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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: 188 | 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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Photo of drabmuh
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (744 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 mdaschaf
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage.

A: Pours a hazy purple/brown color with a small off-white head. Very little retention, quickly reducing to a ring on top, sporadic lacing.

S: Extremely heavy in dark fruit and sugar. Lots of raisins, figs, and plums. There is a bit of dark cherry in there too. At the end there is some grape and spices. A little bit of wood coming through.

T: Not as strong and fruity as the aroma lead on, unfortunately. There is still some fruit flavor, but it just seems a bit muted. On the sweet side with some candied sugar and light spices as well.

M: Very smooth, medium bodied. This where this beer shines, its almost velvety smooth.

O: A pretty good beer, just wish the flavor profile lived up to the aroma. Age could have played a factor with that one. (770 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken on 11/12/10.

2008 bottle poured into a snifter, this brew appears a clear very ruby reddish amber color. A cap of yellowish tanned head resides on the surface slowly receding. Each swirl revives the cap back to a finger's strength. Spotty lace clings to the glass.

The smell of this brew is candy-like with some citrus hops and a bit of tangy fruit quality mixed in the background with more herbal and earthy hops. A light amount of oakiness with some faint vanilla sweetness mixes with the candied fruit character.

The taste is again candied sweetness with some minor herbal bitterness and an evident amount of alcohol that is present in both taste and warming factor. It is very enjoyable with some belgian yeast spices like clove and a very faint amount of banana. The spiced finish sets the stage for the well balanced mix of flavors in the aftertaste: candy, alcohol and hoppy bitterness.

Medium feel with a modest level of carbonation. This brew is super drinkable for 10% with an alcohol presence that increases with the warmth of the beer's temperature. Along with the increase in temperature comes a bit of a more grainy sweetness instead of candy but it still has a caramel quality about it which is very enjoyable. (1,254 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to Thorpe429. You rock, Mike.

2009 vintage

The beer is chestnut brown with a thin beige collar. The aroma offers dark malts, brown sugar, raisins. Smells nice. Great flavor and remarkably easy to drink. Alcohol hidden very well. A tad sweet, with lingering notes of plums, figs. Another great beer from De Struise. (330 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a New Jersey shelf for cheaper than I found the original in PA. Stoked to try this one out, never thought I would see this. 2008 vintage.

Into the snifter Reserva pours out the standard bark brown deep dirty pond water out of the bottle becoming dark burgundy in the glass. With a tilted pour not getting any foam on top. Some swirls create some soda pop bubbles but nothing beyond that.

More wood focused in the nose as the original had a more dark fruit vibe. Big scents of wood/oak with underlining vanilla. Some apple and plum with with toasted malt, caramel, raisin, werthers.

Im blown away by how tame and tasty this is at once. Reserva is luscious while big in smooth oaky vanilla up front. The fruit takes a backseat but remains present. Some cocco, apple, plum, raisin, bourbon tones, just all together marvelous.

Feel is so smooth it's not funny. it just glides down the mouth leaving oak and malt sweetness but no heat or intrusion. Approaching full bodied with a light carb letting you know your not alone.

I really wish I grabbed more of this. It was a treat and a sipped mine for a hour or so smiling. Not being a great fan of the original, the barrel aging, or perhaps this vintage just clicked. (1,233 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage. Poured from a 33cl bottle into my Westvleteren chalice. It poured a dark, murky brown color with a little bit of a ruby hue to it in the light. It had a thin but fizzy head that clung mostly to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has some sweeter, malty flavors coming out with some notes of cherry, caramel and brown sugar present. I get a moderate yeast spice to it and a little of the oak as well. The oak adds some subtle vanilla and woody flavors to it that I really liked.

The taste has a sweeter, dark fruit component to it almost throughout the beer. I get more of the drier, woody oak coming out midway and lasting into the finish. The finish has a bit of alcohol mixing with some more fruity, sweet, caramel, cherry and fig like flavors as well as some yeast spice. Some more cherry flavors started to come out as it warmed and mixed with the oak very well.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being above average. Overall it was a great beer. The oak and dark fruits mixed very well for me. It was relatively balanced as well for the style with the yeast spice and malty sweetness kept in check. Very enjoyable beer overall. (1,170 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a elongated tulip glass. Vintage 2009.

A very dark body on this beer. Practically, walnut black, walnut brown body, giving to a nice creamy tan two finger head with good staying power. Manages a good puck for a long time while drinking. I am impressed by how incredibly dark this looks. There's some snapping carbonation while pouring and loud spitzy hiss.

Nose is a bit subtle and simple. Spritzy clean, with a mild dark toffee and Belgian sweetness. Faint oak and round character, but mostly pretty subdued. Some small "figgy" character.

Taste is very impressive. A wine like body, with bubbly carbonation. Faint oak, and hints of vanilla. Very intense dark red fruits of cherry, raspberry sweetness. I am surprised by how little dark raisin and fig there is on this for a quad. There's even some faint roasty finish to this also, like a porter. As the drink warms up, there is a distinct black licorice coating and aftertaste.

