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Struise Tsjeeses - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 26
Gots: 76 | 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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Photo of Shaggy9356
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We have a gusher. Covered in white foam and sticky sweetness. Immediately can smell it rising from the sink as I desperately try to get it into my chalice. Smells like a spiced fruit cup. Drinking at room temperature, no chilling what so ever.

Taste is complex and varies between fruits: orange, pear, peach, kiwi...wow. Some heavy spicing going on here as well. Nice solid backbone to this one as well, some candied ginger round out a medium bodied beer that is bigger than I expected. Dry but strangely metallic on the finish, one is plenty for me for tonite. This is an extremely interesting, well balanced beer. Enjoyable but slightly bothered by the aluminum foil on filling finish.

Photo of prototypic
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to ThomasHardy for this unexpected surprise.

Tsjeeses is chock full of haze and a few swimming yeasty particles. It has a light golden brown color. Carbonation appears to be very active, but it yieled a foamy white head that only stands a finger tall. It was very quick to dissipate and left light strands of lace on the glass. Probably too alcohol for it to survive.

The nose is sweet and fruity up front. There's a healthy mix of sweet apple, pear, peach, and orange aromas. Spices are prominent in the mix and feature orange peel, ginger, and nutmeg. Not bad at all. Alcohol is also very strong. Too strong. It comes across as a little boozy. Belgian yeast is definitely in the mix and smells very nice. Overall, it's pretty good. Alcohol is a little too strong. A slight tweak there would improve it.

The flavor is very, very sweet. There a lot of fruity, citrusy notes. Sweet apple, pear, orange, lemon, and peach are all easily noted. My first impression is that it's a little too sweet. An array of spices adds a lot of complexity. There's pepper, orange peel, nutmeg, and ginger. A few secondary spices might also be in the mix, but I can't identify them. Belgian yeast makes its presence known and works very well with the sweet and spicy combo. Alcohol is too prominent and is a little boozy. There's a bit of a warming effect. There's a spicy surge on the tail that's the collective result of the spices and an infusion of hops. Nice finish. Tsjeeses has a pretty good flavor, but is a tad sweet and warm.

It has a medium body that's relative smooth. Carbonation is active and crisp. The spicy assault on the palate makes it difficult to tell how smooth it really is. Suffice it to say that it is...to some degree. Drinkability is pretty average. I like the flavor of Tsjeeses pretty well, but it's very sweet, runs a tad too warm, and is strong at 10%. This is a sipper that's going to take me a while. No way I'd crack another tonight...even if I had one.

Tsjeeses is a pretty good beer that could be very, very good beer with a couple of small tweaks. Tone down the sweet flavor and the abv. This beer would be more than good at 8%. It's just too much as it is. Despite those two gripes, it still manages to be a pretty good beer. De Struisse has done better, but it's still far from bad. It's definitely worth picking up, even if only once. Thanks, Brady.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/orange color, some nice cloudy sediment floating around, decent sized head but fades fast to leave a wispy top.

Smell has a little funk, some yeasty aromas and other spices, seems to meld quite well as an ensemble.

Taste has a surprising alcohol kick, not overpowering but more noticeable than I would have thought, nice yeasty spicy body, good soft carbonation.

I'd have this more often if it wasn't so darned expensive, oh well.

Photo of westweasel
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured into a New Belgium goblet. The result was a very hazy, almost opaque, medium copper colored brew with a large off-white head. Some small chunks are floating in the beer which has a huge off-white head.

The aroma is filled with bready notes combined with clove. A sweet alcohol aroma is also present. The flavors reflect the smell with bready and toffee malt flavors mixed with clove and ginger. There is a nice bitter, spicy bite at the end of the swallow.

The mouthfeel is medium-to-full with a fairly dry finish. There is a lot of carbonation present. This is a very drinkable Belgian spice beer. I could easily enjoy a pint, and possibly two.

Photo of meatmallet
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a medium brown like a murky cider with a huge white head. Lots of sediment floating in my glass. Head stays forever with lacing all the way up my glass.

Smell: Lots of yeast and kind of stale and earthy but yet sweet. Citrus and a little spice round it off.

Taste: Much stronger than the nose would make you to believe. A good alcohol tasteand a slightly bitter hop end. It is sweet with yeast, honey, malt, and spices.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: A light body with medium carbonation.

Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fine ale from De Struise. Pours a glowing cedar color with a creamy white head that settles to a thin cover. Nose is quite complex with ripe fruits, rich candy malts, peppery Belgian yeast, well balanced spices, honey and tart citrus. Taste is also quite rich. A delicous blend of sour fruits, sweet bready malts, spices, subtle hops and funky yeast. Medium to full body is well carbonated. Good stuff, very unique.

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 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 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 younger35
3.19/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this from Binny's in Lake Zurich for I believe around $7.99ish. This will be my 3rd brew from De Struise and the first two were alright. I'm not the hugest Winter Warmer fan so I hope this changes some feelings.

