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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

44 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 0
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
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 - Red & Yellow label.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 09-26-2012)
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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.54/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 +16.9%

BierMeJohn, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Coren
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Coren, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of elHeron
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

elHeron, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of lgmol
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

lgmol, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of heymikew
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

heymikew, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of discodoni
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

discodoni, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 innominat
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

innominat, Oct 27, 2014
Photo of Anatole
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Anatole, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of xhuang61
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

xhuang61, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

Really cloudy dark amber with almost no light passing through it. Creamy off white head, one finger receding slowly and leaving lots of sticky traces.
A lot of spices in the smell, both from the yeasts and the Port barrel aging. Lots of vanilla, licorice, star anise, ginger, with lots of caramel, light molasses, white raisin, fig and candi sugar on top. Smells like Christmas cake with Port wine "accidentally" dropped in the mixture.
Warm alcohol and fruit jam in the initial sip, dark cherry, plum, boozy raisin, overripe peach, apple slices, orange rind. Sticky caramel, faint toffee, butterscotch, a touch of chocolate, cake dough-like maltiness with candi sugar. Quite a rich fluffy "pillow" for the multitude of spices, from prickly peppercorn and ginger to more "festive" licorice, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, also some herbal floral tea-like notes and anise. The barrel bring vanilla, a damp woody note and really clear Port, spicy like a generous mulled red wine. The alcohol, far from disturbing, dries the finish and bars the way for any unwanted sweetness.
Medium body, prickly carbonation, just enough to raise up those spicy flavours. Aftertaste is woody, has burnt sugar, a bit of dried dark fruit and lingering spices.
A really warming sipper with great barrel aging and nice flavours. A bit more intensity might have helped.

dcmchew, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of ManforallSaisons
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +3.9%

simoen, Sep 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Sammy, Jun 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

dirtylou, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 +3.9%

Beer-Ed, Feb 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

2011 Vintage. Aged 3 years

Franck, Nov 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Brabander, Sep 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

uturn, Jul 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Evil_Pidde, Dec 08, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

ygtbsm94, Oct 25, 2014
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Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (Porto Barrel Aged) from De Struise Brouwers
86 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.