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Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
noordhoek.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

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4.01
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with no visible BB date (Lot 2621080611). 2011 vintage. Purchased ages ago from a Belgian webshop. Described on the label as a blonde ale with herbs and spices, and features an image of Jesus in a santa hat.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A very hazy marmalade-amber colour with good carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy white foam with excellent retention; this slowly subsides to a surface layer. Aroma of caramel malt with notes of fruity yeast esters, earthiness, sugar, mild clove, hints of spice, faint herbs and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, with a subtle warming whiff of alcohol.

Tastes of sweet caramel malt with a fruity character and a very dry finish. Notes of earthy yeast, fruity esters, sugar, mild spice, faint herbs and stewed hops. The spices seem muted and indistinct. A subtle hint of booze in the background, followed by a mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, dry and lightly tingly, with a lovely body that envelops the tongue. Highly astringent, with an aftertaste of sweet malt, earthy yeast and faint spice/herbs.

Pretty good - a solid brew with excellent balance. Perhaps a tad too dry. The spices and herbs seem to have faded to the point where they cannot be individually discerned, but the overall flavour is pleasant. The alcohol is very well hidden, and contributes only slightly to the aroma/flavour. Not the most amazing Christmas brew in the world, but a decent, well-crafted beer. Worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2013-01-07 in Bowling Green, KY. This is lot C/8/10 (from the code on the bottle)

A - Very hazy orange-brown with a 1/2-finger off-white head and mild lacing.

S - Belgian yeast funk, apricot, spice.

T - Homemade bread, fig, plum, holiday spices, orange marmalade and tart apricot. The sweetness yields to drying alcohol and moderate hop bitterness.

M - medium body and light-medium carbonation. Semi-smooth yet prickly.

O - Getting old and a bit oxidized but still enjoyable. Not as good as their Pannepot but a nice treat at a real good price of $5.99 per bottle.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found while browsing at Fleming Place Wine & Spirits in Topeka, KS. $7 for an 11.2 oz bottle. Labeled C 8 10. Poured into a snifter. I think this might be a 2011 bottle?

Appearance: One finger of head that quickly recedes to a ring around the glass. Almost looks like dirty dishwater. Orange brown color-that makes me think of a ripened peach.

Smell: Candy and bubblegum followed by an almost white wine like smell. Spiked apple juice. Molasses like malts.

Taste: A fading holiday beer bouquet upfront (clove, anise, ginger, cinnamon). A sweet, slightly acidic wine like alcohol bite down the middle. Herbs, then a a bready finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly acidic with a dry finish. Medium mouthfeel. Light, fizzy carbonation at the beginning.

Drink this while taking apart your Gingerbread house. I can only imagine how much spicier this would be fresh. At this point it's almost like an herbal tea. I really enjoyed the wine like character it had and the way the ABV was hidden. Probably one of the better "spiced" holiday beer I've had. But when considering the price I won't be buying this again.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass. Bottle labeled LOT B, 6, 08.

Appearance: This brew comes out a very cloudy brown, head slightly off-white and didn't rise much...maybe 1/2" dropped to nothing after a sip or two with nice even lacing.

Smell: Strong yeast smell complimented with fruit. I don't smell this beer I inhale it, yes it smells this damn good.

Taste: Sweet bread, with touch of nutmeg and very strong yeast taste. It feels like brown sugar and strong malts.

Mouth: Sweet after-taste but not as sticking as I believe it should be. Comes off light carbonation, granted this brew is at least a year old and should be taken into consideration.

Overall: This beer was given to me last year's Christmas (2011) and served Christmas night a year later and without a doubt a beer worth aging and having again and again. Take your time and drink with pride. Salud!

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

A-brown orange color with a smallish off-white head and a little lacing

S-caramel malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, cloves, hints of pepper, slight earthiness

T-sweet malt, dark fruit, cloves, pepper, molasses, coriander, hint of vanilla

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth mouthfeel and not overly boozy

O-a tasty sipping beer with the usual good blend of Belgian flavors

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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 TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Schneider Weisse glass at Local Option.

