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Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers

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

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy orange color, somewhat murky looking. Thick white foamy head slowly fades to a 1/2" cap. Excellent lacing left behind.

S - Lots of fruit with a hint of spice as well. Apricot and a little lemon zest mixed with a dash of baking spices. Cinnamon and a sprinkle of nutmeg. As it warms a nice malt backing comes through providing some biscuity smells.

T - Spicy and fruity up front. Lots of apricot, a touch of lemon zest and a squirt of peach syrup. Lightly spiced as well with hints of alot of baking spices you find in spiced Belgian style ales. Some herbal notes come through late in the drink. A very diverse flavor profile.

M/D - Very dry, light and crisply carbonated. Alcohol is well masked and this is one drinkable beer.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of ejquin
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.

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Photo of mikedashg
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Super cloudy orange into the snifter from my bottle the week before Christmas. Not too much head, a small white one. But it was a careful pour. Lots of chunky yeast was seen in the bottom of the bottle.

S - Orange citrus, a little fruity, followed by a ton of spices. Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, slight hop aroma

T - Wow, what a great beer. Similar to nose, but a lot more pronounced. Much more hop flavor then the smell though. All the spices are there. Nice orange citrus. Sweet honey. A little banana, coriander. Nice fruity Belgian yeast flavor, but not overpowering. A little bit like a trippel.

M - Slippery, slightly syrupy (not a bad thing). Light overall mouthfeel. Low to moderately low carbonation.

D - Ho ho ho! What a good Belgium pale with spices. Hoppy Holidays!

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
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

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Struise Tsjeeses
De Struise Brouwers

Appearance: A deep golden orange with some yeast sediment after a careful pour.

Smell: Fruity nose, with notes of peach, pear and herbs. Somewhat sweet and honey like. Small waft of alcohol.

Taste: Mellow and fruity, no hint that this is 10%. There is a mild but complimentary hops presence, with some pine, herb and tangerine flavor. Toffee, a little sweet. Very light stewed spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, solid carbonation.

Overall: A really interesting brew, a bit one dimensional, but a nice dimension to be in. A solid holiday offering.

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Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy brown-copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated pears along with other slightly darker fruits with an underlying earthiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Medium fruit and Belgian candi sugar are backed by earthy malts. There are also good amounts of dark spices - nutmeg and maybe cinnamon. As it warms the spices become even more prevalent. Ending is on the sweet side and is pretty crisp.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a great thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and could have a few more.

Overall I was impressed with this beer - a good attempt at a lighter Christmas beer. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of SuperWhite92
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a wonderfully hazy bronze-ish color with the lovely "bottle conditioned" appearance I come to expect in good beers. Smells like recently rotted fruit. Strange how that's actually appealing in a beer. Taste includes some of that fruit, with the spices making an appearance as well. Absoutely great. I'm starting to really like de struise. If it weren't for the alcohol, which is amazingly well hidden, I'd like to drink a few of these in succession.

Very impressive, I would say.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty looking dark honey color with a very small 1/2 inch head that fades to nothing. Very little spotty lacing on the drink down. Smell is of dark candied fruits, sweet malt, and winter spices. Tastes of dark fruits, winter spices, sweet malts. There is an alcohol presence here at 10% ABV. Carbonation level is good and beer is a bit thick. Drinkability is good, especially for the ABV. The smell and taste are superb but I think I would only have one of these at a time.

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Photo of biegaman
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ounces 10 through 11.2 have been left behind in the bottle; the four or so ounces that preceded them were so full of yeasty chunks that the beer became beyond mucky, the glass full of fingernail-like flecks. This off-putting complexion, however, isn't enough to make the beer wholly unappealing; Tsjeeses' saving graces are a bright orange shine witnessed into the light and a thorny white crown that binds beer and glass together.

