GilBier (75) - Dendermonde, BELGIUM - JUN 16, 2008
From a Champane sized bottle, Great lable a little different than the normal version ( Flashy pink and dark blue ). Loads of yeast sitting at the bottom of the bottle. The beer pours a fantastic orange and reddish color and the beautiful off white head stay for ever on this most aromatic nectar. The smell is very complex with lots of cookie aromas touches of nuts, honey, spices (?), red berries, wood, wet dog, sigarecase, some peppery yeast and ripe peaches. Taste is rich and elegant with hints of bread, croisants, red berries, pits of stonefruits, wood, cedar, mint and soft hops. A rich taste with a dry wood caracter that works perfect. This was the best of the session. corkyrory66 (1918) - BELGIUM - MAR 17, 2012
TSJ n°11. Then the same brewing I have tasted with the Tsjeeses "no"
reserva. What a difference !!!
If it’s the only fact of a 6 months in oak barrels more (info of the website
as commercial coment ... I haven’t verified..), it’s a total revolution.
First reason : no smoke at all (as in the single version)
Deuxième raison : un arôme quasi de trappiste, avec des notes deprunes, de cake aux pommes, de croissant, et une pointe de beurre de Normandie. (Bon, c’est vrai le nez du "single" Tsjeeses n’était pas mal non plus, et ne laissait aucunement présager de la bouche pleine de fumée...)
Troisième raison : une première bouche très jolie, sur de la figue, du
raisin avec pourriture noble, de la datte et des pruneaux .
Quatrième raison : une seconde bouche très équilibrée mais forte, dans le style trappiste. Mouthfeel, isn’t it ?
Cinquième raison : une finale vineuse, à la texture un peu huileuse,
remplie de superbes épices, mais toujours très équilibrée.
Le bonheur de retrouver la qualité des Struise (DSB), après l’impasse
de ce Tsjeeses qui m’a fait très peur hier (ooooh Tsjeeses !!)
Conclusion : don’t be afraid to buy a Tsjeeses, but look if it’s well a Reserva, except if you like to live in a "smoky country" as the foggy
Tsjeeses. (Please could you notice that I haven’t say f....) airforce1 (61) - Atascosa, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Noerdhook....... this beer is simply incredible. Slighty oakk/ woody taste with a subtle spiceness and sweet malt lacing with a hint of hops in the finish. Starfruit, honey, and mild carbonation. Simply beautiful... second only to the Horse! Bloekie (210) - BELGIUM - SEP 7, 2009
This orange beer was something I would have never expect. The taste is really penetrating, so I would advise to try this at the end of an evening, since I still tasted it the morning after. It’s just incredible! grunx (367) - - JAN 7, 2012
Poder beure cerveses com aquestes alegra el dia a qualsevol persona. Genial.
Lele (556) - Padova, ITALY - JUN 29, 2015
Birra memorabile. Il colore è ambrato, dalla schiuma giallognola, fine e persistente. All’aroma si avverte del caramello, liquoroso, speziato, legnoso vecchio. Aroma intenso e che invoglia subito alla bevuta. In bocca da il meglio di sè. Si presentano gli stessi sapori che al naso, con aggiunta di marzapane, fruttato e un leggerissimo amarognolo che chiude in finale e che bilancia bene la birra. Ancora una volta il Struise ha fatto centro! ABT_S54 (352) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2014
33cl bottle shared in a tasting glass. Pours a slightly darker, cloudier version of the non barrel-aged Tsjeeses. Aroma is rich fruits, spices and honey notes all in perfect harmony. Mouthfeel is equal to the PBA version and (somewhat) more luxurious than the normal Tsjeeses. The taste however, is where the differences are worlds apart. I was worried that the bourbon would overpower the fruity, spicy, estery flavours for which Tsjeeses is known. I need not have worried - the result is magnificent. The barrel not only adds to the already complex flavours it tones down both the sweetness and the bitterness present in Tsjeeses and creates a harmonic balance that is truly World Class. Best Christmas beer yet. beer_queue (140) - California, USA - NOV 3, 2016
2011 Vintage. Dark cloudy brown in color with a thin, short-lived, off-white head; tiny specks of yeast at the bottom. Aromas are mostly sweet (dried fruits, candied fruits, syrupy) with some spice, malts, and booze very much in the background. Tastes exactly like the nose would suggest—complex sweetness on arrival while the finish presents the baking spices, malts, and plenty of booze. Tastes like dark fruit preserves on top of a slice of spiced, seedy whole-wheat toast. After a while, the sweetness & alcohol intensifies to create flavor that’s like an Old Fashioned with three or four Luxardo cherries thrown in. Palate is medium-to-full, no carbonation, warm with alcohol, and finishes dry. What can I say? This was an orgasmic X-mas ale. Beautiful stuff and ages gracefully! ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Gift from my Secret Santa Winter 2010. AWESOME! Pours a perfect yeasty brownish gold from the bottle - plenty of sediment through and through. Nose is thick with beautiful yeast (custard, apple sauce, cinnamon). Flavor is quite deep: leather, mulled apple, cinnamon, dark flowers, a great Tripel character and nice, moldy, mellowed wine wood. Nice. jshie234 (10) - Clinton Township, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Tsjeeses Reserva, bottle from 2010 I believe. Pours almost a pinkish amber, 1-finger head which disappears quickly. Aroma has tons of fruit ( cherries, plum, grapes), Christmas spices, and candy. Very easy drinking and quite potent. I make it a point to get a bottle of this brew every year for New Years Day!
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