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Struise Tsjeeses - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 25
Gots: 72 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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...

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 TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of CowsandBeer
3.6/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of Tucquan
3.6/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Brass Rail in Hershey, PA

A- a yeasty orange color. Lots of floaties in the beer. One finger head that leaves a decent lacing on my pint but nothing to get excited about. Very cloudy as well.

S- huge burst of fruity smell. Dark candied fruit such as orange peel and raisins. hints of vinegar and caramel come in to the nose as well. some other spices are hidden in the smell too.

T- interesting for a xmas ale. It tastes like straw wheat with some of those winter spices mixed in with it. The orange peel is in there but not as prominent as in the nose. odd complexities.

M- wheaty and dry. quite yeasty and foamy as well.

D- at 10% abv this brew is meant to sip and enjoy. It isnt bad overall but the dry wheatiness of the character dropped it down a notch for me.

Photo of ChrisPro
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blind beer #4

Unabeled 12 oz. bottle going into a tulip.

A - Medium orange with some yeast hanging around big bubbles on the edge of the glass. Very little lacing. 3.5

S - One whiff after opening the bottle I was thinking old ale, but the color is throwing me off. Butterscotch, vanilla and some light fruit like peach and lemon. Really have no idea what's going on. Really rich vanilla and maybe some oak here....A little more mustiness as it warms up. 4.0

T - Sweet dark vanilla, with some apricot. The first sip reminds me of Fred, but this is definitely a unique beer whatever it is. Not insanely sweet, but there's a good bit of honey in the taste. The bitterness is barely present and seems like it's from some wood. There's some lemon and musty tartness on the finish which is really confusing me. Maybe there's a bit of aging here? Starting to get more sour as it warms as well. I get all the following through a series of sips: vanilla, lemon, celery (could be leftover from dinner), wood, apricot, lemon, etc. Crazy flavors! 3.5

M - Quite sharp carbonation, borderline too much. Very full bodied with an enjoyable butter coating my tongue. There's a bit of heat, but it drinks like 8%, though I have a feeling it's much higher. Good bit of residual sugar. 4.0

O - One of the most complex beers I've ever had. Different flavors show up with each sip. Really thought it was sweet barleywine at first but drinking more like a sour near the end. This is why I love blind BIFs. 3.5

First thoughts I am really hung up on Fred on this one. Pretty sure there's some type of barrel aging going on. I would guess fred from the wood, but I remember the oak in that just being overpowering. This seems like some type of American strong ale, or an american barleywine that's lightly hopped and/or aged...Okay, after another dozen sips, it's more and more sour and I'm perplexed. Is this an infected barleywine? Is it just a mildly soured strong american wild? I started off well with the first three but I am completely stumped here. It's like half Fred, half Brute. Just strange, and I have no idea. Time to pull off that duct tape.

The reveal: Struise Tsjeeses

What?!?!? I've had this before and did not recognize this beer at all! I wasn't even close on the style. This is all kinds of crazy. Is there any wild yeast in here intentionally? I don't get many of the spices, but maybe they all come through as different flavors. This is an amazing blind beer. I don't get a ton of the belgian esters, but going back, I could see this with kind of a tripel/BSPA base. I do love me some Urbain beers, though. Cheers!

Photo of csiewert
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly to a ring, leaving some lace. Hazy amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Fruity, spicy nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is fruit, spicy with a lingering sour fruit aftertaste. High ABV is hidden. Pricey at $9.25 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Photo of bonkers
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into a snifter, and it was a gusher. The beer was too heady, murky, lots of floaters. The aroma is spicy and sweet. The beer was too spicy for my liking, I could not place what spice it was, but there was too much of it. The beer had a lingering finish and noticeable heat. The body is medium, good carbonation, and noticeable alcohol. The spiciness was not for me.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up an 11.2oz bottle at Champane's in Warren for $6.99 (never seen it anywhere else to date). The label shows a stoned guy in a Santa hat, it couldn't be Jesus, there's no way it's a picture of a stoned Jesus, but with the name "Tsjeeses" I'm starting to think it's Jesus after all. The beer is completely hazed dark orange color, lots of sediment on the bottom. It might have been less hazy if I didn't pour it all in one go. The head was composed of big bubbles and receded within 30 seconds. The smell is very Belgian, with sweet candy, yeasty esters, and some cough syrup. It reminds me a little of Carolus brews' aromas. The taste is sweet and a little alcoholic, lots of fruits in the after-taste. The bottle claims spices, herbs, and noble hops, but I couldn't pinpoint any spices with accuracy. Mostly this is a strong pale ale, very Belgian in character, not the spiced christmas beer as I was expecting. The body is very thick and syrupy, and combined with the evident ABV this is a sipper. Final judgment = good beer, too expensive though.

