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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2007
sampled blind at "Better Know a Style: Abbey Tripel". pours dense golden with creamy off white head. nose of mint, toffee. flavor mint leaves, citrusy, apples, lemon, lime, yeast. creamy body. lively carbonation. interesting stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Bottle. Body-hazy yellow/light orange, medium ring of bubble. Nose-burnt caramel, corn sugar, smells very sweet, cigarette smoke, candy corn, light body odor. Taste-light metal, radishes, apple skins, saccharine on the back end (very sweet), very light almost hidden funk, watered down malt vinegar, light apple cider (like DuPont Reserve), some clay/earth, clove like spice, brown sugar, light cherry, low alcohol. All in all a little too sweet (without being sticky), very complex, estery, nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (11728) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2007
Bottle, bought @ Ølbutikken, Cph.
[Vintage 2006]
Pours a light hazy orange-yellow with a small creamy lightly off white head. Good lacing on my glass. Aroma is absolutely fantastic! Caramel, clementines, apricot, apples, nutmeg, ginger and lots of toffee. Great mouthfeel. Flavour is lightly fruity tart with oranges, clementines, coriander, nutmeg, toffee. There is a clear vinious edge to it as well as a clear, bright bitterness. Wonderfully complex tripel - I should certainly buy a few for cellaring!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12400) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2007
(Bottle, BB 10/11) Pours a cloudy orange body with a small off-white head. Aroma of tangerine, citrus, ginger, coriander, pepper, and some vegetable. Flavor of citrus peel, breadiness, banana peel, and light floral.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (17458) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2009 2009-02-07, draught at Plan B, Copenhagen, as Jesus, 6-2-7-3-13=31
Poorly served, with no head in a half pint glass; cloudy light amber color. Simple aroma; quite strong body; sweet malt flavor, with a touch of sweet liquorice and Belgian yeast; warming alcohol. Maybe too strong, a bit boozy, and not enough exciting.

2007-08-05, bottle, 6-4-6-3-12=31
Hazy copper color; big frothy head; high carbonation. Light aroma, with some caramel, fudge, very light sweet spices. Good body structure, with quite a lot of sweetness, but the flavor reminds me apricot jam, over all; there is also a light sourness. The bitterness is low; at the end there is also some alcohol perception. It actually tastes as if it’s a wrong bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2007
Huge thanks to Carlo for this - the guy just loves to give me beer, bless him. Hazy orange-red, with a small but very solid white head. Aroma is a mix of spices (black pepper, cinnamon and other dusty spice), fruit (apricot, native lime, sultana) and malt (caramel and a hint of oxidation?). There’s quite a lot going on, but the elements seem fairly distinct, as opposed to integrated. It starts off quite thick and sweet before being cut by quite an unusual sourness - malic acid from the fruit I presume. There’s a subtle, but distinct, hop flavour, with more apricot and lime flavours. At the start of the glass I thought there was just too much going on to really enjoy it, but the more I drank it really grew on me. Top stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
omhper (22306) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2007
Bottled at Monk’s Café, Stockholm. Cloudy deep golden, firm head. Fruity nose with herbal spices - cinnamon and ginger spring to my mind. Vinous with vital, rounded mouthfeel. Fiery alcohol lies undeneath and some pleasant lactic acidity adds freshness and complexity. Full bodied. So wonderfully complex - every sip brings out a new aspect. There’s orange and butter, berries and, muscat wines and everything else I want. I tried to be a sceptic, but failed hopelessly. Oh, what a beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeinDahlem (1408) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 16, 2007
If only more tripels had balls like this. 33cL bottle at Kerstbierfestival pours hazy orange-amber, with a grayish head and sticky lacing. Sourish, fruity nose and a tart flavor to back that up--notes of dried apricot and unripe orange. There’s a reasonable layer of bitterness to help balance the booze. Maybe a touch thin. Fruity, warm, and damned nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (5611) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2007
12 oz bottle, via BierKönig. A bit of a gusher here, lost an ounce or two. poured a very cloudy orangish brown body with a nice one inch fizzy off-white head that retained as a thin covering. Nose is heavy syrupy and bready malt with lots of yeast, some caramel, and a little alcohol. A general murkiness abounds. The flavor just seems a little off for a Tripel. Touches of caramel and over-ripe, almost rotten, peach fruitiness overlays lots of yeast and sticky doughy malt. No alcohol flavor up front, but a little on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a slight stickiness and moderate fizzy active carbonation. Overall, this just was not my kind of Tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25068) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2007
(Bottle 33 cl) Pours very cloudy amber golden with a creamy, off-white head. Sweetish, fruity nose with a touch of yeast. Medium body with a very smooth mouthfeel. Quite fruity, some overripe accents, lightly vinous - sherry-like - with an underlying tartness. The bitterness is quite discreet. Elegant, but not really what I would expect from a Christmas beer. 051207

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