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Pannepot Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 360
Hads: 1,059
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 15.26%
Wants: 125
Gots: 196 | FT: 19
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2007

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Reviews: 360 | Hads: 1,059
Photo of AdamBear
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


A-very dark brown with a thin tan head

S-strong dark belgian grains and caramels. some brown sugars. smells potent. some oak in there.

T-comes in with amazing taste of creamy dark belgian malts and dog breath. ooo this tastes like a true belgian. some peppercorn. oh this beer just makes love to every inch of my mouth. it pleases every sense. i'm truly impressed. the after-taste is awesome with good dark belgian malts and sugars. wow this is a good beer.

M-so thick and creamy. good amount of carbonation with a dry finish

O-i think every sip i take, i taste something new and different. this beer is too complex to accurately review. so much is happening. so much is going on. its so drinkable. i'm not sure where the 10% is, because i can't taste it in this quad. simply put, best quad i've ever had.

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Photo of basica
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - From a 2007 vintage bottle, pours an opaque dark amber-brown into my De Struise tulip yielding a three-finger thick, pretty and creamy tan head that grows slightly after the initial pour, retaining well and lacing the glass as it finally settles; a high scorer in the appearance department (5)

S - Rich nose of dark fruits, chocolate, caramel and a bready malt backing along with some yeasty notes (4.5)

T - Brown sugar sweetness upfront quickly breaking into intense notes of molasses, spices and dark fruits with suggestions of plums, grapes and raisins, all masterfully blended with a light touch of phenols; chocolates, dark fruits as well as hints of malts and oak were present in the slightly spicy and peppery finish (5)

M - Close to full-bodied thickness with minimal carbonation, going down with a creamy smoothness and a pleasant warming (4.5)

D - Almost flawless in general, with a complex blend of flavors that best appeal to my palates; extremely easy drinking albeit being a pretty bold and characterful beer at the same time. (5)

Compared to the 2006 Vintage regular Pannepot, the 2007 Reserva is clearly better. In the looks department, the Reserva was darker and the head formed with a creamy goodness as the beer poured. The nose is a tad bolder for the Reserva; taste was also bolder and sweeter yet with lower perceived alcholic phenols which were masterfully blended with the dark fruits and molasses making it extremely delectable. The thickness this time was done right as well though not yet perfect. Now this is setting a pretty high standard for the Grand Reserva that will come next in my horizontal tasting journey.

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Photo of CptBlackBeerd
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage poured into a tulip. Lot No. C4DD

A - Pours a murky dark amber with beautiful ruby and mahogany highlights. A Small one finger tan head with delicate lacing.

S - Very complex, but yet restrained. Wonderful dark fruit with sweet spice and earthy oak. Close your eyes for a truly old world Belgium experience.

T - Like the aroma, the taste is intoxicatingly complex. Toasted malt, plums, raisins, figs, cherries and vanilla nicely balanced with the oak and spice undertones. Wow, this is a great beer.

M - Silky smooth with medium body and minimal carbonation. The oak aging hides the alcohol almost completely. A slightly dry and tart finish like a fine wine.

D - This is an absolute fabulous quad. Very delectable and one of my overall favorites. I just want to hold it like a good sherry, so I can inhale between sips.

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Photo of TJBurgess
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


2008 Reserva
Poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Muddy-brown with a small off-white head. 4.0

S: Caramel with the light scent of oak. Sweet, apple cider hints that have me really anticipating this one. 4.5

T: Wow. Cinnamon, raisins, sweet spice? There's a warm cider undertone that makes the complexity that much more intriguing. This is much more complex than westy 12 or abt 12, both great beers in their own right. 5.0

M/D: Smooth and creamy. A nice lingering aftertaste that I never want to go away. The carbonation is nicely balanced and well put together and only adds to the greatness of this beer. Possibly the best quad I have had. 5.0


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Photo of nuggetsofnectar
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 version

Deep murky brown with a short lived 3/4" tan head that quickly settles to a rim job (hehe)....and some deep sea foam from the somewhat aggressive pour

Smell: sugar plums....nutmeg...earthy notes...sweet fiigs ...quite pleasing to the nose

Taste: WOWW....this is rediculoulsy good and complex....all figs...and I mean all figs...sweet thick molasses...dark fruits...creme brulee maltiness....so good

Mouthfeel: Beautiful from the get go....thick and smooth...not cloying...great sipper

Overall: World class ...i haven't had this in years and I am not sure why now...have to soon revisit...do try..