Appearance- Pours a light orange with hints of yellow and a big two finger bright white head. A beautiful cap and collar and tons of thick lacing remain for the duration of the beer.
Smell- Fairly grainy and doughy with a slight dry sort of sweetness that is slightly metallic. Spicy and slightly yeasty with some light hints of banana and licorice. The spice seems to be a mixture of coriander, candied orange peel, ginger and an earthiness that reminds me of hazelnut.
Taste- Starts sort of sweet with a big doughy fruitiness that is full of deep dark fruits. Raisins, prunes and super black cherries are upfront and in charge. The spices are much like what I got in the nose. Orange peel, candied ginger, clove and some bubblegum. The beer gets sort of cloying at times and its not much of a Blonde to me. Finishes with more of those dark fruits and a light metallic flavor. The 10% is covered magnificently though.
Mouthfeel- Nice full body with some fairly zesty carbonation that adds a sense of creaminess.
Drinkability- Uh. Not bad, not great. It's just kind of an overly sweet brew that looks beautiful, smells so-so and tastes so-so. It's a bit much for my tastes. Add another to the list of Winter Warmers that I didn't much enjoy.

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

02/28/09- Purchased at Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with either a best by date or a bottled date....wondering why they would bottle this beer in the middle of summer though. With a name like this, I thought it appropriate to pour it in some trappist-monk like glass, so I used my Westvleteren.

Appearance- Darker golden-orange color approaching rust. Lightly clouded with wisps of sediment floating here and there. About a 1/2 inch head on pour. Leaves some light pactches and some streaks and spotting upon finish of the beer.

Smell- Was hoping for more scent. Pretty good with what I got. Some candied sugar, alcohol, yeast, corriander, kind of a middle east spicy nose as well.

Taste- A bit overly sweetened. Lots of candied belgian sugar. Some corriander, maybe some cardomom as well. A decent hop punch with a minor alcohol finish. Fairly bready as well.

Mouthfeel- Brisk, but average carbonation level. Sugary mouthcoating left behind with a slight hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability- Either I'm sensing sweetness a bit too much lately or I've just got a run of really sugared brews. This one works better than some of the recent ones I have had though. A bit steep at the $7 or $8 I paid for it.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into chalice.

Pours a cloudy orange-gold, lighter towards the top, with loads of floaties, and a creamy bone-white cap that leaves substantial lacing. The floaties were disconcerting, but the beer otherwise looks fantastic.

Nose is apricot and tropical fruit mixed with a rich, lightly doughy yeast note, spicy alcohol, bit of candy sugar shining through. Delicious.

Taste is yeasty, bittersweet, rich tropical fruit and apricot, sweet candy sugar and some spicy alcohol. Honey, and maybe nutmeg? Dry at some points, deliciously rich in others. Finish is yeasty, a bit bittersweet, bit of alcohol on the exhale.

Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, soft, fluffy carbonation.

Drinkability is fantastic. When I finished this, I was left wondering why I hadn't bought more than one. I actually realized I was drinking it so fast that if i didn't get to reviewing, I'd run out of beer before I finished.

An exemplary beer. Delicious.

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle tried 19 Jan 2009. Lot B608.

Poured in 0.4 L tulip. Upon opening foam starts to overflow the bottle. Large foamy lacy tan head. Well carbonated. Cloudy to the point of being opaque, golden amber. Sweet cidery smell, rusty iron, fruity. Tastes of basil, sweet and spicy. Fruity, peaches, apricots and pears. Finish is a bit dry but the sweetness comes out again in the aftertaste. Medium heavy body. Alcohol well hidden until the end.

Tasty but not likely to buy again at $10.

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

It pours a hazy, lemony iced tea golden orange with floaters aplenty. Two fingers of khaki head slink soon to a frothy top-sheet. Flips of lacing drip along the inside of the glass.

The aroma brings a blustery gust of caramel and bread, toffee and dates, and clove and plum. Esters punch a crisp point against a candy sweet prelude to a draft of alcohol.

Upon sipping, candy sugar, sweet malt, and toffee triple team a fruit bowl of raisins, dates, and lemon zest. Muted clove bitters slightly as maple syrup, crisp apple esters, and a bready yeastiness join forces to duel and subdue a sheepish rill of alcohol. Residual sweetness is marked as grain by a baked biscuit earthiness that goes crisp as a short but clean and dry finish drops the curtain. It's busy but blended in an edgy fashion.

Medium bodied, It's slick and coating but a moderated crispness drapes a dry glow on the palate.

