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


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RATINGS: 827   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Barley malt, hops, cane sugar, yeast and spices.
Strong blond winterbeer with fluffy white head which has been lagered for 8 months on different stonefruits. Tsjeeses was born out of a 5 year brew experience regarding x-mas beer without being capable of finding a suitable name up to now. With the name came a face, a caricature actually, that was drawn on the day Urbain, our brew master and master brewer, drank too many Tsjeeses’s. Every time he drinks one, he says "Tsjeeses, what a beer". Therefore the name is more an expression of stupefaction than a curse. We have had already many discussions around the pronounciation of "Tsjeeses". Very close would be that you say "cheeses" or cheese in plural.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2009
Kiwi fruit and yeast in the smell, lactic, tart, spicy... Struise does it again. I really like this because it tastes so unique. Nice bitterness underneath. Like with pannepot, the sweetness is very much under control. Nice to know the brew master looks like a drunken orc and gets high on his own supply like a beer chugging version of scarface.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2009
’07 version from a bottle this evening. Murky orange pour. Lots of sediment. Aroma of vanilla, spicy phenolics, tart fruit and noble hop. Flavor is more of the same x5. Complex to say the least: spicy, fruity, yeasty, decent malt backbone, some hops and plenty of herbal notes. Alcohol is not overbearing on the palate, but warms the body as it goes down. Lots of citrus and spice in the finish; nutmeg, orange zest, hints of sage and more creamy vanilla. Nice mouthfeel: medium-bodied, creamy, but with enough carbonation not to leave the beer with a thick, cloying flavor on the palate. Flavors don’t exactly mold in to one, but blend in to something you’ve not likely tasted before: Very unique to say the least. Aging does not seem necessary here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2009
Pours a murky, orangey-blonde color with notable sediment and a moderately full, eggshell, foamy head which is mostly lasting and leaves nice lace rings. Nose is nice but not great; yeast is musty, lightly bready, and faintly estery; hops are faint herbal, and other notes of honey, pear, coriander, and faint orange peel. Flavor is similar with some notable fruits on the tongue (pear, apricot, banana peel, orange peel), with some herb notes (jasmin?), spices (ginger, coriander), and maybe some honey also. Palate is more than medium, creamy, silky, and lively. Finishes with just a touch of bitterness from the jasmin notes and some old hop notes with lingering pear, orange peel, and coriander. Certainly intersting and not like any other tripel I’ve tried. Interesting fruity notes and certainly unique spicing but everything just works out okay; not spectacular, not great, just good. One of a kind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Tap at Capone’s. Aroma of fig, mango, peach, pineapple, watermelon. Flavor huge with watermelon and watermelon seeds for me. Quite malty with a clean finish. For a tripel, I didn’t find it to be all that yeasty per se despite the endless esters. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bonfunck (149) - Waasmunster, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2009
33cl bottle from hopduvel @ghent, strong alcohol taste malty taste sweeter than the tsjeeses reserva. very good beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (4382) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2009
33 cl, Lot B6 08. Orange-amber with lots of active little yeast monkeys and an enduring three-finger cream above. Aroma is nutmeg and a light-fruit blend: grape, peach, pineapple and mango, plus some light resin and honeycomb. Flavor is all the same notes, plus light pepper and sandalwood, and more unidentified spiciness (citrus zest, coriander possibly?) showing up a bit later. Medium body is mostly smooth, slightly tingly, and fairly dry. Alcohol barely noticeable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 21, 2009
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a bunch of floaties. Medium head with a ton of lacing. Aroma is your typical funky yeast with a mild sweetness. Flavor is somewhat malty, sweet and hints of fruitiness. Finish is a bit dry and has a lingering hop bitterness. Slight warming sensation, but the 10% is well hidden. Because it is a winter brew and the bottle states it’s brewed with spices I was expecting more spice. However, still a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (2212) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Bottle at fridge temperature (couldn’t wait for it to warm).

Lovely funky house character that was frankly somewhat unexpected in the beer, spicy, and just tons of melon / way-overripe pear, as others have observed. Pineapple sweetness / acidity in the middle, bread-dough in the late middle, tart cherry skins and pits on the closeout. I’m having a very hard time not just blasting through this one like a 5% beer. NICE!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2009
11.2oz bottle. Pours hazy dark golden/orange with a small but nice white head. Aromas of pears mostly, but some yeast, candy sugar, slight spice and hops as well. Flavors are sweet fruit, spice, malts, Belgian yeast, and a very small amount of hops. Finish is slightly alcoholic. Plate is bubbly and nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (14078) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 17, 2009
ZBF 2007 Nur ein leichter Geruch ist bei dem Bier zu erkennen, dennoch komplex, fruchtige, süße und hopfige Noten sind vertreten. Der Antrunk ist leicht säuerlich, dies erstreckt sich über das gesamte Bier und nimmt von Zeit zu Zeit kontinuierlich ab. Dazu ist das Bier besonders in seinen Anfangsphasen hopfig und super malzig, die dabei entstehende Süße passt hervorragend zu dem Bier! Eine schöne Fruchtigkeit ist zum Ende hin zu erkennen, der säß-saure Aromenmix ist besonders hervorzuheben.

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