On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Tsjeeses Reserva, De Struise Brouwers, 10% ABV
Admittedly, I don’t know too much about this brewery. Based upon a quick Google search, they seem to make some pretty fantastic beers. They’re on the RateBeer Best Beers of Belgium 2011 several times, so they must be doing something well.
Tsjeeses Reserva pours out a clear copper color with an off-white/beige colored head. The aroma has some dark fruity character, slight yeasty pepperiness, and slight honey-like character. The flavor has some dark fruit character (dates), with slight caramel and toasty malt flavors, and is sweet. There’s also a soft alcohol character. Hop bitterness is low/medium-low. This is a full bodied beer, with high carbonation, and a dry finish. There’s some alcohol warming in the finish but it’s not boozy.
One of the reasons I love this time of year is because of all the great holiday beers that Belgian breweries make. They just seem to have holiday beers down to an art form, delicious!