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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium | website

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.

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100
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191
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
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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 Kendo
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is fairly clear, but only because of a careful decanting (there was plenty of sediment at the bottom of the bottle). Dark amber with an orangey undertone. Small khaki head on top, leaves some legs behind.

S: Sweetness - some bubblegum and ripe fruit. Yeasty/phenolic-type character to it.

T: Kinda follows the nose: fruit (berries, overripe apples, red grapes) and sugary-sweet. As it warms I'm getting some spice and a touch of woody astringency. Finishes with a drying heat from the alcohol, which is felt in the belly right away. It doesn't seem like 10% ABV in the mouth, but I can feel the alcohol going down. Didn't notice any real hoppiness at first, but there's a bit of lingering bitterness that cuts the sweetness, so it's either getting that from the advertised noble hops or some wood - is this one barrel or wood-aged?

M: Nice feel to it - nice fizzy but soft carbonation. Call it just lighter than medium in heft.

O: Nice beer. Worth the $ I paid for it (I think I paid over $11 for the bottle)? Probably not, but still glad I got to try it.

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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 FreshHawk
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy, murky golden, orange, beige mixture for color. Fairly large foamy and creamy slightly off-white head. Average retention with a nice thin layer of foamy and sticky lace.

S - Wet grainy and bready malt. A touch of fruitiness (in particular apple and orange but some other golden fruit). Some woodiness and earthiness along with a good amount of spice and vanilla. Good amount of yeast and sweetness.

T - Similar to the nose. Bready pale malt and wet grainy taste. Fruity flavors present but not overly strong with apple and orange strongest but some peach, apricot, pear, etc. Some spice of clove, coriander, cinnamon and pepper along with a strong yeast flavor.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Fairly smooth.

D - Very drinkable beer that is quite balanced. ABV is well hidden and it goes down easy.

Notes: Best before 12/12/12. Well balanced beer with a good amount of malt, fruit, and grain taste along with hints of woodiness and earthinesss. Not really like other BSPAs and it is pretty interesting, especially with the hints of woodiness. I wasn't fully blown away by the beer, but it was an enjoyable beer.

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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 rye726
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Up for review is a bottle of Tsjeeses Reserva from Struise. POured into a snifter at cellar temp. Golden color with a nice beige head. The barrels really did this beer well. Much more complex than original. Nice full body with excellent carbonation. Go get some, try it for yourself.

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Photo of Damian
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from an 11.2 fl oz bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Lot: C 8 10
Served in a tulip

Cloudy, dark copper-amber in appearance with a near two-finger tall crop of tight, creamy froth. Even with a careful pour, I saw some particles floating in the liquid. The head had good lasting strength, and it slowly faded to a substantial film of bubbles. Streaks of lacing stuck all down the glass.

The nose was quite intriguing. Deep, rich and robust for a Belgian strong pale ale. Lots of sweet, bready malts and Christmas spices. Fruity with distinct notes of apple and pear. Good dose of Belgian yeastines. A touch of alcohol warmth was initially detectible and it became a bit more noticeable as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was quite similar to the nose. Rich, bready malts were quite apparent. Strong pear and apple skin notes. Lots of Belgian yeastiness. Spicy and phenolic. Strong clove and nutmeg notes. Some Belgian candi sugar. Slightly citrusy. A bit tart. Nice interplay between the sweet and tart flavors. The beer finished off-dry with hints of oak and some mellow, noble hops - just enough to keep the beer crisp, balanced and quite drinkable. Speaking of drinkability, I never would have guessed this to be anywhere near 10% ABV.

The liquid was rich and creamy on the palate. A fine yet zippy effervescence lent the beer a smooth suppleness. Although I often find the mouthfeel on BSPAs to be too thin and over carbonated, De Struise managed to nail it on this one.

Tsjeeses Reserva is a fantastic Belgian strong pale ale and a nice seasonal twist on the style. I cannot think of many others beers that would serve as a better nightcap on this Christmas Eve.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours into a generic tulip with a great looking golden orange color and over a finger of slight off white head that dissipates slowly leaving nice looking lacing.