Pretty fun drink, quite mellow, no heat on this at all either. Fun beer from these guys. Perhaps not a fav style, but I'll take it. (1,093 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been waiting to try Pannepot, and what I picked up was the reserve version without notice. On to the beer:

The head of this one goes away semi-quick to a lace around the glass. Chocolate brown is the color of the beer, with a brownish orange hue. The sugary part of the aroma reminds me of the inside of a truffle at times. Dark fruit flavors are tossed around amind the dominance of sweetr red grape. I finally get a little toasted oak in there.

When the beer enters the mouth, I understand the reason for Pannepot's claim to fame. This is a quad that smacks you with an unbelievably smooth flavor while the alcohol hides. A light kiss of vanilla and oak give way for figs and plenty of red grape. A light red vinigrette flavor ponders if part of a Flemish Red were mixed in this beer. Oddly, as time goes on, the flavor becomes more monotone (but still very good). It's medium-full in the mouth with, you guessed it, a very smooth feel. It's also stupidly easy to drink.

I need to drink quads more often, and Pannepot Reserva justifies that statement. (1,062 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle poured into a De Struise chalice. 2008 bottle.

Appearance - Deep garnet body that doesn't produce a head until the pour is almost complete. Chunks of sediment start flowing in and suspend themselves in the reddish fluid. The head is fleeting and results in just a lopsided collar of khaki foam.

Smell - Dark fruit dominated aroma. Brown sugar, caramel, all that stuff. Lacking the earthy component of regular Pannepot. Reminds me of Pannepeut.

Taste - Dark fruit flavors abound here as well and build to a slight cola flavor. The oak builds as the fruity sharpness does as well. It culminates in a bite that covers up much of the depth of the malt flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation and that bite lingers on the palate. Not sure what to call it. Tannins maybe?

Overall - Well it's Pannepot so it's still a great beer, but I guess I'm just disappointed that the oak seems to have cut out the great flavors instead of augmenting them. (959 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This version of Pannepøt special beer brewed and named as a wink to the Danish market presented at the Danish beer festival 'Københavnske Øldage 2006' exclusively at Ølbutikkens stand. It is produced to express the brewers gratitude to all the Danish beer amateurs that drink their products daily.

Much thanks to egajdzis for breaking this out so we could do a side by side comparison with the original version, which faired differently...

Appears a hazy, dark amber with a light beige head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Lots of streaky lacing is left all around the glass.
Smell is of dark brown sugar, mineral water, caramel, ripeened dark fruit, nuts, & mild anise notes.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a mineral water flavor that reminds me very much of the Westy brews.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, mineraly, with caramel and brown sugar.

This version was much better than the original version IMO with not even close to the amount of spices as the other version had. This one was also lighter in color. (1,036 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again to a generous BMan1113VR for this. Maybe on our next chance meeting I'll have a bottle in tow.

The beer appears tawny with a creamy head that lingers...lingers...lingers. What retention!

The nose is full of dark fruits (quite vinous) in the form of grapes and plums. Spices are evident, and the malt profile is bready and sweet with noticeable alcohol.

The flavor is also very fruity, with raisins, plums, and grapes. The sweetness has a candied sugar quality and the bready malt backbone is substantial. The finish is sugary sweet with lingering dark fruits.

The beer is medium-full bodied with a nice medium level of carbonation, though the mouthfeel is a tad thin and watery.

This is a big fruity and vinous quad. The 4-6 ounces that I tried was satiating. (777 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

De Struise seems to make so many pannepot beers these days, it's hard to keep track of them all. The 2008 draft version of this beer was available at Max's during their recent Belgian event.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with red highlights. Head retention is quite good in this beer, and there is considerable sticky lacking all around. The nose is surprisingly faint and mute, though I did get some light vanilla and chocolate, as well as a hint of cherry. On the palate, this beer is just delicious, with chocolate, vanilla, cherry and light coffee all combining to make for a very fine tasting beer. This moderately sweet beer is smooth, rich and long on the palate, with no more than a hint of alcoholic heat in the finish. The beer finishes well, and frankly this beer is all too easy to drink. My glass was gone before I realized it.

Another excellent pannepot beer from De Struise. What a surprise.

From 5/12/12. The 2009 is on tap at Max's today. It's every bit as good... consitent high quality from this excellent brewer. (1,048 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Jason, as part of the QuadShowdown. 330ml into a tulip, 2007 vintage.

Poured a dark brown, with a light tan/cream coloured soapy head. Fairly dense head, leaves some bubbles behind; unfiltered body. Nose is quite bold, some licorice, chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, booze soaked dark fruits. Very complex, I could sniff this for hours. Taste is yeasty,with some grape, chocolate and licorice. Mouthfeel is a tad lighter than I'd like but still fairly full, a touch bitter in the finish. Lingering flavour and a bit of booze. Excellent quad and something I could keep my nose to for hours. Flavour holds up quite well to the nose on this as well. (664 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
2008 vintage
A- This beer pours a dense opaque brown body with a light sticky tan cream head that leaves register marks after each sip. There is some jetsam of trub swirling around in the body.

