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

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.03%


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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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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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dogfishandi

New York

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage. 11.2 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into an ommegang goblet.

pours out a murky, reddish, mahaganey color with huge chunks of yeasty trub floating around as well as tons of sediment, kind of takes away from the appearence. a nice retentive off white head, almost a little tan colored. good retention, but no real lace to speak of.

a very vinious, wine like aroma. lots of slightly funky, oaky barrel qualities as well. a hint of a dark fruity, dark bready, slightly sweet malt and just a little tartness.

very nice taste, lots of complexities. starts off with a slightly prickly carbonation and kind of a dry wine taste, then moves into some wonderful, somewhat sweet, toffee, brown sugar, candied caramel, figs, dark breads, a bit of vanilla and a hint of nutmeg and other such spices. the slightest bit of funk. the vinious wine like fruity flavors come back in the finish. all the flavors meld together so nicely.

medium to full in body. just the right feeling carbonation for this beer which is a touch on the high side.

a very enjoyable beer. the regular tsjeeses was a winner for me and this is even better. much like many of struises belgian beers, it seems to
embody everything you would want in a belgian. age has done this beer well with so many complex flavors that meld with one another so nicely. if this is still at my bottle shop, ill be sure to grab more for the cellar. highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 00:40:54 | More by dogfishandi
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JerseyKirk

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: 1 finger khaki head, straw to amber. Tight bubbles, creamy head.

S: chocolate, bread, sourness, bready crust malt, belgian yeast.

T: chocolate, spice bomb punch, booze afterwards, caramel malt, no hop bitterness, strong toffee sweetness.

M: medium with sweet caramel thickness.

O: I definitely wouldn't get again. Belgian pale ale with spiced and strong sweetness. Gives me a slight headache when drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 20:04:31 | More by JerseyKirk
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a slightly hazy dark amber; I was careful to pour slowly to leave the sediment at the bottom, and I can see a lot of yeast still in the bottle so I think that was the smart thing. Despite the little bit of cloudiness, I can see partway through it, glimpsing multiple torrents of carbonation that help feed the 2.5-finger, tan head and leaving it with high retention. Compose of thick, soapy bubbles, the head leaves a thick coat of lace on the glass that is nearly all-encompassing.

S - The nose is potent and covers a lot of different subjects. A sugar-coated fruitiness is the first thing I get, like grapes, dates, and figs, and this combined with strong yeast phenols make this addicting to smell. A touch of alcohol springs up here and there, just enough to let you know this isn't all sweet, but otherwise it isn't much of a disturbance. Lastly, a subtle oak creeps in, not individually, but latching onto the other characteristics to give them a nice twist.

T - My first sip almost has me withdraw in surprise as it's kind of a kick in the mouth. This flavor is something that I haven't came across before as a whole, only in separate beers. Again, the sugary fruits are back, but now they get that alcohol-soaked quality that is common for stronger Belgians, and I really get the gritty parts of it, like the pits and skin. It's very earthy, and the oak only helps in cementing that feeling. Something that was missed in the nose was the spice in this, as I am getting a little bit of all-spice and cinnamon as well that differentiates this.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with good carbonation. Despite the sweetness it still finishes pretty dry but has a lasting finish of alcohol and spice.

D/O - Drinkability is high. This is really a cool and unique beer which is good to help break up the grind that I sometimes find myself falling into in terms of styles. A spiced Belgian Christmas ale with a bit of oak-aging in it? Sounds good to me, and has the taste to back it up as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 04:15:40 | More by nhindian
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cosmicevan

New York

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - opened and poured into an ommegang chalice. poured a murky orange with lots of chunks. had a nice creamy belgian head made of lots of tiny bubbles.

s - my wife smelt it from across the room and commented. creamy green grape with a tingle of alcohol.

t - very nice fruit medley. almost quad-like. green grape and some vanilla.

m - creamy and smooth. very cooilng with a tingle.

o - wasn't wild about the regular tsjesses, but this one was a different animal. more vinous so the spicing is dialed back which is nice, since i found the regular to be a bit over-spiced.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 03:42:40 | More by cosmicevan
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up for $8.29 in Dearborn, having heard good things. I didn't like the regular Tsjeesus too much but had higher hopes for the Reserve.

