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

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

Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Casey10
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I Felt this was a complex beer it has a distinct sour taste and smell.

A- Dark brown with a minimal head.

S - A dark rasion or grape like smell is smelt from the glass.

T - A dark raison sugar almost quad like bit a bit watery for that not bad though.

M - It is good I liked it and it was solid but not overwhelming.

D - With the stong taste I rated this as good as I would have again but not repetedly

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Photo of zoso1967
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty brown color with a big poof of off-white head. Smell is of prune, cherry, carmel, brown sugar backed by a touch of musty earth. The taste is rather mellow but brings flavors of chocolate, brown sugar, carmel, prune, cherry with a slight bit of earthy funk and barnyard. Medium bodied, very actively carbonated, semi-dry finish. A very nice tasting brew all around, but did not quite meet my standards. Lacks some boldness in the flavor department that could have put this over the top.

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Photo of Xul
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark, effervescent brown capped by a frothy, two finger mocha head. Retention is good and leaves some light lacing down the glass.

S: A mix of semi-sweet chocolate and lightly tart cherries up front, backed upby some light earthy funk, cinnamon, and a bready base.

T: Starts out with a bready base and dark fruits, before moving onto the more prevalent cherries, with both tart and sweet cherries showing up. Some light winter spices (cinnamon and nutmeg, perhaps a bit of clove) lurk in the background, followed by a strong semi-sweet chocolate and roastiness. Finish is a blend of cherries and chocolate with a bit of a yeasty character. A drawn out roasty note comes through in the last part of the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with fairly lively carbonation, smooth with some hints of a prickly nature on the tongue.

D: Goes down very easy and remains interesting through the duration of the beer, wouldn't mind having a few if it were available on tap.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with sherry-colored highlights and a dull tan head. Aromas of plum, banana, caramel, and cherries. A little bit of brettanomyces funk sneaks through the fruit. The front palate is dominated by earthy malt flavors, caramel, coffee and cherry. Mid-palate the brettanomyces starts to show up, as well as some light chocolate notes. The finish is roasty, with touches of tart cherry and stale sourdough bread. Mouthfeel is soft and round, with
moderate carbonation. A good sipper.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark muddy reddish brown color pour with a huge long lasting tan head , lively carbonation , tuns of sticky lacing left down the sides of the glass . Aroma is of earthy sweet malts , ripe fruit , cherries , funk and coffee. Flavor starts with tart cherries and changes to sweeter fruits , dates, plums and rasins , coffee , chocolate , cardboard,dust and leather . short earthy sweet finish , full body with a sticky texture . Quite drinkable and a very good brew Nice .

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled April 2010
A solid pour produces a three finger thick, lightly brown tinged head. The head has quite some staying power and leaves a thick layer of lacing on the sides of my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a deep, dark brown color that shows a hazy, mostly opaque, dark plum color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite fruity up front, with a juicy fruity cherry-skin note that is backed by a rich, toasted, caramelized malt character. Hints of mustiness mix in with the rich malt character and actually the cherry fruitiness is noticeable throughout the beer and even reminds me a bit of a fruity red-wine at times.

A bit fizzy feeling as it first hits my tongue; the beer has a lightish body to it but is not at all thin. It is lightly sweet with a rich, almost molasses, caramelized malt character and it finishes with a touch of cocoa character. There is a nice rich plum character, but without a lot of sweetness, and a subtle, even tart at times, cherry note that lingers just underneath the surface; the cherry character isn't nearly as noticeable as it is in the aroma, but it is still quite noticeable especially as the beer warms. The beer finishes with a touch of mustiness and funk, an even lighter phenolic note that leans towards medicinal; clove flavors are definitely here as well as some woody allspice notes, perhaps a touch of ginger too. The finish, with the slight tartness, has a definite tamarind flavor to it that is quite nice. There is a hint of alcohol warming to this that I can't really taste, but seems to have warmed my ears nicely on this unlikely cool, Tucson evening.

