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

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RATINGS: 917   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlackHaddock (6629) - Shropshire, - APR 15, 2012
Taken from the bottle into a tasting glass at the 16th Essen Christmas Beer festival 2010. Honey brown in colour, they use Pilsner, light wheat and caramunich 120 malts according to the festival notes. The smell was of fruits, spices and malt. Not suprising when you realise they add orange peel and grapes in the mash along with mint leaves and cardamom. Unfiltered and unpasteurised the beer retains all those flavours mentioned above, add the three hop varieties from around Poperinge and you have one hell of a beer. The flavours somehow blend into a fantastic tasting beer, each sip being slightly different from the last one. It is more of a barleywine than a anything else, but whatever style you choose to put it in, it is a wonderful drink.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Muggus69 (2229) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JAN 13, 2017
330mL bottle from International Beer Collector. 2015 vintage Pours a slightly hazy dark copper body with a ring of off-white foam. Not a great deal on the nose - raisins, toffee, bready/cakey sort of malt with an nondescript spiciness. Doesnt feel nearly as potent as it is! Rather dry (well attenuated!?), sort of boozy but not rich like many Xmas (and Belgian) ales tend to be. Once again, dry overall impression - has a sort of sherry-like character about it - not in an overtly oxidised way, more a dried fruity, savoury spice way, with some brown caramel & doughy yeast undertones. Really not what I was expecting - not disappointed, but was kind of bracing myself for a big thick "liquid Christmas cake" sort of affair!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SylvainCFC (107) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 10, 2017
Robe ambre cuivre presque rouge fonc. Colonnes de petites bulles. Col de mousse moyen, blanc lgrement cass, compact. Rtention moyenne. Nez dabord amer qui rvlent ensuite une palette de fruits. Sucre prsent sans excs. Chaleur de lalcool prsente. Petite amertume lattaque qui se dissipe cependant que les fruits poussent la note. La vraie macration sur fruit donne une bouche gourmande, sans tre domin par le sucre. Prune, pche, pomme, poire... Aucun excs non plus sur les pices. Lger poivr, girofle ? Supposition ici car cest bien intgr. Malt bien prsent, gourmand. Fin de bouche de retour sur lamertume et petite sensation alcooleuse. Bire ronde et corpulente sans excs (courant pour le style). Bire de nol loin des clichs o les fruits ont un rle central. Bien quilibr.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowenbrau (3755) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 8, 2017
33cl bottle @El Cabann, Avils. 11-07-2016.
2015 edition.
BBD: 08-07-2020.
Pours quiet hazy copper with nice off white head. Short head retention, some lacing. Caramel, roasty, ripe fruit, plums, raisins nose. Full body, soft carbonation, oily texture. Taste is malty, robust, smooth, ripe fruit, some toffee, caramel, dried fruits. Good!.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
L_Lovecraft (367) - - JAN 7, 2017
Intense notes of caramel, dried fruits, dates and raisin, beautiful reddish with a good and quite persistant white head, medium/full body, medium carbonation, remember a fortified wine, dried fruits and caramel again, pleasant warming...a bit boring maybe but struise is always great.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrGrigg182 (367) - Tambov, RUSSIA - JAN 6, 2017
Bottle 0.33 Варка 2015 года. Шикарно пиво. Крепост& совсем не чувтств&

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnstledger8 (989) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 31, 2016
Bottle. Pours a murky brown with a fading light beige bubbly head. Aroma is of caramel, hint of orange, warming spices. Taste is of caramel, orange, clove, cinnamon, ginger. Sticky oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LouisP (325) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2016
Une bire rousse, ambre, sans grande effervescence ni carbonatation. Au nez, a me rappelle un peu une pilsner, avec des impressions assez florales et un nez galement un peu sucre. En bouche, cest assez surprenant, avec plusieurs saveurs distinctes. On dnote dabord une amertume qui surprend pour une bire belge, avec des saveurs sucres de caramel. En deuxime ton, une saveurs dpices telles que la cannelle. Au final pas mauvais, mais a manque un peu de corps et nez.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quack-Duck (9356) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 29, 2016
bottle. Deep brown with a creamy beige head. Darka dn roasety malty flavours, dried fruit such as figs, dates, raisins and pears. Full-bodied, fruity, dark, and very good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alusmamuts (1635) - LATVIA - DEC 26, 2016
Bottle of 2015. Yellow bit hazy with medium yellow head. Sweet sour fruity and gingerbread aroma. Same for taste, well balanced fruit and gingerbread taste followed by good bitterness. Cookies notes . Lasting medium strong bitter aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Klimaet (2228) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2016
Bottle. Pours hazy muddy reddish brown with a small light offwhite head. Aromas of bready malt, sweet dark fruits, toffee, oxidized fruit, orange peel, esters. Taste is belgian estery fruity, malt, caramel, sweet toffee, orange peel, spices, bread.


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