Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Oostvleteren, Belgium


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RATINGS: 620   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Barley malt, hops, cane sugar, yeast and spices. Aged in oak barrels
225 litres (four barrels) of Tsjeeses were aged on oak for 6 months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (2067) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2012
Bottle from RamyG4. Pours dark hazy cloudy amber copper colored with a quick white soapy head that dissipates to a soapy film and some lacing. Aroma is citrus lemon and caramel malt with a good bread like yeast spice all around. Taste is more sweet lemon and yeast with caramel fruits and spice. Palate is full and sticky with a chalky dry finish. Very enjoyable beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2012
Aroma of Garam Masala (confirmed this), alcohol, and musty yeast. ( the regular Tsjeeses smells more like cumin and coriander without the cinnamon and cloves in Garam Masala). That being said the obvious alcohol in the aroma detracts from it's good qualities. Both are hazy amber with small white head. Both are just a bit thin, but the Reserva less so. The Reserva is a lot more rounded and much sweeter. Chardonnay Barrels???Also herbal bitters are present in both but more so in the regular Tsjeeses .. Just a touch of alcohol at the end which gives a hint of a phenol like tingling of the tongue like a sucrets, which is actually kind of pleasant. A sweet maltiness is noted in both the aroma and flavor of both versions. Tsjeeses 7/4/4/7/16/38 vs Reserva 6/4/5/8/17/40. Got both bottles from Sun Devil and seriously doubt they are very fresh or well kept which could definitely drop my rating on the regular because I got the last regular Tsjeeses from Papago which takes much better care of there beers. Both were very pricey. The Reserva more so. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (13912) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 19, 2012
Clear dark amber with a huge and lasting off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, fruity and yeasty. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Sweet finish with warming alcohol. Smooth, oily and soft. Very complex. Absolutely fantastic. 190412

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeSammy (558) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2012
Could have gone lighter on the alcohol. Heat present on back of my palate, malt to balance height alcohol is definitely there. Mocha notes?, dark fruits, not full mouthfeel with full carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - APR 4, 2012
Bottle from Timfoolery, Pours a cloudy light brown and smells of sweet candy. Tasted of dark fruits, carmel and other sweet malty goodness. Nice and easy on the palate. Didn’t notice the 10% ABV until I started to feel the buzz.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - APR 3, 2012
Wow. Big dense head. Lots of stewed apricots, a bit of cinammon and apple, even some strawberry jam! Big flavour hit. Nice, full body. As with my past experiences with struise this has a VERY soft nose for such a big, brash beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (11260) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Bottle shared by Doodler ( thanks Scott!) poured a hazy amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel, toffee, spice, light oak and light anilla. alate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, toffee, oak, vanilla and light spice with a smooth lingering spiced toffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (14844) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2012
Bottle from Voldby. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are rich malt, caramel, yeast, dried fruits, wood and hops. Nice and sweet that hides the alcohol very good. Long sweet finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (890) - BELGIUM - MAR 17, 2012
TSJ n°11. Then the same brewing I have tasted with the Tsjeeses "no" reserva. What a difference !!! If it’s the only fact of a 6 months in oak barrels more (info of the website as commercial coment ... I haven’t verified..), it’s a total revolution. First reason : no smoke at all (as in the single version) Deuxième raison : un arôme quasi de trappiste, avec des notes deprunes, de cake aux pommes, de croissant, et une pointe de beurre de Normandie. (Bon, c’est vrai le nez du "single" Tsjeeses n’était pas mal non plus, et ne laissait aucunement présager de la bouche pleine de fumée...) Troisième raison : une première bouche très jolie, sur de la figue, du raisin avec pourriture noble, de la datte et des pruneaux . Quatrième raison : une seconde bouche très équilibrée mais forte, dans le style trappiste. Mouthfeel, isn’t it ? Cinquième raison : une finale vineuse, à la texture un peu huileuse, remplie de superbes épices, mais toujours très équilibrée. Le bonheur de retrouver la qualité des Struise (DSB), après l’impasse de ce Tsjeeses qui m’a fait très peur hier (ooooh Tsjeeses !!) Conclusion : don’t be afraid to buy a Tsjeeses, but look if it’s well a Reserva, except if you like to live in a "smoky country" as the foggy Tsjeeses. (Please could you notice that I haven’t say f....)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Bottle pours a copper with lively head. Tastes smells of spice banana dark fruit oak. Awesome beer top on my list of Christmas beers can’t get enough of it.

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