The cherry notes mix in quite seamlessly with the rest of the components of this beer (especially in the flavor), and I would be hard pressed to say these were not just part of the yeast and malt character. This is quite clean yet, as the Brettanomyces doesn't seem like it has really taken hold here. This is quite nice, definitely a good collaboration even if I don't feeled wowed by this beer.

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Photo of danmouer
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of prototypic
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Van Twee pours a dark cola brown color. There's a moderate amount of haze, but light bleeding through gives it a burgundy appearance. A fluffy mocha tan head tops it off nicely. It's nearly three fingers tall and takes its time receding. Sticky strands of lace line the glass. Very impressive.

The nose is good. It kicks off with a whiff of chocolate. Belgian yeast quickly follows and has a strong presence throughout. Good stuff. There's a healthy amount of musky, earthy notes. There's a bit of a funky brett scent, as well. It's rather moderate in terms of strength, and works nicely. Subtle scents of dark fruits and various spices emerge on the tail. Alcohol is blended well.

The flavor is good. Better than I expected. I read that this tastes like 'chocolate covered cherries.' I'm not really getting much of that. There is definitely a nice chocolate flavor. Chocolate malts give it a sturdy base and work extremely well with Belgian yeast. The Belgian yeast is very flavorful. It's musky, funky, and a little sour. But, the sour flavor is more vinegar-esque rather than sour cherries. Just my take. I like the restrained Brett flavor quite a bit. There are some light dark fruit notes and spices rounding it out. Alcohol isn't noticeable at all. It finishes funky and a little sour.

Van Twee felt a tad thin early on, but has graduated to a medium body with a little warming. Carbonation is active and slightly buzzy. Ultimately, the feel is nice and smooth. Drinkability is good. The flavor is good and it isn't too big in terms of abv. Nevertheless, a 750 is way more than enough.

Van Twee is a very nice collaboration between De Proefbrouwerij and John Mallett of Bell's Brewing. I like it quite a bit. It does seem like a little something extra is missing, and that's perhaps why I'm not in love with it. I'm not exactly sure what that is, but it is apparent. The chocolate flavor definitely makes it unique. It's very much worth a try if you haven't had the opportunity.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark garnet with deep brown highlights and a big fluffy tan head with wispy spots of lace.

S - Sweet cherries, fresh baked bread, roasty malts, candy sugar and a flanders red like sourness.

T - Roasty, nutty and bready. Slight cherry hint but you have to search for it.

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Slight hints of alcohol.

D - The aroma and flavor are like 2 completely separate, disjointed beers. I was surprised by the flavor after the aroma. A bit more sour cherry and less roast in the flavor would have worked better in my opinion.

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Photo of albern
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an incredibly complex, interesting, and delightful beer. It isn't cheap, but it is worth the price tag. It pours a perfect 5. The beer is foamy, creamy, lots of luscious brown head, with lacing all over the place. It doesn't get any better. The nose has a whiff of cherry, a bit of balsamic vinegar, some sweetish malts, maybe a lambic sourish aroma too. The nose is good, but the vinegary notes are scary. The creamy, meringue head actually is tasty itself.

The taste is infinitely complex. The beer is a crazy mix of a sourish Flemish red ale and a creamy stout. Each sip brings out something different in this beer. There is chocolate cherry, a bit of tartness, some tangy florals, some more semi-sweet chocolates underneath, some slightly roasted notes, some dark malts, a bit of soury wood aged tannins too. The beer is incredibly smooth, rather light, but not light bodied. The ABV is well hidden, there is no unpleasantness at all in the aftertaste. The finish retains the crazy melange of stout and flemish red. Some of the more noticeable cherry flavors stick around in the finish. This beer is a real treat. L'Chaim.

Re-review November 2010: The Bretty yeasts show up a bit more than is warranted, especially in the nose. The chocolatey dubbel and cherry Flemish Reds are nicely complementary. Why compromise this with wild yeast.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL corked bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a super dark brown; almost black color that produced a nice frothy light tan colored head with some good retention behind it as it clung to the sides of the glass.

