Struise Tsjeeses - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 29
Gots: 76 | 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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Ratings: 419 | Reviews: 233
Photo of jrallen34
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 12 oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer is light murky brown, almost the color of apple cider with a white head. The head is about one finger only lasting about 1 minute with good lacing. Throughout the glass are tons of light brown yeast floaties, they are everywhere and just seem to float in the middle of the glass.

The aroma is really light with pear the dominating flavor, added in with a little nutmeg.

The taste is very light and smooth, almost like you're drinking some kind of juice. You get some sweet pear taste with spice mixed in at the end.

The feel is little light but its very drinkable.

Overall this is a pretty good winter beer, better than I thought.

edited - had again with Urbain at De Struise and my score is higher.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that lasted a moderate amount of time. Good lacing.

S: Aroma of spices, lighter fruits and malt.

T: Tasted of spices (pepper, allspice, etc.), orange, maybe a little apple and malt. The latter is very evident in the aftertaste. A decent, clean taste.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a finish that seemed a little slick at first, but was later a kind of dry. Medium-bodied.

D: A drinkable beer. I don't really see what makes it a Christmas brew, but it is a tasty beer.

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 dgilks
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage drop shipped straight from Vleteren.

Very hazy golden colour. Persistent, long-lasting, blonde head. Very nice.

Bready, earthy, citrussy, fruity, spicy. There is a tripel here. It is a little strange but it works well.

Malty and smooth with lots of yeast character. There is citrus and clove. Some earthiness. Not bad.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Solid.

A reasonable beer. I don't mind the balance of yeast, malt, alcohol and earthiness here. It comes together fairly well.

Photo of rudzud
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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

33cl bottle (No. 11, Lot B|6|08) recently acquired from ATPete (thx!) poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet,Tsjeeses is a murky, burnt honey color with a small off-white head that leaves scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is softer (served at 55F), a bit of sweet fruitiness but with a bit of a burnt/chared type aroma that I didn't dig, herbal hops. As it warms, that never really subsides, but the alcohol vapors open up.

Taste is nice, fruity and hoppy, some sour citrus, a dry, tannic finish.

Mouthfeel is smoothly carbonated, with a medium body.

Drinkability is really good, wow! I was so busy enjoying this, I realized I hadn't been typing much of a review. In fact it's so good, that I'm not going to bother disceting further and just enjoy. ABV is well hidden. Unique for a Noel, I dig the fact that it's a pale and not overly spiced. They could have called this a Belgian IPA and it would be a standout in the category. Still, like most De Struise offerings, it's over-priced, but on the lower end of their spectrum at least.

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

On tap at 72 Hours of Belgium yesterday. This beer's much better fresh.

A clear orange-amber with a dense, white head, this looks good. The nose has stone fruit, honey, floral character and a mild sweetness. The palate has floral honey, some sugar, some peaches, pear and nectarine. This is really good fresh! Medium-light in body, medium-low in carbonation, this is excellent stuff.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely hazy golden amber with a lot of tiny goobers floating in it and a VERY thick just off white head. Aroma is mainly yeasty with spicy and floral hints. Flavor is yeasty and fruity and a little spicy - mainly cinnamon - with a good strong alcohol bite. Texture is smooth and quite fizzy. Happy Holidays!

Photo of stcules
2.23/5  rDev -44.3%
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.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On- tap at Capone's, served in a snifter

Pours a rather murky golden orange with a fluffy off-white cap. Not much lacing inside the glass, a decent amount of active carbonation.

Sweet, light fruits, sour yeast, candy sugar, a touch of nutmeg and a very faint spice. Very complex, a little subdued.

Lightly sweet fruits off the bat. White grapes, oranges, and granny smith apples. The spices then took hold, cinnamon and nutmeg and finished with a splash of sour yeast and grassy/herbal hops. Very well-balanced. All of the flavors seemed to be playing well together in the sand box.

Extremely smooth, perfectly carbonated to give it a big, lush mouthfeel.

For a high abv, it was hardly noticeable. Very easy to drink, sipper for sure. Glad it was in a snifter or I would have sucked it down pretty fast.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, cinnamon, dark fruit, and some coriander. In the taste, cinnamon, sweet orange citrus, and coriander. A spice like bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry cinnamon spice in the aftertaste. a nice mix of fruit and spice, and hides the ABV pretty well.

Photo of drpimento
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmm, maybe I did a boo boo. Dint decant the bottle thereby pouring the yeastoids into the head and perhaps altering my perceptions. Anyway - Poured with a small to medium light tan head that mostly subsided and a little lace. Color is a cloudy (with chunks) medium to dark brownish amber. Nose is very yeasty, malt, spice, and a little vineous. Flavor's about the same with some citrus tang at the end. Real easy drinking and belies the strength. Great finish of the flavors. Round, mouth filling body and great carbonation. Easy to get schnockered on this. And happy to do so!

Photo of mrfrancis
3.48/5  rDev -13%
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.

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 ArrogantB
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
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 gford217
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a big creamy white head that sticks to the glass quite a bit on the way down, leaving sheets of lacing. The head remains intact for ages as tons of floaties cycle through the body throughout, the only negative of the look for me.

The aroma is spicy with lots of yeasty sweetness and a hint of orange peel and lemons. There is a big bready malt presence as well as some candi sugar, though nothing too sweet.