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Photo of TheFifthSun
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having never before had this brew in any of it's different
incarnations, I admit I was pretty damn excited to give it a whirl. Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. Smells of figs, raisins, malt, and nuts. Superb on the palate; plummy, raisiny, almost vinious. With a depth of character that could cause one to contemplate drinking 4 or 5 of these in one day just to nail down all the tastes/senses that this outstanding beer presents. I love Achel Extra, but this to me is WAY better...Now I'll have to get my hands on the other versions.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- 1 1/2" tan head on a very dark brown body. Left a nice lacing on top and lacing stuck to sides of glass very nicely.
S- Very nice big oak aroma with vanillas and the hot alcohol. Dark Fruits, toffee, alcohol all tickle the nose. Very light hint of grass hops in there also with little spice.
T-Right off the bat the alcohol from the barrels comes through very strong. The wood flavor is very strong also but not over powering. Toffee, cloves, spices, dark fruits, dry grass all come through and nicley balanced. The alcohol is very present but not over whelming, just makes it a great sipper. Dry wood and earthy notes are left in the aftertaste along with a nice bitterness on the tip of the tongue.
M- Full/medium body with medium carbonation. Had sort of the same carbonation feel as champagne just not near as much.
D- It starts out a bit rough but you really do warm up to it very nicley. I wish I could even find someone to trade this with me. Great beer and I would love to have it again but chances probably aren't to high. Thanks to Delirium Cafe for carrying this.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2008 bottling poured into a La Trappe chalice. The pour is dark and mysterious with nice mahogany highlights along the sides of the glass. Not much head, but enough to leave a nice thin lacing on the surface. The nose is simply divine. I smell gingerbread, dark fruits, cocoa, cookie dough, and rum. There is just so much there and all of it smells delicious.

Full-bodied, velvety smooth feel, and a luscious, extremely rich, malty flavor. The beer tastes like liquid spiced cake. Loads of rich, bready malt, brown sugar, honey, dark chocolate, toffee, raisins, and dates all meld together perfectly. That distinctive puff-pastry taste of Belgian yeast adds the perfect dry, biscuity, earthy hint to the richness. A warming, rummy alcohol whiff on the finish merely makes the flavors richer and gives the beer a port-like character.

A phenomenal beer. The flavor is so far off-the-charts I need new charts. I suppose it feels just a bit thin for all that flavor and I hate to compare every quad to those nice bottle-conditioned Trappist Ales, but this one did come off as a tad under-carbonated. Still, if you like quads and come across this one, you must pick it up. Expensive, but definitely worth a try. The flavor and complexity are simply unsurpassed.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was pumped to score 3 of the 2008's on a recent trip to IL.

a - opened the 33cl bottle and filled my La Trappe chalice. poured the classic deep brown almost plum color with some thickness and a thin creamy head. the entire bottle perfectly filled the glass.

s - YUM. strong candy with grapejuice. dark fruit but perfect sweetness. get out your notebooks my friends... this, is what a quad should smell like. top of the mountain.

t - exceptional. fantastic sweetness and deep strong grape flavoring. perhaps a touch too sweet, but damn if this isn't a finely crafted brew.

m - even before i could rip into that amazing flavor, my mouth told me that this was far and away the creamiest richest most wonderful quad to pass through my lips. on the money...really feels like something you'd drink in a monestary.

o - every now and again you drink a beer that is in a space of it's own for the style. a beer that you feel ultimately exemplifies everything that you love and look for in a beer of that style. and for a style that i adore, this beer stands at the top of the mountain with few others even in the same ballpark. extremely glad to have 2 more bottles of this exact vintage. my hats off to you, de struise...my hats off to you.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the 2007 vintage ...

