Dodgrblu (462) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 ounce bottle, TSJ No. 11; aged bottle. Thin disappearing head, not recoverable w adgitation, aroma is fruit, flavor is mildly sweet, no harsh alcohol. Lots of sediment. Canít imagine why they stopped producing this.
NikkTwist (1235) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Monks Cafe. Hazy orange amber with a fizzy foamy white head that mostly disappeared. Sugared amber fruit. Crystallized ginger. Similar, but feels denser than the straight version. Some fresh oak notes. Has a slight vinous Chardonnay character. The alcohol seems more heady off the top than did the straight version (though I believe both are billed at a 10% ABV.) Finishes smooth and dry despite the candied sugar. Excellent, though the straight winter 2012 draught version was more interesting.
pdx77 (766) - Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at Roscoeís. Such a sweet, golden fruit flavor. Just the right amount of spice and yeastiness.
laiti (4537) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle @ hotel room, Brussels. Rated on 18.07.2010
Aroma is somewhat spicy with orange peel and some apricot. Flavour is spicy with orange peel, some apricot, citrusy, oaky and yeasty notes. Better than the basic version.
superspak (1895) - Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, lot C/8/10. Pours very cloudy reddish orange color with a nice 1-2 finger fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big apple, pear, golden raisin, grape, pepper, clove, earth, nutmeg, honey, oak, bread, floral, grass, and herbal spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of apple, pear, pepper, golden raisin, bread, honey, clove, earth, floral, grass, oak, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, honey, clove, grass, bread, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of flavors with good balance of malt/spiciness; some slightly cloying spiciness after the finish but it isnít detrimental; zero cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden for 10%; with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong pale ale. Very nice flavor complexity and balance; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering; I definitely enjoyed this more than the regular Tsjeeses.
bpr77 (262) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark amber color. Aroma is oak, vanilla, dark fruit and caramel. Also picking up some smoke/bacon hints, but maybe thatís just because I smoke BBQ with oak wood and am conditioned to that smell due to the oak. Wow, this has got to be the oakiest tasting beer Iíve ever had ! Taste up front is caramel, raisin dark fruity and sweet and then gives way to a very oaky, woody flavor and finishes spicy (almost like a rye ale) and dry. Very unique. I had the tsjeeses regular and wasnít too impressed. This is excellent and the oak aging is really something unique and special. Palate feel is very smooth and has a bit of a stickiness to it. I can say Iíd buy this again for next years Holiday season. Well done beer !
jshie234 (10) - Clinton Township, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tsjeeses Reserva, bottle from 2010 I believe. Pours almost a pinkish amber, 1-finger head which disappears quickly. Aroma has tons of fruit ( cherries, plum, grapes), Christmas spices, and candy. Very easy drinking and quite potent. I make it a point to get a bottle of this brew every year for New Years Day!
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FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A soft pour into my Bruery tulip produces a three finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a rich amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, perfectly amber color. The beer smells quite fruity, with lots of brandy, floral plum, even candied plum notes, cinnamon scented apple jam, and some berry like notes as well. Touches of malt character seem to have oxidized just a bit and they provide a spicy, caramelized note that reminds me a bit of crystal malt. The fruit character gets a bit more savory in character and this is also brought out by a bit more whole grain flavors. Some warm, spicy alcohol notes also become a bit more noticeable as this warms up.
Lightly sweet tasting, with lots of backing fruit notes that remind me of brandy, a sweet wine of some sort (port without the oxidation notes), and a backing, slightly spicy, grain / malt character. Spicy notes contribute flavors of ginger, a soft peppery note, a hint of earthy clove/coriander/allspice like notes, and a touch of woody oak character. The wood is actually quite subtle here, it does provide some spiciness in the finish, and a hint of woodiness here. The body of this has some viscousnous to it, though it is far too quaffable for a beer of this strength. The fruit character contributes notes of sweet raisins, prunes, concentrated grape notes, and lots of vinous grape notes.
This has a ton of vinous character to it, I would have guessed this was aged in something like a Port Barrel, or some other type of sweet wine barrel. Nicely rich, sweet, slightly savory, warming in its alcohol content, all of this adds up to a contemplative experience. Quite tasty, and a great way to spend an end to an evening.
Scopey (4579) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle BBF 12.12.12. It pours hazy orange-amber with a small off-white head. The nose is oak, fresh orange juice, vanilla, coconut, lightly oxidised and unami notes. The taste is orange peel, light marmalade, wood, spice, earth, caramel, banana, over-ripe fruit, unami and warming alcohol with a dry, lightly citric finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Definitely a beer than transcends style. Good depth of flavour, but Iím not in love with it...
CasperRuben (64) - - DEC 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2013 Interesting color: kind of red/orange/brown/yellow, nice white/reddish head. The taste is also very interesting: it is very very balanced. It doesnít have the amount of bitterness and carbonation you would expect in this style, which I really like. Combine this with the full bodied, yet not overpowering, sweetness, and you have a very great beer!