Smell – Lots of spices up front – I can immediately smell coriander, clove, cinnamon, and just a hint of peppermint. It is not in your face spices, which is nice. I often get worried when I take a sniff and am overwhelmed by heavy spices. The light spices are followed by some nice citrus/fruit aromas including pear, raisins, plums and other dark fruits, and a hint of granny smith apple. There is also a nice malty backbone and caramel at the end.

Taste – About on par with the aroma. The aformentinoed spices up front but mixed with what seems to be a honey flavor. Lots of yeast and breadiness after, which then follows with boozy fruit flavors. A pleasant tasting beer.

Mouthfeel – Creamy, lower carbonation, oily.

Overall – Glad I picked up another one of these. I can’t wait to open it this Christmas. Better than I was expecting.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear, copper beer with a thin head that only leaves a small ring of foam on the edge of the glass.

Smell is woody, oaky with a hefty alcohol smell. This combination reminds me of sherry or cognac.

Taste is alcoholic with a warming effect. The wood aging of this beer makes the beer woody with a fresh wooden pallet taste, which is good. The base is formed by light colored caramel malts and candisugar.
The body is a bit thin for a beer this strong.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had over at Novare Res.

Pours a beautiful amber/orange color with a good amount of fuzziness to it, love me some haze, not much of a head though or lacing.

Smell is predominately spicy, hard to make out the specific aromas though, touch of yeasty breadiness.

Taste has an active yet at the same time soft carbonation, not overly cloying although it tends to lean towards the sweeter side, the spices help balance things surprisingly, don't look for hops if you're expecting any as they're very muted, decent light fruity aspect to it, the strength is very well hidden and hardly picked up on any warmth, dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage. 11.2 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into an ommegang goblet.

pours out a murky, reddish, mahaganey color with huge chunks of yeasty trub floating around as well as tons of sediment, kind of takes away from the appearence. a nice retentive off white head, almost a little tan colored. good retention, but no real lace to speak of.

a very vinious, wine like aroma. lots of slightly funky, oaky barrel qualities as well. a hint of a dark fruity, dark bready, slightly sweet malt and just a little tartness.

very nice taste, lots of complexities. starts off with a slightly prickly carbonation and kind of a dry wine taste, then moves into some wonderful, somewhat sweet, toffee, brown sugar, candied caramel, figs, dark breads, a bit of vanilla and a hint of nutmeg and other such spices. the slightest bit of funk. the vinious wine like fruity flavors come back in the finish. all the flavors meld together so nicely.

medium to full in body. just the right feeling carbonation for this beer which is a touch on the high side.

a very enjoyable beer. the regular tsjeeses was a winner for me and this is even better. much like many of struises belgian beers, it seems to
embody everything you would want in a belgian. age has done this beer well with so many complex flavors that meld with one another so nicely. if this is still at my bottle shop, ill be sure to grab more for the cellar. highly recommended.

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Photo of adamette
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Best by 12 12 12 Poured from the 33 cl bottle that I purchased at Belgian Beer dot com a few months ago. Poured into my GLBC Christmas Ale goblet.

A Great off white one inch head over a great orange brown body with visible sediment. The body glows in front of direct light. The look is fantastic.

S Great Belgian yeast, grains smell with some alcohol and plenty of malt.

T Nice strong Pale Ale with the great grains and yeast with a kind of a great mini wheat type of aftertaste that is difficult to describe. This is a complex Pale Ale with layers of tastes.

M Full with big ABV, complex tastes, carbonation. It is not particularly smooth.

D Due to the cost and rarity this could never be considered a highly drinkable beer. That being said I enjoyed every drop and so I will give it high marks because of that.

Notes: A treat to have this somewhat rare beer from De Struise Brouwers.

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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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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 Brabander
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

THis was one of the better beers on the beer festival Borefts at the Molen in Bodegraven. Netherlands last weekend.

I had the bottle version a year ago but this came straight from the keg! Served by David, the host who knows what i need.

Poured in the De Molen tasting glass the beer looked absolutely super. Very smoot drinkable, one of the best Belgian strong pale ales there are. The only thinh which was hardly noticable for me was the oak from the barrel.

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Photo of RickS95
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Strange color, I’ll call it a dirty gold. A cross between orange, gold, copper and brown, with floaty particles. Offwhite head.

