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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 2
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 09-26-2012

2011 Vintage - Red & Yellow label.
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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 16
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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (Porto Barrel Aged) from De Struise Brouwers
87 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.