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Struise Tsjeeses - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 28
Gots: 75 | 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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Ratings: 415 | Reviews: 232
Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Belgian Cafe.

Pours a deep golden orange that is very cloudy and nearly opaque with golden burnt orange hues when held to a light source. One and a half finger frothy off-white head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves streaks and spots of lacing behind.

Spicy aroma with hints of crisp light frut, bready yeast and sweet alcohol. I'm picking up lots of cinnamon and peppermint as well as bits of apple, cherry and other berries.

Medium bodied with a soft creamy carbonation up front which helps out the mouthfeel a bit. Hints of pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and pepermint countered by a slight medicinal feel as well as the berry and light fruit notes found in the aroma. The ABV is well masked and this one disappears from the glass quickly.

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of weeare138
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy orange with a small white head that slowly fades out. Scattered lacing is left around the glass. Smell is of ginger, orange peel, light peach, with notes of nutmeg, and cardamom. Taste echoes the aromas with notes of peach and vanilla standing out.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spicy, sweet up front with tropical notes swirling along the palate.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of jdhilt
3.6/5  rDev -10%
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 Kelp
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of biegaman
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ounces 10 through 11.2 have been left behind in the bottle; the four or so ounces that preceded them were so full of yeasty chunks that the beer became beyond mucky, the glass full of fingernail-like flecks. This off-putting complexion, however, isn't enough to make the beer wholly unappealing; the beer's saving graces are a bright orange shine witnessed into the light and a thorny white crown that binds beer and glass together.

Tsjeeses may have an odd sounding name, a funny-looking label, an eccentric brewer and an unconventional maturation process, but it doesn't have that unusual of a smell. The eights months spent lagering on various stone fruits has not procured any more a distinct, fruity balm than is commonplace in most Belgian Strong Golden ales. The herbs and spices, for their part, don't seem to have added much by way of distinction either.

But while it may not smell all that unique, it certainly smells good. Fantastic even. Who says you have to make a different smelling beer? I happen to think Tripels and Strong Pale ales smell pretty good; why change a winning formula? This vaguely fruity, modestly potent balm of pale, pillowy malts and soft spicy phenols is just lovely. Floral hops, hints of citrus and a warm, mellowing disposition seal it - this deserves nothing less than a 4.5.

Flavour, while similar in makeup and equally pleasant, doesn't quite earn the next highest score for the simple reason that I'll likely spend more time (and extract more enjoyment) from smelling it than actually tasting and drinking it; the scents of over-ripe banana, orange peel, noble hops, the soft, spicy alcohol and toasty malts seem more gratifying to the nose than the taste buds. That being said, you might very well beg to differ.

The mouthfeel is clearly the work of Belgian hands. It is so gingerly spiced, the malts so gently toasted, the fruit so nuanced and elegant and the alcohol so sparsely noted you'd swear it was ladled in one cautious teaspoon at a time. Only Belgian beers seem to have assertive, distinct qualities and be simultaneously so graceful and exquisite in their disposition. Only in Belgium do you find 10% beers that drink as if they were 4%.

The brewers insist that the name Tsjeeses (loosely pronounced as "cheeses" or "Jesus") is meant more as an expression of stupefaction than a curse - I can see why. This is a beer so well crafted that I wouldn't scoff at the idea of placing it up there amongst Belgium's best Tripels and Golden Ales. With offerings like this it's no wonder people have begun making the pilgrimage to Vleteren to see the messiah they call Tsjeeses, err, I mean Urbain.

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some bannanas, licorice, coriander, clove. The taste is malty/yeasty, slightly sweet, with some bannana/licorice notes, with some spices. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew, quite different.

Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of johnnnniee
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of liamt07
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of Latarnik
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerthulhu
4.16/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of IPAchris
2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +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

Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of AlexFields
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

2008 bottle, bought off shelf and drank in 2013.

Pours a medium nutty brown color, thick and cloudy with lots of floaties. Pretty nice white head. Belgian "pale" ale my ass.

Smells pretty quad like--very malty, nutty, yeast, bananas, hints of other fruit, booze, really a lot going on. Definitely smells like it has a few years on it.

Taste has a lot of the same but less sweet, has a slightly fruity almost vinous character. Good, but less complex than I expected.

Body very thick and rich, booze still shows a bit. Kindof a sipper but feels pretty good.


Photo of wordemupg
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Struise Tsjeeses from De Struise Brouwers
89 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.