Struise Tsjeeses - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 29
Gots: 75 | FT: 2
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2006

Brewed and bottled on the Deca Brewery in Woesten-Vleteren.

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

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.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.92/5  rDev -2%
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.

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.

Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of Fulkrum78
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of ggaughan
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of davidw987
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Mar02x
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.52/5  rDev -12%
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...

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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +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

Photo of prototypic
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to ThomasHardy for this unexpected surprise.

Tsjeeses is chock full of haze and a few swimming yeasty particles. It has a light golden brown color. Carbonation appears to be very active, but it yieled a foamy white head that only stands a finger tall. It was very quick to dissipate and left light strands of lace on the glass. Probably too alcohol for it to survive.

The nose is sweet and fruity up front. There's a healthy mix of sweet apple, pear, peach, and orange aromas. Spices are prominent in the mix and feature orange peel, ginger, and nutmeg. Not bad at all. Alcohol is also very strong. Too strong. It comes across as a little boozy. Belgian yeast is definitely in the mix and smells very nice. Overall, it's pretty good. Alcohol is a little too strong. A slight tweak there would improve it.

The flavor is very, very sweet. There a lot of fruity, citrusy notes. Sweet apple, pear, orange, lemon, and peach are all easily noted. My first impression is that it's a little too sweet. An array of spices adds a lot of complexity. There's pepper, orange peel, nutmeg, and ginger. A few secondary spices might also be in the mix, but I can't identify them. Belgian yeast makes its presence known and works very well with the sweet and spicy combo. Alcohol is too prominent and is a little boozy. There's a bit of a warming effect. There's a spicy surge on the tail that's the collective result of the spices and an infusion of hops. Nice finish. Tsjeeses has a pretty good flavor, but is a tad sweet and warm.

It has a medium body that's relative smooth. Carbonation is active and crisp. The spicy assault on the palate makes it difficult to tell how smooth it really is. Suffice it to say that it is...to some degree. Drinkability is pretty average. I like the flavor of Tsjeeses pretty well, but it's very sweet, runs a tad too warm, and is strong at 10%. This is a sipper that's going to take me a while. No way I'd crack another tonight...even if I had one.

Tsjeeses is a pretty good beer that could be very, very good beer with a couple of small tweaks. Tone down the sweet flavor and the abv. This beer would be more than good at 8%. It's just too much as it is. Despite those two gripes, it still manages to be a pretty good beer. De Struisse has done better, but it's still far from bad. It's definitely worth picking up, even if only once. Thanks, Brady.

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

Enjoyed this On tap at the 7th Annual Belgium Fest yesterday at Max's in Baltimore

Nice orange color that is a bit darker than typical for the style. A decent amount of floral sweetness on the nose but not as much as I would have liked. The taste was outstanding and the stone fruit sweetness went really well with this slight bitterness. I wish more of this would have came through on the nose. The carbonation was nice and light providing for an overall great mouth feel.

Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lot A Batch 9 9

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Murks up, zero head retention or lacing

S: Phenols, white pepper, & faint apricot notes. some boozey notes once warm

T: Apricot, pears, white grapes. a touch of cinnamon & yeasty spicyness, plus a touch of boozeyness up front. Faint breadyness as this warms along with pears dryness & a kiss of peach, honey plus some lemony hops thrown in for good measure as this warms. Finishes dry, fruitty & spicy

MF: Medium bodied, fairly low carbonation; pretty nice balance

Pretty nice overall presentation, good one-off take on the style

Photo of GRG1313
3.37/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark lightly hazy amber orange with a firm and thick white head that is long lasting; nice looking.

Nose is medium candy sugar/Belgian malt/fruit. Sweet, lightly floral and with some cooked bananas and peaches.

Mouthfeel is creamy and pretty rich.

Flavors are complex and layered. Sweet malt gives way to some alcohol all through the mid palate and then goes to a bit of fruit, carmel, toffee and light coffee.

Finishes with grapefruit hops. Interesting integration. Spicy malty flavors with a hop finish. Pleasant.

I would prefer more of a statment. Go for the fruit/malt or go for the bitter. This one is not balanced sufficiently to really be a pleasing drink.

Photo of KYGunner
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012

Plenty of carbonation left it built quickly and ebbed away slowly. Lots of raisin in the nose with some dark fruit, molasses and caramel.

The flavors are light and sweet with molasses, maple, barley malt, prune, date and a finish of alcohol soaked raisin.

Very easy feel with a bit thinner feel than the Reserva but perhaps a more drinkable beer.

