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

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BA SCORE
92
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169 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 14
Gots: 26 | 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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Elfastball7

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +19.9%

01-20-2012 00:02:12 | More by Elfastball7
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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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Auror

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

01-15-2012 18:11:22 | More by Auror
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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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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-10-2012 22:02:35 | More by Teleweizen2
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Faina

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

01-05-2012 03:34:20 | More by Faina
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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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cowboy83

New York

5/5  rDev +19.9%

01-03-2012 18:26:49 | More by cowboy83
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stevefinny

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-02-2012 04:31:15 | More by stevefinny
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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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danedelman

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-31-2011 16:10:18 | More by danedelman
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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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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-24-2011 18:58:51 | More by JohnK17
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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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emaciated

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-24-2011 04:46:05 | More by emaciated
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lballstar

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-22-2011 15:38:17 | More by lballstar
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-18-2011 18:57:28 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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brotherloco

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-18-2011 02:13:16 | More by brotherloco
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-18-2011 00:45:30 | More by HopStoopid120
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joshclauss

Colorado

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-18-2011 00:09:55 | More by joshclauss
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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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CummingsK21

Illinois

5/5  rDev +19.9%

12-15-2011 01:29:45 | More by CummingsK21
Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (2008-2010) from De Struise Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.