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

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RATINGS: 223   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Barley malt, hops, cane sugar, yeast and spices. Aged in port barrels


DutchMark's rating

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchMark (192) - - DEC 31, 2013
Very tasty. Had the vintage 2012. Complex flavor with burned malts dark fruit and a nice mildly bitter hop finish. A bit boozy but in a nice way. Prickly soft carbonation. Do not get the port so much but that doesn?t matter. Highly recommend!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (2912) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle @ Appellation Comely Bank tasting thanks to allmyvinyl. Appearance - amber brown with a decent head. Nose - dried oranges, some light spice (cinammon and vanilla) but quite dry. Taste - again not as generous as a recent tasting of the Bourbon barrel version. More dried orange peel and raisins. Not much of the dark fruit notes you’d hope to get from the Port barrel either. It seems to have dried it out. Palate - medium bodied with a dry crunchy texture and a well balanced finish. Overall - it’s a very nice beer, just disappointed compared to what I was expecting.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (3534) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle at Appellation. Pours orange amber, nose is toffee, caramel, berries, taste is fruity, dry sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (4219) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2014
Bottle at tasting. Pours amber with a light haze, thin white head. Aromas of candi sugar, dried fruit, orange peel. Taste is boozy, light sweet with more caramel. Not getting much port, but a nice beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sjorsvdg (91) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2014
Een heerlijk warm, en rijk bier. De portvaten proef je, evenals specerijen en gist. Heerlijk.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (5953) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (6523) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiong (4009) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gramity (1440) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike_77 (3377) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABT_S54 (196) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2014
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.


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