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

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RATINGS: 694   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TET (2540) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (3406) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
olsvammel (5720) - ÷rebro, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbeatty (1241) - 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 donít remember this in a more recent bottle- tart apples, sherry, sweet vinegar, lingering fruity aftertaste, sugary.. Mouthfeel is thin. Donít believe this is as intended, will re-rate another bottle in the future.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Storm_Warning (82) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2012
Currently drinking while typing. We start with a rich aroma of sweet fruity maltiness, almost smells like peaches and pineapple, no hints of alcohol on the nose really just sweetness and a light wood note. Pours a coppery amber colour with a bubbly off-white head which didnít last too long. The taste is maybe a bit too sweet for a tripel, sweet Danish bread and malts are prominent and combine well with a gentle hint of oak. Slight resinous hops in the back of a pleasant aftertaste. Nice medium/full body, the texture is slightly slick with a soft carbonation. Very nice brew overall, just a bit too sweet for me I think though the alcohol is well masked.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4294) - SWEDEN - SEP 15, 2012
Bottle 33 cl, tnx to rlgk. Pours almost clear darker amber with a small off white head leaving lacing. Aroma is raisins spicy yeasty bourbon sweet fruity a bit adtringent; very nice. Flavor is sweet pungent fruity a bit acidy malty bitter very astringent harsh bitter, maybe too much from the burnt coaled inside of the bourbon barrel. Great fruityness is a goos plus. Finishes sweet bitter astringent.
Earlier Rating: 7/10/2011 Total Score: 3.9
Bottle 33 cl, courtesy of Marsiblursi. Pours hazy amber with yeast lumps, small off white head leaving some lace. Aroma is sweet, fruity, apples, vanilla, raisins and vinous. Flavor is fullbodied, well balanced, vinous, sweet, bitter, malty, yeasty and almonds. Finishes very nice balanced with a sourish malty bitter and almondy aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (17301) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 15, 2012
Bottle from Etre Gourmet. Somewhat hazy amber/copper beer with a small lasting offwhite head. Fruity yeasty aroma, hay, bread, spices, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, floral notes, earthy notes. Yeasty spicy flavor, hay, bread, bourbon, banana, earthy, some warming alcohol, caramel, barnyard, some alcohol. Bourbon finish, peat, grass, yeasty, spicy, earthy notes, a bit harsh.
Earlier Rating: 11/20/2010 Total Score: 4
Draught at Belgobaren, Stockholm. Hazy orange/grey color with a nice beige head. Malty aroma, bready, woody notesm fruity, grapes, yeasty notes, spices and some alcohol. Bready, yeasty, spicy flavor, coriander. Woody notes. Bready yeasty finish with hoppy notes. Very well balanced, not extreme in anyway. Just a really good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holy (837) - GERMANY - SEP 6, 2012
Bottle from the school house. The Tsjeeses flavor is there but the overall feel is softened - this is one good beer...
Earlier Rating: 4/18/2011 Total Score: 4.2
Bottle shared with the parents. Fruits (apricot perhaps?), sugar - a very nice winter brew!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
benpickens (478) - Camarillo, California, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Pours a cloudy brown with a light colored head that holds well but is meager. Alcholic notes in the nose along with peach syrup... creamy mouthfeel with a boozy syrupy palate and a alcohol tinged finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bottle_Shop (2) - - AUG 31, 2012 does not count
Purchased from the Deca brewery. Beautifully dark colour which has clearly come from the barrels as it started as a lighter coloured beer. The BA isnít overpowering and the lovely taste of Tsjeeses still comes through but thereís a warm and rewarding subtlety thatís all about genius brewing. Those Sturdy brewers have done us proud.


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