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De Struise Brouwers
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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 JoeCeez
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a very cloudy amber with a two fingered off white head that fades to leave some patchy and sticky lacing

S: mulled apple cider, some holiday spices, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, orange peel

T: spicy and fruity: apple peel, orange, white grapes, cinnamon, nutmeg, some cloves, wheat, slightly tart, peppery yeast... some coriander and star anise as well, semi-dry this tastes almost like a hybrid of a triple and a wit. alochol is very well hidden

M: prickly carbonation medium bodied, coats the tounge sticky and nectarlike

D: the alcohol is very well hidden but you can definitely feel it by the end of the bottle, this beer is very complex and one of the more unique and interesting Christmas beers I've had. Another example of why Struise is in the vanguard of modern brewing

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

330ml bottle, brasserie V

appearance: cloudy amber body, hazy and rich in the chouffe chalice

smell: rich and nutty, lots of belgian spice, candied sugar, caramel, holiday spice

taste: well up the struise standard - sweet and rich belgian ale...brown and candied sugar, oak sweet yeast, chewy caramel...nice seasonal, hopefully it appears on tap

mouthfeel: rich and full

drinkablility: good

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

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is a hazy orange with yellow highlights, topped by half a finger of creamy white head. Sweet aroma of bready malt and a good dose of spices (clove, allspice, pepper). Palate is mildly sweet up front, full of bready malt and more aromatic spices. The hops come through on the swallow, providing a light bitterness that helps offset the sweetness just enough. The finish is quite heavy on a white pepper flavor, but is still pleasant, and leaves a lingering bitterness from the subdued hop profile.
Body is light and airy, yet not foamy - it's just perfect to convey the myriad flavors held within the beer. Even though this is billed as a 10% winter ale, it goes down very easily, and is a pleasant change from the usual slate of dark, over-spiced holiday ales.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought online from the Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam...

Poured a rich coppery orange colour with a slight yeasty haze. White head poured pretty tight, thick and foamy then faded to thin covering with thick edging... decent amount of carbonation bubbles to the surface... quite a lot of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Lots of rich, spicy and slightly tropical fruits (mangoes, pineapples, grapefruits, pears), spicy yeast, grassy, strong floral honey sweetness, some booziness coming through, basil and coriander herbalness, salty, quite perfumed, piney hops, slight oakiness...

Taste is pretty similar to the aroma... slighty tropical spicy fruits, vanilla notes, spicy yeast, candy sugar, floral honey sweetness, some faint soapy notes, light nuttiness, vegetal traces, grassy hops, citrus, some of the coriander coming through, no real hint of the alcohol...

M&D - Smooth and rich with a little sharpness underneath... medium bodied... an extremely quaffable brew - dangerously so at 10%...

Overall - An outstanding strong pale ale... one of the best Belgian brews i've had for quite a while...

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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 mcallister
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky amber colored full of yeast particles. Pours with heavy carbonation and a sizzle sound. Big carbonated head off white fades from two inches to a half inch topper that sticks around.

Great aromas. Fruity and full of belgian spices and yeasty aromas. Skittle type esters with good malt character. Citrusy to boot, very nice.

Fine and dandy full bodied with big carbonation that matches the style nicely. Good alcohol bite on the finish. Middle is all fruit and spice. Cherry, berry, and citrus make for a pecuilar combination. Tingles on the toungue. A great christmas treat.

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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 TurdFurgison
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up an 11.2oz bottle at Champane's in Warren for $6.99 (never seen it anywhere else to date). The label shows a stoned guy in a Santa hat, it couldn't be Jesus, there's no way it's a picture of a stoned Jesus, but with the name "Tsjeeses" I'm starting to think it's Jesus after all. The beer is completely hazed dark orange color, lots of sediment on the bottom. It might have been less hazy if I didn't pour it all in one go. The head was composed of big bubbles and receded within 30 seconds. The smell is very Belgian, with sweet candy, yeasty esters, and some cough syrup. It reminds me a little of Carolus brews' aromas. The taste is sweet and a little alcoholic, lots of fruits in the after-taste. The bottle claims spices, herbs, and noble hops, but I couldn't pinpoint any spices with accuracy. Mostly this is a strong pale ale, very Belgian in character, not the spiced christmas beer as I was expecting. The body is very thick and syrupy, and combined with the evident ABV this is a sipper. Final judgment = good beer, too expensive though.