It pours a hazy copper color, with a thin head that falls to a film over a few minutes. The aroma reminds me strongly of Westvleteren 12, candy sweet with esters and some clear ethanol notes. It tastes exactly as it smells, more like a quad than a spiced ale, totally Westy. I don't get how this can be related to the standard Tsjeesus, the spices don't present too clearly. Maybe a little bitterness in the aftertaste hints at spicing, that's about it.

This is excellent, one of the few beers worth $9 for 11.2oz

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 02:06:08 | More by TurdFurgison
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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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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-01-01 in Columbia, PA

A - Moderately hazy caramel with a 2-finger tan head that fades pretty quickly with no lacing.

S - Floral, sweet malt, vanilla bean, figs, spice.

T - First impression is toffee malt, Angostura bitters, tangerine rind, vanilla, oak, some spice flavors that I can't identify, peppercorns. Mildly astringent. Noticeable but pleasant alcohol. Dries pretty nicely with a lingering strong spice, malt and Angostura bitters.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Creamy and moderately sticky.

O - Never had a beer like this. I don't know if the brewer actually used Angostura bitters but it seems like it to me. While I like bitters in moderation, I'm also sensitive to the taste of pepper and between the two, it seems over-the-top for my taste buds. Glad I had this surprising brew. My wife didn't like this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 18:25:57 | More by Tucquan
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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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warnerry

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear copper orange with one and a half fingers of off-white head, some fine suspended material and a nice strwam of carbonation.Leaves nice lacing.

S - Very pleasant and interesting aroma. Quite a bit of fruit, with white grapes, peach and a bit of strawberry. Nice spice presence as well, and a bit of earthy yeast.

T - Taste is more spice than fruit, opposite of what I got from the smell. Spices include cinnamon, coriander and some clove. Nice bready taste , a bit of noticeable alcohol, and the fruit notes described above.

M - Nice creamy medium mouthfeel. Spices lead to a dry finish.

O - I have a regular Tsjeeses that I have yet to open, so I don't know how this compares, but this was great. A lot going on, but not at all muddled. Nice layers of flavors. Bottle went down way too quickly.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 22:05:34 | More by warnerry
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber with a fingerswidth wheat head. Superb layer of retention puts up a tentacle or two.

Spicy/fruity aromatic mix. Spicy that's kinda like bright green grass mixed with mulling spice - but not really. Fruity like sugared apricot and golden pear. Tinge of butternut squash.

Well balanced dry vs. juicy taste. Yeasty spice (dry) vs. rich apricot and white grape juice. Dry, lightly burnt sugar finish that contrasts the sweet and juicy and sets up the next sip.

Magically delicious, it magically disappeared before I knew it. Merry Christmas to me.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 21:29:12 | More by donkeyrunner
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prototypic

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 05:21:26 | More by prototypic
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Damian

Massachusetts

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

Drank from an 11.2 fl oz bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Lot: C 8 10
Served in a tulip

Cloudy, dark copper-amber in appearance with a near two-finger tall crop of tight, creamy froth. Even with a careful pour, I saw some particles floating in the liquid. The head had good lasting strength, and it slowly faded to a substantial film of bubbles. Streaks of lacing stuck all down the glass.

The nose was quite intriguing. Deep, rich and robust for a Belgian strong pale ale. Lots of sweet, bready malts and Christmas spices. Fruity with distinct notes of apple and pear. Good dose of Belgian yeastines. A touch of alcohol warmth was initially detectible and it became a bit more noticeable as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was quite similar to the nose. Rich, bready malts were quite apparent. Strong pear and apple skin notes. Lots of Belgian yeastiness. Spicy and phenolic. Strong clove and nutmeg notes. Some Belgian candi sugar. Slightly citrusy. A bit tart. Nice interplay between the sweet and tart flavors. The beer finished off-dry with hints of oak and some mellow, noble hops - just enough to keep the beer crisp, balanced and quite drinkable. Speaking of drinkability, I never would have guessed this to be anywhere near 10% ABV.

The liquid was rich and creamy on the palate. A fine yet zippy effervescence lent the beer a smooth suppleness. Although I often find the mouthfeel on BSPAs to be too thin and over carbonated, De Struise managed to nail it on this one.

Tsjeeses Reserva is a fantastic Belgian strong pale ale and a nice seasonal twist on the style. I cannot think of many others beers that would serve as a better nightcap on this Christmas Eve.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 05:45:57 | More by Damian
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2011 04:14:04 | More by xnicknj
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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage, Lot: 2722090610, Bottle Lot: 30/H/FF

A: Pours a murky brown, with hints of reds throughout. There is a large amount of khaki colored head that slowly settles as the beer drinks. There is also some really nice lacing left along the edges of the glass.

