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

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RATINGS: 753   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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3.8
olio (10462) - 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.

3.1
pilsnerrogge (2984) - Finspång, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2013
Bottled:
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.

3.8
fidelis83 (2496) - 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.

3.8
dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Pours hazy orange brown with a thick off white head. Nose is big citrus, some vanilla, wood, leather and fruit. The taste is sweet with bitter popping in midway through and hanging around until the finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, the body is heavy and the finish is long. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Earlier Rating: 12/25/2011 Total Score: 4.3
Pours hazy gold with small head. Nose is vanilla, grapefruit and coriander. I can smell the high alcohol content to, but it’s not overwhelming. This is what it would smell like in a hybrid candy and flower shop. The taste is very heavy oak flavor, bready with some pine sap. Mouthfeel is between medium and heavy. Very crisp but manages to coat the mouth leaving a long aftertaste of hops and oak. This is a great beer.

3.7
txspartan (1098) - Berchem, BELGIUM - FEB 17, 2013
Sweet caramel aroma. Some roasted malts. Head disappears quickly. Strong alcohol burn.

3.5
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Tobacco and smokey wood up front, neither is particularly strong though so that's good. Spiced, smooth, huge malt base rises from the depths at the end. Caramel finishes it off. Way better than the base.

4.1
rarbring (2295) - Linköping, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2013
Aroma: Smelling of toffee, caramel, raisins and vanilla.
Appearance: A foggy amber colored beer. A high off-white head with good lacing and good curtains.
Taste: Tasting toffee, burnt sugar, sweet dried fruit.
Palate: Medium low carbonation, a soft texture. A good body with a slightly dry finish.
Overall: In all a very tasty after dinner brew, should maybe have been stored a few more years.
Note: Bottle 330 ml, No 11. (Vintage 2010) Reviewed 2013-02-09.

3.9
shrubber85 (11570) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Draft. Musty peach malt and bourbon aroma. Golden yellow with small head. Sweet peach malt and bourbon flavor. Nice body. Bourbon dominates but not overpowering.
Earlier Rating: 7/24/2009 Total Score: 4.3
Bottle. Sweet peach, apple, milk caramel and alcohol aroma. Cloudy orange amber color with thin head. Sweet, smooth orange, apricot, and creamy malt flavor. Finishes with a combination of alcohol burn and oak. Much lower acidity than in many tripels. A pleasure to drink.

4
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2013
330 ml bottle - pours deep amber orange with small head. Aroma of orange peel, tad of cloves, sweetness of peach, oak but no bourbon whatsoever... Nice & full body with spices and sweetness and warm glowth (no alcohol). Delicious!
Earlier Rating: 10/13/2011 Total Score: 3.9
Bottle 2010 vintage. Pours hazy nutty orange - light beige head, thick lacing. Nose of peach (and ice tea), wooden cask - slight oak aged Burgundy Pinot Noir wine touch, candice sugar, orange peel. Sweetness kicks in as from the start, in the middle there is a nice bitterniss taking over, dry finish. Taste of liquorice, slight coffee, chocolate. Nice!

3.6
caesar (7170) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2013
Bottled. Clear copper color, medium lasting off-white head. Aroma has spices, appelmoes, spicy yeast esters. Hint of barrel aging, gives a bit boozy note to it. Taste is dryish, caramel malts, bit spicy. Might expect vanilla or biscuit from the bourbon, but thats hardly present. Ok.
Earlier Rating: 1/17/2009 Total Score: 3.8
Bottled. Hazy golden color, short off-white head. Aroma of spices, some malt, bit alcohol. Strong triple style. Nice.


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