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

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 187
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 15
Gots: 33 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Absumaster on 12-27-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 100 | Hads: 187
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.44/5  rDev +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

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Photo of jrallen34
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.03/5  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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Lot C 8 10.

A: A cap of thin, white head. Fades fast. Murky-clear translucent.

S: Spicy-tart fruit (the same apricot and stone fruit from the original). Maple and molasses (the bourbon barrels mayhap?).

T/M: Interesting...It's as delicious as Tsjeeses, and the bourbon influence is patently obvious, something which is not always evident in these barrel-aged beers. The finish is soft and a touch unassuming. While the apricot is still present (and pleasant) it is muted and dulled by the boozy-sweet bourbon finish. Basically, this beer tastes exactly like Tsjeeses aged in oak casks, but I prefer the tarter, spicier original.

O: A great beer! Recommended, but my enthusiasm is dipped somewhat by overoptimistic expectations and the realization that the elements in Tsjeeses I loved are elements that are diminished, not magnified, by bourbon barrel aging.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.19/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.44/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of warnerry
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a rich brown color with a tall white head...fine lace. The aroma is complex and deep, with a mingling of alcohol, wood, hops, fruit (raisins and plums), toasted malt, toasted bread, and sugar. There's a lot going on in here. As for the taste, this is a very sweet beer. Sugar lingers into the finish. Despite the ABV and the smell, the alcohol is well hidden in the flavor...it's present only is a slow and steady warming (subtle). There is a huge amount of yeast in this beer, though...you can see it on the pour, and it is a significant component of the flavor. Full body, fairly smooth. Great beer.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a LA snifter. Lot C with an 8 and a 10 highlighted, whatever that means.

4.0 A: Deeply hazed orange plum color. Three fingers of beige, frothy head. Retention is very good and a good bit of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Plenty of spices in this. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and a touch of clove. Light pepper from the yeast. Currants, plums, figs, raisins, and dates. Lightly bready malts with a moderate sweetness.

4.0 T: Tastes like the nose. All the spices mentioned. All the fruits mentioned. The two components work well together. Lightly bready, sweet, with a mild bitterness.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be a bit spritzier and creamier, but good enough.

4.0 D: Solid beer. Great integration of spices and fruits.

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Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Compared with the non-reserve version, this is noticeably darker in flavor, with dark fruit and some tannin evident. Still a good deal of carbonation, and alcohol lends a bit of black pepper bite at the end. Interesting how the two can differ so much.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

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Photo of prototypic
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of deapokid
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on Thanksgiving 2010. Review from notes.

Pours a pale golden yellow with limited carbonation and a murky body (despite the lack of noticeable sediment). A regal tuft of foam tops things off.

Aroma of dark fruit and wintery spicing (spruce, pine, cinnamon) are at the forefront. The slightest hint of musty sweat sock accompanies the warming booze in the background.

Flavor profile consists of white grape, plum, spruce, black pepper, condensed milk, sugar cubes and a slightly dry ending. The alcoholic content of the beer warms you to the bone, which is nice on the day of the first snow.

Mouth feel is both smooth and bitter (dare I say, spicy) with a surprisingly lack of yeast on the back end (which isn't a bad thing). The fruit flavor resonates on the tongue, leaving behind a nice plum coating.

This is an extremely unique holiday effort and it doesn't seem to pack the tremendous weight you'd expect from a 10% ale, making it seem effortless to take down a 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.27/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht. Drank the regular and Reserva back to back.

From a bottle into my Struise glass.
Lot C: Bottled August 2010
Apparently this was aged in a port barrel.

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, medium looking, fluffy, white head with great retention. Tenne orange in color, hazy, with lots of carbonation evident. Head eventually fades to a thick foam cap that remains the whole time and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. Like the regular version, this is a very nice looking brew.

SMELL: Mild nose of pale malts, touches of green fruit and a bit of tartness. Quite boring and mute in comparison.

TASTE: Much different than the regular version. Pale malts, wood and vanilla notes for sure. Sweet vanilla cream with a spicy and yeasty finish. A little one dimensional perhaps. Mild but lingering aftertaste of oak, vanilla and some spice on the palate. A touch of alcohol lingers as well.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down fine with a scratch at the swallow and finishes rather dry on the palate. Good feel, though a touch too much burn perhaps. Slightly higher carbonation than the regular bottle.

OVERALL: Not nearly as complex and enjoyable as the regular version. The oak aging is definitely noticeable, but it has mellowed out the flavors and made it somewhat one dimensional. I would take the regular version over this nine times out of ten. Regardless, this was a fun comparison.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25


For a beer thats over four years old it held a tremendous amount of carbonation that built a thick everlasting foam head.

The nose is filled with prunes, dates, apricots and raisins with a stiff malt backbone of toffee and barley.

The flavors starts with prunes and apricots before moving to a malt, grain and barley middle palate. It ends with some toffee, molasses, booze and raisin.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

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Photo of Floydster
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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