The label controversy is a joke, but the beer inside is anything but. It's not as much blended as notched together creatively and with a healthy spirit. It speaks of spice, and while clove is the only obvious culprit, it's the crisp close that mitigates a muscular ABV. So have no shame, take off those glasses, and let the partay begin.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. B-6-2013 (i don't know what the B means. or at least i THINK that's a "B"...)

gusher upon opening. poured into tulip.

dark orange honey color. lots of yeast bits in suspension, almost cloudy as a result, but actually would've been clear otherwise. nice frothy head faces to thin layer. decent lacing.

aroma opens up with spices and herbs (coriander or parsley?), dried citrus peel, and maybe anise. fruity, pear-like esters and white grape. lightly caramelized malt and yeasty bread. faint grassy hop. gentle trace of phenols.

flavorwise, the fruitiness is more grape than pear. sweetness from the bready malts. grassy, herbal hop with moderate bitterness. warming white pepper and spice, with more parsley and a slightly more phenolic bite. clean alcohol in the semi-dry finish.

light to medium body, but surpriisingly tannic and astringent. not necessarily unpleasant, but definitely a shocker. moderate carbonation gives body and hides that astringency for a moment in the middle.

despite the astringency in the feel, this is quite drinkable for 10% ABV

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

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.

Photo of Floydster
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

330 ml bottle acquired in a trade as an extra, thanks who sent me this but I cannot seem to remember right now, consumed 12/28/09, poured into a Stone pint glass, reviewed from notes, color is a vibrant golden orange, 1 1/4 inch creamy white head that stays around for close to ten minutes, some lacing, aroma consists of lots of fruit, particularly oranges and tangerines, also spice, honey, alcohol, pear esters, and light caramel, taste is very citrusy with a big peach welcome, some malt in the middle, dates and oranges make up the finish with a alcohol kick in the aftertaste, more sweet as it warms which turned me away towards the end, mouthfeel is too sweet, needs dry qualities to balance out the large amount of fruit, medium bodied, moderate carbonation, taste lingers a long time, could not finish the bottle and could not see myself being able to, alcohol is there too which does not help things out, not my favorite Struise beer, looking forward to trying the reserve version to see how much the barrel aging tamed down those aggressive citrus notes, would drink again and was quite unique, worth checking out

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

A - Pours a murky apple cider color with a foamy white head into the snifter. Lots of floaties. Good retention, though.

S - Lots of yeast, a bowl of stale sugary candies at Grandma's house, apples. Light fruits, super nice. A decent hop note. Lots of random spices in the mix.

T - It's sweet. However, it's really good. Dried light fruity sweetness, alcohol, pure Belgian. Yeasty... also you can actually taste the water they brewed this with. I love it. I'm not a fan of hugely sweet Belgians yet this rides the thin line and still works for me.

M - Quite thick with prickly carbonation.

D - It's really sweet, and almost cloying, yet this beer is vanishing quickly. The abv is noticeable but doesn't detract. The price is the only rough thing here.

Notes: Worth a try. Reminds me of Gouden Carolus Rood, except good.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light copper color with one finger of white head.

Scent of tart citrus, yeast, spices, and some malts. It has the qualities of a Belgian Pale with a nice tartness, very good.

Taste of yeast, honey, bready malts, hints of spices, and candi sugar. A very tasty beer, but I was expecting a strong spiciness.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a pretty high amount of carbonation, though thin considering the strength.

Photo of Grandwazoo
2.7/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden brown color with noticeable sediment floating...ninimal head

strong bread yeast nose with some apple tones

A bit of bite on the tongue...distinct caramel sugar candy with noticeable cider tones. Sourprisingly does not stay too sweet on the tongue, and finishes into a nice mellow creme brulee finish, but the main flavor is a bit overwhelming for me.

Not my style (yet)

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

of the christmas beers this year this one really stood out as something great. pours a cloudy light amber, heavy with sediment. smell is ginger bread, doughy yeast and complex fruit. citrus. taste is substantially yeasty, beligian sugar, coriander candied orange peel, licorice, dates. actually quite meaty saison licorice... as it interacts with doughiness. but not astringent at all. rotten pineapple hop with a nice blended triple style sugar finish. great beer will have again... wish it was a bit cheaper though it being 8 buck a 330ml. so right... merry christmas to the drinker.

Photo of DIM
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Hard to score this one. I poured very carefully, but I just couldn't keep the yeasty particulate out of the glass. I only emptied a little over half of the bottle, yet the glass absolutely polluted with suspended yeast chunks. I'm not squeamish about this sort of thing. It just doesn't look very nice. The color was a dark gold with amber highlights. My careful pour did not allow for a head to form.

s: Prickly, yeasty sour apples. Lots of funk in this one, along with some spices I couldn't identify.

t: This was a little sweeter than the smell would suggest. Still, plenty of tart apples that are blunted somewhat by sweet, chalky cherries, and those spices I can't name.

m: Gently fizzy carbonation and a nice, lingering tart yeastiness.

d: This wasn't much to look at, but it has it where it counts. Unique and well worth trying.

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 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.

Struise Tsjeeses from De Struise Brouwers
89 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.