2011 vintage. I always feel odd when I don't know how to properly spell/pronounce beers. This one's just mean in that regard. It pours a clear sunrise brass-amber topped by over a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises mild fig, Belgian yeast, very light brown sugar, very light orange zest, and light caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, along with lots o' perfume-y flowers (seemingly lavender), pine resin, and plum. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a pretty solid BSPA, though nothing all that earth-shattering or anything. I'd be interested in trying a fresher one, if only just to compare the experiences.

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.16/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

My brother gave this to me because he didn't like it. Well then, thanks. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a muddy brown tan with just a small cap of white head.

This smells like grapes. More like a white wine than a beer on the aroma with a slightly tart edge. The pallet is boozy with sweet white grape blanket.

The body is medium with soft carbonation. Overall this one is going to down the drain. Complete fail.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev +4%
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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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 Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Side by side with Tsjeeses Reserva.

The beer is hazy and appears dark copper colored. Small head with little lacing. The aroma offers malt, sweet breads, yeast, caramels, rain. The flavor offers caramel and butterscotch candies with additional notes of Belgian yeast and bready malt. The beer is relatively light bodied with fairly low carbonation. Solid, but not quite as good as the Tsjeeses Reserva.

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

2011 Vintage drop shipped straight from Vleteren.

Very hazy golden colour. Persistent, long-lasting, blonde head. Very nice.

Bready, earthy, citrussy, fruity, spicy. There is a tripel here. It is a little strange but it works well.

Malty and smooth with lots of yeast character. There is citrus and clove. Some earthiness. Not bad.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Solid.

A reasonable beer. I don't mind the balance of yeast, malt, alcohol and earthiness here. It comes together fairly well.

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

This is the 2010 vintage and pours a dark copper hue which leaves a creamy two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is caramel candy,boozy alcohol,raisins soaked in brandy and fruitcake,the mouthfeel is full bodied and has tastes of caramel candy,fruitcake,marzipan,warming alcohol,cherries,spicy lemon and is finished nice and dry,overall its a nice drop full of interesting tastes and would love this at Xmas cheers.`

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Photo of danieelol
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Platinum Liquor

2010 Vintage

Pours a toffee but not that dark with great head and lacing.

Smell is classic English barleywine at first. Then some rauchmalt comes in. Then some of that earthy Struise character. Just like a really good version of an English barleywine. Perhaps some English hops and booze in there too. Thick and malty.

Taste has more of that vaguely rauchy bitterness. Has a lot of that earthy Struise character coming through. Sweetness when in the mouth but the aftertaste is dry and delicious. Think a sort of burnt blue cheese in the mouth.

Mouthfeel is good, gets a thin character where it needs it then expands to bring on the flavour. Decent carb on the high side for style (EBarleywine, not BSPA).

Overall this is a great beer. Pretty unique too, gets those lovely aged English Barleywine flavours with none of the cloying sweetness or booze, which while there does not detract from the beer. Then adds some of that funky cheesiness. Of course, pretty much everything De Struise makes is awesome so that should be expected.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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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Photo of spicelab
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to [email protected] for getting in one of my favourite breweries.

Toffee amber with a beige head of a finger or so, moderate density, that falls to a slightly raised ring.

Kind of a funky-lactic fusion. Very different and bizarre. Balsamic, brandy snap, dried citrus peel, cut grass, sweaty socks, band-aids, doughy yeats and miscellaneous dry spice.

Taste is even more raucous. Quite hard to place the flavours with any confidence, but I get bay leaves, orange peel, cassia and an oddball flavour that is something like massively over-extracted coffee blended with moist soil.

Not a heavy body for the ABV. Lowish carbonation for a Belgian strong. Dries out a little towards the end.

Super interesting beer that is really difficult to deconstruct. Does become hard going towards the end though, with one definitely enough in a session.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Stamped Lot B 9 09.

