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

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175 Ratings
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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 15
Gots: 30 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of GbVDave
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Struise tulip.

LOT: C 8 10

A: Pours a lovely deep copper color. A thinnish layer of off white skim spreads out on top and stays around for ages. Lace is ropey and droopy and the carbonation is plentiful.

S: Fantastic. Huge aromas of Bosc pear, red apple, caramel, and a suggested layer of spices.

T: Drank a few sips of a "clean" pour and was impressed with its' fruitiness. Decided to swirl the sediment and treat myself to a "dirty" pour and thats when the spices really pushed through. I noticed allspice, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, and maybe the barest trace of anise.

M: Slick and sweet. Coats extremely well. The spices dial back on the oiliness with some welcome astringency.

D: An excellent beer. Didn't pick up on any of its' 10% although my cheeks felt a bit flushed by the end of the bottle. So glad I was finally able to try this!

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A late night bottle while watching american beauty and poured into a duvel tulip.

A- three giant fingers of off white head from a hard pour that settles rather quickly and leaves a ton of sticky lace all over the glass and a thin foamy cap. Hazy sunset orange yellow red, kinda like a ripe peach with all the colors of the sunset all at once. One hell of a nice looking glass of beer.

S- yeasty bread and sweet up front with some honey and candy sugar. Some light spice with clove studded orange. A touch floral at times with a glimmer of tart fruit.

T- sweet and spicy with a very floral honey hit and bit of crystallized ginger. Fresh baked bread and a musty yeast touch. There's some booze and bananas in there as the brew comes to room temp.

M- rather full bodied with a creamy slick feel to it. Carb starts off light then builds and keeps the syrupy feel at bay. There is some heat that warms your palate and belly.


D- not sure of the difference between this and the regular version but either way its a really good beer. A touch on the hot side and pretty sweet but on a cold winters night its hits the spot perfectly.

Photo of JoePat
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of drabmuh
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of beerpirates
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the 16th christmas beerfestival 2010 in essen belgium

Pours muddy pale yellow with a great, creamy, small, white head. Aroma is sweet, lots of oranges, pineapple, apple, yeast and subdued oakiness. Wonderful, creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has a more defining presence of oak, sweet at first, then gaining a fruity tartness. Wonderfully balanced -

Photo of jrallen34
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Compared with the non-reserve version, this is noticeably darker in flavor, with dark fruit and some tannin evident. Still a good deal of carbonation, and alcohol lends a bit of black pepper bite at the end. Interesting how the two can differ so much.

Photo of deapokid
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on Thanksgiving 2010. Review from notes.

Pours a pale golden yellow with limited carbonation and a murky body (despite the lack of noticeable sediment). A regal tuft of foam tops things off.

Aroma of dark fruit and wintery spicing (spruce, pine, cinnamon) are at the forefront. The slightest hint of musty sweat sock accompanies the warming booze in the background.

Flavor profile consists of white grape, plum, spruce, black pepper, condensed milk, sugar cubes and a slightly dry ending. The alcoholic content of the beer warms you to the bone, which is nice on the day of the first snow.

Mouth feel is both smooth and bitter (dare I say, spicy) with a surprisingly lack of yeast on the back end (which isn't a bad thing). The fruit flavor resonates on the tongue, leaving behind a nice plum coating.

This is an extremely unique holiday effort and it doesn't seem to pack the tremendous weight you'd expect from a 10% ale, making it seem effortless to take down a 12 oz bottle.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy, murky golden, orange, beige mixture for color. Fairly large foamy and creamy slightly off-white head. Average retention with a nice thin layer of foamy and sticky lace.

S - Wet grainy and bready malt. A touch of fruitiness (in particular apple and orange but some other golden fruit). Some woodiness and earthiness along with a good amount of spice and vanilla. Good amount of yeast and sweetness.

T - Similar to the nose. Bready pale malt and wet grainy taste. Fruity flavors present but not overly strong with apple and orange strongest but some peach, apricot, pear, etc. Some spice of clove, coriander, cinnamon and pepper along with a strong yeast flavor.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Fairly smooth.

