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

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BA SCORE
4.1/5
Exceptional
201 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:
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
Photo of straightlambic
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Sweffin
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IrishColonial
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of GRUUMSH
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of akang
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Jwale73
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle - 2011 vintage, batch 11. Pours an amber hue with a loose, half inch, off-white head that dissipates into a consistent soapy skim. Nose expresses ethanol, candi sugar and something slightly herbal. Taste follows nose with a hint of toffee and candied fruit, but some hops bittering cuts through the flavor profile. A trace of anise and medicinal at the back. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a slightly oily texture. Carbonation is lively - a bit too assertive and somewhat gassy. Overall, this beer comes off as a barrel-aged Belgian Strong Pale. I liked, but didn't love this beer as there really was no impression of the bourbon character present for me. Pretty much the same as the Port version in my opinion; however this offering had a more pronounced ethanol character.

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Photo of BeerOps
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of YvesB
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stumac
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours up a murky apple juice look. Decent white head, subtle lacing. Smells of green sour apples, lemons, candy sugar. Tastes is a trip. It starts with a crispy Belgian carbo bite, subtle caramel malts explode into tart fruits. Banana peel, cherries, red apples. Then muttles into an earthy, oaky, lil bit of vanilla finish. Musty, yet clean. Sticky mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Very tasty you rapscallions.

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Photo of JeffSK
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbutova
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 Reserva.

A- Pours into a snifter with a red-brownish muddy appearance and a small off-white, light tan cap forming just a thin sheet atop the brew. This frothy pillow dies down to a thin ring and spotty lacing is rare.

S- Really just reminds me of the base brew that has been aged a few years and the barrel is all but lacking at this stage. A massive dose of dusty old, spiced dried dark fruits and sweet long-chain sugars. Toasty brown barley.

T- For the most part similar to the nose with the barrel bringing just a touch of faded out, degraded old oak wood and a tiny bit of vanilla. A bushel of dark fruits that have been dried like raisin, dates and sweet plums. Belgian yeast spiciness and yeasty bread tie things up.

MF- A really thick body with an oily, slick feeling on the palate. Carbonation is towards the lower side but perfectly appropriate with the rich flavors present.

A barrel-aged brew that feels like it really went into a barrel that was mostly devoid of spirit or re-used. A great base brew that ages like a fine wine but a bit of bourbon influence would bring this over the top.

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Photo of Beer-Ed
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerdrifter
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Miorge Mihoublon. Vintage 2011, best before 26-12-2017. Hazy copper-amber pour with two finger off-white head that fades quickly with decent lacing. Fruity, woody, spicy nose with hints of caramel, clove, raisins, and just a touch of banana, vanilla, and booze. The bourbon is conspicuously absent. The wood and fruit carry through nicely to the taste as well. Hints of oak, dates, plum, caramel, vanilla, apricot, grass, and as it warms and opens up, a very subtle bit of bourbon. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly syrupy with a nice woody, subtly bitter finish. Was hoping for a bit more of the bourbon to come through, but as always, another winner from De Struise!

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3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013. Pours a nearly opaque red orange, fizzy off-white head. Smell: plenty of bourbon here, caramel, cherry, mildly boozed pear and plum, brown sugar. Taste: boozed pear and peach in syrup, cherry cola, fleeting toasted brown bread, brown sugar; herbal, vanilla note; oaky, bourbon-y, peach skin in the finish. Belgian barleywine with substantial but in no way dominating barrel contributions.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 201 ratings
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