Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by eclipse54:
4.28/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
An 11.2 ounce bottle of the 2010 vintage, generously sent by optimator13; thank you! Enjoyed via goblet back during the site outage, and transfered now from my review spreadsheet.
Pours a dark mahogany color with deep blood red hues; a two centimeter thick layer of tan head develops with glorious retention. Even twenty minutes in, I’m still greeted by a thin layer of khaki bubbles coating the surface of the liquid. Minimal lacing.
The aroma is of date, dark cherry, raisin, plum, faint oak, a touch of chocolate, ample caramel, clove, and perhaps a faint hint of nutmeg. Very complex and inviting.
Prominent flavors include the dark cherry, date, plum, oak, and some warming alcohol. Also noticeable are the caramel, raisin, chocolate, clove, and other muddled spice flavors (can’t seem to identify them, sorry). Again, well balanced and delicious, but I am surprised with the prominence of the alcohol.
Mouthfeel is great; amply carbonated, not overly sticky or resinous, coats the palate whilst drinking yet finishes relatively cleanly. Warming alchol on the finish, but minimal to no burn.
Overall, a great quadrupel and an instant favorite of mine. It is certainly worthy of praise and acclaim.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2012 00:33:56 | More by eclipse54
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4.51/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
This beer is an opaque, red-highlighted dark brown that's actually thicker and more viscous than I expect. It seems to have a body that's fuller than is typical for the style and lands almost at stout thickness. The brown head is big and frothy, the bubbles airing out to drop to a full head of foam that stays there thickly, losing height very slowly as the beer recedes while lacing the glass with patches and legs.
Lots of depth and complexity lie within the smell and taste of this beer, new aromas and flavors seeming to develop with every sip. It achieves a difficult balance in dry and sweet notes, vinous or herbal and more "loose" or flowing, as it were. Tons of dark fruits notes, both fresh and dried, are present from start to finish. Not so much cherry, but there's lots of fig, dates, plums, etc., including grapes that, with certain other notes, give it a red wine character which transitions with a creamy sweetness, more fruits, and some warming alcohol to more of a port. Wood is firm, not too drying but with enough character to add more, and there's some must and spicing as well. With a little acidity and more tartness, in the middle it also takes on an aspect of mulled cider. It's a little bit peppery and sharp in the middle-end, while just a touch of herbal leaf is all the hop contribution really needed. The candi sugar-like sweetness takes a strong turn toward the end, then it finishes with a big complexity of tartness, acidity, fruit, must, anise, and ethanol.
The mouthfeel maintains the balance that seems impossible almost perfectly. it has to even out the dryness, biting acidity, and tartness, along with the wood and fusel notes contributed, with what would otherwise be a cloying and sticky sweetness such that the extreme of each side is avoided without confusing the tongue to exasperation. The body has lots of texture and, while full, edges back toward medium to keep from being too heavy. Crispness is firm from beginning to end, while a creamy smoothness takes nothing away from it.
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2014 18:21:27 | More by Brenden
Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
97 out of 100 based on 1,887 ratings.