Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (2008-2010) - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by nhindian:
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.
A - Pours a slightly hazy dark amber; I was careful to pour slowly to leave the sediment at the bottom, and I can see a lot of yeast still in the bottle so I think that was the smart thing. Despite the little bit of cloudiness, I can see partway through it, glimpsing multiple torrents of carbonation that help feed the 2.5-finger, tan head and leaving it with high retention. Compose of thick, soapy bubbles, the head leaves a thick coat of lace on the glass that is nearly all-encompassing.
S - The nose is potent and covers a lot of different subjects. A sugar-coated fruitiness is the first thing I get, like grapes, dates, and figs, and this combined with strong yeast phenols make this addicting to smell. A touch of alcohol springs up here and there, just enough to let you know this isn't all sweet, but otherwise it isn't much of a disturbance. Lastly, a subtle oak creeps in, not individually, but latching onto the other characteristics to give them a nice twist.
T - My first sip almost has me withdraw in surprise as it's kind of a kick in the mouth. This flavor is something that I haven't came across before as a whole, only in separate beers. Again, the sugary fruits are back, but now they get that alcohol-soaked quality that is common for stronger Belgians, and I really get the gritty parts of it, like the pits and skin. It's very earthy, and the oak only helps in cementing that feeling. Something that was missed in the nose was the spice in this, as I am getting a little bit of all-spice and cinnamon as well that differentiates this.
M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with good carbonation. Despite the sweetness it still finishes pretty dry but has a lasting finish of alcohol and spice.
D/O - Drinkability is high. This is really a cool and unique beer which is good to help break up the grind that I sometimes find myself falling into in terms of styles. A spiced Belgian Christmas ale with a bit of oak-aging in it? Sounds good to me, and has the taste to back it up as well.
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2012 04:15:40 | More by nhindian
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United Kingdom (England)
3.9/5 rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
33cl Bottle: BBD 16th Jun 16. Poured into a La Chouffe tulip at home on 3rd Dec 13.
Looked fine: dull dark amber/mid-reddy-brown. The head was a full foam covering of off-white bubbles.
The nose leads with malty molasses: a strong treacle taste comes along once the beer got to my mouth. This is sweet from the start with the alcohol and bitterness arriving later on the palate: there is also a spicy and yeasty feel to the flavours and smell.
I like sweet malty brews and this fits nicely into my style.
Serving type: bottle
12-03-2013 20:50:03 | More by BlackHaddock
Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (2008-2010) from De Struise Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.