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Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (2008-2010) - De Struise Brouwers

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169 Ratings
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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 14
Gots: 26 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Absumaster on 12-27-2008)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appropriately cold night to have this aged 2 year plus beer. Lace lines. A bit of a foamer. Pours orange with a it of yeasty head. Great aromas: orange, grapey yeast, booze, nutmeg,coriander, white pepper, Cinnamon. Smooth mouthfeel, slightly drying finish concomitant with the wood oak to round it out. Good taste, though with all that going on its a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 02:42:21 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/10.

Pours a hazy honey orange color with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a very thin cap on the top of the beer. Random legs of lacing on the glass on the drink down. Smells of green apple, caramel malt, Winter spices, and yeast. Taste is of green apple and other light fruit flavors, light spices, and some yeast flavors. There is a slight spice/hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. Mouthfeel has a good level of carbonation but is still a bit thick and sticky. Overall, this is a very nice beer from Struise and slightly better than the regular Tsjeeses that I tried in the past.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 01:47:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.
Poured into a tulip glass. The color is a slightly-hazed light caramel color. Good white head and plenty of lacing as it falls. The nose brings a nice yeast presence as well as some fruit and semi-sweet light malt. The taste is a bit of yeast and fruity esters along with mild booze and some malt. Really nice feel with excellent yeast presence. Really nice beer overall; I have yet to be disappointed by De Struise.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 22:28:47 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy red in color and has some brownish hues. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down but left a thin, dense head covering the surface.
S: There are very light aromas of alcohol, apple cider, oak and spices in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of apples, oak and spices and a bit of sweetness and some hints of smoke.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The alcohol is well hidden in this beer. It is rather unique and makes for an interesting beer to sip during the holidays.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 04:22:14 | More by metter98
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 01:52:57 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a murky beige color ale with a quite large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of fruity ester with some spicy yeast and deep rich Belgian style malt. Taste is also a complex mix between some deep rich Belgian malt with notes of spicy yeast and fruity ester. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation with very light alcohol perceptible. Very well done thought abuit too heavy fior my taste and I think I prefer the original over this - oak was kind of subtle.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 03:35:25 | More by Phyl21ca
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womencantsail

California

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt

Amber in color with a nice off-white head. Intense wine aroma to this, almost like port. A sweet grape aroma nearly overwhelms it. Some vanilla as well as oak, caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Some overripe fruits in there, too. The flavor is quite sweet with lots of oak, wine, grape, and plum flavors. A touch of vanilla as well as the caramel/toffee, and brown sugar notes. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2012 18:42:21 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2011 02:18:01 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

5/5  rDev +19.9%

12-14-2011 00:45:49 | More by spycow
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-15-2011 00:31:12 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

06-21-2012 20:05:55 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330cl bottle, 2010 vintage.

Appearance: Amber colored with some haze to it, and a few floaties too, but largely clear. Pours with a tall white head that settles down to a collar after a minute.

Smell: Green apples, oak, spice - not sure what kind of barrel they used for this one, but the combination of yeast and oak has an apple brandy quality to me that's quite nice.

Palate: As the nose suggests, there's a good mix of apple fruitiness, spice and caramel malt. The barrel lends spicy, tannic oak and vanilla, which is quite complementary to the fruity yeast profile. The body is substantial, but not too heavy or sweet; it's also moderately dry in the finish, which lends a pleasant balance. Very good stuff, one of the better holiday beers I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 06:09:00 | More by largadeer
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I picked this up in Belgium in summer 2009. Best before 12-12-2012, Lot B. Served in a Struise cervoise.

A - Finger of creamy off-white foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar. Good retention, even if there isn't a lot of head volume. Some thin fingers of lace are left behind. Hazy dark orange-brown, with some yellowish highlights at the edges - even though I poured carefully I still manged to get some suspended sediment into my glass.

