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


on tap

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RATINGS: 690   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hirigalzkar (2789) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark amber with a finger-thick off white head. Notes of alcohol, clove, vanilla and dough in aroma. Notes of leather, caramel, cooked vegetables, vanilla and alcohol in taste. Warming and cozy but entirely in balance (Yet? What about some time in the cellar?).
Earlier Rating: 8/9/2009 Total Score: 4.2
Bottle. Hazy copper red with a thick and creamy white head. Fruit, yeast and spices in aroma. The flavour is really complex with hops and peppery spices. Mouthfeel and body is just perfect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
greenclansman (903) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - OCT 9, 2012
No 11 Golden color, nice aromas...and taste. The level of alcohol is well hidden in the taste... Nice beer,but for sure not the best Tripel out there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimmythespoon (472) - - OCT 8, 2012
Cloudy orange. Nice caramel sweetish finish. Alcohol well hidden. wonderful beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingCecil (2081) - DENMARK - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle @ my birthday ´12 it pours light murcky dark golden with a small white head.... the aroma is caramel, butter and some alcohol notes .... the flavor is caramel, full body, butter and some alcohol flavors....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (7712) - Helsinge, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle at Kingcecil Birthday Tasting. It pours hazy deep amber with a medium off white head. The aroma is sweet fruity with lots of caramel and spicy notes. The flavour is yeast, spices, light bourbon, ripe fruit and light vanilla in the finish.
Earlier Rating: 9/2/2008 Total Score: 3.9
Bottle at Ulfborg RB tasting. Courtesy of Brugmansia. The colour is cloudy amber with a longlasting white head. Spicy and hoppy aroma with fruity notes. Flavour is spicy with coriander and fruity hops. Complex beer indeed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (7806) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2012
24/IX/2012 - 33cl bottle "BBA" from Geers (Oostakker) @ home - BB: 26/12/17 (2012-1078)

Clear amber beer, small off-white head, unstable, bit adhesive. Aroma: lots of caramel, some milk chocolate, dried fruits. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: caramel, little bitter, raisins, sweet, bit of chocolate, fruity, dried apricots, some citrus. Aftertaste: caramel, sweet, some vanilla touches, fruity, little bitter.
Earlier Rating: 12/28/2011 Total Score: 4.4
26/12/2011 75cl bottle 2009 vintage @ Akke’s place - BB: 12/12/12 (2011-734)

Bit cloudy amber to light red beer, small off-white head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: sweet fruits, honey, woody, some pepper, bit of sugar. MF: low to no carbon, full body, oily texture. Taste: fruity start, peppery, wild honey, sweet malts, some citrus fruits, sweet peaches, tobacco notes, vanilla, touch of whiskey. Aftertaste: little sweet, honey, slightly tobacco.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TET (2490) - Kaarina, FINLAND - SEP 28, 2012
A reddish brown beer with a weak and beige head. Aroma of fruits, dried fruits, lots of toffeeish sweetness, some yeast and spices; overally, aroma is fruitfull and sweet. Taste is also fruitfull and quite sweet, yeast, some strenght from alcohol, hint of marsmellows, drying spices that concentrates in the aftertaste. Also some dark fruits and even dry smoke can be found from the taste. Full bodied and quite slowly to drink. Quite controversial but tastefull beer, complex and fruitfull, barley wine -nuancees.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (3376) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Side by side with regular Tsjeeses. The beer appears a hazy and murky copper hue with a thin cap. The aroma offers Belgian yeast, bread, booze, malt, caramels. Smells nice. The aroma and flavor are distinctly Belgian in nature. A graceful flavor and feel on the palate. Soft and elegant with just a gentle wrming alcohol finish. Lingering notes of caramels and yeasty bread. Fairly light in body with moderately low carbonation. Another solid beer from De Struise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
olsvammel (5513) - Örebro, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2012
Bottle from the shop in Brugges. Similar to normal Tsjeeses, but thinner body and milder flavour. Also some earth cellar. I actually prefered the normal version to this. Although still a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbeatty (1240) - New York, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Bottle, 09/16/2012, tasted after port version. Pours dark amber (darker than port version), burnt orange, off-white head, low retention, decent lacing. Aroma of dried fruit- sweet golden raisins- toffee malts, spices, booze, subtle bourbon finish. Taste of white fruits and yeast, Christmas spices, caramel, bourbon finish with some heat. Full body. Barrel is a bit more on display in this version, but still well integrated. Nice.
Earlier Rating: 1/30/2012 Total Score: 3.1
750 ml bottle, best before 12/12/2012: ?? vintage. 01/30/2012. Pours hazy burnt copper, transparent around the edges, foamy haze head which dissipates in short order. Nose is very spicy, with peppers, thyme, rosemary, dark fruits, smoky vanilla. Taste has gone a bit sour, I don’t remember this in a more recent bottle- tart apples, sherry, sweet vinegar, lingering fruity aftertaste, sugary.. Mouthfeel is thin. Don’t believe this is as intended, will re-rate another bottle in the future.

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