Pannepot Reserva - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by Kendo:
4.48/5 rDev +4.2%
About 10 months ago I set a lofty goal for myself: reach my 1000th beer review on BeerAdvocate.com before the end of the world (la fin du monde). For awhile I didn't think it was possible - I do have two kids and a full-time job after all. Well, here I am on 12/20/12 sitting at 999 beer reviews on BA.com. A process that I began in February of 2006 continues. Inasmuch as the Mayan calendar says we're all doomed tomorrow, what better way to go out than with my 1000th review?
Vintage 2008. Purchased a couple years ago; it was in my cellar until last night, when I moved it to the DBF. Here we go. . . .
A: Poured - carefully, so as to avoid disturbing the sediment - into my trusty Piraat tulipy-snifterish glass that has seen a significant number of those 999 beers. Body is cola-black with a small greyish head that settles quickly to leave a wisp of film on top. When backlit it's more chestnut-brown with ruby hues on the edges, and sediment/floaties are visible.
S: Very, very nice. First impression is the dark fruits. Raisins, plums, and some grapes. Also some spice - I'm thinking cinnamon, but maybe nutmeg as well. Also sugary - maybe light brown sugar and a touch of molasses.
T: First impression is the sugary sweetness of the taste and the heat of the alcohol at the back end. Sugar-dipped raisins and other dark fruit flavors (think prunes). A touch of sourness shows up at the back of the palate, but there's also a nice drying bitterness at the finish that at times seems tannic and makes me think of oak. Cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness is there at times, though in fairly modest amounts - the sugary sweetness dominates over the spices. As it warms and the palate adjusts to the sugary sweetness, I'm aware of a more vinuous, plummy character.
M: I'd call it medium-full in heft. Nicely creamy and yet fizzy (airy-fizzy, if that makes sense, kind of like I've come to expect from the best Belgians). That active but fizzy carbonation seems to help the flavors explode in your mouth. Nice dry finish, with a bit of sugar and the alcohol heat noted down the gulley.
O: Good stuff. A nearly 5-year-old beer that has held its carbonation quite well. It's a tad bit more sugary than I would like in order to give it a 5 in the taste category, but it's certainly deserving of just one notch lower.
12-21-2012 03:25:32 | More by Kendo
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev -6.3%
Poured into a bulb glass a deep amber tinged chesnut brown with a thick two finger tannish colored ead that held well.Aromas of deep dark fruit aka...raisins,prunes,and candied orange peel,almost a spiced cake element to it.Flavors again have a spiced cake note to it with some candied fruit,I dont really detect the calvadose barrel aging much though.A very good beer but maybe a bit overrated?
10-13-2010 23:25:59 | More by oberon
3/5 rDev -30.2%
Deep dark murky brown with a thin and bubbly tan head. Aroma is boozy and figgy with some liquorish. Cinnamon and candied sweetness follow. Flavor is sweet and bready with raison liquor and sugary booze. Touches of chocolate. Unbalanced towards booze and sweetness. Off-putting. Slick, boozy feel. Full bodied. Not very pleasing.
This is worlds apart from the Belgian version I love so much. This beer lacks the wonderful spice found in the first version. It's booze, equally pronounced, lacks the depth of flavor required to make it pleasant and its sugars do not add complex raison or fig character but rather detract making this beer too sweet to enjoy.
02-11-2008 15:59:07 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.43/5 rDev +3%
A: Dark reddish brown with a medium-sized pale beige head. Good head retention and nice lacings.
S: Deep and rich malty aromas. Lots of fruity notes (cherries, plums, figs, currants) - this is like a fruit basket! Tagging along the fruits are notes of wood, cola and chocolaty fudge, and wonderful caramel notes. Very vinous. Some spicy yeast. Very complex, almost overwhelming.
T: At first, the taste is very very reminiscent of red wine- fruity notes, wood, earth and spices make for one vinous experience. After a few sips, things get easier to sort out and the red wine character decreases to some extent. Some malts, but not very powerful. Lovely balance of sweet caramel, fudge, and notes of ripe dark fruits (but not as complex as in the smell). Dry woody notes linger on, Belgian yeast, spices and earth. The sweetness is balanced by a gentle tart note that sticks around to the finish. The finish is mildly bitter with notes of well integrated warming alcohol, currants, wood, mild phenols and hints of iron. Beautiful and rich, very well balanced.
M: Surprisingly light with rather high levels of carbonation. The mouthfeel definitely makes the beer dangerously easy to drink.
D: Very good, better than the Grand Reserva version.
10-29-2009 22:57:35 | More by ricke
4.76/5 rDev +10.7%
2011 Vintage. Poured from the bottle into a chalice.
Pours a deep, nearly opaque brown with a dark tan head that fades away to a dusting on top. There is some obvious sedimentation and a fair number of floaties.
