Pannepot Reserva - De Struise Brouwers
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4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Back to the Belgians...
First off, let me say that my reviews get tempered by 'effort'. When we first started drinking Belgians, all we had available was Chimay. Not a bad thing, but it made it hard to really compare beers and set up this crazy fake economy.
Now there's this and that and oh my god THIS and you have to try THAT...
(there's a lot of hype)
I tried so mnay Belgians that I was getting sick of the style. I had to chase down Westvleteren 12 because that was "IT". And then this, and then that...
I came to rest a few years ago on Rochefort 10. Without a doubt, the most exotic - yet full-on perfect Quad in the abbey style that you can purchase in America readily. What a bonus that you can get it in a Columbus general store for $5.99 a bottle. I can roll out to Market District in PA and get it easily. Should that decrease its spiritual validity? No. But somehow, people rate it lower because you don't have to pay a smuggler to bring it in to the states. And because their abbey has not closed down sales to infidels like Westvleteren.
I had Westy for the first time last year. It's great. Don't get me wrong. World class. BUT. It's like selling your bone marrow to get one here.
Rochefort 10 is at least as good AND you can actually get it! I think "effort" needs to be a criteria attribute for rating beer. as in "Is it worth the damn effort" But I digress. At many BA'ers insisting - I sought out Pannepot. It took a LOT of effort to get one. But less effort than a Westy 12. But considerably more effort than a Rochefort 10.
Pours like a Belgian. Looks like a Belgian. Done.
Taste is somewhere between R10 and W 12. That's an oversimplification. It's flat-out wonderful. But is it waaay more wonderful than R10? Not really. Is it soooo different from R10? Not really.
If you haven't had it - yes you have to try it. But don't break the bank to do so.
Like Rochefort 10, but a little less cloying.
In a perfect world- if all 3 of these were available at my local bottle store for the same price - I would still buy R10.
But that's me.
Serving type: bottle
04-07-2011 20:37:11 | More by radioscooter
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4.76/5 rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-21-2014 02:36:31 | More by SD-Alefan
4.7/5 rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Pannepot Reserva 2010
Pours a deep mahogany brown with a thin head reducing to clumpy lacing.
Aromas of sherry, sweet Marsala, raisin, toffee, brown sugar, apple cider.
Taste leads with soft brown sugar and explodes into raisin, cherry and dark fruits. The sweet sherry comes next and finishes with some soy sauce and oak. The alcohol is well integrated.
Mouthfeel is velvety and slightly viscous but not too thick. It has the silky mouthfeel characteristics that you get with a good barrel aged beer.
I can't believe how bright and alive this beer is for it's age. I liked the Pannepot 2011 despite its intense soy sauce flavor but this bottle knocks it out of the park for me. Every sip brings a wave of intense yet intricate flavors. The sherry flavors in particular are very interesting and enjoyable. Let this warm up a bit if you are taking it out of the fridge. I will look for more bottles of the Reserva. Can't wait to crack the Grand Reserva.
Serving type: bottle
06-14-2014 02:28:47 | More by brianmandell
Pannepot Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 917 ratings.