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


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RATINGS: 544   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kappldav123 (4738) - GERMANY - MAR 8, 2010
The bottle looks great as well as the beer in the glass. Orange-brown, a bit cloudy, nice head. Starts strong but not alcoholic. Very spicy from the beginning with notes of christmas spices, cinnamon, nuts and ginger snap. Also fruity notes of raisins. Very well balanced warming finish. An awesome brew!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11353) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 8, 2010
33cl bottle, thanks chriso. Cloudy apple juice body, medium, persistent off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, Bourbon, strawberry, light vinous, caramel. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Light barrel aging characteristics show up in the aroma - toffee and vanilla. Creamier than regular Tsjeeses with a light sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2010 Lots of oak, fairly dry, light cotton candy, herbal hops. Actually not too bad, decent BA’d beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wyzzywyz22 (1945) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2010
Bottle, at Mes’s. Hazy bronze coloured with a lingering thin white head. Loads going on here in all departments. Complex and gradually unfolding elements that draw you in ever further with each sip. Yeasty and woody aroma with loads of christmasy booze soaked fruit and something else quite strange I couldn’t put my finger on, almost like a fresh set of michelins lurking. Sweet and full bodied flavour, with again loads happpening; spices, blood orange, cinnamon, manuka honey, wood, more booze. A stonkingly well crafted take on a Tripel Dig the smoky santa.......

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2010
Big thanks to zathrus13 for this! Poured into a snifter as dark gold/orange with only slight carbonation that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. Aroma of nice citrus, some darker fruit (fig/date), bready yeast, and an all around crisp nose. Taste has many of the same characteristics but with a more pronounced alcohol presence and sugar. A thick, deeper taste than the nose lets on. Overall, beautiful for a tripel. A great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde (1162) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2010
(bottle shared by OSLO) Pous a hazy dark brownish gold with a substantial white head. Aroma is potent with scents of sugar cookies, peaches, banana, honey, candi sugar, alcohol, and a substantial oak presence as well. The bready yeast character is subdued on this one when compared with the regular Tsjeeses. The taste begins with candi sugar, banana, pear, and stale bread crust tartness, that finishes out with a significant wood presence. Spices are present too, and the oak successfully dries out all of the sweetness present in the mid-palate. Mouthfeel is full and carbonation is lively. Good stuff indeed, but the barrel tamps down the great yeast complexity which was present in the regular. Thanks Al!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgiskOlklub (888) - Viby J, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2010
Sparkling orange-brown body with at small white rock y head. Fruity aroma, apricot, caramel, brown sugar. Spiced. The palate is sticky. Warming. The taste es heavy sweet, light bitter and light acid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2010
A nice murky color with caramel malts, yeast, and candy sugar. A spicy body with hints of oak on the finish. A little bit of belgian yeast in the body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sthlm (1225) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2010
[Bottle] Pours cloudy orangish-brown with an off-white head. Aroma has a lot of banana like the original Tsjeeses, but it is toned down. That fruitiness blends very nicely with the oak and though the alcohol is present, it isn’t overpowering. The banana is even more restrained in the taste, with yeast, decent bitterness, oak, and malt. Nothing too exciting to describe, but done very well and enjoyable. Medium thin mouthfeel, decent finish and quite dry. Really good, but not quite as good as the original.

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