S - Intensely fruity aroma - apples, grapes, berries, and stone fruits - with a red wine and candi sugar backdrop. Some Belgian yeast character, but not overly spicy or phenolic. Oak character is fairly mild in the aroma - guessing this in was some sort of wine barrel that had been used a number of times.

T - Taste has more oak and wood character, particularly in the finish. More spicy yeast and significantly less sweet than the aroma suggests. Perhaps some fresh bread in there as well as a kiss of peaches. Shockingly mellow for 10% - perhaps even a bit too smooth.

M - Carbonation is moderate, with a slightly tannic and gritty medium-full body. Finishes quite dry and oaky. No perceptible alcohol heat, other than a slowly developing buzz over the course of the 33cl bottle.

D - I think this is an improvement over the base beer, which I found a little bit too sweet and boozy (although I may need to revisit it down the road). Really drinkable stuff, and definitely one of my favorite Christmas beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 21:40:53 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Brad at a recent tasting, thanks.

Can De Struise do any wrong? Every beer I've had from Urbain has been great, this one no exception. I have to go find the regular version of this and try it this year.

Beer is dark yellow and hazy with a decent head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Lots of bready yeastiness in the nose of this beer. Very good though. Fruity with grapes and some spice, very nice overall.

Beer is smooth and medium to light in body. Woody and mildly funky with some spice and perhaps some bourbon. Some fruitiness and spice round the finish of the beer out nicely. I'd definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 22:23:11 | More by drabmuh
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oline73

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy reddish amber color with a foamy two finger off white head. The head fades to a thick ring around the pour.

Smell: Sweet dark fruits and candy sugar along with a lot of Belgian spice. There is a note that reminds me of cherry and almond.

Taste: Very similar to the smell. Lots of Belgian spice with a complex sweet flavor behind. I'm getting some caramel and a fruity note that remind me of cherries and almonds. As the sweetness fades in the finish, the spice notes remain. Very smooth overall.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the syrupy side of medium with a ton of foamy carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: This isn't my favorite style, but I enjoyed this beer. The fruity notes were quite nice. I'm not sure I need another, but I'm glad I had this.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 03:40:27 | More by oline73
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +19.9%

11-25-2011 21:09:59 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Halcyondays

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2011 21:50:32 | More by Halcyondays
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BlackHaddock

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
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-12-2014 15:59:34 | More by mendvicdog
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kojevergas

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

B

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 19:55:19 | More by kojevergas
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 07:22:58 | More by corby112
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

12-25-2013 23:43:35 | More by weeare138
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You can't beat the opportunity to enjoy some brews in the company of the person responsible for their creation. Urbain described Tsjeeses '10 reserva as the port barrel aged version which is fermented 3 times. (Base yeast strain, with stone fruits and again in the bottle after barrel aging.) Another little known fact is thay every other year the barrels are switched from port to bourbon. IE: '10 is port, '11 is bourbon, '12 will be port again, etc.

The brew appears a clear amber. Quite atteactive with a white froth sitting atop. Patchy lace sticks to the glass. The head retains throughout and is effortlessly revived with a light swirl.

The smell is sweet and floral with the includion of the previous mentioned stone fruits. A mild clove and yeast presence adds character through the middle with a hint of orange flesh. Mild vanilla and oak are present blending this out with a pleasant sweetness to the aroma. Very well balance and enjoyable sweet smelling aromatics here.

The taste includes clove and a bit of mild fruity accent. Very well hidden alcohol inclusion. Some spiced aspect like cinnamon and vanilla with mild orange is in the aftertaste. The barrel aging is evident with a mild tannic and musty barrel flavor but the candied sweetness smooths everything out.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The alcohol is masterfully integrated. This is 100x better than I remember the base beer being. I need to get some more of this to have a comparison between the different barrels.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 17:54:06 | More by stakem
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 14:24:08 | More by dbrauneis
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 22:31:42 | More by jdhilt
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Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (2008-2010) from De Struise Brouwers
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