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Pannepot Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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world-class

952 Ratings
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Ratings: 952
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 113
Gots: 174 | FT: 14
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -13.5%

2008 bottling

Appearance: A rather disappointing pour for a Belgian, with the head quickly dissipating and leaving the opaque mahogany colored liquid behind

Smell: Layered dried plum, oak, leather, caramel and brown bread

Taste: After sniffing the aroma, the taste is a bit of a letdown; the plum flavor is there in spades and the bread and caramel builds through the middle, but something is lacking; I am looking for a rich finish, but the oak and leather enters and fades without delivering; somewhat boozy

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: Expecting a six year old beer to deliver was perhaps a bit much, in this instance, but I thought the beer was going to be far more expressive and impressive than it turned out to be

brentk56, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"I wish I was a fisherman
Tumblin' on the seas
Far away from dry land
And its bitter memories
Casting out my sweet line
With abandonment and love
No ceiling bearing down on me
'Cept the starry sky above
With light in my head
You in my arms"

--from 'Fisherman's Blues' by The Waterboys

That song, which is now playing over and over in my head, is the single best track from a wonderful Irish band that never got the respect they so richly deserved. It would also be fitting background music to this Danish version of what looks to be a well-respected quad. Here's hoping it's also a delicious quad. 2006 vintage.

Raspberry-chocolate with gorgeous accents of radiant raspberry red. Bright backlighting will be rewarded. The pale caramel crown looks pretty good for such a high ABV ale. No more than a few shards of lace are sticking to the sides of the snifter. With a better looking lid and more lace, the appearance would have easily earned a bump.

After solving the puzzle of the added herbs and spices, the aroma is a minor letdown. Great was expected... good was delivered. The beer smells like a well-crafted BSDA. Each sniff delivers dark caramel, a hint of cocoa, medium-dark fruit (especially berries) and a light sprinking of spice.

Pannepot is not a beer that overwhelms the taste buds with big beer bluster. It's much more refined than that. It's also growing on me more and more with each passing ounce. For starters, the mouthfeel and the well-masked alcohol make it feel like a much smaller beer than the ABV would suggest. Not that that's a bad thing.

The flavor profile is reminiscent of a well-aged English barleywine. There are boatloads of blackberry and cherry fruitiness. I also get oranges, plums and raisins soaked in chocolate liqueur, light molasses and vanilla. I'm guessing that it was oak-aged, at least briefly. The complexity is positively mind-boggling as the bottom half of the bottle approaches.

Coriander is easily appreciated. Cinnamon and thyme are hard to appreciate. This is a deliciously sweet sipper that has just the right amount of dark candi sugar. Flaked corn isn't used often, but it's hard to argue with the final product. In the end, specific ingredients don't really matter. If the beer works, it works.

The final pour murks the beer up from nearly opaque to opaque. It also adds more raisin and prune flavors to the mix. Although the mouthfeel is lighter than it could be, it also works in the grand scheme of things. Thick and sticky wouldn't have worked at all.

Pannepot Old Fisherman's Ale (Danish Version) is a wonderful quadrupel that should come in 750 ml bottles. My measly 11.2 ounces is now gone (already?!) and I was just getting into a groove. It'll be interesting to see how the version brewed for the American market stacks up to this one. Pretty well, I'll bet.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 22, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a tremendous delicacy of a beer, the Pannepot takes the succulent Chimay Grand Reserve-like flavor, then makes is more savory and less carbonated- then the real magic happens. The oak aging delivers similar caramel, vanilla, and wood character that's given to bourbon with the same treatment.

The dark and purple-hued beer carries a more predominant brown color with yeasty haze that impedes light. Modestly carbonated at first, the rise of a thick blanket of foam reduces without the higher effervescent character of Trois Pistoles or Chimay Blue. Instead a swirl of the glass recaptures the espresso-like off white creme time after time.

Succulent aromas first explore the dialogue of fruity esters and spicy phenols with plumb, red grape, date, and vinous wines that balance against cracked peppercorn, light clove, and bourbony alcohols. Caramel, maple syrup, coffee, and toast round out the highly complex aromatic bill.

