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

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2006

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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 22Blue
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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 IPAchris
2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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 IrishColonial
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of drabmuh
3.33/5  rDev -17%
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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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of liamt07
4.17/5  rDev +4%
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 afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
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 flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of enelson
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 biegaman
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ounces 10 through 11.2 have been left behind in the bottle; the four or so ounces that preceded them were so full of yeasty chunks that the beer became beyond mucky, the glass full of fingernail-like flecks. This off-putting complexion, however, isn't enough to make the beer wholly unappealing; Tsjeeses' saving graces are a bright orange shine witnessed into the light and a thorny white crown that binds beer and glass together.

Tsjeeses may have an odd sounding name, a funny-looking label, an eccentric brewer and an unconventional maturation process, but it doesn't have that unusual of a smell. The eights months spent lagering on various stone fruits has not procured any more a distinct, fruity balm than is commonplace in most Belgian Strong Golden ales. The herbs and spices, for their part, don't seem to have added much by way of distinction either.

But while it may not smell all that unique, it certainly smells good. Fantastic even. Who says you have to make a different smelling beer? I happen to think Tripels and Strong Pale ales smell pretty good; why change a winning formula? This vaguely fruity, modestly potent balm of pale, pillowy malts and soft spicy phenols is just lovely. Floral hops, hints of citrus and a warm, mellowing disposition seal it - this deserves nothing less than a 4.5.

Flavour, while similar in makeup and equally pleasant, doesn't quite earn the next highest score for the simple reason that I'll likely spend more time (and extract more enjoyment) from smelling it than actually tasting and drinking it; the scents of over-ripe banana, orange peel, noble hops, the soft, spicy alcohol and toasty malts seem more gratifying to the nose than the taste buds. That being said, you might very well beg to differ.

The mouthfeel is clearly the work of Belgian hands. It is so gingerly spiced, the malts so gently toasted, the fruit so nuanced and elegant and the alcohol so sparsely noted you'd swear it was ladled in one cautious teaspoon at a time. Only Belgian beers seem to have assertive, distinct qualities and be simultaneously so graceful and exquisite in their disposition. Only in Belgium do you find 10% beers that drink as if they were 4%.

The brewers insist that the name Tsjeeses (loosely pronounced as "cheeses" or "Jesus") is meant more as an expression of stupefaction than a curse - I can see why. This is a beer so well crafted that I wouldn't scoff at the idea of placing it up there amongst Belgium's best Tripels and Golden Ales. With offerings like this it's no wonder people have begun making the pilgrimage to Vleteren to see the messiah they call Tsjeeses, err, I mean Urbain.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by date of October 2011, Sampled August 2007
Pours with a lightly hazy, orangish tinged, bright amber color. The beer is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass. The smell is fairly dry, with a distinct fruit and spice combination that I can't quite place right now. A nice, subtle maltiness pokes through the previously mentioned more dominant notes. Aromas of candied orange-flavored gumdrops, and earthy spiciness, some green herbal notes (sort of like nettle) and some holiday spice flavors reminiscent of nutmeg, perhaps some clove and cinnamon. There is a spice note I am missing here though, it is quite distinct and I can't quite place it. Fruit notes of pears, dried apples and prunes are noticeable in the nose as well.

The beer has a fair amount of body to it, but has a solid carbonation which helps to scrub the palate. Chewy concentrated fruit notes & malt character carry the more dominant spice flavors. The beer is quite dry, especially when you consider the strength & body of this beer; this tends to mute & round out the spice flavors. The spice notes provide some astringency, perhaps a hint of tannins, a distinct sharpness that seems characteristic of nutmeg. This is lightly tart too, which accentuates some notes of green raisins, dried pear and dried apples as well as something almost like concentrated melon or even some sort of tropical fruit note. The fruit notes become quite noticeable towards and in the finish where there is a light bitterness and spice astringency as well.

An interesting beer, and definitely an interesting take on a holiday beer; one usually sees heavy, sweeter malt character in these types of beers. The simple malt character is actually quite nice and accentuates a different side of the spices than one usually sees in a holiday beer. At times the spice notes and the fruitiness seem like they should be disparate, but they are not; in fact this beer is quite well integrated, quite complex & most definitely tasty. This beer is really growing on my as I slowly work my way through this 330ml bottle.

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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 Latarnik
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Struise Tsjeeses from De Struise Brouwers
4.01 out of 5 based on 458 ratings.
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