Smells like an American pale ale and a Belgian pale ale had a child. Unique. Grassy and citric, with some honey and alcohol.

Lots of honey and some orange. Malty. A bit of alcohol. Reminds me of a Sam Adams Wee Heavy. Actually tastes like a lager.

Way too sweet for me. Cloying. Not enough bitter to offset. I’m not a honey fan and this does little for me. There is no transition from sweet to bitter, it happens all at once. Didn’t get the dry finish, the cloyingness draped my tongue.

This didn’t work for me. Simply too sweet for me. Not at all easy to drink.

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Photo of impending
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

B

33cl into a tulip. Pours a fully hazed deep dull butterscotch orange, minor head even with an encouraging pour, minor lacing.

Aroma is sweet fruits that have begun to rot. Honey, oxidation and a little ethanol.

Taste is full and rich. Obvious slightly solvent alcohol. Little bitter, little dry. Grape, spoiled plum vinous notes. Tropical fruits as well, exceedingly sweet. Medium - full bodied mouthfeel. Warms well.
cheers
jd

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by alexsdad06.

Poured hazy copper color with a large frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Complex spicy fruit and yeast aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy fruity balanced flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration with a small alcohol bite.

This is a standout beer.

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330mL bottle to tulip.
Lot C810. Sampled 20JAN13

[A] Above average vigor on the pour creates a 2 finger high dense foamy head, barely off-white in color and developing a creamy texture as it fades. Retention is incredible. The body appears a bronzy orange with a high level of sediment floating around - even on a short pour. Lacing in thick concentric rings.

[S] Striking similarities to white wine qualities, like a clean chardonnay aged in stainless. The malt bill comes across very basic, probably largely pilsner, and a little Belgian candi sugar. Pear, fermented apple, white grapes. The fruity aspect increases as the beer opens up.

[T] The range of flavors is wonderful. Sure, it leans heavily towards the sweet end of the spectrum. But the fruit flavors mentioned above meld together in perfection. I honestly don't see any room for improvement here.

[M] Much chewier than you would expect for a BSPA. Most definitely the thickest mouthfeel that I've come across in the style - and it works phenomenally well. Carbonation is ample but not excessive, or even aggressive for that matter.

[O] This beer is freaking fantastic. The "Christmas" and "Brewed with Spices" indications on the label are nothing to worry about - at least with this amount of age. This will definitely be a repeat purchase, if I can find it.

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Photo of pwoods
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a Levitation tulip.

A: Pours a dark orangish amber with some clarity. Moderate head on the pour with little retention or lacing.

S: Not much there. Some light sweetness and a bit more spice. Some alcohol starts to come out as it warms.

T/M: Much more malt in the flavor with some pilsner dryness and a bit of light caramel sweetness. Alcohol is present but not abrasive and it's pleasantly warming. Plenty of phenols from the yeast but not huge fruitiness. Body is medium with moderately high carbonation.

D: Pretty tasty brew and pretty easy to drink for a 10% beer. Not quite as drinkable as many Belgians, though.

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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 alcstradamus
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've actually not tried the regular Tsjeeses yet for comparison, so this review will be completely independent of the base beer.

Pours a very murky brown/gold color with a nice finger of head that leaves some lacing. Initial smell is a wall of citrus and spices. Very eye opening and sinus cleansing. Orange and apple peels, nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon, white grapes, oak, pumpkin seed, and clove. This is complex and bursting with potential.

The taste is similarly complex, yet not quite as explosive...which is a positive IMO, because I was afraid the spices would overpower everything else. Initial taste is light spice and clove with some orange peel. Bready malts and yeast help magnify the flavor. Nice white grape aftertaste. Not a whole lot of oak is prominent, but rather it is a subtle attribute that adds a layer of complexity. I have had 3 other wood aged Struise beers to date, and all of them were fairly wood heavy. This one breaks from the pack.

Body is medium with lots of carbonation...a tad bit of a prickle but I guess somewhat kept in check for the style. Drinkability is very high for the ABV. Rarely do I experience beers with this much alcohol that have this sort of flavor profile. There is no real harshness present at all. Remarkable oak aging job done here by Struise, IMO this is the best out of the 4 in terms of what the oak adds/subtracts from the overall drinking experience.

