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


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RATINGS: 614   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Oakes (13303) - 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 (3410) - 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 (10028) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4825) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle. Hazy, chucky golden orange pour, with a large frothy head and good lacing. Sticks a lot to the glass. Candy like sweetness, fruit, spicy yeast, pepper, oak, citrus, bread, and caramel. A pretty good tripel, I just donít dig the style too much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4558) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2011
11.2 oz bottle from Cranbury BuyRite. Poured an unimpressive slightly hazed mostly orange/amber body with a smaller super light beige foamy head. Aroma really doensít have much oak added to the Belgian yeast and strong malts which impart lots of raisin, dates, figs, grapes, nuts and bread but the hint of oak remains possible although not really a prescence in this beer. The body was a quick flash of copper followed by the quickest flash of oak with more easily detectable soft carbonation. Flavor of yeast, grapes, prunes, plum, bad nectarines, nutts, breads, slight spice. This seems way more quad like then tripel but what do I know.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maledictum (704) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - NOV 22, 2011
Orange body with large foamy head. Spicy and malty nose. Spicy and fruity taste. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilgrimoutlaw (847) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2011
2009 on tap at Caponeís. Pours muddy orange with whitish head. Aromas of orange, bread, pepper, nuts, pepper. Smooth bodied. Moderately sweet and bitter. Very nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - NOV 20, 2011
33cl bottle (best before: 12/2012), tulip glass. Pours a rather bubbly cloudy orange, with a white head and some visible sediment. Smells of candi sugar, spice, bourbon and a hint of citrus. Tastes of spiced oranges and caramel malt. Creamy and full-bodied; finishes wet. A beautiful and complex beer.

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