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


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RATINGS: 730   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eructoblaster (4046) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2012
Bottle - 330ml. Cloudy dark amber body with ruby glints and an average off-white foamy/creamy head. Well balanced malty/hoppy aroma with fruity and herbal hints. Alcohol is very well hidden. Its complex malty/hoppy taste carries yeasty, fruity, vineous, and nutty notes. Ends with a long, warming bittersweet finish. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chudwick (2992) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - NOV 26, 2012
11.2oz bootle - pours opaque orange with a finger of tan head and thin lacing. Nose is alcohol, pear, basement aromas, fruit, and brown sugar. Flavor simply adds toffee. Not what I would call a saison, but more of a yeasty tripel. Flat as can be. Hides the ABV very well. Mildly sweet. Expectations were not met, sadly. Would I drink more? Yes, but not for the price I paid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9627) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 26, 2012
33cl bottle from Geers, BB 26-12-2017. Cuivree-orangee, fin beige. Arome laisse une plaisante note de bourbon, pointe de sucre de cane. Fruite caramelise, note dabricot. Profile de bouche reste tres belge, sucre candi avec un bourbon nettement plus agreable que sur la version Porto sur un boise modere. Le tout est rechauffant avec une pointe desters fruites; abricot-sucre. La cane a sucre donne un fini unique avec un malt legerement pale-caramel et une breve amertume venant en fin de bouche.
Earlier Rating: 6/11/2009 Total Score: 4.4
July 1st 2010 re-rate. 75cl bottle shared with Travlr, Bigmomma and Urbain at Struise. Dec 08 bottle. pours copper, light white head. aroma fruity, peach, mirabelle, hints of walnuts giving a very mild nutty aroma. flavors, highly complex, peach/raisins and mirabelle come through quite nicely along with a faint addition of wood/oak bitterness along with that of the fruits. Palate reminded me of a French white wine, some mild notes of sugar cane also noted although the overall palate remains nicely sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle from mi-orge, mi-houblon. Hazy dark chestnut, lacing off-white head, explosive bottle. Nose yeasty, woody, fizzy, damp, sweet, plums, malt, touch of candied orange peel. Mouth is alcoholic, woody, sweet, dark fruit, plum, some nutmeg. Sweet sugary end mellows out into spirit burn. Warm vanilla aftertaste. Nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Abio (1859) - Waasland, BELGIUM - NOV 16, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2014 Side by side with the PBA version. Orange-brown beer with an ok head. The smell of this one is slightly better for me, specially when warming up. Some fruity sweet bourbon gets trough, a bit of wood and yeast. The taste is less as the Tsjeeses Reserva I tasted before. Less powerfull, and more simple for some reason. Needs some kind of a boost, but slightly better as the PBA for me.
Earlier Rating: 6/3/2010 Total Score: 3.6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen1 (5327) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 15, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2013 Fra flaske p Cardinals juleltreff nov-12: 2010-utgaven iflg etiketten. En saftig belgisk tripel (men litt bitrere enn mange). Fyldig, kompleks og med laang ettersmak. Watch out for this! M ha den igjen... Og det fikk jeg p rets siste Cardinaltreff des-13 (ogs denne gangen 2010-utgaven): smaker det litt brent eikefat og hasselntter? Blt munnfylde, intens og god. Vinkelhastigheten er eksemplarisk godt kamuflert.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 12, 2012
Bottle @ home. Aroma is quite yeasty, some fruits, some wood, all a bit murky because of the yeast. Flavour is again quite yeasty, some wood, bourbon and vanilla, some caramel, some light roasty malt. Too bad the yeast didnt settle (even after two weeks rest), its more like a de dolle beer now. Some warming alcohol in the finish.
Earlier Rating: 9/27/2010 Total Score: 3.6
09 Bottle @ BBF 10. Aroma is quite fiant overall but some fruit, liquorice yeast spices and malt can be found when paying close attention. Flavour is quite sweet with lots of caramel, malt and candy sugar. I like the regular better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (1061) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 8, 2012
11.2 ounce bottle purchased a year ago at Best Damn Beer Shop ($8.99). According to the label, this bottle was produced in August 2010. Pours a brown hue with yellow/red highlights, lots of floaties, and two fingers of light tan foam. Aroma of buttery toffee, honey wheat bread, candied fruit, some holiday spice, and Belgian yeast. Flavor of candied / dark fruit, brown sugar, dark caramel, sweet-ish malts, honey, and spice. Not much oak or barrel in here, though. Gently warming, but the high ABV is rather well hidden here. Hmmm...when I bought this a year ago, this was categorized here as an abbey trippel but now it is a saison??? However classified, this was very good and nice for a very cool day in San Diego. (369, 747)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Furseth (2143) - Kunglv, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2012
Bottle @ Monks Porter House in Stockholm! at the label it stands Reserva 2010: Hazy red colour, big creamy head. Aroma was dominated of lots of sweet maltynes, and belgian fruity yeastynes,caramelly, citrus, flowery, an complexity, who can be a bit difficult to explain :-) Flavor had a nice smouth mouth feeling of sweet maltynes, fruits, caramellynes. Big body, long fruity/sweet/yeasty finish, and fantstic copmlexity in the end. Werry nice indeed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
finol (3240) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle. Pours redish brown with a yellowis head. Nice warming alcoholic aroma with some dark fruits. Odd taste, tart saison, some plums and chocolate, but most of it drowns in the burbon making it too alcohol and bourbon.
Earlier Rating: 9/16/2011 Total Score: 3.7
Bottle from Cracked Kettle. Pours hazy amber with a shortlasting head. Fruity aroma of grapes and red currant. Fruity and bit dry taste.

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