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

Vintage 2009

A-Pours hazy copper with almost no head, just a thin ring of off white bubbles. Light soapy lacing.

S-Heavy banana and clove. Smells sweet.

T/M-Banana and bubblegum dominate the flavor profile. Candi sugar sweetness with overripe peach flavors rounding out the sticky sweet finish. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O-One of the lesser Struise releases,but still a good one. Too expensive for what it is. Why is this close to $10?

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from two different versions of this brew (one with the "stoner santa" picture on the label and another "cleaner version" with santa wearing sunglasses) into a tulip glass. The pour is a clear golden/orange color with a very small layer of white foam that quicky fizzles away. Faint aroma of spices, floral, and sweet malts. Flavors are of caramel, orange zest, honey, Belgian candi sugar, and toasted bread. There is some alcohol heat to the brew. Medium-bodied with decent carbonation throughout. I was disappointed with this brew as I expected more.

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Photo of trevorjn06
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden/light copper color with two fingers of fluffy, tight head that slowly recedes and leaves a thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very fruity and herbal. There is light malt/grain, bread, peaches, apricots, some herbal spicy notes, alcohol, honey and more. Very complex and inviting.

Taste follows the nose and then some. There is bready, light malt up front mixing with peaches and some tart fruits. Midway through the alcohol shows up but it isn't overly hot, it just seems to accentuate everything and balances some of the fruit notes well. Towards the finish honey, raspberries and yeast character take you to the finish which is long, crisp yet sweet and very fruit-centric.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium/low carbonation.

Overall this beer is very complex, strong and drinkable. It possesses the traits of an excellent Triple with a little something extra from very mild spices.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a clear golden orange color with a very small layer of white foam.

S: Smells of spices and sweet malts. Caramel, honey, and light candi sugars along with candied orange peel and cinnamon. This is a super fragrant beer, but what's there is good.

T: Sweet honey and candi sugar with a touch of caramel. A little bit of toasted bread and some nice candied orange peel. Mild spice and floral notes and some light alcohol heat.

M: Medium in body with a low to medium level of carbonation.

O: Good but not my favorite. I was sort of let down by this, but such is life.

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Photo of DCon
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bought @ the Wine & Cheese Place for $7.49 for a 11.2 oz bottle (little high?). I bought because of this stoned looking hippie with a Santa hat on the front. Poured into my Schlafly Tulip glass and has a LOT C, 8, 10 on the side.

Appearance- Poured a Deep dark orange color (almost caramel looking) with 1 finger of head. There is a ton of yeast and particles floating around in the even though the body is too cloudy to see through. The head turns into a ring of small bubbles and leaves a limited amount of lace on the sides. Splotchy would be the best way to describe this lace. Awesome appearance!

Smell- Has an orange smell with a vanilla cake background. There was an amber smell and huge hop character (not sure which). Everything was very mild though... Might all be masked by the alcohol, as this one is 10%.

Taste- At the start, there is a huge spiciness that keep me interested and turns into cinnamon toast. There is a cider taste also that stands out as I keep it in my mouth for seconds. Once again, the alcohol is the most profound taste and destroys many of the attributes I'm trying to find. Enjoyable though. Well balanced when it comes down to it.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Full Viscosity, and has a great "timeline" of feeling. First, it starts off as if you are going to eat some type of toffee or caramel bar. This may be from the yeast/particles throughout the drink. Then there is a huge bite (coming from the alcohol) that hits every part of the mouth. It then ends creamy and is leaves hop characteristics on the tongue.

Overall- When it comes down to it, I paid WAY too much for this 11.2 oz bottle of Belgian X-Mas Ale. The main reason for the purchase of this ale was that many people hanging out at the Stone Brewing sampling session have had this ale and suggested it. I enjoyed it all the way through and probably will never see a bottle of this again so am very glad I bought and enjoyed today. This Belgian is very strong and can say that its style is categorized well with Belgian Strong Pale Ale's.

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

Got this in my late secret santa package. Thanks!

A- Body is a very translucent, nearly opaque dirty golden yellow hue. Pours with a 1-2 finger head. Little lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is soft, mildly boozy, lots of cinnamon, and a hint of floral hops and citrus, and apple.

T- Flavor is initially soft with a hint of cinnamon and hints of apple and pear in the background. More cinnamon and a mild floral hop bitterness kick in for the finish. What is left to linger is a hint of alcohol astringency, a hint of cinnamon, and a hint of hop bitterness.

M- Soft medium carbonation and a consistency that is slightly astringent and slightly dry.

O- Overall this is a good beer. A nice spicy Christmas ale. My only complaint is that it is a shade bit too boozy-other than that soft, fruity, spicy and hoppy all at once. Well done overall.

