Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (2008-2010) - De Struise Brouwers
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4.97/5 rDev +19.2%
Tasting an 08' from the bottle. Small head...less carbonation than the regular t'Sjeeses. Golden color. Sweet malt aroma and taste without the citrus notes of the regular. Absolutely lovely balance and a beer I could enjoy daily. Wonderful balance without any negative aspects.
06-06-2010 03:00:54 | More by DenverLogan
4.8/5 rDev +15.1%
330 ml with strangely apocalyptic BBE date on its label: 12.12.12. Okay, I'll be drinking this when Divine's wrath strikes the Earth.
Immediately after the cap removal the beer starts to foam searching its way out of the bottle into La Chouffe tulip. White foamy head collapses into thin lacy film of agglomerated tiny bubbles atop of murky nonuniformly colored yellow orange-brown viscous fluid with snowstorm of floating yeasty particles. Swirling produces short lived patches of lace on the walls. Aroma dept is of predominant peppery & minor clovy phenolics with lots of fruity esters of citruses, honeyish and sugary with mild spicy alcohol. Intense peppery and citrusy (orange, lemon) flavors are wrapped into soft honeyish sweet malt followed by dry finish and pleasant bitter hoppy aftertaste that seems to be endless. Alcohol is there but well subdued. The bigger than medium bodied beer tends to be crispy on the palate but that is counteracted by fluid's relatively high viscosity. This beer is very corpulent for a triple (or golden strong which some claim it is). A smooth brew whose individual characteristics can be pointed at despite their wonderful mellowness. An excellent example of what barrel aging can do to a beer. Underrated and worth seeking it out.
01-01-2010 02:14:41 | More by crnipeter
4.73/5 rDev +13.4%
330mL bottle to tulip.
Lot C810. Sampled 20JAN13
[A] Above average vigor on the pour creates a 2 finger high dense foamy head, barely off-white in color and developing a creamy texture as it fades. Retention is incredible. The body appears a bronzy orange with a high level of sediment floating around - even on a short pour. Lacing in thick concentric rings.
[S] Striking similarities to white wine qualities, like a clean chardonnay aged in stainless. The malt bill comes across very basic, probably largely pilsner, and a little Belgian candi sugar. Pear, fermented apple, white grapes. The fruity aspect increases as the beer opens up.
[T] The range of flavors is wonderful. Sure, it leans heavily towards the sweet end of the spectrum. But the fruit flavors mentioned above meld together in perfection. I honestly don't see any room for improvement here.
[M] Much chewier than you would expect for a BSPA. Most definitely the thickest mouthfeel that I've come across in the style - and it works phenomenally well. Carbonation is ample but not excessive, or even aggressive for that matter.
[O] This beer is freaking fantastic. The "Christmas" and "Brewed with Spices" indications on the label are nothing to worry about - at least with this amount of age. This will definitely be a repeat purchase, if I can find it.
01-20-2013 22:46:06 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
4.6/5 rDev +10.3%
Best by date 12/12/2012
A - Pours a hazy copper with a single finger of off white head. It then recedes to a thing web and with light lacing.
S - Oak, apple, plums, candi sugar, clove, and a bit of alcohol.
T - Not as overpowering a the smell would lead on, but definitely more complex than the standard Tsjeeses. Oak, apples and candi sugar, with the spice and alcohol taking the backseat.
M/D - Low carbonation gives the beer a sticky full mouthfeel and fits perfect for the overall flavor. The oak aging made this much better than the standard Tsjeeses. Unbelievably drinkable Christmas beer. I just wish I would have bought more bottles.
The Belgians definitely have a different take on barrel aging, which usually just lends flavor without over powering it like so many American brewers. All of Struise's BA offerings have been phenomenal in my book.
10-20-2009 23:43:08 | More by xpimptastikx
4.58/5 rDev +9.8%
Live review. Best by 12 12 12 Poured from the 33 cl bottle that I purchased at Belgian Beer dot com a few months ago. Poured into my GLBC Christmas Ale goblet.
A Great off white one inch head over a great orange brown body with visible sediment. The body glows in front of direct light. The look is fantastic.
S Great Belgian yeast, grains smell with some alcohol and plenty of malt.
T Nice strong Pale Ale with the great grains and yeast with a kind of a great mini wheat type of aftertaste that is difficult to describe. This is a complex Pale Ale with layers of tastes.
M Full with big ABV, complex tastes, carbonation. It is not particularly smooth.
D Due to the cost and rarity this could never be considered a highly drinkable beer. That being said I enjoyed every drop and so I will give it high marks because of that.
Notes: A treat to have this somewhat rare beer from De Struise Brouwers.
