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

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RATINGS: 711   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Additionally labeled XMas Ale 2011 on the side. Cloudy amber pour with a 1 finger, creamy eggshell head and some floaties. Lots of caramel, toffee and tart fruit in the aroma, fruity and tart yeast notes with a little bread dough, hints of nuts coriander and sweet bread spices. The flavor brings lots more toffee and caramel, stone fruit, spices, fallen leaves, sweet, crusty white bread, nut skins, raw turbinado sugar, dark fruit and light woody notes. Heavy mouthfeel with a creamy entry, syrupy middle and slightly more dry finish with a little slickness, dryness and warmth from the alcohol settling in. Really tasty stuff, nice warmer upper.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MelvinKalksma (1112) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - DEC 8, 2016

Aroma:
Medium aroma of malts, caramel, Belgian yeast, wood, vanilla, dried fruit and roasted malts.

Appearance:
Turbid/opaque orange/brown beer with a slight/medium beige head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium/heavy sweet with malts, caramel, Belgian yeast, wood, vanilla and dried fruit; ends slightly bitter and dry with roasted malts.

Overall:
This beer is intense, complex and balanced. Not a lot of bourbon to be honest, but somehow it still works. Great taste with loads of flavour.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALIBALI (983) - Kiel, GERMANY - NOV 27, 2016
Schwerwiegender ALE & WHISKY Hardliner. Spirituosenfett und Vanillebourbonaffin. You need Cognac?? You get it....CRAFT AND DRAFT. 0,15/4,50€. Tap. AMSTERDAMNED....😵

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CraftyHare (37) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - NOV 26, 2016
2012 vintage 330ml bottle from Beer Cartel pours murky orange-brown with rich off-white head. Amazing aromas of apricot, orange, caramel, banana and bourbon. Tastes of caramel, toffee, fruit cake, orange marmalade, barley sugar, prunes, cinnamon and cloves. 10% alc vol is not overpowering and the finish is sweet and smooth. Very balanced and composed beer despite its big personality. Beautifully executed xmas ale.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beer_queue (45) - California, USA - NOV 3, 2016
2011 Vintage. Dark cloudy brown in color with a thin, short-lived, off-white head; tiny specks of yeast at the bottom. Aromas are mostly sweet (dried fruits, candied fruits, syrupy) with some spice, malts, and booze very much in the background. Tastes exactly like the nose would suggest—complex sweetness on arrival while the finish presents the baking spices, malts, and plenty of booze. Tastes like dark fruit preserves on top of a slice of spiced, seedy whole-wheat toast. After a while, the sweetness & alcohol intensifies to create flavor that’s like an Old Fashioned with three or four Luxardo cherries thrown in. Palate is medium-to-full, no carbonation, warm with alcohol, and finishes dry. What can I say? This was an orgasmic X-mas ale. Beautiful stuff and ages gracefully!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kr1zz (428) - BELGIUM - SEP 21, 2016
Bottle 33cl bought at Dranken Geers in Oostakker. Pours hazy light brown with a medium beige head. Nose: cheesy, dried fruits, cookie dough, liqueur. Taste: soft stronger carbonation. Creamy texture, bourbon notes, chocolate, vanilla, stronger alcoholic warmth, dried fruits, roasted malts, cheesy, slightly bitter, even a little bit floral.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mesjasz (1154) - Lodz, POLAND - SEP 19, 2016
2011 vintage. Very fruity aroma, mostly dried fruits like raisins, plum, very vinous, some caramel and oak. Taste is sweet, light bitter. Flavor is spicy, fruity, vine. No alcohol detected. Great beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Speko (234) - DENMARK - SEP 9, 2016
Bottle 0,33 - 2013. Pours deep amber with medium off-white head. Aroma of dark fruits, honey, wood. Sweet taste with notes of dark fruits, molasses, berries, figs, wood, some booze. Medium body and light carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
prawlie (1507) - ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2016
Bottle. Simply a very fine beer. De Struise don’t muck about. This highly refined, strong, spiced and slightly sweet with a celery flavour in the finish. Excellent balance of bitter and sweet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ebone1988 (1481) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2016
2013 vintage. Aroma is figs, dark fruit, caramel, spice, barrel, booze. Appearance is brown red, light tan head, hazy. Taste is caramel, toffee, spices, woody, booze, dark fruit, figs, perfect for winter I imagine. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, toffee and bourbon barrel aftertaste. Overall, a pretty impressive Christmas beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pilsnertest (143) - SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2016
Bottle, 2013 vintage. Toffee, herbs, nuts, red berries and just a hint of bourbon.


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