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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

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Photo of haz77
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage

A - Pours a clear, bright copper with three fingers of firm off-white head. This very slowly falls to a rocky cap. Half a dozen small streamers are visible. Good start.

S - Fruity esters, plasticky phenols, clove, orange peel, coriander, light whiff of banana, some floral notes, a slight vinous presence in the background. Nice balance.

T - The start is candied orange along with a refined citric edge. Fruity esters transition into caramel flavours which round out and mellow the middle of the beer. This moves into a vinous note and a soft spike of spicy phenols. A perfumed floral character lingers in the aftertaste along with light hop bitterness. The alcohol is barely perceptible. As with the aroma, great balance.

M - Medium body with delicate, persistent carbonation that allows some creaminess to come through, before finally dispersing it towards the finish. A common theme I've found with De Struise is the consistently excellent mouthfeel.

D - Yet another fine beer from this brewery. Looks good, the smells and taste are well balanced, integrated and transition sublimely, with the mouthfeel perfectly offsetting it all. What more can you ask for?

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Photo of bigaltemple
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. Lot B 9 09

A - Very cloudy and light copper in color with yellows and reds at the edges. Off-white head never rises above a small cap in size. Leaves a small amount of patchy lacing.

S - Musty herbal fruit. Some hints of maybe clove and allspice. Not much really jumping out with this one.

T/M - Picks up in the taste. Spicy orange rind and lemon zest. Keeps me guessing. One sip is all fruit with some sweetness, while the next is full of spice. Medium body that starts really wet with good carbonation, and finishes surprisingly very dry.

O - Glad I got to try this one. Little bit different from what I was thinking going into it. Thanks to sliverX for sending in the 10s=ME BIF.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, 'Best Before: B, 6, 2013'. Emptied (mostly) to a 'Moinette' goblet at cellar temperature (45-50F). I'm not certain who sent/brought this, but I'm almost certain it was BanditBrewingCo; if so, thanks, Alan!

Label: looks like an inebriated/strung out Santa Claus. OK, that's EXACTLY what it is. 'Beer brewed with love, you better drink wisely!' Really, a simple demand from a label.

A: Careful pour, but still lots of floaty bits... I guess 3 years in the cellar will do that. Otherwise, it's a lovely golden-amber with a stubby but lasting head, creamy off-white with a clinging ring and crescent film. Nothing much for lace. Meh.

S: An earthy and kind of fruity nose, one that hints at tangerine or orange sherbet. That 'can't-quite-put-my-finger-on-it' Belgian yeasty spice strains my nostrils (and, inadvertently, my taste buds). It starts modestly enough, then turns on the jets as warming begins; sweet and bready, spicy and alluring.

T: Toffee/caramel malt, orange scone, sweet and herbal cloves and slightly grassy bitterness. Lots of bready yeast, but a surlier sort of dry spicing for balance. More ash and dusty earthiness to finish. It's a prototypical Belgian in all regards: flavorful, balanced.

M: Fabulous feel, as creamy and rich as (the best of) any strong Belgian I've encountered. A thick mouthfeel without being very chewy/sticky. The slightest warmth, but acceptable from a big beer like this. Again, I can't get over just how perfectly creamy the feel is.

O: Flavors are quite good and feel is opulent ~ too bad for the cloudy fallout and a strong, but one-dimensional nose! I don't know how much time is 'right' for aging this beer but at 3+ years in the cellar and with over a year to go before the 'Best Before' date, I'll deem this ideal for drinking right now. Yep, my 'overall' is greater than the sum of its parts, but so be it... I see this around occasionally and gladly have one again!

