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

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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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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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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-29-2013 06:35:56 | More by Satchboogie
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy, murky golden, orange, beige mixture for color. Fairly large foamy and creamy slightly off-white head. Average retention with a nice thin layer of foamy and sticky lace.

S - Wet grainy and bready malt. A touch of fruitiness (in particular apple and orange but some other golden fruit). Some woodiness and earthiness along with a good amount of spice and vanilla. Good amount of yeast and sweetness.

T - Similar to the nose. Bready pale malt and wet grainy taste. Fruity flavors present but not overly strong with apple and orange strongest but some peach, apricot, pear, etc. Some spice of clove, coriander, cinnamon and pepper along with a strong yeast flavor.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Fairly smooth.

D - Very drinkable beer that is quite balanced. ABV is well hidden and it goes down easy.

Notes: Best before 12/12/12. Well balanced beer with a good amount of malt, fruit, and grain taste along with hints of woodiness and earthinesss. Not really like other BSPAs and it is pretty interesting, especially with the hints of woodiness. I wasn't fully blown away by the beer, but it was an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 14:47:45 | More by FreshHawk
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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 21:10:44 | More by trxxpaxxs
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brotherloco

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-18-2011 02:13:16 | More by brotherloco
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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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Rollzroyce21

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

10-21-2012 06:32:38 | More by Rollzroyce21
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dogfishandi

New York

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage. 11.2 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into an ommegang goblet.

pours out a murky, reddish, mahaganey color with huge chunks of yeasty trub floating around as well as tons of sediment, kind of takes away from the appearence. a nice retentive off white head, almost a little tan colored. good retention, but no real lace to speak of.

a very vinious, wine like aroma. lots of slightly funky, oaky barrel qualities as well. a hint of a dark fruity, dark bready, slightly sweet malt and just a little tartness.

very nice taste, lots of complexities. starts off with a slightly prickly carbonation and kind of a dry wine taste, then moves into some wonderful, somewhat sweet, toffee, brown sugar, candied caramel, figs, dark breads, a bit of vanilla and a hint of nutmeg and other such spices. the slightest bit of funk. the vinious wine like fruity flavors come back in the finish. all the flavors meld together so nicely.

medium to full in body. just the right feeling carbonation for this beer which is a touch on the high side.

a very enjoyable beer. the regular tsjeeses was a winner for me and this is even better. much like many of struises belgian beers, it seems to
embody everything you would want in a belgian. age has done this beer well with so many complex flavors that meld with one another so nicely. if this is still at my bottle shop, ill be sure to grab more for the cellar. highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 00:40:54 | More by dogfishandi
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

05-22-2013 20:05:04 | More by randylangford
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 15:05:08 | More by deltatauhobbit
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uturn

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12-01-2011 23:13:17 | More by uturn
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BAsbill

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-30-2013 08:13:04 | More by BAsbill
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LJWalker

Alabama

3/5  rDev -28.1%

02-01-2012 02:26:06 | More by LJWalker
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle, lot C-8-10, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy dark orange color with a finger of off-white head, leaves little lacing.

S- Lots of fruit (apples and peach) and red wine, some yeast and candi sugar. Some oak aroma mixed in with the red wine.

T- Starts out a bit sweet with peach, apple and candi sugar. Spicy Belgian yeast, eventually fades into a vinous, woody finish.

M- Medium to full body, smooth feel, very very dry finish. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden for 10% ABV.

O- An awesome beer, really tasty and easy drinking for such a strong brew, I'd definitely pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 05:47:14 | More by WillCarrera
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klipper

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-14-2011 07:43:04 | More by klipper
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by alexsdad06.

Poured hazy copper color with a large frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Complex spicy fruit and yeast aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy fruity balanced flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration with a small alcohol bite.

This is a standout beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 01:27:44 | More by tmoneyba
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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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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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samEBC

Belgium

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-26-2012 21:48:01 | More by samEBC
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Brabander

Netherlands

4.15/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2011 19:25:31 | More by Brabander
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WynnO

Florida

4/5  rDev -4.1%

05-30-2012 05:45:42 | More by WynnO
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draheim

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle (No. 11; lot C - 8 - 10) into a tulip. Pours a honey amber w/ some chunks, despite a pretty careful pour. 1-finger soapy white head, minimal carb.

Aroma is sweet candi sugar, dried apricots, butterscotch, some alcohol.

Taste is sticky sweet, fruity, with an earthy quality. Not cloying but a little caramelly, malty.

Mouthfeel is buttery smooth w/ a pretty clean, semi-dry finish.

Overall this was a little sweeter/fruitier than I like my BSPAs, but still a tasty, well-crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 01:51:21 | More by draheim
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RickS95

Indiana

3.1/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Strange color, I’ll call it a dirty gold. A cross between orange, gold, copper and brown, with floaty particles. Offwhite head.

Smells like an American pale ale and a Belgian pale ale had a child. Unique. Grassy and citric, with some honey and alcohol.

Lots of honey and some orange. Malty. A bit of alcohol. Reminds me of a Sam Adams Wee Heavy. Actually tastes like a lager.

Way too sweet for me. Cloying. Not enough bitter to offset. I’m not a honey fan and this does little for me. There is no transition from sweet to bitter, it happens all at once. Didn’t get the dry finish, the cloyingness draped my tongue.

This didn’t work for me. Simply too sweet for me. Not at all easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 05:07:51 | More by RickS95
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monitorpop

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

11-14-2011 18:07:31 | More by monitorpop
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bmur112

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

02-07-2012 22:33:58 | More by bmur112
Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (2008-2010) from De Struise Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.