Struise Tsjeeses | De Struise Brouwers

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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

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4.01
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11.22%
 
 
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Photo of DenverLogan
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 from the bottle. Medium head, significant carbonation, golden color. Sweet malt aroma and taste with slight citrus, spice notes...slight honey and clove. Nice brew with fun label and name. Sometimes you can find this on sale in Denver for under $7! More citrus than the Reserva.

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

Tsjeeses

Is that a stoned hippie under that Santa hat on the label, or is it ... "jeeses"? Good question.

Belgian XMas Ale brewed with spices.

Clouded and murky, dull, hazed crimson coloration, or is it a muted violet? Slimmish, dotted white head.

Aroma: Fun-kay, sour, spicy, hoppy...some dark fruit, a wine-ish feel.

Taste: pepper and grape, put quickly. A rough ride, this one. Gritty texture, not clean or smooth in the least (but I like that.) Bitter hops bump up against a spicy blend, with malt, fruit, yeast...a fun ride, to be sure. All the parts bump up, even if they don't blend. Taste gets better and better....spice stays on top.

This would've really hit the spot in winter, but it's doing the trick here in May.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From notes. Pours hazy golden with vigorous activity and fluffy white head that stays a long time. Patchy lacing lasts for the duration.

Yeasty banana, moderate boozy esters, vaguely sweet, grainy, with light citrus hops.

Mild hop bitterness and mild citrusy hops balnace a big malty sweet base. Lightly spicy and wicked smooth. Booze is very well masked.

Modest warming, rich full body, medium viscosity and a clean finish.

What the hell style is this anyway? I first read "blonde Christmas Ale" somewhere. Hmmm, a 10% blonde ale. Called a Belgian Strong Pale here, and an Abbey Tripel on ratebeer. I guess it really doesn't matter, it's good! Super smooth, mellow, balanced and complex. A treat.

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

Pours a cloudy amber gold with a modest head. Resolves into a thin layer of foam. Not much carbonation, but lots of small yeast particles that look like fine bubbles in suspension.

Floral nose, Xmas spices--clove and ginger, and candi or brown sugar.

Malty up front, then spice flavors of clove, ginger, and citrus rinds, raisins, similar to a fruit cake. Higher alcohol is apparent, but well integrated.

Medium to thick in body, with light carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

Nice X-mas style brew, more of a night-capper.

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Photo of July2Nov
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy pear color, with a little less than an inch of head. Really great lacing that clings to the glass like a champ!

Smell: As soon as the cap was released, the aromas flew out. Strong notes of sweetness (ie. apples, slight citrus). Has a spice bread note near the end.

Taste & Mouthfeel: For all of it's alcohol content (10% abv), this is a very deceptive and smooth beer. Certainly warms the mouth up and makes the cheeks rosey! Has an ever so soft bite on the tongue and has a dryness to it in the middle, but still finishes with a nice wetness. Much like the "smell" had alluded to, it's a sweet and spicy beer. Very good in it's style qualities.

Drinkability: This is a "one and done" for me. No prolonged affairs. No need to rush it, this one is for savoring. Enjoy it after a good meal. It makes for the perfect nightcap.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 3/6/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

oak and sweet

a - Pours a copper color with about an inch of head. Little carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts mostly. Hints of fruit and booze.

t - Taste follows nose...bready malts, spices, and fruit. Little bit of booze.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - Not a bad Belgian. Nice body, but would have liked a little more of the smell and taste as bready malts dominated them. Would give another chance.

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Photo of drpimento
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmm, maybe I did a boo boo. Dint decant the bottle thereby pouring the yeastoids into the head and perhaps altering my perceptions. Anyway - Poured with a small to medium light tan head that mostly subsided and a little lace. Color is a cloudy (with chunks) medium to dark brownish amber. Nose is very yeasty, malt, spice, and a little vineous. Flavor's about the same with some citrus tang at the end. Real easy drinking and belies the strength. Great finish of the flavors. Round, mouth filling body and great carbonation. Easy to get schnockered on this. And happy to do so!

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Photo of Xul
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an effervescent, somewhat hazy copper with one finger of frothy, slightly-off white head. The steady stream of bubbles running up through the beer is surprisingly strong for such a big beer.

S: Wheat toast was the first distinct whiff I caught, followed by apricots, some booziness, and hints of winter spices.