The aroma is quite amazing. Deep and malty sweetness, caramel, toffee, dark dried fruit, leather and yeasty bread all coming through. As it warms a bit, even hints of dark chocolate.
The taste slowly builds on the tongue. there's sweet malt and light fruit up front growing to bitter dark chocolate and dark roast coffee and even hints of soy, although it's understated. As it warms, I get more raisin, even some fresh grape. There is a long lasting dryness on the tongue.
The mouthfeel is quite amazing. It's rich and smooth and creamy with a little bubbly feel as well.
This is a pretty remarkable drinking experience. You must try it. Awesome.
06-21-2014 02:36:31 | More by SD-Alefan
4.43/5 rDev +3%
2008 release into a goblet
A - Pours a beautiful deep but translucent mahogany with half a finger of splotchy tan head. Head fades to a collar pretty quickly and leaves only small amounts of lacing.
S - Caramel and toffee, a bit of candi sugar, rum-soaked plum and fig, a bit of cinnamon and pepper. Very inviting aroma.
T - Initially a bit sweet, with candi sugar and caramel, but very quickly the sweetness is balanced with some spices that bring a bit of dryness, plum and a bit of raisin, and some noticeable alcohol. Finishes mostly dry, though there is some lingering sticky sweetness.
M - Initially medium with soem sticky sweetness. Finishes with some dryness.
O - Very enjoyable quad from Struise. There is some apparent alcohol, but it is not detracting in the least. It really works well with the fruits and spices.
11-13-2011 21:28:29 | More by warnerry
4/5 rDev -7%
11.2 oz bottle, dated 2006. Pours a murky brownish tea color with a thin white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film.
The aroma is sweet brown sugary malts, figs, and a little wood.
The flavor is sweet caramel malts, some dark fruits, earthy yeast and some spices with a light grassy bitterness at the finish. The alcohol is present at the finish, but not overdone. The mouthfeel is medium to full with soft carbonation.
Overall, a nice dessert type beer.
11-24-2007 05:45:32 | More by Beaver13
4.65/5 rDev +8.1%
On tap poured into a wine glass. 2008 vintage.
Pours a hazy dark brown with a thin light brown head. Nose is malty, funky and sweet. A bit of booze but not too much.
Taste is amazing. Possibly the best quad I've had. Rich and sweet, super complex and flavorful. Very easy drinking its so smooth and rich.
10-03-2010 13:41:43 | More by kingcrowing
4.13/5 rDev -4%
11.2 oz bottle at cellar temp poured into an ommegang goblet. bottling code: lot B 4 DD translates to this being bottled in April of 2009, about 2 years in the bottle.
pours a very dark murky brownish red color with about one finger of off white- light biege colored head, slowly faded to a very retentive thick lacey ring and some bubbly patchy foam.
a very fruity aroma. apples, pears, grapes, some dark fruits behind that. some toffee, caramel, bits of dark breads, and some very slightly acidic yeasty notes. some alcohol with just a hint of vanilla and oak.
again lots of fruits, grapes and dark fruits mostly, but also some apples and pears. caramel, fig, vanilla, slight oak, dark breads, cinnamin and hints of other spices. almost a hint funky or something. some sweetness.
medium to heavy in body. carbonation is appropriate. feels a little lighter than it actually is. actually pretty easy drinking, but the alcohol is still there and becomes more warming as the beer itself warms.
i expected just a little more out of this. still decent and very different from a lot of the quads ive had. i have more bottles of this vintage, but i think id want to try this more fresh. im guessing this was aged in wine barrels as it states on the bottle " barrels from france" and there is a pronounced grape aroma and flavor.
04-17-2011 23:06:09 | More by dogfishandi
4.22/5 rDev -1.9%
2008 Vintage, 11.2oz bottle. Poured into a balloon tulip.
Pours a cola brown. When held to the light, the soft brown flows into red highlights. A thin tan head bubbles up gently.
The nose is a delicate mix of spices, dark fruit, and subtle yeast.
Taste mirrors the smell, except there is a very very slight tart note on the tongue.
Mouth is nice and smooth, drinks great for a great big quad.
02-22-2011 22:17:39 | More by mondegreen
4.03/5 rDev -6.3%
Bottle poured into a GI goblet
A - Dark chestnut brown with a slight reddish hue. Looks to have a medium body. Only a small layer of foam sits on top like a layer of moss on a pond
S - Malty nose. It is bready, has dates, figs and raisins, tart cherries, brown sugar, and light oak.
T - Up front, there are dark fruits with dates and figs. There is also bread malt, brown sugar, and light oak. The finish is slightly astringent with light lemon and oak as well as a brandy-like alcohol kick
MF - Creamy body that just rolls and coats the tongue. Low carbonation overall. Finish is slightly astringent with oak and it is warming alcohol that lingers on
O - Great beer. The time in the barrel allows the flavors to mellow out and blend together better than they do in regular Pannepot.
01-05-2013 21:05:59 | More by jeonseh
Pannepot Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
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