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


on tap

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RATINGS: 620   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (10070) - 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 didn’t. 2011 vintage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4913) - 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 don’t dig the style too much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4678) - 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 doens’t 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 (718) - 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 (865) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2011
2009 on tap at Capone’s. 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Shared this Shawn and Sean on our weekend trip to Antwerp @ the Kulminator. Pours a hazy amber color. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, wood, some fruit and spice. Taste is outstanding balance of sweet malts/fruits and some alcohol heat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (4661) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Pours hazy copper / brown with an off-white head. The aroma has candy sugar, toasted malt, dark berries, oak, toffee, alcohol, spice and figs. Medium / full body that’s rich with soft, but full, carbonation. The flavor starts out with toasty malt, woodiness, caramel, toffee, peaches, nectarines, dark berries and hints of oak aging. The finish some some alcohol warmth, spiciness, pears and vanilla. Nice unique beer that sure doesn’t seem like a tripel to me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 12, 2011
(11.2oz bottle from AJs Arcadia). Pours a cloudy dark orange-brown color with think white head. There is a good bit of small sedimentation in suspension. Aroma is grape, sweet wine, wood, candied sugar and ripe berries. Taste is sweet with more grapes and some metallic notes. Light bitterness. Full bodied with a sticky texture. Super smooth finish. Aside from the slight metallic element, this is a superb beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Camons (7619) - Hasselager, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2011
Bottle @ Ølkonsortiet christmas beer tasting. Pours dark golden with a offwhite head. Aroma of sweet bready malts, fruit, raspberries, vanilla. Taste is heavy sweet malts, caramel, sweets, fruit, raspberries, vanilla. Medium body, soft carbonation, light notes of alcohol. Very nice. 051111

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