A: I love the label, and at $7.50 I have high hopes. Poured gently, little head forms and the beer is a pleasant straw-yellow-brown, hazy but translucent.

S: Strong and sharp, with noticeable booze and spice and fruit. Apricot and plum (EDIT: after looking at BuckeyeNation's review, it seems this beer was aged on stone fruits like these?).

T: Superlative! Sweet molasses or candi sugar is balanced by a tart, astringent fruitiness, reminiscent of under ripe peach and dried apricot. Spice and clean grain dances in the background; tripelly. Unusual, but very pleasant. The apricot is perhaps over-dominant, though I'm not complaining. Drying endtaste.

M: Sharp and spicy. Fruity and tart. Excellent and compelling.

O: I would like to thank the stranger in the beer store who picked this up and placed it in my cart with the stern warning that I avoid trying this beer at my peril. It is, in fact, a magnificently constructed and executed 'Christmas ale', one whose strength lies in challenging conceptions of a Belgian Christmas beer -- who says they have to be dark? Highly recommended, despite the relatively high price point.

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

11.2 oz bottle from Grape and Gourmet in Va Beach. Pricey at 9.99 a bottle. pours a hazy deep orange color into my Chimay goblet. Delicate highly carbonated head that fades out quickly. Film lacing down the side of the glass when you tilt it.

Good aroma. Grapes and pears, candi sugar and some spices.

Good flavor, definitely a Christmas oriented ale. The spices come out in the taste, especially the cinnamon. There is black pepper and cardamon as well. The fruit is quite prominent as well as the candi sugar sweetness. I believe there is some honey as well.

Mouthfeel is rich. A touch of alcohol warming and the black pepper play with the tongue.

Overall a very solid Belgian ale.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

small bottle
bought at K&L
drank at home
A: amber color. hazy. 4
S: pears. caramel. candi sugar. 3
T: strong caranel. hot alcohol. sone candi sweetness. low hopiness. 3
M: medium body. low carb. 3
O: not too drinkable due to high alcohol and unbalanced caramel.

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Photo of shleepy
2.93/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from 750 mL into wine glasses.

A: Hazy amber; small head.

S: Caramel, maybe also pears or something like that. Smells too sweet for my tastes.

T: Strong caramel notes. A little fruitiness, a little spice.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Meh. Far too sweet and uninteresting for my tastes. It's not awful, though... I think I've just had too many great ultra-dry beers.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht. Had the regular and the Reserva back to back.

From a bottle into my Struise glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with great retention. Tenne orange in color, hazy, with lots of carbonation evident. Head eventually fades to a thick foam cap that remains the whole time and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. Very nice looking brew.

SMELL: Pale malts, green fruit, mostly apples and pears, with some floral hops and spicy notes. Yeast and gram crackers as well. A bold enough fruit component with a hoppy, yeasty base.

TASTE: Pale and toasted malts with some green fruits. Apples and pears again, then lots of flowery hop bitterness at the swallow. Bolder and lingering aftertaste is bitter and spicy with coriander, pepper, and some nice yeasty qualities. Some alcohol lingers as well. Tasty stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down fine with a scratch at the swallow and finishes rather dry on the palate. Good feel, though a touch too much burn perhaps.

OVERALL: Really enjoyed this one. Struise makes a lot of good stuff, and this is no exception. I will also say that I enjoyed this one more than in the Reserva, as the barrel aging seems to have muted some of the complexities and mellowed it out a little too much. In the end, these were both fun to check out. Recommended.

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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 kojevergas
3/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

C

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

I poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into a snifter, and it was a gusher. The beer was too heady, murky, lots of floaters. The aroma is spicy and sweet. The beer was too spicy for my liking, I could not place what spice it was, but there was too much of it. The beer had a lingering finish and noticeable heat. The body is medium, good carbonation, and noticeable alcohol. The spiciness was not for me.

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Struise Tsjeeses from De Struise Brouwers
4.01 out of 5 based on 455 ratings.
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