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


on tap

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RATINGS: 620   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peermac (59) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 25, 2011
Deilig juleøl som smaker tydelig av belgisk gjær, god sødme, men kunne hatt lengre ettersmak. Fin øl!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Hazy deep amber color pour with a ring of frothy head. Aroma of dark ripe fruit, caramel malt, yeast and a touch of spice. Lightly sweet fruity flavor with nice yeast and spice notes. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (5730) - Tau, NORWAY - JAN 13, 2011
330 ml bottle, a gift from gunnar, many thanks! ABV is 10.0%. Very cloudy brown colour, big off-white head. Strong sweetish aroma of Belgian ale yeast and a complex symphony of spices, also notes of honey and dark dried fruits. The flavour is fairly sweet with notes of spices, brown candi sugar, caramel and oak. Good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Pours a deep, dark copper orange with golden burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy yellowish, off-white head. Much darker than the regular version with visible carbonation bubbling up. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Slightly earthy, spicy aroma with a decent malt backbone, slight medicinal character and estery fruit notes. Lots of spice, especially peppermint, cinnamon, clove, coriander and pepper. A nice combination of light and dark fruit but the darker fruits ae more prominent. Hints of cherry, apple, pear, grape, currant, plum, raisin and fig. Although these fruit notes are evident they are less prominent than in the regular version. The Reserva smells much more earthy and spicy and the aroma suffers a bit from this. There’s also more of a medicinal cough syrup and sweet alcohol presence. Medium bodied and well balanced with a nice combination of zesty spice, caramel malt, estery fruit and alcohol heat. Tight carbonation up front with a lot of spice. Hints of pepper, corriander, clove, peppermint and ginger linger throughout into the finish. This is balanced by a slight creamy body with a medicinal and dark fruit flavor that adds complexity and fullness to the mouthfeel. I’m picking up hints of cherry, currant, grape, plum, raisin and other dark berries. The dark berries overpower the lighter fruits in this beer much more than the regular version and there is substantially a bit more alcohol sweetness and warmth in the finish. Overall this beer is pretty good and I’m glad that I finally got a chance to try it after two years of searching, but I have to say that I prefer the regular version a bit more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jayb0 (1088) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2011 well hidden alcohol behind a veil of hazy copper-gold. slightly dry but rich, well balanced and dangerously drinkable. Additional 2010 aged 1 year - Nice, but a tad too much honey sweetness. 2011 - Less sweet, more balanced. Actually, blending 50/50 with the 2010 was just about perfect :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2364) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 3, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2012 Subtle blond with light winey-woody aroma. Honey-gold with a solid white head and nice lace. A lighter beer, grape and wood, moderately sweet with a dry, slightly earthy finish and nice wood notes. Notes" ’09 release, bordeaux barrell

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2010
330ml Bottle: Sweet aroma of Belgian yeast, malt, fruit, slight cocoa, slight oak, and slight caramel. Poured copper/amber in color with a small, creamy, dense, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Flavor is heavily sweet. Tastes of yeast, Belgian malt, light fruit, slight funk, and slight oak. Medium to full body. Viscous, creamy, texture. Soft to average carbonation. Medium sweet, malt, fruit, yeast, finish is slightly dry. 10%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (6294) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Draft at Belgian with Linh. 09 vintage. Pours bright hazy orange body with thin white lacing. Aroma is light refreshing fruits. Mouthfeel is smooth, balanced and light with notes of Belgian candy and fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RasmusOtt (1551) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2010
special beer indeed. Aroma is very sour and strange. some vinous and fruity notes. In the taste you get the stuff from the aroma along wioth some wood, spices and a barley wine kinda finish. Funny :)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Pours a hazy orange with a thin off-white head. Nice fruity aroma. Full bodied and lively on the palate. Tastes of ginger, brown sugar, cinnamon, and orange. Nice long finish.

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