Malty flavors start the show with caramel sweetness, part from the barrel and part from malts, also show the taste of full bodied red wines, savory chocolate, coffee, vanilla, coconut, maple syrup, and mild toast. The interplay of plumbs, prunes, figs, dates, raisins, cherries against the oak tannin, peppercorn, cinnamon, and whiskey alcohols simply deliver wave after wave of complex flavors that just keep coming.

Full bodied, yet somewhat delicate to the palate- the beer's residual sweetness keeps it weighted, as does the milder carbonated value. But the patient development towards a semi-sweet, near-fusal alcohols, and powdery tannin texture closes the beer and allowing for a long savory-sweet finish to reward the palate long after the beer has disappeared.

With so much complexity built into the beer, it's an absolute delight to the taste buds as it will make a fine complement to any dinner in place of that port wine or cognac. For comparison's sake, there's just a few nuances that keeps it from competing with Rochefort 10.

BEERchitect, Jun 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

kjkinsey, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a deep dirty cloudy brown color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of bubblegum ester with some candi sugar and some light spices. Taste is comprised of a sweet malt base which is well balance with some bubblegum ester and some light spicy yeast at the end. Very well balance with no apparent alcohol and a full body with great carbonation. I thought it was slightly less complex then the regular version but I would have to do a side-by-side comparison.

Phyl21ca, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of GRG1313
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Old Monk's Ale" - 2007;

Pours dark brown with perhaps a deep red tint; thin tan head.

Nose is red plum, bright red fruit, grape/wine character in the nose;

Mouthfeel is creamy, malty and rich feeling.

Flavors are sweet-smoke sugar; sweet coffee and deep whiskey/chocolate with espresso. Complex, layered, sweet character and a nice alcohol character.

Drinks well and one of the few of this type I'd like colder than room temperature. this is more of a sipping dessert beer.

Nice a bit unique. Carmel/toffee/coffee/malty finish with just a burnt carmel bitter finish.

Probably couldn't drink a lot this; too rich and sweet. Nice for a small amount. Like dessert.

GRG1313, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 330ml bottle of 2006 vintage, served at cellar temperature and poured into a tulip glass

A - Poured a very dark brown, almost a cola like color with a very hazy and cloudy appearance pretty much obscuring everything inside and making it look a very thick consistency. A very nice three finger high head of tan colored lace came flying up to the top. Very active on the pour would be an understatement, this thing was all over the place. Almost came out of the top of the glass. After a few more minutes, it finally settled down and began to fold in on itself and become more of just a thin half-inch layer across the top. Tons of spider web like lace coating the inside of the glass, leaving tons of dripping lace. Hard to tell how much carbonation there was as it was just way to hazy. Some small amount of sediment visible on the bottom of the glass, which did not really move much, sort of just hanging around on the bottom of the glass for the duration of the session.

S - The aroma was very varied, deep and complex with different hints and small nuances of smell coming through at various different times during the course of the session. The first thing I was able to pick up with a very nice dark fruity aroma. Lots of raisins, figs, plums, and even a touch of grape showing up in here. Very well mixed and balanced between them but leading more toward the sugary notes as it started to warm up. Lots of spice was evident as well right from the start. A sort of odd nutmeg like spice along with a touch of cinnamon, and sugar. Some aromas of oak or other wood like characteristics starting to come through now as well. The profile is really starting to thicken up now and get a bit complex on me. Some light grassy like smells along with touches of earthy grains all floating around in there as well. Overall really quite full and at the same time very well balanced. Major factor here was the raisin like fruits that were the only constant in the aroma the entire time.

