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


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RATINGS: 275   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Barley malt, hops, cane sugar, yeast and spices. Aged in port barrels

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzgorog (424) - FRANCE - DEC 30, 2013
Bière ambrée foncée, trouble, beaucoup de dépot, mousse abondante et persistante. Nez de réglisse, chêne et vin. En bouche, l’amertume est faible, sucrée, on goûte le porto, alcool bien présent. Costaud. Bière complexe et très bonne.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (5217) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Not entirely sure which of the three "Reservas" I had, the beer list just said "Tsjeeses Reserva 2013", and since Oak Reserva retired in ’10, and the Cherry notes on the flavor, I’m guessing it’s the port barrel version. Cloudy copper under a thin foamy off-white head. Nose is fruity and sweet, like boozy cherry meets herbal earthy honey. Flavor is big, bold, boozy and sweet. Lots of alcohol esters, honey, oak, cherry, herbal tones, and a earthy boozy finish. Not too hot, just tastes like strong ale. With honey and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (3353) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2014 Temporary rating. At some point I might re-write this.

Hazy deep golden, frothy creamy offwhite, slow diss, thick lacing, Marzipan, oatmeal cookies, port wine, wood, raisins, hay, dry soil, Sweet, tiny bitter, fruity, marzipan, hay, moist wood, port wine, grapefruit rinds, raisins, oatmeal cookies, alcohol, Slightly dry, tiny tart, round, medium to full. As taste but fruitier, drier,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jookos (3224) - FINLAND - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle. Amber brown, clear. Old musky malts on nose. Clove, slight cinnamon, peppery spices. Soft, smooth body. Slight sweeet brown malts, with a clovey, herbal, finish. I’m not that sure about this one. Soft good body, flavourful. But has a murky old character from the spices and the brown malts. Feels like there’s goodness in there, but it needs to be better accentuated. The flavours feels a bit overrun by a dubbelbock- like boozyness. Like a gingerbread mixed in booze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrHangover (3107) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle, 2011 vintage. Hazy dark golden beer with a big white head on top. Aroma is mostly yeast based with some influences of Port and red fruits. Grapes and sweet oak. Flavor has big vineous characters with oak and sweet port. Well balanced, medium sweet and very dry finish. Nice barrel treatment. Merry Christmas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NicolaiH (53) - - DEC 25, 2013
Port barrel-aged 2012 vintage, 33cl bottle from the Malting Pot (BRU/BXL respect!). Pours a deep orange, with frothy off-white head. Plum and walnut notes, a sharp bite and beautiful overall balance. More piercing than it's bourbon-barreled brethren. Good for cutting through heavy foods. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
freretoc (1074) - Besançon, FRANCE - DEC 24, 2013
Bu en bouteille de 33cl, une bière brune ave une mousse qui tient bien, en bouche c’est un suplice tellement que c’est bon, on sent beaucoup le fruit sec, le côté vineux et ça se bonnifie en prenant de la température ! Délicieux !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (3081) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2013
Bottled. Pours hazy orange with an smal, short lasting, off-white head. Aroma of yeast, apple, pear , caramel and port notes. Sweet flavor that ends up light acidic with alcohol notes Full bodied, creamy to oily texture and soft carb. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3292) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
Bottle - 330ml. Hazy amber body with a thin off-white foamy/creamy head. Fresh malty/hoppy aroma with citrusy, woody, and yeasty hints. Its well balanced malty/hoppy taste carries fruity, woody, and yeasty notes. Ends with a warming bittersweet finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Candied pale fruit, cake-y spices and doughy yeast whip up a pleasant but muddled dessert.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the cloudy amber.
-Nothing stands out in the flavor profile; there isn’t a dominating character one can fall back on.
-Alcohol is well hidden.
-A light acidity peers through the doughy yeast.
-Don’t know if this one is already past its prime, but its flavor clarity is clearly not optimal.

2011 bottle; thanks Ian!

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