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


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RATINGS: 183   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Barley malt, hops, cane sugar, yeast and spices. Aged in port barrels

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Borresteijn (4402) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2012
33cl Bottle from ABS Drinks Winksele, 2011 vintage. Clear dark amber colour, off-white head. Aroma of some oak, light vinous, sweet, light malty. Flavour is medium sweet, malty, light fruity, quite bitter, alcoholic, slightest touch of oak, light spicy. Medium-bodied, overcarbonated, no real sign of barrel-ageing. Seriously underwhelming beer. Saison, really?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (4033) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2012
Bottle: Vintage 2011: Medium sized, pretty vast and fluffy, slowly disappearing, vanilla colored foamy head on top of an almost clear dark orange to amber colored beer. Smell is more crispy and sharper than the other Tsjeeses’ I’ve had: roosvice, grains, syrup, sweets, peach, apricot, some wood, creamy malts. Taste spices, alcohol, alcoholic grains, yeast, syrup, creamy, some malts, hint of wood, sweets, light bitter, some creamy alcoholic peach, hay. Aftertaste is malty with some alcohol, spices, bitterness and wood all are close to an irritating bitterness. Low carbo, soft creamy foamy mouthfeel, medium to lightly fuller but still a bit thin body and a creamy sticky texture. This one is even less to no taste of barrel aging. I wasn’t a fan of Struise’s Tsjeeses (it’s not bad) but this Barrel aged versions don’t add anything. At least not for me!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holmen1 (1995) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2012
Flaske hos Ole Anders des-12: Vintage 2011. Jøje meg, nå står jubelen i taket - dette er snop fra ende til annen. Uklar brun farge med deilig aroma av kanidssukker, belgisk gjær og emner fra portvinsfatet. Smaken er enda bedre enn aromaen, en hel godtebutikk på flaske. Var også perfekt til stilton med honning på salte kjeks. Kjøp, kjøp!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnar (4864) - Sandnes, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2012
Shared bottle at local tasting. Pours hazy hazelnut colored with a small white head. Aroma is smooth brown sugars, malts and port. Taste is smooth deep malty with a more than pleasant light bitternes, delicious port charachter, a true gem.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BartC (726) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2012
In my opinion the best of the Tsjeeses reserva’s. Dark orange colored beer with a fruity complex aroma and flavor. Port flavors noticeable. Malty sweet taste, also alcohol warming. Again a very complex fruity flavor. Hoppy and sweet (port and alcohol) aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaartenRF10 (1460) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2012
Monthly Beerevents tasting @ Heidebrouwerij
Hazy amber, beige head. Aroma is barrels, alcohol, some citrus, a hint of vanilla, malt. Taste is licorice, spices, some wood, alcohol. Somewhat disappointing beer. It’s very nice and rather complex, but I’d expected better. Body and carbo are fine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
abemorsten (2491) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2012
Shared 330 ml bottle. Cloudy hazelnut with a white film. Candy, rock sugar, spicy, light vinuous notes. Pungent and alco warm. Heavy sweet well balanced against a spicy bitterness. Fantastic together with a stilton cheese.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (4812) - Tau, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2012
Shared bottle at local tasting, Cloudy brown colour, large off-white head. Pleasant aroma of Belgian ale yeast, brown kandij sugar, mild spices and port wine barrel. Lovely flavour, even better than the aroma, with the same elements.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jfb (3462) - GERMANY - DEC 21, 2012
(bottle) pours a murky amber-ruby-brown colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of kiwi, dried fruit, lingonberries, chestnuts, almonds and a hint of apricot. flavour is cherries, strawberries, caramel and herbal hops, light roasted malts, straw and a hint of alcohol in the dry finish. medium to heavy-bodied with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
finol (1974) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2012
Bottle. Pours amber with a small yellowish head. Warm spicy aroma. Sweet taste of plum and milk chocolate, bit vinous and spicy.

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