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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

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Reviews: 237 | Ratings: 445
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 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 corby112
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Belgian Cafe.

Pours a deep golden orange that is very cloudy and nearly opaque with golden burnt orange hues when held to a light source. One and a half finger frothy off-white head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves streaks and spots of lacing behind.

Spicy aroma with hints of crisp light frut, bready yeast and sweet alcohol. I'm picking up lots of cinnamon and peppermint as well as bits of apple, cherry and other berries.

Medium bodied with a soft creamy carbonation up front which helps out the mouthfeel a bit. Hints of pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and pepermint countered by a slight medicinal feel as well as the berry and light fruit notes found in the aroma. The ABV is well masked and this one disappears from the glass quickly.

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Photo of xmorgan
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer is sweet and lingering. Almost like a desert beer.

Bought this guy at a kewl little family run grocery store in Menlo Park. 330ml bottle.

Pours a brownish orange color with a small foam on top. Smell is sweet carmel smell. It smells sweeter then it is, but this is a sweet beer.

Strong raisin soaked in alcohol taste with a bitter clove like after taste. This beer is comparable to a fruit cake beer. The residue left in the mouth is a fruity spicy taste.

The spices and the oddness combined make this a once in a while (like Christmas) type of beer to enjoy while listening to Coast to Coast AM.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.74/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Taken at the 16th Essen Christmas Beer festival 2010.

Honey brown in colour, they use Pilsner, light wheat and caramunich 120 malts according to the festival notes.

The smell was of fruits, spices and malt. Not suprising when you realise they add orange peel and grapes in the mash along with mint leaves and cardamom.

Unfiltered and unpasteurised the beer retains all those flavours mentioned above, add the three hop varieties from around Poperinge and you have one hell of a beer.

The flavours somehow blend into a fantastic tasting beer, each sip being slightly different from the last one. It is more of a 'barleywine' than a anything else, but whatever style you choose to put it in, it is a wonderful drink.

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Photo of JoePat
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an orangish amber with a white head.

I get a lot of yeast and spices in the aroma. Some what of an orange peel aroma.

I get a lot of yeast esters and alcohol hotness in the in the flavor with some light malty sweetness.

The mouthfeel is smooth and malty feeling. Other that the alcohol in the flavor it is a pretty easy to drink beer.

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Photo of stcules
2.23/5  rDev -44.4%
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 mariposafan
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

After a careful pour there's a very small frothy head left on top of a hazy orange body.

The aroma is interesting. Some alcohol. Some yeast. Some spices. And something more that I'm having trouble identifying. Almost like some tropical fruit that I've smelled before but never tasted and whose name I don't know.

Too much alcohol in the taste. Yes, it's a 10% beer but still. Some almost oily bitterness that surprisingly isn't too offensive, nor too lingering. Sweet, but not cloying. Not getting much yeasty goodness here. Some fruitiness and a little touch of maltiness but mostly the taste is somewhat uninteresting.

The mouthfeel, though, is wonderful. Rich and creamy with just enough prickle of carbonation to cut through the thickness. Really nice.

If the flavor were more interesting it would be more drinkable, but it's not. The alcohol is forward enough that I'd never consider having more than one at a time and the bitterness is strong enough to reinforce that decision.

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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 BEERMILER12
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange color with almost no lacing, not surprising for 10%

S: Smells nice and fruity with hints of malts and a nice grassy, earthy undertone

T: Big on the fruity malts, sweet and extremely complex. The 10% is hidden very well, completely unnoticed unless you really search for it

M: Smooth and well carbonated for the style

D: Once during the Christmas (or holiday) season is good for me. A very nice BSPA, but $8.49 for a 11.2 oz bottle is a little steep (for any beer).

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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 dciBA
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy dark orange into my tulip. A finger worth of white head forms and lingers for a long time. Smell is pleasant with notes of Belgian yeast, herbs, spices, and some fruit.

Taste is dominated by a yeasty fruitiness. The spice in the nose isn't quite as prominent on the tongue. There's also nice herbal flavor, i suspect from the hops. It's noticeably sweet, but not in a bad way at all. Very complex and tasty.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, with a solid amount of carbonation. The alcohol is noticeable and warms quite nicely as it goes down. Perfect beer to enjoy on this christmas eve, eve.

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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 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 Brent
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright - somewhere in the land between Belgian Strong Pale Ale and a Trip. A bit fluffy with carbonation. Spices predominate, but not in a "spices added" sort of way - rather brewing process spice flavor. Not as much sweetness as I expected, with less Belgian Candy sugar notes than often encountered here.

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a tulip:

A: Amber opaque color that reveals a ruby red hue when held up to the light. Soft pillowy white head that hangs around and laces the glass nicely. I poured carefully, but some yeast chunks still slipped by even though I left the last ounce in the bottle.