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Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lot A Batch 9 9

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Murks up, zero head retention or lacing

S: Phenols, white pepper, & faint apricot notes. some boozey notes once warm

T: Apricot, pears, white grapes. a touch of cinnamon & yeasty spicyness, plus a touch of boozeyness up front. Faint breadyness as this warms along with pears dryness & a kiss of peach, honey plus some lemony hops thrown in for good measure as this warms. Finishes dry, fruitty & spicy

MF: Medium bodied, fairly low carbonation; pretty nice balance

Pretty nice overall presentation, good one-off take on the style

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

Poured into a snifter glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a rust tinged apricot or dark copper color with a ¼” head that quickly recedes to form a ring around the glass with a patchy thin film of foam over part of the surface. There is no lacing on the sides of the glass and sipping leaves some foam ring and small patches which soon slide back down to the liquid.

Smell: The aromas here are spicy and fruity (which is expected from the description of the beer). I’d say that the spices include a bit of clove, a dash of coriander and possibly a touch of cinnamon. The fruits include peaches, apricots and apples.

Taste: The flavors suggest peaches, pears and apricots. The almost honey-like sweetness while amply present, does not cloy, and there is a bit of bitterness from the hops that keeps it under control.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and softly creamy, almost oily, with weak carbonation. The finish is medium length, begins with the honey-like sweetness and then runs the through the spices and fruits, along with a hint of bitterness, to reach a quiet, almost dry ending.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: As a holiday season spiced tripel I think this one works well. I’m finding each sip a pleasure to take and will be regret seing the end of the beer. I could see having this again from the next batch. My overall impression is of a well-made, imaginative beer that explores some new ground and does it quite well. However, I’m thinking this is not a good beer for aging in that with the eventual fading of the hop bitterness, what will remain is the sweetness. While it is a complex sweetness, if there isn’t a bit of bitterness to “terminate” it at the end the sweetness will probably be cloying.

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Photo of kwjd
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage, from the Struise Yeast Store. Pours a bright orange colour with thick white head. Lacing literally coats the glass. Really nice head retention. Smells of candy sugar, pear, apple with some Belgian yeast. A nice sweet flavour, almost no bitterness. I typically don't like overly sweet Belgians, but this seems to work really well. Smooth carbonation level. A very nice beer.

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

Bottled purchased at Olivers in Albany just after the holidays. Cost me about $11 IIRC. Label says TSJ No. 11 - is that a batch number? Notched on the side are Lot C, #8 and then 10 (presumably 2010, as there are also an 08 and 09 that are unchecked). OK, here we go. . . .

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is murky dark-honey in color with a fairly small (1/2-finger) white head that settles pretty quickly.

S: Immediately upon popping the cap I'm smelling fruit. After the pour I get a lot of apricot, some peach and spices - nothin specific in the spice category, but there's spice there. And a good waft of boozy alcohol too.

T: First impression: this is kind of like a dry tripel, or a combination of white wine and a Belgian Pale Ale. I'm getting fruit again - apricot and grape now. Touch of spice, maybe some candi sugar. Alcohol heat adds to the already nearly bone-dry finish. Leaves the palate clean. Bottle advertises noble hops, but I'm not really getting them. Any bitterness seems to come more from unripe fruit rather than hops.

M: High level of soft but active carbonation; good effervescence pairs well with the overall lighter "feel" to both the taste and body.

D: Very good for a 10% ABV beer.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful hazy, golden orange into a maredsous chalice glass. Tastes of breaded malts with some fruits like pear, apple and apricot lingering in the finish. For a 10% alc beer, it drinks down pretty good and I detect no hotness. A very nice BSPA overall.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty looking dark honey color with a very small 1/2 inch head that fades to nothing. Very little spotty lacing on the drink down. Smell is of dark candied fruits, sweet malt, and winter spices. Tastes of dark fruits, winter spices, sweet malts. There is an alcohol presence here at 10% ABV. Carbonation level is good and beer is a bit thick. Drinkability is good, especially for the ABV. The smell and taste are superb but I think I would only have one of these at a time.

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

Enjoyed this On tap at the 7th Annual Belgium Fest yesterday at Max's in Baltimore

Nice orange color that is a bit darker than typical for the style. A decent amount of floral sweetness on the nose but not as much as I would have liked. The taste was outstanding and the stone fruit sweetness went really well with this slight bitterness. I wish more of this would have came through on the nose. The carbonation was nice and light providing for an overall great mouth feel.

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

On tap at 72 Hours of Belgium yesterday. This beer's much better fresh.

A clear orange-amber with a dense, white head, this looks good. The nose has stone fruit, honey, floral character and a mild sweetness. The palate has floral honey, some sugar, some peaches, pear and nectarine. This is really good fresh! Medium-light in body, medium-low in carbonation, this is excellent stuff.

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

Obtained via the'magic man' Thijs, I sort of had to be 'encouraged' to drink this 2010 beer last night given my obsession with squirreling away beers for those ever so rare Scottish sunny days.

