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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
struise.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Absumaster on 12-27-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
191
Reviews:
100
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
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14
Gots:
33
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Photo of jrenihan
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled August 2010, so I gather that makes this port-barrel aged.

Pours a dark amber, almost a brownish-orange. A fairly small off-white head on top, despite a fairly vigorous pour. Head begins to dissipate fairly quickly.

Smell is interesting. A mix of sweet, bready malt, spices (ginger and others I can't quite identify) and light fruits (orange, apple). All quite smooth and integrated. I can't say that the port barreling is noticeable from the nose.

The taste, however, does reveal the port flavour. Red grape and vanilla join the bread, spices and apple of the nose. Quite complex. Alcohol is noticeable, particularly in the finish.

The alcohol aftertaste is a negative as far as feel goes. Beer is otherwise full bodied, low carbonation, chewy.

Overall, an interesting and enjoyable beer. Certainly very different from many others in the BSPA category. Hard to pigeonhole!

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Lot C 8 10.

A: A cap of thin, white head. Fades fast. Murky-clear translucent.

S: Spicy-tart fruit (the same apricot and stone fruit from the original). Maple and molasses (the bourbon barrels mayhap?).

T/M: Interesting...It's as delicious as Tsjeeses, and the bourbon influence is patently obvious, something which is not always evident in these barrel-aged beers. The finish is soft and a touch unassuming. While the apricot is still present (and pleasant) it is muted and dulled by the boozy-sweet bourbon finish. Basically, this beer tastes exactly like Tsjeeses aged in oak casks, but I prefer the tarter, spicier original.

O: A great beer! Recommended, but my enthusiasm is dipped somewhat by overoptimistic expectations and the realization that the elements in Tsjeeses I loved are elements that are diminished, not magnified, by bourbon barrel aging.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I picked this up in Belgium in summer 2009. Best before 12-12-2012, Lot B. Served in a Struise cervoise.

A - Finger of creamy off-white foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar. Good retention, even if there isn't a lot of head volume. Some thin fingers of lace are left behind. Hazy dark orange-brown, with some yellowish highlights at the edges - even though I poured carefully I still manged to get some suspended sediment into my glass.

S - Intensely fruity aroma - apples, grapes, berries, and stone fruits - with a red wine and candi sugar backdrop. Some Belgian yeast character, but not overly spicy or phenolic. Oak character is fairly mild in the aroma - guessing this in was some sort of wine barrel that had been used a number of times.

T - Taste has more oak and wood character, particularly in the finish. More spicy yeast and significantly less sweet than the aroma suggests. Perhaps some fresh bread in there as well as a kiss of peaches. Shockingly mellow for 10% - perhaps even a bit too smooth.

M - Carbonation is moderate, with a slightly tannic and gritty medium-full body. Finishes quite dry and oaky. No perceptible alcohol heat, other than a slowly developing buzz over the course of the 33cl bottle.

D - I think this is an improvement over the base beer, which I found a little bit too sweet and boozy (although I may need to revisit it down the road). Really drinkable stuff, and definitely one of my favorite Christmas beers.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 33cl bottle into Chalice. Thanks to Kendall for hooking me up with this.

A. Poured 3 fingers of slighlty off white head. Great retention. Thick lacing. Color is darker than I was expecting for a Strong Pale Ale. Color is a light brown with some amber hues.

S. Smell is pretty strong. Can pick it up quite a ways away. First word to describe the smell would be sweet. Wow. Interesting smell as I finally bring the glass up to my nose. Almost smells like candy. Light fruit, with an almost tropical fruit smell mixed in. Pear, apple. After fruity sweetness, is a pretty good mix of some spices. Really interesting smell.

T. Taste is a pretty interesting contrast to the aroma. Get quite a bit of oaky/woody flavor going on. Not really sweet at all. Get some apple flavors towards the back of the tongue. Pretty dry flavor. Definitely has some earthy flavors to it. Pick up some of the herbal flavor as well, but hard to describe specific flavors. Has a pretty strong biscuity malt base

M. Medium/full bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes pretty dry.

O. Probably one of the most unique BSPAs that I have had. Get a lot of woody/earthly flavors going on with a little bit of fruit and spice in the background. Unique beer. Glad to have had the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle marked Lot C,8,10 on the side of the label.
Poured into a tulip.

A: It pours a deep golden color border on amber with soft orange hues and decent clarity. After a careful pour there was a sizable two finger head with great retention. As the head fades it forms cloudy white caps and covers the sides of the glass with sticky lacing.

S: There is a spice filled bouquet up front with notes of coriander, mint, and clove. The hops are not lost in the mix as they provide a solid floral/herbal back drop. As the spices and hops fade strong notes of fruit emerge; peaches, grapes, apples, and apricots come to mind. It has a sweet center to the smell that very much reminds my of wildflower honey.

T: The flavors are magnificently complex and balanced at the same time. It maintains a strong spicy profile of coriander, clove, vanilla, and mint with a mild brush of alcohol and fruit. The hops have faded a bit on the palate, yet they still provide a pleasant floral note to the dry estery finish. There are hints of the oak, but overall it only adds to the overall profile.

