Struise Tsjeeses | De Struise Brouwers

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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

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at beer engine, hazy golden color with a white fluffy head.

nose is somewhat yeasty with notes of apricot and some higher alcohol.

taste is somewhat yeast driven upfront, light fruity esters. notes of apricots, peach, pears. very light and a touch sweet. finishes with a warming alcohol note and is somewhat vinous. overall pretty good.

mouthfeel is fairly light, decent amount of carbonation. pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's. Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a small orange head. Aroma of apricot, fig, melon, watermelon, but especially pear. Flavor is the same, quite sweet with lots of fruits and spices too. An interesting and tasty tripel.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glad to see more De Struise on tap in the crescent. Served in a goblet.

Struise Tsjeeses is big beer, no head on this sucka, not even a cap. It is golden though in color with some honey like appearances. Cant see through to the other side of the glass, but the liquid is not muddled. No lace, nothing.

Smell is on the sweet side for a Belgian pale, jesus is quite malty. It takes a while for more scents to come out. Apricots and other fruits along with some flower and pale malt with warming. Honeysuckles and maybe some suga.

Tsjeeses delivers in both arenas. Huge for a BSPA, the malt bill is amped up making way for a sweet ride. Sugar is noted yet not a BIG deal. The 1st half of the glass is sweeter, yet warming brings out the fruit and a paler side to the beer. Earthy hops come out mixing in with apricot and other tropics, oranges anyone? Some juicy fruit gum. A nice mix.

Feel is on the sweet side but not in charge. This is a hefty step above medium and has a somewhat of a small syrupy feel in the middle. Finishes with a bit of a coat that fades after some seconds.

Glad I tried it and would have again, just not at a bar, I gulped this quick and felt it. Strong beer here. I know some reserva jeesus is on tap in the area, now imma have to go find that. This is drinkable, yet a bit to big for it's own good. The taste is simple enough to fit style, but with a sweet kick.

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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 womencantsail
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a clear golden orange color with a very small layer of white foam.

S: Smells of spices and sweet malts. Caramel, honey, and light candi sugars along with candied orange peel and cinnamon. This is a super fragrant beer, but what's there is good.

T: Sweet honey and candi sugar with a touch of caramel. A little bit of toasted bread and some nice candied orange peel. Mild spice and floral notes and some light alcohol heat.

M: Medium in body with a low to medium level of carbonation.

O: Good but not my favorite. I was sort of let down by this, but such is life.

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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 scruffwhor
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a careful not to disturb the sediment pour.But with just enough umph to try and get maximum head, I get no head. Just a little quick foam in my Goose Island wine glass. Lovely nectar of life colored amber with quite a bit of suspension in their too. Can't see any bubling though. Very yeasty fruits in the nose with a little swirl. Some mangoey like hop characteristcs swirl around their as well. Tropical fruits abound at the forefront of the taste of this beer. The finish is a little dry and bitter. Some of those Brewers' Gold hops shining through I suppose. Long, yeasty linger after each sip too. Dry, fruity palated beer with a bit of chewyness.

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Photo of jlindros
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey Belgian Christmas night.

Bright orange wheat hazy beer with lighter fizzy head.

Nose of hops, herbal and earthy as well as a little spicy, fresh hop pellets, a bit of saison Belgian malts.

Taste is very herbal and earthy hop flavors, pretty bitter, with some light saison malts and dry, a bit of spicy hops, a little chalky, some light fruit, and a bit of booze.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation, some warming booze.

Drinkability is OK, but the heavy bitterness and astringency overpower it, although the booze is typical for 10%.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Strong noble hop aromas mixed with a sweet fruitiness and some Belgian sugars and a touch of funkiness all rolled into one here with this brew... This has quite a bit of funky hay-like earthiness present in the flavors as well... Sweet and funk mixed tigether... Lingering dry noble hop presence on the finish as well... Pretty good example of the style but not upper echelon...

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Photo of DPFRD
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very murky pale brown that shows tints of red and yellow when light is diffused through it. Head was about 1cm and dissipated quickly.

