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Pannepot Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 360
Hads: 1,047
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 121
Gots: 189 | FT: 19
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Belgium

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: 1,047
Photo of SD-Alefan
4.76/5  rDev +12%
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. (864 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of sprucetip
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (734 characters)

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (1,804 characters)

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of hrking
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
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 (516 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Snagged this bottle off a shelf at Dawson’s in Severna Park, hiding behind some other brews while home for the holidays. 2009 bottle poured to a Unibroue tulip on 1/9/14. The bottle says only 3,000 bottles of this made. Not a bad find! Pours a murky dark brownish purple with a small off white or khaki colored head. Beautiful aroma of plums, super ripe pears, raisins, tobacco, toffee, chocolate, brown sugar, lots of beautiful mellow oak with a nice helping of booze that makes me almost think this was bourbon barrels. Flavor of raisins, plums, brown sugar, some warming booze, light cocoa, toffee, tobacco, and much more spice than would be expected from the aroma. The oak dries out the finish a bit and keeps this a very smooth and mellow brew despite the alcohol and spice present. The mouthfeel is heavy, like huge imperial stout heavy, and yet has low to medium carbonation. This was pretty freaking awesome. (919 characters)

Photo of Mavajo
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of tendermorsel
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of YaKnowBrady
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (1,162 characters)

Photo of Burt
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of JaredKent
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (1,462 characters)

Photo of czfreeman
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (1,368 characters)

Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008

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. (1,089 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
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! (456 characters)

Photo of spointon
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
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! (981 characters)

Photo of Brabander
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The Struise Brouwers were at the Borefts festival in Bodegraven, the Netherlands with a lot of super beers. In De Molen, a fine dutch brewery, were a lot of good breweries but the best brewer was The Struise.

Poured in my the Molen tasting glass this beer looks absolutely perfect. This is one of the best quads when you don't like the oaktaste.

Typical aroma of a banana, licorice and vanilla mix. Sweet spicey complex flavour.

Loved every sip of it. I asked Urbain when he is going to brew this pannepeut again because i need a crate of this beer!! I will have to wait a while. (582 characters)

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tried it alongside best quads (Westvleteren 12, Rochefort 10, St Bernardus 12 and La Trappe Q.) and it was very different. Smoke, chocolate, black berries - none of those is present in those quads. Not much of dried fruits, like in VW12, R10 and SB12. None of the honey and candies, like in La Trappe. More bitter. Also, much darker. I'd say it's something between BA Imp. Stout and Belgian strong dark ales. Very original beer, one of the best Belgian. (453 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (306 characters)

Photo of Travlr
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage tasted at the Kulminator in September 2008.
A: Murky ruby red with thin white head.
S: Aroma of nutmeg and allspice, maybe some vanilla.
T/M: Full-bodied balanced malt, hops and spice - figs and dates, raisins, that vary throughout, Complex mix of flavors and a long bitter finish.
D: Outstanding brew. (318 characters)

Photo of birderbeerer
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle, drinking date of this review.

Deep chestnut, the only color seen in direct light. A one inch head quickly settles into a tight, thin layer of head.

A wonderful, rich aroma. Loads of figs. raisins, cherries, sweet malts, molasses, licorice. Wonderful. So deep and rich. Bit of booze but there's enough other aroma to support the booze.

Very complex taste as well. Follows the aroma. Plus chocolate. And some light spice, which offsets the sweetness perfectly. Chewy. Very dry finish. Moves from sweet and refreshing to chewy and fulfilling to a lingering dryness.

One of the greats. (599 characters)

Photo of lsummers
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep dark purple red. Not quite stout in color but definitely Belgian dark ale.

Smells fantastic, plums, raisins, dried fruit and molasses, touch of alcohol smokiness. Belgian yeast is also present.

Tastes of definite dark fruits, black cherry and raisins with fig. Mixed into a vat of oaky chocolate. Some spicy notes from the yeast poke through along with a touch of molasses. Somewhat sweet yet highly balanced with a touch of its abv showing. Still I can't tell its 10%

Mouthfeel is perfect, creamy round and smooth.

Overall, I'm loving this one. Seems age does this 2009 version well. I'm already planning on finding more. A highly recommended try if you like quads and dark ales. (698 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: pours hazy dark caramel brown color with a small light brown head.
Smell: Plums, yeast, candy sugar, cloves, pepper, oak and alcohol
Taste: Full of dark fruits, candy sugar, but also spicy (pepper, clove), vanilla and a bit alcohol hop bitterness in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and medium creamy body
Overall: Great beer, one of the best in the style (375 characters)

Photo of boomer31
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased a few of these and have been sitting on them for some time. Today it just hit me to give it a try.

2006 bottle

A - Deep deep brown with ruby corners and a deep tan head. The head sticks to the glass and remains as I drink it down.

S - Alcohol, plums and figs hit you first then some spice I can't put my finger on. Very unique nose.

T - Again dark fruits and a leather flavor. Molasses and caramel malts come next. This is so complex. The layers of flavor keep you guessing whats in here. As it warms some sweetness, almost cherry like, comes thru.

M - Rich and velvety. Nice low carbonation on this quad.

D - This thing is so smooth. The alcohol in the nose is completely absent in the taste...where is the 10%??

Overall a beauty! I cannot wait to try Black Albert after drinking this one! (809 characters)

Photo of BobZ
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I consumed a 3 bottle vertical for this review. A 2008, 2007, & 2006 Vintage each poured into my Duvel Tulip. Each bottle was 330ml (11.2oz).

Appearance: Very deep reddish almost ruby brown with a very nice ½”head that quickly receded to just a cap, lacing is very good. Each vintage remained virtually identical.

Smell: Very similar to the standard Pannepot, dark fruit and spice was common to all three. The major difference being the mocha aromas decreased dramatically with age.

Taste: Extraordinary flavor, as expected. Rich dark fruit flavors primarily raisin, some warming from the alcohol which is otherwise well masked. As in the aroma, the difference being the mocha flavors which increased dramatically with youth. The 2008 had very forward mocha flavor, the 2007 was less so with the mocha integrated and the oak more noticeable, the 2006 was extraordinary all flavors nearly in perfect balance, dark fruit, mocha, and a hint of oak.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, very drinkable.

Overall: Once more a world class brew from De Struise. I would suggest drinking a fresh one and cellaring as much as you can as this beer ages, very, very, well (as does all Pannepot seemingly!). (1,190 characters)

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