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


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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 12, 2012
Bottle @ home. Aroma is quite yeasty, some fruits, some wood, all a bit murky because of the yeast. Flavour is again quite yeasty, some wood, bourbon and vanilla, some caramel, some light roasty malt. Too bad the yeast didnít settle (even after two weeks rest), itís more like a de dolle beer now. Some warming alcohol in the finish.
Earlier Rating: 9/27/2010 Total Score: 3.6
í09 Bottle @ BBF í10. Aroma is quite fiant overall but some fruit, liquorice yeast spices and malt can be found when paying close attention. Flavour is quite sweet with lotís of caramel, malt and candy sugar. I like the regular better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (1038) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 8, 2012
11.2 ounce bottle purchased a year ago at Best Damn Beer Shop ($8.99). According to the label, this bottle was produced in August 2010. Pours a brown hue with yellow/red highlights, lots of floaties, and two fingers of light tan foam. Aroma of buttery toffee, honey wheat bread, candied fruit, some holiday spice, and Belgian yeast. Flavor of candied / dark fruit, brown sugar, dark caramel, sweet-ish malts, honey, and spice. Not much oak or barrel in here, though. Gently warming, but the high ABV is rather well hidden here. Hmmm...when I bought this a year ago, this was categorized here as an abbey trippel but now it is a saison??? However classified, this was very good and nice for a very cool day in San Diego. (369, 747)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Furseth (2081) - Kungšlv, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2012
Bottle @ Monks Porter House in Stockholm! at the label it stands Reserva 2010: Hazy red colour, big creamy head. Aroma was dominated of lots of sweet maltynes, and belgian fruity yeastynes,caramelly, citrus, flowery, an complexity, who can be a bit difficult to explain :-) Flavor had a nice smouth mouth feeling of sweet maltynes, fruits, caramellynes. Big body, long fruity/sweet/yeasty finish, and fantstic copmlexity in the end. Werry nice indeed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
finol (3040) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle. Pours redish brown with a yellowis head. Nice warming alcoholic aroma with some dark fruits. Odd taste, tart saison, some plums and chocolate, but most of it drowns in the burbon making it too alcohol and bourbon.
Earlier Rating: 9/16/2011 Total Score: 3.7
Bottle from Cracked Kettle. Pours hazy amber with a shortlasting head. Fruity aroma of grapes and red currant. Fruity and bit dry taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (3904) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2012
Bottle. Almost clear, amber liquid with medium to big, foamy off-white head. nice lacing. Aroma of raw sugar, banana, wood, red berries, clove, caramel, cachaca and some light coconut. Hides the booze well. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with a belgian spiciness and notes banana, orange peel and raw sugar. Full bodied with medium to high carbonation. Nice stuff, though not much of a bourbon character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Assuming my bottle is not BBA, since I donít detect the least bit of bourbon. 2010 vintage. Pours an amber orange with medium slightly off-white head, no lacing, and lots of sediment. Aroma of a spicy belgian yeast, toffee, caramel, oak, and a slight floral hop character. Flavor matches well and comes together quite wonderfully. For a 10% ABV beer, this goes down quite easily. Want some more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - OCT 22, 2012
Botella @ KingCecilís birthday party. Amber colour, off-white head, medium sized. Malty sweet yeasty bit spiced pleasant aroma. Good mouthfeel. Sweet toasty malty caramel dark fruity and yeasty flavour with bit spice to it.
Earlier Rating: 9/23/2008 Total Score: 3.9
Botella. Golden orange hazy colour. Medium beige head. Good lacing. Aroma of sweet ripe fruits, malt and alcohol. Very good mouthfeel. The flavour has a pleasant fruity sweetness with yeast, some wood, malt and a nice mild bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Canít believe this is a saision as Iím reading on ratebeer. Old world smell. Leather. Relaxed and yummy. Just really easy to drink. Goes down like itís soda. Light for a fully bodied beer. Sweet Malts that taste of cream soda. Honey suckle. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
n0mel (250) - FINLAND - OCT 18, 2012
(From notes 17 Oct, 2012) Bottle. Large, fluffy white head. Hazy amber color. Aroma is spicy with cloves standing out from the crowd. Some sugar and malty sweetness. The aroma is in the neighbourhood of Belgian Christmas beers (spicy). Tastes sweet with some alcohol. Creamy mouthfeel, not much bubbles. Finish is sweet and warming.

This was sweet and smooth and overall an enjoyable beer. Will have to try the regular Reserva again for comparison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NosirIwont (2328) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2012
Bottle. Best before 12.12.12. Pours a murky golden amber/brown with lots of residue which doesnít want to settle down. Off-white head, decent lacing. Sweet, dark fruit aroma, rather oxidised; a bit cloying. Flavour is much the same; sweet and oxidised with dark fruits. Light perfumy note as it warms. Malty, bitter finish with a slight alcohol burn and more oxidation, the latter not being as dominant as in the aroma and the initial flavour. Sherry/port note as it warms. Overall okay, but I thought it would have held up better against oxidation; I can enjoy oxidation, but in this case, it doesnít improve on the beer, but rather the opposite; itís too dominating except for in the finish. 17.10.12.

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