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Struise Tsjeeses - De Struise Brouwers

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89
very good

386 Ratings
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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 24
Gots: 64 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 386 | Reviews: 227 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by SaucyA:
Photo of SaucyA
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky apple cider color with a foamy white head into the snifter. Lots of floaties. Good retention, though.

S - Lots of yeast, a bowl of stale sugary candies at Grandma's house, apples. Light fruits, super nice. A decent hop note. Lots of random spices in the mix.

T - It's sweet. However, it's really good. Dried light fruity sweetness, alcohol, pure Belgian. Yeasty... also you can actually taste the water they brewed this with. I love it. I'm not a fan of hugely sweet Belgians yet this rides the thin line and still works for me.

M - Quite thick with prickly carbonation.

D - It's really sweet, and almost cloying, yet this beer is vanishing quickly. The abv is noticeable but doesn't detract. The price is the only rough thing here.

Notes: Worth a try. Reminds me of Gouden Carolus Rood, except good.

SaucyA, Jan 26, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

t2grogan, Oct 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +25%

dcurrin, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330cl bottle, Lot B, bottled 9/09. In a snifter it was a hazy deep amber color with a small film of head. An aroma of fruit and spice. The taste was orange, with cinnamon/clove/pepper flavors. The peppery taste persisted for quite some time, and made the mouthfeel a bit on the harsh side. Enjoyable enough, but one and done for me.

lordofthewiens, Dec 30, 2009
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4/5  rDev 0%

mctizzz, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Kraken
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into an over-sized wine glass. Moderate pour yields a minimal skim of a head that collects around the edges of the glass. Impressive lace, color is a dark clouded orange amber with a massive amounts of suspended sediment.

Nose- Very wine like. Sour grape elements, alcohol is apparent. Slight sweetness to the nose, specifically apricots.

Palate- Dried apricots, some dates, slightly sweet, candi sugar. Mild sour grapes and granny smith apples slightly tart. Floral characteristics. Not getting much hops, contrary to the label. Alcohol is apparent but complementary. Finish is long and dry.

Mouthfeel- Dense, mildly carbonated, slightly syrupy.

Drinkability- Great, however alcohol will sneak up on you, and good god was this pricey.

Kraken, Dec 23, 2008
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4/5  rDev 0%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into an ommegang chalice. LOT: C 8 10

pours out a deep murky orange color, lots of sediment. a little red in the light. thin yet some what retentive head. doesnt really leave much lacing. not the huge billowy head im used to with this style.

a little boozey alcohol, somewhat solvent. vineous, wine like fruits, pears. mild yeast phenols and mild spice. caramel candied malt sweetness.

candied malt sweetness, a bit of caramel, a nice doughy/ bready flavor, some slightly restrained yeast phenols and the slightest hint of spice. some wine like notes as well, maybe a little apple and pear. warming finish.

bigger side of medium bodied. couldve used a touch more carbonation and a slightly dryer finish.

pretty right on for the style, nicely made. i look forward to the reserva.

dogfishandi, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Jan 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

simoen, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of glid02
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy brown-copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated pears along with other slightly darker fruits with an underlying earthiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Medium fruit and Belgian candi sugar are backed by earthy malts. There are also good amounts of dark spices - nutmeg and maybe cinnamon. As it warms the spices become even more prevalent. Ending is on the sweet side and is pretty crisp.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a great thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and could have a few more.

Overall I was impressed with this beer - a good attempt at a lighter Christmas beer. Worth a shot.

glid02, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of Fulkrum78
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow-brown. Decent head which fades quickly and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is really interesting, and hard to describe. Hoppy and malty on the tongue, definitely tasting the spices as well. Alcohol warms you at the back of the throat. Overall a damn good beer.

