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Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 1,944
Reviews: 776
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 363
Gots: 368 | FT: 27
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Old Fisherman's Ale is a dark ale brewed with spices. Pannepot is a term that describes the Fishing Boats from the village of De Panne. Brewed and bottled on the Deca Brewery in Woesten-Vleteren.

EBC:99, IBU:27, OG:1100, FG:1025, ABV:10%
Hops: Bramling Cross, Hallaertau MF

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.68/5  rDev -15.4%

Pannepot on tap at The Foundry in Kansas City, $9 a snifter.

Had a bottle of '08 Pannepot in Central Illinois prior to this draft version...

Appearance: Really dark looks and an exuberant head, creamy and fluffy. Good retention, head lasts. The brew is pitch-black (more so in a dark bar) like an Imperial Stout, with good lacing.

Smell: A little metal, a lot of sweetness. Dark-fruit puree, sugar. Heavy! Liquorice/anise. French herb-based liqueur (St Germain).

Taste: Follows nose, with more anise (I'm thinking of Stone Belgo-Anise), prune, raisin and a dry finish. Overall sweetness and booziness. Bubblegum, sugar. Bread and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, creamy, smooth. Rich and pleasant. Not boozy, but still a sipper. Dry, puckering finish. No spice, though. Good carbonation.

Overall: Sip and enjoy- for a quad, this is damn drinkable. I had it on a bottle before and didn't love it. This I did like; not super great, but good. Would order again, even at $9 in Kansas City.

DoubleSimcoe, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of mikehblack
4.7/5  rDev +8%

Poured into my Ommegang goblet. 2010 vintage.

A- Pours a dark brown with a little light coming through the edges. Beautiful thick light brown head.

S- Belgian candied sugar and malts. Little bit of spice, nutmeg and cinnamon.

T- This is luscious. Deep Belgian sweetness and dark fruits- raisins, figs, plums. Malty, spiced goodness. Perfect balance of malty sweetness with a little bitterness. Outstanding.

M- Coats the mouth, nice and thick with good carbonation. I'm still tasting the last sip over a minute ago.

O- Wonderful beer, one of the best I've had of the style.

mikehblack, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of projectflam86
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%

2007 vintage. 11.2oz bottle poured in a goblet.

A- Pours a very dark brown color with red hues on the edges. A decent sized light brown head leaves a bit of lace.

S- Nice sweet malt and dark Belgian candy sugar aroma. Maybe a touch of spice and alcohol as well.

T- Dark candied fruits and spice initially with a very sweet crystal malt flavor in the finish. The alcohol is well hidden at 10%. Raisins, toffee, chocolate malt, and candy syrup.

M- Fuller bodied than most Quads with good carbonation.

O- The flavor profile is exceptional but the price tag for such a small bottle makes this a rare yet delicious treat.

projectflam86, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Out of the bottle Pannepot has a very dark brown hue with cashew edges and a dollop of tan froth. The head retains nicely and leaves fluffy lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is actually not as powerful as I would have thought. Raisins, plums, gooey caramel, clove, and licorice are all present.

Taste: The trademark of Struise beers seems to be how well the flavors blend together, and this is no exception. It takes a good amount of concentration to pull out the flavors. Up front raisins and plums stand out from the other dark fruits and are touched with some sweet caramel and unsweetened chocolate. The spice character ranges from clove and anise to all spice and cinnamon. Toward the finish a bit of orange peel and a flourish of alcohol wind down the sip.

Mouthfeel: Although it looks thick and has a high ABV, this does not drink very heavy. The smooth and creamy feel is only interrupted by a soft alcohol prick on the tongue. Although there is some sweetness to start, it dries out a fair amount by the end of the sip. Medium carbonation and a medium body overall.

Overall: Struise make so many quality beers that I have high expectations going into each new one I try. This is quite nice, but I don't think it lives up to my lofty expectations.

KickInTheChalice, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of kungpao
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%

2010 bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A- Dark brown with nice 3 finger tight mocha color head. Looking good.

S- Complex. Spice/Fruit cake, dark fruits, maple, belgian yeast.

T- Also complex. Exactly what you would expect from the nose. Sweet spice cake, belgian yeast, little detectable hops, maple tones and dark fruits. The ABV is hidden well.

M- Smooth and well carbonated.

O- I'm impressed. Best quad I've had to date.

kungpao, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of infi
3.93/5  rDev -9.7%

2010 vintage, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Dark brown with a crimson hue. Thin, tan ring of bubbles colonizing on the outer edge. No depth formed. Lots of mini carbonation activity throughout.

