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

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RATINGS: 762   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 11, 2008
Murky orange pour with a rocky off white head. Big funky aroma with hints of hops. Nice balance sweet and spicy. A great X-mas beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marsiblursi (3002) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2008
(Draught) Pours a hazy orange to amber colour. The aroma is sweet with tones of almond paste, (over) ripe fruits like banana, pears, yellow apples and kiwi. Bit spicy with tones of white pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and maybe a touch of coriander and clove alongside some herbal hops. The flavour is of malt, almond paste, fruits, spices and hops. Medium to heavily sweet with some light, bitter dryness. The mouthfeel is soft, round and quite silky. Medium full bodied.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (8019) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2009 Bottle shared by Urbain @ Struise farm. Light hazy yellow in color. Very fresh farmhouse nose of yeast, yogurt, and a faint hop nose, and some dry, light candy sugar. Faint hop bitterness, minerally yeast throughout... seems like a tripel/saison hybrid, really quite delicious. Fresh, lively, nice mix of dry and sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 8, 2008
Amber coloured beer. Quite foaming. A mild sourish taste. A hidden amount of alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (5118) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 29, 2008
Bottled. Hazy orange golden color, thick off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, some hop, orange, loads of clove, bit overdone perhaps. Taste is quite spicy, pretty sweet. Bit dry and spicy finish. Very nicely balanced. Obvious a christmas-brew, as it resembles quite some ingredients from Finnish Glug or Gluhwein.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjs (4584) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 25, 2008
(Bottle at Erasmus, Brugge, on 2008-05-21) Amber colour and cloudy. Dense white head. Liquorice and spices in nose. Medium palate with some fizziness. Liquorice and clove in taste. Some hop bitterness.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2008 Pours a hazy orange with a nice sized white head. Aroma of spice, citrus, Belgian yeast. Nice sweetness with a bit of bitterness to back it up. Alcohol is there a little. Wish I had bought more.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle. Awesome artwork. Pours amber orange red. thin white lacing. Aroma is spices and brown sugar. Flavor is spicy with a mild copper finish. Nice lemon zest character.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6128) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 18, 2008
Objectively speaking: A relatively complex, tart and spicy tripel in which the 10% ABV is not timid. Original tripel.
I like: Appealing noble hop profile (slightly earthy and quite floral, perfumey) which complexifies the aroma. Authentic mouthfeel, biting carbonation, not too thick, almost crisp for its magnitude. Quite vinous, white grape might be the easiest fruit to pick out, though a certain tropical nature and citrusy notions can easily be perceived as well.
I dislike: The generous alcohol flavours reduce the drinkability of this beer which seemed to aimed a bit towards that with its relatively lean body and dry palate. Weird combination of considerable spiciness (ginger? grains of paradise?)and tartness which steals the interesting hops’ place in the unsatisfying finish. I did not quite reach the level of enjoyment I anticipated.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2008
330mL bottle, best by 09/10. Pours cloudy orange golden with a substantial ivory head. Complex aroma, with notes of citrus fruit (mainly orange), herbs, spice and and yeast. Nice sweet-tart flavor - yeast and wheat up front are soon joined fruity apricot flavor and herbal nuances. Long, wheaty finish with some spice. This was delicious and very drinkable.


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