S- The aroma of dark candi sugar is soft with a tartness of fruit and red wine tannins to follow. There is a oaky vanilla note that comes through in the finish as the beer warms.

T- The sweet candi sugar is dark and raw with a jam sweetness to it and a cream flavor to follow. The finish is pretty clean from the fizz.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight fizz that is full in the finish. There is a creamy texture and a very soft alcohol warmth that hangs on the tongue after each sip.

O- This beer has some nice flavor with a subtle complexity and a soft woody note. There is a nice full sweetness but a little more alcohol to cut it would be nice. There are very faint notes of brett and yeast character that would be nice to taste more of but they just didn't come through. (1,021 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage. Pours a three-finger light head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Dark fruit and alcohol nose and flavor is also alcohol and dark fruit, mellow sweetness. Expensive at $10.49 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma. (345 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage

A: Pours reddish-brown with high clarity. Mediocre head quickly dies down to a film of bubble.

S: Brown sugar and caramel. Raisin, strawberry, orange peel.

T: Starts off woody, then waves of caramel, vanilla, bready malts, toffee.

M: Fairly high carbonation, maybe a hair more than I'd like, but combined with the relative dryness, keeps it quite drinkable.

O: Good sipper. Not mind-blowing, but well-done. (424 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this one a few times over the years.. mainly from Inflatablechair... But... now, suddenly we are getting them in Boise!! Yaayy!!

2008 375 shared with Sam tonight... poured into my small tulip. Thin tannish head atop a hazed deep amber brew.

Nose is boozy and pretty oak forward with some toasty malts and hints of raisin... good malt presence with an interesting plummy quality.

Flavor is not as rich as the nose... but still pretty nice.. mildly malty and a bit sweeter than I appreciate... some lite cherry ester notes... overall the malt profile is lighter than expected... oak is present but really shows on the more heavy side toward the finish and it combines with a lingering sweetness...

Pretty nice.. the oak never goes too far and just adds a nice layer of complexity from front to back..

3.5/4/4/4/4 (824 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 Gobzilla
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a dark murky brown in color with pale brown highlights and a thin head that left almost no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: pretty much has aroma as the regular pannepot but you can tell it was barrel aged due to the vanilla oakiness coming through with plenty of dark fruitiness, brown sugar, sweet belgian yeast, and hints of pears.

T: lots going on the palate consisting of dark fruits such as raisins and plums alongside pear esters, belgian yeast sweetness, barrel oakiness, vanilla accents, boozy heat on the backend but mild chocolate flavor.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild dark fruity, chocolatey, oaky, and slightly boozy finish.

O: solid once again like the base beer and the barrel aging worked it's magic. (788 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008. Deep toffee colour with a tan cap of fine bubbles. Nice lacing, decent head retention. Great aroma. Bready and toasty malts, earthy, prunes, raisins, almost a spicy wood character, light alcohol. Nice flavour too. A little sugary but far from cloying, caramel and molasses, with more of a fresh plum fruitiness and less of a prune and fig dried fruit character. Honey, spices, and alcohol were all mild and balanced, as was a hint of oak flavour and astringency. Medium plus body with lowish, well integrated carbonation that made it feel a bit lighter. Overall this was a really well balanced beer, very tasty and quite drinkable for a quad. (648 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle from leftmindedrighty in a trade. Thanks Aaron!

This pours from 11.2oz bottle(2006) a very dark brown with about a 2 finger head of foam that lasts for the entire session as a solid thin layer and there's some good lacing.

The smell has notes of citrus, spice, sugar...it's fairly light on the nose.

The taste is tasty. Peppery notes along wiith some chocolate, dark fruit, fig, mild candy sugars...this is really smooth.

It has a fairly thick mouthfeel to it, the carbonation is medium to light, and it finishes with a mix of bitter chocolate and maybe, raisin.

The alcohol, I noticed during the swallow but not so much after the swallow. I think I could only drink one of these at a sitting but it's quite nice.

Thanks again go out to Aaron! (768 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opaque dark brown colour with a smooth, tan head. Large head and good head retention.

Deep, dark caramel aroma with dried fig and raisin notes. Bold and complex.

Mildly sweet with the sugars being well attenuated creating a dark, rich caramel note. Plenty of fruit, herbal character and a light enteric thing that adds complexity without quite being offensive.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

I quite like this. There are some weird things going on but they all work together. (500 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, 2008 vintage. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours a murky dark brown color with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like dark fruit, brown sugar, oak, molasses and a bit of rum. The taste is sweet and malty, it tastes like dark fruit, sweet spices, booze, molasses, brown sugar and a bit of peppery spice and oak. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I think this is a pretty good brew, I've liked the other Pannepot versions I've tried in the past, and this one is no different. Definitely worth trying! (636 characters)

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