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

Overall pretty good beer. Hazy cider color with an unappealing suspension of yeast particulate (guess I overpoured it). Fairly prominent foamy head. Smells of tart fruit and spices. Tastes more of the same - apple, grape, honey. Mouthfeel is fairly thick but ample soft carbonation prevents this from being syrupy. Pretty good drinkability factor on this one despite the ABV. My biggest knock is the exorbitant $9 I spent for this bottle. This will be a once a year treat for me.

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Photo of Kraken
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into an over-sized wine glass. Moderate pour yields a minimal skim of a head that collects around the edges of the glass. Impressive lace, color is a dark clouded orange amber with a massive amounts of suspended sediment.

Nose- Very wine like. Sour grape elements, alcohol is apparent. Slight sweetness to the nose, specifically apricots.

Palate- Dried apricots, some dates, slightly sweet, candi sugar. Mild sour grapes and granny smith apples slightly tart. Floral characteristics. Not getting much hops, contrary to the label. Alcohol is apparent but complementary. Finish is long and dry.

Mouthfeel- Dense, mildly carbonated, slightly syrupy.

Drinkability- Great, however alcohol will sneak up on you, and good god was this pricey.

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Photo of SuperWhite92
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a wonderfully hazy bronze-ish color with the lovely "bottle conditioned" appearance I come to expect in good beers. Smells like recently rotted fruit. Strange how that's actually appealing in a beer. Taste includes some of that fruit, with the spices making an appearance as well. Absoutely great. I'm starting to really like de struise. If it weren't for the alcohol, which is amazingly well hidden, I'd like to drink a few of these in succession.

Very impressive, I would say.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Champane Wine, Warren, MI.

Poured a hazy copper color with a large creamy off-white head that was lasting with good lacing. Heavy spicy, citrus and herbs aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. Good complex balanced flavor with an medium to heavy spicy finish of moderate to long duration.

This is a standout beer.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy apricot, honey color with frothy white head that settles to a ring of lace with a few spotty patches of foam.

S - Belgian yeast, spicy phenolics, clove, coriander, nutmeg and a touch of sour citrus and lemon.

T - Herbal spiciness, candied fruits, sweet until the finish where you get a touch of sour lemon. Pear and apple. It is almost like there is a touch of brett in this. Nutmeg, coriander and a few other spices I can't place. Complex but very well balanced.

M - Slightly slick, both sweet and tart with a dry finish, especially for the sweetness at 10%abv. Carbonation does a good jobof scrubbing the pallete.

D - Interesting, complex beer. Very well balanced. Nice combination of sweet candied fruits with sour lemon, apple brett like quality.

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Photo of ccrida
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle (No. 11, Lot B|6|08) recently acquired from ATPete (thx!) poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet,Tsjeeses is a murky, burnt honey color with a small off-white head that leaves scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is softer (served at 55F), a bit of sweet fruitiness but with a bit of a burnt/chared type aroma that I didn't dig, herbal hops. As it warms, that never really subsides, but the alcohol vapors open up.

Taste is nice, fruity and hoppy, some sour citrus, a dry, tannic finish.

Mouthfeel is smoothly carbonated, with a medium body.

Drinkability is really good, wow! I was so busy enjoying this, I realized I hadn't been typing much of a review. In fact it's so good, that I'm not going to bother disceting further and just enjoy. ABV is well hidden. Unique for a Noel, I dig the fact that it's a pale and not overly spiced. They could have called this a Belgian IPA and it would be a standout in the category. Still, like most De Struise offerings, it's over-priced, but on the lower end of their spectrum at least.

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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 inhoc00
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got for a xmas gift from co worker who bought it for the xmas theme. Didn't realize she had picked up a bottle from De Struise.

Pours a nice orange golden with big fluffy white head that disovles. Smells of yeast, orange, ginger? other spices. Tastes of citrus, little alc. noted. Nice balance. Good amount of carbonation, yet a slight creamy body to it. Extremely drinkable for a 10% alc. Nice xmas treat.

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Photo of Sesmu
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Didn't gush, but somehow trickled over the top.

A: Murky golden color. Creamy head.

S: Distant honey, some citrus, spices. Spices however, even though pronounced, are very gentle, not in your face.

T/M: Quite complex, similar to the nose, with additions of bread and sweet malt. And again, as with the nose, the taste is multifaceted, yet none overwhelms the other. Alcohol is well hidden. Exceptionally balanced.

It was great with pork as well as bleu cheese. Had great expectations for this brew and was very pleased. Rather expensive at $10.99 for a 330 ml bottle.

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Photo of Crosling
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Golden bronze colored ale, with a beautiful head of white creamy foam. Flavor is elegant and well structured, loaded with depth and nuance. Very sweet, well layered and complex, with well concentrated flavors from start to finish. Notes of peach and pear. Elegant mouth fell. Purely Belgian in every way. Wow, wow, wow. STUNNING.