D - Very drinkable beer that is quite balanced. ABV is well hidden and it goes down easy.

Notes: Best before 12/12/12. Well balanced beer with a good amount of malt, fruit, and grain taste along with hints of woodiness and earthinesss. Not really like other BSPAs and it is pretty interesting, especially with the hints of woodiness. I wasn't fully blown away by the beer, but it was an enjoyable beer.

Photo of DenverLogan
4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of crnipeter
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of xpimptastikx
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by alexsdad06.

Poured hazy copper color with a large frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Complex spicy fruit and yeast aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy fruity balanced flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration with a small alcohol bite.

This is a standout beer.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a rich brown color with a tall white head...fine lace. The aroma is complex and deep, with a mingling of alcohol, wood, hops, fruit (raisins and plums), toasted malt, toasted bread, and sugar. There's a lot going on in here. As for the taste, this is a very sweet beer. Sugar lingers into the finish. Despite the ABV and the smell, the alcohol is well hidden in the flavor...it's present only is a slow and steady warming (subtle). There is a huge amount of yeast in this beer, though...you can see it on the pour, and it is a significant component of the flavor. Full body, fairly smooth. Great beer.

Photo of brc
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle best by 12 12 12. Poured into tulip. Fair warning - mine was a gusher.

Pours a large head, takes its time settling. Decent lacing. Lots of floating sediment that doesn't want to settle out.

When uncapped there is immediately a yeasty bready aroma with some spicy notes. Some woodsiness, too, as I stick my nose in it.

Lots of interesting yeasty byproducts in the taste: banana and citrus in the front. The malt flavor is fairly bready, and you also get some vanilla notes and a decent brandy kick in the finish. Bitterness is medium to low.

Super thick and creamy mouthfeel, like a top notch stout.

The alcohol is definitely there, but it's not unpleasant. All the flavors are good, and I'd go for another bottle.

Photo of hopdog
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Floydster
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, label is red and blue instead of the green I am used to because it is the reserve version, thanks to Bonus Beer Bob for leaving this behind at our tasting even though he had left and gone to bed at that point, reviewed from notes, poured into my Stone sampling glass

A-Golden orange with some reddish tint, but nice and bright, 1/2 inch creamy white head, not much retention, some legs
S-Brown sugar, orange peel, toffee, various spices, coriander, sweet malt, booze, oak, and tarty fruit
T-Starts off pretty sweet with caramel and toffee, citrus in the middle, oak and alcohol in the finish, not overly strong just warming, becomes more sweet as it warms up, flavor is more subtle than normal Tsjeeses, nicely balanced
M-Fruity, citrusy, dry, and sweet mouthfeel, medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, taste lingered
D-Could have easily drank this bottle but do not how much more after that, strong stuff but booze are hidden for the most part, pretty smooth

The barrel aging did a lot for this beer and really mellowed out the huge citrus character that the standard version has, it seems like all of their reserva brews are crafted well and I look forward to other ones they have in store, would drink again, recommended

Photo of adamette
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Crosling
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This ale pours with a gloomy orange color and a huge, frothy and strongly lasting foam. Aroma is strongly reminiscent of the regular Tsjeeses, even still has the hops. Soft golden fruit, white burgundy, earth. Flavor is very pure, belgian. Well balanced and very sweet. It's a nice beer. But, it doesn't show a lot of wood character.

Photo of seaoflament
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ggaughan
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to get a 75 cl bottle of this from Urbain at the farm in the late spring and shared this with friends at TJ's on 29.12.08. Beer poured a slightly cloudy deep golden color and as I poured several glasses, the body became more and more cloudy to a point it was completely cloudy. There was a slight white head and ring with some carbonation but not overpowering. The aroma has some wonderful spice notes, clove, cinnamon. The taste also had some good spice notes in addition to a definite oak character and some friend fruit. Overall the high abv taste comes through but it is still a pretty darn drinkable beer and a nice Christmas tasting.

Photo of Absumaster
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (2008-2010) from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.