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

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 185
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 5.57%
Wants: 15
Gots: 33 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Absumaster on 12-27-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of draheim
4.17/5  rDev +1%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pouts a bright fire reddish orange, finger of white head, decent lacing, good retention

S: nose features big time candied cherries, along with bubblegum, a dash of lemon zest, oak hides in the background, some yeasty and spice tones in there as well

T: things start off with neutral malts and then quickly lean towards the sweet side with candi sugar, beet juice, red grapes, honey and a touch of bubble gum. The sweetness is well balanced by a brief wave of acidity and a spicy finish. Very nice.

Mf: medium body, high carbonation

O: this is a nice take on a winter ale, nice feature of spices withouth going overboard in the spice department. (651 characters)

Photo of Neffbeer
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle marked Lot C,8,10 on the side of the label.
Poured into a tulip.

A: It pours a deep golden color border on amber with soft orange hues and decent clarity. After a careful pour there was a sizable two finger head with great retention. As the head fades it forms cloudy white caps and covers the sides of the glass with sticky lacing.

S: There is a spice filled bouquet up front with notes of coriander, mint, and clove. The hops are not lost in the mix as they provide a solid floral/herbal back drop. As the spices and hops fade strong notes of fruit emerge; peaches, grapes, apples, and apricots come to mind. It has a sweet center to the smell that very much reminds my of wildflower honey.

T: The flavors are magnificently complex and balanced at the same time. It maintains a strong spicy profile of coriander, clove, vanilla, and mint with a mild brush of alcohol and fruit. The hops have faded a bit on the palate, yet they still provide a pleasant floral note to the dry estery finish. There are hints of the oak, but overall it only adds to the overall profile.

M: Medium bodied with a deceptively viscous character.

O: I enjoyed this equally with the regular Tsjeeses. Overall the flavors are more rounded than the former, but who's to choose? (1,271 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Retired eh? This beer pours a medium bodied cloudy bronze in color with a light off white lacing around the glass. The nose is big and malty with notes of honey, hibiscus, rose water, and Belgian yeast. It smells like a spiced tripel. The flavors, light and malty with plenty of Belgian yeast character and a moderate amount of all spice. It drinks medium in body and leaves a tad of Belgian yeast behind in the after taste with some citrus character. Overall it's an interesting tripel with nice spicing. This is one for the holidays. (535 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
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! (888 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (918 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (1,469 characters)

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 33cl bottle into Chalice. Thanks to Kendall for hooking me up with this.

A. Poured 3 fingers of slighlty off white head. Great retention. Thick lacing. Color is darker than I was expecting for a Strong Pale Ale. Color is a light brown with some amber hues.

S. Smell is pretty strong. Can pick it up quite a ways away. First word to describe the smell would be sweet. Wow. Interesting smell as I finally bring the glass up to my nose. Almost smells like candy. Light fruit, with an almost tropical fruit smell mixed in. Pear, apple. After fruity sweetness, is a pretty good mix of some spices. Really interesting smell.

T. Taste is a pretty interesting contrast to the aroma. Get quite a bit of oaky/woody flavor going on. Not really sweet at all. Get some apple flavors towards the back of the tongue. Pretty dry flavor. Definitely has some earthy flavors to it. Pick up some of the herbal flavor as well, but hard to describe specific flavors. Has a pretty strong biscuity malt base

M. Medium/full bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes pretty dry.

O. Probably one of the most unique BSPAs that I have had. Get a lot of woody/earthly flavors going on with a little bit of fruit and spice in the background. Unique beer. Glad to have had the opportunity to try it. (1,282 characters)

Photo of Brabander
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

THis was one of the better beers on the beer festival Borefts at the Molen in Bodegraven. Netherlands last weekend.

I had the bottle version a year ago but this came straight from the keg! Served by David, the host who knows what i need.

Poured in the De Molen tasting glass the beer looked absolutely super. Very smoot drinkable, one of the best Belgian strong pale ales there are. The only thinh which was hardly noticable for me was the oak from the barrel. (462 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, lot C/8/10. Pours very cloudy reddish orange color with a nice 1-2 finger fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big apple, pear, golden raisin, grape, pepper, clove, earth, nutmeg, honey, oak, bread, floral, grass, and herbal spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of apple, pear, pepper, golden raisin, bread, honey, clove, earth, floral, grass, oak, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, honey, clove, grass, bread, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of flavors with good balance of malt/spiciness; some slightly cloying spiciness after the finish but it isn’t detrimental; zero cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden for 10%; with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong pale ale. Very nice flavor complexity and balance; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering; I definitely enjoyed this more than the regular Tsjeeses. (1,274 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of JAXSON
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 rate from one of the original 75cl bottles.

Pours a dark hazy orange. Nose of peaches, yeast, melon, and candi sugar. Flavor is nice...the oak is very subtle, but just kisses the finish with a wonderful, silky dry quality. The finish is just beautiful. I would have liked more complex layers, but it’s just a great beer, I think certainly better than the regular Tsjeeses. (380 characters)

Photo of pwoods
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a Levitation tulip.

A: Pours a dark orangish amber with some clarity. Moderate head on the pour with little retention or lacing.

S: Not much there. Some light sweetness and a bit more spice. Some alcohol starts to come out as it warms.

T/M: Much more malt in the flavor with some pilsner dryness and a bit of light caramel sweetness. Alcohol is present but not abrasive and it's pleasantly warming. Plenty of phenols from the yeast but not huge fruitiness. Body is medium with moderately high carbonation.

D: Pretty tasty brew and pretty easy to drink for a 10% beer. Not quite as drinkable as many Belgians, though. (679 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at eulogy in philly

Pours a hazy golden color with some amber hues. Froth of white head slowly dissolves, retaining a nice layer of film on top. Spots and patches of lacing left on the glass.

A veritable cornucopia of fruit scents with pear, apple, citrus, pineapple and tropical tones. Softer dark fruit is also present. Caramel sweetness with an earthy, boozy warmth.

Splash of sweetness up front with a dash of white wine and grape notes. Touches of pear, apple, and citrus throughout. Some darker fruits mix in as well with raisin and dates. Tropical notes with some burnt sugar and caramel tones. Oaky smoothness with earthy notes. Finishes somewhat sweet, fruity, and boozy.

Fuller body, decent carbonation, creamy and slick on the tongue, lingering and sticky. I'm not really sure how this is a BSPA but it's definitely delicious. A little sweet at times, but the high ABV wasn't overwhelming. (915 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of beerpirates
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
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 - (353 characters)

Photo of ggaughan
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (359 characters)

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of JLeege
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance- pours a light slightly hazy copperish color with a two finger fluffy white head. A little whispy lace is left behind.

Smell- Belgian yeast, obviously. Green apple and lemon notes. Some grass and a crisp hoppyness.

Taste- Starts out malty and sweet. A doughy caramel bread starts things off and then almost a cider like bite. That leads into some darker dried fruit notes. Some light spicing as well, clove, pepper, with the prevailing belgian yeast. A nice crispness towards the end from the Noble hops. The finish is fairly dry.

Mouthfeel- medium body and carbonation, pretty smooth. The abv's are hid pretty well, but you can still tell its a big beer.

Overall- Solid beer, a nice little spin on the BSPA style. The complexities come out more as the beer warms, but so does the ABV feel at the finish. Some ageing should do this well. (882 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (752 characters)

Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of CooperEllis
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (2008-2010) from De Struise Brouwers
91 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.