Struise Tsjeeses | De Struise Brouwers

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Struise TsjeesesStruise Tsjeeses

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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

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2006

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Photo of spacecake9
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the 3rd bottle I've had in the last couple days. Code on the side is Dated B 6 08, I have no idea when this beer was bottled, local beer store has it in their close out area.
A - Pours a murky brown with a small head. When you finish there will be small floaters in your glass (drink 'em).
S - Big raisin/fig aroma.
T - Flavor is raisin in the best way. Sweet juicy raisins. And it has a warming boozy kick on the finish.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - Love this beer. Awesome.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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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 JohnQVegas
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml, BBE 12/2014. Cap removal instantly releases bottle-trapped hoppy aroma. Everything less volatile than that goes into Karmeliet glass. Pouring produces half an inch thick bubbly white head that collapses creating a soapy film atop of murky pale yellow-orange fluid. Aromas are mostly hops followed by citruses, yeast and refined cane sugar with a touch of honey. Yeasty flavor with soft sweet malt supported hops and citruses creating an illusion of grapefruit sensation. Lots of hops in here resulting in long lingering bitterish aftertaste. I couldn't put my finger at any particular spice - this brew is all about quest for bitter-sour balance where hoppy bitterness always prevails over citrusy sourness, but that might change with time as the hops will lose aroma, flavor and bitterness as they age. The medium bodied beer is soft on the palate as its carbonation is bridled by viscous fluid. Absence of visible yeasty particles that Reserva abounds with and pronounced hoppiness separate regular Tsjeeses from his barreled brother. Oh, I didn't mention alcohol. Was there any?

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Photo of danieelol
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Platinum Liquor

2010 Vintage

Pours a toffee but not that dark with great head and lacing.

Smell is classic English barleywine at first. Then some rauchmalt comes in. Then some of that earthy Struise character. Just like a really good version of an English barleywine. Perhaps some English hops and booze in there too. Thick and malty.

Taste has more of that vaguely rauchy bitterness. Has a lot of that earthy Struise character coming through. Sweetness when in the mouth but the aftertaste is dry and delicious. Think a sort of burnt blue cheese in the mouth.

Mouthfeel is good, gets a thin character where it needs it then expands to bring on the flavour. Decent carb on the high side for style (EBarleywine, not BSPA).

Overall this is a great beer. Pretty unique too, gets those lovely aged English Barleywine flavours with none of the cloying sweetness or booze, which while there does not detract from the beer. Then adds some of that funky cheesiness. Of course, pretty much everything De Struise makes is awesome so that should be expected.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my tulip glass and a tight creamy two finger head formed atop a deep copper/amber colored beer. Lots of active carbonation. Head did begin to fade fairly quickly and left patches of lacing on the glass.

Aroma was fantastic. Bright, fresh... lots of depth of light malts and also some nice yeasty tones. I was expecting some spice but didn't really detect any. Slight fruit aromas as well. I just kept smelling the beer over and over. Very nice....

Very interesting flavor. It tastes much darker than it looks. Does that make sense? And again, I don't detect too many spices even though the label indicated their presence. Lots of depth here. Deep dark fruits. Dark Plums and prunes. Layers of rich malts... A bit of the yeasty character is there, but it does not overwhelm. Almost a smokey nature or a bit of tobacco. A hint of a metallic note right at the end. Slight Phenolic flavors.

Bold body and thick rich mouth feel. A bit slick... a honey feel to it in your mouth.. probably should have mentioned honey in the flavor as well

Really one to savor and enjoy. Wow, I'll be back for more next holiday season.

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Photo of Kraken
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into an over-sized wine glass. Moderate pour yields a minimal skim of a head that collects around the edges of the glass. Impressive lace, color is a dark clouded orange amber with a massive amounts of suspended sediment.

Nose- Very wine like. Sour grape elements, alcohol is apparent. Slight sweetness to the nose, specifically apricots.