Nose is particularly sweet, like caramelized brown sugars and dark, fleshy fruits akin to raisins, and clove-spicy. Has this red wine, tannin-like essence throughout the profile, as well. An interesting sweet, phenolic aroma in the back end. The 10% catches your nostrils, especially as it warms.

Opens up with a slight tartness, like from white grapes and tannins. Very light breadiness. Cloves add a nice peppery quality to the beer too. Slight soapy-like flavoring that feels a bit odd on the palate. Earthy bitterness in the end. Still a bit hot regardless of age. Not too complex overall.

Light-bodied with decent carbonation. Pretty good, but I much prefer the Reserva instead. Could probably use more age to mellow out the alcohol and allow the flavors to permeate through more. Glad to finally have tried this beer.

infi, Oct 01, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +0.7%

Fresh 2011 bottle. Enjoyed on 09/21/11.

A - Pours a clear, deep, dark purplish red color with a one finger off-white head. Leaves no lacing. A small head remains throughout the drinking of the glass.

S - Excellent quad aroma here, grapes, raisin, plums, brown sugar and some alcohol.

T - Similar to the aroma. Very fruity and somewhat tart. Raisins, grapes, somewhat spicy as well. Complex and delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is excellent. Pretty creamy through the middle with lively carbonation on the back end. Extremely easy to drink for 10%.

O - Overall, this is an excellent quad, probably my favorite so far. Well done Struise.

Janderson91, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of rapidsequence
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%

11.2 oz bottle. $7.99 from Bruisin' Ales. 2010 vintage.

Appearance: Its very dark. A deep brown. If it was any darker, it would be black. Held to the light, I imagine some reddish highlights, but I think its just my imagination. Big, light brown head fades quickly, but leaves a tight stiff quarter inch of foam for the remainder. Lacing is disappointing.

Smell: "Ale brewed with spices" is not a joke. Clove and coriander (or something) hit the nose first, which is not a good sign for me. Behind the spice though, there's a nice dose of dark fruit, glazed cake doughnut, a little chocolate, and some dark malt aromas that approach, but do not become, roasty.

Taste: Again, I think the spicing detracts. Rich and flavorful candy-sweet dark fruits and malty and yeasty breadiness. Some chocolate and caramel. Spices are everpresent but not dominant, and also add a little pepperiness. A bit of alcohol burn and bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is appropriately lively and adds some creaminess to what would otherwise become too sticky and full. The alcohol burn thins it a bit too much. The afterfeel and taste are great.

Overall: A pretty damn good quad. Not my favorite, but damn good. I don't understand the fascination with spicing a beer like a quad that already has so much going on. I'll buy another and sit on it a while longer.

rapidsequence, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of BeerNemesis
4.78/5  rDev +9.9%

Pannepot | 330 ml. | 10.0% ABV | 2010 vintage

Brewer: De Struise Brouwers
Style: Quadrupel (Quad)
Glass: crystal mug

Almost ebony, it pours a frothy khaki head that quickly settles into swampy swirls.

Very rich plums, dates, dried mission figs, dried cherries, and raisins, along with dark chocolate, molasses coffee, and leather.

All those same dark fruits, molasses comes through more, there are definite bursts of whiskey and leather, as well as that dark chocolate and coffee. This is very complex, and delightful.

Thick and creamy, with just the right amount of tingle from the carbonation.

Pannepot doesn't disappoint. In fact it is a stellar Quad.

Would I get it again?:
Oh yeah.

Bottled: 2010
Served: September 17, 2011

Price = $10.00

BeerNemesis, Sep 18, 2011
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4.7/5  rDev +8%

A- Pours a dark brown with a short lived 1 finger mocha head. Left minimal lacing. Just a little carbonation, but hard to spot because the fluid is almost pitch black.

S- Coffee, old rotting wood (in a nice way), old cherries and some dark, dark chocolate.

T- Complex, complex did I say complex? Has a slight sweetness to it. Brown sugar come to mind as is dark chocolate. But also alcohol, wine and whiskey.

M- Nice comfortable carbonation and when you swallow some alcohol.

O- A very good quad - one of the best I have tasted and maybe even better than the Westvleteren 12. But was it really a quad? I somebody told me it was a imperial stout I would have believed it.

Mar02x, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of jrenihan
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%

2008 vintage.

Beer is very dark brown. Head is beige, not terribly large and dissipates quickly. Good lacing.

Smell is strongly of malt, with some spice notes. Burnt caramel is present as well.

Like smell, the taste is very malty with a hint of spice. Vaguely (very vaguely) reminiscent of fruitcake, as far as the bread and spices are concerned. Caramel is noticeable. In comparison with other beers in the style, it is not very fruity- only a bit of raisin and fig is noticeable. Some very mild hop bitterness at the end- more balanced than the sweetness typically found in this style.