T: Starts out with a malty base - largely a wheaty character similar to the smell, albeit less toasty. Some earthy bitterness comes in on the middle, giving way to winter spices and a blend of citrus and lighter fruits - apricot and grape specifically.

M: Very slick, with moderate carbonation - I was expecting it to be quite a bit more carbonated based upon the appearance. Finishes with a sticky quality.

D: The alcohol makes itself known pretty quickly in both the aroma and mouthfeel...with some time for the alcohol to mellow, it could become far more drinkable.

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

A - Gold. Nice cream-colored head. Belgian lace.

S - Grainy. A little toasty. Bready malt character with hints of caramel. Aroma's a little earthy with spicy notes. Fruity, but no real distinguishable fruit. Maybe a little raisin.

T - a lot of the aromas above in the flavors. Some oxidation sherry flavors. Spicy belgian phenolics that remind me of St Bernardus' beers that I love so much. You don't find flavors like that in US beers.

M - sweet, but not cloying. Surprisingly not heavily carbonated. A bit of alcohol warmth.

D - a beer to keep in an arsenal of Belgian standards. Very enjoyable.

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

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly to a ring, leaving some lace. Hazy amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Fruity, spicy nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is fruit, spicy with a lingering sour fruit aftertaste. High ABV is hidden. Pricey at $9.25 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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

From the 330ml bottle (2009) this Belgian ale pours a cloudy, yeasty amber. Moderate gusher produced surprisingly small head. I guess I was cautious.

Ripe nose of banana, fruit and alcohol.

Flavor is sweet, fruity and spicy, with a decidedly bitter and herbal finish. Notes of clove, noble hops and green apple. Reminiscent of De Dolle Bos Keun, but different. More bitter and dry. Mouthfeel is huge and oh, so smooth. This feature is really what you're paying for with Struise. The ten percent alcohol is somewhat noticeable-- a nice, yet dangerous feature. What a treat.

Another smooth drinker from Struise. How does Urbain do it? I've heard it's in the yeast...

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Photo of Jayli
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased back in December

A: This beer pours a hazy honey/slightly orange color with about 1/3 inch of white head. Head doesn't last last very long but leaves some wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of apricot, alcohol, pale malts, spicing, and a hint of orange peel.

T: Taste starts with a rich caramel malt flavoring that quickly fades in to a blend of candy sweetness, maybe molasses and spicing. Hint of yeast and grassiness come through. Finish on this is grape, apricot and tangerine. Some alcohol is present throughout. Very orange after taste.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp body with a touch of a sticky finish.

D: Highly drinkable, dangerously drinkable as it is 10%. Well balanced, not what you would think as a Christmas brew, but it is a nice Belgian Strong. Definitely one to have a few of, or even just enjoy one.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy orange color, somewhat murky looking. Thick white foamy head slowly fades to a 1/2" cap. Excellent lacing left behind.

S - Lots of fruit with a hint of spice as well. Apricot and a little lemon zest mixed with a dash of baking spices. Cinnamon and a sprinkle of nutmeg. As it warms a nice malt backing comes through providing some biscuity smells.

T - Spicy and fruity up front. Lots of apricot, a touch of lemon zest and a squirt of peach syrup. Lightly spiced as well with hints of alot of baking spices you find in spiced Belgian style ales. Some herbal notes come through late in the drink. A very diverse flavor profile.

M/D - Very dry, light and crisply carbonated. Alcohol is well masked and this is one drinkable beer.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Brass Rail in Hershey, PA

A- a yeasty orange color. Lots of floaties in the beer. One finger head that leaves a decent lacing on my pint but nothing to get excited about. Very cloudy as well.

S- huge burst of fruity smell. Dark candied fruit such as orange peel and raisins. hints of vinegar and caramel come in to the nose as well. some other spices are hidden in the smell too.

T- interesting for a xmas ale. It tastes like straw wheat with some of those winter spices mixed in with it. The orange peel is in there but not as prominent as in the nose. odd complexities.

M- wheaty and dry. quite yeasty and foamy as well.

D- at 10% abv this brew is meant to sip and enjoy. It isnt bad overall but the dry wheatiness of the character dropped it down a notch for me.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 333ml bottle TSJ No. 11 X-Mas Brew.

