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


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RATINGS: 542   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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1704) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2009
Bottle, thanks Keith! Pours cloudy gold/orange, with a white head. Aroma is oak, yeast, and some spices. Flavor is fruit, spices, yeast, alcohol, oak, and a little bit of hops. Medium to heavy body. None of the flavors come jumping out at you, but the subtlety of all of them together make this work for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Bottle. Probably at WeeHeavy’s. Sweet. flowery aroma. Really cool aroma. Easy to drink. Great aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
malrubius (1653) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Time to catch up before BCTC. On tap at Spuyten Duyvil big beer fest. Warm leathery sugary aroma. Candy sugar w tobacco bitterness and bitter finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2980) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2009
Bottle tried side by side with the regular version. Pours a hazy deep orange amber with a good sized off white head leaving some spotty lacing. Nose of neutral oak, citrus, banana, and light clove spice. Flavors of slightly sweetened oak, with some citrus and banana, again a big yeasty finish .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2541) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Sampled at the Struise brewery in Belgium poured from a 750 in May 08, now again from a bottle I brought home today. Pours a Dirty straw brown color w/ lots of visible carbonation and a bit of sediment along w/ a perfect thick off white head w/ great lacing. Aroma is light orange zest some apricot, some light pepper, allspice, and a hint of wood. Nice creamy well coated palate. Flavor is much more spiced than I remember. Lots of peppers some orange zest lots of caramel, a light dry oaky finish. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (6361) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Bottle at De Kelk. This orange ale poured into a Tjseeses glass with a foamy beige head and an apricot aroma. The flavor is almost undescribable, but I’ll try. Fruity, thick, spicy, caramel malt, oak. Overall, delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUL 18, 2009
33 cl bottle at hotel room in Copenhagen, June 2009. As «No. 11 xmas». Hazy orange/brown color, big off-white head. Aroma is fruity, citric, malty, spicy and yeasty. Flavor is fruity, citrus, spices, hints of sourness, sweetness, yeast, oak and some alcohol. Balanced and very fine beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (2980) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2009

7/16/2009: Struise Tsjeeses Reserva has soft plum and flat caramel in its aroma. The beer has a cloudy orange-amber color and a bubbly off-white crown. It tastes pretty good and has dried dates, caramelized sugars, hints of Christmas-like spices (nutmeg, allspice, etc.), and hints of smoke/char in its medley of flavor. It finishes dry and woody. This medium-bodied beer has an airy mouth feel. Overall I enjoyed this beer, but it seemed to be lacking complexity/depth.

33 cl bottle (Alc 10% Vol; TSJ no 11 X-Max Brew; Aged 6 months on oak) shared by alexsdad06. Thanks! Rating #127 for this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (10803) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 15, 2009
Rating 3800. Bottle at De Kelk in Brugge. Served in a 18" chalice. Very hazy brown/amber with floaties. Fruit aromas. Maybe a touch of wood. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Mild oak flavor with lots of fresh fruit. Touch of heat. Very smooth - almost vinous. Finishes towards bitter, and surprisingly dry. Flavors linger on. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2009
From the bottle flows a hazy, glowing, deep amber liquid, substantial in body and crowned with a whipped head of off-white froth. Bunching at the edges, the bubbly foam leaves sticky, jagged lines of jagged lacing that resemble lightning strikes across the sky. The nose is centered in well caramelized candy sugars, though soft, vanilla-laden oak asserts significant influence. Funk and citrus elements present in the regular version are mellowed considerably by the assertive, yet delicate wood. Flavors too are sweet, soft, and easy-going. Bronzed, blonde candy sugar, oak, and distant hints of maple are most prominent, though some spicy citrus peel and faint coriander are also there. Dangerously drinkable for a 10% ABV brew, the palate is both smooth and substantial, without any annoying stickiness. A subtle alcohol burn is all that holds it back. One of the better tripels I’ve encountered in ages, this is an entirely different animal than the non-oaked version of Tsjeeses. Different, yet equal, in all material respects. Very good brew.

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