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


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RATINGS: 550   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrGGen (308) - ITALY - JUN 3, 2009
Colore arancio-ambrato un pÚ velato e schiuma bianca e spumosa. Líaroma Ť fruttato,accento di vaniglia, legno, spezie. Il gusto Ť morbido e asciutto ben bilanciato. con sentori di spezie, morbido con sentori di frutta. Finale secco e con líamaro del luppolo.Buona.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
magdalar (513) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - NOV 20, 2011
33cl bottle (best before: 12/2012), tulip glass. Pours a rather bubbly cloudy orange, with a white head and some visible sediment. Smells of candi sugar, spice, bourbon and a hint of citrus. Tastes of spiced oranges and caramel malt. Creamy and full-bodied; finishes wet. A beautiful and complex beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2008
At May Ratebeer London Gathering at Chris Oís. Hazy caramel colour with a small white head. Sweet fruity alcoholic aroma with some glue (Thanks for that prompt, Chris). The aroma scores a rare 10. Sweet caramel taste, quite fizzy, and leading into a sour, bitter finish with orange peel. My top beer of the Gathering: a wonderful experience. Iím privileged to have tried it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2008
A Mes rate: Bottle at the Oi Oi Saveloy tasting at Chris Oís.
The fifth bottle I have tried of this and although I do feel it varies a little they have all been stunning, but I wouldnít expect anything less.
Semi hazy orange amber colour with a thin wisp of head and lots of legs.
The aroma is absolutely amazing. Slight wood, stunning vanilla, lovely alcohol, creamy caramel, barley sugar, incredible fruit and just an abundance of complexity. The balance is nothing short of perfect, there is so much going on but nothing jumps out at you. An easy 10.
The flavour follows on well. There is some utterly incredible sourness from the wood. Very delicate but perfect. Amazing alcohol that gives such warmth and a wonderful glow on the way down. Again itís just perfectly balanced. Yet more genius from Struise.
The mouthfeel is perfect. The dryness is stunning. I could quite happily make myself very messy on this.
Bloody excellent.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ygtbsm94 (12) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Drank this brew a couple of times! Once on tap at the Waregem beerfest (08), and also at the Struise farm from a 75cl bottle. Both tastings had a hazy orange/apricot color. From the tap though, the head just exploded with a superb creamy head that settles into a thin layer. The bottled was a little more restrained than on tap. The aroma was absolutely stunning with hints of oak, refreshing butter, honey, vanilla, and loads of mango and apricot; alcohol was well hidden for 10%abv. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. The taste had chewy fruit notes with a malty character along with a touch of vanilla and oak; what an amazing complex brew. You would never know that this was 10%; I had no trouble polishing off this beer. Gotta love this Tripel!! Another great brew from the crew at Struise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 30, 2009
bottle, pours dark orange with red hints, frothy off white head, some sediment. Aromas are huge, slight lambic barnyard, light citris notes, and candy sugar. Oh my.........this is heaven in a glass, the mouth is perfect. Subtle with a light carbonation. There is a definate wood flavor but itís mellow, lots of sweet flavors, peach, white grape, some sugar, and a slight bitter orange in the lingering finish. This is a treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - APR 16, 2009
33cl Bottle. Hazy golden color with a medium lacing off-white head. The aroma is fantastic lots of fruit,spices,oak,calvados, alcohol,malt, caramel. A pleasure. The taste is even better Sweet malty, orange, pear, caramel, a warming taste of calvados,oak,vanilla. So complex and yet so drinkable. Despite the warming alcohol presence the 10% is very well hidden (I honestly believe that I could have many bottles in one go). This is for me (by far) the best Tripel ever! Iím ordering more bottles and will try and taste it in different period as they age (if i can manage and donít drink them alla at once).I was expecting it to be good but not that good ! Well done Struise !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tdtm82 (668) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2010 An awesome, high-fermented beer from De Struise. A lot of sediment floating around in my bottle so this was risky. The complexity was thankfully astonishing. A superb beer. Very special. Luckilly I have one more in my stock to try so will review more comprehensively at a later time. I hope that one is better on the eye. I got a lot of sour fruits, tart, zest peel and raisins Edit. Borefts version. 2009. WOW. Oakier, fuller, less sediment, still a little clouder but wow, such an improvement. Up this to a 4.5. Cheers.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigMomma (223) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUL 1, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2010 75cl bottle courtesy of Urbain shared with Travlr, Owen, Herman and Sebastien. Vintage 2008. Goldblond with almost no head. Fruity aroma with grapes, wine, oak and a slight citrus note. Taste is sweet and fruity with wine touches and a slight alcohol precense. Fruity wine finish. Wonderfull beer! retasting of a 33cl bottle vintage 2007, courtesy of Urbain shared with David.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Bottle produced in 2010 pours hazy ruby-orange with dense and creamy yet thin head. Aroma has some musty sourness to it when the beer is too cold, but as it warms many more things become apparent; vanilla-oak, mushroomy earthiness, vinuous minerality/acidity/must, signature "green and purple grape" Struise yeast profile. Taste is incredibly different from the aroma with vanilla, mild malt vinegar acidity, syrupy sweetness, strawberry, biscuit, purple grapes, and a spice/herb profile that can only be described as "umami". Body is medium, velvety, soft carbonation, complex mushroomy/spicy/barrely juicy finish. Overall, every time I try a Struise beer, I am absolutely floored. This is just as unique and complex as anything else Iíve had from them.

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