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Struise Tsjeeses - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 231
Hads: 426
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 15.21%
Wants: 28
Gots: 80 | FT: 2
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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 Bendurgin
2.16/5  rDev -46.1%
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.

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Photo of stcules
2.23/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Amber color, with a lot, but really a lot of floating chunks.
White foam, average, quite creamy.
Sweet and sugary smell, too sugary. Candy sugar, heavy.
Sugary taste, too, and heavy. Sweet and fruity. Hops? Not perceptible.
Heavy and not really inviting.

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Photo of Grandwazoo
2.7/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden brown color with noticeable sediment floating...ninimal head

strong bread yeast nose with some apple tones

A bit of bite on the tongue...distinct caramel sugar candy with noticeable cider tones. Sourprisingly does not stay too sweet on the tongue, and finishes into a nice mellow creme brulee finish, but the main flavor is a bit overwhelming for me.

Not my style (yet)

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Photo of andrewinski1
2.7/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter with a finger thick head that shrinks to thin lace relatively quickly. Smells really good, lots of fruit, specifically pear and a hint of spice. The taste is strong of alcohol. The malt and yeast flavors are hard to detect because of the boozyness. The mouthfeel is normal for the style; maybe more carbonated than I would prefer. This beer looks and smells amazing, but the taste isn't that good. I'll try another bottle a year later.

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Photo of Absumaster
2.83/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An orange, amber beer with a creamy head that settles into a thin layer. Yeasty mist.

Smell of light oxidation with a spiciness, that goes into the direction of orange zest and cloves. A light sourness, gives me goose bumbs at first, but then grows on me.

Taste is brrrr.. oxidized, cardboard whiffs. I have to be strong. Underneath here is a good beer, or need I say was? Very spicy with bitter orange zest and other bitter spices. Warm alcohol is not helping drinkability. Malt is thin and I suspect a good addition of sugar. This is probably a good beer when fresh, but De Struise Brouwers need to keep an eye on oxidation during brewing.

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Photo of shleepy
2.93/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from 750 mL into wine glasses.

A: Hazy amber; small head.

S: Caramel, maybe also pears or something like that. Smells too sweet for my tastes.

T: Strong caramel notes. A little fruitiness, a little spice.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Meh. Far too sweet and uninteresting for my tastes. It's not awful, though... I think I've just had too many great ultra-dry beers.

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Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an EKU 28 snifter in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high on account of the brewery. Based on the description on the label, this seems to be a winter warmer (not a "Belgian Strong Pale Ale" as listed on the site as of today). These Belgian Strong style epithets get thrown around haphazardly.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are expected.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream, good thickness, white colour, and great retention for the ABV. Colour is a hazy dark peach. Intriguing but nothing specific impresses me.

Sm: Biscuity yeast, peach fruit esters, toasted malts, spices, cream, and heavy clean malts. Some biscuit malts perhaps. A light hop aroma (neither bittering nor floral). Spices.

T: More hoppy than expected, intruding on the balance unfavorably. Some caramelized malt, but little toasted. Peach fruit esters. Biscuity yeast. Hints of lemon yeast. No alcohol except as a pleasant warming sensation. Disappointing compared to to the promise of the aroma, which goes unfulfilled. A bit imbalanced. Decently built, but I expect far more from Struise.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with enough coarseness to allow the flavours to come through. Neither too thick nor too thin.

Dr: A big disappointment from De Struise. Doesn't deliver on the promise of the aroma. Too hoppy. Built strangely for the style. Very well hidden ABV; this could be dangerous.


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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

small bottle
bought at K&L
drank at home
A: amber color. hazy. 4
S: pears. caramel. candi sugar. 3
T: strong caranel. hot alcohol. sone candi sweetness. low hopiness. 3
M: medium body. low carb. 3
O: not too drinkable due to high alcohol and unbalanced caramel.

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Photo of younger35
3.19/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this from Binny's in Lake Zurich for I believe around $7.99ish. This will be my 3rd brew from De Struise and the first two were alright. I'm not the hugest Winter Warmer fan so I hope this changes some feelings.

