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: 730   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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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBlitz (72) - Roslyn, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2013
On draft at Monks Cafe; I almost have to rate this twice; served way too cold on draft, it took 20 minutes to have any flavor; previously enjoyed from bottle served properly, it was delicious; this time, after warming had more of what I was looking for; a little tart (God, I could go for a little tart right now!), medium to full bodied; "bready" aroma.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dodgrblu (739) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 16, 2013
11.2 ounce bottle, TSJ No. 11; aged bottle. Thin disappearing head, not recoverable w adgitation, aroma is fruit, flavor is mildly sweet, no harsh alcohol. Lots of sediment. Cant imagine why they stopped producing this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LoFi (1711) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2013
2011 bottle. Foam gushes out of the bottle when it is opened. Man, not again! A third of the bottle is lost and Im getting annoyed. Reddish amber, beige head. Aroma: floral, malty, vanilla. Taste: vinous, toffee, malty, fruity, some kind of candy, grass, red berries. Full bodied. My least favourite of the three tasted Tsjeeses. And I dont really get the bourbon.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (2942) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2015 Draft at Monks Cafe. January 2013. Hazy orange amber with a fizzy foamy white head that mostly disappeared. Sugared amber fruit. Marmalade. Crystallized ginger. Oaky Chardonnay flavors. Feels under 10%. Sweet but finishes dry. UPDATE: March 2015. Draft again at Monks. Was told thus is a 2013 keg - but this one has a completely different taste. Very strong boozy Bourbon barrel notes here (no fresh oak Chardonnay at all).Head lasted longer and left lace this time too. Caramel. Dense raw sugar flavors. Heady alcohol. Still finishes relatively smooth. Obviously though a lot of variation between kegs.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
teddybeer (3642) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 13, 2013
Bottled. Dark coppery colour with an off-white head, good lasting and nice lacing. Aroma is caramel, red fruits, light citrus and spicy. Flavor has notes of toasted malts, caramel and ripe fruits. Sweet final with a light bitterness giving a good balance, also with an alcoholic sensation hidden mainly with the caramel taste.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
stumpyiliz (217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Had the normal and this one is just a bit better. Good floral citrus notes, no bourbon on the nose. Pour is hazy orange and light fast dissipating head. Bourbon aging comes through on the taste. Lots of holiday spice and citrus. Not much prevelant malt, but I wasnt expecting any.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lukaduke (3098) - Gray, Maine, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Pours a hazy amber brown color with a finger of eggshell foam that settles out quicky. On the nose its a nice blend of vanilla, oak, fig a touch of fruit and warm spice. The palate keeps the complexity coming with nice pear and caramel notes mingling with rich oak and vanilla bourbon notes. Nice touches of bitterness clean up the sweetness on the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2013
On draught at Roscoes. Such a sweet, golden fruit flavor. Just the right amount of spice and yeastiness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (8194) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 5, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2014
33 cl bottle @ hotel room, Brussels as Tsjeeses Reserva. Rated on 18.07.2010
Aroma is somewhat spicy with orange peel and some apricot. Flavour is spicy with orange peel, some apricot, citrusy, oaky and yeasty notes. Better than the basic version.
7+4+8+4+16=3.9

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33 cl bottle @ tiong as Tsjeeses Reserva, BBE 16.06.2016
Aroma has sweet toffee typical to Belgian ales, malty sweetness and butter. Flavour has strong buttery tones, toffee and orange peel. Also some vanilla tones. No signs of barrel on the flavour side.
7+3+7+4+15=3.6

33 cl bottle @ tiong as Tsjeeses Reserva BBA Vintage 2011, BBE 26.12.2017
Aroma has sweet toffee typical to Belgian ales, malty sweetness and butter. Perhaps a bit heavier and sweeter but quite close still. Flavour has toffee candy, apples and calvados. Very close to the basic reserva. The biggest flaw with both is the sweetness that eats drinkability. This BBA version has more CO2 that does the same. 7+3+7+4+15=3.6

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yves (2938) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - JAN 5, 2013
Hazy dark amber coloured beer with large white head and lots of carbonation. Fruited spicy hopped aroma. Full sparkling palate. Finish is spicy bitter sweet hinted and alcoholic. Heavy one, though very nice!
Earlier Rating: 2/6/2010 Total Score: 3.7
Hazy golden coloured ber with small white head and medium carbonation. A yeasty hoppy aroma. Full bit sparkling palate with a sour touch. Finish is yeasty with some fruity and hoppy touches ending bitter and bit dry. Good one.


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