Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (2008-2010) - De Struise Brouwers
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3.1/5 rDev -25.7%
Strange color, I’ll call it a dirty gold. A cross between orange, gold, copper and brown, with floaty particles. Offwhite head.
Smells like an American pale ale and a Belgian pale ale had a child. Unique. Grassy and citric, with some honey and alcohol.
Lots of honey and some orange. Malty. A bit of alcohol. Reminds me of a Sam Adams Wee Heavy. Actually tastes like a lager.
Way too sweet for me. Cloying. Not enough bitter to offset. I’m not a honey fan and this does little for me. There is no transition from sweet to bitter, it happens all at once. Didn’t get the dry finish, the cloyingness draped my tongue.
This didn’t work for me. Simply too sweet for me. Not at all easy to drink.
02-18-2012 05:07:51 | More by RickS95
3.18/5 rDev -23.7%
A - pours a murky golden brown, with a finger of head that dies down.
S - getting some winter spice and honey sweetness.
T - really sweet, sort of like a tripel on steroids - but the flavor leaves you just a little too soon. there is a heat to this beer that builds up as you sip it, which is really nice.
M - low carbonation, would of loved a bit more fizz with this type of beer.
O - Don't get me wrong - worth checking out. Hearty and well spiced christmas beer, I was just expecting the flavor to be a little more fleshed out.
12-02-2011 13:57:22 | More by seasonsix
3.23/5 rDev -22.5%
A: 1 finger khaki head, straw to amber. Tight bubbles, creamy head.
S: chocolate, bread, sourness, bready crust malt, belgian yeast.
T: chocolate, spice bomb punch, booze afterwards, caramel malt, no hop bitterness, strong toffee sweetness.
M: medium with sweet caramel thickness.
O: I definitely wouldn't get again. Belgian pale ale with spiced and strong sweetness. Gives me a slight headache when drinking.
01-29-2012 20:04:31 | More by JerseyKirk
3.3/5 rDev -20.9%
Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht. Drank the regular and Reserva back to back.
From a bottle into my Struise glass.
Lot C: Bottled August 2010
Apparently this was aged in a port barrel.
APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, medium looking, fluffy, white head with great retention. Tenne orange in color, hazy, with lots of carbonation evident. Head eventually fades to a thick foam cap that remains the whole time and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. Like the regular version, this is a very nice looking brew.
SMELL: Mild nose of pale malts, touches of green fruit and a bit of tartness. Quite boring and mute in comparison.
TASTE: Much different than the regular version. Pale malts, wood and vanilla notes for sure. Sweet vanilla cream with a spicy and yeasty finish. A little one dimensional perhaps. Mild but lingering aftertaste of oak, vanilla and some spice on the palate. A touch of alcohol lingers as well.
PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down fine with a scratch at the swallow and finishes rather dry on the palate. Good feel, though a touch too much burn perhaps. Slightly higher carbonation than the regular bottle.
OVERALL: Not nearly as complex and enjoyable as the regular version. The oak aging is definitely noticeable, but it has mellowed out the flavors and made it somewhat one dimensional. I would take the regular version over this nine times out of ten. Regardless, this was a fun comparison.
04-09-2012 13:13:31 | More by Jeffo
3.48/5 rDev -16.5%
Bottle assumed roughly one year old, carefully cellared, poured into a Chouffe tulip.
Appearance - Beer pours cloudy and hazy orange in color, a one finger pearl head rises and quickly fades. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass for the duration of the beer.
Smell - Very neutral, a light floral herbal tea fragrance a bit of pear rind, some tangerine. Oxidized hops. Belgian yeast phenols not strong or pungent. Pleasant, not overtly memorable.
Taste - Wine grapes, a lighter red, perhaps a Shiraz, some light peppery notes, more herbal tea flavors, medium roasted malts, yeasty phenols, not overpowering or unpleasant, the label shows this as a spiced holiday ale, I'm not getting too many spices here either.
Mouthfeel - Very carbonated and effervescent, the light carbonation is probably the high point on this beer. Not too cloying, not too warming even at 10%.
Overall - A fair representation of a Belgian strong pale. Not amazing, but not poor by any means. I doubt if I'll find this again, but I'm not sure that I would pick it up if I found it. De Struise has many other greater offerings.
05-19-2011 22:38:36 | More by blakesell
3.55/5 rDev -14.9%
A: Pours clear with the color somewhere between amber and ruby with a thin off white head. The thin head actually was retained throughout my enjoyment of the beer. Minimal lacing.
S: Slight amount of alcohol burn in the smell, though not unpleasant. Hints of oak, spices, and apple. Overall not a very strong aroma.
T: Lots of oak in the flavor with hints of alcohol, spices, and some fruit. Slight hints of smokiness or iodine/band-aid taste.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.
O: Not really what I was expecting for the style and not something I would hurry out to try again. Very complex aromas and taste but not all that enjoyable or easy to drink.
02-12-2012 14:24:08 | More by dbrauneis
3.6/5 rDev -13.7%
11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an EKU 28 snifter in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Expectations are merely average; I had the Tsjeeses (regular) last night and was disappointed. I usually love Struise but the Tsjeeses just didn't do it for me. "TSJ No. 11" Lot C 8/10. Acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California. I don't recall the cost.
