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

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86
very good

54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 1
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 09-26-2012)
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3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap At christmas beer festival Essen

Nice orange-brown color, slightly hazy. Big, dense head with long retention & good lacing.
Aroma’s: Sweet, dried fruit (raisins, apricot), hints of wood, with retronasal vinous notes, wood.
Flavor is medium sweet with notes of wood, not overdone. Not too strong alcohol feel, body is medium.
Finishes somewhat herbal (medium) bitter. Less sweet than expected.
I expected more from this beer !

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3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After extended googling and direct contact with Struise, I've determined that this is indeed the port barrel aged version. Served from a ~12ish fl oz brown glass bottle into an Odell pilsner glass in me friend's gaff in low altitude Fort Collins, Colorado.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of fair cream and decent thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a dull dark copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Floral hops, clean malts, and mild spice. An average strength aroma.

T: Floral hops, refined malts with some hints of dark fruit. Nectary. Hints of grape/port notes.

Mf: Sticky. Smooth and wet. Too thick. A bit overcarbonated.

Dr: Drinkable but underwhelming considering the brewery. I wouldn't pursue it or seek it out. Hides its ABV fairly well.

High C+

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Miorge Mihoublon. Vintage 2011, best before 26-12-2017. Hazy copper-amber pour with two finger off-white head with decent retention and nice lacing. The nose on this is more subtle than the BBA Tsjeeses. Hints of caramel, dark fruits, and booze. The wood is still there, and if you really seek it out, you get a bit of a vinous port aroma as well. The taste is much less complex compared to the BBA version and a bit more earthy. Lots of wood along with hints of black pepper, alcohol, caramel, green apple, and just a touch of sour black cherries. The port is there, but may be more suggestive than actual. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a subtle tart, almost sour, bitter finish. This was a bit disappointing compared to the BBA version, but still a solid winter warmer.

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3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The 2011 vintage pours dim coppery-brown body gets topped by a finger of beige head that lasts and weaves firm sheets of lace about the glass with each swirl.

Sweet aroma of Apfelstrudel with chopped apples, cinnamon and walnut filling, orange-like
esters, grapes and red wine notes of port, spiciness that might originate from hops or phenols, and a tinge of alcohol. Further sniffing reveals oaky undertones.

Flavor is less complex than the nose implies: red wine, lots of phenol-derived spice and bitterness, apple notes and sweetness counterbalanced by alcohol warmth. I hoped for more port character, though.

Medium body with soft mouthfeel and fine carbonation tends to coat the lips with sticky film.

Better than the Bourbon barrel-aged version but still pales in comparison with the retired oak-aged Tsjeeses Reserva. Bring it back, you boneheads!
(330 ml, BB 12-26-2017, into tulip).

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3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet. 2011 vintage, PBA.

3.0 A: Murky amber brown. Half a finger of frothy beige head. Retention is poor and just a hair sized ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: While this isn't much to look at, the nose is quite nice. Sugary and fruity would be two good words to describe this. The residues of the candi sugar is potent, while the base gives lots of plum, fig, prunes, dates, tobacco, and raisin. There's also a big vinous grapiness, which can likely be attributed to the port barrel. Peppery spiciness from the yeast. Caramel, a bit of toastiness, and a hint of molasses. Borderline 4.5, very nice.

3.5 T: The taste is good, but it doesn't have the same vibrance found in the nose. You will find all the same flavors, but much less intensity. The fruitiness is especially reduced. Only plum and date comes through with any strength. The port becomes a bigger focus in the taste. Vinous grape, oak, and hints of vanilla. Mild peppery spice. Toastiness is enhanced, but caramel and molasses are almost lost. Basically, it's just a less impressive version of the nose. Booze is well hidden.

4.0 M: Lighter to lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a pleasant spritziness to it. No problems here, but a little more creaminess would make the mouthfeel even better.

4.0 D: A bit of a bonus here since the nose is so good. Overall, it's a decent beer and I enjoyed it.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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