Palate- Dried apricots, some dates, slightly sweet, candi sugar. Mild sour grapes and granny smith apples slightly tart. Floral characteristics. Not getting much hops, contrary to the label. Alcohol is apparent but complementary. Finish is long and dry.

Mouthfeel- Dense, mildly carbonated, slightly syrupy.

Drinkability- Great, however alcohol will sneak up on you, and good god was this pricey.

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Photo of haz77
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage

A - Pours a clear, bright copper with three fingers of firm off-white head. This very slowly falls to a rocky cap. Half a dozen small streamers are visible. Good start.

S - Fruity esters, plasticky phenols, clove, orange peel, coriander, light whiff of banana, some floral notes, a slight vinous presence in the background. Nice balance.

T - The start is candied orange along with a refined citric edge. Fruity esters transition into caramel flavours which round out and mellow the middle of the beer. This moves into a vinous note and a soft spike of spicy phenols. A perfumed floral character lingers in the aftertaste along with light hop bitterness. The alcohol is barely perceptible. As with the aroma, great balance.

M - Medium body with delicate, persistent carbonation that allows some creaminess to come through, before finally dispersing it towards the finish. A common theme I've found with De Struise is the consistently excellent mouthfeel.

D - Yet another fine beer from this brewery. Looks good, the smells and taste are well balanced, integrated and transition sublimely, with the mouthfeel perfectly offsetting it all. What more can you ask for?

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

Massively murky (and opaque) apricot with blurry amber borders and a four finger crown of sandstone colored foam. Although the head doesn't look tremendous, it improves as it melts and is beginning to deposit a respectable amount of soap sudsy lace. My love for unclear beer is the reason for the above score.

This holiday ale smells impressively golden fruity and even more impressively spicy. Unlike most beer of this style, which relies on yeast to provide those aromas and flavors, both fruit and spices were added. Technically, the beer spent time aging on fruit, but it wasn't added per se. Oh yeah, it smells great.

Tsjeeses was brewed to be a combination of 'a rich, malty tripel' and a spiced Christmas ale. Misson expertly accomplished. It's 'lagered' on various stone fruits prior to bottling (including apricots, plums and peaches), with each batch being a combination of those fruits that are available at the time.

Spices are added too, although the brewery won't tell us what they use. It all adds up to one bold, ballsy tripel/BSPA that is disappearing way too quickly. Let's go with shortbread cookies, loads of apricot and peach fruitiness, assorted herbs and plenty of clove. Sweet and spicy are nose and nose, while tangy and bitter are a few lengths behind. Coriander? Anise seed?

Are we sure the ABV isn't 7.5%? What a wonderful job of alcohol masking. The supple creaminess of the mouthfeel cannot be faulted. However, it doesn't quite have the expansive, mouthfilling excellence that is needed for the next highest score.

With the exception of Struisse Witte, I have had nothing but outstanding beer from De Struisse Brouwers. Tsjeeses Belgian X-Mas Ale is a bold and beautifully spiced tripel that will almost certainly appeal to any Belgian beer lovers who are fortunate enough to make its acquaintance.

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Photo of Dzu
4.41/5  rDev +10%
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 AgentMunky
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Stamped Lot B 9 09.

A: I love the label, and at $7.50 I have high hopes. Poured gently, little head forms and the beer is a pleasant straw-yellow-brown, hazy but translucent.

S: Strong and sharp, with noticeable booze and spice and fruit. Apricot and plum (EDIT: after looking at BuckeyeNation's review, it seems this beer was aged on stone fruits like these?).

T: Superlative! Sweet molasses or candi sugar is balanced by a tart, astringent fruitiness, reminiscent of under ripe peach and dried apricot. Spice and clean grain dances in the background; tripelly. Unusual, but very pleasant. The apricot is perhaps over-dominant, though I'm not complaining. Drying endtaste.

M: Sharp and spicy. Fruity and tart. Excellent and compelling.