Tsjeeses may have an odd sounding name, a funny-looking label, an eccentric brewer and an unconventional maturation process, but it doesn't have that unusual of a smell. The eights months spent lagering on various stone fruits has not procured any more a distinct, fruity balm than is commonplace in most Belgian Strong Golden ales. The herbs and spices, for their part, don't seem to have added much by way of distinction either.

But while it may not smell all that unique, it certainly smells good. Fantastic even. Who says you have to make a different smelling beer? I happen to think Tripels and Strong Pale ales smell pretty good; why change a winning formula? This vaguely fruity, modestly potent balm of pale, pillowy malts and soft spicy phenols is just lovely. Floral hops, hints of citrus and a warm, mellowing disposition seal it - this deserves nothing less than a 4.5.

Flavour, while similar in makeup and equally pleasant, doesn't quite earn the next highest score for the simple reason that I'll likely spend more time (and extract more enjoyment) from smelling it than actually tasting and drinking it; the scents of over-ripe banana, orange peel, noble hops, the soft, spicy alcohol and toasty malts seem more gratifying to the nose than the taste buds. That being said, you might very well beg to differ.

The mouthfeel is clearly the work of Belgian hands. It is so gingerly spiced, the malts so gently toasted, the fruit so nuanced and elegant and the alcohol so sparsely noted you'd swear it was ladled in one cautious teaspoon at a time. Only Belgian beers seem to have assertive, distinct qualities and be simultaneously so graceful and exquisite in their disposition. Only in Belgium do you find 10% beers that drink as if they were 4%.

The brewers insist that the name Tsjeeses (loosely pronounced as "cheeses" or "Jesus") is meant more as an expression of stupefaction than a curse - I can see why. This is a beer so well crafted that I wouldn't scoff at the idea of placing it up there amongst Belgium's best Tripels and Golden Ales. With offerings like this it's no wonder people have begun making the pilgrimage to Vleteren to see the messiah they call Tsjeeses, err, I mean Urbain.

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Photo of Jayli
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased back in December

A: This beer pours a hazy honey/slightly orange color with about 1/3 inch of white head. Head doesn't last last very long but leaves some wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of apricot, alcohol, pale malts, spicing, and a hint of orange peel.

T: Taste starts with a rich caramel malt flavoring that quickly fades in to a blend of candy sweetness, maybe molasses and spicing. Hint of yeast and grassiness come through. Finish on this is grape, apricot and tangerine. Some alcohol is present throughout. Very orange after taste.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp body with a touch of a sticky finish.

D: Highly drinkable, dangerously drinkable as it is 10%. Well balanced, not what you would think as a Christmas brew, but it is a nice Belgian Strong. Definitely one to have a few of, or even just enjoy one.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 12 oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer is light murky brown, almost the color of apple cider with a white head. The head is about one finger only lasting about 1 minute with good lacing. Throughout the glass are tons of light brown yeast floaties, they are everywhere and just seem to float in the middle of the glass.

The aroma is really light with pear the dominating flavor, added in with a little nutmeg.

The taste is very light and smooth, almost like you're drinking some kind of juice. You get some sweet pear taste with spice mixed in at the end.

The feel is little light but its very drinkable.

Overall this is a pretty good winter beer, better than I thought.

edited - had again with Urbain at De Struise and my score is higher.

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

A: Bottle poured by the man on the label, at the schoolhouse.
Slightly cloudy amber orange with a white head that settles quickly.
S: Aroma of stonefruits. Actually, that's not true, because I don't know what a stonefruit is, actually.
T: Flavor starts malty and progresses through spice and dark fruits to a slightly bitter finish.
M: Medium body.
D: It was very special to drink this one with the master himself. Thank you Urbain!!!

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass. Bottle labeled LOT B, 6, 08.

Appearance: This brew comes out a very cloudy brown, head slightly off-white and didn't rise much...maybe 1/2" dropped to nothing after a sip or two with nice even lacing.

Smell: Strong yeast smell complimented with fruit. I don't smell this beer I inhale it, yes it smells this damn good.

