Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - De Struise Brouwers
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3.76/5 rDev -7.6%
33cl bottle - 2011 vintage, batch 11. Pours an amber hue with a loose, half inch, off-white head that dissipates into a consistent soapy skim. Nose expresses ethanol, candi sugar and something slightly herbal. Taste follows nose with a hint of toffee and candied fruit, but some hops bittering cuts through the flavor profile. A trace of anise and medicinal at the back. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a slightly oily texture. Carbonation is lively - a bit too assertive and somewhat gassy. Overall, this beer comes off as a barrel-aged Belgian Strong Pale. I liked, but didn't love this beer as there really was no impression of the bourbon character present for me. Pretty much the same as the Port version in my opinion; however this offering had a more pronounced ethanol character.
05-22-2013 01:09:35 | More by Jwale73
3.98/5 rDev -2.2%
Pours up a murky apple juice look. Decent white head, subtle lacing. Smells of green sour apples, lemons, candy sugar. Tastes is a trip. It starts with a crispy Belgian carbo bite, subtle caramel malts explode into tart fruits. Banana peel, cherries, red apples. Then muttles into an earthy, oaky, lil bit of vanilla finish. Musty, yet clean. Sticky mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Very tasty you rapscallions.
03-28-2013 04:53:59 | More by stumac
4.01/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
03-25-2013 19:51:23 | More by Phyl21ca
4/5 rDev -1.7%
Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from La Cervoiserie, and tasted in 2013.
Appearance : amber color with tan foamy head.
Smell : caramel, yeasty and bourbon aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : sweet malty and light fruity flavors, spicy and woody finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian Strong Ale (vintage 2011).
03-15-2013 19:15:26 | More by thierrynantes
3.56/5 rDev -12.5%
Tsjeeses Reserva (Bourbon Barrel Aged). 10%. Bottle served into a Samuel Smith's nonic glass at a tasting. Reviewed from notes.
A: Pours a one finger khaki colour head ofnice cream and thickness. Retention is impressive for the high ABV; around two minutes. Body colour is a clear copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Sm: Pale malts, caramel, spice, ginger, cane sugar, honey, pineapple, bright fruit, and honey sweetness. A moderate strength aroma.
T: Spice, cane sugar, pale malts, honey, fruit acidity on the climax, ginger, malty sweetness, and an oak tone. Subtle hints of artificial vanilla. I get hardly any bourbon or stonefruit. A bit imbalanced.
Mf: Quite tingly and wet. Good thickness and carbonation.
Dr: Quite drinkable for the high ABV. I like it, but the bourbon is very restrained. Alcohol does come through a bit. Another solid brew from De Struise.
02-06-2013 21:16:29 | More by kojevergas
3.4/5 rDev -16.5%
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).
01-29-2013 23:46:42 | More by crnipeter
4.05/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
01-24-2013 23:18:46 | More by Tucquan
4/5 rDev -1.7%
Can't believe I made it to the Struise school house. This beer was one of the few I picked up while there.
Pours out a coppery/amber that is slightly hazy and full of visible carbonation. Slightly off-white head.
Smells of sweet berry, cherry, and pear fruitiness, wood from the barrel, spice and some alcohol.
More alcohol and spice coming in the taste. Fruity and yeasty as well. When warmed you get much more barrel character.
Lots of carbonation on this bad boy. Scrubs the hell out of your tongue.
Such an interesting brew. A must try from these Belgian dudes!
01-14-2013 09:31:36 | More by MattSweatshirt
Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from De Struise Brouwers
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