(S)- Earthy, with plenty of dry barnyard hay & funk. A great background of roasted malts & subtle dark cherries.

(T)- The tastes comes separately & in three sections: First, it comes out in a dry, earthy, funky dark belgain. Secondly, it briefly turns into almost a kriek on the tonge, but still rather earthy. Lastly, it becomes a delicate yet roasted oatmeal kind of a porter. Lots of layered complexity with a great finish.

(M)- A great carbonation level for the style. An appropriate funk to it with an interesting roastedness. Smooth, yet dry.

(D)- Truly a unique belgain with some american flair. Everything you would expect from a belgain on top of a great tasting-like porter. The cherries are subtle but there; was kinda hoping for more presence from the cherries, but it still turned out great.

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Photo of DIM
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was the darkest dark ale I ever saw. It was an opaque brown, just a degree shy of black. It poured with a thick, sticky, craggy tan colored head.

s: A combination of lightly sour cherries and candi sugar are the most obvious aromas. The brett is there in moderation, blanketing everything without taking over. There was also notes of vinegar, oak, chocolate, wet hay, and a touch of warmth. This was more than a little flandersish.

t: The cherry is more prevelant here. It also seems to lack all the layers I found in the aroma. The candied sugar was particularly difficult to find. There was a fuzzily must brett presence and a bit of chocolate, but straight up cherry flavors took center stage.

m: A little thinner than I expected given the abv. The carbonation was gentle and fizzy. I liked the long, lingering cherry pucker.

d: I liked this quite a bit. I'd like to revisit this one over the years, but I won't because of the price tag.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 7.5% ABV, Bell 01 printed on cork.

Thanks to Sweemzander for bringing this over.

A - Clear dark brown on the pour but almost black in the glass. A dense light khaki head pops up and lowers slowly leaving the classic Belgian lace in rings on the glass.

S - Wow. Very interesting and intoxicating aroma of barnyard funk like horse blanket and damp straw. Dark candi sugar pokes through with porter-like roasted malts and light hints of cherry. The balance on the nose is impeccable.

T - The way the flavor moves fluidly though the changes is fantastic. A Belgian dark ale of deep fruity notes blends seamlessly with a roasted porter taste of toasted and roasted malts and the cherry flavor. Then it ends with a barnyard funk less powerful than the nose. More balanced with the rest of the flavors adding a touch of wet straw and horse blanket.

M - Medium-full bodied with a light funk and a mild cherry tart finish. Smooth and almost silky down the tongue.

D - Splitting a bottle of this is no problem since the balance of flavors is fantastic and it's smooth. Very good. The flavor profile is unique in that it's half Belgian and half American porter almost.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured the 750 mL bottle into an oversized red wine glass to capture the aroma.
A: Dark brown with reddish brown hues, it poured with a massive frothy and dense tan head that died down to a constant head.
S: Cherry, plum, and wine alcohol over farmhouse, earthy Belgian bread malts.
T: Tart cherries and molasses immediately, which die to a caramel, coffee, and chocolate roasted flavor that lingers, while the fruit lingers on the teeth.
M: Frothy, yet crisp with the added fruit, while mildly syrupy.
D: It is really well-balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of Kendo
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Poured from the caged-and-corked (well, a fake, plastic "cork") 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. 2+ finger tannish/light brown head over a dark brown body. Head retains well, leaves good splotchy lace up top, rings of lace on the way down.

S: Definitely notice black cherry soda up front. Also some sort of funkyness.

T: Initial impression: I expected stronger cherries. But with the second sip I get them - -more of a sour/tartness than sweetness. Some coffee is there as well, a hint of chocolate as it warms. Lingering tartness into the aftertaste. That palate-drying tartness is the dominant overall impression.

M: Active carbonation. Feels lighter than expected.