Appearance- Pours a light orange with hints of yellow and a big two finger bright white head. A beautiful cap and collar and tons of thick lacing remain for the duration of the beer.
Smell- Fairly grainy and doughy with a slight dry sort of sweetness that is slightly metallic. Spicy and slightly yeasty with some light hints of banana and licorice. The spice seems to be a mixture of coriander, candied orange peel, ginger and an earthiness that reminds me of hazelnut.
Taste- Starts sort of sweet with a big doughy fruitiness that is full of deep dark fruits. Raisins, prunes and super black cherries are upfront and in charge. The spices are much like what I got in the nose. Orange peel, candied ginger, clove and some bubblegum. The beer gets sort of cloying at times and its not much of a Blonde to me. Finishes with more of those dark fruits and a light metallic flavor. The 10% is covered magnificently though.
Mouthfeel- Nice full body with some fairly zesty carbonation that adds a sense of creaminess.
Drinkability- Uh. Not bad, not great. It's just kind of an overly sweet brew that looks beautiful, smells so-so and tastes so-so. It's a bit much for my tastes. Add another to the list of Winter Warmers that I didn't much enjoy.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.29/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a bottle that i picked up on clearance for around $5. its been sitting on the bottom shelf at my local liquor store for just over 2 years now, so this is a review of an aged bottle. drank out of my duvel tulip.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a very hazy bright golden orange colored body with a finger and a half of bright white head on top. the head lasts for a long time and leaves behind solid rings of lacing. very nice.

S- the first thing i think about the nose is how weak it is. i let this bottle warm up a bunch too, so i doubt its only subdued because its cold. what little i do get seems to be sweet belgian candi sugar, a little bit of pear, and some random spices. im surprised that i cant detect the alcohol in here. a small amount of earthy hops at the end.

T- the taste is definitely more potent than the nose. the first thing i can pick up are bready malts and belgian candi sugar. the fruits i could smell come back, as do the spices. i cant quite put my finger on them but i would guess that pepper and clove are part of them. the faint remainder of earthy hops and alcohol at the end.

M- medium bodied. the carbonation is about average for the style. the warming from the alcohol is stronger than i would have guessed form the nose and taste. its still well hidden at a large 10%.

D- too strong to want more than one. im glad i picked this one up on clearance. i enjoyed it, but i think that at the full $10/bottle price would have left a bad taste in my mouth (no pun intended). i think i have liked everything i have tried from the sturdy brewers.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.33/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of Floydster
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

330 ml bottle acquired in a trade as an extra, thanks who sent me this but I cannot seem to remember right now, consumed 12/28/09, poured into a Stone pint glass, reviewed from notes, color is a vibrant golden orange, 1 1/4 inch creamy white head that stays around for close to ten minutes, some lacing, aroma consists of lots of fruit, particularly oranges and tangerines, also spice, honey, alcohol, pear esters, and light caramel, taste is very citrusy with a big peach welcome, some malt in the middle, dates and oranges make up the finish with a alcohol kick in the aftertaste, more sweet as it warms which turned me away towards the end, mouthfeel is too sweet, needs dry qualities to balance out the large amount of fruit, medium bodied, moderate carbonation, taste lingers a long time, could not finish the bottle and could not see myself being able to, alcohol is there too which does not help things out, not my favorite Struise beer, looking forward to trying the reserve version to see how much the barrel aging tamed down those aggressive citrus notes, would drink again and was quite unique, worth checking out

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Photo of GRG1313
3.37/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of matjack85
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I found this single 11.2oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $4.99 (a bit pricey for a small bottle, but I see other reviewers paid almost double that for theirs, so I guess I shouldn't complain). No freshness date to be found, but there is a little blurb about the beer on the side label if you can manage to read the minute printing.

The beer poured a dark honey gold color and made a 1½ finger white head that lasted awhile and left some decent lacing. It's also very cloudy with bits of floating particles in it if you don't watch your pour.

Lots of Belgian yeast funk in the smell. Under the funk I could also pick up some sweet caramel, apricot fruitiness, and the aroma of noble hops.

The taste is not as sweet as the smell. There's more spiciness and hoppiness than anything else, yet the hops aren't that bitter. Apricot and caramel flavors help to balance the hop spiciness along with a good dose of warming alcohol.

The beer has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel to it and is full bodied with only moderate carbonation.

Definitely a sipping beer, and at 10% abv. it is doubtful if you will want more than one at a time, but it definitely hits the spot on a cold winter night.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from two different versions of this brew (one with the "stoner santa" picture on the label and another "cleaner version" with santa wearing sunglasses) into a tulip glass. The pour is a clear golden/orange color with a very small layer of white foam that quicky fizzles away. Faint aroma of spices, floral, and sweet malts. Flavors are of caramel, orange zest, honey, Belgian candi sugar, and toasted bread. There is some alcohol heat to the brew. Medium-bodied with decent carbonation throughout. I was disappointed with this brew as I expected more.

