Struise Tsjeeses | De Struise Brouwers

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
struise.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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
458
Reviews:
241
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
86
For Trade:
1
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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Photo of Bierman9
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had stopped into the Struise store in Brugge on 28SEP11 and had the pleasure of trying a couple of samples of this offering (thanks, Dave!). Upon returning on 30SEP, I had to snag a bottle of this for consumption back home. Now 1 month-plus and €4.60 later, it's time to dive into this bottle, labeled TSJ No. 11. Here we go...

I poured most of the bottle into a DT tulip, save for the yeasties at the bottom. This one has a slight cloudiness to it, and the color is a deep copper. A few streams of carbo meander slowly topside, where a thin, fine layer of light tan bubbles rests. Lacing was a bit sparse, though, with a few trailers trying to cling. The aroma is rich and inviting, with dark fruit and spices filling the air. The body is a smidge better than medium, and Tsjeeses is fairly smooth on the tongue, even with a bit of carbo-induced airiness.

The flavor has some caramel maltiness and honeyish sweetness, plus a distinct spicy character. A little cinnamon is in there, along with notes of candied fruit, akin to a rum-soaked Christmas cake. The finish is very dry, with some lingering bitterness. Still, an extremely flavorful, satisfying bier (though a touch pricey). Would love to have a few more of these for when the weather gets real cold around here. Prosit!!

4.47 rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Everything right in the world seems to come from Belgium. Been on an expensive De Struise kick lately as a lot of their brews hit MA shelves.

Calling this a pale ale would not do it justice. This had characteristics I'd associate with a quad. Huge candied sugar smell with muddled dark stone fruit. This bleeds over into the taste that just seeps of the holidays. Freshly baked bread, candied fruit, malty, warming, and bold. Very spicey as well.

This is an exceptional beer.

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Photo of BMoldy
4.69/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Peach amber with a large white head that fades a little too quickly. No lacing to speak of.

S: The usual holiday spices (esp. nutmeg, clove), fruits (both dry and ripe, like apples and cherries), toasted and sweet caramel-like barley. Slight herbal scent, perhaps from the hops.

T: Herbal bitterness tempers rich, sweet, caramel malts. Serious dryness and mild fruitiness. Warms as it goes down. Long, smooth, sweet, and slightly sticky finish.

M: Incredibly full and smooth, like Pannepot. Doesn't show the alcohol at all, but certainly packs a punch. Very little carbonation, so it drinks a little like a spirit.

O: Give me more! Delicious and complex, I see myself drinking this nightly in the dead of winter. Really outstanding.

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Photo of ckollias
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 11.2oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a hazy amber with a thick 2-finger white head that lingers for awhile, leaves a nice trail down my glasses, and finally dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Sweet malt and spicy hop aroma right off the bat. Great background fragrances of caramel, candi sugars, and honey. Pleasant aroma, not overwhelming nor faint.

T: Flavors of caramel, honey, and candi sugars cross the palate. Mildly spicy with hints of fruits, mostly orange peel. Alcohol is present and dominant.

M: Very strong and boozy. Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Very good Belgian Strong Ale. Defintely a sipper at 10% ABV.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, cinnamon, dark fruit, and some coriander. In the taste, cinnamon, sweet orange citrus, and coriander. A spice like bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry cinnamon spice in the aftertaste. a nice mix of fruit and spice, and hides the ABV pretty well.

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4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer straight of the Deca brewery.

A - A nice dark amber colored hazy beer beer with a decent head that is just a bit off white. No carbonation visible. The beer in total looks very appealing. Although the head is slowly retracting until only a thin pitiful layer remains.

S - Strong smell of Belgian yeast and alcohol. Caramel, vigs, raisins, some citrus and chocolate are also present. The smell is also a bit sweet-like with a hit of toffee.

T - A nice spicy beer with lots of cinnamon and yeast. Sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar, some citrus, warming alcohol and god knows what else is in this beer. A lovely mix thats for sure.

M - Medium-thick body with a good amount of carbonation.

O - This a good stuff. It s a complex thirst quencher that you can also enjoy after a good meal, in the morning, just out of bed, in the evening, at work etc. I just can't wait to try the reserva version.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 rate.

