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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: 3
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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 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 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 nhindian
4.42/5  rDev +7%
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. (2,054 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 siradmiralnelson
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 33cl bottle into Chalice. Thanks to Kendall for hooking me up with this.

A. Poured 3 fingers of slighlty off white head. Great retention. Thick lacing. Color is darker than I was expecting for a Strong Pale Ale. Color is a light brown with some amber hues.

S. Smell is pretty strong. Can pick it up quite a ways away. First word to describe the smell would be sweet. Wow. Interesting smell as I finally bring the glass up to my nose. Almost smells like candy. Light fruit, with an almost tropical fruit smell mixed in. Pear, apple. After fruity sweetness, is a pretty good mix of some spices. Really interesting smell.

T. Taste is a pretty interesting contrast to the aroma. Get quite a bit of oaky/woody flavor going on. Not really sweet at all. Get some apple flavors towards the back of the tongue. Pretty dry flavor. Definitely has some earthy flavors to it. Pick up some of the herbal flavor as well, but hard to describe specific flavors. Has a pretty strong biscuity malt base

M. Medium/full bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes pretty dry.

O. Probably one of the most unique BSPAs that I have had. Get a lot of woody/earthly flavors going on with a little bit of fruit and spice in the background. Unique beer. Glad to have had the opportunity to try it. (1,282 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 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 roblowther
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle into a tulip glass. Pours clear copper/brown with a frothy off-white head. Smell is oranges, honey, leather...this is starting to sound like a scene from 50 Shades of Gray. Taste is nutty and biscuity, much sharper than it smells. Mouthfeel is pleasantly slick with a touch of stickiness. OK, now I can't get the 50 Shades references to stop. Overall it is a really nice beer, more intense than a strong pale ale normally would be. That gives it a lot of interest in my book. Haha. I said "book". (508 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 crnipeter
4.79/5  rDev +16%
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. (1,275 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 haz77
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a clear dark amber with a towering few of inches of thick off-white head. Small, lively bubbles of carbonation mean it takes some time to fall away. A good looking brew.

S - Pear drops, medicinal phenols, peach, plum, sweet wine, vinous notes at the back. There is quite a lot in there without the aroma being particularly bold. Good nonetheless.

T - The start is sweet stone fruits with caramel joining in the middle. Medicinal phenols and a bit of alcohol heat pick up towards the end. The warming booze stays around in the aftertaste along with some breadiness and herbal hops/drying vinous flavours in the background. This is a young example so the alcohol may well even out if cellared, although to be clear it doesn't taste near its 10% ABV.

M - Persistent, tingling carbonation keeps the body feeling medium before finally fading towards the end of the drink. This allows a more creamy presence to evolve. A refined experience.

D - I really couldn't put this down once I started drinking it, even with the boozy element making itself known in the taste. I think the standard version is superior, but this is an exquisite beer. (1,147 characters)

Photo of DenverLogan
4.97/5  rDev +20.3%
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. (277 characters)

Photo of CooperEllis
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz from SteveFinny (lovely gift, thanks Steve) split two and half ways.

I have to say, I know this is the beer I'm drinking, but based on other reviews I'm not sure what the major difference is.

The pour is as described, red/red ale, off-white topper. Not sticky at all, leaves only traces of lacing.

This smells smoked. I split it three ways and we all thought "wait it this a smoked beer"? but nothing seems to mesh with that. Otherwise a bit of white wine, some wood, and the usual assortment of spices.

Tart flavors immediately dissuade the thoughts that this was a 'smoked beer'. A bit of sucking on the brown sugar cube, a good about christmas cheer in the spices and faint vanilla notes. More yeast/bready. A bit of dark or candied fruit but the brown sugar sweetness is the most prominent.

I know others have written that there is some 'funk' here, but I don't find funk so much as characteristics of wine. The underlying thin wine notes help bring this together and keep it from being to sweet. With the smoke in the nose it's an assault on all your senses.

This is exceptionally enjoyable. There is a mildness to it that I don't typically find in Belgians which I'm enjoying. The mouthfeel is still solid enough to fit the stlye and the spices finish crisply.

(176th) (1,290 characters)

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 xpimptastikx
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (861 characters)

Photo of JerseyKirk
3.21/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: 1 finger khaki head, straw to amber. Tight bubbles, creamy head.

S: chocolate, bread, sourness, bready crust malt, belgian yeast.

T: chocolate, spice bomb punch, booze afterwards, caramel malt, no hop bitterness, strong toffee sweetness.

M: medium with sweet caramel thickness.

O: I definitely wouldn't get again. Belgian pale ale with spiced and strong sweetness. Gives me a slight headache when drinking. (416 characters)

Photo of JoePat
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an orangish amber color with a white heat.

The aroma is not really pronounced but I do get what I think is a berry aroma.

The flavor is malty, estery and some spiciness. Can't really elaborate on these but they go together really well.

The mouthfeel is rich and syrupy making this a little hard to drink but it is a great sipper. (348 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 brc
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle best by 12 12 12. Poured into tulip. Fair warning - mine was a gusher.

Pours a large head, takes its time settling. Decent lacing. Lots of floating sediment that doesn't want to settle out.

When uncapped there is immediately a yeasty bready aroma with some spicy notes. Some woodsiness, too, as I stick my nose in it.

Lots of interesting yeasty byproducts in the taste: banana and citrus in the front. The malt flavor is fairly bready, and you also get some vanilla notes and a decent brandy kick in the finish. Bitterness is medium to low.

Super thick and creamy mouthfeel, like a top notch stout.

The alcohol is definitely there, but it's not unpleasant. All the flavors are good, and I'd go for another bottle. (730 characters)

Photo of Wanne
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer has the colour of copper and is cloudy. The smell of candy sugar is overwhelming in the aroma. The sweetness of the sugar is nicely balanced by the bitterness of the hops, which gives the beer a full body. (214 characters)

Photo of lionchow
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy golden amber with a thick creamy white head. Lots of small CO2 bubbles rising in the glass.

A - A bit of spiced pear cider mixes well with a faint maltiness. Not very robust but nice.

F - Nicely balanced, cotton candy sugariness, pears, brown sugar, an earthy spiciness more reminiscent of chai tea than most spiced beers, but it is fairly mellow. A touch of yeasty spiciness as well. A bit of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M - A touch of alcohol burn with the good level of carbonation is nice.

Overall very well balanced and enjoyable. (569 characters)

Photo of seasonsix
3.13/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a murky golden brown, with a finger of head that dies down.

S - getting some winter spice and honey sweetness.

T - really sweet, sort of like a tripel on steroids - but the flavor leaves you just a little too soon. there is a heat to this beer that builds up as you sip it, which is really nice.

M - low carbonation, would of loved a bit more fizz with this type of beer.

O - Don't get me wrong - worth checking out. Hearty and well spiced christmas beer, I was just expecting the flavor to be a little more fleshed out. (534 characters)

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