overall
98
99
style
Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Oostvleteren, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 725   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Barley malt, hops, cane sugar, yeast and spices. Aged in oak barrels
225 litres (four barrels) of Tsjeeses were aged on oak for 6 months.

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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hohops (874) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2016
2013 bottle. Appearance is murky brown, with a huge pillowy foamy light brown head. Leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma- caramel, dark malty bread, brown sugar, juicy raisin, vanilla, bourbon hints, boozy fruitcake, cherries, Christmas pudding. Taste- lots of dark fruit, port wine, sweet vanilla bourbony undertones, sugary sweet raisin, orange, boozy fruit, stewed cherries/raisin, brown malty fluffy bread. Mouthfeel is sticky. Nice ale.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SinH4 (3669) - Garching b. Mnchen, GERMANY - DEC 23, 2016
Bottle, 2013. Amber-orange color with white head. Aroma is a little bit chalky, moldy cellar, a bit vanilla. Taste is the same, some caramel, moldy. Medium carbonation. Not as good as the regular or the Port version, a bit too moldy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
anstei (1460) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 23, 2016
Bottle, courtesy of SinH4, 2013 vintage. Pours almost clear ruby amber. Aroma is light candy turning into vanilla, some chalk too, unfortunately. Body is heavy, more bourbon flavours, turning a bit boozy, even more so on the palate. Carbonation is fizzy. Sweet and strong, yet damp. Not super harmonic. Still, a good beverage.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zimbo (923) - SCOTLAND - DEC 22, 2016
2013. Aroma of wood, some smoke, spirits and light spice. Slightly hazy brown amber colour. Tastes of glace fruit, autumn, baked apple, spice and nuts Near perfect barrel integration.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MelvinKalksma (1224) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - DEC 8, 2016

Aroma:
Medium aroma of malts, caramel, Belgian yeast, wood, vanilla, dried fruit and roasted malts.

Appearance:
Turbid/opaque orange/brown beer with a slight/medium beige head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium/heavy sweet with malts, caramel, Belgian yeast, wood, vanilla and dried fruit; ends slightly bitter and dry with roasted malts.

Overall:
This beer is intense, complex and balanced. Not a lot of bourbon to be honest, but somehow it still works. Great taste with loads of flavour.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALIBALI (1109) - Kiel, GERMANY - NOV 27, 2016
Schwerwiegender ALE & WHISKY Hardliner. Spirituosenfett und Vanillebourbonaffin. You need Cognac?? You get it....CRAFT AND DRAFT. 0,15/4,50. Tap. AMSTERDAMNED....😵

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CraftyHare (38) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - NOV 26, 2016
2012 vintage 330ml bottle from Beer Cartel pours murky orange-brown with rich off-white head. Amazing aromas of apricot, orange, caramel, banana and bourbon. Tastes of caramel, toffee, fruit cake, orange marmalade, barley sugar, prunes, cinnamon and cloves. 10% alc vol is not overpowering and the finish is sweet and smooth. Very balanced and composed beer despite its big personality. Beautifully executed xmas ale.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beer_queue (87) - California, USA - NOV 3, 2016
2011 Vintage. Dark cloudy brown in color with a thin, short-lived, off-white head; tiny specks of yeast at the bottom. Aromas are mostly sweet (dried fruits, candied fruits, syrupy) with some spice, malts, and booze very much in the background. Tastes exactly like the nose would suggestcomplex sweetness on arrival while the finish presents the baking spices, malts, and plenty of booze. Tastes like dark fruit preserves on top of a slice of spiced, seedy whole-wheat toast. After a while, the sweetness & alcohol intensifies to create flavor thats like an Old Fashioned with three or four Luxardo cherries thrown in. Palate is medium-to-full, no carbonation, warm with alcohol, and finishes dry. What can I say? This was an orgasmic X-mas ale. Beautiful stuff and ages gracefully!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kr1zz (428) - BELGIUM - SEP 21, 2016
Bottle 33cl bought at Dranken Geers in Oostakker. Pours hazy light brown with a medium beige head. Nose: cheesy, dried fruits, cookie dough, liqueur. Taste: soft stronger carbonation. Creamy texture, bourbon notes, chocolate, vanilla, stronger alcoholic warmth, dried fruits, roasted malts, cheesy, slightly bitter, even a little bit floral.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mesjasz (1232) - Lodz, POLAND - SEP 19, 2016
2011 vintage. Very fruity aroma, mostly dried fruits like raisins, plum, very vinous, some caramel and oak. Taste is sweet, light bitter. Flavor is spicy, fruity, vine. No alcohol detected. Great beer.


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