Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (Porto Barrel Aged)
De Struise Brouwers

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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #61
Ranked #9,557
3.98 | pDev: 10.3%
De Struise Brouwers
Very Good
Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (Porto Barrel Aged)Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (Porto Barrel Aged)
Notes: 2011 Vintage - Red & Yellow label.
Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 118 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage. Poured into Calusa Snifter.

Pours a golden color from the bottle forming a much darker, ruddier amber color in the glass with a heavy creamy head of off-white/khaki leaving minor sheets as it recedes.

Aroma is that of a Barleywine, real easy descriptor here. Some slightly stale hops but very complimentary with the rich caramel and toffee notes as well as some plum, light molasses, and light Belgian sugar. Barrel is there but although I know its port I don't think I could pinpoint exactly what it was had it not been printed on the bottle.

Flavor is much like the nose, both to its chagrin and linearity. Stale hop notes, caramel, hard toffee, slight wrinkly prune and plum, and again some barrel boozy burn but not distinct to any type.

Feel is hot and cutting, definite barrel presence here, with a hot caramel stickiness and slight resiny cling. Medium bodied, nice burn and carbonation.

Overall not quite what I'd hoped, but the $3 I paid for it is only hurting me modestly.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2013 vintage opened on a cold, snowy 1/4/18. Main flavors I get are raisins, plums, and figs with a nice smooth mouthfeel from the barrel. An enjoyable winter brew.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, dated 2013; I had it in a side-by-side with a 2015 .

This beer was similar to the regular Tsjeeses, but noticeably sweeter, with the port wine notes coming through. This is definitely a dessert beer, so the regular goes better with savory food.

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Photo of FBarber
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a ruddy maroon color. Opaque but somewhat thinner in appearance. Thick tan head dissipates quickly leaving no residual lacing or head.

Aroma has notes of tart cherries, some funky yeast and some wheat malts. Lots of port notes come through on the nose as you'd expect.

Taste has notes of wheat, grain, some earthy yeast notes and tons of tart cherries and sweet port grapes. The port barrel aging gives this more of a port flavor than any type of barrel flavors. Not getting a ton of oak, although there is some there.

Lightly carbonated with a slight fizzy sensation in the throat. Smooth thick coating feel to the beer.

Overall a really nice and very unique beer.

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Photo of Dzu
4.79/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2011.
L: brown with a weak foam head.
S: spices, caramel, plums.
T: aaah, awesomeness!!
F: incredible balanced.
O: impressive reserved beer.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just had Port Wine Barrel Aged Struise Tjeeses Reserva. The Port Wine is quite prominent. I also had the Bourbon Barrel Aged version of this not too long ago, and the Bourbon was prominent in that one. if you like that these are great beers.

Look: amber to brown color, like dark caramel, a thick off-white head

Aroma: port wine, raisin, caramel

Taste: It's caramel, raisins, and lots of port wine, a bit boozy. If you like port wine you'll like it.

Feel: medium to full body

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage. Bottled July 2014; drank 4/18/17 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy orange/red rust appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE khaki head (careful pouring); almost no lace.

Raisin, leather, port wine & apple cider notes in the nose.

Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Leather, apple cider & plum flavors up front; faint baking soda bite on the finish. Faint port heat emerged as this warmed.

Drinkable, and this certainly made me feel good, but this isn't anything to write home about after about 3 years in the bottle.

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Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque, chestnut brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is raisin, fig, caramel, and port--cherries, and wood. Medium-heavy bodied, sweet, sticky, with moderate carbonation. Tasty..Christmas in a bottle. Perfect wrapping of presents beer. Will look to make a glass of this a holiday tradition.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass from a vintage 2013 bottle here at Cerveceria Esparte in Conil, Spain.

Appearance: Hazy Amber with an orange tinted head rising to maybe half a finger's length.

Smell: sweet honey scent.

Taste: Mixed malts with descent citrus tones which might come off sweet closer to the tones of brown sugar with hints of yeast. Creates a sour feel to the brew which might confuse you a bit.

Mouth: Medium carbonation but very sticky feel. Maple syrup finish.

Overall: Very good brew, might need a bit of tweaking but worth inhaling if you ever see it. Drink with lust my friends. Salud!

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Photo of josanguapo
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 6x01. The first case in which pass for barrel improves an already great beer, making it more balanced, less alcoholic. It has also a much better aspect than the 2012 non-BA version I took yesterday

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Photo of Sabtos
2.78/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Maybe this was a victim of sitting on a shelf at World Market at room temperate for who knows how long, but it tasted both musty and hot at the same time, and was a drainpour.

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Photo of kitch
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 330ml bottle of 2013 vintage, bottled on July 2014 with a best before date of 15th August 2019 and poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a cloudy dark orange bronze colour with a fluffy two finger light tanned head with good retention that leaves nice spotty lacing.

Aroma: Sweet and fruity plum, apple, grape, fig and red wine with hints of caramel and vanilla.

Taste: Sweet apples, orange, port, grapes with oak woody notes and caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: Very rich, medium bodied with medium but strong prickly carbonation.

Overall: I wish I had the original non barrel aged version of this to compare to. However, this Port BA version is very good. Even at 10% the alcohol is well hidden and being Port BA I was a bit worried that it would be too sweet but its actually at a good level. A great barrel aged Belgian Strong Pale Ale that I would get again next year!

