all even when I search for them. Some candied sugar. Biscuity malt. Dark malts. The cherry juice on the finish is nice. A strange taste all around. Full bodied. No alcohol comes through. It's pleasant but far from refreshing. I like it, but I'm not looking forward to downing a whole bottle of it. It isn't unique or special.

Mf: Some cream. Smooth and wet. Too thick. Adequately carbonated. Suits the flavours decently.

Dr: Drinkable to an extent - you wouldn't want a full bottle to yourself because it's neither particularly high in quality nor particularly refreshing. I like that they're experimenting, but this needs work. I wouldn't recommend this to friends, nor would I get it again. Extremely pricey for the limited quality. Hides it ABV well. A disappointment coming from brewers that are so respected. I hope Bell's other offerings are better.

Gets a bit better as it warms.

Drank fine out of me goblet. Perhaps a tulip or snifter is best.

I guess it'd age okay. It's not at a good starting point as is.

C+

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 05:47:56 | More by kojevergas
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jsanford

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle pouted into a Tulip Glass.

A - Pours darkest brown with slightly crimson edges and a creamy, khaki-colored head that settles to a slight haze, leaving behind sheets of sticky lacing.
S - Sweet malt, dark chocolate, and tart cherries. Pretty nice, reminds me of a cherry cordial.
T - Taste is pretty close to the nose, lots of dark malt, coffee, chocolate, and more tart cherries. Very similar to Bells Cherry Stout, which makes sense given the collaboration.
M - Smooth and a touch creamy, with a medium mouthfeel and fairly crisp carbonation.
O - A solid beer, and a nice take on the usual Bells Cherry Stout. I had this on-tap a couple of years ago, and this bottle didn't seem quite as good as it was then. Maybe my taste has just changed a bit.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 15:49:55 | More by jsanford
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to malty for dropping this into our annual in-person exchange of good beer at the Great Taste of the Midwest. Always a good five minutes. 750 ML bottle split into two tulips.

Pours dark brown. Interesting nose. Nice tart cherries welded to sweet fruitness. Belgian yeast, too.

Van Twee brings sour to the table that isn't so evident from the nose. Sweet, sugary, spicy yeast play footsy with cherries that are tart tart tart. The roast tilts are the cherry windmill...o-d-d-l-y. Clashing forcefully. Half a big bomber of this is more than enough.

Weird beer. I'm a huge fan of roast, & love a good fruit beer, but the combination here, with the Belgian characteristics, well, I applaud the unique effort, but just doesn't quite work for me. Pretty good brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 03:24:17 | More by maximum12
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this fresh out of the fridge and a little cold. Got a huge, foamy, very frothy, textured light tan head that slowly settled and an amazing amount of very fine lace that totally enclosed the glass. Color is an almost opaque black brown except in the very thinnest part of the glass it seems to be a clear mahoganey. Flavor's similar in many ways to nose, but not nearly as good. At first it starts out wonderful with tart cherry flavored dark malt, but then there's a metallic flavor and some other off tastes. Body is good and carbonation started out good but then quickly goes kind of flat. Finish is like flavor ( and, I walked away from the beer for a while, which rounded & smoothed it out, plus seems to have eliminated the metallic part), understated, although heavier in bitterness than anything else. Not bad, not a hug fan. Proly good to cook with.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 01:11:57 | More by drpimento
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Van Twee (w/ John Mallett) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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