S- Dark fruits, some spice, yeast underneath with some hops stinging through.

T- Comes out strong, getting some date like flavors, with some good pronounced malt, with the spice riding all the way through. The hops leave a sting on the tongue, followed by some phenolic warming.

M- Medium thick, but gritty. Mild carbonation.

D- Very enjoyable, but pretty strong, so a sipper to some.

O- I like it, it's tasty, interesting flavor wise and interesting in the way it was brewed. It's not mind blowing, but it's definitely top quality and worthy of recognition.

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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 oglmcdgl
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big ass goblet at the hulme. Rough night, time for a good brew.

A- comes to me almost filled to brim, just a small wisp of suds on top. Hazy orange brown yellow in color with a nice glow to it.

S- wild flowers, honey, musty yeast slight spice hit, and some bready touches.

T- sweet up front with some honey and light brown sugar,a yeasty hit that rolls into a mild fall spice touch. Some breadiness and floral hints. Sweet finish.

M- on the fuller side of medium body with a bit of sticky syrupy feel to it. Lite carb that tingels for a bit but leaves the brew time to sit and develop on the palate.

D- this is an interesting brew and a nice treat on a cold night. A bug abv and towards the end you do start to fell it.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

malt aroma with lots of fruit with a slightly boozey dark fruit flavor, mostly grape husk, fig and apple, somewhat slick mouthfeel, finishes pretty easy

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Photo of philipquarles
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle. Pours an almost opaque copper with a fluffy white head. Loads of sediment. Smells quite bready and yeasty. Apple esters and a lot of spice. Taste is also heavily malty with strong yeast character. Apple/brown sugar and spice. Sweet, slightly boozy finish. Medium-thick, creamy body with good carbonation.

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Photo of Xul
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an effervescent, somewhat hazy copper with one finger of frothy, slightly-off white head. The steady stream of bubbles running up through the beer is surprisingly strong for such a big beer.

S: Wheat toast was the first distinct whiff I caught, followed by apricots, some booziness, and hints of winter spices.

T: Starts out with a malty base - largely a wheaty character similar to the smell, albeit less toasty. Some earthy bitterness comes in on the middle, giving way to winter spices and a blend of citrus and lighter fruits - apricot and grape specifically.

M: Very slick, with moderate carbonation - I was expecting it to be quite a bit more carbonated based upon the appearance. Finishes with a sticky quality.

D: The alcohol makes itself known pretty quickly in both the aroma and mouthfeel...with some time for the alcohol to mellow, it could become far more drinkable.

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Photo of twelvsies
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

More delicious beer from De Struise, quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries, Belgian or otherwise. I cannot wait til they are brewing authentic Belgian beer in Maine. Awesome. For now, I'll settle for the imports, happily. Pours a rusty amber with a good ring of white head, dies relatively quickly. Nice aroma of fruits and spices, raisins. Flavors here all meld together quite nicely. Lots of spiced rum and fruit flavors, a bit hot, almost like what I would think a Belgian barleywine to be, which kind of makes sense as this I guess is an interpretation of a winter beer, or seasonal, although I've seen it around all year. Sticky, thick mouthfeel. A nice strong sipper, would be excellent on a winter night but is quite ripe right now in the spring.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml 2008 bottle poured into tulip 7/10/13, cheers MasterSki and Sean9689 for the bottle

A slow gusher but time enough to get it all in your glass, murky as hell caramel brown, some ufo's and plenty of yeasty sediment and still plenty of bubbles feeding a large short lived tan foam that has little specks throughout

S caramel, nutmeg, faint booze, yeast and bread, brown sugar and a little anise

T a hint of dried banana chips and more spice then the nose, some earthy notes and slightly more booze then the nose but still a well hidden 10%

M a little syrupy and very sticky on the lips, I can see the bubbles but it feels flat in the mouth, fruity spice lingers

O solid brew and its mellowed out nicely, a nice blend of sugars, spice, and bread

I'd like to try a fresh bottle as I'm guessing this one might have peaked already, I'm looking forward to the newer BB aged version I have waiting on deck.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy red/amber beer with thin beige head, low retention.
Smell - rich, dark fruits, candy sugar, spices.
Taste follows the smell.
Full body, low carbonation.
Smells much better than tastes.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely hazy golden amber with a lot of tiny goobers floating in it and a VERY thick just off white head. Aroma is mainly yeasty with spicy and floral hints. Flavor is yeasty and fruity and a little spicy - mainly cinnamon - with a good strong alcohol bite. Texture is smooth and quite fizzy. Happy Holidays!

