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


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RATINGS: 931   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 Tsjeesesís. 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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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 thatís 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" isnít necessarily negative in this context, itís 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, itís kind of a let down in the sense that this is the first Struise beer that Iíve had that didnít 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.

Cybercat (5747) - 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!

jeremytoni (3058) - 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.

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.

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.

Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, 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. Itís medium bodied with mild carbonation.

mar (5410) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Bottle thanks to thirdeye11. Crisp amber pour with a white head. Sweet fruits, yeast and alcohol scents. Great on the palate with a big sweet fruit flavor and no hint of alcohol whatsoever.

potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Bottle. Hazy orange with small white head, very lacy. Aroma of a variety of spices, earthy and floral, notes of citrus, booze and yeast. Flavor is somewhat sweet and balanced with lighter citrus hops. Medium bodied, syrupy-sticky texture.

madmitch76 (24511) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2009
21st February 2008. Brewed with cane sugar and spices. Dusty tasting amber beer with an unusual aftertaste of orange and peaches. Xmas brew 2006

tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Bottle. Pours a lovely rust orange with thin, persistent offwhite head; I got some yeast in there, so grayish floaties spot the glass, as well. The aroma is assertive spicy yeast with a tangerine and lemon quality, a hint of white raisin, and a little bit of oak. The flavor is spicy alcohol and yeast, coriander, and lemon. Thereís a mild honey and raisin sweetness, but overall the beer is on the dry side, which I like. Once in a while I get a sort of tropical taste in the middle of the mouth. The finish is much like an oaky chardonnay, with a bit of remnant yeasty character. That spicy alcohol lingers into the aftertaste. Quite a good brew.

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