M: Medium bodied with a deceptively viscous character.

O: I enjoyed this equally with the regular Tsjeeses. Overall the flavors are more rounded than the former, but who's to choose?

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Photo of Jamison85
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of enelson
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of prototypic
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tsjeeses Reserva pours a rich copper color. It’s extremely hazy. A few yeasty particles can even be seen swimming about. Backlighting reveals nice crimson highlights. A light tan head tops it off. It stands about a finger tall before falling back. Lacing was definitely spotty and light. Perhaps a little too much abv?

The nose is good. It kicks off with a nice mix of fruit notes and yeast. Fruity notes of apple and pear are present, in addition to some light berry scents. The yeast seems to bring spicy notes of pepper and clove to the table. I don’t know the full story behind this beer, but there’s definitely a strong oak scent here. A subtle hint of tannic and vinous notes emerge late. Alcohol is definitely there, but doesn’t come through all that strong. I wouldn’t have guessed double digits.

The flavor is definitely impressive. It kicks off with a tasty mix of fruit flavors. Most notable are apple, raspberry, pear, and white grape. Belgian yeast is flavorful and adds light, spicy flavors of clove and pepper. They blend extremely well with the fruit notes. Oak comes through loud and clear here. It adds a really nice flavor and a ton of depth and character. It also brings some tannic and vinous notes along the way. Impressive. Alcohol is there, but is subtle and deceptive. Finishes fruity and oaky. Excellent.

The body is medium. Carbonation is light and soft. It’s smooth and goes down very easy. It really is deceptive. The 10% abv operates like a stealthy assassin. Having said that, it still goes down far too easily. This is a relatively small bottle…and I want more.

Tsjeeses Reserva is quite superior to the regular Tsjeeses (if memory serves correct). This one has a lot more flavor and character. I suspect some sort of barrel aging is the culprit. It doesn’t have any real shortcomings. Well…I guess you could say the bottle’s too small. That’s a different point. Find a bottle. It’s well worth it.

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Photo of largadeer
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330cl bottle, 2010 vintage.

Appearance: Amber colored with some haze to it, and a few floaties too, but largely clear. Pours with a tall white head that settles down to a collar after a minute.

Smell: Green apples, oak, spice - not sure what kind of barrel they used for this one, but the combination of yeast and oak has an apple brandy quality to me that's quite nice.

Palate: As the nose suggests, there's a good mix of apple fruitiness, spice and caramel malt. The barrel lends spicy, tannic oak and vanilla, which is quite complementary to the fruity yeast profile. The body is substantial, but not too heavy or sweet; it's also moderately dry in the finish, which lends a pleasant balance. Very good stuff, one of the better holiday beers I've tried.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.
Poured into a tulip glass. The color is a slightly-hazed light caramel color. Good white head and plenty of lacing as it falls. The nose brings a nice yeast presence as well as some fruit and semi-sweet light malt. The taste is a bit of yeast and fruity esters along with mild booze and some malt. Really nice feel with excellent yeast presence. Really nice beer overall; I have yet to be disappointed by De Struise.

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Photo of draheim
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle (No. 11; lot C - 8 - 10) into a tulip. Pours a honey amber w/ some chunks, despite a pretty careful pour. 1-finger soapy white head, minimal carb.

Aroma is sweet candi sugar, dried apricots, butterscotch, some alcohol.

Taste is sticky sweet, fruity, with an earthy quality. Not cloying but a little caramelly, malty.

Mouthfeel is buttery smooth w/ a pretty clean, semi-dry finish.

Overall this was a little sweeter/fruitier than I like my BSPAs, but still a tasty, well-crafted beer.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pouts a bright fire reddish orange, finger of white head, decent lacing, good retention

S: nose features big time candied cherries, along with bubblegum, a dash of lemon zest, oak hides in the background, some yeasty and spice tones in there as well

T: things start off with neutral malts and then quickly lean towards the sweet side with candi sugar, beet juice, red grapes, honey and a touch of bubble gum. The sweetness is well balanced by a brief wave of acidity and a spicy finish. Very nice.

Mf: medium body, high carbonation

O: this is a nice take on a winter ale, nice feature of spices withouth going overboard in the spice department.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A late night bottle while watching american beauty and poured into a duvel tulip.

A- three giant fingers of off white head from a hard pour that settles rather quickly and leaves a ton of sticky lace all over the glass and a thin foamy cap. Hazy sunset orange yellow red, kinda like a ripe peach with all the colors of the sunset all at once. One hell of a nice looking glass of beer.

S- yeasty bread and sweet up front with some honey and candy sugar. Some light spice with clove studded orange. A touch floral at times with a glimmer of tart fruit.

T- sweet and spicy with a very floral honey hit and bit of crystallized ginger. Fresh baked bread and a musty yeast touch. There's some booze and bananas in there as the brew comes to room temp.

M- rather full bodied with a creamy slick feel to it. Carb starts off light then builds and keeps the syrupy feel at bay. There is some heat that warms your palate and belly.