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into an ommegang chalice. LOT: C 8 10

pours out a deep murky orange color, lots of sediment. a little red in the light. thin yet some what retentive head. doesnt really leave much lacing. not the huge billowy head im used to with this style.

a little boozey alcohol, somewhat solvent. vineous, wine like fruits, pears. mild yeast phenols and mild spice. caramel candied malt sweetness.

candied malt sweetness, a bit of caramel, a nice doughy/ bready flavor, some slightly restrained yeast phenols and the slightest hint of spice. some wine like notes as well, maybe a little apple and pear. warming finish.

bigger side of medium bodied. couldve used a touch more carbonation and a slightly dryer finish.

pretty right on for the style, nicely made. i look forward to the reserva.

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Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small yeast clumps at the end of the pour. Lightly cloudy with a deep amber-orange color. Thick creamy off-white head. Leaves a blanket of lace.

Strong fresh candy-like perfume. Lots of caramel; light alcohol nose with a touch of hop.

This is a very rich beer which belies the strong alcohol kick. In a word: deceptive. Strong lightly sweet malt on the initial sip. This lingers through the aftertaste. Joining this is an increasing level of bitterness and warming alcohol. Still, this is a tale of sweet, barley wine-ish malt. If you like that style, you will likely love this.

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

Blind beer #4

Unabeled 12 oz. bottle going into a tulip.

A - Medium orange with some yeast hanging around big bubbles on the edge of the glass. Very little lacing. 3.5

S - One whiff after opening the bottle I was thinking old ale, but the color is throwing me off. Butterscotch, vanilla and some light fruit like peach and lemon. Really have no idea what's going on. Really rich vanilla and maybe some oak here....A little more mustiness as it warms up. 4.0

T - Sweet dark vanilla, with some apricot. The first sip reminds me of Fred, but this is definitely a unique beer whatever it is. Not insanely sweet, but there's a good bit of honey in the taste. The bitterness is barely present and seems like it's from some wood. There's some lemon and musty tartness on the finish which is really confusing me. Maybe there's a bit of aging here? Starting to get more sour as it warms as well. I get all the following through a series of sips: vanilla, lemon, celery (could be leftover from dinner), wood, apricot, lemon, etc. Crazy flavors! 3.5

M - Quite sharp carbonation, borderline too much. Very full bodied with an enjoyable butter coating my tongue. There's a bit of heat, but it drinks like 8%, though I have a feeling it's much higher. Good bit of residual sugar. 4.0

O - One of the most complex beers I've ever had. Different flavors show up with each sip. Really thought it was sweet barleywine at first but drinking more like a sour near the end. This is why I love blind BIFs. 3.5

First thoughts I am really hung up on Fred on this one. Pretty sure there's some type of barrel aging going on. I would guess fred from the wood, but I remember the oak in that just being overpowering. This seems like some type of American strong ale, or an american barleywine that's lightly hopped and/or aged...Okay, after another dozen sips, it's more and more sour and I'm perplexed. Is this an infected barleywine? Is it just a mildly soured strong american wild? I started off well with the first three but I am completely stumped here. It's like half Fred, half Brute. Just strange, and I have no idea. Time to pull off that duct tape.

The reveal: Struise Tsjeeses

What?!?!? I've had this before and did not recognize this beer at all! I wasn't even close on the style. This is all kinds of crazy. Is there any wild yeast in here intentionally? I don't get many of the spices, but maybe they all come through as different flavors. This is an amazing blind beer. I don't get a ton of the belgian esters, but going back, I could see this with kind of a tripel/BSPA base. I do love me some Urbain beers, though. Cheers!

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light burnt orange with a fizzy uneventful head. Fair retention, no lace.

S: Dates, fig jelly, kumquat rind, a good amount of sweet citrus.

T: Heavy amount of fig, marmalade, big fruit with a very yeasty classic finish. Estery, nice mix of flavours.

M: Medium to full-bodied, frothy soft carbonation. Biting a bit at the end. Rich for its style.

O: A different take on a Belgian Christmas beer, but still very enjoyable. Well made, I was glad to find this on sale post Christmas, because the regular $8 price-tag is none to pretty.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle 10,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
2010 Vintage Batch C
Best Before: August 2015

I drank this beer on Christmas morning, much to the annoyance of my family who wanted to open their presents!