The label is really stupid. Pours a medium to dark amber with billions of suspended particles and a small, soapy head. Fantastic aroma, light fruits, baked bread, and some cognac. So much like Stille Nacht at this point in every way, though a shade darker. Flavor is rich and elegant. Buttery rum cookies, peaches, kind of like a peach cobbler, and a slightly bitter finish. Kind of on the boozy side, but thats ok. Really good. The finish could be smoother, and I would like a little more complexity in the flavor, but awesome. Superb mouthfeel, just so silky and rich. Delicious and luxurious.

Edit. Had this many times since the original rate and the score has dropped a bit. Recent 2011 bottles have held up nicely, but it's just not terribly expressive and is a bit burdensome at times. I always compare it to Stille Nacht, which has a green apple tartness that destroys this. Still nice.

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4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow-brown. Decent head which fades quickly and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is really interesting, and hard to describe. Hoppy and malty on the tongue, definitely tasting the spices as well. Alcohol warms you at the back of the throat. Overall a damn good beer.

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

Lot: C - 8 10. Poured into a Fantome glass.

Appearance
Muddy, bruised orange with a full haze. The cap is fairly clingy and white.

Aroma
Lots of fruity esters are floating out of the glass. I can already smell banana, pear, apple and clove without lifting the glass. Getting closer reveals a spike of alcohol, more clove and other spice. There is a light creamy aroma here too.

Taste
Very fruity and creamy. Its like there's half and half creamer in here or something. Bananas foster, cider and pear. Quite nice, very unique. Alcohol kicks in in the back.

Mouthfeel
The whipped creaminess carries through the aroma and taste and into the mouthfeel. The body is very full and the carbonation is low. The body has a really nice soft, creaminess to it.

Overall
Very interesting and quite good. It's labeled as a Belgian X-Mas ale brewed with spices. Luckily it doesn't have much in the way of "traditional" Christmas spices and they didn't go over board like most American brewers do when they make Christmas ales.

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

opened on Belgium's independence day.

A: pours out a slightly hazy, straw orange, with a white head that fell quickly.

S: lots of belgian yeast. cinnamon, candied sugar, and a bit of sweetness, and hints of sourdough bread and straw. hints of toffee and almonds. touches of lemon and orange peel.

T: a nice spicy beer. lots of clove, cinnamon, and yeast. good amounts of caramel and toffee, with sourdough bread. a touch sweet, but finishes with a touch of alcohol and a bit dry. hints of lemon, and light fruits.

M: medium-thick body with good amounts of carb. smooth.

O: a really good offering. I wish I would have bought more.

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

scored a bunch of these recently while in NYC.

a - opened the bottle and filled my portsmouth tulipy snifter. nice cloudy opaque golden amber with a thin white frothy head. lacing was significant, but nothing crazy.

s - smell is candied fruit. lemon, melon, grape and some of the lighter spicing like clove, bit of pepper.

t - nice tasting BSPA. good spicing, some earthiness, some hops...little fruity. very balanced. touch syurpy.

m - very smooth. finishes with a tingle in my mouth. medium to full bodied, especially heavy for the style.

o - overall, a quality BSPA, but not the best i've had. the spicing is certainly 'festive' for it as a xmas ale, but why not enjoy it in the dead of summer? booze is pretty well hidden and a tasty offering.

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3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy orange color with a finger of white foamy head that laces fairly well but doesn't retain well. The aroma has notes of earthy hops and caramel malt, as well as some floral notes. The taste starts sweet with floral and caramel notes and then has hints of oak and vanilla. The mouthfeel is nice a smooth and finishes clean. Overall a good unique beer.

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Photo of silentjay
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a hazy copper color with small floaties produces a huge almost white head that sticks around a while and laces well.

candy sweet aroma with light fruits (banana, white raisin) and some slight herbs.

candy sweet, again, with light caramel, citrus and tropical fruits balanced by some slight herbs.

very velvety smooth with soft carbonation, and a slight alcohol heat.

it goes down smooth. perhaps too smooth for the strength. pretty nice beer with 6 months age on it.

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