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


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RATINGS: 784   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Bottle, at cgarvieuk’s, with Stella, the kids, and Traci. Really great tasting Craig—thanks! Very pale gold, clean white head. Comforting rice pudding aroma with vanilla and cinnamon, fresh yeasty bread, a little hint of herbal hops. Light caramel flavor, buttery sweetness, soft and sweet. Some really nice things going on here, but the butter quality was sort of unexpected and off-putting. Might be something that makes more sense on a second tasting, but in this case, it was a little distracting.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
Borresteijn (4922) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 14, 2008
Bottle @ Café Gollem. I must admit, I had high expectations after reading the ratings at ratebeer, but this one really disappointed me. It certainly didn’t live up to the hype. Pours hazy orange with a huge head, gushes out of the bottle. Smell is afwul, rotten vegetables and overripe fruit, very cloying. Made me say "Tsjeeses" allright, but not in a good way. Taste was also cloying, overripe fruit, melon, with a bit of a sour/acidic finish. There’s a lot going on in the flavours there, maybe I didn’t get it. Gets better when it warms up. Must admit, the mouthfeel is superb, really smooth and creamy. However, taste and smell were horrible imho.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marsiblursi (3028) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (8229) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (5321) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjs (4792) - 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.

   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.

   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.

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