Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Oostvleteren, Belgium


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RATINGS: 694   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Barley malt, hops, cane sugar, yeast and spices. Aged in oak barrels
225 litres (four barrels) of Tsjeeses were aged on oak for 6 months.

SamGamgee's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
My mind was blown the first time I had the normal Tsjeeses a couple years ago and ever since I’ve been wanting to try the reserva. Finally it hits stores on the west coast. This 33cl bottle pours a hazy orange color with a medium white head and high carbonation. Surprisingly smokey aroma with a hint of orange marmalade as well. Sweet juicy fruit sticks out and a little malt as well, but the fruitiness is pretty overriding. Boozy and sweet with a tannic and dry finish. A little yeasty and rough in the finish. I feel like I’m completely missing this one for some reason.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewtalita (222) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 19, 2016
Deep golden, lingering low head. Aroma earthy, candi sugar, floral hop tones, dried fruit, bourbon version has also bit of coconut and vanilla tones. Palate medium, low carbonation. Taste bubble gum (tutti frutti) - dried fruit, vanilla, candi sugar and very well rounded imparted cask tones - wood and vanilla which rounds it a bit compared to non-aged versions. Alcohol extremelly well hidden - drinkable. Very nice, albeit the standard version lacks the nuances of bourbon reserva. Better than sherry version also.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rusos (540) - Stupava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle 2013, Many thanks to gurthnar. Aroma sweet, dark fruits, caramel, wood. Taste is malty, spicy, candi, caramel, wood, some alcohol. But the ambient of alcohol is well hidden. High carbonation. Vedy good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gurthnar (4787) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle shared in swap by ShivanDragon. Many thanks! 2013 vintage. Nicely balanced, very complex and intense. Caramelly chocolatey malt blends well with yeasty spiciness, and both blend well with the subtle woody vanilla-coconut elements imparted by the barrel. Alcohol hidden well and drinks surprisingly easy. High carbonation. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cuso (7548) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle kindly shared by Gurthnar, many thanks. Amber color with medium white head. Sweet malt, caramel, Bourbon. Taste, sweet malt, candies, sugar, Bourbon, nuts. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tognetta (675) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - JUN 21, 2016
Marrom de média turbidez, espuma bege de média formação e persistência. Aroma de uva, whisky, madeira. Paladar de médio dulçor, álcool presente mas bem inserido. Corpo médio e alta carbonatação pelo estilo e graduação alcoólica. Final trás mais do amadeirado, whisky fica mais evidente, maçã no vinho, persistente.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3204) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2016
Bottle Pours a hazy amber brown with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, dried fruit, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Flavor was quite sweet with caramel, dark fruit, sweet malts, bourbon, oak, honey, vanilla and brown sugar. Oily texture, medium-plus body, lively carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nische (1802) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2016
2007 bottle, from Belgiuminabox. Brownish color with a very small beige head. Soft aroma of raisin, prune, dark fruit, dates, light caramel. Similar soft taste with big raisin and dark fruits, perfectly balanced sweetness. Round vanilla and oak notes lingering. Very soft carbonation, you just feel it’s there enhancing the round mouthfeel. Absolutely lovely!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
josanguapo (993) - SPAIN - MAY 8, 2016
From cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. Watching John Wick. Although is prettt good, I prefer the flavor and aroma profile of the port version. In any case, a great brew

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamesie1857 (1921) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2016
330ml bottle shared in ’t Klooster, Delft - Another gusher. Hazy amber pour with a huge head that disappears quickly. Aroma of orange, candy, slight oak, and yeast. Fairly sweet up front, with candy sugar, sweet malts, orange, yeast, and raisin picked out over the heavy smoky booziness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fkoolen (904) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2016 Bottle at home, 2013 ed. Massive gusher. Nice cloudy reddish orange colour, beige head. Fruity nose, mildly milky sour, vanilla. Taste is fruity and sweet too with banana, ripe fruits, vanilla, mildly tard taste too, soft bourbon. Lively carbonation, good body. Not too memorable, in fact a bit of a letdown for Struise standards.

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