Colour was a surprise. Deep rich golden orange brown with a thin fluffy whispy head. You can almost smell its thickness with its almost syrupy honey banana nose. Starts with some acid and immediate full flavour leading to a long clinging soothing very lengthy dilution over time before finally finshing with a surprising fullness. In the mouth there is finesse and thickness but it is not at all sappy or cloying but rather morish and wickedly potent.

Deinitely made for those damp Winter days. The timing was just perfect.

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Photo of DPFRD
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very murky pale brown that shows tints of red and yellow when light is diffused through it. Head was about 1cm and dissipated quickly.

S- Dark fruits, some spice, yeast underneath with some hops stinging through.

T- Comes out strong, getting some date like flavors, with some good pronounced malt, with the spice riding all the way through. The hops leave a sting on the tongue, followed by some phenolic warming.

M- Medium thick, but gritty. Mild carbonation.

D- Very enjoyable, but pretty strong, so a sipper to some.

O- I like it, it's tasty, interesting flavor wise and interesting in the way it was brewed. It's not mind blowing, but it's definitely top quality and worthy of recognition.

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

33cl bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, winter 2010 vintage.

Pours a golden honey color with light haze, two fingers of creamy head that loafs to the top on the pour, some lacing.

Interesting beer that works. Big malty base, caramel and loads of breadiness. Honey and apricot sweetness, light metallic dryness, hints of fruity esters, light grassy drying in the finish, cinnamon and cloves add a spicy note. Boozy and malty but somehow balanced out enough to call this drinkable. Creamy mouthfeel with just enough zip helps in that department. Nothing wowing but a well made sipper.

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Photo of rudzud
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey's yearly Belgian Christmas on 12/15.

A - Poured a dark deep cloudy amber with a nice two finger head with thick side lacing.

S - Nice good brett/funk aromas on this. Theres some light sweet smells similar to carmel, as well as some light fruit aromas as well.

T - Similar to the nose but, with some more bready malts. For some reason though I kept having a slight metallic aftertaste, which o fcourse was rather unpleasant.

M - Too low of carbonation for me, as in no carbonation. Very, very heavy and unpleasant mouthfeel.

D - This is a nice beer but the mouthfeel kills this. I can get past the taste as maybe it was due to the tapline but the mouthfeel is all the responsibility of the beer. A shame.

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

I had this beer on draft at The Belgian Cafe in Philadelphia on a recent trip there. This was my first time having this beer and it quickly became one of my favorites.

This beer poured a deep golden color/orange that was not very clear. One and a half inches of off-white head was visible.

The aroma was spicy with hints of fruit, sweet bread, and cinnamon.

Medium bodied, good drinkability. I would definitely recommend this beer.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.29/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a bottle that i picked up on clearance for around $5. its been sitting on the bottom shelf at my local liquor store for just over 2 years now, so this is a review of an aged bottle. drank out of my duvel tulip.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a very hazy bright golden orange colored body with a finger and a half of bright white head on top. the head lasts for a long time and leaves behind solid rings of lacing. very nice.

S- the first thing i think about the nose is how weak it is. i let this bottle warm up a bunch too, so i doubt its only subdued because its cold. what little i do get seems to be sweet belgian candi sugar, a little bit of pear, and some random spices. im surprised that i cant detect the alcohol in here. a small amount of earthy hops at the end.

T- the taste is definitely more potent than the nose. the first thing i can pick up are bready malts and belgian candi sugar. the fruits i could smell come back, as do the spices. i cant quite put my finger on them but i would guess that pepper and clove are part of them. the faint remainder of earthy hops and alcohol at the end.

M- medium bodied. the carbonation is about average for the style. the warming from the alcohol is stronger than i would have guessed form the nose and taste. its still well hidden at a large 10%.

D- too strong to want more than one. im glad i picked this one up on clearance. i enjoyed it, but i think that at the full $10/bottle price would have left a bad taste in my mouth (no pun intended). i think i have liked everything i have tried from the sturdy brewers.

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Photo of matjack85
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I found this single 11.2oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $4.99 (a bit pricey for a small bottle, but I see other reviewers paid almost double that for theirs, so I guess I shouldn't complain). No freshness date to be found, but there is a little blurb about the beer on the side label if you can manage to read the minute printing.

The beer poured a dark honey gold color and made a 1½ finger white head that lasted awhile and left some decent lacing. It's also very cloudy with bits of floating particles in it if you don't watch your pour.

Lots of Belgian yeast funk in the smell. Under the funk I could also pick up some sweet caramel, apricot fruitiness, and the aroma of noble hops.

The taste is not as sweet as the smell. There's more spiciness and hoppiness than anything else, yet the hops aren't that bitter. Apricot and caramel flavors help to balance the hop spiciness along with a good dose of warming alcohol.

The beer has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel to it and is full bodied with only moderate carbonation.

Definitely a sipping beer, and at 10% abv. it is doubtful if you will want more than one at a time, but it definitely hits the spot on a cold winter night.

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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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Struise Tsjeeses from De Struise Brouwers
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