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

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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 4
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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09-01-2013 08:49:05 | More by simoen
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Washington

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08-27-2013 01:12:46 | More by dirtylou
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Pennsylvania

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07-24-2014 23:47:34 | More by DrBier
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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-20-2013 01:28:14 | More by MrRockstar
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imperiallibations

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

01-30-2013 22:45:59 | More by imperiallibations
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Pennsylvania

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01-03-2013 05:51:46 | More by GeoffreyM
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Pennsylvania

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12-23-2013 05:09:45 | More by jwat
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Massachusetts

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11-22-2013 16:20:30 | More by Benesi88
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Vermont

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California

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Texas

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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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SStein

Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

04-07-2013 07:56:45 | More by SStein
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-17-2014 00:14:22 | More by oriolesfan4
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danieelol

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 10:28:50 | More by danieelol
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 21:46:24 | More by sweemzander
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-orange brown color with a smallish off-white head and little lacing

S-malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, cloves, hints of bourbon

T-toasted malt, dark fruit, molasses, cloves, coriander, hint of vanilla, very light bourbon presence

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and not at all boozy

O-a tasty BSPA for sipping, but did not have as much of a bourbon presence as I had hoped for and I had difficulty distinguishing it from the regular version

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 19:59:28 | More by MDDMD
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2013-01-24 in Columbia, PA. This is lot C/8/10 (from the code on the bottle)

A - Fairly clear with some particulates orange-brown with a 1/2-finger off-white head and mild lacing.

S - Belgian yeast funk, some sour, overly-ripe apricot, spice.

T - Figgy pudding, plum, holiday spices, orange marmalade, light bourbon and tart apricot. It's pretty sweet but yields to drying alcohol and moderate hop bitterness.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Semi-smooth yet prickly.

O - I like this quite a bit better than the regular Tsjeeses I had earlier in the month. The bourbon barrel aging helped moderate some of the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 23:18:46 | More by Tucquan
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 8/10/13, cheers MasterSki and Sean9689 for sending the bottle

A slow gush but you have time to get every drop in the glass, dark amber with plenty of sediment and bubbles, large cream colored foam slowly falls to a thick film caking my glass once it fell

S some apple, raisins, faint winter spice, lots of caramel, musty yeast, a little wood but I'm not sure if I'd guess it was BB aged, a little booze but fairly mellow, a nice mix on the nose

T more barrel in the mouth with some vanilla and oak that wasn't as noticeable on the nose, still lots of spicy fruit and caramel

M leaning towards full, less bubbles then I could see in the glass, a little heat, sticky lips with very mellow tannins

O solid beer in my books, easy to drink for a strong ale, not something I'd want all the time but worked well with this chilly evening

not my favorite from these guys but a pleasant experience nonetheless, something I'd drink again

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 04:06:12 | More by wordemupg
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 19:51:23 | More by Phyl21ca
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gillagorilla

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-25-2014 08:29:01 | More by gillagorilla
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

05-15-2014 05:43:56 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from De Struise Brouwers
90 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.