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


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RATINGS: 606   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7133) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a dark cream colored head. Fruity aroma with yeast and light oak. Oak and citrus flavor with red fruit, malt, yeast, and spice. Medium bodied. Caramel and spice lingers with yeast, light citrus, and red fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5355) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Thanks to grownfool for this one. Pours cloudy brown, with a loose white head. Smells like grape and some other fruity notes, oak, and...chestnuts? maybe? Tastes like candied grapes, oak and more chestnuts. Some bourbon and vanilla as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arayaga2 (1859) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Even-toned apricot in color with a thin, dense white head, and an apple pear ester profile. Taste is same, with an oddly well-blended woody astringency and alcohol bitterness. Delicate and evaporative, but still substantial. $9/11 oz

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zymurgeist2 (1178) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 21, 2011
On tap at Gourmet Haus. Great plum and other dark fruit aroma, as well as estery aspects. Pours brown with off-white head. Slight lacing but head leaves quickly. Complex malt, dark fruit and sour combine nicely. Medium mouthfeel with yeast on back end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Bottle produced in 2010 pours hazy ruby-orange with dense and creamy yet thin head. Aroma has some musty sourness to it when the beer is too cold, but as it warms many more things become apparent; vanilla-oak, mushroomy earthiness, vinuous minerality/acidity/must, signature "green and purple grape" Struise yeast profile. Taste is incredibly different from the aroma with vanilla, mild malt vinegar acidity, syrupy sweetness, strawberry, biscuit, purple grapes, and a spice/herb profile that can only be described as "umami". Body is medium, velvety, soft carbonation, complex mushroomy/spicy/barrely juicy finish. Overall, every time I try a Struise beer, I am absolutely floored. This is just as unique and complex as anything else I’ve had from them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bax (1227) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2011
(Bottle 20/12-2011) Very large white head, slightly unclear amber color, smooth taste. BB date 16-06-2016.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wavers1 (910) - Notown, California, USA - DEC 19, 2011
not sure of the vintage, had it at least a year so i am thinking ’09, says best before 12-12-12. pours a crisp clear reddish copper with minimal light orange head. drinks pretty well, slightly oaky, slightly spicey. nothing bad with it, but not all that memorable. a solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (7534) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2011
2011 bottle pour is hazy reddish with off white head, aroma brought notes of smoke, dark fruit, molasses, toffee and burnt toast, hints of oak and slight vanilla, some slight white fruit and spice notes in there as well. Taste is a mix of dark fruit and white fruit, hints of caramel and toffee, oak and vanilla quietly poke their head in but the smoke also comes through to dry it out. Interesting brew, not really tripel like but tasted pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tastybeer (1823) - Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2011
On draft. Pour is murky gold with almost no head (could be the bartender). Aroma of fruity esters, light oak, vanilla, citrus, candi sugar. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, fruity esters,vanilla, no oak flavor. Palate is dry, soft, lightly bitter finish. Quite nice though I don’t get much barrel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nickls (1916) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Tap. Frothy white head, murky burnt orange. Bit spicy, vanilla, and orange in the aroma. Nice sweetness and slight spice and vanilla. Medium body with tight carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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