Coaster Critique: De Struise Tsjeeses Reserva

On the Seventh Day of Beermas…….

Name: Tsjeeses ReservaTsj pour

Brewed By: De Struise Brouwers

ABV: 10%

Style: Belgian X-mas Ale brewed with spices

Pours a dark copper color with a frothy off white head that settles a bit but doesn’t disappear. When held to the light this beer takes on a reddish hue with golden highlights.

Picking up Belgian yeast, bread, dark fruits and some herbal notes. There is just a hint of alcohol in the aroma as well.

This is a pretty complex beer, right up front I get dark fruits, raisin and cherries followed by some herbal notes. I pick up some spices but I can’t quite pinpoint exactly what they are, they blend well with the spicy notes from the Belgian yeast. Alcohol is definitely a flavor component in this beer but it isn’t overwhelming, it does however add a nice warming sensation in the throat and chest.

Overall a flavorful Belgian Christmas ale, lots going on in this one but everything works together and in the end you have a nice little 10% sipper to enjoy on a cool winter evening. This might be a nice beer to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve, can’t hurt getting you on the nice list.

Cheers!

Chaddah

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12 days of Beermas.

Day 1: Harpoon Brewing Co. Winter Warmer

Day 2: Gritty McDuff’s Brewing Company, Christmas Ale

Day 3: Schneider Weisse, Aventinus Eisbock

Day 4: Rogue Ales, Santa’s Private Reserve Ale

Day 5: Shipyard Brewing Company, Mint Chocolate Stout

Day 6: Gouden Carolus, Noel

Day 7: De Struise Brouwers, Tjseeses

Day 8: Friars Brewhouse, Whoopie Pie Porter

Day 9: Slumbrew, Yankee Swap

Day 10: Ridgeway Brewing, Criminally Bad Elf

Day 11: Sierra Nevada, Celebration 2013

Day 12: Anchor Brewing, Our Special Ale

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Chad Lothian

About Chad Lothian

Chad Lothian lives in Old Town, Maine. He is a craft beer enthusiast and homebrewer. Chad has travelled to brewpubs, breweries and brewfests all over New England.