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


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RATINGS: 750   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rarbring (2288) - Linkping, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (11266) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (7026) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2013 Bottled August of 2010.
Appearance: The body is an ugly opaque mud color with light tan sediment floating throughout, the best way I can describe this is to get dirt in a cup and swirl it around for a bit, not black or super dark brown dirt, but more of a reddish. The head is very nice, creamy and thick with a very light tan color, great retention. Im not sure how I feel about this.
Aroma: The aroma reminds me and my girlfriend of strawberries and cream with slight berries, definitely fruity and slightly sweet, very appealing though a tad weak.
Taste: The intro is a bit citrus, a touch bright, but the beer gets malty quick with fruity strawberry or raspberry overtones, though not tart they lean sweet and a tad dry by the finish. Slight spices are noted throughout with brown sugar flavors. Slightly sweet and very intriguing.
Palate: Thick and soft on the tongue, a bit placid and a touch bready.
Overall: This is an excellent beer, I dont know what to make of it really, but Im enjoying this greatly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoritzF (9803) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - JAN 31, 2013
(bottle, 33cl, vintage 2011) Hazy, amber colour with a mid-sized tanned foamy head. Mildly sugary (cara-)malty aroma with notes of fruit-punch and alcohol. Moderately sweet flavour, full bodied with a soft carbonation. Caramel-malty, mildly yeasty taste with berry-fruits and delicately notes of vanilla/bourbon-oak; sweet malty and lingering fruit-punchy finish with a well-masked alcohol and mildly spicy accents. Not as overspiced as the classic version. 18.I.13

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pentaz (1264) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2013
Bottle. Pours cloudy and chunky copper with a minimal off white head. Aroma is medium caramel malt, grain, cinnamon, oxidation, spices, prune, overripe fruit, toffee, dust, honey. Taste is heavy sweet. Body is medium, carbonation is soft. Finishes dusty, honeysweet, alcoholic and phenolic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlackerMads (3341) - DENMARK - JAN 29, 2013
Bottle. Unclear copper orange with some yeast chunks floating around in it. Small no lacing off white head. Aroma is caramel malt, over ripe fruit, prunes, honey, dusty, musty. Oxidation. Taste is heavy sweet, light bitter, body is medium+, texture is oily, carbonation close to flat. Finish is sweet with caramel and fruit notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aniela (4216) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2013
Bottle at home. Hazy amber beer with a small offwhite head. Fruity, bready, vanilla, floral aroma with some earthy notes. Spicy, bready, fruity, caramell and alcohol flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 27, 2013
330mL thanks to Travlr! Murky, glowing orange pour. Medium thick foam. Nose is Nestle Quick, malted milk balls, some brown sugar, candied orange peel, mild bourbon sweetness. Taste is malty, dense, thick, spice, muted alcohol. Easy to drink. Thick, silky palate reminds me more of Pannepot in density. I think saison is pretty ridiculous for the style here. Still, a well executed dessert beer with a decadent palate.
Earlier Rating: 1/8/2010 Total Score: 4
330mL courtesy of Santa! Holy mother. Pours with excellent carbonation for a barrel aged tripel. Maybe some bottle refermentation. Pours deep orange almost brownish like a very sickly and dehydrated mans urine. Cloudy, bits of yeast floaties even though I left the yeast in the bottle. The thin, white head refuses to lace but retains a small protective layer. Aroma is awesome. There is white wine, champagne, some sourness, alcohol, lots of candi sugar turned into rum or somewhere in between the fermentation process. There is caramel, butterscotch and other sweets in the nose. Wow- extremely complex. Taste up front is rich with candy sweetness and caramel syrupiness. Then turns to some raw grainy dryness that stays throughout the finish. Upon first taste this literally set my ears on fire from the 10%. Woah. This is most certainly not your average yawn tripel. I have no idea how Santa had time to visit Struise farm. You rock!

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