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


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RATINGS: 684   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Advocate_Ames (558) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Impressive. The flavor is delightful. The caramel malts taste great along with sweet spices (nutmeg), & nuts. I would even recommend this ale to Santa himself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheCametron (2266) - CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 22, 2012
Bottle at Craigs. Pours Amber with a white head. Aroma is sweet Toffee malt. Slighly more mellow that the original (which I actually prefer). There’s a well balanced candy sweetness with a degree of spice that works very well. A sweet, lovely finish. It’s delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 21, 2012
Bottle, thanks Craig. Golden with a thin white head. Caramel and yeast ester aroma. Similar taste, esters and caramel. More mellow than the standard

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 21, 2012
In bottle. Pours a dark golden amber colour with a fair beige head. Aroma of spiced pumpkin, treacle, oak, bubblegum and alcohol. Flavour is a little vegetal with nutmeg, cloves, hazelnuts and black pepper. A dry finish and moderate carbonation. Hazelnuts and alcohol linger nicely.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rodenbach99 (3976) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2012
Petite bouteille partagée avec Patrick. Bière cuivrée avec une mousse beige. Le nez offre des arômes d’épices de noël, de la fumé, des cerises, une touche boisé par les bretts. Ce nez semble être de triple de noël, mais la bouche est poussiéreuse, sucrée avec du caramel. Un drôle de produit qui ne m’a pas plus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SlovakSniper (4610) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 3, 2012
Une dégustation offerte par rodenbach99. Merci! Un liquide à la robe ambrée ou orangée ou rougeâtre, c’est selon. Une petite tête beige qui fait belle figure. Un nez tout aussi étrange dans cette version vieillie. Beaucoup de choses qui ont la queue glissante: des fruits, des malts sucrés, de la terre et de la fumée, des épices de Noël, du poivre et des odeurs qui proviènnent du règne végétal, parfois incertaines mais toujours pénétrantes et passablement agréables. Beaucoup de choses aussi qui accaparent les papilles. Une levure fruitée et des malts roux avec ce murmure de fumée et ce mélange non-identifiable d’épices et d’aromates qui s’amusent constamment à modifier l’excitation gustative de cette proposition. En bouche, un corps assez complet avec un apport de bulles convenable et une texture crémeuse. Une finale passablement maltée avec des notes de fumée et de cendre. Pour le moins une bière iconoclaste qui est sans doute intéressante à boire au moins une fois dans sa vie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3107) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2012
Pours amber and murky with a decent white head. The aroma brings sweet berry like grapes on the nose, from the oak maybe, really smooth without so much booze as I was expecting. The flavor brings some sweet, slightly syrupy grape/berry notes that settle pleasantly on the tongue, a bit too sweet almost but most enjoyed on my palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerbeer (2810) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 13, 2012
330 ml bottle. 2010 vintage. Pours a deep orange/brown with full head that dissipates but does not go away. Aromas of ripe fruit and toffee plus a bit of smoke. Rich and complex. Flavors of roasted malts, caramel, caraway, and hints of wood/vanilla. Dry finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (5076) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Bottle, faced. Pours a murky caramel color with clearish lacing, and clear bubbles even present in the body of the beer, dont see that too often. Aromas of peach, rust, brown sugar, spicy yeast, earthy hop resins. Taste is spicy yeast, apricots, belgian candy sugar, subtle wood notes. 10 percent hidden exceptionally well. Unique tripel that finished slightly vinous and sweet with some oaky caramel aftertaste. Warmer the better for this brew. Amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Poured into a LA snifter. Lot C with an 8 and a 10 highlighted, whatever that means. 4.0 A: Deeply hazed orange plum color. Three fingers of beige, frothy head. Retention is very good and a good bit of lacing is left. 4.0 S: Plenty of spices in this. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and a touch of clove. Light pepper from the yeast. Currants, plums, figs, raisins, and dates. Lightly bready malts with a moderate sweetness. 4.0 T: Tastes like the nose. All the spices mentioned. All the fruits mentioned. The two components work well together. Lightly bready, sweet, with a mild bitterness. 4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be a bit spritzier and creamier, but good enough. 4.0 D: Solid beer. Great integration of spices and fruits. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-14-2012 00:06:56

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