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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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4.3
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2013
On draught at Roscoe’s. Such a sweet, golden fruit flavor. Just the right amount of spice and yeastiness.

3.7
laiti (8481) - Tampere, 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
Yves (3042) - 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.

4.1
superspak (5600) - Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2013
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, lot C/8/10. Pours very cloudy reddish orange color with a nice 1-2 finger fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big apple, pear, golden raisin, grape, pepper, clove, earth, nutmeg, honey, oak, bread, floral, grass, and herbal spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of apple, pear, pepper, golden raisin, bread, honey, clove, earth, floral, grass, oak, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, honey, clove, grass, bread, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of flavors with good balance of malt/spiciness; some slightly cloying spiciness after the finish but it isn’t detrimental; zero cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden for 10%; with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong pale ale. Very nice flavor complexity and balance; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering; I definitely enjoyed this more than the regular Tsjeeses.

4.1
teorn88 (7682) - Rimini, ITALY - JAN 3, 2013
33cl bottle. It pours a hazy amber colour with a small off-white head. Fruity yeasty aroma, hay, bread, spices, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, floral notes, earthy notes. Yeasty spicy flavor, hay, bread, bourbon, banana, earthy, some warming alcohol, caramel, barnyard, some alcohol. Bourbon finish, peat, grass, yeasty, spicy, earthy notes. Very good.
Earlier Rating: 8/4/2009 Total Score: 4.4
33cl bottle. Pours a cloudy orange colour with big creamy off-white head. Head is good lacing and mostly lasting. Thick density with sediments. Aroma is lots of malt, bread, cookie and nutty with some hops and flowers too. Hints of prune and alcohol. Flavor is initially very sweet with little acidic. Finish is long with moderate acidity, moderate bitterness and little sweetness. Palate is medium-full with creamy texture and lively carbonation. It’s warming with it’s final sensation of light alcohol. Great Tripel.

4
bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Pours a dark amber color. Aroma is oak, vanilla, dark fruit and caramel. Also picking up some smoke/bacon hints, but maybe that’s just because I smoke BBQ with oak wood and am conditioned to that smell due to the oak. Wow, this has got to be the oakiest tasting beer I’ve ever had ! Taste up front is caramel, raisin dark fruity and sweet and then gives way to a very oaky, woody flavor and finishes spicy (almost like a rye ale) and dry. Very unique. I had the tsjeeses regular and wasn’t too impressed. This is excellent and the oak aging is really something unique and special. Palate feel is very smooth and has a bit of a stickiness to it. I can say I’d buy this again for next years Holiday season. Well done beer !

4.7
jshie234 (10) - Clinton Township, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Tsjeeses Reserva, bottle from 2010 I believe. Pours almost a pinkish amber, 1-finger head which disappears quickly. Aroma has tons of fruit ( cherries, plum, grapes), Christmas spices, and candy. Very easy drinking and quite potent. I make it a point to get a bottle of this brew every year for New Years Day! ---Rated via Beer Buddy

3.7
TheJestersBeer (2430) - SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2013
330ml bottle, 2011 vintage. Pours a hazy, deep straw, with a white head. Spicy aroma, cloves, yeast, phenols, wood, vanilla. Off-dry, medium body and bitterness, balanced CO2. Spicy, appropriately phenolic taste, cloves, caramel, orange peel, yeast, balanced wood notes. Very nice indeed. (2012-12-31)

4
MaartenRF10 (1950) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2012
In whiskey glass. Clear dark amber, off white head. Not as much bourbon as I?d hoped. Some wood, hardly any vanilla. Full body, rather high carbo. Gets better when it warms up, with more oak and vanilla.
Earlier Rating: 12/27/2011 Total Score: 4.4
What a difference with the "normal" tsjeeses. Cloudy dark amber, lasting creamy beige head. The oak is really prominently present in the taste, which makes this far more interesting than most other winterbeers!

4.2
Prokroustis (745) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - DEC 30, 2012
Cloudy copper colour with a big off white head. Great sweet and yeasty aroma with caramel, spices, honey, brown sugar, some wood and orange. Excellent flavour with spices and fruits (orange, kiwi, banana), honey and cereal, a small hint of whiskey. Not as potent as the other aged Tsjeeses but just as great.
Earlier Rating: 9/20/2011 Total Score: 4.2
Beautiful cloudy dark orange body with a tan head. Malty aroma with caramel, spices, licorice, dark fruits, orange. Great yeasty sweet flavour, caramel, some wood, fruits, spices. A great beer.


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