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


on tap

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RATINGS: 704   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadRobin (2797) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - DEC 11, 2012
On tap 4 oz. pour at Churchkey in Logan Circle neighbohood, Washington, DC. Hazy, orange amber with off-white head and very good lacing. Aroma of spicy yeast, toffee, caramel, oak and fruit. Taste of spicy peppery yeast, toffee, oak, caramel and fruit. Full body and medium/low carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1271) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2012
33cl bottle from Discount Liquor Milwaukee, 2011 vintage. Pours a Deep amber color with a thin white head and some floaties. Aroma is fruity, raisin, plum. Medium on the palate with light, soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, spicy, cinnamon or nutmeg maybe, a little boozy, brown sugar, with a light, sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ktwse (3963) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2012
Pours hazy amber with low white head. Aroma of caramel malt, toffee, banana. Taste is sweet with distinct bourbon. Loads of whisky in the finish! Medium, creamy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kryon (2621) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2012
Same aromas that the PBA. Ok overall. Pours foggy light amber with no head. Nicer, fresher taste. Typical belgian yeasty taste. Freah citrusy, bready. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eructoblaster (3806) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2012
Bottle - 330ml. Cloudy dark amber body with ruby glints and an average off-white foamy/creamy head. Well balanced malty/hoppy aroma with fruity and herbal hints. Alcohol is very well hidden. Its complex malty/hoppy taste carries yeasty, fruity, vineous, and nutty notes. Ends with a long, warming bittersweet finish. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chudwick (2782) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - NOV 26, 2012
11.2oz bootle - pours opaque orange with a finger of tan head and thin lacing. Nose is alcohol, pear, basement aromas, fruit, and brown sugar. Flavor simply adds toffee. Not what I would call a saison, but more of a yeasty tripel. Flat as can be. Hides the ABV very well. Mildly sweet. Expectations were not met, sadly. Would I drink more? Yes, but not for the price I paid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9089) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 26, 2012
33cl bottle from Geers, BB 26-12-2017. Cuivree-orangee, fin beige. Arome laisse une plaisante note de bourbon, pointe de sucre de cane. Fruite caramelise, note d’abricot. Profile de bouche reste tres belge, sucre candi avec un bourbon nettement plus agreable que sur la version Porto sur un boise modere. Le tout est rechauffant avec une pointe d’esters fruites; abricot-sucre. La cane a sucre donne un fini unique avec un malt legerement pale-caramel et une breve amertume venant en fin de bouche.
Earlier Rating: 6/11/2009 Total Score: 4.4
July 1st 2010 re-rate. 75cl bottle shared with Travlr, Bigmomma and Urbain at Struise. Dec ’08 bottle. pours copper, light white head. aroma fruity, peach, mirabelle, hints of walnuts giving a very mild nutty aroma. flavors, highly complex, peach/raisins and mirabelle come through quite nicely along with a faint addition of wood/oak bitterness along with that of the fruits. Palate reminded me of a French white wine, some mild notes of sugar cane also noted although the overall palate remains nicely sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle from mi-orge, mi-houblon. Hazy dark chestnut, lacing off-white head, explosive bottle. Nose yeasty, woody, fizzy, damp, sweet, plums, malt, touch of candied orange peel. Mouth is alcoholic, woody, sweet, dark fruit, plum, some nutmeg. Sweet sugary end mellows out into spirit burn. Warm vanilla aftertaste. Nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Abio (1859) - Waasland, BELGIUM - NOV 16, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2014 Side by side with the PBA version. Orange-brown beer with an ok head. The smell of this one is slightly better for me, specially when warming up. Some fruity sweet bourbon gets trough, a bit of wood and yeast. The taste is less as the Tsjeeses Reserva I tasted before. Less powerfull, and more simple for some reason. Needs some kind of a boost, but slightly better as the PBA for me.
Earlier Rating: 6/3/2010 Total Score: 3.6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen1 (4754) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 15, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2013 Fra flaske på Cardinals juleøltreff nov-12: 2010-utgaven iflg etiketten. En saftig belgisk tripel (men litt bitrere enn mange). Fyldig, kompleks og med laang ettersmak. Watch out for this! Må ha den igjen... Og det fikk jeg på årets siste Cardinaltreff des-13 (også denne gangen 2010-utgaven): smaker det litt brent eikefat og hasselnøtter? Bløt munnfylde, intens og god. Vinkelhastigheten er eksemplarisk godt kamuflert.

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