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


on tap

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RATINGS: 684   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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 16/20
Hoppypocket (414) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2013
Pours a hazy orange with little white head and almost no lacing. Aroma of spices, fruits like pears and maybe some peaches, a bit of oak, light vanilla. Taste is fruity just like the nose, with more spices, some oak, light vanilla, peppery. Medium to full body and medium carbonation. The barrel aging is a bit more present than the port version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
weihenweizen (2830) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Refrigerated 11.2 oz. brown bottle which says Belgian X-Mas Ale brewed with Spices, poured into a trappist glass. Pours dark amber with small off-white head. Aroma is sweet oak, medium body, low carbonation, and thin small bubble lacing. Taste is candy sugar, oak, some spice, and some fruit. I enjoyed this way more than the regular tsjeeves.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
ShivanDragon (2929) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - JUL 29, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2015 robijn rood met matig schuimige witte kraag en ietwat zweem aroma van whiskey, rozijnen, caramout, moutig smaken: stevig zoet (bruine suiker), licht fruitig, donkere/rode fruiten, caramel, rozijnen. vol van body, romig mondgevoel. zachte smaken, stevig alcoholisch, fijne lichte toetsen zoete/weeïge eikenhouten bourbon vaten, ja deze is prima, tov andere b.b.a bieren! aanrader ! ----- 2015: zo na wat vergelijkingsbieren kan ik niet anders concluderen dat ik deze de eerste keer overschat heb. Rating aangepast van 4.2. Naar 3.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (8718) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 13, 2013
Draught at Delirium Brussels. Orange, slightly cloudy, with lace. Fruity nose of orange, peach, grass. Sweet, estery flavor, orange, honey, wood, some vanilla. Very nice fruit, with great bitterness as well. Not a whole lot of bourbon.
Earlier Rating: 1/24/2012 Total Score: 3.9
Bottle at Delirium Reserve. Slightly funky nose, quite funky, actually. Dry, apple, pears, minerals. Deep amber color with orange, and a tall, fine head. Sweet honey flavor with caramel, stewed fruit, minerals, and a bit of ass funk. Hot alcohol too. A strange one—not as immediately likeable as the regular version. Very funky, dirty, plus quite sweet. Complex and spicy, and it grew on me. An interesting, good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (6412) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2013
On tap at Sergio’s on 9/14/13. Opaque amber pour with a thick beige head. Aroma of oak, malt, light fruit and Belgian yeast esters. Malty flavor with hints of berry and oak before a sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (17195) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2013
Bottle shared at CBC Islington during the Ryan Tasting - thanks to Ian for his drunken shenanigans and for bringing this beer along, too. Good and rich, lots of apples and toffee, some alcohol punch. Good, dynamic and according to my notes, for reasons not readily available, I found the beer "kinky". There you have it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2013
11/13/2013. From bottle. Pours cloudy amber color with a short tan head. Aromas of malt, yeast, brown sugar, spices. Good balance with warm alcohol on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (24330) - 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 (9861) - 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

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