Fulkrum78, Sep 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev 0%

RobertH50, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of ste5venla
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

ste5venla, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of ggaughan
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Kierstbierfestival in Essen, Belgium a few weeks back. The beer poured a bronze color into my snifter with a slight off white head. There was a port like nose to the beer, high abv aroma. The taste was pretty hot, alcoholy but not to the point that it was all I got. The taste was also a bit citrusy with some grapefruit and a touch of sweetness as well. A very interesting beer that I am glad I got a chance to try.

ggaughan, Jan 01, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Nov 08, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First beer of the evening at The Trappist in Oakland. I'm glad I had it first as it had great flavor.

The beer was a moderately cloudy orange, tending towards amber. The smell was wonderful, full of spice and yeast flavors. The taste was complex and up front without being overpowering. It was a very easy beer to drink and my glass was empty before I wanted it to be.

davidw987, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of Mar02x
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer straight of the Deca brewery.

A - A nice dark amber colored hazy beer beer with a decent head that is just a bit off white. No carbonation visible. The beer in total looks very appealing. Although the head is slowly retracting until only a thin pitiful layer remains.

S - Strong smell of Belgian yeast and alcohol. Caramel, vigs, raisins, some citrus and chocolate are also present. The smell is also a bit sweet-like with a hit of toffee.

T - A nice spicy beer with lots of cinnamon and yeast. Sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar, some citrus, warming alcohol and god knows what else is in this beer. A lovely mix thats for sure.

M - Medium-thick body with a good amount of carbonation.

O - This a good stuff. It s a complex thirst quencher that you can also enjoy after a good meal, in the morning, just out of bed, in the evening, at work etc. I just can't wait to try the reserva version.

Mar02x, Sep 21, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

mattfancett, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours peachy golden with very white topping, and lace on the way down. Some spiciness in the nose, and certainly in the taste, as cinammon and sugar and cardamon impart sweetness. Livey carbonation that adds to mouthfeel. Quite tasty and drinkable, dangerous 10% that feels and tase a bit boozy.Pricey bottle from Premiere Gourmet.

Sammy, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of augustgarage
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured vigorously yeast and all from a 330mL bottle into my Bruery tulip. TSJ #11, Bottled in September, 2009.

Opaque butterscotch body with a thin fragile papaya whip head. Lacing and retention is poor, though the legs are dense and viscous.

Esters, yeast, and alcohol aromatics - with hints of lemon, guava, dried banana, coriander, clove, cinnamon, white pepper, and sugar.

The flavors closely follow the nose. In addition, mid-palate I detect pear brandy, and a mixture of floral/herbal noble hops for balance. Pale malt and alcohol combine to form a sort of medicinal note. Finish is sweet, spicy, and doughy.

Creamy, medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation. A bit syrupy, and yet somehow thin if not granular.

A little cloying (reminds me of some of the less impressive tripels I've tried) though the hops and yeast help to increase the drinkability. The ABV isn't solventy really, but it is a bit hot (though this works for me as a Winter beer).

Something of a disappointment really...

augustgarage, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of ElGordo
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is a hazy orange with yellow highlights, topped by half a finger of creamy white head. Sweet aroma of bready malt and a good dose of spices (clove, allspice, pepper). Palate is mildly sweet up front, full of bready malt and more aromatic spices. The hops come through on the swallow, providing a light bitterness that helps offset the sweetness just enough. The finish is quite heavy on a white pepper flavor, but is still pleasant, and leaves a lingering bitterness from the subdued hop profile.
Body is light and airy, yet not foamy - it's just perfect to convey the myriad flavors held within the beer. Even though this is billed as a 10% winter ale, it goes down very easily, and is a pleasant change from the usual slate of dark, over-spiced holiday ales.

ElGordo, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of dirtylou
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, brasserie V

appearance: cloudy amber body, hazy and rich in the chouffe chalice

smell: rich and nutty, lots of belgian spice, candied sugar, caramel, holiday spice

taste: well up the struise standard - sweet and rich belgian ale...brown and candied sugar, oak sweet yeast, chewy caramel...nice seasonal, hopefully it appears on tap

mouthfeel: rich and full

drinkablility: good

dirtylou, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of 13esd
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

13esd, Dec 27, 2011
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Struise Tsjeeses from De Struise Brouwers
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