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Struise Tsjeeses | 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,322
Reviews:
241
Ratings:
461
pDev:
11.28%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
86
Trade:
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Ratings: 461 |  Reviews: 241
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours peachy golden with very white topping, and lace on the way down. Some spiciness in the nose, and certainly in the taste, as cinammon and sugar and cardamon impart sweetness. Livey carbonation that adds to mouthfeel. Quite tasty and drinkable, dangerous 10% that feels and tase a bit boozy.Pricey bottle from Premiere Gourmet.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
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 GRG1313
3.37/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark lightly hazy amber orange with a firm and thick white head that is long lasting; nice looking.

Nose is medium candy sugar/Belgian malt/fruit. Sweet, lightly floral and with some cooked bananas and peaches.

Mouthfeel is creamy and pretty rich.

Flavors are complex and layered. Sweet malt gives way to some alcohol all through the mid palate and then goes to a bit of fruit, carmel, toffee and light coffee.

Finishes with grapefruit hops. Interesting integration. Spicy malty flavors with a hop finish. Pleasant.

I would prefer more of a statment. Go for the fruit/malt or go for the bitter. This one is not balanced sufficiently to really be a pleasing drink.

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of nmann08
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy dark orange in color and has a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacy patterns on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of apricots and spices in the nose.
T: The taste is rather complex and has flavors of apricots, caramel, oranges and spices
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness in the finish.
D: This is definitely a sipping beer given its strength although the alcohol content is well masked making this rather drinkable.

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4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a mat-finish dot-matrix-type of label, the fine brewers of Struise further insult our senses of taste with an elfin image of hippie-Jesus with embarrassing retro-Oakley sunglasses. Are you kidding me? This beer has got to be killer to overcome its defects in marketing and advertising.

Opening with a muddy goldenrod color isn't helping much as the typical sprite appearance is weighted down with excessive yeast haze and an inordinate amount of sediment. But capped with an eggshell white foamy head, the Belgiany froth is withstanding and appetizing from start to finish.

Aromas further exude confidence as a melange of fruit and spice entertain the nose. Ripe red apples, melons, pear, apricot, and mangoes all align for a candied scent that's uniquely pleasant. A counterpart of spice comes in softer waves- first coriander, then clove, white pepper, and earthy cumin before I dive right into taste.

Flavors ensue with a focus on tropical and mild citrus fruit, but doing so in a honey dipped and Pez-like kinda sweetness. Thinned with pleasant cider acidity and white wine vinous complexities, the beer balances with spices and tannin as much as it does moderately earthy hops. A delicious rebuttal from white pepper, cumin, celery seed, and light aniseed all provide a balance to fruit and malt and provides a seamlessly alcoholic tasting finish.

Medium throughout, the beer's textures is richly honey-like to start, but the spritzy attitude of sparkling white wine interrupts the residual sweetness and gives a much needed pepper and zest quality that takes the beer into finish with a cotton candy-like evaporation.

Despite being an ugly duckling of a beer, the taste is nothing short of amazing. It not only forms "proper" impressions in taste, but excells in the supple sweetness that makes Belgian-style beers magical. I just with it pushed further and challenged me to award it with even higher scores.

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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.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusty orange color, tan foam initially that fades to a skim later on. Tiny dark suspended particles. Candied fruit and alcohol in the aroma, which can be overlooked as a "Belgian X-Mas Ale". Strong rich flavors, caramel, stewed fruit, very mild spice level. Alcohol seems to be lurking at the edges, reinforcing that this is a slow sipper. Dry finish with lingering fruit in the aftertaste. Some vegetal hop character that I can't really endorse or veto, it reminded me of a homebrew I had once, but not in an amateur sense at all. One and done, this was worth a try.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of fonefan: Poured a deep dirty beige color ale with a huge foamy head with perfect retention and some great lacing. Aroma of fruity (peach) ester with a spicy peppery yeast. Taste is also a mix between the very nice fruity ester and the peppery yeast with a dry hoppy finish. Body is full with limited filtration and great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Maybe a touch too sweet for my personal tastes but a very good example of the style nonetheless.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, lot C/8/10. Pours cloudy golden orange color with a dense 2 finger off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big grape, pear, apple, herbal, floral, pepper, earth, citrus zest, and light funkiness. Some pretty nice aromas with good complexity and balance. Taste of grape, pear, apple, pepper, herbal, earth, citrus zest, candi sugar, bread, honey, caramel, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of light fruits, earth, herbal, floral, candi sugar, and honey on the finish for a good bit. Good amount of complexity in flavors; with a big malt forward profile over spiciness. No cloying sweetness at all as expected. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden at 10%; with only a slight warming noticed on the finish. Very smooth to sip on for the alcohol level. Overall this is a very nice Belgian strong pale ale. Probably an older bottle as the spices are hardly evident. Quite enjoyable though regardless.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into unibroue snifter

Pours a 1/2 finger of white head. Decent retention with some lace rings. Color is a hazed dull golden bronze.

Aroma: A lot of spice and yeast flavors. Lemons, coriander, cloves, bananas, and a touch of alcohol showing. Some grassy herbal herbal hops as well. Not bad.

Taste: Bready and creamy. More malts show here. A bit of toffee. Herbal grassy hops. A lot of spices. Coriander and cloves with some nutmeg and bananas. Decent.

Mouthfeel: Dry and clean, but spiced. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. A bit of alcohol shows. Ends very dry.

Overall, not a bad trippel. I am definitely enjoying this one. A bit dry for me, but overall I like it and think it is fairly drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jlindros
3.87/5  rDev -3%
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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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes. Murky amber color with beige head. Aroma is malty with honey notes, makes me think of a barleywine. There are some belgian yeast qualities present in the taste but still, it resembles more a barleywine. Carbonation is indeed higher and body is not very viscous. Overall it's a nice, non-traditional belgian Christmas beer.

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Struise Tsjeeses from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 461 ratings
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