Pannepot Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 358
Hads: 1,038
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 120
Gots: 187 | FT: 18
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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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Photo of shbobdb
1.84/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

My initial impression of this beer is old pennies. I'll wait and see if it improves. There is something interesting going on underneath those old pennies, but diggin' through a pile of shit for a dollar bill ain't my bag.

As it warms, the old penny remains but is married with cinnamon. Now, I really like cinnamon as a spice, I cook a lot of savory dishes with it, so I'm not the sort of dude who thinks cinnamon is a monodimensional spice, but I really don't think it belongs in beer. This is a good case in point. Underneath the cinnamon there is a nice fig presence. Not undrinkable, but skirting the edge.

The more I drink it, the more "chocolate" starts to come through the mess that is this beer. About the only thing it has going for it right now is the booze factor. The old penny flavor is still dominating, despite my best efforts to scry through it.

Yeah, there is a lot going on with this beer, but much of what is going on isn't good and that which is, is obscured by all the nastiness. I guess if one is inclined to like quads (I'm not) it isn't bad, but really. I mean, I can appreciate a style I do not like, but I cannot appreciate this beer. (1,163 characters)

Photo of Trilogy31
2.32/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

2008 riserva pours an oddly quick carbonated head that disappearsquicker than it came. The color is a cola brown, the color along with the head was very reminiscient of pouring a can of soda in a glass - a fleeting foamy head that leaves no trace. Nose brings fishermans friend cough drops, smoky caramel, and i am beginning to be concerned i have an off bottle very disappointing so far. A slight prune taste with simple caramel, oak and a hint of vanilla. There is literally no carbonation and everything is muted and muddled. I really hope this bottle is just off and will rereview when i open a new one. (607 characters)

Photo of alexanderplatz
2.75/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This looked and tasted more like some variant of porter or stout than a quad. If someone had told me that it was made entirely from fermented molasses it would have seemed believable. Too syrupy and cloying. Not complex like a Trappistes Rochefort 10. Too heavy. Did not finish a 5 oz. glass served as part of a beer flight. Worst of all, it was a bit of a palate bomb and subsequent beers didn't taste as good. (411 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.01/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (658 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
3.33/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle from 2008 picked up for $9 and drank from my chimay chalice.

A- this one pours out a dirty looking murky dark brown. there is also a thin beige head on top. the head quickly fizzes away into little more than a crown. small spots of lacing are left behind.

S- the smell is pretty subdued. the first thing i pick up on is a brown sugar like sweetness. after that comes some spice and a heavy blast of alcohol. the evidence that it was once in a barrel comes through very faintly with some oak/vanilla.

T- the alcohol i could smell is the first thing that comes to mind as i take my first sip. after that comes the sugary sweetness and some faint cherries, figs, and plums. the oak and vanilla are more pronounced in the taste than the nose. some spices are mixed in here as well.

M- light bodied with a high level of carbonation that is common with this style. moderate to high level of warming from the booze.

D- i was very excited to try this one, but after i did i was left with a feeling of disappointment. the original version is better and cheaper. ill stick with that one from now on. (1,111 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
3.34/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl, 2008 Vintage.

Cap comes off with an uneventful fizzle, and the pour seems to lack carbonation. The color, however, is a beautiful and surprisingly clear ruby brown, with a small but adequate light tan layer of foam. All of the yeast and sediment sticks to the bottom of the bottle in an opaque layer. Lacing is nice.

The aroma is at first very oxidized and metallic smelling: not good. Somehow this disappears after a while, and a pleasant dark fruit character is revealed. Nice oaky notes.

The flavor is rich and malty, yet not as complex as I expected. The metallic, oxidized character is present, though not as pungent as in the aroma. Lots of caramel and dulce de leche. Oaky, woody flavors are present as well as some prune and fig. Kind of sweet, but with a dry, yeasty finish. Mouthfeel is thick and oily, though could use a bit more carb. I think the flavor would benefit from a livelier mouthfeel, too.

A lot of the Struise beers I've been getting lately have had an unpleasant metallic character. Whatever it is--cap contamination, premature oxidation--it must stop. Struise is better than this.

