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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 707   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jshie234 (10) - Clinton Township, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Tsjeeses Reserva, bottle from 2010 I believe. Pours almost a pinkish amber, 1-finger head which disappears quickly. Aroma has tons of fruit ( cherries, plum, grapes), Christmas spices, and candy. Very easy drinking and quite potent. I make it a point to get a bottle of this brew every year for New Years Day! ---Rated via Beer Buddy

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJestersBeer (2391) - SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2013
330ml bottle, 2011 vintage. Pours a hazy, deep straw, with a white head. Spicy aroma, cloves, yeast, phenols, wood, vanilla. Off-dry, medium body and bitterness, balanced CO2. Spicy, appropriately phenolic taste, cloves, caramel, orange peel, yeast, balanced wood notes. Very nice indeed. (2012-12-31)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaartenRF10 (1864) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2012
In whiskey glass. Clear dark amber, off white head. Not as much bourbon as I?d hoped. Some wood, hardly any vanilla. Full body, rather high carbo. Gets better when it warms up, with more oak and vanilla.
Earlier Rating: 12/27/2011 Total Score: 4.4
What a difference with the "normal" tsjeeses. Cloudy dark amber, lasting creamy beige head. The oak is really prominently present in the taste, which makes this far more interesting than most other winterbeers!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prokroustis (689) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - DEC 30, 2012
Cloudy copper colour with a big off white head. Great sweet and yeasty aroma with caramel, spices, honey, brown sugar, some wood and orange. Excellent flavour with spices and fruits (orange, kiwi, banana), honey and cereal, a small hint of whiskey. Not as potent as the other aged Tsjeeses but just as great.
Earlier Rating: 9/20/2011 Total Score: 4.2
Beautiful cloudy dark orange body with a tan head. Malty aroma with caramel, spices, licorice, dark fruits, orange. Great yeasty sweet flavour, caramel, some wood, fruits, spices. A great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MacBoost (1744) - Penfield, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Pours a pretty cloudy amber with a thin white head. Aromas of dirty Sanchez, some herbs. Taste is flowery ass fingerings, Alabama hotpocket. Drunk. I’m pretty sure this beer is OK.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (12504) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2012
2011 vintage. Gusher! It pours hazy amber with a medium beige head. The nose is caramel, kiwi fruit, candied peel, banana, wood, christmas pudding, spice, vanilla and alcohol sting. The taste is orange, pomello, marmalade, alcohol, oak, slight astringency, spice, bourbon, vanilla, icing sugar and panettone with a dry, boozy finish. Full body, lively carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. I prefer this to the regular reserva, but it is rather boozy...
Earlier Rating: 12/30/2012 Total Score: 3.3
Bottle BBF 12.12.12. It pours hazy orange-amber with a small off-white head. The nose is oak, fresh orange juice, vanilla, coconut, lightly oxidised and unami notes. The taste is orange peel, light marmalade, wood, spice, earth, caramel, banana, over-ripe fruit, unami and warming alcohol with a dry, lightly citric finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Definitely a beer than transcends style. Good depth of flavour, but I’m not in love with it...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CasperRuben (63) - - DEC 30, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2013 Interesting color: kind of red/orange/brown/yellow, nice white/reddish head. The taste is also very interesting: it is very very balanced. It doesn’t have the amount of bitterness and carbonation you would expect in this style, which I really like. Combine this with the full bodied, yet not overpowering, sweetness, and you have a very great beer!
Earlier Rating: 12/30/2012 Total Score: 4.3
Interesting color: kind of red/orange/brown/yellow, nice white/reddish head. The taste is also very interesting: it is very very balanced. It doesn’t have the amount of bitterness and carbonation you would expect in this style, which I really like. Combine this with the full bodied, yet not overpowering, sweetness, and you have a very great beer!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gyllenbock (7697) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle from Systembolaget. A bit hazy amber with a small head. Aroma of malt, yeast, some alcohol, bourbon and some spices. About the same in the taste. Also dried fruit and toffee. Rather thick mouthfeel. Descent.
Earlier Rating: 7/10/2012 Total Score: 3.6
Bottle. A bit hazy orange/amber with a medium white head. Sweet aroma and taste of toffee, yeast, some spices, malt and some wood. Not bad.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ContemplateBeer (1996) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 29, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2012 Aroma of fruitcake, nutmeg, nougat, oak, orange peel. Appearance is trick caramel brown with light tan head that coats the glass. Flavor of orange marmalade, cake, butter nips and pie crust; alcohol not terribly noticeable. Palate is medium bodied, slick texture, average carbonation. Pretty outstanding.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (9469) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 28, 2012
BBA Vintage 2011 Dense yellow amber head, over foxy-amber beer, well-carbonated. Alcoholic-fruity nose, some caramel, hints at fusels, bananaester. Faint mineral smell, salty. Sweet-fruity-alcoholic repeated in the mouth. Again banana, strawberry liqueur (Delphi?), alcohol-preserved fruits. Surprisingly missing: vanilla, oak, ...Bourbon? Delightfully missing: the spices, more apparent in the other Tsjeeses versions. Spritzy, quite slick, rather well-bodied, alcoholwarming. Best Tsjeeses so far.
Earlier Rating: 7/10/2008 Total Score: 3.6
Hazy hazelnut-brown beer with small yellowish head. Shoe-polish, very spicy, nectarine, perfumey aromas. Coriander, human sweat, fruity esters, good malt backing. Celery in the finish. Medium to well-bodied, very sticky. Too perfumed-spicy for my liking, but still quite interesting. Txs to both Carlo and Dirk!


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