S: The nose is of candy sugar, yeast, stone fruits, and a wisp of spices and hops. It is a really inviting/invigorating aroma, unlike anything I have come across.

T: The taste does not let down. The sweetness in the nose does not show up on the palate, instead a full bodied flavor of dried fruit, bread, and a hint of noble hops appear. Just mildly spiced with a nice bite and dry finish. The extra time in the second fermentation vessel (second shot of yeast as well) really dried this beer to the bone. This is just a fantastic seasonal beer.

M: Full and lush with moderate carbonation.

D: The alcohol is so well hidden at 10% that I could drink a few of these. It is a powerful BPA/Triple (according to the De Struise brewers), but one that I will visit repeatedly each year. Cheers.

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Photo of impending
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a ruddy honey when held to the light. Minor head, nice fine spotted lacing.

The expected scent from a 10 abv strong pale but not from a tripel, smells . . . strong. But also nice light fruits, doughy yeast and citrus hints.

Not too sweet, blended with bittersweet. Taste is relatively strong of alcohol. Long slow fading after taste is a pleasantly mild bitter. No phenols. Thin mouthfeel, low carbonation.

De Struise says this is a tripel, not a strong pale. The brewer knows best but I'd accept it as a natural in either category.

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Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 11/12/10. This is a 2010 bottle.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears orange with many large particles stuck in suspension. A finger of white foam appears and fades back to a thin film. Spotty lace clings to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is yeasty with a fruitiness like orange rind and some spicy notes fill in the back of the nose.

Each sip upfront is quite spicy with alcohol. The taste includes somewhat bitter quaity with an orange rind flavor. Hops present themselves with more of an herbal and spicy component as it warms. A mild grainy sweetness lingers underneath.

Medium to light bodied with a modest level of carbonation. At times it seems a bit watery. Overall this brew seems a bit young with a green yeastiness playing a big portion in the flavor. I found this brew to be a bit ackward. Not much present in this brew to give it a real "Christmas" beer feel outside of the label. The young yeast taste mixed with the herbal flavors was a strange combination.

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Photo of yapi
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Struises christmasbeer, this is one of the best tripels I ever had, great example of the style.
Smells of fruit, sugar, and taste is malty, caramel and spices.
I'm used to drinking tripels, but this is just excellent fullness & smoothness in the mouth. Great drinkability.
This sure competes with a westmalle & a karmeliet.
Def better then a st bernardus in my book.
Alcohol very well hidden. Nicely done!

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Photo of beerpirates
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottel poured into my struise glass

A: Hazy golden/amber apperance with a 2 finger white head.
Nice lacing

S: Spices, Orange, Coriander, Brown sugar and belgian yeast

T: Citric notes , sweet malts , belgian yeast , orange, Spices, Caramel, Fruit. Nice soft bitter aftertaste

M: Sweet and smooth with some alcoholbite at the end.

D: very nice beer and very drinkable ,

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Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a slightly hazed orange color with a slight off white head. Good lace as the head settles. Caramel, spice, and a malty nose. Medium mouthfeel. Apricot like fruit like flavors along with some belgian yeast flavors. Lingering bitterness. No real alocohol notes prevalant. Overall, a tasty little beverage.

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Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a rosy medium amber, hazy, some sediment, and a finger of fluffy off-white head.

Smell -- Fruity off the bad with peaches and apricot, mild raspberry note, caramel, buttery toffee, vanilla, cocoa, gentle spicing. There is a faint metallic element, but it's not terribly off-putting. I'm pleased.

Taste -- Sweet and gently caramelized malt sweetness up front with caramel and toffee. Stone fruits are prominent with an abundance of peach and apricot. Clove, anise, and additional mystery spices lend some nice aromatic and earthy notes. Delish. Pleasant spicy finish with a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full in body with mild foamy carbonation creating an incredibly creamy feel. Additionally, the alcohol creates a gentle warming sensation from the throat down to the stomach: Belgian antifreeze?

Drinkability -- Great malty and fruity flavors, spicing is well-done, and the alcohol is surprisingly well hidden. My only quip is the excessive amount of sediment that *never* settled down. Beyond that, it's a fabulous holiday beer from a brewery that seems to do no wrong.

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Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Photo of Brabander
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Struise Brouwers were at the Borefts festival in Bodegraven, the Netherlands with a lot of super beers. In De Molen, a fine dutch brewery, were a lot of good breweries but the best brewer was The Struise.

Poured in my the Molen tasting glass this beer looks like i know it from the bottle version. A nice and spicey aroma. Sweet with jasmine, light bitter with hints of licorice and laurel.


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Struise Tsjeeses from De Struise Brouwers
4.01 out of 5 based on 445 ratings.
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