Photo of philipquarles
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle. Pours an almost opaque copper with a fluffy white head. Loads of sediment. Smells quite bready and yeasty. Apple esters and a lot of spice. Taste is also heavily malty with strong yeast character. Apple/brown sugar and spice. Sweet, slightly boozy finish. Medium-thick, creamy body with good carbonation.

Photo of Neffbeer
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a tulip:

A: Amber opaque color that reveals a ruby red hue when held up to the light. Soft pillowy white head that hangs around and laces the glass nicely. I poured carefully, but some yeast chunks still slipped by even though I left the last ounce in the bottle.

S: The nose is of candy sugar, yeast, stone fruits, and a wisp of spices and hops. It is a really inviting/invigorating aroma, unlike anything I have come across.

T: The taste does not let down. The sweetness in the nose does not show up on the palate, instead a full bodied flavor of dried fruit, bread, and a hint of noble hops appear. Just mildly spiced with a nice bite and dry finish. The extra time in the second fermentation vessel (second shot of yeast as well) really dried this beer to the bone. This is just a fantastic seasonal beer.

M: Full and lush with moderate carbonation.

D: The alcohol is so well hidden at 10% that I could drink a few of these. It is a powerful BPA/Triple (according to the De Struise brewers), but one that I will visit repeatedly each year. Cheers.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a burnt orange with a frothy 2 finger cream colored head that was moderatly lasting leveling to a skim coating that persisted for the remainder of the drink. The lacing was spongey and near full coating the glass on the way down. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect visually was the insanely turbid nature, my glass was a snow globe of eye candy (im trade-marking this so don't even think about using it in your review) of yeasty flakes that danced and swirled around the glass much like in a snow globe. The feverishly strong carbonation produced a topsy-turvy and rising and sinking notion of large visible bran colored yeast matter creating a blizzard in my glass. Needless to say this was one of the most interesting visuals ive seen.

S: The nose was yeasty with musky oranges and damp grains. Dry orange peels, cinnamon powder with just a touch of dried fruitcake was also dominant. There is a nice maltiness as well with a fresh cake like aroma and a trailing finish of fresh lemon juice.

T: The initial flavor produced a sharp spiciness of cloves, cinnamon standing out the most with background notes of pears, and fruitcake. There is as well a noticeable alcohol warming of spicy apple cider that delivers quite a bite while the yeasty chunks deliver touches of bananas, peardrop and dried peaches. A xmasy green leafy hopping is evident as well a honey sweetness mixed with some raw green apple skins. The swallow finds a sharp and spicy alcohol tang deep in the back of the throat of dark licorice, similar to that of sam bucca while the finish has damp citrus, musky oranges mixed in with a creamy caramelized dry malting. A very complex, and spicy flavor to say the least worthy of extra regards here.

M: creamy and chewy from the abundant yeasty matter. A medium honey consistency with a boozy and acidic bite in the back of the throat rounds things out.

D: Drinkability was decent while the enjoyment factor was good. Very boozy and delivers quite a bite makes this a slow winter sipper. The 10%abv is well noted and will keep your humble throughout the course.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.12/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusty orange color, tan foam initially that fades to a skim later on. Tiny dark suspended particles. Candied fruit and alcohol in the aroma, which can be overlooked as a "Belgian X-Mas Ale". Strong rich flavors, caramel, stewed fruit, very mild spice level. Alcohol seems to be lurking at the edges, reinforcing that this is a slow sipper. Dry finish with lingering fruit in the aftertaste. Some vegetal hop character that I can't really endorse or veto, it reminded me of a homebrew I had once, but not in an amateur sense at all. One and done, this was worth a try.

Photo of TLove
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Great Belgian Strong Pale. Exemplary of the style and adds a depth of funky yeast that completely enshrouds the alcohol. Amazing, really. I would have said this was 3 or 4 percent by tasting it. But the malt structure and yeast engross the beer completely and give it wonderful tastes of candied fruits such as orange, apricot, and apple.

Also has a subtle honey sweetness with a real creamy head and body that follows it through to the end. Some spices come through on the back end, followed by a grainy, somewhat dry malt that allows the beer to flow through uninhibited.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of fonefan: Poured a deep dirty beige color ale with a huge foamy head with perfect retention and some great lacing. Aroma of fruity (peach) ester with a spicy peppery yeast. Taste is also a mix between the very nice fruity ester and the peppery yeast with a dry hoppy finish. Body is full with limited filtration and great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Maybe a touch too sweet for my personal tastes but a very good example of the style nonetheless.

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Struise Tsjeeses from De Struise Brouwers
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