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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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.

BlackHaddock's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlackHaddock (3201) - Shropshire, - APR 15, 2012
Taken from the bottle into a tasting glass at the 16th Essen Christmas Beer festival 2010. Honey brown in colour, they use Pilsner, light wheat and caramunich 120 malts according to the festival notes. The smell was of fruits, spices and malt. Not suprising when you realise they add orange peel and grapes in the mash along with mint leaves and cardamom. Unfiltered and unpasteurised the beer retains all those flavours mentioned above, add the three hop varieties from around Poperinge and you have one hell of a beer. The flavours somehow blend into a fantastic tasting beer, each sip being slightly different from the last one. It is more of a ’barleywine’ than a anything else, but whatever style you choose to put it in, it is a wonderful drink.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LomYst (398) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (1719) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimpgibbon (219) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1087) - 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 doesn’t seem to be the best example. Clearly, the bottle I’m reviewing peaked a while ago, which is a shame because I can tell deep down there’s a great brew here. This vintage is complex, but flawed.

Like any good Belgian strong dark ale, there’s subtlety to be appreciated here. Flavors of cherry, plum and fig linger in the palette (what’s left of them, at least). It’s not quite as robust or delectable as some of the better examples of the style. The alcohol is prominent, but not harsh or hot. There’s a consistent dry bitterness from start to finish with an mixture of astringent smokiness and dark chocolate on the finish. It’s an odd combination of candy and tobacco – 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 – big. Tsjeeses isn’t 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, it’s 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 there’s minor dryness on the aftertaste. Not quite a sipper, but not exactly an easy drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Russo (1645) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ST247 (181) - 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

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JefVerstraete (939) - 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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