This beer surprised me very much. I have to say, I enjoyed it just as much as any other fine Struise offering I have had yet. If the idea of a beer that is high on flavor and complexity yet low on brashness and flare interests you, then this might be exactly what you are looking for. Highly recommended.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to hoppymeal for this great extra that should have been on my wants. Best before date of: 12-12-2012. The beer label says this is a "x-mas brew...Aged 6 months on oak" but it's still winter right? You wouldn't know it living in San Diego though.

Wow, as soon as I cracked the cap a stream of bubbles started to slowly rush to the top, stirring the yeast and thus making it impossible to leave most of the yeast behind. Therefore, the color is a cloudy ripe apricot and a nice inch of creamy foam stood atop the beer for a few moments and slowly sunk back to leave a ring and a very thin coat. Very good retention with some lacing too.

Bready, fruity esters, orange, peach, nectarine, red apples, and yeast spiciness. Delicate vanilla from the oak with a bit of wet wood aroma. A bit of earthiness with a good dose of pale malt sweetness. Very aromatic and floral, some honey in the background. Light white pepper. Alcohol is remarkably well hidden. When I stir the glass I pick up a bit of lemon upfront and then it changes to sweet orange peel.

Initial pils malt sweetness upfront with some lemon and orange flavors, a bit of bread, and finishes with white pepper, maybe some clove, hints of apples, and a slight herbal flavor. Finishes clean and the aftertaste is long but without being too strong, just very delicate. A bit of apples, lemon, and orange in the beginning of the second sip. Fruity finish with hints of spices and malt sweetness. Very excellent. A bit of caramelized sugar in the finish. Soft banana flavors in the aftertaste. Finishes with a medium dryness but a bit of residual sweetness; the alcohol being noticeable at the very end, but does not burn or feels out of place

Medium-high carbonation but it's very smooth and almost creamy. Incredibly easy to drink and it's hard to believe that this is 10%

It's really hard to find any faults in this beer. Also, I believe this one is a Tripel, the malt is certainly more hefty than a Belgian strong pale ale, but the similarities are very close.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the 16th christmas beerfestival 2010 in essen belgium

Pours muddy pale yellow with a great, creamy, small, white head. Aroma is sweet, lots of oranges, pineapple, apple, yeast and subdued oakiness. Wonderful, creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has a more defining presence of oak, sweet at first, then gaining a fruity tartness. Wonderfully balanced -

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a slightly hazy dark amber; I was careful to pour slowly to leave the sediment at the bottom, and I can see a lot of yeast still in the bottle so I think that was the smart thing. Despite the little bit of cloudiness, I can see partway through it, glimpsing multiple torrents of carbonation that help feed the 2.5-finger, tan head and leaving it with high retention. Compose of thick, soapy bubbles, the head leaves a thick coat of lace on the glass that is nearly all-encompassing.

S - The nose is potent and covers a lot of different subjects. A sugar-coated fruitiness is the first thing I get, like grapes, dates, and figs, and this combined with strong yeast phenols make this addicting to smell. A touch of alcohol springs up here and there, just enough to let you know this isn't all sweet, but otherwise it isn't much of a disturbance. Lastly, a subtle oak creeps in, not individually, but latching onto the other characteristics to give them a nice twist.

T - My first sip almost has me withdraw in surprise as it's kind of a kick in the mouth. This flavor is something that I haven't came across before as a whole, only in separate beers. Again, the sugary fruits are back, but now they get that alcohol-soaked quality that is common for stronger Belgians, and I really get the gritty parts of it, like the pits and skin. It's very earthy, and the oak only helps in cementing that feeling. Something that was missed in the nose was the spice in this, as I am getting a little bit of all-spice and cinnamon as well that differentiates this.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with good carbonation. Despite the sweetness it still finishes pretty dry but has a lasting finish of alcohol and spice.

D/O - Drinkability is high. This is really a cool and unique beer which is good to help break up the grind that I sometimes find myself falling into in terms of styles. A spiced Belgian Christmas ale with a bit of oak-aging in it? Sounds good to me, and has the taste to back it up as well.

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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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