Minimal carbonation. nice full body but not overly heavy. A bit of a syrupy feel.

This is a very good beer, though I do prefer the Grand Reserva. Very solid beer. Not the best Quad/BSDA, but you could never go wrong with this beer!

jrenihan, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of SykDoc
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a deep, dark brown that is basically opaque when held to the light. A 1 inch tan head forms and slowly reduces leaving a nice lacing.

The aroma is upfront with a malty sweetness that seems to dominate unless you sit with it for a while. The alcohol and dark fruits do come out with some roasted coffee notes.

The taste starts out similarly with that sweet alcohol and malty blend but seems more to be dark fruits. A uniquely boozy and bitter coffee note pops up at the end.

The mouthfeel is medium/full bodied. Carbonation is a bit light for the taste, but adequate. The booziness lingers as a bite on the tongue at the end. Stiff yet smooth.

This beer is incredible overall. All the components are strong without being overall and it is very easy to drink, despite the ABV. Yum!

SykDoc, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of Greywulfken
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

A: pours like warm molasses into a tulip, ends up looking black like a shiny stout, but with a thick creamy head that faded fast into a slim line of foam... Oily glaze on the glass, bereft of lace.

S: scents of banana, fig, molasses - you can tell its gonna be good.

T: Dark, rich, and fruity. What a treat! Sweet like some stouts, boozy fruits like plums and figs, brown sugar, molasses and bourbon; This beer definitely benefits from warming - let it sit out for about 15 minutes, and as you drink it, it becomes fruitier and richer. You definitely lose some of the flavors if its too cold.

M: carbonation is not noticeable, neither is the alcohol - no burn, nothing bitter; mildly syrupy, but not too sticky; some slight cocoa nib aftertastes; has a silt-like feel after it warms for a while.

O: Savor this. Other reviewers have cited it as a top beer and I have to agree. Pannepot is thick with complex flavors and aromas. I'll keep coming back to it throughout the year if its around. In my area, $7 for an 11.2 fl oz bottle.
This beer makes you wiser than you were before.


Greywulfken, Sep 02, 2011
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4.9/5  rDev +12.6%

2007 Vintage Poured into a Duvel Tulip...

A- Pours a dark brown with a short lived 1 finger mocha head. Left minimal lacing as I consumed this Bad Boy.

S- Holy Hot Damn...The smell of this Bad Boy is amazing. Dark fruit, fig, banana and possibly some vanilla overwhelm my senses.

T- Has a slight sweetness to it. Figs, bananas and brown sugar come to mind. Alcohol is undetectable. 

M- Medium bodied with great carbonation for the vintage.

O- OMG, that right I said that. This quite possibly could be the best beer I have tasted so far. Sweet but not too sweet. Complex and downright tasty. I'm glad I purchased a few to cellar and drink again. I can drink this Bad Boy any day of the week, any time of the year. Nuff said.

Devi0us, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%

A: Pours a very dark brown color with a 1/2 finger creamy tan head.

S: Huge, complex aroma. Banana, dark fruit, molasses, freshly baked rye bread and brown sugar. Smell-wise, this is the closest thing to the Westvleteren 12 I've come across. Very close to a 5.

T: Rich and complex flavors. Molasses, raisin skin, brown sugar, banana, baking spices, chocolate and a hint of booze on the finish. Amazing stuff.

notchucknorris, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured into a Chimay goblet from a 11.2oz bottle.
Vintage: 2010

A - Pours a very dark and roasted brown with some nice reddish hues. THe head is thin but has a nice dense look and a light tan color. The head recedes to a nice film. The beer is quite attractive and didn't seem typical of a Quad.

S - The aroma is quite strong and delicious. The slight alcoholic sweetness could be perceived even with the beer about 2 feet away as I typed. Sweet caramel malt notes, slight roast, a bit of coffee as well. There is some nice toffee and molasses notes s well as dates and some prune. There is also some slight woody notes and some cinnamon. I don't think this is aged in barrels but the added spices sure give it a woody and slightly musty aroma. Quite nice.

T & M - Taste starts off smooth with a quick explosion of sweetness. Wow! very sweet, deliciously sweet. Molasses and pure caramel come to mind. Brown sugar as well as some slight dark fruit notes. Dates, prunes. Vanilla notes a plenty as well as the cinnamon coming back and strong. Very delicious beer. the boozy sweetness is there but it doesn't overwhelm. There is some slight heat as well. Very good brew. Smooth and silky with a nice carbonation that creeps through on the back end. There is also some dark chocolate notes as well as some slight coffee as it warms.