UPDATE 6/6/11: Second bottle was better. More carbonation, but still lacking pizazz in the mouthfeel department. The metallic, oxidized character is again there in aroma and flavor. I edited a few things in the review above, in addition to upping my numerical score (3 to 3.4). Still not as good as this beer could or should be. (1,445 characters)

Photo of jsh420
3.35/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2008

pours muddy amber brown with one finger head that faded to a film and left some spotted lacing

smells of sweet brown sugar and dark fruit (not very strong or complex)

taste is a little better - you get the oak - the brown sugar tastes a little burnt - nutty dark fruit malts - and a nice spicy yeast bite on the finish

mouthfeel - medium body with very little carbonation

drinkability was so so - i had high expectations for this beer after trying the regular pannepot but that was an 2007 - i still have one to age so if it gets better after a year or 2 i will change my ratings (589 characters)

Photo of DarnBeerGeek
3.37/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I tasted the 2010. Deep brown color with some redness on the edges of the chalice. There was barely any head and it faded pretty quickly. Nose of fresh cherry, raspberry, and dark chocolate. This beer had a heavy (overpowering) sour cherry tang with a hint of chocolate coming through on the finish. It was a bit more sour than I was expecting. (345 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

4 oz. served into a tasting snifter at ChurchKey. From notes; 2010 vintage.

A: Pours a dark ruby color. The head is little more than a thin khaki film. Still, it's very stout-like in appearance.

S: There are some evident tones of nuts, dark fruits, oak, and spicing here, however it's not nearly as evocative as I expected. What is here, at least, is well balanced and pleasurable.

T: The opening is mildly nutty and spicy. This will progress into a middle of earthy toffee, with a light oak finish. Solid complexity, but the flavors themselves aren't blowing my mind.

M: It's medium bodied in texture. The alcohol (seemingly in typical De Struise fashion) is well concealed in spite of its (also seemingly in typical De Struise fashion) dry finish. Very drinkable, as well.

O: Decent, but pretty disappointing. The only brew from De Struise this night that didn't wow me. Mayhaps the keg isn't in fantastic shape? This would probably be better if it were bottle conditioned, in fairness. (993 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of European yeast, alcohol, sweet malt, hint of spice, hint of wood, hint of liquor, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a Quadrupel. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of European yeast, alcohol, sweet malt, hint of spice, hint of wood, hint of pale malt, and slight liquor. Overall, weak appearance, complex aroma, complex body, but not well blended. (505 characters)

Photo of hardy008
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 Vintage

Chestnut brown with a one finger tan head which vanishes quickly and leaves no lacing. The aroma has pears, candi sugar, grapes, dates, oak, and a heavy amount of alcohol.

The taste is just like the aroma. Pears, candi sugar, grapes, dates, oak, and alcohol. It is also sweet and boozy. A lot of alcohol heat in this beer.

Medium to full bodied. Sweet, smooth, decent carbonation, and a lot of alcohol heat. A nice tasting Quadrupel, but far from my favorite of the style. There is too much alcohol heat for my liking.

I suspect I would like the traditional Old Fisherman's Ale better. (603 characters)

Photo of ptykozoon
3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark woody, textured brown. Spotty islands, not too much of anything in the foamage dept.

Apple, belgian yeast, raisin, prune. Toned down however. I always feel like De Struise's beers should be more impressive in the nose dept.

Nutty, caramilzed sugar, light oak.

Alcohol very well handled.

Good quad, but lacks the umph. I think my bottle was an '06 or '08 or something. I'm gonna need one of these fresh as I doubt they get that much better with age. The ABV is perfect, but the flavors are DYING. (504 characters)

Photo of Agold
3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2009

Perfectly dark with a half inch of off white head. Very nice retention and some nice spots of lacing. Aroma is light cocoa and prune. Flavor is a kinda hot with a lot of quad pruney notes with a touch of sherry. The roasty cocoa is a nice counterpoint to the quad character. I don't get a ton of oak, perhaps a touch of vanilla in the aftertaste but not a huge barrel character from the oak. Mid level carbonation with a bit of a bite. Maybe could up the body a bit. (473 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
3.56/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

De Struise Pannepot Reserva is a decent quad but I didn't love it. I had the 2009 version.

