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Struise Tsjeeses - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 22
Gots: 58 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website

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 tmoneyba


4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Champane Wine, Warren, MI.

Poured a hazy copper color with a large creamy off-white head that was lasting with good lacing. Heavy spicy, citrus and herbs aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. Good complex balanced flavor with an medium to heavy spicy finish of moderate to long duration.

This is a standout beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 17:19:32 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of brewcrew76


4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy apricot, honey color with frothy white head that settles to a ring of lace with a few spotty patches of foam.

S - Belgian yeast, spicy phenolics, clove, coriander, nutmeg and a touch of sour citrus and lemon.

T - Herbal spiciness, candied fruits, sweet until the finish where you get a touch of sour lemon. Pear and apple. It is almost like there is a touch of brett in this. Nutmeg, coriander and a few other spices I can't place. Complex but very well balanced.

M - Slightly slick, both sweet and tart with a dry finish, especially for the sweetness at 10%abv. Carbonation does a good jobof scrubbing the pallete.

D - Interesting, complex beer. Very well balanced. Nice combination of sweet candied fruits with sour lemon, apple brett like quality.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 02:36:03 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of ccrida


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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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
Photo of inhoc00


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

Got for a xmas gift from co worker who bought it for the xmas theme. Didn't realize she had picked up a bottle from De Struise.

Pours a nice orange golden with big fluffy white head that disovles. Smells of yeast, orange, ginger? other spices. Tastes of citrus, little alc. noted. Nice balance. Good amount of carbonation, yet a slight creamy body to it. Extremely drinkable for a 10% alc. Nice xmas treat.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 02:31:55 | More by inhoc00
Photo of Sesmu


4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Didn't gush, but somehow trickled over the top.

A: Murky golden color. Creamy head.

S: Distant honey, some citrus, spices. Spices however, even though pronounced, are very gentle, not in your face.

T/M: Quite complex, similar to the nose, with additions of bread and sweet malt. And again, as with the nose, the taste is multifaceted, yet none overwhelms the other. Alcohol is well hidden. Exceptionally balanced.

It was great with pork as well as bleu cheese. Had great expectations for this brew and was very pleased. Rather expensive at $10.99 for a 330 ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 06:50:51 | More by Sesmu
Photo of Crosling


4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Golden bronze colored ale, with a beautiful head of white creamy foam. Flavor is elegant and well structured, loaded with depth and nuance. Very sweet, well layered and complex, with well concentrated flavors from start to finish. Notes of peach and pear. Elegant mouth fell. Purely Belgian in every way. Wow, wow, wow. STUNNING.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 15:34:38 | More by Crosling
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4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I was actually able to try Tsjeeses on tap. It was on tap at TJ's 5th Anniversary on 12/6/2008. They said it was rare to find on tap and after reading the reviews, I believe they were telling the truth. While I was there, I wrote this review on a piece of paper. I forgot I had it. TJ's poured this Christmas beer into a little Snifter.

On draft, Tsjeeses poured a extremely murky golden orange color. I didn't see many hop or yeast particles floating around. It was just naturally murky. On top of this murky brew was a small fluffy 1/2 an inch head of pure white foam. This white head of foam had really good retention that left behind a milky white film and a few streaks of sticky white lace.

This X-Mas Ale was not spicy, but lightly sour and fruity with exotic fruits. Hiding behind all the exotic fruits was a hint of charred oak, a quick splash of sweet caramel, a small amount of sweet yeast, a touch of candy sugar, a dash of nutmeg, and then this lightly sour aroma finishes with the scent of toasted marshmallows. That was a new one.

The first taste that came to me was that of those sweet juicy exotic fruits that were in the aroma. After smelling those, I really wanted to taste those fruits and I got the chance right off the bat. Immediately following the exotic fruits was a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon, a hint of charred oak, a touch of sweet yeast, a dab of malted wheat, and it finishes up with some herbal hops. No marshmallows in the taste. It definitely would have made for an interesting Christmas Ale if that was in there, but this beer really didn't need that. It was interesting enough without the marshmallows.

This Christmas Ale wasn't overly spicy, fruity, or even yeasty. It was a well balanced Christmas Ale. Despite this beer's high ABV%, there wasn't the taste of alcohol and this was a medium bodied beer that contained a full flavored aftertaste of cinnamon, nutmeg, exotic fruits, sweet yeast, and malted wheat.

I don't like my Christmas Ales overly spicy, so that's probably why I enjoyed this beer so much. The only thing that hurts this beer is the price. It was expensive on draft and it's expensive in a bottle. You don't much for your money. Is it worth the hefty price tag? Yeah, I would say that's it worth a shot if you can find it. This beer would make for a great Christmas treat.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2008 08:58:57 | More by AltBock
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4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: very nice dark orange with white fluffy head that fades to a thin head and decent lacing.

