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


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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rodenbach99 (4060) - 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 (4814) - 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 (3137) - 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 (2976) - 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 (5326) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kronebryg (1124) - Sorgenfri, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2012
2009 @ cbc: Some head, dark golden. Sweet sugary nose with more power than elegance. Some body and length. Taste is heavyly filled with sugar, simple but nice :-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (18399) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 20, 2012
Bottle from Bier Tempel, Brussels, Reserva 2010, batch 2722090610, bottling code 30HFF
Cloudy dark amber color; generous creamy head. The aroma is mild, with some fruit and some spices, light malt and dust. The mouthfeel is very smooth, the body is round; malt flavor, with some dusty spices (not very exciting), but the alcohol punch is very pleasant here, because it blend well with the smooth malt and the light fruity touch. Interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2012
2010 at Memphis Taproom Vintage brunch. Pours dark brown with thin tan head. Nose is mostly dark malt and hints of tart brett. Taste is sweet malt, sour and cigarette butt smokey finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
flatmatt (1415) - Northville, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2012
330 mL bottle, seems to have been dated August of 2010. Pours a hazy orange amber with an off-white head and lots of suspended particles. Appley caramel aroma, tart. Flavor ranges from caramel with a little apple to, more strongly, raisin and red grape, with clove and perhaps a touch of ginger. Quite tasty. Couldn’t really pick up the oak aging without being told, though.

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