A: Dark red/brown colour and a 5 mm head that lasts pretty well. 4.5

S: Malty with a hint of alcohol. 3.5

T: Malty with strong dried fruit flavour and some acidity. A little alcohol noticable at the end.3.5

M: A little thin. 3.5

O: 3.5 (331 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reserva - 2008 vintage

Poured into duck rabbit snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of khaki tan head. Color is a dark brown with a copper hue.Decent retention with some lace rings.

Aroma: Sweet and malty. Lots of raisins and licorice. Some plum notes. Toffee malts. A bit of spice shows with the slightest oak.

Taste: It really just tastes like a regular quad. Not a lot of oak at all. It has toffee malts, raisins, dried fruits, and licorice. Not a ton going on here, but it is good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Not boozy which I like. Ends fairly clean.

Overall, a decent quad but nothing what I was expecting. Didn't taste too much oak in this one. It was good, but a little overrated imo.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 10-09-2010 20:08:24 (792 characters)

Photo of nataku00
3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 2007 bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer poured a murky brown, hazy and cloudy. Half a finger of tan colored soapy head leaves a little lacing as it dissipates to a decent small bubble collar and a film of head. Looking right at the surface of the glass, good amount of carbonation, small bubbles streaming up from the bottom.

Nose is boozy sweet and sticky dark fruits, rum soaked raisins and prunes, clove, and molasses.

Taste is dark fruit, molasses, dark fruit, and dark bread malt. There was some clove and cinnamon as well. Flavors were a bit muted though. Some lingering sweetness on the tongue with a bit of alcohol.

Thin and light body with some decent soft carbonation, but a little too thin for me. (720 characters)

Photo of drewba
3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark, muddy brown and red peeking out when it moves around. Pours a finger tan head which produces some nice bubbles, but mostly a tight, tiny bubbled film on top with a healthy ring.

S - Lots-o-spice; orange peel, coriander, nutmeg. Some plum, raisin, sweet molasses and bread with a slight meaty & smokey quality, and a little booze heat. The spices aren't really my thing, so while this doesn't smell great to me, the nose is fairly pungent.

T - Lots of dark fruit, but isn't overstated and mixes in fairly well with the spices. Dry raisin, sweet plum, fig, leather, tobacco, nutty bread, cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg, molasses, mostly in that order. The oak is well done, lending a soft dryness, but it's very subtle. The interesting blend of spice is dominating here, going long into the aftertaste.

M - Comes out oh-so-creamy with a perfect amount of carbonation, but once that fades I'm left with an unusual grittyness in the mouthfeel.

D - I happen to not enjoy the spice cabinet things going on in this beer, so it severely hampers its drinkability for me. I do keep coming back for the wonderful mouthfeel, it's so damn creamy. (1,142 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.61/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Anno 2008

Appearance -- Pours a rich mahogany brown with hazy chocolate highlights. Head is thin, creamy, bubbly in the center. Pretty much beautiful.

Smell -- Raisin, fig, red grape, spice. Nose is a bit muted as compared to the original.

Taste -- Dried fruits up front, specifically prune and raisin, red grapeskin tannin, brown sugar, dark chocolate. Lots of spice in this version of Pannepot, like hot cinnamon and black pepper. Finish is raisin, herbal hops, and black pepper. The oak aging is pretty subdued; lumberyard oaky tannin

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full in body, moderate carbonation. A little bit of oak and grape skin tannins toward the finish.

Drinkability -- I have to admit that this is quite good, although this is making me want to revisit the original; I think I liked it better. I think the oak aging may have bogged down all of the bright and exciting flavors of the original Fisherman's Ale. (916 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.62/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle from Belmont Station. 2010 vintage. Westvleteren goblet.

A: Fizzes up from the glass. Very dark mahogany to the point of nearly being black. Creamy head disintegrates into leftovers. Leaves some pretty nice legs.

N: Greeted by a cavalcade of walnuts, sweet malt, raisins, prune, and oak. There's a touch of molasses about this. Some cola and plenty of clove. Cinnamon, peppercorn, fig and caramel. Very aromatic and pleasing if disjointed.

T: Heavy on the wood with a hint of savory flavors over the top of a bread sweetness. Tastes very exotic if a little overspiced and almost 'funky'. Shows some biting astringency. A little bit of soy sauce/salt.

M: Dense and full with lively carbonation.

O: I'd much prefer the base beer, the Monk's Ale or the Grand Reserva. Though this beer is very well rounded, it's almost got a wild element to it. Disappointed, I admit. (883 characters)

Photo of Gfunk720
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 bottle, out of my 3Floyds glass.

