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

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RATINGS: 889   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 Tsjeesesís. 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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Bottle into chalice. Pours a cloudy orange-gold, lighter towards the top, with loads of floaties, and a creamy bone-white cap that leaves substantial lacing. The floaties were disconcerting, but the beer otherwise looks fantastic. Nose is apricot and tropical fruit mixed with a rich, lightly doughy yeast note, spicy alcohol, bit of candy sugar shining through. Delicious. Taste is yeasty, bittersweet, rich tropical fruit and apricot, sweet candy sugar and some spicy alcohol. Honey, and maybe nutmeg? Dry at some points, deliciously rich in others. Finish is yeasty, a bit bittersweet, bit of alcohol on the exhale. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, soft, fluffy carbonation. Drinkability is fantastic. When I finished this, I was left wondering why I hadnít bought more than one. I actually realized I was drinking it so fast that if i didnít get to reviewing, Iíd run out of beer before I finished. An exemplary beer. Delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2009
12oz bottle on sale for $7, Jesus is smoking...It smells spicy and herbal sort of like a fantome. Its got a dark orange color and yeasties floating throughout despite a sincere attempt at a careful pour. Tastes like I donít know what, good but spicy and mysterious (again reminds me of a fantome). Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-22-2009 05:59:44

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3215) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Bottle. Pours a light orange/amber color with a small off-white with a large number of floaties. Aroma of fruit, candi sugar, spicy yeast, honey, and spices. Flavor is sweet and fruity and slightly bitter with honey, candi sugar, orange zest and mild spices with a medium body and a fairly dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (4006) - - MAR 17, 2009
a murky orange with lots of large suspended chunks. large fluffy white head. aroma is very tropical with pineapple, apricot and yeast. flavor is peachy, apricot, pineapple, yeast. full bodied. warming palate. bitter finish but slightly sweet. light stingy acidic notes. not really getting the christmas thing though.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2009
20090316 11.2 oz bottle from State Line. Dirty golden orange color, full of gunk despite having sat in the fridge for a month or so and trying to pour carefully off the sediment. Small but lasting white head. Aroma is spicy and wintry with apricot, clove, honey, ginger aside from the usual Belgian yeastiness. Doughy, sweet, and unctuous at first, but mellowing out to a more spice oriented brew with an increasingly effervescent body. Some barny, muddy flavors, biting clove, bubblegum, teaberry, marzipan. Interesting beer that paired well with my dinner of roast pork with applesauce and potatoes.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Tap at Spuyten Duyvil. Darkish pour with a touch of marshmallow head. Kind of fishy, waxy aroma. Tough to define flavor, has a weird ginger bread and citrusy wax quality. Very sweet, but unlike Pannepot it isnít really doing it for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAR 14, 2009
33cl bottle, with thanks to ygtbsm94 for the nice bonus. Pours a cloudy apricot juice color with a medium tan head. Aroma is cookie dough, spices, and candied fruits. Flavor is similar with a variety of fresh and candied fruits and belgian yeast. Thereís sure a lot going on here, just not sure all of it worked for my palate. Thanks again Brad!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2009
11.2 oz bottle. Very murky orange/amber color with a medium sized sudsy white head. Lots of floaties. Sweet malty, doughy aroma with hints of orange marmalade, honey and pepper. Flavor is fairly sweet up front, with just enough bitterness to keep it from getting cloying. When I smelled the beer I didnít get a strong yeast presence, but it does come out in the flavor. Black pepper, wet straw, oranges are the main flavors with the alcohol becoming very apparent as it warms. Very good and would be even better if not as sweet.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Giant, sticky body - this beer is huge. And sickly sweet. Insane amounts of every flavor component - grassy, spicy and cotton candy sweetness. Hot as hell; textbook unsubtle. This one did me in...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3507) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Pours burnt orange color with off white head. Spicy aroma with a slight funkiness. Belgian yeast and alcohol aromas also. Sweet bready malt flavor with Belgian yeast, fruit, citrus and some peppery spices. Alcohol is nice and warming but not overpowering. Medium body with tingly carbonation.


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