Pours a hazy golden brown. I think that chunky is a good descriptor for the liquid. The head is a persistent white froth. The nose is yeasty and doughy, but dominated by fruits. Apricot, peach, and even red apple are present. There is also a very slight tinge of red wine vinegar and alcohol. It is slightly sweet with the pitted fruits coming through. The alcohol burns nicely, and there are lightly bitter and sour notes on the finish. We have a full body with a sticky texture. The carbonation is average and the finish is long. Overall, this is a very nice beer. The complexity doesn't really pull through on the palate, but I think that this beer will age well for quite a while.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a Chimay goblet. Pours with absolutely no head, and takes on an orangey visage with golden highlights.

S - Smells like winter spices, golden raisins, dried orange peels, and faint caramel.

T - The taste here is sort of like a spicy, dark wheat beer with a bit more malty richness in the flavor and more dry alcohol flavor and finish than a wheat beer.

M - Thin, low carbonation, clean.

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

Massively murky (and opaque) apricot with blurry amber borders and a four finger crown of sandstone colored foam. Although the head doesn't look tremendous, it improves as it melts and is beginning to deposit a respectable amount of soap sudsy lace. My love for unclear beer is the reason for the above score.

This holiday ale smells impressively golden fruity and even more impressively spicy. Unlike most beer of this style, which relies on yeast to provide those aromas and flavors, both fruit and spices were added. Technically, the beer spent time aging on fruit, but it wasn't added per se. Oh yeah, it smells great.

Tsjeeses was brewed to be a combination of 'a rich, malty tripel' and a spiced Christmas ale. Misson expertly accomplished. It's 'lagered' on various stone fruits prior to bottling (including apricots, plums and peaches), with each batch being a combination of those fruits that are available at the time.

Spices are added too, although the brewery won't tell us what they use. It all adds up to one bold, ballsy tripel/BSPA that is disappearing way too quickly. Let's go with shortbread cookies, loads of apricot and peach fruitiness, assorted herbs and plenty of clove. Sweet and spicy are nose and nose, while tangy and bitter are a few lengths behind. Coriander? Anise seed?

Are we sure the ABV isn't 7.5%? What a wonderful job of alcohol masking. The supple creaminess of the mouthfeel cannot be faulted. However, it doesn't quite have the expansive, mouthfilling excellence that is needed for the next highest score.

With the exception of Struisse Witte, I have had nothing but outstanding beer from De Struisse Brouwers. Tsjeeses Belgian X-Mas Ale is a bold and beautifully spiced tripel that will almost certainly appeal to any Belgian beer lovers who are fortunate enough to make its acquaintance.

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Photo of andrewinski1
2.7/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter with a finger thick head that shrinks to thin lace relatively quickly. Smells really good, lots of fruit, specifically pear and a hint of spice. The taste is strong of alcohol. The malt and yeast flavors are hard to detect because of the boozyness. The mouthfeel is normal for the style; maybe more carbonated than I would prefer. This beer looks and smells amazing, but the taste isn't that good. I'll try another bottle a year later.

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

330ml, BBE 12/2014. Cap removal instantly releases bottle-trapped hoppy aroma. Everything less volatile than that goes into Karmeliet glass. Pouring produces half an inch thick bubbly white head that collapses creating a soapy film atop of murky pale yellow-orange fluid. Aromas are mostly hops followed by citruses, yeast and refined cane sugar with a touch of honey. Yeasty flavor with soft sweet malt supported hops and citruses creating an illusion of grapefruit sensation. Lots of hops in here resulting in long lingering bitterish aftertaste. I couldn't put my finger at any particular spice - this brew is all about quest for bitter-sour balance where hoppy bitterness always prevails over citrusy sourness, but that might change with time as the hops will lose aroma, flavor and bitterness as they age. The medium bodied beer is soft on the palate as its carbonation is bridled by viscous fluid. Absence of visible yeasty particles that Reserva abounds with and pronounced hoppiness separate regular Tsjeeses from his barreled brother. Oh, I didn't mention alcohol. Was there any?

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

A - Pours murky, yeast suspended, clumpy amber. Plenty of almost white head, cling lace to follow. A little scary but intriguing.

S - Smells like a yeast starter. So much yeast, hard to get around it. Tropical fruits, juicy fruit and malt behind it.

T - Fruity, yeasty, big flavor. Juicy fruit there too. Malty in back.

M - Creamy, good balance, wish a little more carb...

D - Nice beer, but not sessionable in any real sense. Could see me trying...