S: very nice pholic belgian with corander and honey sweetness nice breadyiness and good amount of malt. The sweetness is almost a sticky sweetness. Orange peel and root beer as well and cinnamon.

T/M: Nicely carbonated. Very smooth and slick with a hinth of prickliness. Taste is similar to the nose with lots of honey and nutmeg, cinnamon, orangepeel, fading to a nice malty sweetness and then a bready ness. Finish has some hops coming through.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 00:32:35 | More by ejquin
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New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle

Tsjeeses pours an awkward orangey, brown ruby burgundy color, thick with small suspended floats and a small peachy white head. Very winey in the nose, grape skin, green apple, orange peel, fresh earthy hops, sweet alcohol soaked grain and evergreen. Alcohol heat is pretty pronounced in this one, but it also allows the herbal, leafy hop character to take center stage, it too becomes dominant, shoving the malts into the passenger seat. Subtle wintery pepper spice and estery yeast is not over done, but i wish the sweetness of the malts was more apparent. Tsjeeses is a sipper for sure and most definitely a holiday treat, i still felt yearning for more of a 'wow factor' after the 9$ glass was through.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 21:09:23 | More by ATPete
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4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful pale golden amber with a nice frothy white head.

S: Sweet caramel malt, with a strong dose of spice. Nutmeg, clove, maybe some cinnamon. Definitely a Belgian holiday ale. Smells great. Not as dark as some of other malt bomb holiday beers.

T/M: Spice, pear, apple, with a lingering breadiness on the finish. This is tasty stuff. Nice sweetness from the malt and a good crisp carbonation which is a refreshing change of pace from other Xmas style brews. Overall, good stuff.

D: Would drink this all the time if it wasn't so damn expensive. Paid $9.99 for one 330cl bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 03:58:07 | More by abfraser
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4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle from the Bayou. Pours out a cloudy orange color with a small white head. A very nice aroma of apples, some spices, and a lot of woody notes. The taste was very nice; sort of a warm and mellow brew, citrus flavors, apples, a dry yeasty flavor full of mellow barrel aged aspects. Very enjoyable. As it warmed it was much more flavorful and fruity. Drink it at 12 degrees maybe more. A fizzy mouthfeel. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 01:52:21 | More by Douglas88
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another gem of a bottle I picked up on my last trip to Bruisin Ales. I grabbed a mixed sixer of basically all these brews, and a mighty pricey six pack it was! This was served as a well deserved nightcap last night. Served chilled, but closing in on room temperature and poured into an oversized wine glass, this one was consumed on 11/10/2008.

The Pour as very nice, a rich, light amber color with an enormous amount of haze and cloudiness to it just dropped into the bottle. Good amount of carbonation setup on this one as well. A large head of maybe three inches setup on top and took what seemed like forever for it to settle down, but once it did, it clung to every last bit of lace down the side of the glass.

The aroma was nothing like what I expected when I looked at the bottle. A nice, slightly sour, hoppy Belgian ale. Some spices detected as it warmed, maybe nutmeg or some pepper like spice, but mostly loaded with a sour, citrus blend here. Very nice and very well defined, sharp aroma. The flavor was more of the same, very rich here. A nice wave of strong citrus rolls across the tongue, this is the first thing you notice, biting, with a sharp cutoff, you need to take a second to realize where it is going. This mellows, comes back to a nice buttery like middle, similar to a big IPA, but fleeting as it meshes into that pepper like, nutmeg flavor I picked up on before. Interesting play here on the palate, and again not at all what I was expecting. Smooth, creamy feel on this one had the alcohol more then well hidden, it was a sipper for sure, but it did not come across anywhere near that strongly.

Overall a very solid, and very different take on the holiday Belgian ale. I really enjoyed this one as I felt the hops were rightfully placed and no where near overdone. Smooth and rich, I am going to have to go buy another one of these as quick as I can!

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 11:34:53 | More by mikesgroove
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4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours hazy orange with an average, fizzy, off-white head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, biscuit), light hops (flowers), heavy yeast (barnyard, earth) with notes of apple, pear, and honey. Full bodied, creamy texture, lively carbonation, and a chalky finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 02:46:23 | More by BeerandBlues2
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4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


A: Hazy golden/red apperance with a white head.

S: Spices, Orange, Coriander, Cinnamon.

T: Citric notes esp orange, Spices, Caramel, Fruit. Very nice!

M: Sweet and complex with some bitterness and alcoholbite at the end.

A very nice beer for those cold winter-evenings. Mesa likes!

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2008 07:35:04 | More by baggio
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4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a De Struise goblet. Thanks to my Dad and Mary for bringing this back from Amsterdam for me!

