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Struise Tsjeeses - De Struise Brouwers

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353 Ratings
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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.72%


Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed and bottled on the Deca Brewery in Woesten-Vleteren.

EBC:14, IBU:32, OG:1093, FG:1018, ABV:10%
Hops: Marynka, Brewers Gold

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2006)
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CrazyDavros

Australia

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orangey amber with a large head.
Nose shows spicy phenols and noble hops along with a doughy yeast note and some apple esters. Also a fair whack of malt with caramel and confectionery notes.
Sweet malty flavours, again with a big confectionery character. Some noble hops remain along with a hit of booze. A little cloying.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2014 03:45:41 | More by CrazyDavros
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

***2011 Vintage***

Thanks to hoppypocket for this one.

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle, best before 26-12-2017.

Foams a bit out of the bottle, pours a ruddy, leather brown body. Tight foam that's decent. Smell is Belgian candi, taste has much the same but has cinnamon more prominent. Carbonation is lively, good stuff overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 18:08:24 | More by papat444
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silverking

Florida

4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- cloudy copper with a thin beige head. Sheets of lacing and excellent retention.

S- biscuit, lightly toasted, Molasses, caramel.

T- same as the aroma, but with a touch of bitter and herbal hops.

M- medium bodied, moderate amounts of rolling carbonation.

O- excellent.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 01:52:46 | More by silverking
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml 2008 bottle poured into tulip 7/10/13, cheers MasterSki and Sean9689 for the bottle

A slow gusher but time enough to get it all in your glass, murky as hell caramel brown, some ufo's and plenty of yeasty sediment and still plenty of bubbles feeding a large short lived tan foam that has little specks throughout

S caramel, nutmeg, faint booze, yeast and bread, brown sugar and a little anise

T a hint of dried banana chips and more spice then the nose, some earthy notes and slightly more booze then the nose but still a well hidden 10%

M a little syrupy and very sticky on the lips, I can see the bubbles but it feels flat in the mouth, fruity spice lingers

O solid brew and its mellowed out nicely, a nice blend of sugars, spice, and bread

I'd like to try a fresh bottle as I'm guessing this one might have peaked already, I'm looking forward to the newer BB aged version I have waiting on deck.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 02:12:10 | More by wordemupg
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EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am covered in it
I opened it and it exploded, so much for careful pouring of bottle conditioned beer.

A handsome brownish amber body with good white head with staying power

Gorgeous aromas too much to pin down, mulled wine, peaches, caramel and angel tears

Rich deep boozy taste with malts and spice it's almost like a really fancy rum

Solid mouthfeel, you know you are drinking a big hitter though there most be something awry with the carbonation for me to be covered with the stuff

I bet this is a bit inconsistent
however I am drinking legendary stuff here

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 23:34:57 | More by EmperorBevis
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jroberts8811

Missouri

4.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Bottle into Tremens tulip

A- deep amber with 1 finger head
S- funky, malty, bready, anise. Earthy, celeriac, malt.
T- awesome Belgian dubbel, tastes like a quad... Coriander, belgian yeast, sweet malt, sourness , metallic iron...
M- medium to full. Coats well and lingers long.
O- delicious. Nose is deceptive. Taste is remarkable. No alcohol presence whatsoever. Love what destruisse has to offer overall and this is a great treat. Reminds me so much of their neighbor in westvleteren just a few K away. Grab if you have the opportunity. DeS is so small we are lucky to have any in the US. Those in the know should be all over DeStruisse...Pannepot anyone? Miss my time there

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 01:36:07 | More by jroberts8811
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

2008 bottle, bought off shelf and drank in 2013.

Pours a medium nutty brown color, thick and cloudy with lots of floaties. Pretty nice white head. Belgian "pale" ale my ass.

Smells pretty quad like--very malty, nutty, yeast, bananas, hints of other fruit, booze, really a lot going on. Definitely smells like it has a few years on it.

Taste has a lot of the same but less sweet, has a slightly fruity almost vinous character. Good, but less complex than I expected.

Body very thick and rich, booze still shows a bit. Kindof a sipper but feels pretty good.

7.4/10

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 01:42:04 | More by AlexFields
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap into an elongated tulip glass at Max's taphouse in Baltimore. Just changed the kegs and first sip.

A golden and very bronze clear body is presented on the pour with not much head given, with some golden brass like hues towards the bottom. The carbonation on this really moves in slow motion so slowly up the glass. It litteraly crawls. The colar is a faint tan color.

Nose is closed, with maybe a sense of mild classic candi like sweetness. Straightforward but not really diverse or impressive.