O - This beer is great. No wonder its top 4 fro the style. Very sweet and yet delicious with a slight dry finish that doesn't let the sweetness overwhelm you.

JoEBoBpr, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of rinhaak
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours a very dark brown (almost black) with 1 finger of head. The head faded surprisingly quickly.

The nose has a bit of a chocolate tone to it. Also present is banana and a bit of an alcoholic bite.

This is a complex Quad to taste. Very syrupy and viscous in the mouth, it starts with a lot of fruity banana with bits of cloves and cherries. It evolves into a fresh hop juxtaposed with sour cherries and alcohol, then moves into a very roasty malt dirt flavor. It finally finishes with a return to the chocolate I discerned in the nose, mixing in some burnt coffee for good measure. The chocolate/cherry fusion almost has it tasting like a Black Forest cake.

To my tastes, this is more than a Quad, as it seems to try to fuse characteristics of a porter or a stout with that of a Quad. It is full bodied, well balanced, and complex beyond measure.

Although this is generally not what I look for when I'm craving a Quad, I congratulate the brewers on a phenomenally unique interpretation of the classic style.

rinhaak, Aug 28, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -6.9%

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey's 3 year anniversary event on 8/24.

A - Deep dark garnet pour with a small head that faded to leave nice clouding.

S - Typical nice quad spices here. Pleasant light funk aroma.

T - Sweet dark fruits that are super smooth and light on the tongue. Very rich.

M - Smooth and creamy, really nice for a quad.

O - Overall I liked this quad. Would like to try it with more age on it though. Glad I have a bottle in my cellar.

rudzud, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of haz77
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%

A - Pours an opaque very dark brown, with an inch of frothy tan head. This dissipated within a minute, but is quite easily refreshed.

S - At first it smells quite muted and unremarkable. A few whiffs acclimatise the nose and there are layers of complexity. Cocoa, dried dark fruit, cinnamon, a hint of grassiness, anise buried in the back along with some bubblegum.

T - Initial flavour is of dried fruit and spice. The sweet cocoa pushed forward in the middle and remains, becoming even creamier towards the end. Enough dryness in the aftertaste to leave the mouth refreshed, with a light flavour of grass and tobacco. Wonderful.

M - Immense. Completely velvety and robust, but not at all cloying or overwhelming. Full, rich body with enough carbonation to cleanse the palate at the end.

D - My first De Struise and lived up to the high expectation. Exceptionally well crafted, with layers of aroma, flavour and interest. Just about the best mouthfeel of any beer I've had.

haz77, Aug 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

2008 Vintage, purchased somewhere in Amsterdam by a good friend.

A: A deep brown pour. As I've experienced with De Struise beers before, the head is huge. It's as if the head is George Costanza, and the beer is on fire. The head is rushing to get out of the apartment no matter what stands in its way! A softer pour evened it out, and the brown head receded relatively quickly.

S: The dark fruits are prominent, raisins, plums, etc, but they are not dominant. A big spicy character is there, unlike most quads I've come across. The candi sugar really rests in the background, and melds with some booze to add nice sweet notes.

T: Wow this tastes good. Not overly sugary, not overly sweet, the booze is integrated well. Man this has to be one of the most balanced Quads out there. The dark fruits like raisins, plums, and grapes, provide the canvas for spices like coriander, candi sugar, and hints of booze all working together to make your palate cry for more.

MF: Medium bodied, carbonated well. Clean finish, extremely drinkable.

O: Just phenomenal. Can't wait to try the Old Monk's Ale and the Reserva.

russwbeck, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

2010 vintage (33cl) poured into a chalice:

A: Pours dark brown, can't see through it at all. Nearly 2 fingers of tight cola-brown head that slowly dissipates leaving a thin sheet of brown bubbles and ridge along the sides of the glass. Little lacing. Looks great.

S: Oh yes! Dark fruits (raisin, plum, dates), spicy character (clove maybe, can't finger it), lots of sugar (candy and brown), hearty whole-grain bread (raisin brown bread really). Sweet, port like qualities with the alcohol.

T: First thing I get is a little alcohol warmth and esters that remind me of a port wine/burgundy. That's quickly followed by a load of dark fruits raisins, dates, and plums are all there. A gigantic malt base with tons of brown sugar and molasses with rich dark grains. As with the nose, it reminds me a lot of a raisin brown bread. The vinous burgundy qualities come through again in the finish with a little alcohol warmth. Finish is fairly sweet with lots of lingering dark fruits.