Taste: Sweet bread, with touch of nutmeg and very strong yeast taste. It feels like brown sugar and strong malts.

Mouth: Sweet after-taste but not as sticking as I believe it should be. Comes off light carbonation, granted this brew is at least a year old and should be taken into consideration.

Overall: This beer was given to me last year's Christmas (2011) and served Christmas night a year later and without a doubt a beer worth aging and having again and again. Take your time and drink with pride. Salud!

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

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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!

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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 ElGordo
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a tulip:

A: Amber opaque color that reveals a ruby red hue when held up to the light. Soft pillowy white head that hangs around and laces the glass nicely. I poured carefully, but some yeast chunks still slipped by even though I left the last ounce in the bottle.

S: The nose is of candy sugar, yeast, stone fruits, and a wisp of spices and hops. It is a really inviting/invigorating aroma, unlike anything I have come across.

T: The taste does not let down. The sweetness in the nose does not show up on the palate, instead a full bodied flavor of dried fruit, bread, and a hint of noble hops appear. Just mildly spiced with a nice bite and dry finish. The extra time in the second fermentation vessel (second shot of yeast as well) really dried this beer to the bone. This is just a fantastic seasonal beer.

M: Full and lush with moderate carbonation.

D: The alcohol is so well hidden at 10% that I could drink a few of these. It is a powerful BPA/Triple (according to the De Struise brewers), but one that I will visit repeatedly each year. Cheers.

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Photo of peabody
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out cloudy and yellow with 1/2 finger of white suds.
Smell is light and effervescent. Lemon and grapefruit. Sweet sugar and caramel with yeasty notes.
Taste is not very alcohol at all. If this is a 10%er then they hid the alcohol very well. I get a slight lemon flavor but mostly a clean boozy taste that lasts pretty much till the next drink.
Mouthfeel is pretty clean as you would think this high abv drink would be sticky.
Very clean and finishes well and makes you want another drink. If I want another drink of 10%abv then this must be a great concotion.
Drinkiability is good here. This is a damn good beer for such a high abv drink.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy dark orange amber. Light head and lacing. Light fruit and sweet malt aroma. Sweet fruits, leaning towards peach and pear flavors and a mild malt backbone. Faint spicing. Fairly mild flavored for the body and appearance. Flavors opened up and became more interesting as it warmed. Pleasant and somewhat different flavor for a BSPA. I will definitely buy this again

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 72 Hours of Belgium yesterday. This beer's much better fresh.

A clear orange-amber with a dense, white head, this looks good. The nose has stone fruit, honey, floral character and a mild sweetness. The palate has floral honey, some sugar, some peaches, pear and nectarine. This is really good fresh! Medium-light in body, medium-low in carbonation, this is excellent stuff.

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Photo of Zimbo
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained via the'magic man' Thijs, I sort of had to be 'encouraged' to drink this 2010 beer last night given my obsession with squirreling away beers for those ever so rare Scottish sunny days.

Colour was a surprise. Deep rich golden orange brown with a thin fluffy whispy head. You can almost smell its thickness with its almost syrupy honey banana nose. Starts with some acid and immediate full flavour leading to a long clinging soothing very lengthy dilution over time before finally finshing with a surprising fullness. In the mouth there is finesse and thickness but it is not at all sappy or cloying but rather morish and wickedly potent.

Deinitely made for those damp Winter days. The timing was just perfect.

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Photo of ADZA
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 2010 vintage and pours a dark copper hue which leaves a creamy two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is caramel candy,boozy alcohol,raisins soaked in brandy and fruitcake,the mouthfeel is full bodied and has tastes of caramel candy,fruitcake,marzipan,warming alcohol,cherries,spicy lemon and is finished nice and dry,overall its a nice drop full of interesting tastes and would love this at Xmas cheers.`

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Struise Tsjeeses from De Struise Brouwers
4.01 out of 5 based on 452 ratings.
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