Photo of Sigmund
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Also sampled at Olympen, Oslo. ABV is 10%. Orange colour, moderate white head. The aroma has notes of Belgian ale yeast, some fruity and spicy notes, hints of brettanomyces / farmhouse. The flavour is sweet and spicy, noticeable hops in the finish. Quite good.

Photo of HeyItsChili
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a Chimay goblet. Pours with absolutely no head, and takes on an orangey visage with golden highlights.

S - Smells like winter spices, golden raisins, dried orange peels, and faint caramel.

T - The taste here is sort of like a spicy, dark wheat beer with a bit more malty richness in the flavor and more dry alcohol flavor and finish than a wheat beer.

M - Thin, low carbonation, clean.

Photo of JoePat
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an orangish amber with a white head.

I get a lot of yeast and spices in the aroma. Some what of an orange peel aroma.

I get a lot of yeast esters and alcohol hotness in the in the flavor with some light malty sweetness.

The mouthfeel is smooth and malty feeling. Other that the alcohol in the flavor it is a pretty easy to drink beer.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33 cl Tsjeeses 2010 best before 08/2015 poured in a tulip.

Fluffy white head and a cloudy amber body. Leaves some markings on the glass and a little head floats around for the length of the drink.

Smells sweet/sugary with some spice and fruit.

The malts and spices come through big. A little alcoholic kick.

This thing is smooth and dry. Slight carbonation is present.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle on sale for $7, Jesus is smoking...It smells spicy and herbal sort of like a fantome. Its got a dark orange color and yeasties floating throughout despite a sincere attempt at a careful pour. Tastes like I don't know what, good but spicy and mysterious (again reminds me of a fantome).

Photo of impending
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a ruddy honey when held to the light. Minor head, nice fine spotted lacing.

The expected scent from a 10 abv strong pale but not from a tripel, smells . . . strong. But also nice light fruits, doughy yeast and citrus hints.

Not too sweet, blended with bittersweet. Taste is relatively strong of alcohol. Long slow fading after taste is a pleasantly mild bitter. No phenols. Thin mouthfeel, low carbonation.

De Struise says this is a tripel, not a strong pale. The brewer knows best but I'd accept it as a natural in either category.

Photo of bigaltemple
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. Lot B 9 09

A - Very cloudy and light copper in color with yellows and reds at the edges. Off-white head never rises above a small cap in size. Leaves a small amount of patchy lacing.

S - Musty herbal fruit. Some hints of maybe clove and allspice. Not much really jumping out with this one.

T/M - Picks up in the taste. Spicy orange rind and lemon zest. Keeps me guessing. One sip is all fruit with some sweetness, while the next is full of spice. Medium body that starts really wet with good carbonation, and finishes surprisingly very dry.

O - Glad I got to try this one. Little bit different from what I was thinking going into it. Thanks to sliverX for sending in the 10s=ME BIF.

Photo of wedgie9
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 333ml bottle TSJ No. 11 X-Mas Brew.

Pours a hazy golden brown. I think that chunky is a good descriptor for the liquid. The head is a persistent white froth. The nose is yeasty and doughy, but dominated by fruits. Apricot, peach, and even red apple are present. There is also a very slight tinge of red wine vinegar and alcohol. It is slightly sweet with the pitted fruits coming through. The alcohol burns nicely, and there are lightly bitter and sour notes on the finish. We have a full body with a sticky texture. The carbonation is average and the finish is long. Overall, this is a very nice beer. The complexity doesn't really pull through on the palate, but I think that this beer will age well for quite a while.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle information is, Lot: B - 9 - 09

A: Pours a murky golden brown with about one finger of off white head. There is very little lacing as it drinks.

S: Smells mainly of yeast, but there are some more subtly notes underneath. I'm picking up lemon peel and honey. I also get some booziness in the background.

T: This beer starts off sweet, with some honey and malt up front. It then transitions into some bitter, lemony, goodness. The finish is a mix of all of those flavors.

M: It starts off a but dry, but finishes creamy and just a bit bitter.

O: This is a decent beer. The bottle notes that this beer is brewed with herbs and spices, but I'm not picking up much in that regard. Perhaps the flavors have faded a bit over time. Seeing as how I didn't hate this beer, I'd like to try it again fresh... someday.

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 silentjay
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a hazy copper color with small floaties produces a huge almost white head that sticks around a while and laces well.

candy sweet aroma with light fruits (banana, white raisin) and some slight herbs.

candy sweet, again, with light caramel, citrus and tropical fruits balanced by some slight herbs.

very velvety smooth with soft carbonation, and a slight alcohol heat.

it goes down smooth. perhaps too smooth for the strength. pretty nice beer with 6 months age on it.

Photo of smakawhat
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Struise Tsjeeses from De Struise Brouwers
90 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.