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

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RATINGS: 707   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (18189) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 15, 2012
Bottle from Etre Gourmet. Somewhat hazy amber/copper beer with a small lasting offwhite head. Fruity yeasty aroma, hay, bread, spices, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, floral notes, earthy notes. Yeasty spicy flavor, hay, bread, bourbon, banana, earthy, some warming alcohol, caramel, barnyard, some alcohol. Bourbon finish, peat, grass, yeasty, spicy, earthy notes, a bit harsh.
Earlier Rating: 11/20/2010 Total Score: 4
Draught at Belgobaren, Stockholm. Hazy orange/grey color with a nice beige head. Malty aroma, bready, woody notesm fruity, grapes, yeasty notes, spices and some alcohol. Bready, yeasty, spicy flavor, coriander. Woody notes. Bready yeasty finish with hoppy notes. Very well balanced, not extreme in anyway. Just a really good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yiannnos (1254) - , CYPRUS - OCT 13, 2012
Cloudy amber colour. Caramel malts, fruitiness and spices make this an interesting tripel

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Pours hazy orange brown with a thick off white head. Nose is big citrus, some vanilla, wood, leather and fruit. The taste is sweet with bitter popping in midway through and hanging around until the finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, the body is heavy and the finish is long. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Earlier Rating: 12/25/2011 Total Score: 4.3
Pours hazy gold with small head. Nose is vanilla, grapefruit and coriander. I can smell the high alcohol content to, but it’s not overwhelming. This is what it would smell like in a hybrid candy and flower shop. The taste is very heavy oak flavor, bready with some pine sap. Mouthfeel is between medium and heavy. Very crisp but manages to coat the mouth leaving a long aftertaste of hops and oak. This is a great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Additionally labeled XMas Ale 2011 on the side. Cloudy amber pour with a 1 finger, creamy eggshell head and some floaties. Lots of caramel, toffee and tart fruit in the aroma, fruity and tart yeast notes with a little bread dough, hints of nuts coriander and sweet bread spices. The flavor brings lots more toffee and caramel, stone fruit, spices, fallen leaves, sweet, crusty white bread, nut skins, raw turbinado sugar, dark fruit and light woody notes. Heavy mouthfeel with a creamy entry, syrupy middle and slightly more dry finish with a little slickness, dryness and warmth from the alcohol settling in. Really tasty stuff, nice warmer upper.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (9282) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 25, 2013
33 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20090721.
Pours copper color with a small head. Aroma of spices, fruits, some plums, caramel and herbs. Flavor of spices, caramel, malts, citrus fruits and wooden notes. An interesting and complex brew. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5785) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2013
2011 12oz bottle scooped up for 3 dollars. Would have bought more if I’d known how well it held up. Unfiltered amber-brown-orange body, yeasty and thick. The oak really smooths the whole beer out, really helping it come together. This is pretty much in Barleywine territory, the spices are not dominant at all, mostly just a big, smooth malt river. Sweet and beastly, this is a solid Belgian beer all the way.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dpaquet (418) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
weihenweizen (3132) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
ShivanDragon (3426) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (9306) - 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.


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