Pannepot Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 1,032
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 117
Gots: 185 | FT: 18
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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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Photo of BarrelAged1991
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

very good strong beer, a bit sweet, creamy, light cherry. Dark brown colour with a nice cream on top!

Photo of SD-Alefan
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.

Photo of brianmandell
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Update: April 15 - the second bottle was a different experience than the first. This was still a great beer but it was covered by a sugary apple cider sweetness.

Photo of scottfrie
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottles. 2008 and 2009 vintages poured side by side.

A: Both vintages pour a murky mahogany woody brown. 08 definitely has less carbonation, but a thin dark tan collar briefly stuck around. The 09 has a nice dense finger of foam that slowly faded into a fuzzy film and collar.
S: The 09 is definitely a bit brighter and sweeter smelling, and the 08 has a few hints of musty damp oxidation, but other than that the noses are pretty similar with scents of dark fruits, raisins, leather, pipe tobacco and mild spice.
T: Both are actually fairly similar but the 09 flavors are a bit brighter. Powdery chocolate and dark fruits dominate, especially candied dates, raisins, and figs. Vanilla, oak, spice, nutmeg, and slight caramel, come through as well with a surprisingly earthy hoppy finish, slight sticky booziness, and slight bitterness.
M: Fairly similar as expected on both vintages. Maybe a bit more carbonation on the 09. Thick body, chewy mouthfeel, heavy and smooth, very soft carb, mellow, well-aged, and integrated.
O: Age has done wonders. 08 is amazing but I like the brighter (yet still very mellow) flavors of the 09 better. Both are some of the best quads in the world.

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

*11.2 oz. Bottle* (2008)
I've been wanting the Pannepot Reserva for a long time. Went to Max's seeing they had the Reserva 2009. I tried a sample and it was delicious! So I seen this little goober staring at me in the fridge. I said, "That bottle is definitely coming home with me today"! Well, enough of my chatter box, (Coffee is kicking in). Lets get down to business. I poured this liquid into my Chimay Chalice.... Yes that is my goto chalice while reviewing brews. This brew looks like the standard BSDA and or Quad. Dark murky brown body with sediment chunks floating around. Looks like I'm going to enjoy this! There was no frothy head to speak of just a nice light khaki lacing around the Chalice. Well, we know what's next. The aroma on this brew is very complex of Sherry notes. Toffee mingled with dark fruits hints of raisins and tart cherries. There is charred oak that gives off a smoked meat note. There was a subtle amount of spicy yeast character and hints of alcohol. Yes this smell is outrageous! Yup, now its time to sacrifice. This tastes like the nose details. Dark fruits and Sherry notes of toffee and hints of alcohol. Yet not offensive. There is a subtle touch of chocolate and mild vanilla that paves a way for a toasted nut finish. More vanilla in the aftertaste which I am a fan of! The flavor is very mellow yet takes your palate on a joy ride. The feel on this brew is Medium-light with soft velvety carbonation.

Overall: Bam! This beer packs some enjoyment factor for me. This beer so far is my highlight of 2014. I should go back to Max's and get the 2005 Vintage. This brew is delicate and still takes you on a joy ride like it stole your neighbor's car. Belgian Strong Ales are one of my favorite styles of beer, and then age it in Oak Barrels? Yes, Please! This brew is Recommended.

Photo of macher0
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at the Holy Grale in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dark ruby red to brown appearance. The nose is of sweet plums and cherries. The taste is very strong with dark malts, figs, plums, dried cherries, and a little smoke. Very smooth for an old. Overall very nice. It's definitely recommended.

Photo of BierJager89
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very dark purple with a brown head.

S: Dark fruit, a touch of pineapple in the nose.

T: Nice and spicy, some strong fruit notes, grape, cinnamon, very tasty.

M: Typical of the style, full bodied, on the smooth side.

O: One of the better quads out there, though not on the same tier as bernardus, rochefort, westy, etc.

Note: 2010 vintage, imbibed in 2012

Photo of BMMillsy
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of Brabander
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Wobbly
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%

I have had both the reserva and the regular releases for years. Both are of the same quality, generally, although the reserva has some deep, port-like flavors that have developed more than the regular. Both are world class quad's, right up there with the Trappist offerings.

