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Struise Tsjeeses | De Struise Brouwers

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De Struise Brouwers
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Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2006

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light burnt orange with a fizzy uneventful head. Fair retention, no lace.

S: Dates, fig jelly, kumquat rind, a good amount of sweet citrus.

T: Heavy amount of fig, marmalade, big fruit with a very yeasty classic finish. Estery, nice mix of flavours.

M: Medium to full-bodied, frothy soft carbonation. Biting a bit at the end. Rich for its style.

O: A different take on a Belgian Christmas beer, but still very enjoyable. Well made, I was glad to find this on sale post Christmas, because the regular $8 price-tag is none to pretty.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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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Photo of MufflnMan
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Photo of MsRif
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Photo of sommersb
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
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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Photo of beerdrifter
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

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Photo of Dubber55
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.85/5  rDev -4%
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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Photo of mrfrancis
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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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Photo of Bierman9
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had stopped into the Struise store in Brugge on 28SEP11 and had the pleasure of trying a couple of samples of this offering (thanks, Dave!). Upon returning on 30SEP, I had to snag a bottle of this for consumption back home. Now 1 month-plus and €4.60 later, it's time to dive into this bottle, labeled TSJ No. 11. Here we go...

I poured most of the bottle into a DT tulip, save for the yeasties at the bottom. This one has a slight cloudiness to it, and the color is a deep copper. A few streams of carbo meander slowly topside, where a thin, fine layer of light tan bubbles rests. Lacing was a bit sparse, though, with a few trailers trying to cling. The aroma is rich and inviting, with dark fruit and spices filling the air. The body is a smidge better than medium, and Tsjeeses is fairly smooth on the tongue, even with a bit of carbo-induced airiness.

The flavor has some caramel maltiness and honeyish sweetness, plus a distinct spicy character. A little cinnamon is in there, along with notes of candied fruit, akin to a rum-soaked Christmas cake. The finish is very dry, with some lingering bitterness. Still, an extremely flavorful, satisfying bier (though a touch pricey). Would love to have a few more of these for when the weather gets real cold around here. Prosit!!

4.47 rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Everything right in the world seems to come from Belgium. Been on an expensive De Struise kick lately as a lot of their brews hit MA shelves.

Calling this a pale ale would not do it justice. This had characteristics I'd associate with a quad. Huge candied sugar smell with muddled dark stone fruit. This bleeds over into the taste that just seeps of the holidays. Freshly baked bread, candied fruit, malty, warming, and bold. Very spicey as well.

This is an exceptional beer.

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Photo of BMoldy
4.69/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Peach amber with a large white head that fades a little too quickly. No lacing to speak of.

S: The usual holiday spices (esp. nutmeg, clove), fruits (both dry and ripe, like apples and cherries), toasted and sweet caramel-like barley. Slight herbal scent, perhaps from the hops.

T: Herbal bitterness tempers rich, sweet, caramel malts. Serious dryness and mild fruitiness. Warms as it goes down. Long, smooth, sweet, and slightly sticky finish.

M: Incredibly full and smooth, like Pannepot. Doesn't show the alcohol at all, but certainly packs a punch. Very little carbonation, so it drinks a little like a spirit.

O: Give me more! Delicious and complex, I see myself drinking this nightly in the dead of winter. Really outstanding.

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Photo of ckollias
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 11.2oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a hazy amber with a thick 2-finger white head that lingers for awhile, leaves a nice trail down my glasses, and finally dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Sweet malt and spicy hop aroma right off the bat. Great background fragrances of caramel, candi sugars, and honey. Pleasant aroma, not overwhelming nor faint.

T: Flavors of caramel, honey, and candi sugars cross the palate. Mildly spicy with hints of fruits, mostly orange peel. Alcohol is present and dominant.

M: Very strong and boozy. Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Very good Belgian Strong Ale. Defintely a sipper at 10% ABV.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, cinnamon, dark fruit, and some coriander. In the taste, cinnamon, sweet orange citrus, and coriander. A spice like bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry cinnamon spice in the aftertaste. a nice mix of fruit and spice, and hides the ABV pretty well.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer straight of the Deca brewery.

A - A nice dark amber colored hazy beer beer with a decent head that is just a bit off white. No carbonation visible. The beer in total looks very appealing. Although the head is slowly retracting until only a thin pitiful layer remains.

