Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers
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4.53/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
11.2oz. bottle - 2008 Vintage - served into a Trappistes Rochefort chalice
Pours a rich shade of brown somewhere between chestnut and Pepsi. I never get a lot of head when I pour into my Rochefort or Chimay chalices but the thin finger of light beige foam never fully disappears. Though small in stature the foam head does leave lots of spindly lacing. Pannepot sits heavy in the glass, looking from afar to be more like a pudding than a beverage.
The full compliment of dark fruits pop out immediately. Aromas of plum, fig, black cherry and lots of dried raisin blast out of the glass. The fruits smell as if they were dredged through cinnamon and graham cracker. Toasty bread crusts and caramel too. This doesn't reinvent the wheel in the Quadrupel style (though there is a nicely astringent hop presence). What Pannepot does to is cleanly execute the aromas that the best beers in the style are known to deliver. Pannepot smells better than some Trappist versions of the style.
The taste follows the nose to a T. Toasty, crusty malt flavors meet a cinammon-forward spice element, accenting the juicy plum and black cherry and raisin flavors. Perhaps a smidge of candi sugar. This is the hoppiest quad I think I've ever had; there is plenty of leafy European hop flavors to be found here, maybe even a trace element of orange. Caramel comes out with warmth as well as a tiny amount of roast character. This is very complex.
Pannepot has a wonderful mouthfeel; best I've had in the style. It is thick enough to suggest fullness but it isn't so thick that the sweet flavors become overbearing. There is a certain silky quality as the beer passes your tongue. The carbonation is not harsh but is present enough to matter for palate cleansing purposes; if you need some you can swish the beer in your mouth to agitate it. It goes down so easily and the bottle size is prefect for the intensity and complexity of flavor.
This is world-class. I think I like it more than Rochefort 10. I think it might be the best Quadrupel that I've ever had (and I've had pretty much every significant one outside of the venerable Westvleteren 12). The complexity is incredible but it is also easy to drink. I think that non-beer nerds could immediately take a liking to this beer, especially if you pair it with a rich dessert. De Struise tends to make these really expensive beers - $9-10 for a 11.2oz. bottle - that are also totally worth the steep price. This is a wonderful special occasion beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2010 02:39:07 | More by Reaper16
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4.13/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2011 vintage. Lot 2015190511-24FF.
Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, molasses, dark fruit, spice, and slight cardboard aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, toffee, molasses, fruit, and roast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and a slight alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with an interesting mix of aromas and flavors all around.
Serving type: bottle
04-09-2014 02:57:50 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.41/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
A: Dark Brown opaque with a slight amber tinge, a finger of creamy chocolate milk brown head with a distinct orange tinge.
S: Chocolate, as in a milk chocolate, dark fruits like figs and raisins, a salty brine of an ocean breeze, black liquorice.
T: Dark fruits, cherries, light sour note, white snow (as opposed to yellow snow) ends in a distinct salty taste and black liquorice. The combination is reminiscent of Dutch salty licorice. It unfolds with every sip. I got a metallic tinge on the second sip (a hint of ammonia perhaps as the salty licorice uses this as a component). The salty licorice becomes more dominant with each sip.
M: Thick body that might be sticky except the creamy foamy carbonation makes it smooth and silky.
O: Awesome! I got this in December 2013 in Bruges, just off the main square at De Struise’s personal store. I went to the actual brewery near Westvleteren earlier that day, and was disappointed as it was closed. Bruges was all set in Christmas lights as it was nearing sunset. Great memory! Enjoying this for the first time April 3, 2014.
Serving type: bottle
04-03-2014 15:21:27 | More by patre_tim
Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
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