A- Dark dark murky brown, almost blackish. It's quite creamy looking, with a small off white head. Light lacing...

S- The first thing that came to mind was a can of dip. I get some light oak and sweetness, but mostly tobacco.

T- I was expecting the worst with the tobacco smell, but it is pretty good. Smooth with a light sweetness. A nice blend of flavors, with notes of dark fruit, tobacco, and oak.

M- It's not light in body, but just a little watery. Has a nice mouthfeel though, and solid aftertaste.

O- Not bad. Not nearly worth the money paid for it. I'd much rather have a Weyerbacher Blasphemy or something similar. None the less, it's a solid quad with some light barrel flavor. Nothing crazy. (746 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2008

A: pours a dark brown ale with very limited clarity. Two fingers of graham head falls to a sheet of the same. Spotty lacing.

S: Graham, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter. Some yeast, sweet malts. Not incredibly complex.

T: wow, aromatic in the oral cavity! Super duper herbal. Alcohol, buttery malts, nutmeg, cinnamon, grain. Woody flavors are really raw.

M: Heavy body with moderately high carbonation. Resinating finish is semi dry and viscous.

O: Really complex beer here. The nose doesn't impress, but the flavor and mouthfeel are nice. (550 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Generously shared by nickd717. Thanks Nick. From notes.

A: Pours a very dark maroon body with translucent edges. The pour produces a finger of light tan foam. Good retention, leaving a moderate collar and some scattered film on top when all is said and done.

S: Plums, raisins, coriander, pepper. Light booze. Oak. Vanilla, caramel, green apple.

T: Has a savory taste of plums, raisins, and green apple up front. Cocoa powder, caramel, brown sugar or molasses, vanilla, and oak come through in the mid-taste. The finish is spicy (pepper and coriander) with a light booze warmth to it.

M: Semi-dry for the style. Light booze warmth. Low-medium carbonation.

D: It's decent, but I prefer the original and the Grand Reserva to this one. (771 characters)

Photo of kflack
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A special thanks to dogfishandi for this trade bonus!!

2008 Reserva LOT 4DD

A: Wow, thick! Small head the dissapears quickly.

S: Dried fruit,

T: A little sweetness, nice dried fruit. Mild hops. Kinda boozey?

M: Thin, but you can tell its bottle conditioned. Nice carbination for this style. Maybe aged a little long??

O: No hint as to the style off the bottle, just aged. I think its a good tripple?? Maybe a quad? Nice overall, but maybe aged a little long. (466 characters)

Photo of headbucket
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 bottle, lot A4DD.

A: A nice brown with a light tan colored head. Lots of little floaties in the beer since I wasn't careful when pouring. Not much lacing left around the glass but there is a nice swirl of foam around the edges of the glass and over top of the beer.

S: Sweet/candied dark fruits, little bit of brown sugar, and a little spice in there.

T: Dark fruits and sweetness like brown sugar on the start of the taste, spice comes in next(can't quite pinpoint which ones, but it tastes like a belgian beer in the middle for sure) as well as a bit of oak/woodiness. Brown sugar mostly lingers in the finish, a bit of the dark fruits, but they are overpowered.

M:Not very carbonated but it feels medium thick and dense.

O:Pretty nice. Not my favorite quad and I don't know that I taste too much of the barrel aging, would be interested to know what was aged in the barrels before this beer, or if they were new barrels. Interesting and glad that I got to try it, but won't be buying it again for the price of it. (1,027 characters)

Photo of seeswo
3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage bought from the Webshop.

Appears dark, almost cherry brown in color, with minimal head. Nose of oak and mild cherry. Smells decent, but reserved.

Taste is not too sweet, but with a touch of cherry or other fruit sweetness. A bit of oak. A bit boozy, though not too much. The taste doesn't totally come together for me, like it is missing a bit of punch or direction. Maybe I'm not good with subtlety.

Medium mouthfeel that comes in a bit thinner than expected. Taste doesn't carry long with a very slight dry finish.

Found it to be very drinkable and it was not as much of a sipper as I was expecting. Maybe a bit of alcohol burn holds this back a touch, but not too much. (691 characters)

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Pannepot Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
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