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


on tap

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RATINGS: 753   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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Boutip (6380) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2013
Bottle: Poured a deep clear hazy brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with caramelized malt, light toffee and some light bourbon notes are also perceptible. Taste is a very drinkable mix between some caramelized malt with light toffee notes with some residual candi sugar notes, candy ester and some light bourbon notes with some vanilla also perceptible. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I was expecting the bourbon notes to be more apparent but this is still a very enjoyable and easily drinkable beer.
Earlier Rating: 11/7/2009 Total Score: 3.8
Bottle: Poured a murky beige color ale with a quite large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of fruity ester with some spicy yeast and deep rich Belgian style malt. Taste is also a complex mix between some deep rich Belgian malt with notes of spicy yeast and fruity ester. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation with very light alcohol perceptible. Very well done thought abuit too heavy fior my taste and I think I prefer the original over this – oak was kind of subtle.

kraddel (8152) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 24, 2013
Pours deep amber ( darker than tsjeeses) nice , fine , white foam , regular sized . No real smell somehow .. Just as i thought this was the ’ tsjeeses reserva ’ i had ( it switched every year bourbon to port) It has some of the taste of tsjeeses , but not all . And its missing the aftertadte , THE thing that makes tsjeeses one of my favourite beers . Also no real bourbon taste . Whats left is best to be described as a wannabe tsjeeses ...
Earlier Rating: 8/8/2012 Total Score: 3.7
dissapoitment here... tsjeeses, one of my highest liked beers, aged in oak barrels, must be even more better? far from ! the great aftertaste ( the reason i like the beer) is in this version as good as gone... to bad :( but hey, still a nice one.. just not what i expected ...

Fukito (1059) - Santiago, CHILE - MAR 23, 2013
Hazy orange color with a medium head and effervescent carbonatation. Aroma is spicy sweentes with some port notes and cake. Flavor is woody with some spicy notes and a light bitter-sourness with a woody bourbon finish. Medium light body, dry finish, alcohol very well conceived, easy driking and complex.

GRM (4051) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2013
Brown bottle, 11.2 ounces, drunk at L’autre oeil, savoured on November 30 2012; eye: caramel, hazy, no effervescence, minuscule ring of brown head; nose: yeast, spices, malt, caramel, alcohol; mouth: yeast, spices, malt, caramel, alcohol, alcohol warmth, finale in alcohol with presence of malt, medium-full body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, alcoholic texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 11,2 onces, bue à L’autre œil, savourée le 30 novembre 2012; œil : caramel, voilée, pas d’effervescence, minuscule anneau de mousse brune, pas de dentelle; nez : levure, épices, malt, caramel, alcool; bouche : levure, épices, malt, caramel, alcool, chaleur d’alcool, finale en alcool avec présence de malt, corps moyen-corsé, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture alcoolique; en résumé : bien

PotjeBier (3350) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 2, 2013
33 cl bottle @ home. Copper to brown color, somewhat hazy. Dense off white head with good retention. Aroma’s: sweets, sweet & sour fruit, a bit alcohol. Flavor is medium to heavy sweet, fruity. Alcoholfeel is medium to strong, body is medium. Finishes with some spiciness and lightly bitter. Nice, but the bourbon & wood is completely lost on me.

PriorL (3068) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2013 Shared with Mathieu87. Appearance: nice head, sticky-adhesive. Nose: bourbon, sweet, vanilla. Taste: sweet, warming alcohol when drinking.

Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 25, 2013
33cl Bottle, Vintage 2011, Vertical tasting with the PBA, Metallica playing on the background. Dark amber to light brown coloured beer with some medium carbonation and a large but rather fast diminishing off white head. Nice fruity light sweet hinted aroma with a far distant barrel oak hint, but only far. Full light creamy palate. Finish is rounded, bitter sweet fruity yeasty hinted with a longer bitter light alcoholic ending. Very nice. Bourbon not really on the front. Prefer it over the PBA. Nice rounded beer, but misses the bourbon hint.
Earlier Rating: 12/23/2009 Total Score: 3.4
Hazy yellow blond coloured ber with a small white but diminishing head and some light carbonation. Light fruity yeasty hinted aroma. Full palate. Finish is light bitter sweet with some alcoholic hints. Full ending. Nice

olio (10289) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 25, 2013
33 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20090721.
Pours copper color with a small head. Aroma of spices, fruits, some plums, caramel and herbs. Flavor of spices, caramel, malts, citrus fruits and wooden notes. An interesting and complex brew. Very nice.

pilsnerrogge (2948) - Finspång, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2013
Pour is hazy brownish orange and thick, fast dissipating head. Sweet toffee on the nose. More sweet toffe comes through on the taste, also some butter and alcohol. A liiitle bit better than the normal one.

fidelis83 (2441) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Additionally labeled XMas Ale 2011 on the side. Cloudy amber pour with a 1 finger, creamy eggshell head and some floaties. Lots of caramel, toffee and tart fruit in the aroma, fruity and tart yeast notes with a little bread dough, hints of nuts coriander and sweet bread spices. The flavor brings lots more toffee and caramel, stone fruit, spices, fallen leaves, sweet, crusty white bread, nut skins, raw turbinado sugar, dark fruit and light woody notes. Heavy mouthfeel with a creamy entry, syrupy middle and slightly more dry finish with a little slickness, dryness and warmth from the alcohol settling in. Really tasty stuff, nice warmer upper.

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