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


on tap

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RATINGS: 925   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Barley malt, hops, cane sugar, yeast and spices.
Strong blond winterbeer with fluffy white head which has been lagered for 8 months on different stonefruits. Tsjeeses was born out of a 5 year brew experience regarding x-mas beer without being capable of finding a suitable name up to now. With the name came a face, a caricature actually, that was drawn on the day Urbain, our brew master and master brewer, drank too many Tsjeesess. Every time he drinks one, he says "Tsjeeses, what a beer". Therefore the name is more an expression of stupefaction than a curse. We have had already many discussions around the pronounciation of "Tsjeeses". Very close would be that you say "cheeses" or cheese in plural.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Poured into a Duvel glass with a light, frothy white head with decent retention. Aromas of mild skunk, bread/dough, and herbs. Mouth feel is typical of a triple with effervescence, but have a light lingering sweetness.....very light. Flavors of a mild saltiness, spruce, a hint of peppercorns and ginger. A strange finish similar to a pale lager. Not very enticing

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (6259) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Murky golden orange pour. Not much head. Some banana and spice notes on the nose. Lightly sweet undertones. Banana, clove, and fruity sweetness is followed by peppery spice and a hint of alcohol. Earthy and pepper bitterness in the finish. Solid warming sensation as well. Moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Tap at Mugs. Poured a slightly cloudy amber. Light nose. Christmas triple? Slight very slight tart note with some candied sugars. Full flavored with some nice malt balance. Some light fruit notes. Finish is fairly dry finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
proesti (58) - Lille Nord, FRANCE - DEC 6, 2009
Deep golden blonde beer with fluffy white mousse. The nose is rich and fruity with a full bread and cake character, also some spices and hops. Taste is warming with a full mouthfeel. Lots of cereals, bread and stonefruits in the taste with some winterspice and a fine hoppy bitter in the finale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - DEC 4, 2009
11 1/5 ounce bottle, $7.79, from the Davis Co-op. Pours a murky apple sauce brown with a thin ivory head. Aroma is generically fruity, with spices, yeast, and a funk thats hard to describe; earthy, I guess you could say. Kind of manureish actually. Flavor again brings the funk, though not as manureish in character, just general farm funk now. Slightly spicy and fruity again beneath the rot (it should be known that "rot" isnt necessarily negative in this context, its just all I could come up with to describe the, well, rot). Bready, yeasty, and creamy as it warms up. Average mouthfeel for the style. So not bad, and yes, enjoyable to a degree. On the other hand, its kind of a let down in the sense that this is the first Struise beer that Ive had that didnt totally blow my socks off and have me lusting for more (see: Black Albert & the Pannepots [which is a great name for my new novelty rockabilly band, but I digress]). Overall, good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (5484) - Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Pours a lovely hazy golden amber with a lot of tiny goobers floating in it and a VERY thick just off white head. Aroma is mainly yeasty with spicy and floral hints. Flavor is yeasty and fruity and a little spicy - mainly cinnamon - with a good strong alcohol bite. Texture is smooth and quite fizzy. Happy Holidays!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremytoni (3037) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2009
From a bottle poured hazy straw color with a large head. Nice strong spicy flavor with a lasting finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pompelmoes (89) - BELGIUM - NOV 26, 2009
Very Hazy orange-golden beer with thick big head on top. Aroma is hoppy, fruity, yeasty, slight spicey, has a cake like aroma with a slight citrussy caracter. Quit lively on the tongue with a breaddy feeling and a interesting fruityness going on, alcohol is well hidden, aftertaste shows some nice hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 22, 2009
12oz bottle, purchased at City Beer. Pours a hazy, tannish, tarnished-copper color; off-white head with good retention and fine-bubbled lacing. Loads of honey, overripe fruits, and sweet Belgian sugars in the aroma; heavy on the sweetness, definitely; light pepper. Lively citrus on the tip of the tongue; lots of heavy Belgian sugars, caramel, and overripe / dried dark fruits (raisins, dates); lots of honey; honestly heavy carbonation, messy sweet presence, and just kind of unruly; hard to drink too much. Lengthy finish: honey, Belgian sugars, and yellow raisins.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Bottle: The aroma consists of yeast, raisin, hints of citrus, and some spiciness. It pours a hazy orangish-amber with a half inch white head that eventually fades to a thick ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts lightly sweet with some light yeastiness and a hint of raisin and apple. The finish had some mild citrus notes and light spices. Its medium bodied with mild carbonation.

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