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Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (2008-2010) | De Struise Brouwers

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191 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
191
pDev:
11.08%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
33
Trade:
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Ratings: 191 |  Reviews: 100
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 dgilks
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cleanish dark golden colour with a small, creamy, off white head. Decent head retention.

Fruity with some apple and pear. Nice lightly hoppy notes. Quite good really though I find the sweet malt is a little syrupy.

Sweet malt and quite prominent hop. Not really all that bitter and there is a fair dose of ester as well. Very nice.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Solid.

A reasonable, strong pale ale. Nice esters, malt and balancing bitterness. Good.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up for $8.29 in Dearborn, having heard good things. I didn't like the regular Tsjeesus too much but had higher hopes for the Reserve.

It pours a hazy copper color, with a thin head that falls to a film over a few minutes. The aroma reminds me strongly of Westvleteren 12, candy sweet with esters and some clear ethanol notes. It tastes exactly as it smells, more like a quad than a spiced ale, totally Westy. I don't get how this can be related to the standard Tsjeesus, the spices don't present too clearly. Maybe a little bitterness in the aftertaste hints at spicing, that's about it.

This is excellent, one of the few beers worth $9 for 11.2oz

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Photo of BAsbill
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of mrfrancis
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy amber with a compact off-white head.

S: Aromas of cream, almonds, nougat, caramel, coriander, and cider apples fill the nose. Compared to the regular Tsjeeses, this beer smells much more refined and restrained.

T: Notes of cream, nougat, almonds, caramel, toffee, coriander, praline, cherry, peach, cider apple, orange, lemon, and grass are very present on the palate. The finish is warming and complex with cream, mixed fruit, and grassy hop notes being most prevalent.

M: Full bodied and initially syrupy, but it dries out quite nicely before the finish. The carbonation is unobtrusive, but firmer than that found in the regular Tsjeeses.

O: I quite enjoy this ale, which is a bit of a surprise considering that I did not care for the regular Tsjeeses at all. While I found the regular version of this beer to be crude, rough, and unrefined, this is smooth and complex with a great integration of flavors. Obviously the touch of ageing helped tremendously.

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Photo of WOLFGANG
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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 xnicknj
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at eulogy in philly

Pours a hazy golden color with some amber hues. Froth of white head slowly dissolves, retaining a nice layer of film on top. Spots and patches of lacing left on the glass.

A veritable cornucopia of fruit scents with pear, apple, citrus, pineapple and tropical tones. Softer dark fruit is also present. Caramel sweetness with an earthy, boozy warmth.

Splash of sweetness up front with a dash of white wine and grape notes. Touches of pear, apple, and citrus throughout. Some darker fruits mix in as well with raisin and dates. Tropical notes with some burnt sugar and caramel tones. Oaky smoothness with earthy notes. Finishes somewhat sweet, fruity, and boozy.

Fuller body, decent carbonation, creamy and slick on the tongue, lingering and sticky. I'm not really sure how this is a BSPA but it's definitely delicious. A little sweet at times, but the high ABV wasn't overwhelming.

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Photo of warnerry
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear copper orange with one and a half fingers of off-white head, some fine suspended material and a nice strwam of carbonation.Leaves nice lacing.

S - Very pleasant and interesting aroma. Quite a bit of fruit, with white grapes, peach and a bit of strawberry. Nice spice presence as well, and a bit of earthy yeast.

T - Taste is more spice than fruit, opposite of what I got from the smell. Spices include cinnamon, coriander and some clove. Nice bready taste , a bit of noticeable alcohol, and the fruit notes described above.

M - Nice creamy medium mouthfeel. Spices lead to a dry finish.

O - I have a regular Tsjeeses that I have yet to open, so I don't know how this compares, but this was great. A lot going on, but not at all muddled. Nice layers of flavors. Bottle went down way too quickly.

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Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, cinnamon, mint, coriander, and spicy. In the taste, mellow cinnamon, quite spicy, with notes of coriander and alcohol. A spice like bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry spicy gingerbread in the aftertaste. Nice spice and not heavy, the alcohol is deceiving, so be careful with this.

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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 Jeffo
3.27/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht. Drank the regular and Reserva back to back.

From a bottle into my Struise glass.
Lot C: Bottled August 2010
Apparently this was aged in a port barrel.

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, medium looking, fluffy, white head with great retention. Tenne orange in color, hazy, with lots of carbonation evident. Head eventually fades to a thick foam cap that remains the whole time and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. Like the regular version, this is a very nice looking brew.

SMELL: Mild nose of pale malts, touches of green fruit and a bit of tartness. Quite boring and mute in comparison.

TASTE: Much different than the regular version. Pale malts, wood and vanilla notes for sure. Sweet vanilla cream with a spicy and yeasty finish. A little one dimensional perhaps. Mild but lingering aftertaste of oak, vanilla and some spice on the palate. A touch of alcohol lingers as well.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down fine with a scratch at the swallow and finishes rather dry on the palate. Good feel, though a touch too much burn perhaps. Slightly higher carbonation than the regular bottle.

