Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by taylorhamrick:
4.4/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5
Listed as the 2007 version on the bottle.
Pours a black color with a nice thick tan head. The head is very loose and bubbly and the bubbles kind of sparkle and pop on top. Great lacing and retention. Smells nice and tart, kind of funky, with a kick of sweetness and roastiness. There's also a kind of earthiness to it, maybe from the hops, yeast, malts?, but it's very nice. The taste is nice. The tartness kind of overpowers the other things, but it's nice. Something is kind of powdery in it, but the alcohol is well-hidden. It's not too sour, but not too sweet either, and the roastedness is nice in the background. Like some dark, sour fruit. One to like, and it gets better once you get deeper into it. I mentioned this chalky feel, though it is still very full with no burn, but something is a bit astringent. Not bad though. I really enjoyed this, a lot to seek out, and it keeps you sipping. I would recommend this to anyone if they see it, and it may be $6 or so, but worth it if you're interested in darker Belgians or tart/sour ales.
Serving type: bottle
01-24-2009 21:35:49 | More by taylorhamrick
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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.