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


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RATINGS: 827   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   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 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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Dark amber color with scads of fish food. Fruity nose with apricots, currants and grapes. Mild allspice and ginger in the background. Hefty belgian ale qualities from the first quaff. Heavy liquid with just soft release of tiny bubbles to keep it lively.Pale malt start that leads into some serious stuff. Caramel and candi, honey and honeysuckle, fortified wine and figs, and a little herbal/dried flower hops in the backdrop. Alcohol nips at the senses, but never take a bite. Soft, lightly buttery malt sweetness return int the linger. A really nice holiday ale. Not overdone or foreboding. One of the fruitcakes you look forward to having.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2008
330ml bt. Pale butter cream colored head. Deep, opaque sultana bronzy color. Nose reminds me almost exactly of a big ol back of freshly harvested Chanterelle mushrooms, Apricots and earth. Tastes like biting an underripe peach thats 10 abv.Nice mouthfeel. Not my favorite

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2008
330ml Bottle: Sweet aroma of malts, spices, yeast, and fruit. Aroma makes me a little nauseous. Poured amber/golden/copper in color with a medium-sized, dense, fizzy, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Full of many particles of all sizes throughout. Small lacing. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malts, grains, yeast, fruit, herbs, light spices, raw dough, and bread. Medium to full body. Thick, chewy, sticky texture. Average carbonation. Sweet, bready, herbal finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Golden bronze colored ale, with a beautiful head of white creamy foam. Flavor is elegant and well structured, loaded with depth and nuance. Very sweet, well layered and complex, with well concentrated flavors from start to finish. Notes of peach and pear. Elegant mouth fell. Purely Belgian in every way. Wow, wow, wow. STUNNING.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2009 Little let down here. Nice triple, but not my favorite at all. Pours a dark orange, with an aroma full of yeast and spice. Flavor is nice, notes of light fruit, spice, vanilla, oak. Way too subtle. No real complaints here, just that the price is double what similar beers run.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (5017) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2008
Pours deep chunky gold into a tulip. Offwhite head recedes to skim surface. Apple and pear aromas. Tingly upfront with sour apple turning to a pleasingly viscous apple pie filling. I want another.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5685) - 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 (17672) - 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, that’s not true, because I don’t 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 (7586) - 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.

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