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Photo of AltBock
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I was actually able to try Tsjeeses on tap. It was on tap at TJ's 5th Anniversary on 12/6/2008. They said it was rare to find on tap and after reading the reviews, I believe they were telling the truth. While I was there, I wrote this review on a piece of paper. I forgot I had it. TJ's poured this Christmas beer into a little Snifter.

On draft, Tsjeeses poured a extremely murky golden orange color. I didn't see many hop or yeast particles floating around. It was just naturally murky. On top of this murky brew was a small fluffy 1/2 an inch head of pure white foam. This white head of foam had really good retention that left behind a milky white film and a few streaks of sticky white lace.

This X-Mas Ale was not spicy, but lightly sour and fruity with exotic fruits. Hiding behind all the exotic fruits was a hint of charred oak, a quick splash of sweet caramel, a small amount of sweet yeast, a touch of candy sugar, a dash of nutmeg, and then this lightly sour aroma finishes with the scent of toasted marshmallows. That was a new one.

The first taste that came to me was that of those sweet juicy exotic fruits that were in the aroma. After smelling those, I really wanted to taste those fruits and I got the chance right off the bat. Immediately following the exotic fruits was a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon, a hint of charred oak, a touch of sweet yeast, a dab of malted wheat, and it finishes up with some herbal hops. No marshmallows in the taste. It definitely would have made for an interesting Christmas Ale if that was in there, but this beer really didn't need that. It was interesting enough without the marshmallows.

This Christmas Ale wasn't overly spicy, fruity, or even yeasty. It was a well balanced Christmas Ale. Despite this beer's high ABV%, there wasn't the taste of alcohol and this was a medium bodied beer that contained a full flavored aftertaste of cinnamon, nutmeg, exotic fruits, sweet yeast, and malted wheat.

I don't like my Christmas Ales overly spicy, so that's probably why I enjoyed this beer so much. The only thing that hurts this beer is the price. It was expensive on draft and it's expensive in a bottle. You don't much for your money. Is it worth the hefty price tag? Yeah, I would say that's it worth a shot if you can find it. This beer would make for a great Christmas treat.

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Photo of ejquin
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: very nice dark orange with white fluffy head that fades to a thin head and decent lacing.

S: very nice pholic belgian with corander and honey sweetness nice breadyiness and good amount of malt. The sweetness is almost a sticky sweetness. Orange peel and root beer as well and cinnamon.

T/M: Nicely carbonated. Very smooth and slick with a hinth of prickliness. Taste is similar to the nose with lots of honey and nutmeg, cinnamon, orangepeel, fading to a nice malty sweetness and then a bready ness. Finish has some hops coming through.

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Photo of ATPete
3.49/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle

Tsjeeses pours an awkward orangey, brown ruby burgundy color, thick with small suspended floats and a small peachy white head. Very winey in the nose, grape skin, green apple, orange peel, fresh earthy hops, sweet alcohol soaked grain and evergreen. Alcohol heat is pretty pronounced in this one, but it also allows the herbal, leafy hop character to take center stage, it too becomes dominant, shoving the malts into the passenger seat. Subtle wintery pepper spice and estery yeast is not over done, but i wish the sweetness of the malts was more apparent. Tsjeeses is a sipper for sure and most definitely a holiday treat, i still felt yearning for more of a 'wow factor' after the 9$ glass was through.

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Photo of abfraser
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful pale golden amber with a nice frothy white head.

S: Sweet caramel malt, with a strong dose of spice. Nutmeg, clove, maybe some cinnamon. Definitely a Belgian holiday ale. Smells great. Not as dark as some of other malt bomb holiday beers.

T/M: Spice, pear, apple, with a lingering breadiness on the finish. This is tasty stuff. Nice sweetness from the malt and a good crisp carbonation which is a refreshing change of pace from other Xmas style brews. Overall, good stuff.

D: Would drink this all the time if it wasn't so damn expensive. Paid $9.99 for one 330cl bottle.

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Photo of Douglas88
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle from the Bayou. Pours out a cloudy orange color with a small white head. A very nice aroma of apples, some spices, and a lot of woody notes. The taste was very nice; sort of a warm and mellow brew, citrus flavors, apples, a dry yeasty flavor full of mellow barrel aged aspects. Very enjoyable. As it warmed it was much more flavorful and fruity. Drink it at 12 degrees maybe more. A fizzy mouthfeel. Very enjoyable.

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Struise Tsjeeses from De Struise Brouwers
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