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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of spycow
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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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 superspak
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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 olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

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

Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

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 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 duceswild
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 22Blue
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerOps
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Sweffin
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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 Eziel
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 dwagner003
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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