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

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RATINGS: 785   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2008
Nice dark copper pour, lasting thick white head with lots of carbonation. Aroma is yeast, fruit, prunes, hops very appealing. Taste is very surprising, strong prunes and sweet fruit, oranges, cherries, quite syrupy and sweet but a strong tart and sour finish, almost like sour cherries. No real alcohol on the finish (especially for a strong beer). Very unusual beer, but tasty and enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2009 121808 - Hazy orange color shimmers with long-lasting, rich white head, lacing everywhere. Nose is fabulous: traditional tripel elements like apple, grass, pepper, and yeast are married to slight must, sweet malt, and a wonderful grape depth, so fruity and harmonious. Flavor adds a nice tart component to the yeast, apple, orange, alcohol, and that grape... just a delicious blend. The all star Struise palate sparkles on the tongue while the full body glides smoothly, finishing long in fruit, slight lactic, and alcohol. Ends with too much alcohol, but overall excellent. Unreal how Struise delivers beer after beer after beer. I do not even like tripels that much. 9410519 112509 - More malt than previous bottle, cloudier tangerine appearance, a little dirty. Still the bounty of fruit in the flavor, a little more alcohol than remembered. More yeast as well. Still really good, but the parts are more obvious now, and the yeast and malt unfortunately overwhelm more of the fruit elements. 949417

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 17, 2008
Tap at Trappist. Pours with a nice golden color. Great full body with aromas of bread and spices. Nice flavors of dough, some spices, with a nice hop profile. Finishes very smooth. Very nice beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonkeyBra (3528) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2008
Dark orange with a thick white head, lots of floaties. Sweet, yeasty aroma with bits of citrus, apricot, Honey. Flavor is sweet but not overly so, well balances by spice and a smokiness. Has notes of peach and apricot, oak. Alcohol is well-hidden. This puts most tripels to shame.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Dark amber color with scads of fish food. Fruity nose with apricots, currants and grapes. Mild allspice and ginger in the background. Hefty belgian ale qualities from the first quaff. Heavy liquid with just soft release of tiny bubbles to keep it lively.Pale malt start that leads into some serious stuff. Caramel and candi, honey and honeysuckle, fortified wine and figs, and a little herbal/dried flower hops in the backdrop. Alcohol nips at the senses, but never take a bite. Soft, lightly buttery malt sweetness return int the linger. A really nice holiday ale. Not overdone or foreboding. One of the fruitcakes you look forward to having.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2008
330ml bt. Pale butter cream colored head. Deep, opaque sultana bronzy color. Nose reminds me almost exactly of a big ol back of freshly harvested Chanterelle mushrooms, Apricots and earth. Tastes like biting an underripe peach thats 10 abv.Nice mouthfeel. Not my favorite

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
17thfloor (2434) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2009 Pours a thicker murky orange with a very thick and creamy off-white froth. Nice aroma for a triple, floral, yeasty, orange, strawberries?, honey and peanuts. Very dry and yeasty first taste, lighter than I was expecting from the look of it. Light orange, bitter alcohol, vitamin C, chalky, light tangy tangerines. Sweeter apricot finish with a noticeable noble hop bit, almost skunky. Seems a bit disjointed. Medium light body with crisp carbonation, lightly chalky.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7316) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2008
Bottle at least a couple of years old. Dirty amber with a fine slender lid. Pretty full-on fruit cocktail aroma of Strawberry Campino, plum, dried apricot, sultana, honey and spuce. Jammy, oaky and a bit bilious. Figgy fruit and ginger dominate the mouth, with hints of peat, conifer and honey. Soapy afters with some cardamom coming through, but it could be Mo s silver nibbles. Medicinal, sweet and unsticky, with some bittering hop presence. Silk and glow. Squirt of grapey sour from the stonefruit. Pleasantly dried-fruity, murkily spicy, unexceptional Tripel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6358) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Bottle, gushed a little. Pours opaque cider orange with a lasting off white head and a little sediment on the bottom of the glass. The aroma is rather light with sweet apricot, honey, and bread. Smooth body. The flavor is well balanced, with fruity sweetness, a light spice profile, bready yeast, and apricot. Pretty good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ilovedarkbeer (2340) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Pours a honeyed copper color with a big creamy creme colored head that persists and laces the glass. nose: apples, yeast, tiny bit of funk, hint of booze. Taste is popcorn balls or caramel corn. Somewhere in between those too. Fairly syrup like mouthfeel, with a medium length carbonated finish. Enjoyable.


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