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


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RATINGS: 901   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (10247) - Bochum, Porř, GERMANY - OCT 26, 2008
Bottle (LCRBM08): A bit unclear, golden with a small head; sweet-malt and fruits in the nose with a little tinge of alcohol, some hops are also detectable; solid bitter-sweet flavour, full bodied; sweet, lingering spicy-hoppy finish. Good, well rounded brew.......

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (34953) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2008
Bottled. An unclear golden beer with a lazing orangey head. The aroma is sweet with notes of spices and oranges. The flavor is sweet mlaty with strong notes of spices as well as some nice acidity, and alcohol making the body thick, leading to a dry spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (7959) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2008
(Draught at Stockholm Beer Festival, 20 Sep 2008) Dark amber colour, cloudy, with brief head. Fruity, malty nose with dried apricots, orange peel and a hint of yeast. Full malty taste with notes of dried fruit, apricots, orange and a spicy finish with hints of clove. Lots of flavours, full bodied and warming. A touch of alcohol gives it a decent bite. Powerful and warming beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baggio (335) - norrtlje, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2008
Draught@Belgobaren, Apperance: Hazy golden/red apperance with a white head. Aroma: Spices, Orange, Coriander, Cinnamon. Flavor: Citric notes esp orange, Spices, Caramel, Fruit. Very nice! Palate: Sweet and complex with some bitterness and alcoholbite at the end. A very nice beer for those cold winter-evenings. Mesa likes!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hirigalzkar (2991) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2008
Sample @ Stockolm Beer Festival 2008. Hazy appearance. Not a typical xmas beer. More like a usual belgian blonde with some spices added. Well made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - SEP 25, 2008
Sampled from the bottle at the Kulminator in Antwerp. Golden cloudy in color with a white top. Nice fruit sweetness with citrus and honey. Full rich body and very smooth on the palate. Long finish of course. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (7925) - Helsinge, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2008
Bottle at Ulfborg RB tasting. Thanks to fonefan and brugmansia for sharing this beauty. Similar to the Tsjeeses Reserva but is more fruity. That means lots of spices like coriander in aroma and flavour along with a very fruity background. Its great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9499) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2008
My Bottom Line:
This sweet and spicy Tripel delights with its multifaceted dried fruitiness, its soft roundness and its doughy yeastiness, taking a creative and luxurious stance Id like to witness more often in the style.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam sits atop the orange-tinged golden.
-Alcohol is quite subtle in the flavor profile.
-A touch of herbal hops graces the background.
-Spiciness and grain bill are harmonious.
-Orange peel allusions are important.

Bottle; best before October 2010.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (12988) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2008
Amber with a big and lasting white head. Complex yeast aroma, filled with spice notes, especially vanilla and cinnamon, and lemon and orange. Very dry with the same complex spice flavour. As is the case with Pannepot, this beats the Reserva version any day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - AUG 24, 2008
Bottle at home to celebrate beer #999. First off, a massive thanks to ygtbsm94 for this brew. Pours a dark amber cloudy with a quite bubbly off-white head that lasts well and laces a bit. Nose is spicy and tangy, not without a hint of orange, cherries and cinnamon. Little bit of alcohol and quite a bit of berry character too. Slightly lemony, with a constant spice play. Mouth is lemony and warm with an initial hop attack, but balancing out to a nice, slightly sweet, mellow, with lots of spicy fruits. Present throughout is a bit of a spirit burn, but as this makes its way to the palate, it too mellows and plays a warm glow all the way down to my belly! Lots of cinnamon, almost some eucalyptus, soft and very sippable. Tsjeeses, this is a fantastic beer.

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