Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - De Struise Brouwers
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4.25/5 rDev +4.4%
Pours a browned golden with nice resilient creamy looking white head and nice spotty lacing.
Smell is bourbon, barleywine-y, a tad vinous. Seems a little crayony which reminds me of other De Struise BA beers- perhaps oxidation, or perhaps the barrel, perhaps a bit of both. It's hard to tell. Bit of mint and menthol, somehow it almost reminds me of Gratitude.
Taste is surprisingly smoky at first, tastes almost like this was aged in Scotch barrels. The smoke isn't overbearing at all though, merely an opening and then a a conclusion to the fruity flavours. Quite drying and even bitter in the finish. Probably just the bourbon bite manifesting itself as smoke and a burnt quality.
Mouthfeel has hints of mint, of course the aforementioned smoke. A wee bit of sourness. Decently sweet but can't really nail this down as either dry or sweet- it bounces around a bit. Barrel is dry, base beer is kinda sweet.
Definitely reminds me of the base beer with a nice BA element added. Leagues ahead of the Port version.
03-19-2014 10:28:50 | More by danieelol
Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from De Struise Brouwers
90 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.