onceblind (9418) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2013
FIVE YEAR OLD BOTTLE. Cloudy bright copper with a thin rocky light beige head. Nose is beautiful, with boozy herbal honey, huge sticky sweetness on the aroma. Flavor is sublime, with sweet honey, light herbal tones, sticky chewy sweet body, some cherry, some raisin, a touch of vanilla...wonderful. dwyerpg (6062) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 24, 2014
One of the best tasting heads I’ve ever tried. Brown and frothy, this is an excellent beer. Far from being too sweet like so many Belgian’s this has a great dark flavor that is really top notch. And reasonably priced to boot. Will definitely buy more of this. hopwine (670) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2014
2012 Murky orange amber, initially large, dense head shrinks quickly. Nose is honey, muscat, pear, floral. Flavor is same plus sherry, nutmeg, cinnamon, green raisin, unripe banana, light caramel. Near perfection in my book. BonVoeux (40) - Beveren-Leie, BELGIUM - NOV 28, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl.
Hazy dark golden-orange with a creamy white head.
Aroma yeast, spice, malts, fruity. Medium bodied. Taste complex bit sweet and sour, malts, hop, spice.
Nice ! ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 7, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2009 Tap at Toronado SD. This is the best Tripel I have ever tasted, and perhaps the best Belgian style. Aroma of grape and Flemish sour. Flavors of light wheat, yeast, sour, oak, grape, apple juice, and sparkle. Just immaculate. I thought Struiselensis was the beer of theirs I would drink any day, but I was wrong. This is a masterpiece. Note two weeks later: the bottle version is not as good.
grunx (367) - - OCT 8, 2011
Clàssic. Només superable per la seva germana gran. Infinits matisos en boca. Cremosa. Carbònic molt integrat i fi, final sec, intensament llarg i com de tabac. Els pinyols de la fruita amb què la maceren li dóna un toc que sembla envellida en bóta. Obra mestra. kraddel (7783) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 8, 2012
bottle ( 33 cl ) at hevig hoekske. drank the 2010 an 2011 version ( 2010 was a little better, but it could be the moment or the aging idk )
definetly, withoud a doubt ma favourite beer to drink ’ often’ ( beeing like weekley )
a christmas beer by the struise, wich ( according to the bottle) is blond, but looks more ambercoloured. it doesnt realy taste amber, it doesnt realy taste blond either. the foam is quite normal for what you would expect. the CO2 is not ( as often is the problem in belgium specials ) to much, to ’agressive’ . its there, to do all its uses, but it doesnt bother you.
in the smell , i can scent why they call this a christmas beer. nice warmth coming out ( no my beer wastn boiling , it was actualy even cooled a bit )
when you drink it, you get a realy nice sweatness, complexity ( not as much as ultra comlplex craft beers though ) , spices,...wich is just great. but onley then, the epicness begins. the aftertaste.. this seems to divide people in two groups . some say theres no aftertaste at all, another group ( wich i’m part of) does taste it and taste it for minutes. dont realy know how thats possible, but anyway,..
its just a warmth ( alcohol? it doenst taste like booze but you get a miniature feeling like you drank pure vodka, that warmth... not nearley as much as the vodka though ! )joined with definetley the spices, wich give it ( again) a sort of complex sweetness...this is the beer that changed my life from drinking ’special ’ beers like karmeliet, duvel, westmalle,.. to drinking epic beers, like struise brouwers, de molen, 3 floyds, mikkeller,... and i’ve bought so much that i wouldnt live trough the disaster of falling without it till next year. truely golden! complex but not to complex to enjoy this more often than once in months ! Beachmaster (546) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 1, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy dark copper with a typical Belgian massive fluffy white head. Good lacing. Nose is bananas, cloves, and Belgian yeast. Taste is caramel, malt, and a hint of spices. Very, very good. Augustijn55 (82) - Izegem, BELGIUM - JAN 23, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl. Cloudy dark golden to orange color, white head. Good aroma fruits, hops. Sweet flavo. Tatse is yeasty. Perfect in balance. Best christmas beer of belgium this is right. omhper (24967) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2007
Bottled at Monk’s Café, Stockholm. Cloudy deep golden, firm head. Fruity nose with herbal spices - cinnamon and ginger spring to my mind. Vinous with vital, rounded mouthfeel. Fiery alcohol lies undeneath and some pleasant lactic acidity adds freshness and complexity. Full bodied. So wonderfully complex - every sip brings out a new aspect. There’s orange and butter, berries and, muscat wines and everything else I want. I tried to be a sceptic, but failed hopelessly. Oh, what a beer!