S - Strong smell of Belgian yeast and alcohol. Caramel, vigs, raisins, some citrus and chocolate are also present. The smell is also a bit sweet-like with a hit of toffee.

T - A nice spicy beer with lots of cinnamon and yeast. Sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar, some citrus, warming alcohol and god knows what else is in this beer. A lovely mix thats for sure.

M - Medium-thick body with a good amount of carbonation.

O - This a good stuff. It s a complex thirst quencher that you can also enjoy after a good meal, in the morning, just out of bed, in the evening, at work etc. I just can't wait to try the reserva version.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 rate.

The label is really stupid. Pours a medium to dark amber with billions of suspended particles and a small, soapy head. Fantastic aroma, light fruits, baked bread, and some cognac. So much like Stille Nacht at this point in every way, though a shade darker. Flavor is rich and elegant. Buttery rum cookies, peaches, kind of like a peach cobbler, and a slightly bitter finish. Kind of on the boozy side, but thats ok. Really good. The finish could be smoother, and I would like a little more complexity in the flavor, but awesome. Superb mouthfeel, just so silky and rich. Delicious and luxurious.

Edit. Had this many times since the original rate and the score has dropped a bit. Recent 2011 bottles have held up nicely, but it's just not terribly expressive and is a bit burdensome at times. I always compare it to Stille Nacht, which has a green apple tartness that destroys this. Still nice.

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Photo of Fulkrum78
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow-brown. Decent head which fades quickly and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is really interesting, and hard to describe. Hoppy and malty on the tongue, definitely tasting the spices as well. Alcohol warms you at the back of the throat. Overall a damn good beer.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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

Lot: C - 8 10. Poured into a Fantome glass.

Muddy, bruised orange with a full haze. The cap is fairly clingy and white.

Lots of fruity esters are floating out of the glass. I can already smell banana, pear, apple and clove without lifting the glass. Getting closer reveals a spike of alcohol, more clove and other spice. There is a light creamy aroma here too.

Very fruity and creamy. Its like there's half and half creamer in here or something. Bananas foster, cider and pear. Quite nice, very unique. Alcohol kicks in in the back.

The whipped creaminess carries through the aroma and taste and into the mouthfeel. The body is very full and the carbonation is low. The body has a really nice soft, creaminess to it.

Very interesting and quite good. It's labeled as a Belgian X-Mas ale brewed with spices. Luckily it doesn't have much in the way of "traditional" Christmas spices and they didn't go over board like most American brewers do when they make Christmas ales.

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Photo of ottovon
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

opened on Belgium's independence day.

A: pours out a slightly hazy, straw orange, with a white head that fell quickly.

S: lots of belgian yeast. cinnamon, candied sugar, and a bit of sweetness, and hints of sourdough bread and straw. hints of toffee and almonds. touches of lemon and orange peel.

T: a nice spicy beer. lots of clove, cinnamon, and yeast. good amounts of caramel and toffee, with sourdough bread. a touch sweet, but finishes with a touch of alcohol and a bit dry. hints of lemon, and light fruits.

M: medium-thick body with good amounts of carb. smooth.

O: a really good offering. I wish I would have bought more.

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

scored a bunch of these recently while in NYC.

a - opened the bottle and filled my portsmouth tulipy snifter. nice cloudy opaque golden amber with a thin white frothy head. lacing was significant, but nothing crazy.

s - smell is candied fruit. lemon, melon, grape and some of the lighter spicing like clove, bit of pepper.

t - nice tasting BSPA. good spicing, some earthiness, some hops...little fruity. very balanced. touch syurpy.

m - very smooth. finishes with a tingle in my mouth. medium to full bodied, especially heavy for the style.

o - overall, a quality BSPA, but not the best i've had. the spicing is certainly 'festive' for it as a xmas ale, but why not enjoy it in the dead of summer? booze is pretty well hidden and a tasty offering.

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Photo of csiewert
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy orange color with a finger of white foamy head that laces fairly well but doesn't retain well. The aroma has notes of earthy hops and caramel malt, as well as some floral notes. The taste starts sweet with floral and caramel notes and then has hints of oak and vanilla. The mouthfeel is nice a smooth and finishes clean. Overall a good unique beer.

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Struise Tsjeeses from De Struise Brouwers
90 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.