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


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RATINGS: 773   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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Ungstrup (38863) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 21, 2013
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a lazing yellowish head. The aroma has notes of malt, caramel, and bourbon. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and bourbon, leading to a dry alcoholic finish.
Earlier Rating: 12/30/2008 Total Score: 3.8
Bottled. An amber beer with sediment floating around under a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of alcohol, spices, and lots of fruit. The flavor is sweet malty with strong notes of fruit and light notes of spices, leading to a dry spicy finish. I think it need to mature.

yespr (48876) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 21, 2013
33 cL bottle. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is toasted caramelish and light yeasty. Caramelish, sweet and toasted malty. Sweet malty and light fruity. Toasted and light phenolic finish.
Earlier Rating: 6/30/2008 Total Score: 3.4
RBESG2008: 75 cL bottle. Pours hazy orange with a lacing white head. Aroma is solid yeasty and with a mild orange fruity note. Flavour is dry and phenolic with a solid yeasty touch and a dominant caramel malt flavour. Fruity yeasty finish with a mild wooden touch.

Pinball (12568) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 21, 2013
cloudy light brown, small white head. aroma is mild, slightly fruity. flavor is fruity, malty, boozy, caramelly, bourbon,
Earlier Rating: 9/3/2009 Total Score: 3.8
33cl bottle, unclear cloudy brown with floaties, nice smooth offwhite head. vinous aroma, aslo nuts, malts, notes of what could be brett. flavor is soft, blended, very good, vanilla, wood, spices, fruits, it all is so mixed up and balanced and soft that it’s a big pleasure to drink. very tasty. You don’t notice the 10% abv at all. finish is a bit more bitter and alcoholic than the flavor, but it suits the beer very well.

JanLaursen (3226) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 21, 2013
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Vintage 2011. Hazy orange with a small frothy white head. Light phenolic, fruity aroma, not as sweet as the port barrel aged version. Flavor is sweet, though, malty, yeasty, spicy, with a only a faint touch of bourbon. Still, give me the non barrel aged version any day.

Papsoe (25054) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 21, 2013
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Vintage 2011. Pours a cloudy amber with a small, creamy off-white head. Lightly phenollic aroma with some brown sugar. Thick and syrupy, caramel and toffee with a phenollic touch. Very little barrel character - and hardly any traces of Bourbon. 210113
Earlier Rating: 8/1/2008 Total Score: 3.6
(Bottle 75 cl) Pours a hazy golden with an off-white head. Aroma of fruit and metal and some alcohol. Good full body with sweetish caramel and fruit and smooth and discreet notes of wood. No real bitterness but lots of alcohol. Round, pleasant and complex and definitely more interesting than the original. 290608

anders37 (27577) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazy pale amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty woody bourbon aroma. Fruity malty spicy yeasty woody flavor. Has a sweetish malty yeasty caramel woody bourbon finish.
Earlier Rating: 6/1/2009 Total Score: 3.9
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty oaky aroma with some hints of yeast and caramel. Fruity malty oaky dark fruit flavor with some hints of caramel. Has a fruity malty caramel finish with some hints of dark fruit and oak in the aftertaste.

BeerBlitz (72) - Roslyn, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2013
On draft at Monk’s 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.

Dodgrblu (756) - 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. Can’t imagine why they stopped producing this.

LoFi (1762) - Göteborg, 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 I’m 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 don’t really get the bourbon.

NikkTwist (3401) - 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.

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