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


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RATINGS: 633   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (23707) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 14, 2008
Bottled. Hazy deep orange colour, small white head. Aroma is fruity, yeasty and also has some spices and yeast with wooden hints. Flavour is fruits, spices, wood and quite strong alcoholic notes. When the yeast is poured in, some of the alcohol notes go more mellow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (9528) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JUL 19, 2008
Bottle (RBESG 08): Turpentine, yeast fruits and hops in the nose; full bitter-sweet flavour, full bodied, too; bitter and a bit tart in the aftertaste. Complex and balanced brew........

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 11, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2011 33cl, Vintage 2010, exclusive brew, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex X-Mas brew, balanced, cloudy, small head, very good brew

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrChopin (3810) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2010 Drank right after the Tsjeeses, and I think I am one of the few that prefers the original. Lighter color, hazy orange with another nice white head, more soapy this time and still loads of lacing. Very refreshing nose, more sour than tripel with the lactic and fruit dominating. The flavor is more like the regular Tsjeeses, tripel qualities returning while sweetly balanced with orange. The alcohol is also more of a factor, slightly distracting. A little stickier and dryer than the Tsjeeses, though still full bodied, smooth, and alive. Finish is more lactic, still rather long. This is delicious, but I think the brilliantly restrained harmony and sheer grape delight of the Tsjeeses have been lost while aging.

Several tries later, it’s too hot, with too much off-setting syrupy fruit sweetness. Tripel is unmarried to fruit as well (see Splinter Gold for a shattering example).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bullit (4285) - Burgos, SPAIN - JAN 29, 2009
Light brown colour, off-white head. Aroma of fresh fruits, apple, and a bit woody. Flavour has sour fruits, malts, yeast. Alcohol noticable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4370) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Cloudy orange in color with a decent sized white head. Aroma is of apple, funk, a little tartness, orange and spices. Taste is of malt, fruit, grain and spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (11836) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 22, 2009
330ml bottle (One Pint, Helsinki, Belgian Weeks 2009)
Rich hazy orange. Sweet caramel aroma, quite subtle. Soft palate, gentle carbonation. Sweet caramel retronasally. Very nice bitter bite on swallowing, leaves a tingly hoppy finish. Treacle caramel dominates the non-hop taste, but it’s not oppressively sweet fortunately. A lovely sipper, and covers the alcohol fairly well, probably due to the sweetness. Needs to attenuate a bit more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2009
330cl bottle shared by devon. thank you sir.... pours a semi-transparent apple cider brown with a thin soapy white head... aroma of sweet candied sugar liqueur, a little fruity paired with some toffee malt....flavors of sweet honey, cidery sweetness, bubblegum, and almost brandy-esque. pretty nice and would like to try again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2009
330ml bottle thanks to xnoxhatex. Pours a hazed orange with a soapy white head. Citrus, banana, and yeast in the aroma. Citrus creamy banana and toffee sweet flavors. Sugary sweet but decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 14, 2009
A 0.33L bottle tasted at One Pint Pub. Beige head. Slightly sweet nose with some hints of vanilla. Floating particles. Sweet slightly sour taste. Well balanced. Some raisins in the taste. At the en hoppiness.

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