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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Reviews:
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pDev:
11.28%
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1/5  rDev -74.9%

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1.5/5  rDev -62.4%

Photo of Bendurgin
2.16/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

My brother gave this to me because he didn't like it. Well then, thanks. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a muddy brown tan with just a small cap of white head.

This smells like grapes. More like a white wine than a beer on the aroma with a slightly tart edge. The pallet is boozy with sweet white grape blanket.

The body is medium with soft carbonation. Overall this one is going to down the drain. Complete fail.

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2.23/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Amber color, with a lot, but really a lot of floating chunks.
White foam, average, quite creamy.
Sweet and sugary smell, too sugary. Candy sugar, heavy.
Sugary taste, too, and heavy. Sweet and fruity. Hops? Not perceptible.
Heavy and not really inviting.

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Photo of Grandwazoo
2.7/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden brown color with noticeable sediment floating...ninimal head

strong bread yeast nose with some apple tones

A bit of bite on the tongue...distinct caramel sugar candy with noticeable cider tones. Sourprisingly does not stay too sweet on the tongue, and finishes into a nice mellow creme brulee finish, but the main flavor is a bit overwhelming for me.

Not my style (yet)

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Photo of andrewinski1
2.7/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter with a finger thick head that shrinks to thin lace relatively quickly. Smells really good, lots of fruit, specifically pear and a hint of spice. The taste is strong of alcohol. The malt and yeast flavors are hard to detect because of the boozyness. The mouthfeel is normal for the style; maybe more carbonated than I would prefer. This beer looks and smells amazing, but the taste isn't that good. I'll try another bottle a year later.

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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

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2.83/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

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2.89/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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2.93/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from 750 mL into wine glasses.

A: Hazy amber; small head.

S: Caramel, maybe also pears or something like that. Smells too sweet for my tastes.

T: Strong caramel notes. A little fruitiness, a little spice.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Meh. Far too sweet and uninteresting for my tastes. It's not awful, though... I think I've just had too many great ultra-dry beers.

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an EKU 28 snifter in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high on account of the brewery. Based on the description on the label, this seems to be a winter warmer (not a "Belgian Strong Pale Ale" as listed on the site as of today). These Belgian Strong style epithets get thrown around haphazardly.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are expected.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream, good thickness, white colour, and great retention for the ABV. Colour is a hazy dark peach. Intriguing but nothing specific impresses me.

Sm: Biscuity yeast, peach fruit esters, toasted malts, spices, cream, and heavy clean malts. Some biscuit malts perhaps. A light hop aroma (neither bittering nor floral). Spices.

T: More hoppy than expected, intruding on the balance unfavorably. Some caramelized malt, but little toasted. Peach fruit esters. Biscuity yeast. Hints of lemon yeast. No alcohol except as a pleasant warming sensation. Disappointing compared to to the promise of the aroma, which goes unfulfilled. A bit imbalanced. Decently built, but I expect far more from Struise.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with enough coarseness to allow the flavours to come through. Neither too thick nor too thin.

Dr: A big disappointment from De Struise. Doesn't deliver on the promise of the aroma. Too hoppy. Built strangely for the style. Very well hidden ABV; this could be dangerous.

C

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.06/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

small bottle
bought at K&L
drank at home
A: amber color. hazy. 4
S: pears. caramel. candi sugar. 3
T: strong caranel. hot alcohol. sone candi sweetness. low hopiness. 3
M: medium body. low carb. 3
O: not too drinkable due to high alcohol and unbalanced caramel.

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3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of younger35
3.19/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this from Binny's in Lake Zurich for I believe around $7.99ish. This will be my 3rd brew from De Struise and the first two were alright. I'm not the hugest Winter Warmer fan so I hope this changes some feelings.

Appearance- Pours a light orange with hints of yellow and a big two finger bright white head. A beautiful cap and collar and tons of thick lacing remain for the duration of the beer.
Smell- Fairly grainy and doughy with a slight dry sort of sweetness that is slightly metallic. Spicy and slightly yeasty with some light hints of banana and licorice. The spice seems to be a mixture of coriander, candied orange peel, ginger and an earthiness that reminds me of hazelnut.
Taste- Starts sort of sweet with a big doughy fruitiness that is full of deep dark fruits. Raisins, prunes and super black cherries are upfront and in charge. The spices are much like what I got in the nose. Orange peel, candied ginger, clove and some bubblegum. The beer gets sort of cloying at times and its not much of a Blonde to me. Finishes with more of those dark fruits and a light metallic flavor. The 10% is covered magnificently though.
Mouthfeel- Nice full body with some fairly zesty carbonation that adds a sense of creaminess.
Drinkability- Uh. Not bad, not great. It's just kind of an overly sweet brew that looks beautiful, smells so-so and tastes so-so. It's a bit much for my tastes. Add another to the list of Winter Warmers that I didn't much enjoy.

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3.2/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.24/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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