Best before Oct/2011

A: Pours a lovely looking, hazy-peach color. Capping this is a towering, four-finger, off-white head with excellent retention and lace leaving abilities. Appears very still.

S: Right off the bat, I noticed an aroma of tart citrus. Orange and lemon. As it warmed more smells emerged; toasted caramel malt, green raisins, nutmeg, spicy herbal hops, and a definite earthy yeastiness.

T: See above. Taste really follows the Smell here.

M: Slighty tart at first, balanced by a wave of sweetness in the middle, and then shored up by dry, spicy, and yet oily finish.

D: Really very good. I really had to hunt hard to detect any of the supposed 10% that this baby is packing. Pretty dry and crisp, yet quite juicy and sticky. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 22:48:18 | More by GbVDave
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2.8/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An orange, amber beer with a creamy head that settles into a thin layer. Yeasty mist.

Smell of light oxidation with a spiciness, that goes into the direction of orange zest and cloves. A light sourness, gives me goose bumbs at first, but then grows on me.

Taste is brrrr.. oxidized, cardboard whiffs. I have to be strong. Underneath here is a good beer, or need I say was? Very spicy with bitter orange zest and other bitter spices. Warm alcohol is not helping drinkability. Malt is thin and I suspect a good addition of sugar. This is probably a good beer when fresh, but De Struise Brouwers need to keep an eye on oxidation during brewing.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 20:11:07 | More by Absumaster
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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice hazy copper, plenty of sediment, an average size white head recedes to a ring. Aroma is refreshing blend of straw, grass, honey and wheat sweetness a bit of lemon tartness and citrus fruits, some spice as well. Flavor follows with lemon and apple tartness blending nicely with a honey like sweetness, peaches mid taste and lead into the dry grassy hoppiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium in body, a bit of weight from the sugars, carbonation is on the lighter side but is somewhat sharp, peppery and dry feel in the finish. A very interesting beer, quite tasty and very well balanced for its strength.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 02:03:21 | More by hoppymeal
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Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle courtesy of fonefan: Poured a deep dirty beige color ale with a huge foamy head with perfect retention and some great lacing. Aroma of fruity (peach) ester with a spicy peppery yeast. Taste is also a mix between the very nice fruity ester and the peppery yeast with a dry hoppy finish. Body is full with limited filtration and great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Maybe a touch too sweet for my personal tastes but a very good example of the style nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 17:53:49 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Kierstbierfestival in Essen, Belgium a few weeks back. The beer poured a bronze color into my snifter with a slight off white head. There was a port like nose to the beer, high abv aroma. The taste was pretty hot, alcoholy but not to the point that it was all I got. The taste was also a bit citrusy with some grapefruit and a touch of sweetness as well. A very interesting beer that I am glad I got a chance to try.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 21:24:13 | More by ggaughan
Photo of Gueuzedude


4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by date of October 2011, Sampled August 2007
Pours with a lightly hazy, orangish tinged, bright amber color. The beer is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass. The smell is fairly dry, with a distinct fruit and spice combination that I can't quite place right now. A nice, subtle maltiness pokes through the previously mentioned more dominant notes. Aromas of candied orange-flavored gumdrops, and earthy spiciness, some green herbal notes (sort of like nettle) and some holiday spice flavors reminiscent of nutmeg, perhaps some clove and cinnamon. There is a spice note I am missing here though, it is quite distinct and I can't quite place it. Fruit notes of pears, dried apples and prunes are noticeable in the nose as well.

The beer has a fair amount of body to it, but has a solid carbonation which helps to scrub the palate. Chewy concentrated fruit notes & malt character carry the more dominant spice flavors. The beer is quite dry, especially when you consider the strength & body of this beer; this tends to mute & round out the spice flavors. The spice notes provide some astringency, perhaps a hint of tannins, a distinct sharpness that seems characteristic of nutmeg. This is lightly tart too, which accentuates some notes of green raisins, dried pear and dried apples as well as something almost like concentrated melon or even some sort of tropical fruit note. The fruit notes become quite noticeable towards and in the finish where there is a light bitterness and spice astringency as well.

An interesting beer, and definitely an interesting take on a holiday beer; one usually sees heavy, sweeter malt character in these types of beers. The simple malt character is actually quite nice and accentuates a different side of the spices than one usually sees in a holiday beer. At times the spice notes and the fruitiness seem like they should be disparate, but they are not; in fact this beer is quite well integrated, quite complex & most definitely tasty. This beer is really growing on my as I slowly work my way through this 330ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2007 03:35:24 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 19:02:10 | More by weeare138
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Struise Tsjeeses from De Struise Brouwers
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