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


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RATINGS: 609   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (8135) - 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 (1837) - 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 donít get much barrel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nickls (1926) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Draft at monkís. Pours a clear amber pour with little head. Aroma is caramel with slight belgian spice. Flavor is very drawn out. Carmel highlights with a slight oak giving it a drawn out, long flavor. Pretty good oak aged strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pellegjr (395) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Bottle, pours dark honey, just a shade darker than the stndard Tjseeses, foamy off-white head, soft aroma of vanilla and stone fruit, similar flavor profile to the standard Tsjeeses but much more smooth an rich, delicious

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Oakes (13186) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
Hazy light brown. Slightly dark than tsjeeses. Aroma is sort of brown sugary, vaguely barrelly. Tastes similar - strong malty and then that ashtray stuff kicks in, ruining it for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Bottle. Nicer looking than the regular, a cinnamon red-orange. Thin lasting cap and scant lace. Aroma is hotter and not as inviting as the regular Tsjeeses. Totally different aromas. Smells like a cauldron due to an overpowering array of European witchesí spices and booze. But the flavors are really nice, albeit with a boozy finish. Anise. Mace. Clove. Allspice. Bitter zest. Aftertaste defined by oakes as ashtray is certainly ashy with slight chalk on palate but like that left by spices, natural bitterness. Nice mulling spice profile. Too boozy but good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reggiedunlop (3405) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Pours a cloudy amber with light sediment...medium tan head...nice retention and lacing. Aroma has lots of light fruit...grape, apple...and some seasonal spice...cinnamon. flavor has some spice and candi sugar...nice delicate hoppiness...hint of raisin...it starts out sweet and moves into spicy and then bitter. Mouthfeel is medium and silky smooth and the finish has a great balance of malty sweetness and delicate hops. This beer was actually tough to describe for me for some reason but damn tasty...much better than regular tsjeeses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
My mind was blown the first time I had the normal Tsjeeses a couple years ago and ever since Iíve been wanting to try the reserva. Finally it hits stores on the west coast. This 33cl bottle pours a hazy orange color with a medium white head and high carbonation. Surprisingly smokey aroma with a hint of orange marmalade as well. Sweet juicy fruit sticks out and a little malt as well, but the fruitiness is pretty overriding. Boozy and sweet with a tannic and dry finish. A little yeasty and rough in the finish. I feel like Iím completely missing this one for some reason.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (9930) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle @ Bull and Bush Christmas tasting. Somewhat hazy, orange appearance with an off white head. Light meat smoky, caramel, toffee, spicy aroma. Meaty smoke, caramel, moderately fruity, toffee, caramel flavor. Strange that I got a bunch of smoke and the previous entries didnít. 2011 vintage.

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