D: OK. Smell is a drawback, but it doesn't keep this one from going down pretty easily.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice collaboration between brewers. Very subtle, in fact too subtle, but still rather enjoyable.

Presentation: 750 ml rubber corked bottle. Simple front label design based on the typography noting in warm colors over a brown background name of the brew, description, and signature of the collaborating brewmasters. Back label includes a lengthy narrative going over the history, intent, and characteristics of the brew. Lacks "best by" or "bottling" date (Albeit this is a 09 release). Notes Alc. by Vol. (7.5%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Black pour with a minimal dark brown hint around the edges. Very rich brown head with good retention, rich lacing and a nice lumpy surface memory.

S - Subtle sour nose, with a hint of cherries touching a predominating funk. There is also a remote and elusive sweet and chocolate touch.

T - The taste follows in a richer manner with a nice sourness, cherry and yeast, that is rather subtle and approachable. Towards the finish some complex notes of chocolate and roasted malts emerge briefly, to close with a subtle fruitiness.

M - Medium body with nice carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish.

D - It's a nice beer and works pretty well. Worth enjoying slowly and letting it warm up a bit to let some complexities emerge. The depth is never quite as rich as the brewers would have one believe but it is fairly articulated nevertheless.

Notes: Enjoyable collaboration. A touch short of spectacular but a top notch quality brew in any case. Maybe a touch overpriced as an import in the US, but I'd be happy to try a follow up to this if there is ever one.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- An aggressive pour from the bottle yielded a massive billowing head- actually 3/4 of the glass was creamy khaki-colored foam, and only 1/4 was beer! The head became exceedingly rocky as it subsided, leaving some INCREDIBLY sticky and proteinaceous lacing behind. The body was an opaque dark brown. No carbonation visible from the sides of the glass after the initial cascading from the pour subsided.

S- A nice funky, vinous, estery and malty nose, reminiscent of a fine kriek-accented flanders brown. Impressions of candy malt, faint barnyard, lactic acid, burnt candy sugar, and stone fruit. Incredibly deep and complex.

T- Disappointingly muted once on the palate [when served cool]. All components detected on the nose are there, but much more mild than anticipated. The finish just falls-off after each swallow. There's some metallic notes on the palate that were not anticipated from the nose. HOWEVER, It opened up a lot as the beer warmed... substantially more Brett than I remember when having it on tap; all the malty, estery, and candy sugar notes begin to hold-their-own. Once warmed to room temperature, it delivers that complexity, with a nice dry finish.

M- A medium to large body. Slightly creamy in texture. The carbonation is abundant, yet soft.

D- Goes down really easy. The alcohol is very well hidden. I intend to kill this 750ml bottle on my own tonight! DEFINITELY DRINK THIS ONE AT ROOM TEMPERATURE!

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I picked this up based upon previous experiences with De Proef beers and Les Deux Brasseurs. This sadly did not measure up for me. It was dark brown, almost black and the head was sizable. The smell was a bit horsey which I like but it didn't last. There was a hint of cherries and spice. The flavor also had a bit of cherries and a tiny bit of funk but overall I did not find anything memorable or enjoyable about this. It was not bad by any means but also was not enjoyable for my palate. I was actually a little bummed that I spent the $15 for this but I'll still try anything else De Proef puts out.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been dying to try this one for a while now and finally got the chance to last night. Opened up the bottle to be able to sit and enjoy TV with. This one was consumed on 02/24/2010.

The pour was phenomenal. Rich dark garnet in color with a huge, towering head of tan that literally just would not quit. Insane lacing then proceeds to thicken up and layer up and down the entire inside of the glass. Huge head, maybe three inches in height just would not quit and even ten minutes in this still looked like a monster of epic proportions. Aroma was a bit of a let down for me as it just didn't to have nearly the intense nature I was hoping for. Dark fruits, cherries, figs, a hint of a dark yeast strain and a touch of grain all combine to form a well rounded, albeit not as intense a profile. Warming brought a touch of tart out of it, but again nothing really coming across to me as being especially intense. Flavor was very nice for a strong Belgian. Nice use of malts, dark, foreboding taste, dark cherries, prunes, hints of figs and a nice and well rounded flavor. Slight drying, and slight tartness on the tongue on the finish and the medium to full body really seemed to fit in quite well. Not a hint of the abv showing and this made for a very enjoyable experience. 

