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

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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 5
Gots: 35 | FT: 3
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

2011 Vintage - Pink & Purple label.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-27-2012)
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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of RuudJH
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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

Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from De Struise Brouwers
91 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.