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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

108 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 5
Gots: 35 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of stumac
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of IrishColonial
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).

Photo of IPAchris
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of MrRockstar
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of M27
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Low B

Photo of imperiallibations
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of crnipeter
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
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).

Photo of Tucquan
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of DoubleJ
4.61/5  rDev +13%
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!

Photo of valdieu2
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Greggo123
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of impending
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of heymikew
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of cwd
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of GeoffreyM
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ehammond1
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of denimdemon
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of rbrefbeerman
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of MDDMD
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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

Photo of AdamBear
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
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!!

Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from De Struise Brouwers
91 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.