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

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RATINGS: 741   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2009
11.2 oz bottle. Very murky orange/amber color with a medium sized sudsy white head. Lots of floaties. Sweet malty, doughy aroma with hints of orange marmalade, honey and pepper. Flavor is fairly sweet up front, with just enough bitterness to keep it from getting cloying. When I smelled the beer I didnít get a strong yeast presence, but it does come out in the flavor. Black pepper, wet straw, oranges are the main flavors with the alcohol becoming very apparent as it warms. Very good and would be even better if not as sweet.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Deu (668) - Nantes, FRANCE - APR 20, 2014
Bottle. AMber/Brown with a medium white head. Medium to full body. Very complex but well balanced. Spice, sweet (not too much) with a nice bitter finish. Very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LomYst (393) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 13, 2014
For the reserva Oak Aged... Brown orange murk... big brown head yet almost no carbs... great complex aroma with booze, wood, port/wine, ripe cherries and some spices... mellow sweet taste, some bitterness in the finish... oily texture... awesome beer

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (1709) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2014
Bottle 330 ml at home, poured into a tulip glass, ABV 10% Very dark orange colour on the body, slighty hazy, with many tiny pieces of yeast floating around. Huge off-white head, thick, with good retention, leaving traces of lacing around the glass. Aroma is very fruity, also malt notes and light alcohol. Taste has spices, malts, lemon leaves, cardamom, light caramel. Medium thin body, soft carbonation, very dry palate. Quite nice.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davros (1806) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2014
Pours orangey amber with a large head. Nose shows spicy phenols and noble hops along with a doughy yeast note and some apple esters. Also a fair whack of malt with caramel and confectionery notes. Sweet malty flavours, again with a big confectionery character. Some noble hops remain along with a hit of booze. A little cloying.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimpgibbon (207) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2014
Bottle from Cornelius. Dark muddy gold with small pillowy head and fine carbonation. Malty fruity aroma, boozy apples, figs and light vinous character. Big sweetness tempered with apple dryness. Moderately boozy with some spice. Decent.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1083) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2014
I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a chalice. It appears to have been bottled in 2010 and cost $3 ($0.27 per ounce).

Appearance: Initially a beautiful shade of red, but is quickly obscured by massive yeast sediment. Eventually looks murky and brown. Pours to a small, yellowish, soapy head which almost completely fizzles away.

Smell: Minor cherry aroma, but overall slightly stale and smoky with a strong presence of alcohol.

Taste: Usually, a complex Belgian Christmas beer is the best kind of beer for aging, but Tsjeeses doesnít seem to be the best example. Clearly, the bottle Iím reviewing peaked a while ago, which is a shame because I can tell deep down thereís a great brew here. This vintage is complex, but flawed.

Like any good Belgian strong dark ale, thereís subtlety to be appreciated here. Flavors of cherry, plum and fig linger in the palette (whatís left of them, at least). Itís not quite as robust or delectable as some of the better examples of the style. The alcohol is prominent, but not harsh or hot. Thereís a consistent dry bitterness from start to finish with an mixture of astringent smokiness and dark chocolate on the finish. Itís an odd combination of candy and tobacco Ė most likely due to oxygenation and/or poor storage over the last four years. Still, I can put aside the flaws and concentrate on the genuine beer flavors and find Tsjeeses to be tasty and interesting. A fresh bottle would probably be a much better experience.

Drinkability: Big Belgian brews tend to be just that Ė big. Tsjeeses isnít nearly as imposing as its 10% ABV weight would leave you to believe. While the alcohol does create for a consistent, though gentle, warming sensation, itís not distracting. The delivery is a bit underwhelming as the mouthfeel is thin, nearly flat, and has a slickness to the texture. The astringency on the finish takes some getting used to, and thereís minor dryness on the aftertaste. Not quite a sipper, but not exactly an easy drink.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Russo (1635) - Campinas, BRAZIL - MAR 21, 2014
2012 - Hazy dark amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma is fruity with notes of caramel, burned sugar and yeast. Flavor is quite the same as aroma but a little bit more sweet. Low carbonation with a full body, finish is quite sweet.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ST247 (176) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2014 On tap @Het Oude Schooltje. Pours amber with nice white foam. Sweet aroma. Taste little sweet, light bitterness. Well balanced, love it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElManana (135) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2014
Very spicy aroma. Cloudy, dark yellow color, beige head, good lace. Sweet, jasmin, light bitter, hints of licorice, laurel. Smooth and well balanced.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JefVerstraete (933) - BELGIUM - MAR 11, 2014
Brown/amber colour, small beige head. Aroma of caramal and sweet malts. Also honey and dried fruit (figs, plums). Complex and very well balanced. Light bitter finish.


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