A: Pours a burnt umber color with a medium-high opacity. A light tan head forms on top with fading but lasting retention and good lacing.

S: Caramel candy covered apple is what this reminds me of! smells great. Other flavors linger as well however, notably fruity ones (raisin, bing cherry) but also some subdued toasted grain.

T: Once again I'm blown away by these guys. This stuff is so complex, and so freaken great. Dark sweet and slightly tart fruit meets spice and a red apple candy coating. Dry finishing overall despite the sweet flavors, props on the bitter level within the beer to keep it all in balance. This one might age better and the pannepot reserva. Ill need a few more bottles.

M: Thick but only to hold onto a menagerie of flavor.

O: fantastic stuff, highly drinkable despite the abv. This is a triumph. Why aren't more Quads this interesting!?

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I had the 2009 at Torst.

This comes in a rich dark brown, black color with a small head.

There is a big bready plum aroma. It's somewhat mellow without big booze and of dark fruits.

The flavor is similar to the aroma. It has a clean finish with this wonderful fresh pop despite being barrel aged. There's burnt caramel and sugar flavor. It has some prot wine characteristics. It really is one of the best quads I've had.

The mouthfeel is what I love because it has such a creamy smooth character.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage. Mahogany color doesn't light threw it even when backlit. No highlights, nothing. Fizzy head lasts a few seconds at best. No lacing.

Oak barrel, vanilla, mellow boozy esters, malty richness and dark fruit.

Sweet malty richness, mild bitterness, sour cherries and other dark fruit, oak, vanilla, and chocolate, all blending delightfully within the overall funky Belgian yeast character. Very yummy.

Super rich full body with mild but perfect carbonation. Luscious viscous texture, modest warming and a smooth finish.

Yum. I love Pannepot in all its forms. But there have been times when it didn't live up to my fond memories. This was not one of those times. This is an expertly made and deliriously delicious beer.

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4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz into snifter. 2008 vintage.
A: The body pours a rich, brown to light black body, that is very hazy around the edges where the most minimal light comes through. The light carbonation stream starts around the middle of the glass and rises with a constant preciseness. The head, a one finger pour, holds very well and does not retreat. The tan head, resembles a note of a lighter stout. The lacing on the glass is left in the pattern of a 45 degree angle at which the head is level while drinking.

S: A rich yeasty, raisin character . A deep and lingering aroma that denoted a rich, well aged and developed brew. Hints of spice, with nutmeg coming in at the most powerful. A deep waft senses a bit of warm brownies.

T/M: Hugely complex, from the moment the brew hits the lips, to the last very notion that beer was on the palate, all flavors are dancing and projecting different notes off each other. The front is a bold spice that rushes over the tongue and creates a warming effect. The mellow mouthfeel, shows the hidden, but present alcohol and backs up on the warming. The mouthfeel leave the mouth a waxy coating that releases flavors throughout. Notes of cinnamon and clove are found in the body. A very pleasant, rich note of raisins is underlining the experience. While malts do play a large role in this sensory experience, the hops do add a bit of bitterness on the finish. With a smooth luster of yellow cake on the off taste, this seals the deal. A great all around brew.

D: I find this to be an overly drinkable brew for the style. A beer that is great to sit back and enjoy while you take all the flavors and complexities in. The 10.00% alcohol is a bit present and if it would be masked a little different, I feel this would have received a 5 in score. None the less, stellar brew.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance; rich, murky chestnut brown. Much carbonation and a tan collar but little to no head or lacing.

smell; a lot of malty sweetness with spices mingled in alcohol soaked plums and cherries.

taste; rich sweet malts balanced with alcohol bitters. Very rich notes of dark chocolate coated cherries and brown rum. Aftertaste is like walnuts(possible due to oak) and candied sugar. Really complex and wonderful.

mouthfeel; froathy and creamy, on the light end of medium bodied. Very easy to drink with a warm and soothing, alcoholic finish. Puckers the mouth slightly with a tannic bitterness(from the oak for sure).

overall; one of the best quads out there, definitely worth a try, taste great with Tilsit cheese.