Served refrigerator cold and side-poured.
A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and good retention - especially considering the high ABV. The head is a little darker than I remember the Tsjeeses being, a good sign. Colour is an orange marmelade. Nothing strikes me as unique or special.
Sm: Orange fruit esters, a floral hop aroma, biscuity yeast, and clean malts. A mild strength aroma.
T: Nicely yeasty, with some light orange esters alongside clean malts with a spike of floral hops. Any mild hop bitterness is concealed by the malts. Some herbs and spices come through. Mild layering, but nothing impressive. Nicely balanced and built, if timid. Complex enough. The yeast is lovely.
Mf: Smooth and wet, with enough coarseness to bring out the flavours. Neither too thick nor too thin. Adequately carbonated; I'd say it's spot on. Complements the flavours well, but doesn't feel tailored specifically to them. Delicate and silky.
Dr: Incredibly drinkable for the high ABV; dangerously so perchance. I like it. It doesn't feel anywhere near as hoppy as the Tsjeeses, which is a definite improvement. Hides its ABV incredibly well.
03-06-2012 19:55:19 | More by kojevergas
3.75/5 rDev -10.1%
This beer pours an orangish amber color with a white heat.
The aroma is not really pronounced but I do get what I think is a berry aroma.
The flavor is malty, estery and some spiciness. Can't really elaborate on these but they go together really well.
The mouthfeel is rich and syrupy making this a little hard to drink but it is a great sipper.
12-20-2010 01:01:39 | More by JoePat
3.75/5 rDev -10.1%
33cl into a tulip. Pours a fully hazed deep dull butterscotch orange, minor head even with an encouraging pour, minor lacing.
Aroma is sweet fruits that have begun to rot. Honey, oxidation and a little ethanol.
Taste is full and rich. Obvious slightly solvent alcohol. Little bitter, little dry. Grape, spoiled plum vinous notes. Tropical fruits as well, exceedingly sweet. Medium - full bodied mouthfeel. Warms well.
07-28-2012 22:43:33 | More by impending
3.75/5 rDev -10.1%
On-tap at Beachwood II,
A: Pours a medium amber to orange with a with a mild white head. Solid retention and lace.
S: Cointreau, orange, lemon zest with some peach. Complex.
T: Sweet toffee like malt. Some notes of booze. Good orange estery flavour, some oak, vanilla.
M: Medium to full-bodied, fairly smooth, has a solvent character which works with the overall flavour.
O: Good stuff for sure, an enjoyable effort. Overpriced, but I enjoyed it.
12-31-2011 21:50:32 | More by Halcyondays
3.8/5 rDev -8.9%
Pours a deep, dark copper orange with golden burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy yellowish, off-white head. Much darker than the regular version with visible carbonation bubbling up. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap.
Slightly earthy, spicy aroma with a decent malt backbone, slight medicinal character and estery fruit notes. Lots of spice, especially peppermint, cinnamon, clove, coriander and pepper. A nice combination of light and dark fruit but the darker fruits ae more prominent. Hints of cherry, apple, pear, grape, currant, plum, raisin and fig. Although these fruit notes are evident they are less prominent than in the regular version. The Reserva smells much more earthy and spicy and the aroma suffers a bit from this. There's also more of a medicinal cough syrup and sweet alcohol presence.
Medium bodied and well balanced with a nice combination of zesty spice, caramel malt, estery fruit and alcohol heat. Tight carbonation up front with a lot of spice. Hints of pepper, corriander, clove, peppermint and ginger linger throughout into the finish. This is balanced by a slight creamy body with a medicinal and dark fruit flavor that adds complexity and fullness to the mouthfeel. I'm picking up hints of cherry, currant, grape, plum, raisin and other dark berries. The dark berries overpower the lighter fruits in this beer much more than the regular version and there is substantially a bit more alcohol sweetness and warmth in the finish. Overall this beer is pretty good and I'm glad that I finally got a chance to try it after two years of searching, but I have to say that I prefer the regular version a bit more.
01-10-2011 07:22:58 | More by corby112
3.85/5 rDev -7.7%
A clear, copper beer with a thin head that only leaves a small ring of foam on the edge of the glass.
Smell is woody, oaky with a hefty alcohol smell. This combination reminds me of sherry or cognac.
Taste is alcoholic with a warming effect. The wood aging of this beer makes the beer woody with a fresh wooden pallet taste, which is good. The base is formed by light colored caramel malts and candisugar.
The body is a bit thin for a beer this strong.
12-27-2008 20:29:05 | More by Absumaster
3.88/5 rDev -7%
Pours a lightly hazy golden amber with a thick creamy white head. Lots of small CO2 bubbles rising in the glass.
A - A bit of spiced pear cider mixes well with a faint maltiness. Not very robust but nice.
F - Nicely balanced, cotton candy sugariness, pears, brown sugar, an earthy spiciness more reminiscent of chai tea than most spiced beers, but it is fairly mellow. A touch of yeasty spiciness as well. A bit of lingering bitterness in the finish.
M - A touch of alcohol burn with the good level of carbonation is nice.
Overall very well balanced and enjoyable.
11-12-2011 05:42:01 | More by lionchow
United Kingdom (England)
3.9/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
12-03-2013 20:50:03 | More by BlackHaddock
Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (2008-2010) from De Struise Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.