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

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Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (Porto Barrel Aged)Struise Tsjeeses Reserva (Porto Barrel Aged)
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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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of Sabtos
2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of beerpirates
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap At christmas beer festival Essen

Nice orange-brown color, slightly hazy. Big, dense head with long retention & good lacing.
Aroma’s: Sweet, dried fruit (raisins, apricot), hints of wood, with retronasal vinous notes, wood.
Flavor is medium sweet with notes of wood, not overdone. Not too strong alcohol feel, body is medium.
Finishes somewhat herbal (medium) bitter. Less sweet than expected.
I expected more from this beer !

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Photo of stakem
3.09/5  rDev -20.8%
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 kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After extended googling and direct contact with Struise, I've determined that this is indeed the port barrel aged version. Served from a ~12ish fl oz brown glass bottle into an Odell pilsner glass in me friend's gaff in low altitude Fort Collins, Colorado.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of fair cream and decent thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a dull dark copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Floral hops, clean malts, and mild spice. An average strength aroma.

T: Floral hops, refined malts with some hints of dark fruit. Nectary. Hints of grape/port notes.

Mf: Sticky. Smooth and wet. Too thick. A bit overcarbonated.

Dr: Drinkable but underwhelming considering the brewery. I wouldn't pursue it or seek it out. Hides its ABV fairly well.

High C+

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

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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3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of beerdrifter
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 with decent retention and nice lacing. The nose on this is more subtle than the BBA Tsjeeses. Hints of caramel, dark fruits, and booze. The wood is still there, and if you really seek it out, you get a bit of a vinous port aroma as well. The taste is much less complex compared to the BBA version and a bit more earthy. Lots of wood along with hints of black pepper, alcohol, caramel, green apple, and just a touch of sour black cherries. The port is there, but may be more suggestive than actual. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a subtle tart, almost sour, bitter finish. This was a bit disappointing compared to the BBA version, but still a solid winter warmer.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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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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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3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet. 2011 vintage, PBA.

3.0 A: Murky amber brown. Half a finger of frothy beige head. Retention is poor and just a hair sized ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: While this isn't much to look at, the nose is quite nice. Sugary and fruity would be two good words to describe this. The residues of the candi sugar is potent, while the base gives lots of plum, fig, prunes, dates, tobacco, and raisin. There's also a big vinous grapiness, which can likely be attributed to the port barrel. Peppery spiciness from the yeast. Caramel, a bit of toastiness, and a hint of molasses. Borderline 4.5, very nice.

3.5 T: The taste is good, but it doesn't have the same vibrance found in the nose. You will find all the same flavors, but much less intensity. The fruitiness is especially reduced. Only plum and date comes through with any strength. The port becomes a bigger focus in the taste. Vinous grape, oak, and hints of vanilla. Mild peppery spice. Toastiness is enhanced, but caramel and molasses are almost lost. Basically, it's just a less impressive version of the nose. Booze is well hidden.

4.0 M: Lighter to lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a pleasant spritziness to it. No problems here, but a little more creaminess would make the mouthfeel even better.

4.0 D: A bit of a bonus here since the nose is so good. Overall, it's a decent beer and I enjoyed it.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Noyt
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of rderedin
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

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