M: Full body, moderate to slightly light carbonation. Incredibly smooth, luscious velvety texture. The body sticks to the palate as the liquid rolls around the mouth, leaving ridiculously long lingering flavors. Few beers reach this rich, creamy, smooth texture.

O: The '08 Reserva and Wild Pannepot were two of the best beers I've ever had and this follows suit. Incredible flavor, depth, complexity, and texture that is nearly unparalleled. I'd put this just a tiny notch behind the '08 Reserva. I need to get my hands on older vintages and the Grand Reserva! Pannepot/Struise might become my most abundant beer in my cellar, it's that good.

Satchboogie, Aug 25, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev -1.1%

33 cl bottle, 2007 vintage, sent as an extra by Romulux. Thanks a lot! Poured into a 25 oz snifter.

A darker hue than most Belgian Strong Ales, Pannepot pours the dark brown color of an Imperial Stout with good clarity, and yet little transparency. The head is creamy and dark khaki-brown; the retention good and the lacing beautiful.

The aroma is earthy, spicy, caramel and candy sweet, with sweet alcohol. The fresh dessert notes that only quality Quadrupels have. Maybe not as good as I remember the Reserva to be.

There is certainly a powerful chocolate note, but dark fruit and toasted coconut dominate the taste. On a second thought, Pannepot tastes like a seamless marriage of the three. I am digging the play between sticky sweetness and the tannins. And the mild carbonation somewhere in between. Among the dark fruit notes, plums stand out the most in my opinion.

Overall, De Struise has done an excellent job with this, and with Reserva. The only non-Trappist beers to come close to the Trappist examples, with the exception of Cuvee Van De Keizer Blauw. I love it.

Appearance 4.5/5; Aroma 4/5; Taste 4.5/5; Mouthfeel 4.5/5; Overall 4/5

tewaris, Aug 23, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -15.4%

Vintage 2010;

Pours a dark, deep brown with a lovely khaki full head; nice to look at.

Nose is thick, rich sweet cooked stone fruit, red/black plum character with underlying raisin and hint of carmel and cocoa; hints of purple grape. A bit sweet in the nose but still pleasant.

Mouthfeel is big, bold, thick and creamy. Feel has an expensive richness.

Flavors are rich and full but slightly off-putting. There is lots of cooked stone fruit, some cocoa and coffee but it has a burnt honey character as well. One may conclude that it's not burnt, just the hop bitter kicking in towards a bitter hop/coffee finish.

All in all pretty complex and quite nice and rich. However, there is a bit of a burnt honey mid palate that bothers me a bit on this one. Could just be a personal thing.

Bitter black coffee/burnt carmel finish is actually very nice at the end.

GRG1313, Aug 21, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -5.7%

Pours a nice clear brown with a very nicely lacing head.

Smells of white grape juice, and some dried fruit notes. Also an earthy yeasty must aroma going on.

Taste is sweet like golden raisins with coriander and bitter orangepeel. Also an earthy undertone. Very complex.

Very easily drinkable. No alcohol burn and a nice medium body. I have seen a Reserva I must pick up to compare this too.

snpub540, Aug 20, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +1.8%

2010 Edition

The pour is a fleeting beige head atop a clean and translucently refractive brownish burgundy. Quickly a bare cap and scarce bubbles breaking its surface.

Smell is the familiar raisins and fig, floral and clean spicy, same sweet alcohol which is clean and a star of the flavor, same deep malty syrup, a bit of candi, sweet cherries, and hints of some other yeasty flavors which are tastefully tart, and teasingly indecipherable.

Marvelous taste, what a symphony of flavors!
This is less than its brothers, but could less be more? All the aromas of the nose appear through a long and complex sip. It finishes light, and sweet, and very complex in that it changes as it warms, but stays fine. I have tasted mineral, leather, nectarine, tart cherry, cinnamon, ganja, guava, even pepper along the way. I confess the beers I crave most are beers like Pannepot that can attain this in a balanced-while-changing way. Delicious! Nearly as deep and beautiful as its brothers, better in the way of being lighter on the palate, but not better for style.

Mouthfeel must take the hit, it is light and refreshing in a style rewarding intense, and chewy. Nicely low carb., viscous but less than many, clean, great finish, but not epic. Its brothers are preeminent here, but this one still excels.

The third tier in a set of jewels which are, to this taster, equivalently one of the three gems in a series of beers that are staggeringly delicious. The Gran Reserva, and Reserva are the other two. Well named, the beers really are just the same music put to different orchestras. Time may well be good to this beer, we'll see.

cavedave, Aug 18, 2011
Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
97 out of 100 based on 1,944 ratings.