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


on tap

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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kopher (593) - New York, USA - FEB 7, 2012
wow this is pretty wild. smokey fruit throughout. lots of smoke and funk and vanilla in the aroma. flavor is that plus dark fruits. nice medium body, chewy with a lingering smoked raisin finish. alcohol well-hidden but warming. really excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Potverdikke (14) - SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2012
Nice xmas beer. Spicy, but not over the top. Nice balance between hops, alcohol, spices and fruits

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 2, 2012
THOUGHTS: Very Belgian. Better than the original, but the original I had a couple years ago might have been bad. Woody and nutty both from the fruit pits. Very fruity, too. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium amber with a small to average head that mostly diminished, but left excellent lacing.It also had tiny to small particles of a thick density floating in the body. The aroma had light to moderate fruit syrup; hints of caramel; moderate floral, herbal, and perfume hops; slight minty hops; light to moderate spicy and dusty yeast; slight funky yeast; plum; mostly peach; wood and fruit pits. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and lightly acidic; while the finish was moderately sweet, moderately acidic and lightly bitter. There were peaches mostly, syrup, a little caramel, plum, cherry, alcohol, spicy yeast, herbal, floral and perfume hops; wood, nuts, fruit pits and slight funky yeast. The medium body was a little syrupy and sticky on the lips and then dry (especially toward the bottom of the bottle) with soft yet tingly carbonation and a light to moderate alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swaroga (1955) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 25, 2012
33cl bottle. Dark amber with medium dirty white head. Nose : Excellent aromas of dried fruits and spices. There is this roasty caramel barley and some alcohol aromas. But there is something deep in it : the aroma of tree resin. Cream tart. Sip : The texture stays great, like the ordinary version of Tsjeeses. The overall taste is more dry with stronger sourness in the aftertaste. The alcohol is warming like a whysky. Definitely the aging was a success and the difference is well noticeable : the wood aromas are present. 6 month hein ?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2012
Medium sized head mity orange pour medium strong carbonation the enticing aromas are woody the oak very smooth caramel yeast good belgian strain gingerbread orange brown sugar clove cinnamon dried fruits brandy some sultana and raisin flavours are brandy raisin some sultana oak influence caramel bingerbread spicy with clove cinnamon brown sugar orange mild pepper so so good the finish a lovely bit of milling to fermenting work top aftertastes of hops spice sweet malts yeast brandy warmth oak smoothness light fizz cracking triple

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
psilosophy (648) - vitry en artois, FRANCE - JAN 13, 2012
Bouteille de 33cl. Couleur ambrée, légèrement trouble, mousse correcte, tenue moyenne. Un nez exhalant des odeurs de réglisses et d’alcool. Une palette aromatique très complexe : réglisse, épices, caramel, whisky, pain d’épices, vanille. Une bière qui a du corps, Texture à la fois liquoreuse et mousseuse. Un régal! Trouvée à Vanuxeem - Ploegstaert.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Draught pours honey color with minimal white head. Aromas are malty sweet and syrupy. Taste is malty caramel, oaky, and vanilla with a nice hop finish. Palate is medium with average carbonation. Finish is slightly bitter, but very balanced. Overall, a delicious brew. I could drink lots of this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Martinus (4362) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2012
Slightly hazy, orange amber beer, beige head. Malty aroma, caramel, apricot, wood, vanilla and other spices. Flavour malty, slight wood astringency, caramel, and candy sugar. Finish slightly astringent with some lingering sweetness.
(From 33cl bottle @ home. 2011 vintage. Wondering how it will age, so will keep a few bottles for the next year(s).)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
grunx (367) - - JAN 7, 2012
Poder beure cerveses com aquestes alegra el dia a qualsevol persona. Genial.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12543) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2012
A hazed orange amber ale with a thin white head. In aroma, a sweet fruit caramel malt with treacle, light watermelon, OK. In mouth, a sweet smooth caramel with candy sugar, licorice, molasses, a tad of light coffee, alcohol warmth, not bad, but I was expected a bit more. On tap at Rattle’n’Hum, Dec. 28 2011.

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