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Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 28
Hads: 141
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 22.33%
Wants: 6
Gots: 38 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-27-2012

2011 Vintage - Pink & Purple label.
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Reviews by crnipeter:
Photo of crnipeter
3.42/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage
Pours murky coppery-amber body with orangeish glow, capped by an inch of beige head that
eventually sets to stable veil.

The advertised bourbon barrel is nearly imperceivable to the nose initially, but grows as
the beer warms. Aroma is mostly spice and fruits: spicy phenols and esters reminiscent of
oxidized apple slices, sultanas and oranges play the dominant role supported by brown sugar and musty undertones.

The bourbon that yields warming sensation is obnoxiously evident when it comes to the flavor
featuring prominent oak-character, apple, orange and sultanas, peppery phenols and phenolic
bitterness that lasts throughout the finish. The bourbon is just to hot and doesn't integrate
well - the abandoned non-bourbon oak barrel-aged version was a way better.

Bourbon barrel-aging is a great tool to hide flaws of poorly crafted brew or to add complexity to the base-beer. Neither is needed with Tsjeeses. It's a pity so many brewers succumb to the BBA trend to please the masses even at the cost of spoiling the beer. (330 ml, BB 12-26-2017, into tulip).

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Photo of ehammond1
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap (2010)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

(Aged for 2 years)

A hazed golden amber with a very small, creamy off-white head. Leaves the glass with large collections of bubbles of stick. Unremarkable, but it definitely makes me want to drink it.

Lots of fruit elements coming through in the aroma (from the hops and yeast) in the way of sun-dried cherries and figs, some pepper, dried grapes that are turning to raisin, and oak. Really, this is quite the complex aroma. There's only a very mellow bourbon character to this, but it's there, and incredibly well integrated. However, the interesting, complex, divine yeast character is what separates this beer. It's quite nice.

The flavor is just as complex as the aroma, and express a lot of similar characteristics. Lots of dark fruits and oak shine through, along with a moderate bitterness, and some integrated, and complementary bourbon. It comes in to lend a spice not found in most barrel-aged offerings. An exceptionally drinkable, complex beer.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I suppose I would like this to have more carbonation, especially for the style, but it's a tough thing to complain about when a. the beer is barrel-aged b. it's over two years old, and c. it's this darn delicious.

This one was not only interesting, but it was marvelously delicious. I would like to have this one again and will if I can ever find it.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. 2011 vintage.

(A)- Pours a murky & cloudy pale chestnut brown color. Produced some really nice off-white froth with some surprising retention. Even some lacing left behind.

(S)- First thing that comes to mind is rich fruitcake. It has a depth to it in a rich and sweet way along with a dry oaky boozy raisin aroma. Some fig, dark fruits, and a bready yeastiness; just like a fruitcake.

(T)- Quite similar to the smell, only the yeast presence definitely lets itself known more. A bit dry but also a great combo of a nutmeg, toffee, raisin, and dark fruit flavor profiles. Just a twinge of the bourbon barrel at the end.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance to this. The bourbon barrel does not throw its weight around and it meshes very well with the rich yet not overly sweet beer base. The bitterness does go up a few notches as it warms, but it only gets better with that little bit.

(O)- Everytime I have a beer by Struise, I am always thoroughly impressed by their complexity, their drinkability, and just that little something different to put it over the top and this one is no different. I have not had this fresh, but with the little time on this has really seemed to settle any strong booziness it might have had, while integrating the barrel into something really good. I will track down more of this to have around Christmas time

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Photo of DanGeo
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of alarmclock314
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerswag
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of innominat
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of stephenlee
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chinchill
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage 11.2oz bottle poured allowed to warm for a while then poured into a snifter. Nonetheless, this improved with further warming in the glass.

A: Foam rose up the neck upon uncapping and would certainly have overflowed the bottle if not quickly emptied into my glass. It poured a murky & cloudy chestnut brown color with a well-proportioned, off-white head that had good, but not excellent, retention. Some spotty lacing left behind.

Aroma: Too much alcohol, but otherwise very nice, with a rich and complex mix of dark fruits and light spices and with a bready yeastiness.

Flavor - similar to the smell, but with more hidden alcohol, light woody notes, and a less pronounced fruitiness. Some mild barrel aging evident in the aftertaste.

Feel - Ample but soft (natural?) carbonation that's well matched to the flavor profile and medium body.

Overall: impressed by the feel, balance and complexity, I'll head back to get some more of this for Xmas gifts.

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Photo of simoen
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of JamesStreet
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 fluid ounce bottle into a Belgian tulip. Says it's a 2012 Reserva, but doesn't indicate any barrel-aging.

Foamy, compact, cream-colored head that dilly-dallies for ages. Lace drags down all sides of the glass forming a foamy wall. Beneath is a brown, plum skin-colored body with streaming carbonation apparent. 4.5

An aroma of orange peel, candy syrup and floral bouquet with some light coriander or some other table spice. Seems to lack some depth, as the first pass of the nose is about all the intrigue you'll find on this nose. 4

Continues to present a candy, say lollipop, flavor, a citrusy bite, and a bit of barrel quality, mainly oak and some spice. The flavor also offers robust floral flavor and sweet bready malt. I enjoy how this tastes. 4.25

Rich and full-bodied through 3/4 of the palate before a gentle carbonation entrance and mild booze. The sweetness takes on candy-like properties but never becomes too bothersome. The finish is semi-dry, yeasty lingering deal. 4.25

This is drinking quite well. Hard to know all the stats on this, but as it drinks, it is very enjoyable.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of BierMeJohn
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of crosenkrantz
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep clear hazy brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with caramelized malt, light toffee and some light bourbon notes are also perceptible. Taste is a very drinkable mix between some caramelized malt with light toffee notes with some residual candi sugar notes, candy ester and some light bourbon notes with some vanilla also perceptible. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I was expecting the bourbon notes to be more apparent but this is still a very enjoyable and easily drinkable beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from De Struise Brouwers
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