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

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

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


Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
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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SpdKilz

Illinois

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

Appearance – Pours into a generic tulip with a great looking golden orange color and over a finger of slight off white head that dissipates slowly leaving nice looking lacing.

Smell – Lots of spices up front – I can immediately smell coriander, clove, cinnamon, and just a hint of peppermint. It is not in your face spices, which is nice. I often get worried when I take a sniff and am overwhelmed by heavy spices. The light spices are followed by some nice citrus/fruit aromas including pear, raisins, plums and other dark fruits, and a hint of granny smith apple. There is also a nice malty backbone and caramel at the end.

Taste – About on par with the aroma. The aformentinoed spices up front but mixed with what seems to be a honey flavor. Lots of yeast and breadiness after, which then follows with boozy fruit flavors. A pleasant tasting beer.

Mouthfeel – Creamy, lower carbonation, oily.

Overall – Glad I picked up another one of these. I can’t wait to open it this Christmas. Better than I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 01:20:36 | More by SpdKilz
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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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dgfair

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into Corsendonk Christmas goblet.

Pours a brilliant burnt orange color with a huge creamy, pillowy off white head. Leaves thick lacing all over the glass. Smell is slightly spiced with nutmeg and coriander notes. There is also a fruity undertone with a little apple, grape, and pear. Nice smell, but not super complex. Taste is fantastic with a delicious spicy fruitiness and a very nice hop balance. Fruity but never sweet due to the great balance from the generous flavor of spice and hops. Mouth is creamy and smooth and finishes surprisingly dry. Overall a great beer from Struise. Glad I have one more to save for a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 00:22:38 | More by dgfair
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

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

330ml bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis (thanks!).

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of wood/oak, fruity, vanilla, citrus, and some spices. Tastes of candi sugar, lighter wood, spices, citrus, honey, and vanilla. Lighter alcohol in the finish but overall well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 21:36:34 | More by hopdog
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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

Pours a two finger light khaki head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hazy amber color with a ton of yeast left in bottle. Nose is sweet, fruity and flavor is malty, spicy, some dark fruit. High ABV is hidden. Much better than the Tsjeeses. Pricey at $9.95 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 22:31:42 | More by jdhilt
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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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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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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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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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jrallen34

Illinois

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

2010 bottle drank from a tulip...Pours much darker than the regular version, murky dark gold with a nice head...Yeast is prominent on the nose, the backbone. There is also a very vinous quality, dry white wine, grapes, smooth with a hint of spice. Takes the regular version and just improves it...The taste is equally nice, a little smooth bourbon, yeast, coriander, apples, spices, so incredibly smooth and complex. Not totally what I was expecting off the nose, but really good...This is another awesome De Struise worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 15:04:37 | More by jrallen34
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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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seaoflament

California

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

Huge thanks to hoppymeal for this great extra that should have been on my wants. Best before date of: 12-12-2012. The beer label says this is a "x-mas brew...Aged 6 months on oak" but it's still winter right? You wouldn't know it living in San Diego though.

Wow, as soon as I cracked the cap a stream of bubbles started to slowly rush to the top, stirring the yeast and thus making it impossible to leave most of the yeast behind. Therefore, the color is a cloudy ripe apricot and a nice inch of creamy foam stood atop the beer for a few moments and slowly sunk back to leave a ring and a very thin coat. Very good retention with some lacing too.

Bready, fruity esters, orange, peach, nectarine, red apples, and yeast spiciness. Delicate vanilla from the oak with a bit of wet wood aroma. A bit of earthiness with a good dose of pale malt sweetness. Very aromatic and floral, some honey in the background. Light white pepper. Alcohol is remarkably well hidden. When I stir the glass I pick up a bit of lemon upfront and then it changes to sweet orange peel.

Initial pils malt sweetness upfront with some lemon and orange flavors, a bit of bread, and finishes with white pepper, maybe some clove, hints of apples, and a slight herbal flavor. Finishes clean and the aftertaste is long but without being too strong, just very delicate. A bit of apples, lemon, and orange in the beginning of the second sip. Fruity finish with hints of spices and malt sweetness. Very excellent. A bit of caramelized sugar in the finish. Soft banana flavors in the aftertaste. Finishes with a medium dryness but a bit of residual sweetness; the alcohol being noticeable at the very end, but does not burn or feels out of place

Medium-high carbonation but it's very smooth and almost creamy. Incredibly easy to drink and it's hard to believe that this is 10%

It's really hard to find any faults in this beer. Also, I believe this one is a Tripel, the malt is certainly more hefty than a Belgian strong pale ale, but the similarities are very close.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 02:01:30 | More by seaoflament
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

from notes from a tasting a while back

hazy, golden yellow that just gurgled out of the glass. A slight touch of a white head came up across the top of the glass which settled down into a slight little bit of a crown that strung together throughout the session. Decent amount of side glass lace as well.

The aroma was extremely rich. Lots of fruity yeast coming through immediately after popping the cork. Some nice notes of peach and banana, hints of apricot and light wheat mixing in throughout. Very light grassy hop notes as it warms up as well as a touch of grapes. The flavor was extremely mellow and that was an understatement. Amazingly clean and complex, this was just stunning for the style and ABV. Rich notes of apricot and peach with light hoppy notes riddled throughout. Some decent light grain which really balanced the middle of the profile quite well. I was literally floored by the mellowness of this one. It is a huge Belgian style ale that really is just soo subtle, I found myself really just taking bigger and bigger sips as I went through it

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 01:52:57 | More by mikesgroove
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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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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 17:10:56 | More by OWSLEY069
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've actually not tried the regular Tsjeeses yet for comparison, so this review will be completely independent of the base beer.