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

330cl bottle, Lot B, bottled 9/09. In a snifter it was a hazy deep amber color with a small film of head. An aroma of fruit and spice. The taste was orange, with cinnamon/clove/pepper flavors. The peppery taste persisted for quite some time, and made the mouthfeel a bit on the harsh side. Enjoyable enough, but one and done for me.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that lasted a moderate amount of time. Good lacing.

S: Aroma of spices, lighter fruits and malt.

T: Tasted of spices (pepper, allspice, etc.), orange, maybe a little apple and malt. The latter is very evident in the aftertaste. A decent, clean taste.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a finish that seemed a little slick at first, but was later a kind of dry. Medium-bodied.

D: A drinkable beer. I don't really see what makes it a Christmas brew, but it is a tasty beer.

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Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from a 330 cL bottle into a snifter. no age on bottle but suspect it might have been on the shelf for awhile.

A: pours hazy, orange shade of amber, with a 1 finger slight off-white head. good retention and lacing. lots of yeast sediment.

S: spicy aroma with a candy-like sweetness. also detecting some earthy hop in the aroma. some bread-like yeast as well.

T: hints of allspice, orange, and candy-caramel; alcohol flavor although not hot or solvent-like; nice dry earthy/spicy hops in the finish, with a firm but well-balanced bitterness.

M: slightly heavy for a strong golden, a little syrupy, medium carbonation. not as effervescent as typical.

D: this is a very drinkable and enjoyable beer--although you definitely become aware of the alcohol content when you stand up to get another. Will try to get back to the store and buy what is left on the shelf as it is likely limited-time available.

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

Ounces 10 through 11.2 have been left behind in the bottle; the four or so ounces that preceded them were so full of yeasty chunks that the beer became beyond mucky, the glass full of fingernail-like flecks. This off-putting complexion, however, isn't enough to make the beer wholly unappealing; Tsjeeses' saving graces are a bright orange shine witnessed into the light and a thorny white crown that binds beer and glass together.

Tsjeeses may have an odd sounding name, a funny-looking label, an eccentric brewer and an unconventional maturation process, but it doesn't have that unusual of a smell. The eights months spent lagering on various stone fruits has not procured any more a distinct, fruity balm than is commonplace in most Belgian Strong Golden ales. The herbs and spices, for their part, don't seem to have added much by way of distinction either.

But while it may not smell all that unique, it certainly smells good. Fantastic even. Who says you have to make a different smelling beer? I happen to think Tripels and Strong Pale ales smell pretty good; why change a winning formula? This vaguely fruity, modestly potent balm of pale, pillowy malts and soft spicy phenols is just lovely. Floral hops, hints of citrus and a warm, mellowing disposition seal it - this deserves nothing less than a 4.5.

Flavour, while similar in makeup and equally pleasant, doesn't quite earn the next highest score for the simple reason that I'll likely spend more time (and extract more enjoyment) from smelling it than actually tasting and drinking it; the scents of over-ripe banana, orange peel, noble hops, the soft, spicy alcohol and toasty malts seem more gratifying to the nose than the taste buds. That being said, you might very well beg to differ.

The mouthfeel is clearly the work of Belgian hands. It is so gingerly spiced, the malts so gently toasted, the fruit so nuanced and elegant and the alcohol so sparsely noted you'd swear it was ladled in one cautious teaspoon at a time. Only Belgian beers seem to have assertive, distinct qualities and be simultaneously so graceful and exquisite in their disposition. Only in Belgium do you find 10% beers that drink as if they were 4%.

The brewers insist that the name Tsjeeses (loosely pronounced as "cheeses" or "Jesus") is meant more as an expression of stupefaction than a curse - I can see why. This is a beer so well crafted that I wouldn't scoff at the idea of placing it up there amongst Belgium's best Tripels and Golden Ales. With offerings like this it's no wonder people have begun making the pilgrimage to Vleteren to see the messiah they call Tsjeeses, err, I mean Urbain.

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

A: Bottle poured by the man on the label, at the schoolhouse.
Slightly cloudy amber orange with a white head that settles quickly.
S: Aroma of stonefruits. Actually, that's not true, because I don't know what a stonefruit is, actually.
T: Flavor starts malty and progresses through spice and dark fruits to a slightly bitter finish.
M: Medium body.
D: It was very special to drink this one with the master himself. Thank you Urbain!!!

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Struise Tsjeeses from De Struise Brouwers
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