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

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RATINGS: 572   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.


CasperRuben's rating

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CasperRuben (63) - - DEC 30, 2012
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 doesn’t 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!
Earlier Rating: 12/30/2012 Total Score: 4.3
Interesting color: kind of red/orange/brown/yellow, nice white/reddish head. The taste is also very interesting: it is very very balanced. It doesn’t 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!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3066) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Batch 12. Pours hazy light brown color with off white head. Aromas of bourbon, caramel, candi sugar, Belgian yeast. Sweet caramel, toffee and candi sugar flavor with bourbon and dough. Full body with soft carbonation. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Distance_Runner (62) - BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle from Bier Temple, Brussels. Smell and aroma is less distinctive comparing to "Struise Tsjeeses Reserva PBA (Port Barrel Aged)" but this has been one of my favorite Belgian Strong Ale. Amazing taste and you feel the alcohol taste less comparing to other standard Belgian Strong Ale! Loved it! Congrats Struise! Very well done! (The bottle I have doesn’t mention about Bourban Barrel Aging on it)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (3538) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle at Appellation. Pours clear amber, nose is sugary, vanilla, toffee, little smoke, taste is sweet, fruity, caramel, bourbon.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiong (4010) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2014
Two 330ml bottles as Tsjeeses Reserva and Tsjeeses Reserva BBA

2011 vintages. Regular version doesn’t have any mentioning of bourbon barreling and they have a different BBE and batch numbers - Pours dark brown with a smooth white head. Aroma of ripe fruits, toffee, syrup and caramel, with some spices, wood and oak. Taste is woody, ripe fruity and sweetish with loads of syrup, candi sugar, wood and oak. Finish is woody and sweetish with some toffee, syrup and caramel. They botht taste quite similar. BBA version is just slightly sweeter, but the difference is really subtle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brianza_ale (142) - ITALY - DEC 12, 2014
33cl bottle. Abundant white foamy head, brown to amber very cloudy appearence. Smells real caramel, candied sugar, fresh, fizzy spiced, toffee, soo wrapping and nice, bit alcoholic, barreled mmmh. Tastes obviously generously malted, caramelized with a slight burnt, dried/orange fruits, barrel, nice yeast fragrance, tobacco; medium very pleasent sweetness, balanced by a low end hoppy biscuity, woody bitterness. Medium/heavy but slick texture, right moderate carbonation, gorgeous balance. Really liked this one, consistent drinakble and complex belgian

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmrmwel (1058) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 8, 2014
Bottle, vintage 2011 enjoyed 15.11.14. Pours hazy dark golden, with a big creamy head. Aroma is amazing, roasted malts and yeast, with bread, caramel, chocolate and wooden barrels bourbon with vanilla. Medium body with silk smooth texture, with average carbonation. Flavour is sweet with roasted malts, biscuits, toffee and chocolate, as well as bourbon barrels, vanilla and tobacco. Highly enjoyable!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scottishchris (240) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle from Cornelius. Red Amber, off white head. Woody red wine nose. Cloves and winter spice. Malty sweet taste, plummy and stoned fruit. Smooth and balanced alcohol. Lovely.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AshtonMcCobb (2919) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 4, 2014
Bottle from Appellation Wines. Appearance - deep copper with a big frothy head. Nose - fruitcake basically. There’s a bit of dried fruit and a dominant cake mixture note. Ginger and cinnamon too Taste - ginger cake and dried fruit. Palate - medium to full bodied with a creamy yet tangy texture and a long balanced finish. Overall - very enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Calisky (1112) - ALSACE, FRANCE - DEC 4, 2014
Couleur cuivrée, légère mousse beige. Super nez fruité, vieilles levures, avec forte notes vanillées et futs de bois neuf... le bourbon! Gout fruité doux, fruits jaunes, caramel un peu grillé, et vanille, douceur de canne a sucre. Bien onctueuse en bouche, ronde et buvable. Fin longue fruitée vanillée. Pas mal!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spacecube (970) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2014
330 ml bottle, pours clear cherry red with a foamy white head, bready, caramel and candy sugar malts combine to give a danish pastry like backbone, with stewed apple, peach, gooseberry. Woody and bourbon hues add more more depth to this complex brew. Body is medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, medium body, sticky, average carbonation. Complex and unusual, and very good.


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