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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Reviews: 98 | Hads: 185
Photo of Kshock
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.17/5  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. (759 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 Mar02x
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up in Gent, Belgium in summer 2011.

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.

S - Fresh yeast character, but not overly spicy or phenolic. I must say that I drunk this rather cold, so it might totally be different when it a bit warmer.

T - Taste has a oak, wood and some peat in the character, particularly in the finish. Perhaps some fresh bread in there as well. Very mellow for 10% - perhaps even a bit too smooth. If you ask me I would tell that there is also some cinnamon to be discovered.

M - Carbonation is low to medium, Finishes quite dry and oaky. No perceptible alcohol heat

D - Really drinkable stuff, and although its beautiful complex its not heavy to drink. (899 characters)

Photo of perrymarcus
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 like it. very impressive. (617 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +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 (1,066 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 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 jdhilt
4.42/5  rDev +7%
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. (366 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 dgfair
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (1,032 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/10.

Pours a hazy honey orange color with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a very thin cap on the top of the beer. Random legs of lacing on the glass on the drink down. Smells of green apple, caramel malt, Winter spices, and yeast. Taste is of green apple and other light fruit flavors, light spices, and some yeast flavors. There is a slight spice/hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. Mouthfeel has a good level of carbonation but is still a bit thick and sticky. Overall, this is a very nice beer from Struise and slightly better than the regular Tsjeeses that I tried in the past. (606 characters)

Photo of blakesell
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle assumed roughly one year old, carefully cellared, poured into a Chouffe tulip.

Appearance - Beer pours cloudy and hazy orange in color, a one finger pearl head rises and quickly fades. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass for the duration of the beer.

Smell - Very neutral, a light floral herbal tea fragrance a bit of pear rind, some tangerine. Oxidized hops. Belgian yeast phenols not strong or pungent. Pleasant, not overtly memorable.

Taste - Wine grapes, a lighter red, perhaps a Shiraz, some light peppery notes, more herbal tea flavors, medium roasted malts, yeasty phenols, not overpowering or unpleasant, the label shows this as a spiced holiday ale, I'm not getting too many spices here either.

Mouthfeel - Very carbonated and effervescent, the light carbonation is probably the high point on this beer. Not too cloying, not too warming even at 10%.

Overall - A fair representation of a Belgian strong pale. Not amazing, but not poor by any means. I doubt if I'll find this again, but I'm not sure that I would pick it up if I found it. De Struise has many other greater offerings. (1,108 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is fairly clear, but only because of a careful decanting (there was plenty of sediment at the bottom of the bottle). Dark amber with an orangey undertone. Small khaki head on top, leaves some legs behind.

S: Sweetness - some bubblegum and ripe fruit. Yeasty/phenolic-type character to it.

T: Kinda follows the nose: fruit (berries, overripe apples, red grapes) and sugary-sweet. As it warms I'm getting some spice and a touch of woody astringency. Finishes with a drying heat from the alcohol, which is felt in the belly right away. It doesn't seem like 10% ABV in the mouth, but I can feel the alcohol going down. Didn't notice any real hoppiness at first, but there's a bit of lingering bitterness that cuts the sweetness, so it's either getting that from the advertised noble hops or some wood - is this one barrel or wood-aged?

M: Nice feel to it - nice fizzy but soft carbonation. Call it just lighter than medium in heft.

O: Nice beer. Worth the $ I paid for it (I think I paid over $11 for the bottle)? Probably not, but still glad I got to try it. (1,114 characters)

Photo of BobZ
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (958 characters)

Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of rye726
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Up for review is a bottle of Tsjeeses Reserva from Struise. POured into a snifter at cellar temp. Golden color with a nice beige head. The barrels really did this beer well. Much more complex than original. Nice full body with excellent carbonation. Go get some, try it for yourself. (283 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of this at Max's yesterday.

A little cloudy, there's a dense off-white head that has decent retention. The nose is great. Milder than the regular version in that the stone fruit is milder and rounder, with peach, apricot and an excellent, mild, tartness. Quite fruity. The palate opens fruity and vinous with caramel, candied apricots. A little mellower and more vinous than the regular version. Alcohol is very well hidden here. Medium light in body with high carbonation, the flavors on the finish are excellent. I'm glad I bought a bottle of this. (569 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (629 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 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 corby112
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark copper orange with golden burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy yellowish, off-white head. Much darker than the regular version with visible carbonation bubbling up. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap.

Slightly earthy, spicy aroma with a decent malt backbone, slight medicinal character and estery fruit notes. Lots of spice, especially peppermint, cinnamon, clove, coriander and pepper. A nice combination of light and dark fruit but the darker fruits ae more prominent. Hints of cherry, apple, pear, grape, currant, plum, raisin and fig. Although these fruit notes are evident they are less prominent than in the regular version. The Reserva smells much more earthy and spicy and the aroma suffers a bit from this. There's also more of a medicinal cough syrup and sweet alcohol presence.

Medium bodied and well balanced with a nice combination of zesty spice, caramel malt, estery fruit and alcohol heat. Tight carbonation up front with a lot of spice. Hints of pepper, corriander, clove, peppermint and ginger linger throughout into the finish. This is balanced by a slight creamy body with a medicinal and dark fruit flavor that adds complexity and fullness to the mouthfeel. I'm picking up hints of cherry, currant, grape, plum, raisin and other dark berries. The dark berries overpower the lighter fruits in this beer much more than the regular version and there is substantially a bit more alcohol sweetness and warmth in the finish. Overall this beer is pretty good and I'm glad that I finally got a chance to try it after two years of searching, but I have to say that I prefer the regular version a bit more. (1,695 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Struise tulip.

LOT: C 8 10

A: Pours a lovely deep copper color. A thinnish layer of off white skim spreads out on top and stays around for ages. Lace is ropey and droopy and the carbonation is plentiful.

S: Fantastic. Huge aromas of Bosc pear, red apple, caramel, and a suggested layer of spices.

T: Drank a few sips of a "clean" pour and was impressed with its' fruitiness. Decided to swirl the sediment and treat myself to a "dirty" pour and thats when the spices really pushed through. I noticed allspice, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, and maybe the barest trace of anise.

M: Slick and sweet. Coats extremely well. The spices dial back on the oiliness with some welcome astringency.

D: An excellent beer. Didn't pick up on any of its' 10% although my cheeks felt a bit flushed by the end of the bottle. So glad I was finally able to try this! (886 characters)

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A late night bottle while watching american beauty and poured into a duvel tulip.

A- three giant fingers of off white head from a hard pour that settles rather quickly and leaves a ton of sticky lace all over the glass and a thin foamy cap. Hazy sunset orange yellow red, kinda like a ripe peach with all the colors of the sunset all at once. One hell of a nice looking glass of beer.

S- yeasty bread and sweet up front with some honey and candy sugar. Some light spice with clove studded orange. A touch floral at times with a glimmer of tart fruit.

T- sweet and spicy with a very floral honey hit and bit of crystallized ginger. Fresh baked bread and a musty yeast touch. There's some booze and bananas in there as the brew comes to room temp.

M- rather full bodied with a creamy slick feel to it. Carb starts off light then builds and keeps the syrupy feel at bay. There is some heat that warms your palate and belly.


D- not sure of the difference between this and the regular version but either way its a really good beer. A touch on the hot side and pretty sweet but on a cold winters night its hits the spot perfectly. (1,136 characters)

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