Struise Tsjeeses - De Struise Brouwers
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4/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
02-09-2009 04:46:31 | More by Sammy
4.25/5 rDev +6%
Pours a dirty looking dark honey color with a very small 1/2 inch head that fades to nothing. Very little spotty lacing on the drink down. Smell is of dark candied fruits, sweet malt, and winter spices. Tastes of dark fruits, winter spices, sweet malts. There is an alcohol presence here at 10% ABV. Carbonation level is good and beer is a bit thick. Drinkability is good, especially for the ABV. The smell and taste are superb but I think I would only have one of these at a time.
02-22-2011 02:38:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.18/5 rDev +4.2%
A: The beer is cloudy dark orange in color and has a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacy patterns on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of apricots and spices in the nose.
T: The taste is rather complex and has flavors of apricots, caramel, oranges and spices
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness in the finish.
D: This is definitely a sipping beer given its strength although the alcohol content is well masked making this rather drinkable.
09-29-2010 03:14:47 | More by metter98
4.43/5 rDev +10.5%
Massively murky (and opaque) apricot with blurry amber borders and a four finger crown of sandstone colored foam. Although the head doesn't look tremendous, it improves as it melts and is beginning to deposit a respectable amount of soap sudsy lace. My love for unclear beer is the reason for the above score.
This holiday ale smells impressively golden fruity and even more impressively spicy. Unlike most beer of this style, which relies on yeast to provide those aromas and flavors, both fruit and spices were added. Technically, the beer spent time aging on fruit, but it wasn't added per se. Oh yeah, it smells great.
Tsjeeses was brewed to be a combination of 'a rich, malty tripel' and a spiced Christmas ale. Misson expertly accomplished. It's 'lagered' on various stone fruits prior to bottling (including apricots, plums and peaches), with each batch being a combination of those fruits that are available at the time.
Spices are added too, although the brewery won't tell us what they use. It all adds up to one bold, ballsy tripel/BSPA that is disappearing way too quickly. Let's go with shortbread cookies, loads of apricot and peach fruitiness, assorted herbs and plenty of clove. Sweet and spicy are nose and nose, while tangy and bitter are a few lengths behind. Coriander? Anise seed?
Are we sure the ABV isn't 7.5%? What a wonderful job of alcohol masking. The supple creaminess of the mouthfeel cannot be faulted. However, it doesn't quite have the expansive, mouthfilling excellence that is needed for the next highest score.
With the exception of Struisse Witte, I have had nothing but outstanding beer from De Struisse Brouwers. Tsjeeses Belgian X-Mas Ale is a bold and beautifully spiced tripel that will almost certainly appeal to any Belgian beer lovers who are fortunate enough to make its acquaintance.
01-24-2010 15:37:21 | More by BuckeyeNation
4/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
02-01-2008 17:53:49 | More by Phyl21ca
4.2/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
12-10-2012 06:57:53 | More by BEERchitect
4.5/5 rDev +12.2%
Another gem of a bottle I picked up on my last trip to Bruisin Ales. I grabbed a mixed sixer of basically all these brews, and a mighty pricey six pack it was! This was served as a well deserved nightcap last night. Served chilled, but closing in on room temperature and poured into an oversized wine glass, this one was consumed on 11/10/2008.
The Pour as very nice, a rich, light amber color with an enormous amount of haze and cloudiness to it just dropped into the bottle. Good amount of carbonation setup on this one as well. A large head of maybe three inches setup on top and took what seemed like forever for it to settle down, but once it did, it clung to every last bit of lace down the side of the glass.
The aroma was nothing like what I expected when I looked at the bottle. A nice, slightly sour, hoppy Belgian ale. Some spices detected as it warmed, maybe nutmeg or some pepper like spice, but mostly loaded with a sour, citrus blend here. Very nice and very well defined, sharp aroma. The flavor was more of the same, very rich here. A nice wave of strong citrus rolls across the tongue, this is the first thing you notice, biting, with a sharp cutoff, you need to take a second to realize where it is going. This mellows, comes back to a nice buttery like middle, similar to a big IPA, but fleeting as it meshes into that pepper like, nutmeg flavor I picked up on before. Interesting play here on the palate, and again not at all what I was expecting. Smooth, creamy feel on this one had the alcohol more then well hidden, it was a sipper for sure, but it did not come across anywhere near that strongly.
Overall a very solid, and very different take on the holiday Belgian ale. I really enjoyed this one as I felt the hops were rightfully placed and no where near overdone. Smooth and rich, I am going to have to go buy another one of these as quick as I can!
11-14-2008 11:34:53 | More by mikesgroove
3.85/5 rDev -4%
A: The pour is a clear golden orange color with a very small layer of white foam.
S: Smells of spices and sweet malts. Caramel, honey, and light candi sugars along with candied orange peel and cinnamon. This is a super fragrant beer, but what's there is good.
T: Sweet honey and candi sugar with a touch of caramel. A little bit of toasted bread and some nice candied orange peel. Mild spice and floral notes and some light alcohol heat.
M: Medium in body with a low to medium level of carbonation.
O: Good but not my favorite. I was sort of let down by this, but such is life.
04-25-2011 03:59:21 | More by womencantsail
3.38/5 rDev -15.7%
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.
12-06-2009 08:02:14 | More by GRG1313
3.58/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
12-19-2012 02:11:43 | More by TMoney2591
4/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
12-27-2008 03:08:38 | More by emerge077
4.15/5 rDev +3.5%
Pours a fully clouded brown hued orange. Thin white head. Nose is a touch of honey, melon, sugar, and sweet tones. Flavor bring a thick level of spices, sweet tones, and a bit of honey. But the sweetest side rides highest here. Feel is pretty smooth on the liquid and fairly low on the carbonation. This is a nice ale, but if you don't like the sweeter Belgian ales, you probably won't be able to appreciate this as much.
12-26-2008 16:09:21 | More by RblWthACoz
3.75/5 rDev -6.5%
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
04-20-2011 03:28:16 | More by russpowell
3.95/5 rDev -1.5%
Bottle purchased at WLV, poured into my Kuhnhenn tulip.
A - Murky caramel amber color with generous head that dissipates very slowly. Lace is terrific! Some suspended solids in this one, and a little bit of carbonation inching up the sides.
S - Sharp spice and yeast character with some candy sweetness. There's also a little bit of hop citrus character in the background. Makes me think of Pannepot crossed with a Unibroue offering. Solid.
T - Much sweeter than it smells - lots more of the candy and fruit character, some tart apple and grapes for sure. The spice is still there at the back end. There's a slight booze note, but it's not overpowering.
M - A light sticky syrup feeling. Carbonation is understated, which is nice. Dry feeling after swallowing.
D - One is plenty - it's too strong in both ABV and flavor profile to really want more than one in a sitting. A nice holiday treat.
Solid De Struise offering - a nice seasonal to mix things up with.
12-31-2008 19:41:29 | More by MasterSki
Struise Tsjeeses from De Struise Brouwers
90 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.