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


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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Barley malt, hops, cane sugar, yeast and spices. Aged in port barrels

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sjorsvdg (181) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2014
Een heerlijk warm, en rijk bier. De portvaten proef je, evenals specerijen en gist. Heerlijk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (7700) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2014
33 cl bottle as ˝Reserva PBA Vintage 2011” @ tiong, BBE 26-12-2017
Aroma has rather strong porto notes, sweet sweet malt and toffee. Flavour is very sweet with toasted sugar, porto, candid sugar, caramel and any other expressions teling about excessive sweetness. Also vanilla and licorice – and alcohol trying to balance the sweetness. But that is not enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (7594) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2014
330 ml bottle. Pours a hazy orange copper colour with a small head. Aroma of dried apricot, red wine, biscuit and some caramel. Flavour of sweet caramel, strong metallic notes, biscuit, dried apricot, wood and some port wine. Mild tannine notes. Medium bodied. Sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiong (5225) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2014
330ml bottle

2011 vintage, vertical with BBA - Pours dark brown with a smooth white head. Aroma of sweet ripe fruits, toffee, syrup, caramel, hints of wood and vinous notes. Taste is sweetish, vinous and woody with some sweet ripe fruits, caramel, toffee and syrup. Finish is metallic, stingy and vinous with some sweet fruits, caramel, toffee and syrup. A bit more vinous than the BBA version, feels a bit metallic too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gramity (1581) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
Pours cloudy brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of yeast, candy, caramel, spice and vinous aspects. Flavour is heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Full bodied with soft prickly carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike_77 (4095) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2014
Hazy red colour. Aroma is very yeasty and sweet with some bitter orange peel. A sticky and sweet taste with bread dough and yeast. Port is not particularly prominent but there’s a sticky finish on the lips.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ABT_S54 (284) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2015 33cl bottle served in a Struise glass. Pours a wonderful hazy orange colour with a slightly yellowish head which last throughout the drink with plenty of floating sediment. Aroma is very powerful with sweet fruits, malt and booze. Taste is much more rounded than normal Tsjeeses. The marmalade notes present in the standard Tsjeeses are gone and replaced with a more balanced level of sweetness/bitterness along with a slight barrel presence but unless I was told I probably wouldn’t have noticed it. In any event the barrel aging has not had a pronounced effect on the taste but has subdued the exiting flavours and added yet more complexity to an already complex brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (15605) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle, at Kick. An almost clear one, dark glowing amber in color and with a dense finger thick off-white head. The aroma has a little vinous touch, with dried fruits, some caramel and nuts and a hint of alcohol. Fruity flavor, both dried and fresh, with vinous notes and caramel. A little bitterness too. Full body and a soft carbonation, a little warmth too. Sort of dry. Lasting finish. Sure a pleasant one, a sipper. 141206

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Centje (33) - Bruges, BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2014
I can taste caramel, prunes and raison. Look: rusty with a long lasting beige header. The port barrels did a good job!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (8059) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 4, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2014 33 cl bottle. 2011 vintage.
Lots of caramel on the nose, nothing else, some metallic notes come through also. Very sweet and tacky, nothing special here. sad face.
33 cl bottle @ Gastropub Tuulensuu.
Pours dark amber color with a large head, a bit of a gusher. Distinct Port on the nose, wood, dark malts, ripe fruits and molasses, faint yeast too. Brown sugar, sweet bready malts and some licorice on the flavor, alcohol comes through just right, dry wood and port hints only on the aftertaste. Moderate carbonation, sticky sweet palate. A very nice dessert delicacy.

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