O: I would like to thank the stranger in the beer store who picked this up and placed it in my cart with the stern warning that I avoid trying this beer at my peril. It is, in fact, a magnificently constructed and executed 'Christmas ale', one whose strength lies in challenging conceptions of a Belgian Christmas beer -- who says they have to be dark? Highly recommended, despite the relatively high price point.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the 330ml bottle (2009) this Belgian ale pours a cloudy, yeasty amber. Moderate gusher produced surprisingly small head. I guess I was cautious.

Ripe nose of banana, fruit and alcohol.

Flavor is sweet, fruity and spicy, with a decidedly bitter and herbal finish. Notes of clove, noble hops and green apple. Reminiscent of De Dolle Bos Keun, but different. More bitter and dry. Mouthfeel is huge and oh, so smooth. This feature is really what you're paying for with Struise. The ten percent alcohol is somewhat noticeable-- a nice, yet dangerous feature. What a treat.

Another smooth drinker from Struise. How does Urbain do it? I've heard it's in the yeast...

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Photo of adnauseam007
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%

Very low spicing, caramel notes and biscuity malts make this like a caramel cookie. Hot as it warms.

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Photo of STEG
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an allagash flute, cloudy, murky orange brown. Smell has peaches, apricots, sour cherries and oranges but it has an overall dank muskiness to it, pretty interesting. Taste like a mixture of orange, peach, and cherry juice with belgian yeasty funk. Mouthfeel reminds me of orange juice slightly thick and a bit syrupy. Alcoho is well hidden making this easy drinking.

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Photo of DIM
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of polopaul20
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rvdoorn
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the last beer of my watching football evening with my friends. And again, a tripel, normally not my favorite style, but after the great experience I had with the Sint Bernardus tripel, I was curious if this struise xmas tripel could match it.... Poured into a Westvleteren glass. The beer pours a nice deep orange color, with a small head, that changed into a nice stable lacing.

Smell: apple, yeast, candy syrup, peach, orange zest, honey and some mild spicy hops

Taste: Fruity and crispy. Yeast, orange, apple, caramel honey sweetness, some freshnes (mint?) spicy hops and some alcohol. Initially sweet, then sour and bitter-(very)spicy and dry aftertaste, followed by some creamy softness, this beer has it all.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with medium body. Nice and drinkable

Overall: What is happening this evening, do I start to like triples? My second tripel this evening, and the one second I feel in love with. So many taste-layers, fantastic. Highly recommendable!

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip glass.

A - Very nice hazey honey colour with a nice tight white head that retains well and laces.

S - Very full on aromas of fruits peach, aprocot, tangerines etc. very complex.

T - Sweet stone fruits and quite a sweet balance of candy sugar. A healthy amount of spice to finish.

M - Creamy and well balanced medium body and carbonation.

D - The sign of a quality beer that is full of flavour and aromas. Another top beer from De Struise.

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Photo of yapi
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Struises christmasbeer, this is one of the best tripels I ever had, great example of the style.
Smells of fruit, sugar, and taste is malty, caramel and spices.
I'm used to drinking tripels, but this is just excellent fullness & smoothness in the mouth. Great drinkability.
This sure competes with a westmalle & a karmeliet.
Def better then a st bernardus in my book.
Alcohol very well hidden. Nicely done!

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Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a somewhat hazy orange color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, there's a lot going on, with honey, ginger, peaches and apricots, and some underlying bitterness. On the palate this beer is superb, although fairly rich. There is honey, maraschino cherry, orange and some nice bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, drawn out finish. Alcohol is well disguised, and drinkability, for a 10% beer, is terrific.

This is terrific stuff.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 from the bottle. Medium head, significant carbonation, golden color. Sweet malt aroma and taste with slight citrus, spice notes...slight honey and clove. Nice brew with fun label and name. Sometimes you can find this on sale in Denver for under $7! More citrus than the Reserva.

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