Pours a very murky brown/gold color with a nice finger of head that leaves some lacing. Initial smell is a wall of citrus and spices. Very eye opening and sinus cleansing. Orange and apple peels, nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon, white grapes, oak, pumpkin seed, and clove. This is complex and bursting with potential.

The taste is similarly complex, yet not quite as explosive...which is a positive IMO, because I was afraid the spices would overpower everything else. Initial taste is light spice and clove with some orange peel. Bready malts and yeast help magnify the flavor. Nice white grape aftertaste. Not a whole lot of oak is prominent, but rather it is a subtle attribute that adds a layer of complexity. I have had 3 other wood aged Struise beers to date, and all of them were fairly wood heavy. This one breaks from the pack.

Body is medium with lots of carbonation...a tad bit of a prickle but I guess somewhat kept in check for the style. Drinkability is very high for the ABV. Rarely do I experience beers with this much alcohol that have this sort of flavor profile. There is no real harshness present at all. Remarkable oak aging job done here by Struise, IMO this is the best out of the 4 in terms of what the oak adds/subtracts from the overall drinking experience.

This beer surprised me very much. I have to say, I enjoyed it just as much as any other fine Struise offering I have had yet. If the idea of a beer that is high on flavor and complexity yet low on brashness and flare interests you, then this might be exactly what you are looking for. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 02:23:09 | More by alcstradamus
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adamette

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Best by 12 12 12 Poured from the 33 cl bottle that I purchased at Belgian Beer dot com a few months ago. Poured into my GLBC Christmas Ale goblet.

A Great off white one inch head over a great orange brown body with visible sediment. The body glows in front of direct light. The look is fantastic.

S Great Belgian yeast, grains smell with some alcohol and plenty of malt.

T Nice strong Pale Ale with the great grains and yeast with a kind of a great mini wheat type of aftertaste that is difficult to describe. This is a complex Pale Ale with layers of tastes.

M Full with big ABV, complex tastes, carbonation. It is not particularly smooth.

D Due to the cost and rarity this could never be considered a highly drinkable beer. That being said I enjoyed every drop and so I will give it high marks because of that.

Notes: A treat to have this somewhat rare beer from De Struise Brouwers.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 04:03:49 | More by adamette
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xpimptastikx

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best by date 12/12/2012

A - Pours a hazy copper with a single finger of off white head. It then recedes to a thing web and with light lacing.

S - Oak, apple, plums, candi sugar, clove, and a bit of alcohol.

T - Not as overpowering a the smell would lead on, but definitely more complex than the standard Tsjeeses. Oak, apples and candi sugar, with the spice and alcohol taking the backseat.

M/D - Low carbonation gives the beer a sticky full mouthfeel and fits perfect for the overall flavor. The oak aging made this much better than the standard Tsjeeses. Unbelievably drinkable Christmas beer. I just wish I would have bought more bottles.

The Belgians definitely have a different take on barrel aging, which usually just lends flavor without over powering it like so many American brewers. All of Struise's BA offerings have been phenomenal in my book.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 23:43:08 | More by xpimptastikx
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330mL bottle to tulip.
Lot C810. Sampled 20JAN13

[A] Above average vigor on the pour creates a 2 finger high dense foamy head, barely off-white in color and developing a creamy texture as it fades. Retention is incredible. The body appears a bronzy orange with a high level of sediment floating around - even on a short pour. Lacing in thick concentric rings.

[S] Striking similarities to white wine qualities, like a clean chardonnay aged in stainless. The malt bill comes across very basic, probably largely pilsner, and a little Belgian candi sugar. Pear, fermented apple, white grapes. The fruity aspect increases as the beer opens up.

[T] The range of flavors is wonderful. Sure, it leans heavily towards the sweet end of the spectrum. But the fruit flavors mentioned above meld together in perfection. I honestly don't see any room for improvement here.

[M] Much chewier than you would expect for a BSPA. Most definitely the thickest mouthfeel that I've come across in the style - and it works phenomenally well. Carbonation is ample but not excessive, or even aggressive for that matter.

[O] This beer is freaking fantastic. The "Christmas" and "Brewed with Spices" indications on the label are nothing to worry about - at least with this amount of age. This will definitely be a repeat purchase, if I can find it.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 22:46:06 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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crnipeter

Slovenia

4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml with strangely apocalyptic BBE date on its label: 12.12.12. Okay, I'll be drinking this when Divine's wrath strikes the Earth.

Immediately after the cap removal the beer starts to foam searching its way out of the bottle into La Chouffe tulip. White foamy head collapses into thin lacy film of agglomerated tiny bubbles atop of murky nonuniformly colored yellow orange-brown viscous fluid with snowstorm of floating yeasty particles. Swirling produces short lived patches of lace on the walls. Aroma dept is of predominant peppery & minor clovy phenolics with lots of fruity esters of citruses, honeyish and sugary with mild spicy alcohol. Intense peppery and citrusy (orange, lemon) flavors are wrapped into soft honeyish sweet malt followed by dry finish and pleasant bitter hoppy aftertaste that seems to be endless. Alcohol is there but well subdued. The bigger than medium bodied beer tends to be crispy on the palate but that is counteracted by fluid's relatively high viscosity. This beer is very corpulent for a triple (or golden strong which some claim it is). A smooth brew whose individual characteristics can be pointed at despite their wonderful mellowness. An excellent example of what barrel aging can do to a beer. Underrated and worth seeking it out.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 02:14:41 | More by crnipeter
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DenverLogan

Colorado

4.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasting an 08' from the bottle. Small head...less carbonation than the regular t'Sjeeses. Golden color. Sweet malt aroma and taste without the citrus notes of the regular. Absolutely lovely balance and a beer I could enjoy daily. Wonderful balance without any negative aspects.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 03:00:54 | More by DenverLogan
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Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (2008-2010) from De Struise Brouwers
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