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


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RATINGS: 614   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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 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 (6073) - 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 (1489) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldStyleCubFan (77) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2010
2008 - 750 bottle. Its been well cellared for 2+ years. I meant to drink this last xmas but finally got to it this year. I think I waited a year too long. Big oaky + fruity nose. Very little carbonation/head. slightly cloudy orange body. Thin body with a slight almost sour finish that I like. Its starting to show some significant oxidation. The oxidation is just killing this beer for me as I do not like oxidation at all. The thin body and showing almost no alcohol makes this 10% beer very easy to drink. The age probably helped it here. I want to revisit a fresh bottle with less than a year on it....i could see really liking this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Bottle from Secret Santa! A good one for the holiday season. Pours a murky golden-brown color with a thick fluffy head. Thick spotty lacing coats the glass. The aroma shows lots of ripe fruit, apple and citrus seems to stand out. Flowers, herbs, candi sugar, belgian yeast round out the scent. The flavors follow. Ripe citrus and tart apple combine with candi and brown sugars, belgian yeast, and assorted spices. After opening this right after the regular version, I have to be honest, there isn’t a lot of difference. A mild wood-oaky note does present itself here and overall this one might be slightly more refined and mellow. The two are very close though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3685) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2010
I thought it was pretty cool to run into this beer at Binny’s/ Pours a hazy golden, that in certain lights looks more like a dull burnt orange. Aroma of strong wood, some slight fruit, a bit of piercing spice. Some light smoke. Flavor has a strong oaky presence. Oak-aging is obvious but not overwhelming. A bit of spice, some nice fruitiness. Overall, the oak is on display here, but very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jkwood04 (4531) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 18, 2010
On tap at louisville beer store. Pours golden/amber with a lacy head. Aroma of alcohol, light fruit, and some hops. Flavor sweet, like a dessert wine, with alcohol undertones. Creamy texture. A great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2010
330 ml bottle; thanks to grownfool for the trade; clear dark gold pour with thick, egg white head fading slowly; dense light brown in the glass; aromas of sweet candy malt, white sugar, spicy lemon, earthy phenols; spicy flavors with sugary dried fruits and chewy malt; definitely sweet, but there is a deep smoothness and creamy texture to it and the sweetness level is just about perfect; oaky dry finish with vanilla cookies, lemons and sugary malt; quite nice overall

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4742) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Pours deep amber into a snifter. Off-white head recedes to hug rim. Dark pit fruit and oak aromas. Sweet dark oaked pit fruit covered caramel soaked in earthy candi.

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