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Struise Tsjeeses - De Struise Brouwers

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373 Ratings
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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 23
Gots: 58 | FT: 2
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Belgium

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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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Side by side with Tsjeeses Reserva.

The beer is hazy and appears dark copper colored. Small head with little lacing. The aroma offers malt, sweet breads, yeast, caramels, rain. The flavor offers caramel and butterscotch candies with additional notes of Belgian yeast and bready malt. The beer is relatively light bodied with fairly low carbonation. Solid, but not quite as good as the Tsjeeses Reserva.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 01:57:24 | More by Huhzubendah
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John_M

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a somewhat hazy orange color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, there's a lot going on, with honey, ginger, peaches and apricots, and some underlying bitterness. On the palate this beer is superb, although fairly rich. There is honey, maraschino cherry, orange and some nice bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, drawn out finish. Alcohol is well disguised, and drinkability, for a 10% beer, is terrific.

This is terrific stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2009 23:26:57 | More by John_M
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superspak

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, lot C/8/10. Pours cloudy golden orange color with a dense 2 finger off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big grape, pear, apple, herbal, floral, pepper, earth, citrus zest, and light funkiness. Some pretty nice aromas with good complexity and balance. Taste of grape, pear, apple, pepper, herbal, earth, citrus zest, candi sugar, bread, honey, caramel, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of light fruits, earth, herbal, floral, candi sugar, and honey on the finish for a good bit. Good amount of complexity in flavors; with a big malt forward profile over spiciness. No cloying sweetness at all as expected. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden at 10%; with only a slight warming noticed on the finish. Very smooth to sip on for the alcohol level. Overall this is a very nice Belgian strong pale ale. Probably an older bottle as the spices are hardly evident. Quite enjoyable though regardless.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 05:03:53 | More by superspak
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 22:20:00 | More by beerthulhu
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2013 20:54:05 | More by smakawhat
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-09-2014 10:35:12 | More by Kelp
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sendbeer

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

03-12-2014 14:13:17 | More by sendbeer
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glid02

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 22:40:06 | More by glid02
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

05-22-2014 20:11:45 | More by afsdan
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dirtylou

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 07:28:22 | More by dirtylou
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 00:07:30 | More by TurdFurgison
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

01-02-2012 21:20:54 | More by drummermattie02
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml 2008 bottle poured into tulip 7/10/13, cheers MasterSki and Sean9689 for the bottle

A slow gusher but time enough to get it all in your glass, murky as hell caramel brown, some ufo's and plenty of yeasty sediment and still plenty of bubbles feeding a large short lived tan foam that has little specks throughout

S caramel, nutmeg, faint booze, yeast and bread, brown sugar and a little anise

T a hint of dried banana chips and more spice then the nose, some earthy notes and slightly more booze then the nose but still a well hidden 10%

M a little syrupy and very sticky on the lips, I can see the bubbles but it feels flat in the mouth, fruity spice lingers

O solid brew and its mellowed out nicely, a nice blend of sugars, spice, and bread

I'd like to try a fresh bottle as I'm guessing this one might have peaked already, I'm looking forward to the newer BB aged version I have waiting on deck.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 02:12:10 | More by wordemupg
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a careful not to disturb the sediment pour.But with just enough umph to try and get maximum head, I get no head. Just a little quick foam in my Goose Island wine glass. Lovely nectar of life colored amber with quite a bit of suspension in their too. Can't see any bubling though. Very yeasty fruits in the nose with a little swirl. Some mangoey like hop characteristcs swirl around their as well. Tropical fruits abound at the forefront of the taste of this beer. The finish is a little dry and bitter. Some of those Brewers' Gold hops shining through I suppose. Long, yeasty linger after each sip too. Dry, fruity palated beer with a bit of chewyness.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 04:46:04 | More by scruffwhor
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden color with considerable haze and lots of floaties. Bubbly white head dissipates to a cap and leaves minimal lace. Smells of nutmeg and cinnamon, very sweet and fruity, lots of brown sugar and dark fruits mixed with some Belgian yeast funk. Flavor is heavy on the yeasty funk side with a spicy fruitiness that finishes kind of dry. A bit of alcohol and fruit on the finish. Taste is both sweet and sour at different times. Really complex and hides the alcohol really well. Mouthfeel is creamy, carbonation is ample, body is medium to thick. If this one tiny bottle wasn't 8 bucks I would drink this more often. Great brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 23:37:40 | More by johnnnniee
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another brew Jason brought back from Belgium, 2011 vintage. 33cl bottle into a tulip.

Dark orange/brown with an offwhite head. Nose is sugary, caramelized dark fruits, some candy syrup and some bready qualities. Taste has some Belgian yeast and spice notes, complex fruit and bready character and even some suggestions of a milder fruity liqueur. Medium heavy body, medium low carbonation. Alcohol is hidden.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 16:51:17 | More by liamt07
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ccrida

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 04:17:04 | More by ccrida
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 03:24:13 | More by jrallen34
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avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 13:23:33 | More by avalon07
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flagmantho

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium amber hue with lots of haze, crowned by a thick finger of creamy tan foam with great head retention. Not particularly pale, but definitely not dark; whatever it is, it's attractive.

Smell: very sweet and malty with a pretty decent dark-fruit character; there is plenty of date character in the mix. It really does straddle the line between a pear & apple Belgian pale and a raisin & date Belgian dark; frankly, I like it.

Taste: sweet malt with a little dankness and more of that middle-of-the-road fruitiness; there's pear, date and maybe even a little tobacco. It's a little on the sweet side for my taste, but that can be overlooked.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and concomitant creaminess. Ba-dow!

Overall: what a lovely beer. It is a bit too sweet for me, on balance, but there are too many good elements here to outweigh that factor. I think this is a great stab at a Christmas beer; big ABV and plenty of character, but not a big spice bomb. Dig it!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2014 04:15:25 | More by flagmantho
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy dark orange amber. Light head and lacing. Light fruit and sweet malt aroma. Sweet fruits, leaning towards peach and pear flavors and a mild malt backbone. Faint spicing. Fairly mild flavored for the body and appearance. Flavors opened up and became more interesting as it warmed. Pleasant and somewhat different flavor for a BSPA. I will definitely buy this again

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 02:50:37 | More by LiquidAmber
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 21:58:35 | More by OWSLEY069
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev -2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 01:00:10 | More by Cyberkedi
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2011 14:57:04 | More by DefenCorps
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

06-27-2013 22:21:05 | More by WOLFGANG
Struise Tsjeeses from De Struise Brouwers
90 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.