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Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (Bourbon Barrel Aged) | De Struise Brouwers

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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:
2011 Vintage - Pink & Purple label.

Added by MasterSki on 08-27-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,917
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
201
pDev:
10.73%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
48
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 201 |  Reviews: 43
Reviews by MasterSki:
Photo of MasterSki
3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Etre Gourmet. Served in a snifter.

A - It's a gusher. White foam settles to a collar, wisps, and minimal lacing. Hazed amber-orange body.

S - Very oaky, with tons of fruity yeast esters and a bit of peppery spice. Minimal bourbon character; I probably would have guessed wine or even fresh oak barrels to be honest. Malt imparts some candi sugar and red fruit flavors.

T - Taste is similarly high on fruity Belgian yeast, and oak, with perhaps a bit more vanilla this time around. Bourbon is nearly undetectable. The flavor seems somewhat muted relative to the aroma, and what is there is mostly yeast and wood. Alcohol is well-concealed, I guess.

M - Medium body, with pleasant moderate carbonation. Very oaky and dry, with a crisp and surprisingly clean finish. Minimal alcohol warmth.

D - I'm wondering if an infection cleaned out a lot of the residual sugars. Pretty disappointing, and very little of the advertised bourbon character; guessing the barrels dried out too much before they were used. I preferred the port version, but I guess I'm in the minority.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap (2010)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

(Aged for 2 years)

A hazed golden amber with a very small, creamy off-white head. Leaves the glass with large collections of bubbles of stick. Unremarkable, but it definitely makes me want to drink it.

Lots of fruit elements coming through in the aroma (from the hops and yeast) in the way of sun-dried cherries and figs, some pepper, dried grapes that are turning to raisin, and oak. Really, this is quite the complex aroma. There's only a very mellow bourbon character to this, but it's there, and incredibly well integrated. However, the interesting, complex, divine yeast character is what separates this beer. It's quite nice.

The flavor is just as complex as the aroma, and express a lot of similar characteristics. Lots of dark fruits and oak shine through, along with a moderate bitterness, and some integrated, and complementary bourbon. It comes in to lend a spice not found in most barrel-aged offerings. An exceptionally drinkable, complex beer.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I suppose I would like this to have more carbonation, especially for the style, but it's a tough thing to complain about when a. the beer is barrel-aged b. it's over two years old, and c. it's this darn delicious.

This one was not only interesting, but it was marvelously delicious. I would like to have this one again and will if I can ever find it.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. 2011 vintage.

(A)- Pours a murky & cloudy pale chestnut brown color. Produced some really nice off-white froth with some surprising retention. Even some lacing left behind.

(S)- First thing that comes to mind is rich fruitcake. It has a depth to it in a rich and sweet way along with a dry oaky boozy raisin aroma. Some fig, dark fruits, and a bready yeastiness; just like a fruitcake.

(T)- Quite similar to the smell, only the yeast presence definitely lets itself known more. A bit dry but also a great combo of a nutmeg, toffee, raisin, and dark fruit flavor profiles. Just a twinge of the bourbon barrel at the end.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance to this. The bourbon barrel does not throw its weight around and it meshes very well with the rich yet not overly sweet beer base. The bitterness does go up a few notches as it warms, but it only gets better with that little bit.

(O)- Everytime I have a beer by Struise, I am always thoroughly impressed by their complexity, their drinkability, and just that little something different to put it over the top and this one is no different. I have not had this fresh, but with the little time on this has really seemed to settle any strong booziness it might have had, while integrating the barrel into something really good. I will track down more of this to have around Christmas time

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Photo of DanGeo
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of AlarmClock314
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerswag
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of tigg924
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage. Pours hazy, orange-brown in color with minimal head. Taste is raisin, caramel, vanilla, oak, PALE MALT, and bourbon. Tastes like an English barleywine. There is a dryness that comes from the wood, but this beer is heavy bodied, very sweet with moderate to low carbonation. One of the more complex and better beers I have had in the style. A real treat. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tap @ Moor, Bristol - Pours cloudy amber with a medium tanned foamy head. Nice lacing. Medium carbonation. Aroma - fruity and vinous with some whisky notes. Aroma - Sweet , fruity notes with some whisky warmth there. Taste - Sweet at the front, dark stone fruits, caramel notes, malty feel, dry light bitter finish with a light alcoholic whisky warmth. Nice boozy spicy Belgian strong ale.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared thanks to kermis. Vintage 2011. Dark ruby, hazy, with a thin off-white head. Notes of bourbon, toffee, caramel, dried fruit. Medium body, medium carbonation and a caramel sweet finish.

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Photo of innominat
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of stephenlee
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chinchill
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage 11.2oz bottle poured allowed to warm for a while then poured into a snifter. Nonetheless, this improved with further warming in the glass.

A: Foam rose up the neck upon uncapping and would certainly have overflowed the bottle if not quickly emptied into my glass. It poured a murky & cloudy chestnut brown color with a well-proportioned, off-white head that had good, but not excellent, retention. Some spotty lacing left behind.

Aroma: Too much alcohol, but otherwise very nice, with a rich and complex mix of dark fruits and light spices and with a bready yeastiness.

Flavor - similar to the smell, but with more hidden alcohol, light woody notes, and a less pronounced fruitiness. Some mild barrel aging evident in the aftertaste.

Feel - Ample but soft (natural?) carbonation that's well matched to the flavor profile and medium body.

Overall: impressed by the feel, balance and complexity, I'll head back to get some more of this for Xmas gifts.

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Photo of simoen
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of JamesStreet
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 fluid ounce bottle into a Belgian tulip. Says it's a 2012 Reserva, but doesn't indicate any barrel-aging.

Foamy, compact, cream-colored head that dilly-dallies for ages. Lace drags down all sides of the glass forming a foamy wall. Beneath is a brown, plum skin-colored body with streaming carbonation apparent. 4.5

An aroma of orange peel, candy syrup and floral bouquet with some light coriander or some other table spice. Seems to lack some depth, as the first pass of the nose is about all the intrigue you'll find on this nose. 4

Continues to present a candy, say lollipop, flavor, a citrusy bite, and a bit of barrel quality, mainly oak and some spice. The flavor also offers robust floral flavor and sweet bready malt. I enjoy how this tastes. 4.25

Rich and full-bodied through 3/4 of the palate before a gentle carbonation entrance and mild booze. The sweetness takes on candy-like properties but never becomes too bothersome. The finish is semi-dry, yeasty lingering deal. 4.25

This is drinking quite well. Hard to know all the stats on this, but as it drinks, it is very enjoyable.

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Photo of Tuckersmth
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy dark orange color with huge, beige head. Aroma is intense on the dried, dark fruits like raisins and dates, along with brown sugar and a bit of bourbon in the background. Taste starts quite balanced, just a bit leaning on the sweet side. You get the dried fruits, burnt sugar, a bit of butterscotch and a slight molasses note. Finish is quite bitter, toasty and earthy. Body is medium to heavy with a good amount of carbonation that gets more mellow after it sits a bit in the glass. Quite nice overall, much better than the Port BA version. There isn't a ton of bourbon but I think that's ok, you can still taste the base beer with some nice bourbon notes in the background.

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Photo of Photekut
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of KensWorld
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. I was expecting a spiced up Belgian but no spices on the pallet, no barrel age notes either? just Carmel and warmth from the 10%. Very impressed, This has aged very well. definitely worth seeking out later vintages and enjoying during the holiday season. 4.50

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Photo of BierMeJohn
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of cwd
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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