12 Beers of Christmas 2012 – Day 3 – Tsjeeses Reserva from De Struise Brouwers

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Tsjeeses Reserva, De Struise Brouwers, 10% ABV

Tsjeeses Reserva Winter Ale in the bottle.

Tsjeeses Reserva Winter Ale in the bottle.

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 Winter Ale in a glass.

Tsjeeses Reserva Winter Ale in a glass.

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.

Tsjeeses Reserva Winter Ale side label.

Tsjeeses Reserva Winter Ale side label.

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!

Zalig Kerstfeest!

This entry was posted in Craft Beer, Fun Stuff, Reviews, Seasonal and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>