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

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93
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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 BostonHops
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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 deltatauhobbit
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had over at Novare Res.

Pours a beautiful amber/orange color with a good amount of fuzziness to it, love me some haze, not much of a head though or lacing.

Smell is predominately spicy, hard to make out the specific aromas though, touch of yeasty breadiness.

Taste has an active yet at the same time soft carbonation, not overly cloying although it tends to lean towards the sweeter side, the spices help balance things surprisingly, don't look for hops if you're expecting any as they're very muted, decent light fruity aspect to it, the strength is very well hidden and hardly picked up on any warmth, dangerously drinkable.

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 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 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 ILiveOffHops
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've loved most of De Struise's offerings thus far- Pannepot, Black Albert, and the original Tsjesses- so looking forward to this one.

1/3 liter bottle poured into a tulip glass. It's an opaque dark orange with a dense white head that settles down to a solid foam that covers the entire top. Spice! Clove, maybe...cardamom, almost medicinal. A really awesome yeasty earthiness. Then some soft fruit- raisins and apricot, and vanilla. The alcohol is present, and a little too hot. Carbonation is perfect.

Overall this is another great beer from De Struise. I love that typical Belgian phenolic here. I wish the alcohol was more subdued, and maybe more age would do this one well.

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

330ml 11.2 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Murky, dark amber, almost honey-like in color. Small ¼" head initially that fades to a cap, nice lacing though. Just like the standard Tsjeeses there is a large amount of yeasty sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Spice sweetness erupts off this one, with a mild phenol or booziness. Much more complex than the non-reserva.

Taste: Excellent, sweetness up front (a little spice perhaps even a little citrus) with the mild phenol/booze flavor in the background, all held together nicely by hoppy bitterness. Very well balanced, you notice the alcohol more in this one, but that is not a bad thing in any way, in fact it added to my enjoyment of this beer.

Mouthfeel: As always from Struise well carbonated, and very, very smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent beer and superior to the standard Tsjeeses. Another solid offering form what is clearly becoming the best brewery in the world.

Photo of prototypic
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tsjeeses Reserva pours a rich copper color. It’s extremely hazy. A few yeasty particles can even be seen swimming about. Backlighting reveals nice crimson highlights. A light tan head tops it off. It stands about a finger tall before falling back. Lacing was definitely spotty and light. Perhaps a little too much abv?

The nose is good. It kicks off with a nice mix of fruit notes and yeast. Fruity notes of apple and pear are present, in addition to some light berry scents. The yeast seems to bring spicy notes of pepper and clove to the table. I don’t know the full story behind this beer, but there’s definitely a strong oak scent here. A subtle hint of tannic and vinous notes emerge late. Alcohol is definitely there, but doesn’t come through all that strong. I wouldn’t have guessed double digits.

The flavor is definitely impressive. It kicks off with a tasty mix of fruit flavors. Most notable are apple, raspberry, pear, and white grape. Belgian yeast is flavorful and adds light, spicy flavors of clove and pepper. They blend extremely well with the fruit notes. Oak comes through loud and clear here. It adds a really nice flavor and a ton of depth and character. It also brings some tannic and vinous notes along the way. Impressive. Alcohol is there, but is subtle and deceptive. Finishes fruity and oaky. Excellent.

The body is medium. Carbonation is light and soft. It’s smooth and goes down very easy. It really is deceptive. The 10% abv operates like a stealthy assassin. Having said that, it still goes down far too easily. This is a relatively small bottle…and I want more.

Tsjeeses Reserva is quite superior to the regular Tsjeeses (if memory serves correct). This one has a lot more flavor and character. I suspect some sort of barrel aging is the culprit. It doesn’t have any real shortcomings. Well…I guess you could say the bottle’s too small. That’s a different point. Find a bottle. It’s well worth it.

Photo of crosbyms
4.2/5  rDev +1%

Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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 roblowther
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle into a tulip glass. Pours clear copper/brown with a frothy off-white head. Smell is oranges, honey, leather...this is starting to sound like a scene from 50 Shades of Gray. Taste is nutty and biscuity, much sharper than it smells. Mouthfeel is pleasantly slick with a touch of stickiness. OK, now I can't get the 50 Shades references to stop. Overall it is a really nice beer, more intense than a strong pale ale normally would be. That gives it a lot of interest in my book. Haha. I said "book".

Photo of WillCarrera
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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 draheim
4.2/5  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.

Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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 homebrew311
4.2/5  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.

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 AgentZero
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown beer with a decent white head that left a bit of stick around.

S - Lots of fruity belgian yeast. Decent vinous quality with some grapes and other lighter fruits.

T - Good taste. Wine and some good wood. Quite smooth with a bit of a vinous note and some good fruity yeast.

M - Moderate carbonation, decently close to full bodied.

O - Pretty good beer, liked this one a lot and got it down pretty easily for 10%. Would drink again.

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 jrenihan
4.15/5  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!

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