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


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RATINGS: 704   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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - APR 4, 2012
Bottle from Timfoolery, Pours a cloudy light brown and smells of sweet candy. Tasted of dark fruits, carmel and other sweet malty goodness. Nice and easy on the palate. Didn’t notice the 10% ABV until I started to feel the buzz.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
prawlie (1499) - ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2016
Bottle. Simply a very fine beer. De Struise don’t muck about. This highly refined, strong, spiced and slightly sweet with a celery flavour in the finish. Excellent balance of bitter and sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ebone1988 (1311) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2016
2013 vintage. Aroma is figs, dark fruit, caramel, spice, barrel, booze. Appearance is brown red, light tan head, hazy. Taste is caramel, toffee, spices, woody, booze, dark fruit, figs, perfect for winter I imagine. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, toffee and bourbon barrel aftertaste. Overall, a pretty impressive Christmas beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pilsnertest (36) - SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2016
Bottle, 2013 vintage. Toffee, herbs, nuts, red berries and just a hint of bourbon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sjogro (2495) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2016
Another vintage bottle from kermis’ dungeon shared by kermis. Sweet malts, caramel, toffee, fudge, vanilla even more. Sweet. Over medium body, soft carbonation. Big sweet fudge finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mariuspoenari (1419) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2016
Bottle shared thanks to kermis. Vintage 2011. Dark ruby, hazy, with a thin off-white head. Notes of bourbon, toffee, caramel, dried fruit. Medium body, medium carbonation and a caramel sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mice (782) - FINLAND - AUG 2, 2016
Best before 12-12-2012. Sameanruskea, ehkä aavistuksen punertava olut vaahtoaa melko vähäisesti. Tuoksu tuo vahvat mielleyhtymät punaviiniin tammikypsytyksen johdosta, joskin päällimmäiseksi nousee vahva vaniljan tuoksu. Lisäksi kandisokeria ja kivasti aavistuksen jouluisen tuntuista mausteisuutta. Maussa puumaista otetta, vaniljaa, mausteisuutta sekä vaaleaa belgihiivaa. Melko täyteläinen ja makean sokerinen suutuntuma, ei juuri hiilihappoja. Alkoholi pysyy piilossa. Tripeliä tämä ei ole nähnytkään, mutta oikein toimiva vahva belgiale tämäkin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iznogud (2386) - CROATIA - JUL 31, 2016
Bottle, 330 ml from Pivoljub. Shared with JFK10000. Pours deep orange, dense lasting off white head. Sweetish, light bourbon, malty, caramel, dried fruit, spices. Medium+ bodied. Warming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beersiveknown (5001) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUL 30, 2016
2013 Bottle at home courtesy of harissoni, cheers Ian!
5000th RATE!
Very lively lazily fobbing from the bottle and all over the tablecloth, Daisy wasn’t best impressed! In the glass its a lightly hazy bright amber- marsala like with a fluffy beige head that soon disappears. The nose is a little oxidised, sherry flor, wood, cardboard, a touch of mint like a few of the older Fullers vintages I’ve had. In behind is a rich syrupy tinned fruit note and a little ginger. Zippy carbonation, big mouthfeel, quite minty, fruity, very little sign of its 10///5 and that bourbon is very much in a supporting role, the way it should be. There’s a tongue numbing almost peppery warmth to it, but little bitterness, its all layers of wood, Christmas cake fruits and malts. There’s a very decent beer hiding under the oxidation and I’d like to try a newer release if one is ever forthcoming. Cheers Ian!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewtalita (227) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 19, 2016
Deep golden, lingering low head. Aroma earthy, candi sugar, floral hop tones, dried fruit, bourbon version has also bit of coconut and vanilla tones. Palate medium, low carbonation. Taste bubble gum (tutti frutti) - dried fruit, vanilla, candi sugar and very well rounded imparted cask tones - wood and vanilla which rounds it a bit compared to non-aged versions. Alcohol extremelly well hidden - drinkable. Very nice, albeit the standard version lacks the nuances of bourbon reserva. Better than sherry version also.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rusos (543) - Stupava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle 2013, Many thanks to gurthnar. Aroma sweet, dark fruits, caramel, wood. Taste is malty, spicy, candi, caramel, wood, some alcohol. But the ambient of alcohol is well hidden. High carbonation. Vedy good.

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