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
Ratings:
194
Reviews:
39
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.84%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
49
For Trade:
2
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2.93/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage
Pours murky coppery-amber body with orangeish glow, capped by an inch of beige head that
eventually sets to stable veil.

The advertised bourbon barrel is nearly imperceivable to the nose initially, but grows as
the beer warms. Aroma is mostly spice and fruits: spicy phenols and esters reminiscent of
oxidized apple slices, sultanas and oranges play the dominant role supported by brown sugar and musty undertones.

The bourbon that yields warming sensation is obnoxiously evident when it comes to the flavor
featuring prominent oak-character, apple, orange and sultanas, peppery phenols and phenolic
bitterness that lasts throughout the finish. The bourbon is just to hot and doesn't integrate
well - the abandoned non-bourbon oak barrel-aged version was a way better.

Bourbon barrel-aging is a great tool to hide flaws of poorly crafted brew or to add complexity to the base-beer. Neither is needed with Tsjeeses. It's a pity so many brewers succumb to the BBA trend to please the masses even at the cost of spoiling the beer. (330 ml, BB 12-26-2017, into tulip).

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3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
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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3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Version.

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3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tsjeeses Reserva (Bourbon Barrel Aged). 10%. Bottle served into a Samuel Smith's nonic glass at a tasting. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger khaki colour head ofnice cream and thickness. Retention is impressive for the high ABV; around two minutes. Body colour is a clear copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Pale malts, caramel, spice, ginger, cane sugar, honey, pineapple, bright fruit, and honey sweetness. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Spice, cane sugar, pale malts, honey, fruit acidity on the climax, ginger, malty sweetness, and an oak tone. Subtle hints of artificial vanilla. I get hardly any bourbon or stonefruit. A bit imbalanced.

Mf: Quite tingly and wet. Good thickness and carbonation.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the high ABV. I like it, but the bourbon is very restrained. Alcohol does come through a bit. Another solid brew from De Struise.

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3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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