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


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RATINGS: 811   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5482) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 1, 2008
Muddy brown, thick beige head. Very fruity aroma - lots of cherry, plum, peach smells. Flavor is also sweet and fruity, but a particularly agreeable sweet flavor. Usually a beer this sweet would be kinda tedious, but i really liked it. As it warms, some pineapple notes emerge, and finally some sage-like notes and a winey finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - DEC 1, 2008
Hazy lumpy golden with a nice thick vanishing white head. Sweet weak nose. Some spices. Flavours are also quite hidden to be fair, but has a fantastic creamy, velvety palate if cold, quite burning mouthfeel as it warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (15646) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 28, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2010 Bottle poured by the man on the label, at the schoolhouse. According to Urbain, tsjeeses "is an expression of stupefaction." Slightly cloudy amber orange with a white head that settles quickly. Aroma of stonefruits. Actually, thatís not true, because I donít know what a stonefruit is, actually. Flavor starts malty and progresses through spice and dark fruits to a slightly bitter finish. Medium body. It was very special to drink this one with the master himself. Thank you Urbain!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7185) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2008
330 ml bottle from the Bayou. Pours out a cloudy orange color with a small white head. A very nice aroma of apples, some spices, and a lot of woody notes. The taste was very nice; sort of a warm and mellow brew, citrus flavors, apples, a dry yeasty flavor full of mellow barrel aged aspects. Very enjoyable. As it warmed it was much more flavorful and fruity. Drink it at 12 degrees maybe more. A fizzy mouthfeel. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9748) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2008
11.2oz bottle. Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Lots of suspended floaters. Aromas of yeast, bready, some fruitiness, and some spices. The bready/yeastiness dominates. Tastes of fruitiness (apples with some pears), bready and some spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (3173) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2011 Bottled. Pours hazy orange with an tiny, short lasting, off-white head. Malty nose with bread, cookies, light flowery hops and yeast. Sweet flavor of yeast with notes of abricot, apple, pear and caramel. Full bodied, creamy texture. Average duration, sweetness, light acidity and slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (10724) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 3, 2008
330ml bottle (Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam)
Bit of a gusher. Rich orange, small head. Sweet slightly sour beery aroma, a bit dusty, and a bit plasticky. Anna says nuts, I don’t get. Quite full bodied - loads of rich malts, and a real slap in the face from noble hops. Fairly yeasty and spicy - and some pleasant apricot and peach hints. Unfortunately the sticky sweetness is a bit cloying after a while; like many belgians they’d need to tone down the candy sugar to appeal to my palate. It’s pretty well balanced, between malt, hops, and spices, so the whole thing works quite well. Everything hangs around for a long and warming finish. However, as you can guess from that additional adjective, itís also a bit too alcoholic. Not to the extent of being boozy, but itís pretty noticeable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10715) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 31, 2008
Bottle received via trade with ygtbsm94. Pours hazy orange with an average, fizzy, off-white head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, biscuit), light hops (flowers), heavy yeast (barnyard, earth) with notes of apple, pear, and honey. Full bodied, creamy texture, lively carbonation, and a chalky finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bontus (689) - Flanders, BELGIUM - OCT 30, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2008 Bottle. A blond golden beer with a creamy head. The aroma is sweet with notes of spices and oranges. The flavor is sweet malty with strong notes of spices as well as some nice acidity, and alcohol making the body thick heavy, leading to a dry spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2008
Tastingsession LCRBM08.
2008 version. Amber colored brew. Malty, sweet aroma. Flavor is sweet, sugar, malty, applesirup, dark fruits, spicy. Nice.

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