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:
196
Reviews:
40
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.82%
 
 
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10
Gots:
49
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2
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Photo of Korbynlehr
2.3/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Antyk
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
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 ldhughes3
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alarmclock314
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of YvesB
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DanGeo
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stephenlee
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BenBreeg
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Fabianno
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 NateF90
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RMentair
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. To me, Struise concoctions are either hit or miss, very few "meh" beers because they brew on the edge. This one is a definite hit. My new favorite Christmas beer!

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Walbert_Neto
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bauchet
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Krey213
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 Edition; consumed in Mar 2015

A: Deep amber-brown, like a rotting apricot. SRM19-20ish. Minimal head, as expected, and recedes to a thin wispy white skin quickly.

S: Waxy-fruitlike scent, like a scented candle trying to mimic fruitcake. Stone fruits under barlywine, yeasty bread and stone fruits come to mind.

T: Follows the nose mostly with the yeast and stone fruits shining forward in a more highlighted fashion, figs and other dark fruits present too. Very clean and dry on the palette. Taste evolves as it warms, like the finest quads. Bourbon and Oak just a minor accent, but there

M: Carbonation is minimal (age?) alcoholic warmth is well-masked but present. There's a creaminess that is very pleasant.

Overall, a very nice beer even at 4 years. I have one more and I am torn about keeping it until Christmas as I do not feel like this beer has much time left in storage and the complex flavors are very enjoyable now. Drink now or forever hold your peace :)

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Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from De Struise Brouwers
4.16 out of 5 based on 196 ratings.
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