Photo of DIM
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Dark, murky brown; served with a small fizzy head.

s: Soft, dark fruits abound. Rich, boozy plums and raisins with a hint of chocolate. Floral heat comes out as this warms.

t: Incredibly rich fruit flavors of raisins, plums, and figs plus chocolate and sherry(?).

m: Soft and full bodied.

o: Decadent.

Photo of rand
3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From 33 cL bottle to snifter

A: Deep, dark brown in color, opaque and creamy looking. Forms a effervescent 1-inch that fall under its own weight, leaving barely a trace.

S: Malt-forward, subdued nose with unusual notes of nutmeg or paprika. Dried fruit can be parsed, specifically raisins and prunes. The surrounding bouquet is sweet and toffee-like. Not as boozy and you'd expect for the style.

T: The dried fruit notes are most prominent, which play off a caramelly sweetness at the front of the sip. Drier than most quads, and a noticeable hop twang blends with oak and pepper, further dried by booze. Not the most complex quad, but singular on the palate and relatively drinkable. Finishes long and bittersweet.

M: Full-bodied, but not as chewy as it appeared on the pour. Ample carbonation adds to the drying aspect.

Not what I was expecting but damn tasty nonetheless. I'd heard this beer is rich and estery and sweet, appropriate for the time of year. This was much drier and "lighter" for the style, a "drinkable" Quadrupel.

Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color. It poured with quarter finger high tan head that died down a bit but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark fruits are present in the nose—plums and prunes seem to stand out in particular. The smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Much like the smell, the overall taste is dominated by flavors of plums and prunes with slight amounts of associated sweetness. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes nothing like something that is 10% abv—the alcohol is very well hidden.

Note: 2010 vintage

Photo of GJ40
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 330ml bottle purchased at The Beer Dispensary in Apex, NC. Bottle says 2009.

A - Deep brown with a reddish tinge. Some light makes its way through. A small beige head.

S - Brown sugar, molasses and dark dried fruits.

T - Rich and deep but so so smooth. Brown sugar, molasses and roasted marshmallows. A perception of sweetness without being sugary. The 10% alcohol is well hidden.

M - Creamy and smooth with a moderate carbonation.

O - Fantastic depth of flavors that intrigue and challenge you with every sip.

Photo of themind
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing beer! It's sweet, dark roasty fruit dominates the palate. You can taste the subtle oak flavor making this a perfectly balanced Quad. This is Pennepot on steroids!The beer hides the ABV very well making this brew very drinkable.This beer is Legendary! its just so smooth. This beats Abt 12 which is tough to do.

Bottom Line: World Class Quad!

Photo of dwagner003
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2010 Reserva poured into a tulip glass and you can immediately smell this beer. The aroma is big oak right up front, with sweet dark fruits in the background. I cannot wait to take the first sip.

First flavor is strong alcohol, but that quickly mellows out and this beer's true colors start to show. It's sweet, dark, roasty fruit. You can taste the wonderful oak flavor. It's deep and it sticks with you. Finishes with a boozy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is outstanding. Silky, with the perfect amount of carbonation for the style.

Overall, comparable with standard Pannepot, but just.. different.

Photo of JayQue
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2005 vintage

Purchased from Etre Gourmet. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into my Chimay goblet. Murky, dense brown color with a minimal head and no lacing. A hard pure produces a covering of the top of the glass.

Smell is marvelous. Malt, brown sugar and dark fruit - plums and raisins.

Taste is great as well. Dark fruit and bready and caramel malts are dominant. Some sweetness.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. There is a little warming effect from alcohol but no burn. 8 years is a long time to age, provided much of the smoothness, but I wonder if there was any lost flavor during that time.

Enjoyed this one....an excellent Quad.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 9/20/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains apples, brown sugar, caramelized malts and Belgian yeast.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of brown sugar, fruit, caramel and some spice. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are others in the style that I would pick first.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my To Øl chalice, 2008 Vintage

A - Pours a dark cola colour, with a one fingered head that reduces to a film and laces.