The taste is very yeasty with lots candi sugar sweetness, more than the aroma would suggest. The hops are there but definitely in the background along with the bready malts. The spices are present only in the finish and not quite as big as in the aroma.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation. It's very smooth for the style and with a bit more dryness in the finish.

I enjoyed this one a lot and the extra little bit of spiciness differentiates this one from some of the other Belgians I've had lately. Very drinkable for the ABV, which is barely detectable.

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

scored a bunch of these recently while in NYC.

a - opened the bottle and filled my portsmouth tulipy snifter. nice cloudy opaque golden amber with a thin white frothy head. lacing was significant, but nothing crazy.

s - smell is candied fruit. lemon, melon, grape and some of the lighter spicing like clove, bit of pepper.

t - nice tasting BSPA. good spicing, some earthiness, some hops...little fruity. very balanced. touch syurpy.

m - very smooth. finishes with a tingle in my mouth. medium to full bodied, especially heavy for the style.

o - overall, a quality BSPA, but not the best i've had. the spicing is certainly 'festive' for it as a xmas ale, but why not enjoy it in the dead of summer? booze is pretty well hidden and a tasty offering.

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 AgentMunky
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Stamped Lot B 9 09.

A: I love the label, and at $7.50 I have high hopes. Poured gently, little head forms and the beer is a pleasant straw-yellow-brown, hazy but translucent.

S: Strong and sharp, with noticeable booze and spice and fruit. Apricot and plum (EDIT: after looking at BuckeyeNation's review, it seems this beer was aged on stone fruits like these?).

T: Superlative! Sweet molasses or candi sugar is balanced by a tart, astringent fruitiness, reminiscent of under ripe peach and dried apricot. Spice and clean grain dances in the background; tripelly. Unusual, but very pleasant. The apricot is perhaps over-dominant, though I'm not complaining. Drying endtaste.

M: Sharp and spicy. Fruity and tart. Excellent and compelling.

O: I would like to thank the stranger in the beer store who picked this up and placed it in my cart with the stern warning that I avoid trying this beer at my peril. It is, in fact, a magnificently constructed and executed 'Christmas ale', one whose strength lies in challenging conceptions of a Belgian Christmas beer -- who says they have to be dark? Highly recommended, despite the relatively high price point.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my tulip glass and a tight creamy two finger head formed atop a deep copper/amber colored beer. Lots of active carbonation. Head did begin to fade fairly quickly and left patches of lacing on the glass.

Aroma was fantastic. Bright, fresh... lots of depth of light malts and also some nice yeasty tones. I was expecting some spice but didn't really detect any. Slight fruit aromas as well. I just kept smelling the beer over and over. Very nice....

Very interesting flavor. It tastes much darker than it looks. Does that make sense? And again, I don't detect too many spices even though the label indicated their presence. Lots of depth here. Deep dark fruits. Dark Plums and prunes. Layers of rich malts... A bit of the yeasty character is there, but it does not overwhelm. Almost a smokey nature or a bit of tobacco. A hint of a metallic note right at the end. Slight Phenolic flavors.

Bold body and thick rich mouth feel. A bit slick... a honey feel to it in your mouth.. probably should have mentioned honey in the flavor as well

Really one to savor and enjoy. Wow, I'll be back for more next holiday season.

Photo of tpd975
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly cloudy golden hue with an average head. Okay retention with no lace.

S: Sweet caramel malt up front with a nice spice addition. Hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and anise stand out. Light yeasty aromas with some fresh apples and pears.

T: Very much light the aroma. Sweet fruits mix with Belgian yeast. A niced spice character round things out.

M: Medium in body, smooth.

D: Not bad, I think I like this more than the others I tasted it with.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's. Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a small orange head. Aroma of apricot, fig, melon, watermelon, but especially pear. Flavor is the same, quite sweet with lots of fruits and spices too. An interesting and tasty tripel.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

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

This is the 2010 vintage and pours a dark copper hue which leaves a creamy two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is caramel candy,boozy alcohol,raisins soaked in brandy and fruitcake,the mouthfeel is full bodied and has tastes of caramel candy,fruitcake,marzipan,warming alcohol,cherries,spicy lemon and is finished nice and dry,overall its a nice drop full of interesting tastes and would love this at Xmas cheers.`

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
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 Bierman9
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had stopped into the Struise store in Brugge on 28SEP11 and had the pleasure of trying a couple of samples of this offering (thanks, Dave!). Upon returning on 30SEP, I had to snag a bottle of this for consumption back home. Now 1 month-plus and €4.60 later, it's time to dive into this bottle, labeled TSJ No. 11. Here we go...

I poured most of the bottle into a DT tulip, save for the yeasties at the bottom. This one has a slight cloudiness to it, and the color is a deep copper. A few streams of carbo meander slowly topside, where a thin, fine layer of light tan bubbles rests. Lacing was a bit sparse, though, with a few trailers trying to cling. The aroma is rich and inviting, with dark fruit and spices filling the air. The body is a smidge better than medium, and Tsjeeses is fairly smooth on the tongue, even with a bit of carbo-induced airiness.

The flavor has some caramel maltiness and honeyish sweetness, plus a distinct spicy character. A little cinnamon is in there, along with notes of candied fruit, akin to a rum-soaked Christmas cake. The finish is very dry, with some lingering bitterness. Still, an extremely flavorful, satisfying bier (though a touch pricey). Would love to have a few more of these for when the weather gets real cold around here. Prosit!!

4.47 rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Struise Tsjeeses from De Struise Brouwers
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