Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (2008-2010) - De Struise Brouwers
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4.5/5 rDev +7.9%
Huge thanks to hoppymeal for this great extra that should have been on my wants. Best before date of: 12-12-2012. The beer label says this is a "x-mas brew...Aged 6 months on oak" but it's still winter right? You wouldn't know it living in San Diego though.
Wow, as soon as I cracked the cap a stream of bubbles started to slowly rush to the top, stirring the yeast and thus making it impossible to leave most of the yeast behind. Therefore, the color is a cloudy ripe apricot and a nice inch of creamy foam stood atop the beer for a few moments and slowly sunk back to leave a ring and a very thin coat. Very good retention with some lacing too.
Bready, fruity esters, orange, peach, nectarine, red apples, and yeast spiciness. Delicate vanilla from the oak with a bit of wet wood aroma. A bit of earthiness with a good dose of pale malt sweetness. Very aromatic and floral, some honey in the background. Light white pepper. Alcohol is remarkably well hidden. When I stir the glass I pick up a bit of lemon upfront and then it changes to sweet orange peel.
Initial pils malt sweetness upfront with some lemon and orange flavors, a bit of bread, and finishes with white pepper, maybe some clove, hints of apples, and a slight herbal flavor. Finishes clean and the aftertaste is long but without being too strong, just very delicate. A bit of apples, lemon, and orange in the beginning of the second sip. Fruity finish with hints of spices and malt sweetness. Very excellent. A bit of caramelized sugar in the finish. Soft banana flavors in the aftertaste. Finishes with a medium dryness but a bit of residual sweetness; the alcohol being noticeable at the very end, but does not burn or feels out of place
Medium-high carbonation but it's very smooth and almost creamy. Incredibly easy to drink and it's hard to believe that this is 10%
It's really hard to find any faults in this beer. Also, I believe this one is a Tripel, the malt is certainly more hefty than a Belgian strong pale ale, but the similarities are very close.
03-09-2009 02:01:30 | More by seaoflament
4.47/5 rDev +7.2%
A - Pours a clear copper orange with one and a half fingers of off-white head, some fine suspended material and a nice strwam of carbonation.Leaves nice lacing.
S - Very pleasant and interesting aroma. Quite a bit of fruit, with white grapes, peach and a bit of strawberry. Nice spice presence as well, and a bit of earthy yeast.
T - Taste is more spice than fruit, opposite of what I got from the smell. Spices include cinnamon, coriander and some clove. Nice bready taste , a bit of noticeable alcohol, and the fruit notes described above.
M - Nice creamy medium mouthfeel. Spices lead to a dry finish.
O - I have a regular Tsjeeses that I have yet to open, so I don't know how this compares, but this was great. A lot going on, but not at all muddled. Nice layers of flavors. Bottle went down way too quickly.
12-26-2011 22:05:34 | More by warnerry
4.47/5 rDev +7.2%
2010 bottle drank from a tulip...Pours much darker than the regular version, murky dark gold with a nice head...Yeast is prominent on the nose, the backbone. There is also a very vinous quality, dry white wine, grapes, smooth with a hint of spice. Takes the regular version and just improves it...The taste is equally nice, a little smooth bourbon, yeast, coriander, apples, spices, so incredibly smooth and complex. Not totally what I was expecting off the nose, but really good...This is another awesome De Struise worth trying.
12-18-2010 15:04:37 | More by jrallen34
4.45/5 rDev +6.7%
a - opened and poured into an ommegang chalice. poured a murky orange with lots of chunks. had a nice creamy belgian head made of lots of tiny bubbles.
s - my wife smelt it from across the room and commented. creamy green grape with a tingle of alcohol.
t - very nice fruit medley. almost quad-like. green grape and some vanilla.
m - creamy and smooth. very cooilng with a tingle.
o - wasn't wild about the regular tsjesses, but this one was a different animal. more vinous so the spicing is dialed back which is nice, since i found the regular to be a bit over-spiced.
01-16-2012 03:42:40 | More by cosmicevan
4.45/5 rDev +6.7%
I picked this up for $8.29 in Dearborn, having heard good things. I didn't like the regular Tsjeesus too much but had higher hopes for the Reserve.
It pours a hazy copper color, with a thin head that falls to a film over a few minutes. The aroma reminds me strongly of Westvleteren 12, candy sweet with esters and some clear ethanol notes. It tastes exactly as it smells, more like a quad than a spiced ale, totally Westy. I don't get how this can be related to the standard Tsjeesus, the spices don't present too clearly. Maybe a little bitterness in the aftertaste hints at spicing, that's about it.
This is excellent, one of the few beers worth $9 for 11.2oz
01-13-2012 02:06:08 | More by TurdFurgison
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
330ml bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis (thanks!).
Poured a medium and hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of wood/oak, fruity, vanilla, citrus, and some spices. Tastes of candi sugar, lighter wood, spices, citrus, honey, and vanilla. Lighter alcohol in the finish but overall well hidden.