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Photo of hrking
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Barrel aged Pannepot all I can say is WOW.The smoothness that the barrel aging adds is over the top and if there were any edges on Pannepot. Which I never detected any Panny by itself is a World Class brew. The barrel aging adds a whole new depth to this Struise masterpiece. All the wonderfull flavors from the Pannepot the carmel vanilla spice smoothness and the added aroma of the oak aging truly push this beer into a aficionados cellar collection to be savored. My highest praise . A true masterpiece. Its METAL

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Photo of Mavajo
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is vinuous with some dark fruits and a smidge of coffee. The vinuous character appears again in a big, big way in the taste - absolutely delicious. It's backed up by a dark fruit character with subtle notes of chocolate/coffee. Also layered with spices and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is excellent. Medium-heavy bodied with perfect carbonation.

This really is a tremendous beer. I was seriously disappointed by Pannepot and found it overly roasty. However, the barrel aging has completely muffled those notes in the Reserva and added a huge vinuous character. Phenomenal quad.

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Photo of tendermorsel
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 bottling poured into a Chimay glass.

Great dark brown color. Extremely lively head. Excellent lacing that lasted till the last drop.

This is a truly a unique beer. I have never had a quad like this. Extremely well balanced. There are hints of star annise as well as sweet candy flavors.

Extremely smooth and drinkable for the high ABV. Don't get me wrong this is a sipper but I could drink this all night long.

Here's to the "Sturdy Brewers" for another great beer.

Highly Recommended.

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Photo of YaKnowBrady
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1st Review:

Poured from a 330 ml bottle, 2008 vintage, into a La Chouffe Tulip, served at about 50 Degrees F. Poured 3/4, swirled the remainder and added to the glass. Emptied the bottle, so hazier than a clear pour. Purchased at Burlington Canal's, $10.49 per bottle. Bought in September '10.

Looks a dark, acorn brown and hazy, with a constant effervescence, but little head retention. Very little lacing, and could see the liquid from the top of the glass. Got a bit more foam with the pour of the last 1/4 of the bottle, swirled with the sediment.

Smell of raisins, figs, and a roasty malt, intermittent with clove and coriander. Get your nose close enough and the fizziness will burst into your nostrils, which isn't a bad thing.

Tastes similar to the nose, but you sense the alcohol quickly, but fades after a couple of sips. As it warms, the toffee and oakey aromas are palpable, and the hops begin to come through.

My all time favorite Belgian beer. I know those are strong words, but this Quad is the strongest of contenders. Pricey, but worth every penny. Has improved with age as well, glad I waited an extra 6 months after purchase to review it.

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Photo of Burt
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 2008 lot A 4 DD, served in a Chimay Chalice

Brown with a reddish hue, lots of carbonation in the glass but thin off white head that sticks around the way down. Very little lacing on the glass.

Sweet metallic aroma. Smell reminds me of a Duchesse De Bourgogne. Can smell some of the alcohol.

Sweet up front dried fruit in the middle with a nice light spice finish.

Very smooth and velvety, a little burn from the alcohol.

This was one of the best beers that I have had so far. I could drink quite a few of these if I could get more of this. Blown away by this one.

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Photo of JaredKent
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 Vintage Bottle, poured into a Tulip Glass

Appearance: This quad poured a nice finger of head. A very creamy looking, tan head stands up nicely over time. The color is very dark, typical of quadruples. A chocolate brown appearance with a very slight hint of garnet. Around a 27-29 SRM.

Scent: Raisins, prunes, lots of dried fruit up front. I get warm aromas; cinnamon, caramel, heavy malt. On the finish I get a bit of sherry. Very little hop aromas. There seems to be a lot going on in this beer. Lots of complexity in the nose.

Taste: Just like on the aroma rich, stone fruit as well as dried fruit flavors up front. The taste of oak is prominent throughout, but it doesn't overwhelm the other flavors. Mild sweetness is complemented by a strong malt taste, which provides a hint of bitterness towards the back of the beer. Just a touch of spice at the very end of this beer. Complex with minimal hop flavors and just a slight presence of the high alcohol content.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and heavy bodied. The mild sweetness works wonderfully with the slight bitterness of the roasted malts. Light carbonation on this beer.

