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


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RATINGS: 614   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBlitz (72) - Roslyn, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2013
On draft at Monk’s Cafe; I almost have to rate this twice; served way too cold on draft, it took 20 minutes to have any flavor; previously enjoyed from bottle served properly, it was delicious; this time, after warming had more of what I was looking for; a little tart (God, I could go for a little tart right now!), medium to full bodied; "bready" aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kavu (2743) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 27, 2015
0,33l bottle @ Stadin Panimobaari. Pours hazy amber with a medium head. Aroma is malts, alcohol and fruits. Flavor is malts, yeast, fruits, alcohol and some hops. Great!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cam_Dynamite (85) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 26, 2015
Pours a murky copper/honey colour with a white head. Aroma is sweet and herbal. Taste is pretty similar with a slight sour oaky finish that turns into a sweet bourbon aftertaste. Not really my jam but a rock solid beer nonetheless

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Franksv6 (459) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2015
Copper colored beer with a small white head, medium carbonation. Tastes fruity, oak, malt, slightly caramel, spices and raisins. Complex flavor but again very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GJF (1351) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - MAY 18, 2015
Bottle in Saint Louis with thanks to Jim. This is a really interesting Belgian beer--I must say I liked the regular better than the reserve. But quite quaffable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Azazello (78) - POLAND - MAY 10, 2015
Struise Tsjeeses Reserva - Bourbon Barrel Aged różni się od poprzednika tym, że jest jeszcze lepsze! Ta beczka robi różnicę. Piwo jest znacznie bardziej gładkie, waniliowe, rozgrzewające, nuty drewna i szlachetnego alkoholu są znacznie mocniejsze, a samo piwo mniej gryzące. Wciąż jest bardzo belgijsko - owocowo i kwiatowo. Znów 10% alkoholu praktycznie nieobecne w smaku, ale ciężko było mi się wdrapać na pięterko po całym dniu łażenia i tym piwie. Słodycz jest bardziej stonowana, tak jak i przyprawy. Moc i miazga!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yourilevesque (228) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2015
Bière à la robe ambrée, cette bière affiche un mince anneau de mousse frémissante à la surface de mon verre. Au nez, je respire du caramel, des oranges et beaucoup de jus de pommes fraîchement pressées et non filtré. En bouche, c’est très fruité. Contrairement aux bières à la mode en ce moment (d’ailleurs la Belgique évite depuis toujours de tomber dans le ’’à la mode’’ et nous l’en félicitons) ces fruits ne sont pas des fruits de sud mais bien plus du nord. J’ai l’impression de croquer dans une pomme à chair molle, voire pâteuse. Tout en étant mou, c’est épicé à la manière cette fois d’une croustade: cannelle, cassonade, une pincée de muscade - sans envoyer le tout au four bien entendu! L’alcool est parfaitement dissimulée et le tout plutôt adroitement tissé. Vieillie en fût de bourbon? Personnellement je ne vois pas, mais cela n’a rien d’un défaut. Ceci est probablement une qualité en fait - lorsqu’on est incapable de décrire les constituants séparément tellement ils sont harmonieux. Cette bière n’est pas mon genre habituel mais je crois qu’elle saura fortement plaire aux amateur du style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (2919) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2015
330ml bottled July 2014 at 10%. Dark orange, hazy, highly sparkling, small foamy white head. Aroma is plums, raspberry, heather honey, alcohol. Body is medium, foamy, low carbonation. Taste is sweet sugar syrup, danish pastry, a little cherry. A little too sweet for my taste. The bourbon and wood may be lurking somewhere behind the sweetness, but they’re hard to find.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
murran (314) - - APR 5, 2015
Pours a brown hazy body with a medium lasting head. Rich malty aroma with barrel tones. Complex taste with malty tones of sugars and fruit. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AGCostaNeves (69) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - MAR 22, 2015
A golden red color (copper) and cloudy with a white foam, consistent and average volume. A sweet aroma of malt, wood, fruit being identified for me the pear, peach, apricots, a pleasant aroma of caramel, and of course the Bourbon. Moderately sweet taste in exact proportion, with delicious hints of malt, fruit, caramel, a beautiful Bourbon, oak and spices, and the hop bitterness is present. Woody end. Creamy texture and a bit oily.   Full-bodied with a low, soft carbonation, making it soft and very easy to drink. Very nice it, but beware of its 10% alcohol content that is very well hidden, so to speak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (4099) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 20, 2015
2013 bottle. Pours golden red with a nice off-white head. Aroma of malt, fruit, caramel, and bourbon. Taste is malt, fruit, caramel, bourbon, and spice. Good stuff.

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