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into an ommegang chalice. LOT: C 8 10

pours out a deep murky orange color, lots of sediment. a little red in the light. thin yet some what retentive head. doesnt really leave much lacing. not the huge billowy head im used to with this style.

a little boozey alcohol, somewhat solvent. vineous, wine like fruits, pears. mild yeast phenols and mild spice. caramel candied malt sweetness.

candied malt sweetness, a bit of caramel, a nice doughy/ bready flavor, some slightly restrained yeast phenols and the slightest hint of spice. some wine like notes as well, maybe a little apple and pear. warming finish.

bigger side of medium bodied. couldve used a touch more carbonation and a slightly dryer finish.

pretty right on for the style, nicely made. i look forward to the reserva.

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Photo of spicelab
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to [email protected] for getting in one of my favourite breweries.

Toffee amber with a beige head of a finger or so, moderate density, that falls to a slightly raised ring.

Kind of a funky-lactic fusion. Very different and bizarre. Balsamic, brandy snap, dried citrus peel, cut grass, sweaty socks, band-aids, doughy yeats and miscellaneous dry spice.

Taste is even more raucous. Quite hard to place the flavours with any confidence, but I get bay leaves, orange peel, cassia and an oddball flavour that is something like massively over-extracted coffee blended with moist soil.

Not a heavy body for the ABV. Lowish carbonation for a Belgian strong. Dries out a little towards the end.

Super interesting beer that is really difficult to deconstruct. Does become hard going towards the end though, with one definitely enough in a session.

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Photo of tpd975
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly cloudy golden hue with an average head. Okay retention with no lace.

S: Sweet caramel malt up front with a nice spice addition. Hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and anise stand out. Light yeasty aromas with some fresh apples and pears.

T: Very much light the aroma. Sweet fruits mix with Belgian yeast. A niced spice character round things out.

M: Medium in body, smooth.

D: Not bad, I think I like this more than the others I tasted it with.

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Photo of BobZ
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml 11.2 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy, dark yellow falling just short of orange in color. Very little head and very little lacing. Large amount of yeasty sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Spice and floral hop aromas surface immediately, with some citrus present.

Taste: Not your typical Tripel as there is very little sweetness up front, just a spicy hoppy bitterness throughout. This is not a "bad thing" as its balance with the malt keeps the bitterness from being over-powering or unpleasant. This beer was delicious all the way through with the alcohol being completely masked.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, and very, very smooth.

Drinkability: Very good beer but the high ABV would lead to a short "session".

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Photo of papat444
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

***2011 Vintage***

Thanks to hoppypocket for this one.

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle, best before 26-12-2017.

Foams a bit out of the bottle, pours a ruddy, leather brown body. Tight foam that's decent. Smell is Belgian candi, taste has much the same but has cinnamon more prominent. Carbonation is lively, good stuff overall.

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Photo of joepais
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I reviewed this thing yesterday and lost the review in the crash.
I do want to thank my wife for it she picked it up for me. Poured into a tulip I got a finger worth of white head that trailed to a thin lace. The color of the brews body was peachy orange. Some floaties were there as well

Aromas of a slight earthy funk, candy sugar and spices (Nutmeg) filled my nose. The flavor was close to the nose. Sweet and earthy with some great Christmas spices. I treated it like a sipper and I loved it. The brew felt about medium bodied in my mouth with good carbonation.
If my wife wants to buy me another I gladly drink it again. I might even buy one myself

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Struise Tsjeeses from De Struise Brouwers
4.01 out of 5 based on 455 ratings.
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