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

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175 Ratings
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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 15
Gots: 31 | 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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Photo of AgentMunky
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.45/5  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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of prototypic
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of homebrew311
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of GbVDave
4.33/5  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!

Photo of Jspriest
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.98/5  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.

Photo of Floydster
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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

Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jrenihan
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

Photo of jheezee
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of JamLand
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Jeffo
3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of brez8791
1/5  rDev -76%

Photo of Crosling
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This ale pours with a gloomy orange color and a huge, frothy and strongly lasting foam. Aroma is strongly reminiscent of the regular Tsjeeses, even still has the hops. Soft golden fruit, white burgundy, earth. Flavor is very pure, belgian. Well balanced and very sweet. It's a nice beer. But, it doesn't show a lot of wood character.

Photo of Tucquan
3.98/5  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.

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of rye726
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BAsbill
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (2008-2010) from De Struise Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.