Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by erz316:
3.9/5 rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
330ml bottle, 2007 vintage, into chimay chalice.
A - bottle pours a big head like a coke, big bubbles that die down a bit slower than a coke; colour is a medium-light brown. body is a very very dark brown, almost black, but still clearly brown. I cant find anything particularly special about the appearance; one thing for which I was going to take off points is the massive head, but the retention is thick and beautiful, so it redeems itself
S - not quite a quad smell, more on the lines of a less fruity dark strong belgian. the nose is malty, slightly spicy, and a bit fruity. the malts are the majority of the sweetness and body of the nose. the middle of the nose is this plumb kind of sweetness. the background is the spices, which are very light, tend to mix in with some identifiable warm alcohol; maybe some cardamom or anise. not a very strong smelling beer, but it has some interesting notes in there from the innateness of the style and the added spices.
T - yeah, there are those spices, and a rather blunt alcohol profile. not exactly what I was expecting. the initial flavours are clear malts, sweet like molasses, and a big licorice flavour. the licorice is what too me aback; I didn't foresee this intensity from the nose. the beer is very strong, and very dark. once the licorice and molasses finish doing their thing, the alcohol comes in full force. the finish is much milder, leading out flavours of raisins, and mild alcohol with some burnt sugar/toffee like malts; anise and the spice medly trails. the finish is bitter, but not a discernible hop bitter, more like a herbal leafy bitterness. the anise stays with us to the very end, along with a lingering cola flavour that starts where the finish ends. the beer is very complicated, and has tons of different flavours to find with each drinking, but the flavour was just not for me. a good beer, but it should find another drinker.
MF&D - the body is quite astringent and puckering. body is a medium heavy, with abundant carbonation. the carbonation is almost too much for me at times, but I guess it serves to cancel out some of the alcohol's effect. I cant really get behind the flavour of this beer, and I would not want to have more than what I have now.
Serving type: bottle
08-25-2009 22:48:53 | More by erz316
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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.