OVERALL: Not nearly as complex and enjoyable as the regular version. The oak aging is definitely noticeable, but it has mellowed out the flavors and made it somewhat one dimensional. I would take the regular version over this nine times out of ten. Regardless, this was a fun comparison.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-01-01 in Columbia, PA

A - Moderately hazy caramel with a 2-finger tan head that fades pretty quickly with no lacing.

S - Floral, sweet malt, vanilla bean, figs, spice.

T - First impression is toffee malt, Angostura bitters, tangerine rind, vanilla, oak, some spice flavors that I can't identify, peppercorns. Mildly astringent. Noticeable but pleasant alcohol. Dries pretty nicely with a lingering strong spice, malt and Angostura bitters.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Creamy and moderately sticky.

O - Never had a beer like this. I don't know if the brewer actually used Angostura bitters but it seems like it to me. While I like bitters in moderation, I'm also sensitive to the taste of pepper and between the two, it seems over-the-top for my taste buds. Glad I had this surprising brew. My wife didn't like this one.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a LA snifter. Lot C with an 8 and a 10 highlighted, whatever that means.

4.0 A: Deeply hazed orange plum color. Three fingers of beige, frothy head. Retention is very good and a good bit of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Plenty of spices in this. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and a touch of clove. Light pepper from the yeast. Currants, plums, figs, raisins, and dates. Lightly bready malts with a moderate sweetness.

4.0 T: Tastes like the nose. All the spices mentioned. All the fruits mentioned. The two components work well together. Lightly bready, sweet, with a mild bitterness.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be a bit spritzier and creamier, but good enough.

4.0 D: Solid beer. Great integration of spices and fruits.

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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 Satchboogie
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of whartontallboy
2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

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 jheezee
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis (thanks!).

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of wood/oak, fruity, vanilla, citrus, and some spices. Tastes of candi sugar, lighter wood, spices, citrus, honey, and vanilla. Lighter alcohol in the finish but overall well hidden.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Compared with the non-reserve version, this is noticeably darker in flavor, with dark fruit and some tannin evident. Still a good deal of carbonation, and alcohol lends a bit of black pepper bite at the end. Interesting how the two can differ so much.

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Photo of Roguer
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Incredible amount of floaties; unsurprising for the style (and likely age), but still unappealing visually. Beautiful large (but controlled) foamy head, with excellent retention. Rather dark for a pale ale: almost a lighter, coppery brown.

Aroma is inimitably Belgian from the get-go. Yeast dominates with sweet, full, slightly spicy notes (complicated by the fact that this is a brew made with "spices"). Below the yeast is a fruity, bready, almost wine-like malt profile. Tannins, mostly dark fruit, grapes, bread...a lovely, inviting aroma.

Flavor follows, immediately hitting with a slightly rustic yeast profile. Both the aroma and flavor are highly reminiscent of Brett, but quite subdued, giving way to fruitier, spicier yeast notes. I wonder if this is a particular character of De Struise's house yeast, or if there is a touch of Brett in this ale.

As expected, the brew is malty but fairly easy; it leans toward sweeter flavors and lighter grains than big bread notes. Grapes, prunes fading in and out, light brown sugar. A sweet - but not too sweet - easy drinking brew. There is a very slight vinous note up front, again like oak and wine. This sour tinge fades very quickly.

Huge flavors, but in a very drinkable package. Drinks much, much lighter than its 10% ABV - except for the amount of malt packed into it, which kind of gives away that this is not a light brew.

I expect nothing but the absolute best from De Struise, and this beer does not disappoint. It is fabulously complex, coming across almost nothing like what one might expect for a Christmas Ale crossed with a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. A whole lot going on in this beer, and every bit of it is awesome.

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Photo of deapokid
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on Thanksgiving 2010. Review from notes.

Pours a pale golden yellow with limited carbonation and a murky body (despite the lack of noticeable sediment). A regal tuft of foam tops things off.

Aroma of dark fruit and wintery spicing (spruce, pine, cinnamon) are at the forefront. The slightest hint of musty sweat sock accompanies the warming booze in the background.

Flavor profile consists of white grape, plum, spruce, black pepper, condensed milk, sugar cubes and a slightly dry ending. The alcoholic content of the beer warms you to the bone, which is nice on the day of the first snow.

Mouth feel is both smooth and bitter (dare I say, spicy) with a surprisingly lack of yeast on the back end (which isn't a bad thing). The fruit flavor resonates on the tongue, leaving behind a nice plum coating.

This is an extremely unique holiday effort and it doesn't seem to pack the tremendous weight you'd expect from a 10% ale, making it seem effortless to take down a 12 oz bottle.

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Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (2008-2010) from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 191 ratings
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