Overall: I have had a few quadruples, but not many. This was definitely enjoyable and easy to drink. This Belgian Quad has been aged on oak but the oak doesn't overpower the beer. The flavors work wonderfully with each other and this 2008 vintage has aged exceptionally well. I wish I had more than one bottle of this vintage.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After the superb Pannepot, very excited to see this brew.
2005 vintage
Opening results in a nice hiss, but unlike the fresh version, not a gusher.
Pours a deep black coffee tone, head dissapates very quickly, leaving a well carbonated body.
Aromatically extremely inviting. Prune, raisin, oak, tobacco, ginger, smoke, fig, pepper, cherry, leather, a light warming on the finish from a touch of alcohol.. A nice boost of yeast adds a spicy creamy note. Rye bread, cocoa, tart, sour molasses, whisky, really musky as it warms.Imagine a cool damp barn. Wow, really complex aromatically, it slowly opens up. Allow this one to "breathe".
Flavor is..smooth. Carbonation is quite low, but fig, raisin, pepper, ginger, clove, anise, and a light peppery finish are upfront in the taste.Sourish molasses, wild field honey, sour apple, the sourness is outstanding, granny smith juice, lemon, citric, cabernet vinegar come into the mix. The sourness was quite unexpected, but very welcome, and immensley different than fresh Pannepot. A light peppery/oaky/smokiness rounds out the final notes.
..Beautiful, truly a display in what aging a great ale can do. A slightly sweet cocoa--raisin(impeccable) Quad is now a sourish-vinegar accented smoky dark "creation". Yeast has performed it's magic.
Mouthfeel is light, sour, tingling and smooth. Is there 10% in this brew? Amazing.

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Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


A: Pours a really dark mahogany with a one finger head that dissipates into a thin covering with some appetizing lacing.

S: smells like an aged barley wine. lots of dark raisin or currant, molasses and a bit of tobacco. has just a touch of an herbal profile. Has the characteristics of a really well made old ale... my fav style btw. I get some damp wood out of it after a while

T: like the smell but a bit more subtle. it has a nice belgium old funk... like an old closet but a closet with something good in it that makes you take a deep breath of it. if i didnt know it was aged on oak i wouldnt be able to detect it but right at the end i get the woody character with the dry vanilla taste from it.

M: It amazes me how thin it is. i really enjoy the carb level. just enough pop in it to let some flavor out but not a tongue stinger at all.

D: the mouth feel lets me down this beer even though i dont want to because its tasty and i want to savor it. really hardly any alcohol detected and the flavors really flow well. i would love to find a bottle of some older vintages.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2009

Very dark, just like plums and blood. Thick and viscous with a bubbly tan head.

Raisin, nutty, spicy, milky, chocolaty, caramel, and lots of toffee

Heavy, well thought out flavors. Grape notes are great; buried in the right amount of sweetness. Nothing heavy, just strong robust flavors. Very chewy and nicely heavily carbonated. Smooth, no heat.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! This brew flies sooo far under the radar it's not funny. Amazing Quad!

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Photo of spointon
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured this from a skinny 11.2oz brown bottle into a stemmed globe shaped glass.

A= Poured a slightly murky brown color with some reddish highlights and a 3/4" cream colored head. The head dropped to a skim and did not leave any real lacing behind.

S= Sweet and complex aroma. I noticed dark/dried fruits like raisin, plum, fig, etc. I also got a good bit of candi sugar and molasses in the nose as well as some Belgian yeasty character. Very very nice.

T= Taste followed the nose with the sugars and the dark fruits again dominating, and the yeast adding its own character secondarily. If I had to compare this to another beer, I would say it reminds me of what a blend of Rochefort 8 and Gulden Draak might taste like.

MF= Medium bodied and showed a medium carbonation level for the style. Lacked effervescence.

D= Very good beer here, and one I will certainly seek out again. Its been a while since I had the regular Pannepot so I believe a side by side is in order!

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Pannepot Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.