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%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6935) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2009
11.2 oz bottle that has been cellared since the holiday season likely from Binnys (Orland Park, Il). Pours a dark amber, well hazed with moderate white bubbly head that dissipates to a film. Aromas are a welcoming Belgian candy sugar, light brown sugar, cinnamon, spicy belgian yeast, vanilla, banana and apple. Pretty good. Initial is a little lighter than expected; some belgian yeast and candy sugar, a touch of dark fruits, banana, and apple. A lovely melange of flavor complexity, but lighter than expected and weaker on the aftertaste and palate. Medium bodid, but on the lighter side. Good spice and fruitiness, with typical belgian malt and yeasty notes. Finishes with small bitterness and fruity aftertaste. Pretty good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Guerde (1280) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2010 (bottle) Pours gold with a light white head that settles to a thin cap but leaves web-like lacing. Aroma is an interesting mixture of tart, sweet, earthy, and spicy. I get sweet aromas of raisin, honey, and pears. The tart aromas smell like stale bread, and there are hints of coriander along with orange zest which at times smells like orange marmalade. The taste presents an odd effect. At first, I think the flavor will be very sweet, but the initial spike of sweetness gets reigned in by a substantially dry, tart, and lightly bitter mid-palate and finish. The sweetness is still here in the mid-palate, but it plays second-fiddle to the dry, tart, and bitter flavors. The tastes specifically are, sweet peach and honey, stale bread, orange zest, a mineral-like effect, some coriander, and subtle bitterness. The yeasty finish really lingers after drinking. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with nice carbonation, and the high alcohol doesnít appear. This a really great tripel (like a drier version of Moinette Blonde), and if it were cheaper, Iíd gladly buy a couple bottles to age.

   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
í07 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 donít exactly mold in to one, but blend in to something youíve 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 Iíve 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 Caponeís. 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 didnít 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 (4831) - 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 itís 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 (2387) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Bottle at fridge temperature (couldnít 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. Iím having a very hard time not just blasting through this one like a 5% beer. NICE!!!

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