Palate has a slight sense of vinous feel on first sip, with a classic Belgian mixing malt in the mid palate at first. Moderate carbonation, but a sense of simple white sugar that just dominates and takes the palate over.

It's a fine simple example, but it's also kind of pedestrian. Not my ideal Belgian big pale ale (tripel or not), and it seems like de Struise could have done better.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2013 20:54:05 | More by smakawhat
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with no visible BB date (Lot 2621080611). 2011 vintage. Purchased ages ago from a Belgian webshop. Described on the label as a blonde ale with herbs and spices, and features an image of Jesus in a santa hat.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A very hazy marmalade-amber colour with good carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy white foam with excellent retention; this slowly subsides to a surface layer. Aroma of caramel malt with notes of fruity yeast esters, earthiness, sugar, mild clove, hints of spice, faint herbs and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, with a subtle warming whiff of alcohol.

Tastes of sweet caramel malt with a fruity character and a very dry finish. Notes of earthy yeast, fruity esters, sugar, mild spice, faint herbs and stewed hops. The spices seem muted and indistinct. A subtle hint of booze in the background, followed by a mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, dry and lightly tingly, with a lovely body that envelops the tongue. Highly astringent, with an aftertaste of sweet malt, earthy yeast and faint spice/herbs.

Pretty good - a solid brew with excellent balance. Perhaps a tad too dry. The spices and herbs seem to have faded to the point where they cannot be individually discerned, but the overall flavour is pleasant. The alcohol is very well hidden, and contributes only slightly to the aroma/flavour. Not the most amazing Christmas brew in the world, but a decent, well-crafted beer. Worth sampling if you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 02:45:04 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2013-01-07 in Bowling Green, KY. This is lot C/8/10 (from the code on the bottle)

A - Very hazy orange-brown with a 1/2-finger off-white head and mild lacing.

S - Belgian yeast funk, apricot, spice.

T - Homemade bread, fig, plum, holiday spices, orange marmalade and tart apricot. The sweetness yields to drying alcohol and moderate hop bitterness.

M - medium body and light-medium carbonation. Semi-smooth yet prickly.

O - Getting old and a bit oxidized but still enjoyable. Not as good as their Pannepot but a nice treat at a real good price of $5.99 per bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 02:48:07 | More by Tucquan
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CowsandBeer

Kansas

3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found while browsing at Fleming Place Wine & Spirits in Topeka, KS. $7 for an 11.2 oz bottle. Labeled C 8 10. Poured into a snifter. I think this might be a 2011 bottle?

Appearance: One finger of head that quickly recedes to a ring around the glass. Almost looks like dirty dishwater. Orange brown color-that makes me think of a ripened peach.

Smell: Candy and bubblegum followed by an almost white wine like smell. Spiked apple juice. Molasses like malts.

Taste: A fading holiday beer bouquet upfront (clove, anise, ginger, cinnamon). A sweet, slightly acidic wine like alcohol bite down the middle. Herbs, then a a bready finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly acidic with a dry finish. Medium mouthfeel. Light, fizzy carbonation at the beginning.

Drink this while taking apart your Gingerbread house. I can only imagine how much spicier this would be fresh. At this point it's almost like an herbal tea. I really enjoyed the wine like character it had and the way the ABV was hidden. Probably one of the better "spiced" holiday beer I've had. But when considering the price I won't be buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 06:36:47 | More by CowsandBeer
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass. Bottle labeled LOT B, 6, 08.

Appearance: This brew comes out a very cloudy brown, head slightly off-white and didn't rise much...maybe 1/2" dropped to nothing after a sip or two with nice even lacing.

Smell: Strong yeast smell complimented with fruit. I don't smell this beer I inhale it, yes it smells this damn good.

Taste: Sweet bread, with touch of nutmeg and very strong yeast taste. It feels like brown sugar and strong malts.

Mouth: Sweet after-taste but not as sticking as I believe it should be. Comes off light carbonation, granted this brew is at least a year old and should be taken into consideration.

Overall: This beer was given to me last year's Christmas (2011) and served Christmas night a year later and without a doubt a beer worth aging and having again and again. Take your time and drink with pride. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 08:22:52 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-brown orange color with a smallish off-white head and a little lacing

S-caramel malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, cloves, hints of pepper, slight earthiness

T-sweet malt, dark fruit, cloves, pepper, molasses, coriander, hint of vanilla

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth mouthfeel and not overly boozy

O-a tasty sipping beer with the usual good blend of Belgian flavors

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 19:49:45 | More by MDDMD
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another brew Jason brought back from Belgium, 2011 vintage. 33cl bottle into a tulip.

