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

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very good

39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 0
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
2011 Vintage - Red & Yellow label.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 09-26-2012)
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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%

33cl Bottle: given to me by Ian Harrison, a big thank you!

Best before Boxing day 2017: poured into a Westvleteren chalice at home on 4 Sep 2013. I managed to keep most of the sediment in the bottle, but a few bits joined the lovely reddy brown bodied beer. The head was thin and sparse from the start.

Sweet nose of pure sugar, yeast, and Port notes too.

The taste is equally sweet and Port infused. The alcohol, which is barely hidden, adds an extra dimension. I could pontificate about the flavours and depth of character but I'll leave that to better pens than I.

A truly wonderful beer.

BlackHaddock, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of BierMeJohn
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

BierMeJohn, Apr 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Coren, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of elHeron
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

elHeron, Jan 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

lgmol, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of heymikew
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

heymikew, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of discodoni
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

discodoni, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%

Poured in to tulip.

A - Opaque medium amber with an orange glow around the edges and a thin layer of taupe head.

S - Belgian yeast, clove, sweet grapes, oak and a bready malt sweetness.

T - Belgian yeast esters up front with clove and spice notes and a big bready sweetness. The port barrel adds a big grape presence that further adds to the sweetness and lighter toasted oak notes. Some warming alcohol throughout.

M - Medium body with some chew. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of Anatole
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Anatole, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

330ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

2011 Vintage bottle.

A: Pours a deep and hazy amber color with many particles floating around. Forms a big nice creamy beige head. Great retention and lots of lingering lacings left in the glass

S: Sweet, fruity and spicy. Licorice. A bit peppery. Grapes and plums. Sweet grains and wood. Alcohol

T: Sweet upfront. Notes of dark fruits, mainly grapes and plums. Belgian style earthy and bready yeasts. Oak. Strong notes of malts, mainly caramel malts. In overall, a sweet beer with a very light bitter end

M: Heavy, creamy and molasses body. Medium carbonation. Sweet malty aftertaste

O: Delicious beer. Quite drinkable despite the high ABV. Not as good as the Bourbon Barel Aged Edition but still a Struise :)

eduardolinhalis, May 12, 2013
Photo of ManforallSaisons
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%

Got at the brewery today and that makes it a special occasion. Dusky copper color, big head of large-bubbled ivory foam. Nice but restrained smell of wood shavings and resin, a smokey (in a good way) tea aroma, some bread, Christmas spices. A heaping mouthful of flavors slugging it out for supremacy and struggling to stay in balance. A powerful punch of hop spice and caramel malt, with the raisin-y port thing coming all through, making for a candy-apple treat and bitter contrast. Full and fleshy in the mouth on the first taste but it all slips down nicely and not overly coating. Special, unusual, interesting, satisfying, but a lot to sort through.

ManforallSaisons, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

Bottle at Gollem in Antwerp which is a great place to grab a beer.

Not the best lighting in the bar but the beer looks a dark orange amber with tons of bubbles rushing up to keep a generous white head.

Soft port character on the nose, spice, sweet and fruity. Some alcohol as it warms as well as in the taste.

Lots of spice and fruitiness. Vinous.

Nice medium body and less carbonation than my bottle of the bourbon Tsjeeses which was nice.

MattSweatshirt, Jan 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

simoen, Sep 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Sammy, Jun 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

dirtylou, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of sweet Belgian style malt with light port notes and a somewhat spicy yeast undertone. Taste is also a good mix dominated by a solid sweet Belgian style malt base with some spicy yeast notes with light peppery edge and a light woody and port barrel finish. Full body with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid offering for a brewer who rarely disappoint.

Phyl21ca, Jan 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Beer-Ed, Feb 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Brabander, Sep 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

uturn, Jul 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Evil_Pidde, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Jwale73
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%

33cl bottle - 2011 vintage. Batch 11. Pours a dull, copper/amber color with a loose, consistent, quarter inch, cream-colored head. 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 port character present for me. Somewhat of a swing and a miss.

Jwale73, May 22, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%

Bottle from Etre Gourmet. Served in a snifter.

A - Looks nearly identical to the Bourbon version, but thankfully not a gusher.

S - This reminds me of the 2009 Tsjeese Reserva I had; a nice mix of fruity esters, canid sugar, red fruit malts, sweet port, and a touch of vinous oak. Alcohol is well-concealed too.

T - Like the bourbon version, the taste seems to lack oomph relative the the aroma. Oak, bread, and peppery yeast overwhelm the fleeting port and red fruit sweetness that appears mid-palate. No alcohol, but somewhat muted and lifeless.

M - Nearly identical to the bourbon version, with a tiny bit less spritz to it.

D - Decent stuff, but needs a bit more flavor depth and potency. I think port barrels are a far better marriage with the base beer, as the flavor profiles are similar and the oak character is more restrained. I'd give this another shot if it was available locally.

MasterSki, Aug 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

nafnikufesin, Jun 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Noyt, Apr 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

samEBC, Jan 31, 2013
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Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (Porto Barrel Aged) from De Struise Brouwers
85 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.