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


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RATINGS: 353   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Barley malt, hops, cane sugar, yeast and spices. Aged in port barrels

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dexcansino (556) - Andalucía, SPAIN - JAN 10, 2016
Sencillamente, esto es lo que se debe reconocer como una cerveza maravillosa. La mejor cerveza navideña que he probado esta temporada.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rand (1460) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 9, 2016
Bottle 33 cl from Amstein - St-Légier (CH). Coppery beer with a beige, low persistence and rough foam. Complex aromas of malt, caramel, dry fruits, vanilla and vinous notes of Porto. The taste is remarkable and full bodied, complex with toffy, spices, Porto, stewed fruits, orange and zest, date, raisin and vanilla. Nic balance, neither too sweet nor too spicy, there are notes liquor-like and a grassy bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChtiBreizh (456) - Rennes, FRANCE - JAN 8, 2016
33cl bottle. 2013 vintage, bottled on July 2014. Then probably spent 12+ month on the store shelf. Light amber with a fluffy head. Malty, floral, red fruits. Sweet with a drier and spicy, alcoholic finish, some wood. Lightly sour and astringent. Average carbonation, sticky mouthfeel. OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hawthorne00 (3276) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2016
Reddish amber with a large cream head that settles to a fat coat. Aroma is a jumble but charming: sultanas, orange peel, sugary dough, apricot jam, booze. Fruitcake batter with an a twist towards Panettone . 8+ Not unexpectedly, very sweet. Has the unusual creamy texture for a strong beer that "normal" Tsjeeses has. Stone and dried fruit, grapes, a hint of tannin, Chrismassy spices. Dries out just enough at the end. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maekchu (3202) - Hirakata, JAPAN - DEC 30, 2015
Bottle. 2011 vintage. Thanks to mike12da. Sweet nose, stewed stone fruits. Hazy apple juice color. Extremely sweet initial, pears, peaches, condensed sweet apples. Fruity and fumes mid-palate jumps up into the sinuses. Small tang in finish. Rich and full. Super sweet and packed with flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ken1 (1597) - DENMARK - DEC 30, 2015
Aroma: sweet fruits and caramel with notes of raisins. Flavour: dark ripe sweet fruits and berries with caramel notes and a dry bitter finish. A heavy thick mouthfeel. Colour: fedbrowb with an offwhite head. From: Voldby Købmandsgård Nov. 2015.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (2075) - Garching, GERMANY - DEC 29, 2015
Copper color with big white head. Aroma is slightly grainy, spicy yeasts, sweet candied sugar. Taste is candied fruits, definitely port barrel influence, good balance, spicy finish. Stays pretty dry, despite the sweet richness, and not too crazy aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel. Excellently balanced, and excellent interplay between the base beer and the barrel. Just the logical extension of regular Tsjeeses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3434) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Pours hazy dark caramel color with off white head. Aromas of caramel, candi sugar, and Belgian yeast. Sweet caramel and doughy flavors with some spices and hint of the port barrel. Medium body with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12991) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Bottle. Poured clear orange copper color with a huge frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Complex spice, dark fruit and wood aroma. Medium to heavy body with a smooth sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium dark complex sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration with a small alcohol bite. This is a solid seasonal beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Batavi (306) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2016 Fles gekocht bij Vinotake Waalwijk, uitgeschonken in Struise bierglas. Warm oranje koperkleurig bier, dat troebeler wordt naarmate de fles wordt uitgeschonken. Schuim komt boven de fles uit, kraag is ook hoog in het glas, met een beige kleur. Aroma heeft duidelijke notities van de vatlagering, in dit geval portvaten. Aroma’s van karamel, toffee, pruimen, eikenhout, walnoten, tawny port, en specerijen met name vanille, gember en kruidnagel. Het smaakpallet is zoet, fruitig en kruidig, kandijsuiker en karamel, pruimen en rozijnen met veel houtige tonen, tawny port komt duidelijk naar voren, nootachtig en kruidig met notities van walnoten, gember en vanille. Mondgevoel is zoet, met een prikkelende carbonatie en een korte kruidige, houtige afdronk. Fles was wel licht geoxideerd, na 2 Stille Nacht bieren die complete gushers waren, moet ik een manier vinden om dergelijke bieren beter te bewaren, bij een constante temperatuur en altijd donker. Hoe dan ook weer een zeer smaakvol bier van mijn favoriete brouwerij uit België. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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