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


on tap

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RATINGS: 920   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JAXSON (583) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2009 Bottle. The label is really stupid. Pours a medium to dark amber with billions of suspended particles and a small, soapy head. Fantastic aroma, light fruits, baked bread, and some cognac. So much like Stille Nacht at this point in every way, though a shade darker. Flavor is rich and elegant. Buttery rum cookies, peaches, kind of like a peach cobbler, and a slightly bitter finish. Kind of on the boozy side, but thats ok. Really good. The finish could be smoother, and I would like a little more complexity in the flavor, but awesome. Superb mouthfeel, just so silky and rich. Delicious and luxurious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (3021) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2008
New copper penny color with hints of sunset orange and a small but dense meringue head. Lacing sticks defiantly to the inside of the glass. Yeasty aroma with candied sugar and a little citrus. Can definitely taste the alcohol, along with grape juice, malt, simple syrup, and spice. Medium to thick mouthfeel, for the style. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsniclas (6891) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2008
[Draught at Belgobaren, Sthlm] Hazy deep golden. Small, white head. Slightly sourish aroma with sugary notes; some vinegar. Vinous and grassy; typical blonde, triple.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (14021) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Bottle from Champane Wine. Poured clear copper color with a huge frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Complex spicy fruit and yeasty aroma. Medium to heavy body with a smooth sticky texture and lively carbonation. Medium complex balanced flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration with a small alcohol bite. This is a standout beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2008
On tap at the Essen Christmas beer festival. Pours cloudy light orange with a medium sized white head. Aroma is weak, light malt, orange peel. The flavors in this beer blew me away. Soooo good. Light and refreshing creamy malt mixed with a fresh hop bitterness and a barnyard flavor in the background. This is something I want more of.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ilovedarkbeer (2725) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Pours a honeyed copper color with a big creamy creme colored head that persists and laces the glass. nose: apples, yeast, tiny bit of funk, hint of booze. Taste is popcorn balls or caramel corn. Somewhere in between those too. Fairly syrup like mouthfeel, with a medium length carbonated finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2008
Nice dark copper pour, lasting thick white head with lots of carbonation. Aroma is yeast, fruit, prunes, hops very appealing. Taste is very surprising, strong prunes and sweet fruit, oranges, cherries, quite syrupy and sweet but a strong tart and sour finish, almost like sour cherries. No real alcohol on the finish (especially for a strong beer). Very unusual beer, but tasty and enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2009 121808 - Hazy orange color shimmers with long-lasting, rich white head, lacing everywhere. Nose is fabulous: traditional tripel elements like apple, grass, pepper, and yeast are married to slight must, sweet malt, and a wonderful grape depth, so fruity and harmonious. Flavor adds a nice tart component to the yeast, apple, orange, alcohol, and that grape... just a delicious blend. The all star Struise palate sparkles on the tongue while the full body glides smoothly, finishing long in fruit, slight lactic, and alcohol. Ends with too much alcohol, but overall excellent. Unreal how Struise delivers beer after beer after beer. I do not even like tripels that much. 9410519 112509 - More malt than previous bottle, cloudier tangerine appearance, a little dirty. Still the bounty of fruit in the flavor, a little more alcohol than remembered. More yeast as well. Still really good, but the parts are more obvious now, and the yeast and malt unfortunately overwhelm more of the fruit elements. 949417

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2009 Pours a thicker murky orange with a very thick and creamy off-white froth. Nice aroma for a triple, floral, yeasty, orange, strawberries?, honey and peanuts. Very dry and yeasty first taste, lighter than I was expecting from the look of it. Light orange, bitter alcohol, vitamin C, chalky, light tangy tangerines. Sweeter apricot finish with a noticeable noble hop bit, almost skunky. Seems a bit disjointed. Medium light body with crisp carbonation, lightly chalky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (8668) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Bottle, gushed a little. Pours opaque cider orange with a lasting off white head and a little sediment on the bottom of the glass. The aroma is rather light with sweet apricot, honey, and bread. Smooth body. The flavor is well balanced, with fruity sweetness, a light spice profile, bready yeast, and apricot. Pretty good.

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