Advent Beer Calendar 2009: Day 21: De Struise Brouwers Tsjeeses

TsjeesesToday’s beer is a second pick from Beer Goddess Lisa Morrison.

Tsjeeses is pronounced much like the man whom Christmas celebrates: Jesus himself. And, apparently, it is what the brewers would happily exclaim upon the first sip of this unique brew, “T’sjeeses, what a beer!”

The Santa-capped guy on the label is the creation of the brewmaster, after enjoying one too many Tsjeeseses, according to popular lore.

This holiday ale is lagered for eight months on different stone fruits before it meets the bottle. The fruit is evident in the first sip, and lingers throughout, along with honey, a touch of citrus and herbal spice.

Tsjeeses is worth seeking out — and you might even become a disciple.

BeerAdvocate: A-. RateBeer: 3.77/5, 96th percentile.