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

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RATINGS: 752   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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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (5663) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 25, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2014 (Updated 31.01.2014 due to merging of ratings by RB database. Rating from 28.12.2013.) Bottle from bieresgourmet.be. Been looking forward to this one for some time now, and what better occasion to rate than Christmas could I have? :-) Pours a hazy nougat brown body with a big creamy light beige head. Mellow oaky caramel tones, floral heather hops, hints of wood, bread dough and Belgian yeast. I dont get much barrel aroma, but its mellow and nice. Taste is sweet caramel and honey-sugar-like tones, wood and hints of bourbon, grains and dry straw notes. Short, dry finish with lingering oak and caramel aftertaste. Full body, medium to strong carbonation. Very pleasant, although I think some of the barrel aging is kinda lost on the fiery saison base. Nevertheless, a potent and pleasant brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (6554) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2012
Bottle Vintage 2011: Medium sized lively rough creamy colored head, which disappears right away and leaves a thin island lacing with some bubbles on the side on top of an almost clear orange amber colored beer. Smell hair, barleys, syrup, raisin, some bourbon notes, some prunes, oak, spices, hay and a light sharp hay grainy touch. Taste spices, raisin, creamy barley malts, some yeast, wood, bitter, syrup, creamy peach and tangerine, hint of autumnal hebs, some plant/hop bitters but also some malty bitters which tend to end a little dry. Aftertaste is a mix of spices, bitter, malty bitter, pils malts, close to nasty bitter... Low to medium carbo, soft foamy lightly blown mouthfeel, medium to fuller body and a thick creamy texture. I get just a tiny teeny bit of Bourbon. Really so few that this must be Barrel Aged for a short period of time, a true pity! Wasnt impressed. Its not bad, but its not better than the original.
Earlier Rating: 9/30/2011 Total Score: 3.8
Draught @ BBF11: Medium white head on top of a hazy orange colored beer. Smell strong fruit, tangerine, orange, soap, hops. Taste bitter, malts, herbs, some soap and dirty bitter. Bitter malty aftertaste. Low carbo, full body, soft tingly mouthfeel and a light watery creamy texture.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (7666) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 24, 2012
12 ounce. X-mas spices. Caramel. Yeasty. Warming overall and has that nice Belgian yeast to it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2012
Dark orange colored beer. Fruity aroma with oranges, wood and vanilla. Fruity flavors too. A bit alcohol warming, bourbon, liqueur. Very complex.
Earlier Rating: 12/23/2012 Total Score: 3.8
Orange colored beer. Notes of wood and fruit in the nose. Fruity flavor with oranges and citrus. Malty sweetness with alcohol warming in the background.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IlBevitorediLA (452) - ITALY - DEC 21, 2012
Tsjeeses Reserva. Detta anche Cheeses Reserva, o anche Jesus Reserva. No vabb basta. Aroma maltato con una gradevole componente fruttata e una punta tannica. Nel bicchere ambrata con una modesta cupola di schiuma. Al palato molto simile alla alla Tsjeeses normale ma comunica un corpo pi robusto e una complessita di sapori maggiore. Restano di sottofondo le note fruttate e il tanto malto, equilibrato, alla fine, da un lieve amaro erbaceo.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (6837) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2012
On draft at church key dc. Pours a clear pale amber with an off white head. Toffee aroma. Hints of orange, vanilla and subtle baking spices. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
77ships (9390) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2012
Draft sample @ 18th Christmasbeer festival in Essen. Dark fox amber with a solid creamy white head. Smell is sweet wood, herbs, spices, marmalade, caramel & toffee, sticky plus light bourbon. Taste is sweet marmalade, candy sugar, wood, light sweet bourbon, caramel & toffee malt, light herbs, booze & syrup in the back. Bit sticky body, slightly better than the base beer, still not crazy about this:)
Earlier Rating: 12/18/2012 Total Score: 3.8
33 cl. 2010 Vintage bottle sampled @ 18th Christmasbeer festival in Essen. Hazy fox amber with a white head. Smell is sticky toffee, caramel, malty, orange marmalade, wood. Taste is fizzy caramel, wood, malty toffee, bitter herbs, creamy, bitter marmalade, booze in the back. Fuller, better than the base beer, less empty & boozy in the back. Creamy malt heavy body. An improvement upon the base beer but still not the biggest fan. That is mainly because a lot their other stuff is way more awesome than this.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (18948) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2012
Bottle at tBrugs Beertje, Brugge - 01/12/12. Split with Nutty. Hazy mid amber with a decent frothy off white head which hangs out and makes conversation. Nose is caramel malts, toffee, woody notes, raisens, dark fruit, touch of booze. Taste follows, toffee, malts, wood, dark sugars, more mellow than the PBA - a little less boozey. Medium bodied with bite, soft carbonation, light booze in the finish. Decent drop.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Centje (34) - Bruges, BELGIUM - DEC 17, 2012
Color: orange (amber) with a moderate beige head. I cant really say something on the aroma. A bit fruity perhaps, grassy hops, sugar, ...? The taste is moderately sweet with hints of caramel and candi sugar. There is also a big peppery alcohol complement. The finish is long and malty. Its a fairly complex oak-aged beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rando7 (779) - Iowa, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Hopefully Im reviewing the right version as the label does not match any of the ones here at RB. Bottle pours dark amber with medium white head. Aroma of light fruits, malts, slight hops and Belgian yeast. Sweet taste matches aroma with a little oak and a lot of spices. Medium to thick palate, not syrupy. Finish yeast and mild hops.


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