Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by BobZ:
4.83/5 rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Last night, set up a vertical tasting of Pannepot including 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, & 2010 Releases.
Thanks to Jonah (jedwards) for providing the '06 to help make this complete.
Admittedly, this is advanced beer geekery as my wife chose to point out several times. The sample size was 1/2 of each 11.2 oz (330ml) bottle. Shared with a fellow Struise fan.
Appearance: The 2006 to 2008 were noticeably lighter than the 2009 & 2010, you can see this in the pictures (the glasses go up in order, left to right 2006 to 2010). All were a nice dark brown with an initial head of about a 1/4" that receded to a ring.
Smell: Interestingly this was the first sign of minor differences; the 2006 was very deep and complex with a lot of dark fruit and spice, almost a mild sweetness. This continued in slightly less intensity in the 2007 & 2008 (admittedly splitting hairs here). The 2009 & 2010 have a bit less spice, less sweetness, but more chocolate notes, a bit more stout like. I have to note that all versions smelled great.
Taste: As expected just like the nose, the bottle aging had an incredible effect on the 2006 & 2007 and even impacted the 2008. The dark fruit and the spice, all were very rich and very smooth. The Belgian yeast and hint of sweetness just made these beers truly exceptional, the older the more depth and bold flavor. The 2009 & 2010 versions definitely had more stout like characteristics (almost like a SDA/Quad version of Black Albert), each had the depth and complexity but the dark fruit flavors and spice were muted behind the chocolate and coffee notes.
Overall: A great way to sample these incredible beers. To my palate the 2006 through 2008 were my favorites, if I had to pick one I would say the 2007 is drinking the best right now. I’ll put it up against Westy later this summer as I think I might actually prefer the Pannepot. I still greatly enjoyed the 2009 & 2010 versions but I have a preference for the initial releases as I already have Black Albert as a favorite among stouts.
Had another bottle of the 2009 tonight, extraordinary beer, world class Belgian SDA/Quad.
It has become quite clear that the review at bottom involved an "infected" batch of the 2007 vintage. So with regard to the 2007 vintage "caveat emptor". I finally had a bottle of Pannepot as it was intended to be and that is what I will update my review with.
330ml bottle of the 2009 vintage poured into my St. Bernardus Chalice.
Appearance: Very rich dark brown with a thin head that quickly disappears to about a 1/16". The thin head does manage to provide very nice lacing throughout the beer.
Smell: Gentle on the nose, and like the Pannepeut I sense definite notes of Mocha / Coffee.
Taste: Deep and rich with chocolate and spice, the Mocha comes up with subtlety. The warmth of the alcohol is barely noticeable. I can see this beer becoming much better with some age. There is some sharpness due to the youth of the beer; however, this almost completely disappears as the beer warms. This beer is clearly at its best near room temp.
Mouth: Again, a little "sharp" but still very good on the palate, good carbonation.
Drinkability: Very good, excellent beer, a must have quad, and another tribute to the skill of De Struise.
Below reflects the infected beers I sampled:
Had another bottle tonight 7/16, bottle did not gush, but same reaction to all else, I stand by the original review. Way too sour for my taste.
This review is for the 2007 version.
Appearance: Nice dark brown with a nice head, poured into a Rochefort Chalice (quickly as the bottle gushed).
Smell: Strong, sour fruit smell, almost overwhelming, not what I expected and unlike any other Belgian Quad or Strong Dark Ale, I've had.
Taste: Follows the smell, sourness is up-front, almost like sour cherries. This is the dominant flavor of the profile.
Mouth: Good on the palette, again, good carbonation.
Drinkability: Not great as the sourness is a turn-off for me.
Really a disappointment given how high my expectations were for this beer, I thought maybe the bottle was infected but given the fact that I opened two, that is probably unlikely.
Serving type: bottle
04-25-2010 19:11:53 | More by BobZ
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4.39/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a super hazy dark brown-mahogany color with a billowy off white head. The head fades rather slowly over time to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of darker fruit smells with lots of plum, raisin, and fig. Along with the darker fruit smells comes plenty of bready and lightly roasted malt smells. Some yeasty smells as well as some other sweet aromas of a caramel and toffee nature come along as well. A bit of spice of coriander and clove as well as a slightly funky like smell come and linger on the nose creating a rather dark and sweet but slightly funky off aroma to sit on the nose.
Taste – The taste begins with a very dark fruit sweet flavor with tons of raisin, fig, plum, and cherry. The sweeter flavors are matched by a bit of a bready and doughy taste with a hint of a chocolate and a bit of roasted malt mixed within. The yeast and spice that were detected in the nose come on more strongly toward the middle of the taste and bring a very nice dimension to the brew, complementing well the sweeter dark fruit flavors of the brew nicely. Some candied sugar flavors and a little bit of a rummy booziness develop on the tongue as the flavors advances, bringing a little bit of warmth to the taste. At the very end, a little bit of earth and a light woody/oaky flavor join the profile which end up leaving a very tasty and somewhat smoother, but robust sweet dark fruit quad flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess for a brew of 10 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. The average thickness and carbonation are a nice compromise for the sweeter dark fruit and boozy, oaky, and spiced flavors of the brew and makes for a nice easy drinking, yet slower sipping brew overall.
Overall – This is one quite tasty quad. This one is on the tops of my list. Dark fruity, nicely spiced, and yeasted, with a good blend of a warming taste/feel, but all while maintaining a great drinkability and enjoyability. This is quite a nice quad!!
Serving type: on-tap
07-13-2014 02:26:29 | More by Darkmagus82
Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
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