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

bottled
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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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3.7
MacBoost (1897) - Victor, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Pours a pretty cloudy amber with a thin white head. Aromas of dirty Sanchez, some herbs. Taste is flowery ass fingerings, Alabama hotpocket. Drunk. I’m pretty sure this beer is OK.

3.5
Scopey (14708) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2012
2011 vintage. Gusher! It pours hazy amber with a medium beige head. The nose is caramel, kiwi fruit, candied peel, banana, wood, christmas pudding, spice, vanilla and alcohol sting. The taste is orange, pomello, marmalade, alcohol, oak, slight astringency, spice, bourbon, vanilla, icing sugar and panettone with a dry, boozy finish. Full body, lively carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. I prefer this to the regular reserva, but it is rather boozy...
Earlier Rating: 12/30/2012 Total Score: 3.3
Bottle BBF 12.12.12. It pours hazy orange-amber with a small off-white head. The nose is oak, fresh orange juice, vanilla, coconut, lightly oxidised and unami notes. The taste is orange peel, light marmalade, wood, spice, earth, caramel, banana, over-ripe fruit, unami and warming alcohol with a dry, lightly citric finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Definitely a beer than transcends style. Good depth of flavour, but I’m not in love with it...

4.3
CasperRuben (63) - - DEC 30, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2013 Interesting color: kind of red/orange/brown/yellow, nice white/reddish head. The taste is also very interesting: it is very very balanced. It doesn’t have the amount of bitterness and carbonation you would expect in this style, which I really like. Combine this with the full bodied, yet not overpowering, sweetness, and you have a very great beer!
Earlier Rating: 12/30/2012 Total Score: 4.3
Interesting color: kind of red/orange/brown/yellow, nice white/reddish head. The taste is also very interesting: it is very very balanced. It doesn’t have the amount of bitterness and carbonation you would expect in this style, which I really like. Combine this with the full bodied, yet not overpowering, sweetness, and you have a very great beer!

3.6
gyllenbock (9160) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle from Systembolaget. A bit hazy amber with a small head. Aroma of malt, yeast, some alcohol, bourbon and some spices. About the same in the taste. Also dried fruit and toffee. Rather thick mouthfeel. Descent.
Earlier Rating: 7/10/2012 Total Score: 3.6
Bottle. A bit hazy orange/amber with a medium white head. Sweet aroma and taste of toffee, yeast, some spices, malt and some wood. Not bad.

4.2
ContemplateBeer (2089) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 29, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2012 Aroma of fruitcake, nutmeg, nougat, oak, orange peel. Appearance is trick caramel brown with light tan head that coats the glass. Flavor of orange marmalade, cake, butter nips and pie crust; alcohol not terribly noticeable. Palate is medium bodied, slick texture, average carbonation. Pretty outstanding.

3.6
JorisPPattyn (9982) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 28, 2012
BBA Vintage 2011 Dense yellow amber head, over foxy-amber beer, well-carbonated. Alcoholic-fruity nose, some caramel, hints at fusels, bananaester. Faint mineral smell, salty. Sweet-fruity-alcoholic repeated in the mouth. Again banana, strawberry liqueur (Delphi?), alcohol-preserved fruits. Surprisingly missing: vanilla, oak, ...Bourbon? Delightfully missing: the spices, more apparent in the other Tsjeeses versions. Spritzy, quite slick, rather well-bodied, alcoholwarming. Best Tsjeeses so far.
Earlier Rating: 7/10/2008 Total Score: 3.6
Hazy hazelnut-brown beer with small yellowish head. Shoe-polish, very spicy, nectarine, perfumey aromas. Coriander, human sweat, fruity esters, good malt backing. Celery in the finish. Medium to well-bodied, very sticky. Too perfumed-spicy for my liking, but still quite interesting. Txs to both Carlo and Dirk!

3.9
Wim (3980) - Weelde, BELGIUM - DEC 28, 2012
hazy amber brown colored body with an off white head and a sweet liquor malt fruity aroma a malt fruit caramel chocolate alcholic bitter taste with a bitter finish
Earlier Rating: 8/30/2009 Total Score: 3.9
amber orange coloured body with lot of yeast particels and a white head a spicy yeasty hoppy little sour aroma a spicy yeasty hoppy sweet fruity taste with a sweet spicy little alcholic bitter finish nice one

4
shoulderbroken (4255) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle at home from a previous Belgium trip. Dark amber golden colour, small white creamy head. Aroma is apple, malt, sweetnes, bit of caramel, boozy fruits. Taste is lovely. Smooth, full bodied, nice sweetness, boozy fruit. Xmas cake, spice. Hides the alcohol well.

3.6
alobar (3782) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Pours a dark amber color with an aroma of fruit, caramel, and yeast. Mostly fruit flavor with yeast, bread, and some caramel flavor. Very little to no barrel notes.

3.8
Neeskens (328) - SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2012
Golden to amber brew with a large white head. Malty sweet brew with candy sugar and nice warmth from the high ABV. Spicey belgian yeast along with some vanilla from the barrels makes it all a lot more interesting. Still not that heavy on the bourbon notes as expected.


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