Dark orange/brown with an offwhite head. Nose is sugary, caramelized dark fruits, some candy syrup and some bready qualities. Taste has some Belgian yeast and spice notes, complex fruit and bready character and even some suggestions of a milder fruity liqueur. Medium heavy body, medium low carbonation. Alcohol is hidden.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 16:51:17 | More by liamt07
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Schneider Weisse glass at Local Option.

2011 vintage. I always feel odd when I don't know how to properly spell/pronounce beers. This one's just mean in that regard. It pours a clear sunrise brass-amber topped by over a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises mild fig, Belgian yeast, very light brown sugar, very light orange zest, and light caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, along with lots o' perfume-y flowers (seemingly lavender), pine resin, and plum. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a pretty solid BSPA, though nothing all that earth-shattering or anything. I'd be interested in trying a fresher one, if only just to compare the experiences.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2012 02:11:43 | More by TMoney2591
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Bendurgin

Maine

2.18/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

My brother gave this to me because he didn't like it. Well then, thanks. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a muddy brown tan with just a small cap of white head.

This smells like grapes. More like a white wine than a beer on the aroma with a slightly tart edge. The pallet is boozy with sweet white grape blanket.

The body is medium with soft carbonation. Overall this one is going to down the drain. Complete fail.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 02:57:14 | More by Bendurgin
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a mat-finish dot-matrix-type of label, the fine brewers of Struise further insult our senses of taste with an elfin image of hippie-Jesus with embarrassing retro-Oakley sunglasses. Are you kidding me? This beer has got to be killer to overcome its defects in marketing and advertising.

Opening with a muddy goldenrod color isn't helping much as the typical sprite appearance is weighted down with excessive yeast haze and an inordinate amount of sediment. But capped with an eggshell white foamy head, the Belgiany froth is withstanding and appetizing from start to finish.

Aromas further exude confidence as a melange of fruit and spice entertain the nose. Ripe red apples, melons, pear, apricot, and mangoes all align for a candied scent that's uniquely pleasant. A counterpart of spice comes in softer waves- first coriander, then clove, white pepper, and earthy cumin before I dive right into taste.

Flavors ensue with a focus on tropical and mild citrus fruit, but doing so in a honey dipped and Pez-like kinda sweetness. Thinned with pleasant cider acidity and white wine vinous complexities, the beer balances with spices and tannin as much as it does moderately earthy hops. A delicious rebuttal from white pepper, cumin, celery seed, and light aniseed all provide a balance to fruit and malt and provides a seamlessly alcoholic tasting finish.

Medium throughout, the beer's textures is richly honey-like to start, but the spritzy attitude of sparkling white wine interrupts the residual sweetness and gives a much needed pepper and zest quality that takes the beer into finish with a cotton candy-like evaporation.

Despite being an ugly duckling of a beer, the taste is nothing short of amazing. It not only forms "proper" impressions in taste, but excells in the supple sweetness that makes Belgian-style beers magical. I just with it pushed further and challenged me to award it with even higher scores.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 06:57:53 | More by BEERchitect
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Geist, a De Struise tick. The more beers I drink from Struise I realize the less Struise I want to drink. This is a good example of a puffed up beer that doesn't even crack the realm of mediocre for the style, but there is a pot smoking jesus on the label so it must be edgy. Oh well.

Beer is dark amber and completely hazy, thick in the glass, thin white head, low carbonation, low retention, looks like a beer.

Aroma is sweet, holy hell is the aroma all malt, some alcohol.

Beer is medium in body and really sweet, it is like a hyperactive sweet tripel. You can taste the alcohol...for what it is I guess it is fine but for as expensive as this bottle gets, this is not a good beer. There are way better strong pales out there for half the cost and I won't be returning to this beer anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 21:04:17 | More by drabmuh
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Side by side with Tsjeeses Reserva.

The beer is hazy and appears dark copper colored. Small head with little lacing. The aroma offers malt, sweet breads, yeast, caramels, rain. The flavor offers caramel and butterscotch candies with additional notes of Belgian yeast and bready malt. The beer is relatively light bodied with fairly low carbonation. Solid, but not quite as good as the Tsjeeses Reserva.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 01:57:24 | More by Huhzubendah
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dgilks

Australia

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage drop shipped straight from Vleteren.

Very hazy golden colour. Persistent, long-lasting, blonde head. Very nice.

Bready, earthy, citrussy, fruity, spicy. There is a tripel here. It is a little strange but it works well.