03-18-2009 04:03:49 | More by adamette
4.55/5 rDev +9.1%
I've actually not tried the regular Tsjeeses yet for comparison, so this review will be completely independent of the base beer.
Pours a very murky brown/gold color with a nice finger of head that leaves some lacing. Initial smell is a wall of citrus and spices. Very eye opening and sinus cleansing. Orange and apple peels, nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon, white grapes, oak, pumpkin seed, and clove. This is complex and bursting with potential.
The taste is similarly complex, yet not quite as explosive...which is a positive IMO, because I was afraid the spices would overpower everything else. Initial taste is light spice and clove with some orange peel. Bready malts and yeast help magnify the flavor. Nice white grape aftertaste. Not a whole lot of oak is prominent, but rather it is a subtle attribute that adds a layer of complexity. I have had 3 other wood aged Struise beers to date, and all of them were fairly wood heavy. This one breaks from the pack.
Body is medium with lots of carbonation...a tad bit of a prickle but I guess somewhat kept in check for the style. Drinkability is very high for the ABV. Rarely do I experience beers with this much alcohol that have this sort of flavor profile. There is no real harshness present at all. Remarkable oak aging job done here by Struise, IMO this is the best out of the 4 in terms of what the oak adds/subtracts from the overall drinking experience.
This beer surprised me very much. I have to say, I enjoyed it just as much as any other fine Struise offering I have had yet. If the idea of a beer that is high on flavor and complexity yet low on brashness and flare interests you, then this might be exactly what you are looking for. Highly recommended.
10-01-2009 02:23:09 | More by alcstradamus
4.53/5 rDev +8.6%
Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, cinnamon, mint, coriander, and spicy. In the taste, mellow cinnamon, quite spicy, with notes of coriander and alcohol. A spice like bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry spicy gingerbread in the aftertaste. Nice spice and not heavy, the alcohol is deceiving, so be careful with this.
07-10-2012 17:10:56 | More by OWSLEY069
4.5/5 rDev +7.9%
from notes from a tasting a while back
hazy, golden yellow that just gurgled out of the glass. A slight touch of a white head came up across the top of the glass which settled down into a slight little bit of a crown that strung together throughout the session. Decent amount of side glass lace as well.
The aroma was extremely rich. Lots of fruity yeast coming through immediately after popping the cork. Some nice notes of peach and banana, hints of apricot and light wheat mixing in throughout. Very light grassy hop notes as it warms up as well as a touch of grapes. The flavor was extremely mellow and that was an understatement. Amazingly clean and complex, this was just stunning for the style and ABV. Rich notes of apricot and peach with light hoppy notes riddled throughout. Some decent light grain which really balanced the middle of the profile quite well. I was literally floored by the mellowness of this one. It is a huge Belgian style ale that really is just soo subtle, I found myself really just taking bigger and bigger sips as I went through it
08-06-2011 01:52:57 | More by mikesgroove
4.5/5 rDev +7.9%
Drank from an 11.2 fl oz bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Lot: C 8 10
Served in a tulip
Cloudy, dark copper-amber in appearance with a near two-finger tall crop of tight, creamy froth. Even with a careful pour, I saw some particles floating in the liquid. The head had good lasting strength, and it slowly faded to a substantial film of bubbles. Streaks of lacing stuck all down the glass.
The nose was quite intriguing. Deep, rich and robust for a Belgian strong pale ale. Lots of sweet, bready malts and Christmas spices. Fruity with distinct notes of apple and pear. Good dose of Belgian yeastines. A touch of alcohol warmth was initially detectible and it became a bit more noticeable as the beer warmed.
The flavor profile was quite similar to the nose. Rich, bready malts were quite apparent. Strong pear and apple skin notes. Lots of Belgian yeastiness. Spicy and phenolic. Strong clove and nutmeg notes. Some Belgian candi sugar. Slightly citrusy. A bit tart. Nice interplay between the sweet and tart flavors. The beer finished off-dry with hints of oak and some mellow, noble hops - just enough to keep the beer crisp, balanced and quite drinkable. Speaking of drinkability, I never would have guessed this to be anywhere near 10% ABV.
The liquid was rich and creamy on the palate. A fine yet zippy effervescence lent the beer a smooth suppleness. Although I often find the mouthfeel on BSPAs to be too thin and over carbonated, De Struise managed to nail it on this one.
Tsjeeses Reserva is a fantastic Belgian strong pale ale and a nice seasonal twist on the style. I cannot think of many others beers that would serve as a better nightcap on this Christmas Eve.
12-24-2011 05:45:57 | More by Damian
Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (2008-2010) from De Struise Brouwers
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