S - Aromas of plums and dark woody fruits, chocolate and molasses.Plenty going on here.

T - Up front some nice sweet plums and vanilla. followed by some molasses and chocolate with a pronounced woodyness. The finish is very long and port like with the oak lingering. The booze is warming but no overpowering.

M - Medium to full body and low to medium carbonation. Very smooth

O - One of those beer that I not forget in a hurry. Pronounced balanced flavours, plenty of aroma just a little let down by the appearance. Recommended.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz, 2009 vintage
HF wine glass

A: Dirty brown. Reddish hues. Light tan thin layer of head. Forms a collar around the edges of the glass. Some lacing.

S: Oak. Dark fruits. Tannic. Some toffee. Some nuttiness.

T: Dark fruit: fig, raisin, prune, etc. sweetness. Malts. Some tannic notes. Finish is dry but some lingering sweetness.

M: Medium to full bodied.

Photo of shleepy
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at The Refuge in San Carlos; cylindrical, slightly curved glass. (Pasting notes & ratings from smartphone notes taken a few months ago). I had the 2009 "vintage."

A: Black, with short, tan head.

S: Cant smell too much because of the glass (was filled up all the way)... Mainly just some oakiness.

T: Cherry, chocolate, oak, hazelnuts, and lots of vanilla. Very, very tasty, especially upon the first sip. A little vinous (in a good way), probably from the high alcohol %. Lingering cookie-like aftertaste.

M: Medium-heavy body; bordering on just plain heavy... Maybe would have called it very heavy if I wasn't hungry. Flat mouthfeel, as expected, but feels syrupy and creamy.

O: Rivals the great oak-ages imperial stouts for level of complexity and tastiness.

Photo of Jimmys
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2010 Reserva. poured into tulip.

A: pours a dark brownish/red. head is slightly off-white with hints of red. retention is decent. no lacing.

S: decent amount of oak with a lot of sweet unfermented sugar. a good deal of fruit underneath, but this is super sweet and relatively oaky.

T: a really rich drink. vinous. plums. figs. sweet heat, but not overwhelming. actually it is pretty mellow. oak is there and you can definitely tell in the finish. dries it out best it can. however, it doesn't completely. lingering fig flavor.

M: lower carb on a full body.

D: not too shabby. a full bodied brew with a good deal of flavor. very complex. the oak is present and adds one more dimension to regular pannepot.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 7.22.13
2010 Vintage

A - Pours a dark mocha brown with a light brown head with good retention.

S - Caramel candy, boozy raisins.

T - Toasted malt, subtle caramel, light fruitiness.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - A touch of sweetness, but a nice easy to drink beer with lots of caramel and fruit.

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.86/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz poured into a snifter
2010 Vintage

A- Pours muddy dark brown. Turns black in the glass. A surprising two finger brown head. An intimidating looking beer.

S- Dark fruits, plum, figs, raisins. A caramel and candy sugar. A Belgian yeasty twang. Nice stuff

T- A syrupy beer. A good bittersweet balance. A massive dark fruit flavor profile starts this beer off. Candied raisins, ripe plums, a cherry pit flavor and a fig newton taste both in fruit and breaddy crust. A Roasted caramel and breaddy backbone. A slight char. A bit of dryness and crisp feel from the oak barrels. A bit of chocolate and pepper. A slight twang and spiciness from the yeast but the body and bold dark fruit flavor dominates the nose.

M- So much feel to this beer its fantastic. Silky smooth and great carbonation. A treat to the tongue.

O- Not a cheap beer but a fantastic value. $8.50 a bottle? I may need to get more. The best quad I have had to date, simply fantastic stuff. If this is the Reserva, whats the Grand Reserva taste like?

Photo of Zach136
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2009 enjoyed many times, reviewed 5/31/15

Appearance: Deep brown. Solid head/carb/retention for a 5 year old, 10% ABV Barrel aged beer.

Aroma: Caramel and pencil shaving oak up front, with solid notes of dark fruit and chocolate.

Flavor: Very oaky, no spices present. Dark fruit and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, but fairly boozy.

Pannepot Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
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