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Struise Tsjeeses - De Struise Brouwers

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406 Ratings
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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 26
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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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle 10,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
2010 Vintage Batch C
Best Before: August 2015

I drank this beer on Christmas morning, much to the annoyance of my family who wanted to open their presents!

Appearance: Beautiful pour - lightly clouded bright apricot-orange body topped by a massive (typically Struise) off white head that displays annoyingly good retention and leaves great lace.

Smell: Mmmmm this smells delicious, wonderful combination of sweet fruit and spices. Cooked apples, candied orange peel, peaches, golden raisins, yellow plums, cloves, white pepper and nutmeg are all noted. There is a light honey sweetness and a hint of yeasty tartness. As the beer warms there is a hint of quality brandy.

Taste: The flavour follows on from the nose perfectly. Notes include: Sweet honey, candied orange peel, sweet peaches, yellow plums, nutmeg, cloves and pepper. The yeasty tartness is a little more pronounced than in the nose. Warming yields a lightly earthy/herbal hop note.
Perfect alcohol cover - though what else do you expect from Urbain and the guys at Struise?

Mouthfeel: Just shy of a full body (much fuller than I expected) with stunning, ultra smooth carbonation.

Overall: BSPA are not my favorite style, that said this Struise rendition is absolutely delicious! I hope to have it again next Christmas, or if I am lucky the oak aged version.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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

Had on tap at thirsty monk. Nice copper body with a lacey white/tan head.

Pleasant and subtle smell of citrus and yeast. Some orange and lemon zest.

Taste is on the sweeter side with lots of fruit up front. Some malt as well. No bitterness or hops to speak of.

I'm usually not a pale ale fan but this was very good.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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5/5  rDev +25%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of MsRif
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA. Stole it from my husband because it was much tastier than the brew I was mistakenly given by our waitress. Poured a dark amber color with a bit of haziness. Had an aroma of dark fruits, earthy hops, sweet malts and yeast. Taste followed the nose for the most part. The dark fruit profile came out extensively in the taste. Cherries, grapes, plums...yum.

Medium in body with light carbonation. Very drinkable...I could have gone for two of these. Recommended!

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3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of sommersb
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 12-17-2011
Freshness: Bottled on 08-2010 (Lot c)
Packaging: 330 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Single from Chuck's, Bowling Green, KY

This beer is getting close to 1.5 years old.

Mostly clear, bright copper-colored beer, with a tan head of a couple of fingers. Very good lace is present. Retention is fair.

Aromas include alcohol, rich malty sweetness and a variety of spices and ripened fruit (such as overly ripe bananas).

Taste is potent, with a strong malt backbone and a heady amount of alcohol. Very spicy as well, with pepper, cinnamon and clove. Little or no hop bitterness is detected.

The body is fairly thick, with a medium amount of carbonation. The finish is malty, sweet and spicy, with quite a bit of alcohol warmth.

Overall this is a very strong, boozy holiday ale. I enjoyed it.

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

This was to be the last beer of my session, but less than halfway through, I ended up swapping it with my wife, who ordered a beer she didn't care for. Dammit!

Served in a tulip glass, this beer poured a slightly cloudy amber color mixed with ruby hues, and a foamy white head that receded quite a bit. Aroma of candi sugar, cherries, and wet grass. Taste of sweet malts, Bing cherries, grape skins, followed by some funky yeast and an appropriate dose of hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel, and nicely drinkable.

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5/5  rDev +25%

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.

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5/5  rDev +25%

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5/5  rDev +25%

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

Picked up this 2010 vintage at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Hazy amber-orange pour with one finger head, decent retention, nice lacing, and lots of floaties. The nose is very unique and hard to pin down. I'm getting sweet and sour notes with hints of orange peel, caramel, grass, and a touch of clove. As it warmed it really opened up. Very complex, spicy taste with hints of butterscotch, caramel, orange peel, lemon, apricots and alcohol. As with the nose, the taste really morphs as it warms. Slightly boozy, but it doesn't really hurt the drinkability. The finish is crisp and dry with a nice tangy, bitter bite. Headed to the O.B.E.R. Kerstbierfestival in a few weeks and can't wait to try this fresh. Another great offering from Struise!

Photo of Dubber55
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lot B909- not sure what vintage but I just recently saw it in the store so I am assuming 2011

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow/orange with 1/2 a finger of white head

Strong herbal, phenolic smell from the Belgian yeast- a lot of bubble gum, banana, clove, orange peel, rum soaked raisins, Belgian candy sugar, a little caramel and vanilla- very nice.

Taste starts of with banana and bubble gum- followed by clove, orange peel, rum soaked raisins, and caramel/vanilla. Buttery and bready as the beer warms up. Herbal as well. The finish has a little bitterness from the noble hops and a slight taste of alcohol but, very well integrated into the flavor. Very nicely balanced with the dry finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty light for 10% abv. Low carbonation as well. Pretty nice.

I am usually not a fan of this style but, this beer is excellent. Very complex and balanced-so many different flavors going on but all meld together nicely. Usually the Belgian yeast just completely overwhelms everything else- not here though. The 10% abv is also very well hidden- another great beer from a great brewery.

Photo of jrenihan
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage.

Beer pours a cloudy amber. A small white head disappears quickly. Some lacing.

Smell is quite malty and bready, even has a bit of oatmeal scent. Green grapes, other light fruit scents and spices round out the nose.

Taste is similar to the nose. Malty and bready, as well as some sweet fruit flavours, with less grape than I got from the nose (though I find it hard to pick our particular fruit flavours in this one). Spices are particularly strong at the finish. Fairly dry, particularly at the finish and certainly for the style. The label mentions herb flavours, and I get that, though it may be the power of suggestion. Fairly complex and certainly not your typical BSPA.

Moderate to high carbonation, good feeling. Full bodied, chewy.

Overall, pretty interesting take on the style. My initial reaction was not overly enthusiastic, but I found myself enjoying it more as the bottle progressed. I would be interested to try it again, certainly.

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5/5  rDev +25%

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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 MattSweatshirt
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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5/5  rDev +25%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Struise Tsjeeses from De Struise Brouwers
89 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.