S: Smells really sweet and boozy. I'm picking up hints of honey, candied sugar, spice (that I can't seems to place), and lemon. The nose of this beer is really nice.

T: Starts off sweet and malty, with blasts of honey. I can taste the candied sugar, with some sort of spice (like a mix of rosemary and cinnamon) along with hints of plums. In the finish, I get some earthy notes (dirt and grass). But the finish it's horrible.

M: Starts off syrupy and sweet, but finishes dry. Again, I get this dirt like quality. Yet, it's not off-putting.

O: I like this beer more than the regular Tsjeeses. The smells and flavors are very pleasant, and the it's a surprisingly easy drinking beer for something that is 10% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 21:10:44 | More by trxxpaxxs
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. Surprisingly, I didn't get a whole lot on the nose initially, though as the beer warmed, I picked up some light tropical fruit, honey and vanilla. The flavor profile replicate the nose, except there was nothing shy or reticient about what I tasted on the palate. This beer is pretty sweet, though I appreciated the full, soft, plush, almost creamy/buttery mouthfeel to this beer. It comes across as quite right rich, and though the alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, it's readily apparent that you're drinking a "high octane" brew.

Couple of thoughts... while I thought this a pretty good beer, and while I definitely enjoyed the rich, tropical fruit (peaches, apricots, mango, etc.), the over the top sweetness and booziness made this beer a bit hard to take. I was barely able to finish my 4 ounce sample glass, and would definitely have a hard time coping with a larger format size of this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2011 14:05:22 | More by johnmichaelsen
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 20:42:06 | More by homebrew311
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siradmiralnelson

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 20:35:24 | More by siradmiralnelson
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seasonsix

New York

3.18/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a murky golden brown, with a finger of head that dies down.

S - getting some winter spice and honey sweetness.

T - really sweet, sort of like a tripel on steroids - but the flavor leaves you just a little too soon. there is a heat to this beer that builds up as you sip it, which is really nice.

M - low carbonation, would of loved a bit more fizz with this type of beer.

O - Don't get me wrong - worth checking out. Hearty and well spiced christmas beer, I was just expecting the flavor to be a little more fleshed out.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 13:57:22 | More by seasonsix
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

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

A: Pours a hazy amber with a compact off-white head.

S: Aromas of cream, almonds, nougat, caramel, coriander, and cider apples fill the nose. Compared to the regular Tsjeeses, this beer smells much more refined and restrained.

T: Notes of cream, nougat, almonds, caramel, toffee, coriander, praline, cherry, peach, cider apple, orange, lemon, and grass are very present on the palate. The finish is warming and complex with cream, mixed fruit, and grassy hop notes being most prevalent.

M: Full bodied and initially syrupy, but it dries out quite nicely before the finish. The carbonation is unobtrusive, but firmer than that found in the regular Tsjeeses.

O: I quite enjoy this ale, which is a bit of a surprise considering that I did not care for the regular Tsjeeses at all. While I found the regular version of this beer to be crude, rough, and unrefined, this is smooth and complex with a great integration of flavors. Obviously the touch of ageing helped tremendously.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 13:26:04 | More by mrfrancis
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2011 05:31:08 | More by AgentZero
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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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lionchow

California

3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy golden amber with a thick creamy white head. Lots of small CO2 bubbles rising in the glass.

A - A bit of spiced pear cider mixes well with a faint maltiness. Not very robust but nice.

F - Nicely balanced, cotton candy sugariness, pears, brown sugar, an earthy spiciness more reminiscent of chai tea than most spiced beers, but it is fairly mellow. A touch of yeasty spiciness as well. A bit of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M - A touch of alcohol burn with the good level of carbonation is nice.

Overall very well balanced and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 05:42:01 | More by lionchow
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Kshock

California

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice golden color, sits with a darker brown hue. Good white head that retains for a little while leaving some lacing but never completely dissipates.

S- Spicy estery yeast, a little alcohol. Nice nose.

T- sweetness with a little fruit behind it. Very clean finish that dries a little. very balanced considering the abv%.

M- very nice soft and light body with a little carb. Dries nicely into a very clean finish.

O- really nice beer, drinks dangerously easy. Well executed.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 01:26:08 | More by Kshock
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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
Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (2008-2010) from De Struise Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.