T - The first sip of this just started to bring on wave after wave of thick evolving flavor that really was showing off quite well and became increasingly more complex with each and every sip. The first notes that came across were very rich, sugary notes of raisins, which were just a wonderful way to start off the whole thing. Deep dark fruity flavors were the norm on this was with prunes and figs lining up behind it, quickly delving it deeper and deeper. A very strong presence of sugar was next up, really pushing through and drying to lighten it up. A touch of something sour playing around in the back, and just briefly showing up in the flavor before diving back down and out of site again. Rolling on some nice earthy, oak like notes starting to come now with spices becoming more and more dominant. Cinnamon and nutmeg, even some all spice and a hint of banana keeping developing it further. The finish brought everything back together again and just kept evolving it and drying you out, making you come back and get another sip so that you could bring it back to where it was before. Really, no hint of any kind of alcohol in this one, which to be honest was remarkable for something that should have been so big. Overall, I was quite pleased with the overall flavor and thought that it really developed quite well.

M - This was a very thick ale, not quite full bodied, but damn close and it had such a luscious and creamy smooth body that it was really a pleasure to take each passing sip, as each one was better then the one before that. Really a tremendously good beer here. The carbonation held up excellently and really pushed the entire thing into overdrive, allowing the flavors to really pop and explore the full range of possibilities. Great smooth finish, though not intensely dry, it was more sugary and long flavors of spice persisted for a good long time afterward.

D - Now see this category can become tricky at times only because you get the situation where something is so incredibly drinkable, but at the same time, it has a high ABV so it leaves you in the situation of what to do, In this case the answer was simple, you just keep drinking. It was really just that easy to do. There was just no hint of any kind of alcohol in this whatsoever and the flavors were so rich and bold, with such and in-depth and wonderful profile that it was truly hard to say no to this one. I could have easily had another without any incident, it was just that good. So smooth and delicious.

Overall, I thought this was a really great Belgian ale. The flavors were rich and pure, mingling so well and cross such a wide range of style that it was almost impossible to nail down where it was coming from .A deep dark ale; this one would surely please anyone who gives it a try. Does it live up to the hype? I will let you decide that, my feelings are kind of mixed on the subject personally, but one thing for sure, it is damn good.

mikesgroove, Nov 16, 2008
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a dark amber color, perhaps we could call it mahogany with a fluffy tan head on top.

S: There are lots of different dark fruit aromas here, perhaps some figs, plums, raisins, along with a non-dark fruit--pears. A lot of caramel malt, brown sugar, and a hint of bread.

T: A mild spiciness followed by an intense dark, sweet fruitiness. Raisins, plums, figs, cherries, and brown sugar with a hint of alcohol and perhaps even a bit of oak.

M: The body is medium to full with a very creamy and full level of carbonation.

D: I like the regular Pannepot a fair amount and this is even better. A really fantastic beer and one that I would easily drink again.

womencantsail, Nov 04, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a bulb glass a deep amber tinged chesnut brown with a thick two finger tannish colored ead that held well.Aromas of deep dark fruit aka...raisins,prunes,and candied orange peel,almost a spiced cake element to it.Flavors again have a spiced cake note to it with some candied fruit,I dont really detect the calvadose barrel aging much though.A very good beer but maybe a bit overrated?

2008 vintage.

oberon, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of JAHMUR
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of largadeer
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky tawny color with a large and long-lasting head that leaves a coating of foam on the glass. The nose is rich, full of chocolate, raisins and molasses. There's a faint red wine-like tartness, and a odd mineral aroma beneath the surface. On the palate it's fruity and slightly tart, like a semi-ripe blackberry. A big chocolate malt flavor makes up the foundation, with subtler notes of tannins, minerals and figs beneath that. The finish is semi-dry and semi-tart with a light astringency. The full body and chocolatey, almost roasty malt profile make this an unusual quad, and a fairly good one.

largadeer, May 21, 2009
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4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

2008 vintage. Nice to see more random goodness flowing at the Firk. This one pours a nice obsidian topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises figs, brown sugar, light molasses, light black cherry, red apples, and some very light roasted malts. The taste holds notes roasted malts, light-ish molasses, brown sugar, figs, red apple, red grapes, chocolate, and some very light coffee. The body is a slightly hefty medium, with a light carbonation and a very smooth feel. Overall, a very nice quad that ends up being dangerously drinkable.