04-26-2009 21:36:34 | More by hopdog
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
Pours a two finger light khaki head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hazy amber color with a ton of yeast left in bottle. Nose is sweet, fruity and flavor is malty, spicy, some dark fruit. High ABV is hidden. Much better than the Tsjeeses. Pricey at $9.95 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.
07-22-2011 22:31:42 | More by jdhilt
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
01-23-2012 04:15:40 | More by nhindian
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
A: Pours a hazy amber with a compact off-white head.
S: Aromas of cream, almonds, nougat, caramel, coriander, and cider apples fill the nose. Compared to the regular Tsjeeses, this beer smells much more refined and restrained.
T: Notes of cream, nougat, almonds, caramel, toffee, coriander, praline, cherry, peach, cider apple, orange, lemon, and grass are very present on the palate. The finish is warming and complex with cream, mixed fruit, and grassy hop notes being most prevalent.
M: Full bodied and initially syrupy, but it dries out quite nicely before the finish. The carbonation is unobtrusive, but firmer than that found in the regular Tsjeeses.
O: I quite enjoy this ale, which is a bit of a surprise considering that I did not care for the regular Tsjeeses at all. While I found the regular version of this beer to be crude, rough, and unrefined, this is smooth and complex with a great integration of flavors. Obviously the touch of ageing helped tremendously.
11-30-2011 13:26:04 | More by mrfrancis
4.4/5 rDev +5.5%
11.2 oz bottle poured into Corsendonk Christmas goblet.
Pours a brilliant burnt orange color with a huge creamy, pillowy off white head. Leaves thick lacing all over the glass. Smell is slightly spiced with nutmeg and coriander notes. There is also a fruity undertone with a little apple, grape, and pear. Nice smell, but not super complex. Taste is fantastic with a delicious spicy fruitiness and a very nice hop balance. Fruity but never sweet due to the great balance from the generous flavor of spice and hops. Mouth is creamy and smooth and finishes surprisingly dry. Overall a great beer from Struise. Glad I have one more to save for a cold winter night.
06-08-2011 00:22:38 | More by dgfair
4.38/5 rDev +5%
Appearance – Pours into a generic tulip with a great looking golden orange color and over a finger of slight off white head that dissipates slowly leaving nice looking lacing.
Smell – Lots of spices up front – I can immediately smell coriander, clove, cinnamon, and just a hint of peppermint. It is not in your face spices, which is nice. I often get worried when I take a sniff and am overwhelmed by heavy spices. The light spices are followed by some nice citrus/fruit aromas including pear, raisins, plums and other dark fruits, and a hint of granny smith apple. There is also a nice malty backbone and caramel at the end.
Taste – About on par with the aroma. The aformentinoed spices up front but mixed with what seems to be a honey flavor. Lots of yeast and breadiness after, which then follows with boozy fruit flavors. A pleasant tasting beer.
Mouthfeel – Creamy, lower carbonation, oily.
Overall – Glad I picked up another one of these. I can’t wait to open it this Christmas. Better than I was expecting.
06-02-2011 01:20:36 | More by SpdKilz
4.38/5 rDev +5%
Amber with a fingerswidth wheat head. Superb layer of retention puts up a tentacle or two.
Spicy/fruity aromatic mix. Spicy that's kinda like bright green grass mixed with mulling spice - but not really. Fruity like sugared apricot and golden pear. Tinge of butternut squash.
Well balanced dry vs. juicy taste. Yeasty spice (dry) vs. rich apricot and white grape juice. Dry, lightly burnt sugar finish that contrasts the sweet and juicy and sets up the next sip.
Magically delicious, it magically disappeared before I knew it. Merry Christmas to me.
12-26-2011 21:29:12 | More by donkeyrunner
4.38/5 rDev +5%
Up for review is a bottle of Tsjeeses Reserva from Struise. POured into a snifter at cellar temp. Golden color with a nice beige head. The barrels really did this beer well. Much more complex than original. Nice full body with excellent carbonation. Go get some, try it for yourself.
02-21-2011 01:47:19 | More by rye726
4.34/5 rDev +4.1%
Drank this brew a couple of times! Once on tap at the Waregem beerfest (08), and also at the Struise farm from a 75cl bottle. Both tastings had a hazy orange/apricot color. From the tap though, the head just exploded with a superb creamy head that settles into a thin layer. The bottled was a little more restrained than on tap. The aroma was absolutely stunning with hints of oak, refreshing butter, honey, vanilla, and loads of mango and apricot; alcohol was well hidden for 10%abv. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. The taste had chewy fruit notes with a malty character along with a touch of vanilla and oak; what an amazing complex brew. You would never know that this was 10%; I had no trouble polishing off this beer. Gotta love this Tripel!! Another great brew from the crew at Struise.
11-15-2011 02:18:01 | More by ygtbsm94
Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (2008-2010) from De Struise Brouwers
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