Struise Tsjeeses - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 25
Gots: 72 | 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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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
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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
4.28/5  rDev +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
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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
2.73/5  rDev -31.8%
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
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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
4.4/5  rDev +10%
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
3.8/5  rDev -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
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
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 davidw987
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First beer of the evening at The Trappist in Oakland. I'm glad I had it first as it had great flavor.

The beer was a moderately cloudy orange, tending towards amber. The smell was wonderful, full of spice and yeast flavors. The taste was complex and up front without being overpowering. It was a very easy beer to drink and my glass was empty before I wanted it to be.

Photo of tpd975
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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 JoeCeez
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a very cloudy amber with a two fingered off white head that fades to leave some patchy and sticky lacing

S: mulled apple cider, some holiday spices, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, orange peel

T: spicy and fruity: apple peel, orange, white grapes, cinnamon, nutmeg, some cloves, wheat, slightly tart, peppery yeast... some coriander and star anise as well, semi-dry this tastes almost like a hybrid of a triple and a wit. alochol is very well hidden

M: prickly carbonation medium bodied, coats the tounge sticky and nectarlike

D: the alcohol is very well hidden but you can definitely feel it by the end of the bottle, this beer is very complex and one of the more unique and interesting Christmas beers I've had. Another example of why Struise is in the vanguard of modern brewing

Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at WLV, poured into my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Murky caramel amber color with generous head that dissipates very slowly. Lace is terrific! Some suspended solids in this one, and a little bit of carbonation inching up the sides.

S - Sharp spice and yeast character with some candy sweetness. There's also a little bit of hop citrus character in the background. Makes me think of Pannepot crossed with a Unibroue offering. Solid.

T - Much sweeter than it smells - lots more of the candy and fruit character, some tart apple and grapes for sure. The spice is still there at the back end. There's a slight booze note, but it's not overpowering.

M - A light sticky syrup feeling. Carbonation is understated, which is nice. Dry feeling after swallowing.

D - One is plenty - it's too strong in both ABV and flavor profile to really want more than one in a sitting. A nice holiday treat.

Solid De Struise offering - a nice seasonal to mix things up with.

Photo of dirtylou
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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 ElGordo
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is a hazy orange with yellow highlights, topped by half a finger of creamy white head. Sweet aroma of bready malt and a good dose of spices (clove, allspice, pepper). Palate is mildly sweet up front, full of bready malt and more aromatic spices. The hops come through on the swallow, providing a light bitterness that helps offset the sweetness just enough. The finish is quite heavy on a white pepper flavor, but is still pleasant, and leaves a lingering bitterness from the subdued hop profile.
Body is light and airy, yet not foamy - it's just perfect to convey the myriad flavors held within the beer. Even though this is billed as a 10% winter ale, it goes down very easily, and is a pleasant change from the usual slate of dark, over-spiced holiday ales.

Photo of mdagnew
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought online from the Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam...

Poured a rich coppery orange colour with a slight yeasty haze. White head poured pretty tight, thick and foamy then faded to thin covering with thick edging... decent amount of carbonation bubbles to the surface... quite a lot of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Lots of rich, spicy and slightly tropical fruits (mangoes, pineapples, grapefruits, pears), spicy yeast, grassy, strong floral honey sweetness, some booziness coming through, basil and coriander herbalness, salty, quite perfumed, piney hops, slight oakiness...

Taste is pretty similar to the aroma... slighty tropical spicy fruits, vanilla notes, spicy yeast, candy sugar, floral honey sweetness, some faint soapy notes, light nuttiness, vegetal traces, grassy hops, citrus, some of the coriander coming through, no real hint of the alcohol...

M&D - Smooth and rich with a little sharpness underneath... medium bodied... an extremely quaffable brew - dangerously so at 10%...

Overall - An outstanding strong pale ale... one of the best Belgian brews i've had for quite a while...

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusty orange color, tan foam initially that fades to a skim later on. Tiny dark suspended particles. Candied fruit and alcohol in the aroma, which can be overlooked as a "Belgian X-Mas Ale". Strong rich flavors, caramel, stewed fruit, very mild spice level. Alcohol seems to be lurking at the edges, reinforcing that this is a slow sipper. Dry finish with lingering fruit in the aftertaste. Some vegetal hop character that I can't really endorse or veto, it reminded me of a homebrew I had once, but not in an amateur sense at all. One and done, this was worth a try.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fully clouded brown hued orange. Thin white head. Nose is a touch of honey, melon, sugar, and sweet tones. Flavor bring a thick level of spices, sweet tones, and a bit of honey. But the sweetest side rides highest here. Feel is pretty smooth on the liquid and fairly low on the carbonation. This is a nice ale, but if you don't like the sweeter Belgian ales, you probably won't be able to appreciate this as much.

Photo of mcallister
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky amber colored full of yeast particles. Pours with heavy carbonation and a sizzle sound. Big carbonated head off white fades from two inches to a half inch topper that sticks around.

Great aromas. Fruity and full of belgian spices and yeasty aromas. Skittle type esters with good malt character. Citrusy to boot, very nice.

Fine and dandy full bodied with big carbonation that matches the style nicely. Good alcohol bite on the finish. Middle is all fruit and spice. Cherry, berry, and citrus make for a pecuilar combination. Tingles on the toungue. A great christmas treat.

Struise Tsjeeses from De Struise Brouwers
89 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.