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


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RATINGS: 628   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
proesti (58) - Lille Nord, FRANCE - DEC 6, 2009
Deep golden blonde beer, very hazy and with big white mousse. Aroma is fantastic and very complex. Hints of wood, fruits, spices, hops and sweet bread. Taste is rich, bready and fruity. Hints of wood, cognac and fruit in the finale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4192) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2010
Bottle (thanks to Tweety)... Poured hazy, golden/orange with a fluffy, white head. Nose was very wine-like, hints of sweet, spiced yeast tones, sour apples, and brown sugar. Very fruity, wonderful spiced esters. Black pepper, a little alcohol heat, grapes, apples, and some dark, malt tones. Very lovely brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrallen34 (3498) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
2010 bottle drank from a tulip...Pours much darker than the regular version, murky dark gold with a nice head...Yeast is prominent on the nose, the backbone. There is also a very vinous quality, dry white wine, grapes, smooth with a hint of spice. Takes the regular version and just improves it...The taste is equally nice, a little smooth bourbon, yeast, coriander, apples, spices, so incredibly smooth and complex. Not totally what I was expecting off the nose, but really good...This is another awesome De Struise worth trying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimhilt (2480) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Pours a two finger light khaki head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hazy amber color with a ton of yeast left in bottle. Nose is sweet, fruity and flavor is malty, spicy, some dark fruit. High ABV is hidden. Much better than the Tsjeeses. Pricey at $9.95 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Aroma of applesauce, grapes, and slight cinnamon. Strong nose. Pours super hazy with a big frothy head. Super big. Tastes sweet of wheat, slight floral, and just a hint of spices. Solid Belgian. Reminds me of a good champagne.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WingdSoldier (61) - BELGIUM - NOV 30, 2014
Brownish red beer with a complex aroma, hints of orange, cake, chocolate and caramel.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beardbeerman (282) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2015
Pours a hazy caramel topped by a finger of creamt tanned head showing great lacing and retention. The nose is spicy with, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, toffee and a hint of bubblegum. The tastes is sweet toffee, earthy hops, ginger, nutty malts, cloves and nutmeg. The brew is full-bodied and has a medium bitterness that sticks around with the spice. Cheers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2008
750ml bottle at London tasting, May 2008. BBE 12 December 2012. Many thanks to Mes for this one. Poured a rather murky orange colour but I think I got the last sample so I’ll forgive it that. Massive aroma - estery fruit, tangy hops, subtle spices, some vinous woody touches and even a suggestion of volatile Airfix glue. Not too much vanilla, which is fine by me as I often find oak aged beers have just too much vanilla for my taste. Taste is pretty much like the aroma - bags of sharp fruit. Robust body with a pleasant sweet (but not too sweet) and sour (but not too sour) mouthfeel. Oak aging frequently seems to me a bit of a gimmick, too often failing to add anything worthwhile to the underlying beer, but that is not the case here. The woody element combines with the fruity character together seamlessly. A beautifully crafted beer in very respect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
harbert (100) - leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2008
UPDATED: APR 17, 2009 ripe fruit (prumes, dates) in the nose, in the flavor spicy and almost smokey, pure heaven

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
MiP (14519) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle, 10.0%. Gusher. Yeasty aroma, good maltiness underneath. Dark orange colour, lots of yeast floating around. Small stable white head. The flavour is sweet, quite fruity with some dried fruit, apricot comes to mind as so often before. There is also some yeast to the flavour, but not a problem here. The finish is peppery and with a distinct bitterness.

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