Appearance: Beautiful pour - lightly clouded bright apricot-orange body topped by a massive (typically Struise) off white head that displays annoyingly good retention and leaves great lace.

Smell: Mmmmm this smells delicious, wonderful combination of sweet fruit and spices. Cooked apples, candied orange peel, peaches, golden raisins, yellow plums, cloves, white pepper and nutmeg are all noted. There is a light honey sweetness and a hint of yeasty tartness. As the beer warms there is a hint of quality brandy.

Taste: The flavour follows on from the nose perfectly. Notes include: Sweet honey, candied orange peel, sweet peaches, yellow plums, nutmeg, cloves and pepper. The yeasty tartness is a little more pronounced than in the nose. Warming yields a lightly earthy/herbal hop note.
Perfect alcohol cover - though what else do you expect from Urbain and the guys at Struise?

Mouthfeel: Just shy of a full body (much fuller than I expected) with stunning, ultra smooth carbonation.

Overall: BSPA are not my favorite style, that said this Struise rendition is absolutely delicious! I hope to have it again next Christmas, or if I am lucky the oak aged version.

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

Had on tap at thirsty monk. Nice copper body with a lacey white/tan head.

Pleasant and subtle smell of citrus and yeast. Some orange and lemon zest.

Taste is on the sweeter side with lots of fruit up front. Some malt as well. No bitterness or hops to speak of.

I'm usually not a pale ale fan but this was very good.

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

Had on-tap at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA. Stole it from my husband because it was much tastier than the brew I was mistakenly given by our waitress. Poured a dark amber color with a bit of haziness. Had an aroma of dark fruits, earthy hops, sweet malts and yeast. Taste followed the nose for the most part. The dark fruit profile came out extensively in the taste. Cherries, grapes, plums...yum.

Medium in body with light carbonation. Very drinkable...I could have gone for two of these. Recommended!

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Photo of sommersb
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 12-17-2011
Freshness: Bottled on 08-2010 (Lot c)
Packaging: 330 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Single from Chuck's, Bowling Green, KY

This beer is getting close to 1.5 years old.

Mostly clear, bright copper-colored beer, with a tan head of a couple of fingers. Very good lace is present. Retention is fair.

Aromas include alcohol, rich malty sweetness and a variety of spices and ripened fruit (such as overly ripe bananas).

Taste is potent, with a strong malt backbone and a heady amount of alcohol. Very spicy as well, with pepper, cinnamon and clove. Little or no hop bitterness is detected.

The body is fairly thick, with a medium amount of carbonation. The finish is malty, sweet and spicy, with quite a bit of alcohol warmth.

Overall this is a very strong, boozy holiday ale. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

This was to be the last beer of my session, but less than halfway through, I ended up swapping it with my wife, who ordered a beer she didn't care for. Dammit!

Served in a tulip glass, this beer poured a slightly cloudy amber color mixed with ruby hues, and a foamy white head that receded quite a bit. Aroma of candi sugar, cherries, and wet grass. Taste of sweet malts, Bing cherries, grape skins, followed by some funky yeast and an appropriate dose of hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel, and nicely drinkable.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle information is, Lot: B - 9 - 09

A: Pours a murky golden brown with about one finger of off white head. There is very little lacing as it drinks.

S: Smells mainly of yeast, but there are some more subtly notes underneath. I'm picking up lemon peel and honey. I also get some booziness in the background.

T: This beer starts off sweet, with some honey and malt up front. It then transitions into some bitter, lemony, goodness. The finish is a mix of all of those flavors.

M: It starts off a but dry, but finishes creamy and just a bit bitter.

O: This is a decent beer. The bottle notes that this beer is brewed with herbs and spices, but I'm not picking up much in that regard. Perhaps the flavors have faded a bit over time. Seeing as how I didn't hate this beer, I'd like to try it again fresh... someday.