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2013 vintage bottling. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces a to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big golden raisin, plum, fig, apricot, apple, white grape, pepper, toasted oak, red wine, light vanilla, honey, brown sugar, bread, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, port barrel, and moderate malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big golden raisin, plum, fig, apricot, apple, red grape, pepper, vanilla, toasted oak, red wine, honey, brown sugar, bread, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of earthy yeast spiciness and slight tannic oak on the finish; with lingering notes of golden raisin, plum, fig, apricot, apple, white grape, pepper, vanilla, toasted oak, red wine, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, port barrel, and moderate malt sweetness; with a great sweetness/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged Belgian strong pale ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, port barrel, and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of lmaduells
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Struise beers are a mystery. You never know if you'll find a wonderful beer or a good but not the height of fantantiques beers that occasionally you are. This is one of those who had not tasted; a powerful strong ale with a very correct treatment of the alcohol, perhaps too ditecte and lack of nuances. That if a good beer again. Maybe too young

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared thanks to kermis. Vintage 2011. Hazy dark orange with a thin beige head. Notes of rum, toffee, sweet macerated fruit. Full bodied with a soft carbonation and a sticky sweet finish.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting, complex beer, but in the end, I'm not sure the port barrel aging adds much to this. The beer was sweet, with something of an anise and red candy apple flavor to it. Definitely interesting and unusual, but just not my cup of tea. Very glad I was able to sample it (found a bottle at the Upper Lip at Bailey's), but probably would not order this one again.

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Photo of Rutager
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I've never seen this one before, that's always awesome. Interesting stuff but getting some cardboard in the nose and taste that's a bit much for me. Nice port flavours. Thanks Jason!!!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Had it side by side with the regular version. Slightly hazy dark amber color with beige head. Aroma is more simple than the standard version, there is definitely no barrel character. More bitter and effervescent. Stronger belgian character. I definitely preferred the standard version.

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Photo of stakem
3.09/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle into a snifter appears a clear copper with khaki head that fades leaving spotty lace.

Aroma is sugary like candy meets raison and some fruits. Toasted malt and mild oxidation/oak.

Taste carries forth that same feel with a touch of cardboard oxidation and lingering herbal feel.

Light in body, modestly carbonated. Its ok but nothing exciting.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev +3%

Really cloudy dark amber with almost no light passing through it. Creamy off white head, one finger receding slowly and leaving lots of sticky traces.
A lot of spices in the smell, both from the yeasts and the Port barrel aging. Lots of vanilla, licorice, star anise, ginger, with lots of caramel, light molasses, white raisin, fig and candi sugar on top. Smells like Christmas cake with Port wine "accidentally" dropped in the mixture.
Warm alcohol and fruit jam in the initial sip, dark cherry, plum, boozy raisin, overripe peach, apple slices, orange rind. Sticky caramel, faint toffee, butterscotch, a touch of chocolate, cake dough-like maltiness with candi sugar. Quite a rich fluffy "pillow" for the multitude of spices, from prickly peppercorn and ginger to more "festive" licorice, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, also some herbal floral tea-like notes and anise. The barrel bring vanilla, a damp woody note and really clear Port, spicy like a generous mulled red wine. The alcohol, far from disturbing, dries the finish and bars the way for any unwanted sweetness.
Medium body, prickly carbonation, just enough to raise up those spicy flavours. Aftertaste is woody, has burnt sugar, a bit of dried dark fruit and lingering spices.
A really warming sipper with great barrel aging and nice flavours. A bit more intensity might have helped.

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Photo of ManforallSaisons
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got at the brewery today and that makes it a special occasion. Dusky copper color, big head of large-bubbled ivory foam. Nice but restrained smell of wood shavings and resin, a smokey (in a good way) tea aroma, some bread, Christmas spices. A heaping mouthful of flavors slugging it out for supremacy and struggling to stay in balance. A powerful punch of hop spice and caramel malt, with the raisin-y port thing coming all through, making for a candy-apple treat and bitter contrast. Full and fleshy in the mouth on the first taste but it all slips down nicely and not overly coating. Special, unusual, interesting, satisfying, but a lot to sort through.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

33cl Bottle: given to me by Ian Harrison, a big thank you!

Best before Boxing day 2017: poured into a Westvleteren chalice at home on 4 Sep 2013. I managed to keep most of the sediment in the bottle, but a few bits joined the lovely reddy brown bodied beer. The head was thin and sparse from the start.

Sweet nose of pure sugar, yeast, and Port notes too.

The taste is equally sweet and Port infused. The alcohol, which is barely hidden, adds an extra dimension. I could pontificate about the flavours and depth of character but I'll leave that to better pens than I.

A truly wonderful beer.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Etre Gourmet. Served in a snifter.

A - Looks nearly identical to the Bourbon version, but thankfully not a gusher.

S - This reminds me of the 2009 Tsjeese Reserva I had; a nice mix of fruity esters, canid sugar, red fruit malts, sweet port, and a touch of vinous oak. Alcohol is well-concealed too.

T - Like the bourbon version, the taste seems to lack oomph relative the the aroma. Oak, bread, and peppery yeast overwhelm the fleeting port and red fruit sweetness that appears mid-palate. No alcohol, but somewhat muted and lifeless.

M - Nearly identical to the bourbon version, with a tiny bit less spritz to it.

D - Decent stuff, but needs a bit more flavor depth and potency. I think port barrels are a far better marriage with the base beer, as the flavor profiles are similar and the oak character is more restrained. I'd give this another shot if it was available locally.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in to tulip.

A - Opaque medium amber with an orange glow around the edges and a thin layer of taupe head.

S - Belgian yeast, clove, sweet grapes, oak and a bready malt sweetness.

T - Belgian yeast esters up front with clove and spice notes and a big bready sweetness. The port barrel adds a big grape presence that further adds to the sweetness and lighter toasted oak notes. Some warming alcohol throughout.

M - Medium body with some chew. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle - 2011 vintage. Batch 11. Pours a dull, copper/amber color with a loose, consistent, quarter inch, cream-colored head. 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 port character present for me. Somewhat of a swing and a miss.

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Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (Porto Barrel Aged) from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 118 ratings