Pannepot Reserva - De Struise Brouwers
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1.8/5 rDev -58.1%
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.
03-25-2008 05:45:09 | More by shbobdb
2.33/5 rDev -45.8%
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.
06-01-2011 04:03:53 | More by Trilogy31
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
3.35/5 rDev -22.1%
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
01-27-2011 18:27:57 | More by jsh420
3.35/5 rDev -22.1%
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.
10-12-2010 03:57:23 | More by jwinship83
3.36/5 rDev -21.9%
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.
06-30-2013 18:17:44 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.4/5 rDev -20.9%
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.
08-19-2011 01:43:26 | More by dasenebler
Pannepot Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 925 ratings.