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

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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:
196
Reviews:
40
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.82%
 
 
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10
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So, exactly how much complexity can you cram into a Belgian pale ale? The fine brewers at Struise have seemed to find more depths, layers, and varieties of taste with help from used bourbon barrels which were used during six months of wood aging.

The beer pours with a somewhat muddy appearance of burnt orange and goldenrod hues. The haze murks up the snifter but testifies to its full "non-filtered" flavor. A creamy and fluffy off-white head separates from the liquid and caps the beer with long standing foam and intricate patterns of lace left behind.

Fruit and spice fill the nose- first a cidery apple note rises, then grape, pear, under ripened berries just before richer notes of dates and figs rise as the beer warms. Spicy white and black pepper, aniseed, cumin, and coriander also get bolder and spicier when I dive deeper and deeper into the session until the scent of musty and vinous woods, wine-like acidity, and vanilla laden oak accompany those last few drops.

Flavors take quite a journey across the palate, and once again are lead by fruit. A mix of wine-like fruits of pear, apple, and grape create a refreshing taste that are in perfect contrast to the early wine-like acidity, white pepper, and soft celery seed. Morphing into oranges, dried lemons, and raspberry- the the develops darker fruit taste at middle palate. Then the richer taste of figs, cherries, sultans, and dates invite a balance of fresh cracked black peppercorn, vanilla, caramelized oak, and sandalwood to signal the beer's finish. Earthen hops add to the mix and become just one of those spicy wood flavors that weave into the flavor profile seamlessly.

Medium bodied, there are those moments when the wine-ish acidity and thinness signal lighter bodies, but then the caramel, dark fruit, and carbonation makes the beer seem creamier than that. But as the carbonation dispels, the beer's spicy sweetness turns earthly bitter, tannin/powdery-dry, and with bourbon-style warmth to finish.

Tsjeeses Reserve is one of the most complex Belgian strong pale ales on the market. Balanced to near perfection, the beer gives new tastes to be explored with every sip. It's one of those beers that's less about enjoyment and more about exploration!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Low B

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep clear hazy brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with caramelized malt, light toffee and some light bourbon notes are also perceptible. Taste is a very drinkable mix between some caramelized malt with light toffee notes with some residual candi sugar notes, candy ester and some light bourbon notes with some vanilla also perceptible. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I was expecting the bourbon notes to be more apparent but this is still a very enjoyable and easily drinkable beer.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of zeff80
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

Photo of chinchill
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
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 dcmchew
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerOps
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 22Blue
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MasterSki
3.47/5  rDev -16.6%
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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2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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