Malty and smooth with lots of yeast character. There is citrus and clove. Some earthiness. Not bad.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Solid.

A reasonable beer. I don't mind the balance of yeast, malt, alcohol and earthiness here. It comes together fairly well.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 11:10:18 | More by dgilks
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ADZA

Australia

4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 2010 vintage and pours a dark copper hue which leaves a creamy two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is caramel candy,boozy alcohol,raisins soaked in brandy and fruitcake,the mouthfeel is full bodied and has tastes of caramel candy,fruitcake,marzipan,warming alcohol,cherries,spicy lemon and is finished nice and dry,overall its a nice drop full of interesting tastes and would love this at Xmas cheers.`

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 05:55:01 | More by ADZA
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danieelol

Australia

4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Platinum Liquor

2010 Vintage

Pours a toffee but not that dark with great head and lacing.

Smell is classic English barleywine at first. Then some rauchmalt comes in. Then some of that earthy Struise character. Just like a really good version of an English barleywine. Perhaps some English hops and booze in there too. Thick and malty.

Taste has more of that vaguely rauchy bitterness. Has a lot of that earthy Struise character coming through. Sweetness when in the mouth but the aftertaste is dry and delicious. Think a sort of burnt blue cheese in the mouth.

Mouthfeel is good, gets a thin character where it needs it then expands to bring on the flavour. Decent carb on the high side for style (EBarleywine, not BSPA).

Overall this is a great beer. Pretty unique too, gets those lovely aged English Barleywine flavours with none of the cloying sweetness or booze, which while there does not detract from the beer. Then adds some of that funky cheesiness. Of course, pretty much everything De Struise makes is awesome so that should be expected.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 13:51:17 | More by danieelol
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superspak

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, lot C/8/10. Pours cloudy golden orange color with a dense 2 finger off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big grape, pear, apple, herbal, floral, pepper, earth, citrus zest, and light funkiness. Some pretty nice aromas with good complexity and balance. Taste of grape, pear, apple, pepper, herbal, earth, citrus zest, candi sugar, bread, honey, caramel, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of light fruits, earth, herbal, floral, candi sugar, and honey on the finish for a good bit. Good amount of complexity in flavors; with a big malt forward profile over spiciness. No cloying sweetness at all as expected. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden at 10%; with only a slight warming noticed on the finish. Very smooth to sip on for the alcohol level. Overall this is a very nice Belgian strong pale ale. Probably an older bottle as the spices are hardly evident. Quite enjoyable though regardless.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 05:03:53 | More by superspak
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spicelab

Australia

3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Adam@Platinum for getting in one of my favourite breweries.

Toffee amber with a beige head of a finger or so, moderate density, that falls to a slightly raised ring.

Kind of a funky-lactic fusion. Very different and bizarre. Balsamic, brandy snap, dried citrus peel, cut grass, sweaty socks, band-aids, doughy yeats and miscellaneous dry spice.

Taste is even more raucous. Quite hard to place the flavours with any confidence, but I get bay leaves, orange peel, cassia and an oddball flavour that is something like massively over-extracted coffee blended with moist soil.

Not a heavy body for the ABV. Lowish carbonation for a Belgian strong. Dries out a little towards the end.

Super interesting beer that is really difficult to deconstruct. Does become hard going towards the end though, with one definitely enough in a session.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 03:21:17 | More by spicelab
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AgentMunky

California

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Stamped Lot B 9 09.

A: I love the label, and at $7.50 I have high hopes. Poured gently, little head forms and the beer is a pleasant straw-yellow-brown, hazy but translucent.

S: Strong and sharp, with noticeable booze and spice and fruit. Apricot and plum (EDIT: after looking at BuckeyeNation's review, it seems this beer was aged on stone fruits like these?).

T: Superlative! Sweet molasses or candi sugar is balanced by a tart, astringent fruitiness, reminiscent of under ripe peach and dried apricot. Spice and clean grain dances in the background; tripelly. Unusual, but very pleasant. The apricot is perhaps over-dominant, though I'm not complaining. Drying endtaste.

M: Sharp and spicy. Fruity and tart. Excellent and compelling.

O: I would like to thank the stranger in the beer store who picked this up and placed it in my cart with the stern warning that I avoid trying this beer at my peril. It is, in fact, a magnificently constructed and executed 'Christmas ale', one whose strength lies in challenging conceptions of a Belgian Christmas beer -- who says they have to be dark? Highly recommended, despite the relatively high price point.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 05:25:20 | More by AgentMunky
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Struise Tsjeeses from De Struise Brouwers
90 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.