TMoney2591, Dec 17, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

emerge077, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

09 vintage totally not worth the hype. pours a clear caramel color with a red trace and a minimal white head that fades to nothing in seconds. the smell is just fine, sweet residual sugars from a big ass malt profile, a touch of molasses, and plento of booze. the flavor is a letdown to me though. it has none of the complexity im accustomed to in a quad. nothing woody about this, nothing spirited and clever in the malts used, and just way too much sugar and booze. this is not an elegant beer. the mouthfeel is flat and watered down, made caustic from the alcohol, which should have mellowed out by now. sticky sweet feeling left after the last sip, a funny buzz, and a turning tummy. this isnt anywhere near one of the best quads ive had. good beer by other standards maybe, or maybe my bottle was bunk, but this was a huge letdown for me.

StonedTrippin, Oct 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Jason, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Slatetank, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage thanks to ygtbsm94. Served in a Great Northern Brewers Club tulip.

A - Pours with voluminous tan foam that settles to a thin cap, and splotchy lace. Body is a hazed glowing brown ruby-red.

S - Oak, vanilla, roasted grains, spices, caramel, nutty, nuts and berries, cake and bread.

T - Taste is more smooth out at this stage, but doesn't display obvious oxidation. Finish is slightly musty. Alcohol is well-hidden. Otherwise mostly bread, fruity esters, honey cake.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-full body, very chewy with lots of residual stickiness mixed with barrel tannins. No obvious heat.

D - Split the bottle three ways and it was easy to finish this bad boy. I like this better than the recent vintages, but I'm not sure it's a big improvement over the other Pannepot variants. Still, well worth trying!

MasterSki, Aug 14, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had @ Lion's Pride.

A: Has a big frothy 2 finger + head that's bowing and sticking over the top of the glass. Very hazy and sediment filled maroon brown color.

N: Some aged sour fruity malts, some crisp aromas come through with some light spices and almost a funky wild yeast like aroma.

T: Starts slightly sour with an almost funk and fruit taste, some candi sugar that's lightly sweetening it. The great crazy Belgian yeast really sticks its head out to let you know. Some light creamy chocolate and more dark plum like fruits. More spices and spicey yeast, a light oak and vanilla. Lots of complex flavors blended together well.

M: Semi thick with lots of carbonation and light spice

F: Almost bready qualities coming through now, pretty dry but still somewhat syrupy in the center. The long Belgian quad like taste seems to teeter out over time, but the Belgian sweetness, sour fruits, and funky yeast really just stick to your taste memory for a while.

It's delicious!

jlindros, Nov 02, 2009
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4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is dark brown and hazy with a strong tan head of tiny bubbles that leaves a TON of lacing on the glass, it's completely coated. Beer served in a Russian River tulip. Carbonation steady.

Aroma is sweet and caramelly with some dark fruit and candy in there.

Beer is sweet and medium to thick in the mouth. The roast comes up late and is separated from the total beer. This is a nice, caramel candied beer. Oddly dry late on the palate though. Beer is very drinkable. It's very awesome. If you like Quads, this is a must try. Low bitterness, easy finish, a great great beer.

The oak is not pronounced in oakiness or vanilla in this beer though, if it were more oaky in it's nature I think I would appreciate the oak aging more. Personally.

drabmuh, Aug 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

oline73, Jan 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

mendvicdog, Sep 18, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 09/25/10 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey in Washington, DC. 2008 Vintage - aged 14 months in French oak barrels.

a - Pours a murky mahogany color with one inch of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of oak, spices, dark fruit, sour cherry, and caramel malts. Smells great.

t - Tastes of dark fruit, sour fruit, caramel malts, spices. A step down from the nose but still good.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation; quite easy to drink.

d - I thought this was a great quad; the nose on it was great. Would love to try this one again.

mdfb79, Sep 29, 2010
Pannepot Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
96 out of 100 based on 952 ratings.