Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (Porto 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: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
2011 Vintage - Red & Yellow label.

Added by MasterSki on 09-26-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
101
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.03%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
26
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 101 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by crnipeter:
Photo of crnipeter
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The 2011 vintage pours dim coppery-brown body gets topped by a finger of beige head that lasts and weaves firm sheets of lace about the glass with each swirl.

Sweet aroma of Apfelstrudel with chopped apples, cinnamon and walnut filling, orange-like
esters, grapes and red wine notes of port, spiciness that might originate from hops or phenols, and a tinge of alcohol. Further sniffing reveals oaky undertones.

Flavor is less complex than the nose implies: red wine, lots of phenol-derived spice and bitterness, apple notes and sweetness counterbalanced by alcohol warmth. I hoped for more port character, though.

Medium body with soft mouthfeel and fine carbonation tends to coat the lips with sticky film.

Better than the Bourbon barrel-aged version but still pales in comparison with the retired oak-aged Tsjeeses Reserva. Bring it back, you boneheads!
(330 ml, BB 12-26-2017, into tulip).

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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 olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 innominat
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of simoen
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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 hooliganlife
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of FalconOne
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BierMeJohn
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Antyk
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of waddellc2
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ManforallSaisons
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Rutager
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
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 Phyl21ca
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of sweet Belgian style malt with light port notes and a somewhat spicy yeast undertone. Taste is also a good mix dominated by a solid sweet Belgian style malt base with some spicy yeast notes with light peppery edge and a light woody and port barrel finish. Full body with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid offering for a brewer who rarely disappoint.

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Photo of Coren
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
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 benlhoest
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mtbdonn
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of CoreyC
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer-Ed
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
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 mendvicdog
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (Porto Barrel Aged) from De Struise Brouwers
3.9 out of 5 based on 101 ratings.
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