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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2007
Sweet aroma with lots of honey and fruity apricot. Chewy, earthy malts, soft Belgian pale malt, spicy yeast and a light honeyish character as well. Light tartness through the middle with a dry yeasty finish. Apricot, light banana and a hint of tartness. Light astringency on the back along with the previously mentioned tartness. Nice spicy beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Bottle: Thanks notalush: Pours a deep honey-ish golden with a white lacing head. Fruity aroma, as well as spicy and sweet simultaneously. Banana, coriander, swiss cheese and a hint of brett. The flavor has a nice tartness that blends well with various spices like white pepper, coriander, nutmeg and a funky, swiss cheese like character. Finishes somewhat clean. Interesting, sweet/sour Tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5328) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2007
Thanks to irishboy for this - cloudy gold with a fizzy body - aroma of mango, peach, candi sugar sweetness, some soft earthy qualities - flavor is tart and sweet in equal measure, with apple skins, peach, light lavender/wildflowers, and grape skins - the floral notes donít intergrate that well with the spices and tartness, so the beer is a bit out of balance, but an interesting experience none-the-less.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2808) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Notalush. Poured into a small tulip glass. Thick golden color, little clarity. Aroma is very earthy and sweet. Think yeasty bready sugar with earthy, rooty elements. Almost too much actually. Taste is acidic, earthy, sweet and slightly astringent banana. Medium-heavy body, think tripel taken to a sligtly too strong degree. A bit too strong on the sweetness but still nicely estery and full of strong belgian sweetness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2007
Courtesy boboski. Hazy orange topped by 1cm of dense, white head. Nice lacing. Nose of sweet perfume, candi sugar, light fruits, airy and lightly spicy yeast, rich malt. Great aroma. Flavor adds a light tartness- even a little sour and lemony on the finish. Malt and sweetnees remain strong in the flavor with the other elements still there, just with less impact. Medium body, well carbonated, a little too light. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GilBier (75) - Dendermonde, BELGIUM - JUN 20, 2007
Hazy orange blond beer with creamy big head on top. Aroma is fruits, malts, nuts, sweet bread, spices, pineapple from a tin, mint leaf and hops. taste is also very complex and very dangerous because the alcohol 10% is so well hidden. Urbain told me that at Struise they always drink it from the fridge. This is a true top Tripple with lots of things going on. Malts, cookies, corn flakes, exotic fruits, calvados, spices and cripy hops. In the afthertaste there is a refreshing citrussy accent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2007
Courtesy boboski. Darkish orange pour with a fluffy white head. Earthy aroma, slightly lemony, with some apricot and tobacco. Carbonation is relatively low-key, despite appearances. Taste is richly sweet and fruity. While some tripels have a refined sugar type of sweetness, here itís more of a raw earthy type of sweet. The taste is not as complex as the aroma, but itís still a ways off from most paint-by-number tripels. A unique tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUN 17, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2007 Cloudy orange pour. Soft white head with a series of compact bubbles sitting next to a cluster of fat ones. Lacing is excellent. The aroma is very strong and very sweet and absolutely stunning, itís so unique. Huge spices, including cinnamon streudel, acidic tree fruits, apple skins, peaches, sweet breads with icing, flowers, cardamom, the list could feasibly go on forever. I have never smelled anything like this; just when I thought a tripel couldnít be exciting again, a brand new aroma is thrown at me. Moderate yeast and light alcohol round out the nose. The flavor is immediately very sweet, but just as quickly fades into complex, bready, yeasty notes. Spiciness feels more restrained in the taste, sweetness is held in check by plenty of toasted malt and balanced by alcohol. The mouthfeel is very full and softly carbonated, slick with pockets of stickiness. Finishes incedibly long and spicy, bouncing wildly between sticky sweet and dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6635) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2007
330. Thanks, Maria! Big spice and fruit nose. Pours cloudy peachy yellow and gold. Thick fluffy/bubbly white head. Strong hints of spice appear everywhere, starting with the nose. Tangy puckery white fruit (maybe some green apple too) on the nose; these flavors also persist to the mid-palate. The attack is certainly flavorful enough to call it aggressive; this is no small beer. The mid-palate accelerates on a wave of white pepper and coriander. Thick bubbly body and sharp dry finish. I appear to be the lone great supporter of this one tonight, but I really do like it. The tang has the perfect context around it, and itís a soulful, lovingly made beer. Wish I could drink it all the time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beeranarchist (231) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2007
Bottle. Amber with a compact white head, unclear. Fruity aroma (dominated by oranges and apricot) with notes of cloves, alcohol, yoghurt and metal. Fullbodied with a rather low carbonation compared to other belgians. Sweet but has a bitter finish. Itís very spiced, but better balanced than most other spiced brews.

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