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

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182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 15
Gots: 32 | FT: 2
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Absumaster on 12-27-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Side by side with regular Tsjeeses.

The beer appears a hazy and murky copper hue with a thin cap. The aroma offers Belgian yeast, bread, booze, malt, caramels. Smells nice. The aroma and flavor are distinctly Belgian in nature. A graceful flavor and feel on the palate. Soft and elegant with just a gentle warming alcohol finish. Lingering notes of caramels and yeasty bread. Fairly light in body with moderately low carbonation. Another solid beer from De Struise.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Lot C 8 10.

A: A cap of thin, white head. Fades fast. Murky-clear translucent.

S: Spicy-tart fruit (the same apricot and stone fruit from the original). Maple and molasses (the bourbon barrels mayhap?).

T/M: Interesting...It's as delicious as Tsjeeses, and the bourbon influence is patently obvious, something which is not always evident in these barrel-aged beers. The finish is soft and a touch unassuming. While the apricot is still present (and pleasant) it is muted and dulled by the boozy-sweet bourbon finish. Basically, this beer tastes exactly like Tsjeeses aged in oak casks, but I prefer the tarter, spicier original.

O: A great beer! Recommended, but my enthusiasm is dipped somewhat by overoptimistic expectations and the realization that the elements in Tsjeeses I loved are elements that are diminished, not magnified, by bourbon barrel aging.

Photo of DARIVA
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of impending
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

B

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.
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jd

Photo of dgilks
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cleanish dark golden colour with a small, creamy, off white head. Decent head retention.

Fruity with some apple and pear. Nice lightly hoppy notes. Quite good really though I find the sweet malt is a little syrupy.

Sweet malt and quite prominent hop. Not really all that bitter and there is a fair dose of ester as well. Very nice.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Solid.

A reasonable, strong pale ale. Nice esters, malt and balancing bitterness. Good.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of whartontallboy
2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of BostonHops
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy, dull yellow tone while yielding an offwhite 1" head. slowly fades to a lasting cap; decent lacing. nose is delivers a smattering of fruits: apple, maybe pear, and grape that combine with spice and belgian yeast to give this beer a rather interesting (in a good way) aroma.

flavor mostly follows the nose. very fruity - the above-mentioned plus a little more citric than what i picked up in the nose (esp orange). very good: fairly complex and enjoyable. medium bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

overall i'm enjoying this a good deal. the more i drink it the more i seem to like it. not world class but very impressive.

(originally reviewed: 09-18-2011)

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

Poured into a LA snifter. Lot C with an 8 and a 10 highlighted, whatever that means.

4.0 A: Deeply hazed orange plum color. Three fingers of beige, frothy head. Retention is very good and a good bit of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Plenty of spices in this. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and a touch of clove. Light pepper from the yeast. Currants, plums, figs, raisins, and dates. Lightly bready malts with a moderate sweetness.

4.0 T: Tastes like the nose. All the spices mentioned. All the fruits mentioned. The two components work well together. Lightly bready, sweet, with a mild bitterness.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be a bit spritzier and creamier, but good enough.

4.0 D: Solid beer. Great integration of spices and fruits.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle, lot C-8-10, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy dark orange color with a finger of off-white head, leaves little lacing.

S- Lots of fruit (apples and peach) and red wine, some yeast and candi sugar. Some oak aroma mixed in with the red wine.

T- Starts out a bit sweet with peach, apple and candi sugar. Spicy Belgian yeast, eventually fades into a vinous, woody finish.

M- Medium to full body, smooth feel, very very dry finish. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden for 10% ABV.

O- An awesome beer, really tasty and easy drinking for such a strong brew, I'd definitely pick this one up again.

Photo of Heretic42
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of WynnO
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of madcal
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of draheim
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle (No. 11; lot C - 8 - 10) into a tulip. Pours a honey amber w/ some chunks, despite a pretty careful pour. 1-finger soapy white head, minimal carb.

Aroma is sweet candi sugar, dried apricots, butterscotch, some alcohol.

Taste is sticky sweet, fruity, with an earthy quality. Not cloying but a little caramelly, malty.

Mouthfeel is buttery smooth w/ a pretty clean, semi-dry finish.

Overall this was a little sweeter/fruitier than I like my BSPAs, but still a tasty, well-crafted beer.

Photo of jrenihan
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled August 2010, so I gather that makes this port-barrel aged.

Pours a dark amber, almost a brownish-orange. A fairly small off-white head on top, despite a fairly vigorous pour. Head begins to dissipate fairly quickly.

Smell is interesting. A mix of sweet, bready malt, spices (ginger and others I can't quite identify) and light fruits (orange, apple). All quite smooth and integrated. I can't say that the port barreling is noticeable from the nose.

The taste, however, does reveal the port flavour. Red grape and vanilla join the bread, spices and apple of the nose. Quite complex. Alcohol is noticeable, particularly in the finish.

The alcohol aftertaste is a negative as far as feel goes. Beer is otherwise full bodied, low carbonation, chewy.

Overall, an interesting and enjoyable beer. Certainly very different from many others in the BSPA category. Hard to pigeonhole!

Photo of Jeffo
3.27/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of stakem
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Riggsy
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Harkrank
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of kojevergas
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
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

Photo of theminutemen
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle poured into tuliip. Best by 16/11/16. Off white soapy head and lacing. Golden/amber in color. Aroma includes malt sweetness, some alcohol heat, some spicing, can't identify. Taste of sweet malt and molasses, again, mild spicing and smooth drinking. Caramel notes.

Photo of CooperEllis
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz from SteveFinny (lovely gift, thanks Steve) split two and half ways.

I have to say, I know this is the beer I'm drinking, but based on other reviews I'm not sure what the major difference is.

The pour is as described, red/red ale, off-white topper. Not sticky at all, leaves only traces of lacing.

This smells smoked. I split it three ways and we all thought "wait it this a smoked beer"? but nothing seems to mesh with that. Otherwise a bit of white wine, some wood, and the usual assortment of spices.

Tart flavors immediately dissuade the thoughts that this was a 'smoked beer'. A bit of sucking on the brown sugar cube, a good about christmas cheer in the spices and faint vanilla notes. More yeast/bready. A bit of dark or candied fruit but the brown sugar sweetness is the most prominent.

I know others have written that there is some 'funk' here, but I don't find funk so much as characteristics of wine. The underlying thin wine notes help bring this together and keep it from being to sweet. With the smoke in the nose it's an assault on all your senses.

This is exceptionally enjoyable. There is a mildness to it that I don't typically find in Belgians which I'm enjoying. The mouthfeel is still solid enough to fit the stlye and the spices finish crisply.

(176th)

Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (2008-2010) from De Struise Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.