D- not sure of the difference between this and the regular version but either way its a really good beer. A touch on the hot side and pretty sweet but on a cold winters night its hits the spot perfectly.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown beer with a decent white head that left a bit of stick around.

S - Lots of fruity belgian yeast. Decent vinous quality with some grapes and other lighter fruits.

T - Good taste. Wine and some good wood. Quite smooth with a bit of a vinous note and some good fruity yeast.

M - Moderate carbonation, decently close to full bodied.

O - Pretty good beer, liked this one a lot and got it down pretty easily for 10%. Would drink again.

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Photo of brc
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle best by 12 12 12. Poured into tulip. Fair warning - mine was a gusher.

Pours a large head, takes its time settling. Decent lacing. Lots of floating sediment that doesn't want to settle out.

When uncapped there is immediately a yeasty bready aroma with some spicy notes. Some woodsiness, too, as I stick my nose in it.

Lots of interesting yeasty byproducts in the taste: banana and citrus in the front. The malt flavor is fairly bready, and you also get some vanilla notes and a decent brandy kick in the finish. Bitterness is medium to low.

Super thick and creamy mouthfeel, like a top notch stout.

The alcohol is definitely there, but it's not unpleasant. All the flavors are good, and I'd go for another bottle.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2010

For a beer thats over four years old it held a tremendous amount of carbonation that built a thick everlasting foam head.

The nose is filled with prunes, dates, apricots and raisins with a stiff malt backbone of toffee and barley.

The flavors starts with prunes and apricots before moving to a malt, grain and barley middle palate. It ends with some toffee, molasses, booze and raisin.

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Photo of crosbyms
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of BostonHops
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy, dull yellow tone while yielding an offwhite 1" head. slowly fades to a lasting cap; decent lacing. nose is delivers a smattering of fruits: apple, maybe pear, and grape that combine with spice and belgian yeast to give this beer a rather interesting (in a good way) aroma.

flavor mostly follows the nose. very fruity - the above-mentioned plus a little more citric than what i picked up in the nose (esp orange). very good: fairly complex and enjoyable. medium bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

overall i'm enjoying this a good deal. the more i drink it the more i seem to like it. not world class but very impressive.

(originally reviewed: 09-18-2011)

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in August 2010. Tons of floaties in my glass. Taking center stage on both the nose and the palate is fruit. Raisin, date, fig, all the Belgian goodies are there. Backed up by a surprising amount of carbonation for a beer of its age.

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Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've loved most of De Struise's offerings thus far- Pannepot, Black Albert, and the original Tsjesses- so looking forward to this one.

1/3 liter bottle poured into a tulip glass. It's an opaque dark orange with a dense white head that settles down to a solid foam that covers the entire top. Spice! Clove, maybe...cardamom, almost medicinal. A really awesome yeasty earthiness. Then some soft fruit- raisins and apricot, and vanilla. The alcohol is present, and a little too hot. Carbonation is perfect.

Overall this is another great beer from De Struise. I love that typical Belgian phenolic here. I wish the alcohol was more subdued, and maybe more age would do this one well.

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Photo of BobZ
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml 11.2 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Murky, dark amber, almost honey-like in color. Small ¼" head initially that fades to a cap, nice lacing though. Just like the standard Tsjeeses there is a large amount of yeasty sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Spice sweetness erupts off this one, with a mild phenol or booziness. Much more complex than the non-reserva.

Taste: Excellent, sweetness up front (a little spice perhaps even a little citrus) with the mild phenol/booze flavor in the background, all held together nicely by hoppy bitterness. Very well balanced, you notice the alcohol more in this one, but that is not a bad thing in any way, in fact it added to my enjoyment of this beer.

Mouthfeel: As always from Struise well carbonated, and very, very smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent beer and superior to the standard Tsjeeses. Another solid offering form what is clearly becoming the best brewery in the world.

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Photo of AlaskaAg
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Crosling
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This ale pours with a gloomy orange color and a huge, frothy and strongly lasting foam. Aroma is strongly reminiscent of the regular Tsjeeses, even still has the hops. Soft golden fruit, white burgundy, earth. Flavor is very pure, belgian. Well balanced and very sweet. It's a nice beer. But, it doesn't show a lot of wood character.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle poured into tuliip. Best by 16/11/16. Off white soapy head and lacing. Golden/amber in color. Aroma includes malt sweetness, some alcohol heat, some spicing, can't identify. Taste of sweet malt and molasses, again, mild spicing and smooth drinking. Caramel notes.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle, lot C-8-10, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy dark orange color with a finger of off-white head, leaves little lacing.

S- Lots of fruit (apples and peach) and red wine, some yeast and candi sugar. Some oak aroma mixed in with the red wine.

T- Starts out a bit sweet with peach, apple and candi sugar. Spicy Belgian yeast, eventually fades into a vinous, woody finish.

M- Medium to full body, smooth feel, very very dry finish. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden for 10% ABV.

O- An awesome beer, really tasty and easy drinking for such a strong brew, I'd definitely pick this one up again.

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Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (2008-2010) from De Struise Brouwers
4.15 out of 5 based on 191 ratings.
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