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

Picked up this 2010 vintage at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Hazy amber-orange pour with one finger head, decent retention, nice lacing, and lots of floaties. The nose is very unique and hard to pin down. I'm getting sweet and sour notes with hints of orange peel, caramel, grass, and a touch of clove. As it warmed it really opened up. Very complex, spicy taste with hints of butterscotch, caramel, orange peel, lemon, apricots and alcohol. As with the nose, the taste really morphs as it warms. Slightly boozy, but it doesn't really hurt the drinkability. The finish is crisp and dry with a nice tangy, bitter bite. Headed to the O.B.E.R. Kerstbierfestival in a few weeks and can't wait to try this fresh. Another great offering from Struise!

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Photo of Dubber55
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lot B909- not sure what vintage but I just recently saw it in the store so I am assuming 2011

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow/orange with 1/2 a finger of white head

Strong herbal, phenolic smell from the Belgian yeast- a lot of bubble gum, banana, clove, orange peel, rum soaked raisins, Belgian candy sugar, a little caramel and vanilla- very nice.

Taste starts of with banana and bubble gum- followed by clove, orange peel, rum soaked raisins, and caramel/vanilla. Buttery and bready as the beer warms up. Herbal as well. The finish has a little bitterness from the noble hops and a slight taste of alcohol but, very well integrated into the flavor. Very nicely balanced with the dry finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty light for 10% abv. Low carbonation as well. Pretty nice.

I am usually not a fan of this style but, this beer is excellent. Very complex and balanced-so many different flavors going on but all meld together nicely. Usually the Belgian yeast just completely overwhelms everything else- not here though. The 10% abv is also very well hidden- another great beer from a great brewery.

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

2010 Vintage.

Beer pours a cloudy amber. A small white head disappears quickly. Some lacing.

Smell is quite malty and bready, even has a bit of oatmeal scent. Green grapes, other light fruit scents and spices round out the nose.

Taste is similar to the nose. Malty and bready, as well as some sweet fruit flavours, with less grape than I got from the nose (though I find it hard to pick our particular fruit flavours in this one). Spices are particularly strong at the finish. Fairly dry, particularly at the finish and certainly for the style. The label mentions herb flavours, and I get that, though it may be the power of suggestion. Fairly complex and certainly not your typical BSPA.

Moderate to high carbonation, good feeling. Full bodied, chewy.

Overall, pretty interesting take on the style. My initial reaction was not overly enthusiastic, but I found myself enjoying it more as the bottle progressed. I would be interested to try it again, certainly.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy amber with a puffy white head that quickly recedes to a lingering, thin mousse. Once the beer settles in the glass, little chunks of yeast are suspended throughout, resulting in a very interesting appearance.

S: Aromas of caramel, toffee, cream, oranges, spice, and cognac are present on the nose. I'm a bit surprised that I did not pick up any discernible hop scents.

T: Notes of caramel, cream, toffee, orange, lemon, pepper, cognac, herbal hops, and some sort of spice (coriander, perhaps?) bludgeon the palate. The finish is soothing with citrus, caramel, and herb flavors undercut by a muddy, earthy, tobacco-tinged hop backtaste.

M: Full bodied, slick, and syrupy. The carbonation is pretty weak. At least the alcohol is concealed effectively...

O: I don't know what happened here. This beer has been cellared properly for two years and things didn't really come together. Perhaps this was a bad bottle or maybe it was not handled as well as I thought it was. Regardless, this beer came off as a muddled mess. I'll revisit this one in the future to see if my impressions change.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33 cl Tsjeeses 2010 best before 08/2015 poured in a tulip.

Fluffy white head and a cloudy amber body. Leaves some markings on the glass and a little head floats around for the length of the drink.

Smells sweet/sugary with some spice and fruit.

The malts and spices come through big. A little alcoholic kick.

This thing is smooth and dry. Slight carbonation is present.

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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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Photo of Mar02x
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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Struise Tsjeeses from De Struise Brouwers
4.01 out of 5 based on 455 ratings.
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