Tsjeeses Belgian X-Mas Ale | De Struise Brouwers

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
struise.com

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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#7,780
Reviews:
246
Ratings:
468
pDev:
10.75%
 
 
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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a Mikkeller tasting glass.

A: Body is very orange and and crystalline, head is minimal but looks like a BSPA with some more darker and orange-y tones.
S: The aroma is very strong of belgian candi, caramel and molasses.
T: Taste is mostly of belgian candi, to an extend that's even too intense.
M: Body is medium. Alcohol is unnoticed. Bitterness is low. Sweetness is medium high.
O: Not the most interesting beer to have in Christmas due to its intensity on belgian candi and caramel, but it's still drinkable.

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Photo of marcrech
3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JohnTurano
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MelonLord
3.37/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

2008 vintage (!) that i got for $2.50(!) on discount

It looks like belgian beer but up against a light it almost looks like wine or really dark mead, thin ring of very small bubbles with a little carbonation in a 10oz snifter filled halfway.

smell is sweet belgian beer smell. It almost smells like wood, earthy mosses next to a honeydew plant with a very sweet floral note. Then over that it smells like old beer. maybe some medicinal smells going on? the spices have taken on a different character probably.

Sweet taste. Reminds me of a barley wine or old ale but not a super sweet one. Belgian beer taste which is very much like the smell. Maybe a little bit of bitterness?

Mouthfeel is great, full bodied. When i smelled this beer I could tell it would have a nice body to it. probably the best part.

Cool beer experience. Won't try again.

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Photo of SteveO419
3.24/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of woodychandler
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wotta great Christmas in 2017! I have been working on the slow production of a Christmas (crock) pot roast for my third straight year & drinking some Christmas/holiday beers while doing so.

From the bottle: "Belgian X-Mas Ale".

Once more, I prised off the cap only to begin a gentle pour into the awaiting glass. Once completed, I gave it a vigorous in-glass swirl that briefly raised a finger of soapy, foamy, light-tan head that quickly dissipated into wisps. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a bready, slightly honey-sweet quality along with a light stone fruitiness. Hmm. I might have said "fruitcake", but that would have been imprecise. Still, it should give you a sense of what this one was about. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was an interesting mélange, ranging from freshly-baked bread to a light nuttiness to dark, dried stone fruit to light caramel. It all added up to a Belgian-style holiday treat, but it might not be everyone's cuppa tea. I especially liked that it finished very dry in spite of all of the raucous, riotous flavors involved. YMMV.

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Photo of Skitaos
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of steverx8
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Epiktetos
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a sniffer. The appearance is a hazy semi-dark brown color with a nice somewhat fluffy white foamy head that ends up lightly concaving in its lacing against the glass. There’s some nice adequate foamy lacing trying to stick but sliding for the most part. The smell has a nice chocolate malt up front that once it warms there’s a nice light spice gently coming through - mainly some ginger and allspice, but I do get some light clove. The taste was sweet and spicy and the chocolate really takes over for the most part and actually tastes more like cocoa nibs than just plain chocolate. There’s a quick dry spicy and slightly cocoa finish. On the palate, this one sits right on the medium bodied. It wants to show some sort of sessionable aspect but shows a nice sipping quality about it. Overall, this one is a very nice Belgian Strong Ale worthy to have around the holidays.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
2.89/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of logicalparadox
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Dactrius
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stephenlee
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

UPDATE 12/22/2017): Had this in a side-by-side with the 2013 Tsjeeses Reserva (Porto Barrel Aged); This beer was still really good. I don't remember any metallic tang in the flavor that I got when having had it previously.

Total Wine; sale $2. 11.2 oz. Dated 2015.

One of the better Belgium's. The only thing I slightly didn't like was the finish: it had a subtle metallic tang in the finish. It may be because of it's age, like an old ale, such that it will hopefully disappear in another year. I have another one I am cellaring.

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Photo of Allegue04
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Euroglot
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dzu
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 0.33l bottle into goblet.
L:Dark copper/amber color with a weak foam head.
S: Deep sweet smell. Citrus. Complex.
T: Apricot, sweets,caramel, lacrice.
F: Great balanced with nice afterateste. Low carbonation.
O: Surprised with this one! Worth a try.

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Photo of dsshuck
3.42/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DispyDnb
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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