Overall very solid, though not as good as some of the others in the series I still think it worked quite well. Not as tart and full of cherries as I would have hoped, but I think it worked for the style.

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Photo of ccrida
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into my large Duvel tulip, Van Twee is very dark garnet with a big, frothy light tan head leaving huge chunks of foamy lace.

Smell is really complex, and intense. Roasted/chared dark malts, some butterscotch and cherry, like a baltic porter.

Taste is crazy - from my first sip, I though whoa, too much, way disjointed. Like this nose, this reminds me of a take on a baltic porter, but exaggerated. Very baltic porter like, it's got that nutty/buttery strong porter flavor, but with cherries, which are more pronounced then the nose. The brett is not very strong, mostly on the finish, but a side note at best...

Mouthfeel is on the drier side but with some slickness, medium bodied.

Drinkability is okay, but for some reason, it just didn't really come together for me...

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Photo of koopa
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle poured into a Sam Adam's Laser Etched glass.

Appearance: Pours an attractive light brown with lots of garnet folds. The head is 2 fingers, off white, shows lots of retention, and some lace.

Smell: Loads of Belgian yeast, black currants, a touch of dark cherries. Not very well balanced or refined. I'd like some rock candy added to the nose.

Taste: Sames as the nose but with a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and fairly carbonated.

Drinkability: Not bad but I'm not digging the flavor profile.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Pours an opaque cappuccino, nearly black, with a lovely finger or two of beige head that laces fairly nicely. The smell is unique, with a surprising amount of roast, some wood, some coffee, and, of course, some cherry, which also lends a secondary bit of tart. The taste has elements of dark malts, plums, figs, and a tinge of roasted wood, all the while running a strain of sour cherry beneath it all. The aftertaste holds a bit of that hardy coffee from the nose, while still maintaining that tart cherry as well, the latter lingering longer than the former. The body is not too heavy and everything runs smoothly, allowing this brew to keep a decent drinkability, though it seems to be more of a sipper than a true drinker.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, nearly impenetrable black with a nice light tan head that retains pretty darn well leaving good lacing.

Nose is quite complex. Some flemish notes of vinegar and oak, and a touch of wild yeast, but subdued a bit. The cherry is actually quite prominent in the nose, which does compliment the flemish notes in the nose very well. Almost some lurking chocolate malt in there as well.

Complexity is certainly not lacking in the flavor as well. Definitely some more porter like notes here than there were in the nose. On the other hand, definitely less flemish notes in the taste than there were on the nose, but they are definitely here, and the brett makes its presence known without overwhelming. Slight flemishy vinegar, but not as strong as it would be in your average flemish tart brew. The cherry juice is a nice addition, and helps meld the two styles pretty well. The finish has slight bitterness, but certainly not alot of hop flavors. The aftertaste brings more subtle porter roastiness and lingering cherry.

Mouthfeel is a tad thinner than i would like, but its pretty good. The carbonation could be toned down just a tad. Nice and dry on the finish.

Drinkability is pretty good, but this is a very complex beeer that needs to be enjoyed over a long period of time. There is a tad of alcohol presence, but nothing severe.

Overall, this is much better than it sounded. The description sounds like a long shot amalgam of flavors and styles, but they've actually pulled it off. The cherry juice is sort of key here becuase it really works with both styles and sort of brings them together without making this one too much of a mess. Some skilled brewing in here. Well done.

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Van Twee (w/ John Mallett) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
3.96 out of 5 based on 165 ratings.
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