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

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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 5
Gots: 28 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
2011 Vintage - Pink & Purple label.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-27-2012)
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Photo of AdamBear
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-dark amber with a thin almost non existent white head. lots of floaties. motionless body. looks heavy and still, like a swamp.

S-very strong pale belgian malts. very malty, lots of caramel and sugars. some rawness. very big smelling. intimidating almost.

T-holy snikies. this is amazing. this is a perfect BSPA. comes in with toasty pale belgian malts and caramels and spices, quite impressive with the spices. peppercorn mostly. the after-taste though...it comes very late, but with a great hit of bourbon barrel. wow this is complex, and not subtle whatsoever.

M-good medium to heavy carbonation with a fairly dry finish

O-Might be the best BSPA I've ever had. Wow. it might also be the only barrel aged BSPA i've ever had...and it works. Dang, this brewery will not let me down!! please go out and find this, if you can't find it, message me and I will help you out!!

AdamBear, Dec 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Tuckersmth, Mar 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

valdieu2, Jan 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

SlainteAlbanyNY, Dec 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

randylangford, May 22, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the few remaining bottles left at Bruery Provisions before its closure, yet the small selection may had been the reason why picked up this bottle. Belgian Xmas ale is a good thing, seeing one with a year of age makes the anticipation more anxious. From a 330 ml bottle, on to the beer:

Toasted orange that accidently received a dash of Christmas red.The head on top forms an inch thick, dropping to a lace around the glass. A pleasant nose, mixing some Xmas pudding, plums, candied fruit, rum, raisins, and some alcohol.

It's very flavorful, and despite that is actually quite mellow overall. That makes it even better. The flavors of pineapple, dark rum, raisins, brown sugar....oh, here's the bourbon. There's a hint of chocolate too. It just gets better and better. Add that to the great mouthfeel, which is full bodied yet very soft on the palate, as is the carbonation. Unlike the aroma that gives a little booze, I can't find the alcohol in the beer's taste. Incredicble. The soft aftertaste of rum soaked raisins makes an uplifting final impression.

I had been thinking that I backed myself into a corner after trying some many beers over the last year (many which I approved), but nothing WOW!!! (except for Stone Enjoy by IPA) to my liking. It's great to get that feeling again, and Tsjeeses Reserva is just the medicine that I needed. If you can find it, get it now!

DoubleJ, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of heymikew
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was the winner at our annual winter beer tasting party! (Four reviewers, 20 beers)

Very complex and yummy. Kudos to the talented brewers at Struise!

Tasty with fruit and spice notes , then dark fruit with caramel and vanilla hints of pepper and earthy woods. the oak is there and bourbon undertones.

We've had the regular Tsjeeses for the past few years and it alwasy scored well but this is a step up and will be on the list every year as long as they are producing it.

heymikew, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of RuudJH
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure which 'reserva' I got here. It says 'Nr. 11 Xmas brew' 'Aged 6 months on oak' (not clear which oak, but nevermind)... bb 12-12-2012.
Bought it today.

Beer is murky brown, thin beige head.
Smell is very very good. It's fruity, tart like some wine (makes me think I could have the port barrel after all). Taste is mild and bittersweet. Malt and caramel, some figs, some cream too. Incredibly soft mouthfeel, the abv is very well covered. You wouldn't think it's 10%. Very smooth and drinkable.

Struise has become one of my favourite Belgian brewers. Surely top 5, likely top 3. A must try. Very recommended indeed.

RuudJH, Dec 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

GreenMountainBoy, May 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

BierMeJohn, Apr 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

cwd, Jan 07, 2013
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djcira, Apr 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

DrinkSlurm, Feb 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

anhigdon, Jan 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

elHeron, Jan 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

CStrife187, May 26, 2013
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bdardenne, May 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Ed37, Feb 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Woodysbeard, Dec 06, 2012
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cbeer88, Dec 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

cirobordieri, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a Duvel Tulip glass.

Lot C from 8/2010.

A: Pours a deep amber color which is slightly cloudy. Forms a huge yellow creamy head with good retention and many lacings formed and left. A thin layer remains for long time and the lacings are quite molasses

S: Absolutely delicious nose. Sweet, spicy and veeery woody. Strong notes of Bourbon. Fruity with notes of grapes. Very malty too. Some flowery hops and alcohol

T: Perfect. Slightly sweet upfront. Very fruity with strong notes of grapes, oak, caramel malts, whiskey and spices (black pepper and cinammon). Considerable hops bitterness in the end

M: Heavy and molasses body. Medium carbonation. Bittersweet and woody aftertaste

O: Excellent beer. Very whiskey and spicy. A beer to be slowly appreciated

eduardolinhalis, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of Brabander
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this bottle some weeks ago when i had my Belgium day: picking up Westvleteren and the up to Struise.

Poured this one in the Struise glass as it should be. Nice pour with lots of head and some carbonation. Nice lacing which sticks in the glass. The fluid is a bit cloudy but not much. Nice lightbrown/copper colour. Smell of bourbon but not too overwhealming.

Taste is good with the 10 percent of alchol very well hidden but also giving a good contribution to the beer. Well balanced and tasty.

Brabander, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

ehammond1, Dec 30, 2012
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Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from De Struise Brouwers
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