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Struise Tsjeeses | De Struise Brouwers

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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

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2006

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of IrishColonial
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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

Pours a fully clouded brown hued orange. Thin white head. Nose is a touch of honey, melon, sugar, and sweet tones. Flavor bring a thick level of spices, sweet tones, and a bit of honey. But the sweetest side rides highest here. Feel is pretty smooth on the liquid and fairly low on the carbonation. This is a nice ale, but if you don't like the sweeter Belgian ales, you probably won't be able to appreciate this as much.

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Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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


Is that a stoned hippie under that Santa hat on the label, or is it ... "jeeses"? Good question.

Belgian XMas Ale brewed with spices.

Clouded and murky, dull, hazed crimson coloration, or is it a muted violet? Slimmish, dotted white head.

Aroma: Fun-kay, sour, spicy, hoppy...some dark fruit, a wine-ish feel.

Taste: pepper and grape, put quickly. A rough ride, this one. Gritty texture, not clean or smooth in the least (but I like that.) Bitter hops bump up against a spicy blend, with malt, fruit, yeast...a fun ride, to be sure. All the parts bump up, even if they don't blend. Taste gets better and better....spice stays on top.

This would've really hit the spot in winter, but it's doing the trick here in May.

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

02/28/09- Purchased at Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with either a best by date or a bottled date....wondering why they would bottle this beer in the middle of summer though. With a name like this, I thought it appropriate to pour it in some trappist-monk like glass, so I used my Westvleteren.

Appearance- Darker golden-orange color approaching rust. Lightly clouded with wisps of sediment floating here and there. About a 1/2 inch head on pour. Leaves some light pactches and some streaks and spotting upon finish of the beer.

Smell- Was hoping for more scent. Pretty good with what I got. Some candied sugar, alcohol, yeast, corriander, kind of a middle east spicy nose as well.

Taste- A bit overly sweetened. Lots of candied belgian sugar. Some corriander, maybe some cardomom as well. A decent hop punch with a minor alcohol finish. Fairly bready as well.

Mouthfeel- Brisk, but average carbonation level. Sugary mouthcoating left behind with a slight hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability- Either I'm sensing sweetness a bit too much lately or I've just got a run of really sugared brews. This one works better than some of the recent ones I have had though. A bit steep at the $7 or $8 I paid for it.

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4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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 liamt07
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another brew Jason brought back from Belgium, 2011 vintage. 33cl bottle into a tulip.

Dark orange/brown with an offwhite head. Nose is sugary, caramelized dark fruits, some candy syrup and some bready qualities. Taste has some Belgian yeast and spice notes, complex fruit and bready character and even some suggestions of a milder fruity liqueur. Medium heavy body, medium low carbonation. Alcohol is hidden.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some bannanas, licorice, coriander, clove. The taste is malty/yeasty, slightly sweet, with some bannana/licorice notes, with some spices. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew, quite different.

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

Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at WLV, poured into my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Murky caramel amber color with generous head that dissipates very slowly. Lace is terrific! Some suspended solids in this one, and a little bit of carbonation inching up the sides.

S - Sharp spice and yeast character with some candy sweetness. There's also a little bit of hop citrus character in the background. Makes me think of Pannepot crossed with a Unibroue offering. Solid.

T - Much sweeter than it smells - lots more of the candy and fruit character, some tart apple and grapes for sure. The spice is still there at the back end. There's a slight booze note, but it's not overpowering.

M - A light sticky syrup feeling. Carbonation is understated, which is nice. Dry feeling after swallowing.

D - One is plenty - it's too strong in both ABV and flavor profile to really want more than one in a sitting. A nice holiday treat.

Solid De Struise offering - a nice seasonal to mix things up with.

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Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of IPAchris
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of drabmuh
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Geist, a De Struise tick. The more beers I drink from Struise I realize the less Struise I want to drink. This is a good example of a puffed up beer that doesn't even crack the realm of mediocre for the style, but there is a pot smoking jesus on the label so it must be edgy. Oh well.

Beer is dark amber and completely hazy, thick in the glass, thin white head, low carbonation, low retention, looks like a beer.

Aroma is sweet, holy hell is the aroma all malt, some alcohol.

Beer is medium in body and really sweet, it is like a hyperactive sweet tripel. You can taste the alcohol...for what it is I guess it is fine but for as expensive as this bottle gets, this is not a good beer. There are way better strong pales out there for half the cost and I won't be returning to this beer anytime soon.

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium amber hue with lots of haze, crowned by a thick finger of creamy tan foam with great head retention. Not particularly pale, but definitely not dark; whatever it is, it's attractive.

Smell: very sweet and malty with a pretty decent dark-fruit character; there is plenty of date character in the mix. It really does straddle the line between a pear & apple Belgian pale and a raisin & date Belgian dark; frankly, I like it.

Taste: sweet malt with a little dankness and more of that middle-of-the-road fruitiness; there's pear, date and maybe even a little tobacco. It's a little on the sweet side for my taste, but that can be overlooked.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and concomitant creaminess. Ba-dow!

Overall: what a lovely beer. It is a bit too sweet for me, on balance, but there are too many good elements here to outweigh that factor. I think this is a great stab at a Christmas beer; big ABV and plenty of character, but not a big spice bomb. Dig it!

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy dark golden with some suspended sediment and a decent head that fades to a thin cap. Very sweet, with an explosion of orange juice, spice, and some alcoholic heat. tastes a bit like a spiced screwdriver. Very tangy, and a hint of orange peel bitterness is interlaced with the juicy and sweet malt notes- I swear I taste vodka here, very strange. Not exactly what I'm looking for in a winter beer, but interesting.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
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 enelson
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +9%
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 BARFLYB
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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 Latarnik
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Struise Tsjeeses from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 462 ratings
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