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


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RATINGS: 855   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 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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Sampled blind at "Better Know a Style: Abbey Tripel" tasting. Hazy orange color with off-white head. I found a slight hoppy aroma that might actually be minty with dough and yeast. Flavor is orange, malt, sweet caramel and alc. Heavily carbonated and light to medium body. Really interesting and nice orange.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Defreni (2883) - Husum, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2008
Fad. Meget skuffende. Ligner friskpresset æblejuice med et meget lille skumhoved. Masser af overmoden frugt i duften, intet til at tage det let kvalmende væk fra det. Denne går videre i smagen, som også mangler modspil fra både gær alkohol og humle til at komme igennem denne frugt. Heldigvis bliver det bedre efterhånden som de 10 % slår igennem. Det trækker lidt op.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2982) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Bottle from SL. The pour was pale and hazy yellow/golden, sparkling carbonation, nice initial white head, thinning to a thin covering, steady lacing, nothing fancy, though. The aroma was candied apples and grapes, some floral lavendar/spicing aspects, light grass. Flavor followed suit, candied apples and grapes, grass, faint yeasty notes, dry finish, well attenuated. Sweet-sour interplays going on, far from sweet and cloying, dryness and tartness both keeping things a little balanced. A nice strong golden ale, imo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2719) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Medium sized dirty white head, good retention but lacing is minimal. cloudy, orange colored brew. Nose is lightly citrusy and malty, bready notes, spicey, yeasty. Body is med/light, well carbonated. Lightly sweet malts, hint of caramel, more bready malt flavors, spices and a touch peppery. Lightly sour and acidic. Finish is dry, fruity and lightly puckerin. A nice Trippel. Bottle procured from State Line.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6920) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2008
Bottle (330ml) shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a cloudy orange with an average size creamy white head. Nice aroma of caramel, honey, Belgian yeast, floral hops and a touch of spices. Flavour of caramel malt, Belgian yeast, some funk, citrus fruit, light spices and floral hops. Alcohol’s pretty well hidden. Medium bodied. I was not expecting this, this is a really good beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8978) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Bottle from an anonymous benefactor courtesy of the Pennsylvania Underground Beer Network (PUB’N). The pour is golden dark straw colored, turbid, with a fluffy, white head. Aroma has spicy florals, yeasty funky notes, citrus, and honey. Initially, the flavor is citric, yeasty, and floral, but as it warms, a definite honey and fruity presence is noticed, and this honey fruity element remains throughout,. nicely coupled with the florals and the spicy yeasty funk notes. This is a very unique and quaffable tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phantomtwister (19) - BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2008
The christmas beer from struise. He’s quite familiar with "stille nacht" from the dolle brouwers. It’s a complex sweet tasting beer, sweet and lot’s of fruit. Not my type of beer, but maybe it for someone else.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2008
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry and Blankboy, Harry’s bottle from his Fall 2007 England trip. Really hazy yellow, good sized white head. Nice floral, perfume aroma, yet also lots of dry yeast, fruit sweetness, and banana as well - interesting and nice! Good taste - intense perfumy malt, a hint of sourness and lots of alcohol. Complex. A very nice and unique Tripel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2008
Bottle (330ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, my bottle from England. Slightly hazy amber-gold with a decent white head. Wonderful aroma - possibly the nicest smelling tripel I’ve yet had - Belgian yeast, candi sugar, floral hops and fairly deep caramel malt - smells thick, if that’s possible. The taste has quite an alcohol component, sharply yeast, and quite pungently bitter - floral and grassy. Sugary, decently thick body, a nice bit of acidity and yeast - complex and satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
holdenn (2100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Sampled blind at "Better Know a Style: Abbey Tripel". (thanks to a trade with ygtbsm for this extra) Pours a cloudy orange with an off-white head. Aroma is earthy caramel, citrus malts. Flavors are sprite like lemon/limes. With light caramels and really fruity. Slightly hoppy. Decent beer.

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