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Photo of rudzud
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey's yearly Belgian Christmas on 12/15.

A - Poured a dark deep cloudy amber with a nice two finger head with thick side lacing.

S - Nice good brett/funk aromas on this. Theres some light sweet smells similar to carmel, as well as some light fruit aromas as well.

T - Similar to the nose but, with some more bready malts. For some reason though I kept having a slight metallic aftertaste, which o fcourse was rather unpleasant.

M - Too low of carbonation for me, as in no carbonation. Very, very heavy and unpleasant mouthfeel.

D - This is a nice beer but the mouthfeel kills this. I can get past the taste as maybe it was due to the tapline but the mouthfeel is all the responsibility of the beer. A shame.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy amber with a puffy white head that quickly recedes to a lingering, thin mousse. Once the beer settles in the glass, little chunks of yeast are suspended throughout, resulting in a very interesting appearance.

S: Aromas of caramel, toffee, cream, oranges, spice, and cognac are present on the nose. I'm a bit surprised that I did not pick up any discernible hop scents.

T: Notes of caramel, cream, toffee, orange, lemon, pepper, cognac, herbal hops, and some sort of spice (coriander, perhaps?) bludgeon the palate. The finish is soothing with citrus, caramel, and herb flavors undercut by a muddy, earthy, tobacco-tinged hop backtaste.

M: Full bodied, slick, and syrupy. The carbonation is pretty weak. At least the alcohol is concealed effectively...

O: I don't know what happened here. This beer has been cellared properly for two years and things didn't really come together. Perhaps this was a bad bottle or maybe it was not handled as well as I thought it was. Regardless, this beer came off as a muddled mess. I'll revisit this one in the future to see if my impressions change.

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Photo of ATPete
3.49/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle

Tsjeeses pours an awkward orangey, brown ruby burgundy color, thick with small suspended floats and a small peachy white head. Very winey in the nose, grape skin, green apple, orange peel, fresh earthy hops, sweet alcohol soaked grain and evergreen. Alcohol heat is pretty pronounced in this one, but it also allows the herbal, leafy hop character to take center stage, it too becomes dominant, shoving the malts into the passenger seat. Subtle wintery pepper spice and estery yeast is not over done, but i wish the sweetness of the malts was more apparent. Tsjeeses is a sipper for sure and most definitely a holiday treat, i still felt yearning for more of a 'wow factor' after the 9$ glass was through.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy dark golden with some suspended sediment and a decent head that fades to a thin cap. Very sweet, with an explosion of orange juice, spice, and some alcoholic heat. tastes a bit like a spiced screwdriver. Very tangy, and a hint of orange peel bitterness is interlaced with the juicy and sweet malt notes- I swear I taste vodka here, very strange. Not exactly what I'm looking for in a winter beer, but interesting.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
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...

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Photo of mariposafan
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

After a careful pour there's a very small frothy head left on top of a hazy orange body.

The aroma is interesting. Some alcohol. Some yeast. Some spices. And something more that I'm having trouble identifying. Almost like some tropical fruit that I've smelled before but never tasted and whose name I don't know.

Too much alcohol in the taste. Yes, it's a 10% beer but still. Some almost oily bitterness that surprisingly isn't too offensive, nor too lingering. Sweet, but not cloying. Not getting much yeasty goodness here. Some fruitiness and a little touch of maltiness but mostly the taste is somewhat uninteresting.

The mouthfeel, though, is wonderful. Rich and creamy with just enough prickle of carbonation to cut through the thickness. Really nice.

If the flavor were more interesting it would be more drinkable, but it's not. The alcohol is forward enough that I'd never consider having more than one at a time and the bitterness is strong enough to reinforce that decision.

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Photo of prototypic
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 3/6/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

oak and sweet

a - Pours a copper color with about an inch of head. Little carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts mostly. Hints of fruit and booze.

t - Taste follows nose...bready malts, spices, and fruit. Little bit of booze.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - Not a bad Belgian. Nice body, but would have liked a little more of the smell and taste as bready malts dominated them. Would give another chance.

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Photo of csiewert
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy orange color with a finger of white foamy head that laces fairly well but doesn't retain well. The aroma has notes of earthy hops and caramel malt, as well as some floral notes. The taste starts sweet with floral and caramel notes and then has hints of oak and vanilla. The mouthfeel is nice a smooth and finishes clean. Overall a good unique beer.

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Struise Tsjeeses from De Struise Brouwers
90 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.