Tsjeeses Belgian X-Mas Ale | De Struise Brouwers

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Tsjeeses Belgian X-Mas AleTsjeeses Belgian X-Mas Ale

Brewed by:
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 kbutler1
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a slightly hazed orange color with a slight off white head. Good lace as the head settles. Caramel, spice, and a malty nose. Medium mouthfeel. Apricot like fruit like flavors along with some belgian yeast flavors. Lingering bitterness. No real alocohol notes prevalant. Overall, a tasty little beverage.

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Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into unibroue snifter

Pours a 1/2 finger of white head. Decent retention with some lace rings. Color is a hazed dull golden bronze.

Aroma: A lot of spice and yeast flavors. Lemons, coriander, cloves, bananas, and a touch of alcohol showing. Some grassy herbal herbal hops as well. Not bad.

Taste: Bready and creamy. More malts show here. A bit of toffee. Herbal grassy hops. A lot of spices. Coriander and cloves with some nutmeg and bananas. Decent.

Mouthfeel: Dry and clean, but spiced. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. A bit of alcohol shows. Ends very dry.

Overall, not a bad trippel. I am definitely enjoying this one. A bit dry for me, but overall I like it and think it is fairly drinkable.

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

Appearance -- Pours a rosy medium amber, hazy, some sediment, and a finger of fluffy off-white head.

Smell -- Fruity off the bad with peaches and apricot, mild raspberry note, caramel, buttery toffee, vanilla, cocoa, gentle spicing. There is a faint metallic element, but it's not terribly off-putting. I'm pleased.

Taste -- Sweet and gently caramelized malt sweetness up front with caramel and toffee. Stone fruits are prominent with an abundance of peach and apricot. Clove, anise, and additional mystery spices lend some nice aromatic and earthy notes. Delish. Pleasant spicy finish with a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full in body with mild foamy carbonation creating an incredibly creamy feel. Additionally, the alcohol creates a gentle warming sensation from the throat down to the stomach: Belgian antifreeze?

Drinkability -- Great malty and fruity flavors, spicing is well-done, and the alcohol is surprisingly well hidden. My only quip is the excessive amount of sediment that *never* settled down. Beyond that, it's a fabulous holiday beer from a brewery that seems to do no wrong.

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Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy dark orange in color and has a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacy patterns on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of apricots and spices in the nose.
T: The taste is rather complex and has flavors of apricots, caramel, oranges and spices
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness in the finish.
D: This is definitely a sipping beer given its strength although the alcohol content is well masked making this rather drinkable.

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Photo of Brabander
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Struise Brouwers were at the Borefts festival in Bodegraven, the Netherlands with a lot of super beers. In De Molen, a fine dutch brewery, were a lot of good breweries but the best brewer was The Struise.

Poured in my the Molen tasting glass this beer looks like i know it from the bottle version. A nice and spicey aroma. Sweet with jasmine, light bitter with hints of licorice and laurel.


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Photo of ElGallo
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to chowdahead for bringing a bottle down to share.

Mmmm, Jesus beer. I know I should not drink thee Lord, but Urbain's bible says it's good for my soul, so drink thee I shall.

Killer head of foam on this one and a pleasant nose with some citrus notes. The head lingered a nice while and then laced out, so I gots me a Jesus moustache with every sip. Mild citrus and very mild background spice, if any, in the taste. Very different from other Belgian pale ales, but I like that.

This is yet another tasty and unique offering from the Struise gang, and for a holiday offering it's very different from the typical over-spiced, herbal winter warmer crap that roils me more than pumpkin beers. But I digress...

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip glass.

A - Very nice hazey honey colour with a nice tight white head that retains well and laces.

S - Very full on aromas of fruits peach, aprocot, tangerines etc. very complex.

T - Sweet stone fruits and quite a sweet balance of candy sugar. A healthy amount of spice to finish.

M - Creamy and well balanced medium body and carbonation.

D - The sign of a quality beer that is full of flavour and aromas. Another top beer from De Struise.

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Photo of STEG
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an allagash flute, cloudy, murky orange brown. Smell has peaches, apricots, sour cherries and oranges but it has an overall dank muskiness to it, pretty interesting. Taste like a mixture of orange, peach, and cherry juice with belgian yeasty funk. Mouthfeel reminds me of orange juice slightly thick and a bit syrupy. Alcoho is well hidden making this easy drinking.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy golden apricot with an average sized foamy, bubbly, white head. Decent retention that reduces into a thin, foamy lace.

S - Full of golden fruit and citrus aroma. Apple, peach, apricot, orange, and lemon all pretty strong and have a pretty juicy aroma. There is a very slight funk/pseudo-tart aspect to the fruitiness. Well spiced with some ginger, coriander, cinnamon, and orange rind amongst others. Slight yeast aroma is present, but not overly strong. Very full, juicy type of aroma.

T - Similar to the nose with a lot of golden and citrus and some tropical fruit. Sweet candi sugar along with oranges/tangerines, apricots, peaches, and apple make a sweet fruit mix. Good amount of yeast and a lot of different spices (similar to nose). A very slight funk to it as well along with a touch of mustiness and hay. Some vanilla as well. Very juicy/fruity flavor.

M - Medium body with a healthy amount of carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

D - A very drinkable beer with the alcohol very well hidden. Well balanced and even though it is well spiced and pretty sweet, it doesn't overload the palate and I would gladly drink another right after I finish this one.

Notes: Best before Dec. 2014. Another great beer from a great brewery. Sweet and spiced flavors mix around well along with the golden fruitiness. Wonderful beer that would drink well all year long. I would gladly drink this again and definitely recommend this.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Also sampled at Olympen, Oslo. ABV is 10%. Orange colour, moderate white head. The aroma has notes of Belgian ale yeast, some fruity and spicy notes, hints of brettanomyces / farmhouse. The flavour is sweet and spicy, noticeable hops in the finish. Quite good.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.35/5  rDev +9%
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 +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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 +14%
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 +0.3%
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 +4%
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 -10.3%
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 +4.5%
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 -2.3%
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 +0.3%
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 -9.8%
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 +10.3%
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 +6%
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 +7.8%
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 -7.8%
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%
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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Tsjeeses Belgian X-Mas Ale from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 467 ratings