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Pannepot Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 359
Hads: 1,046
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 cpetrone84
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2007 Vintage

A-pours a hazy deep red with notes of purple and lots of sediment floating around. A tan creamy bubbly head sets on top, two full fingers. It lingers for a moment and slides down the glass slowly.

S-the nose is quite light. What is there is very solid, but it is so faint. Toasted grains set in up front, it is slightly bready behind. Dark fruits take over and hold on throughout the rest of the aroma. Cherries and plums in the back with notes of oak and vanilla.

T-the taste is much bigger than the nose and is extremely good. Bready and slightly toasted up front. Dark fruits dominate and take over quickly. Sweet malty goodness, dark cherries, plums, and raisins slighly soaked in rum. There is some light chocolaty malts lying underneath it all in the back. Notes of oak and vanilla are faint but present towards the finish.

M-medium to full body, extremely smooth and creamy. Carbonation is perfect, crisp finish but no bite or prickly feeling in the back. Very inviting and soft on the palate throughout.

D-this is extremely tasty and big, great feel on the palate, hides the alcohol extremely well. The oak aging is faint and subtle; but still present. (1,178 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pannepot Reserva Vertical(2009, 2010 and 2011(Old Fisherman's Ale)) 10 smells the sweetest, 09 is earthy with dark fruits and 11 has huge Belgian yeast notes. 09 - chocolate, dark fruits, oak. Absolutely zero sweetness. 10 - super smooth, chocolate covered cherries, oak. Little bit of sweetness. 11 - raisins, prunes, clove, oak, Belgian yeast. Sweetest of the bunch. I'd have to go 10 > 11 > 09. The 09 was just way too dry. (426 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep brown with a modest beige head that dissipates to minimal lacing.

Fairly subtle aromas of plum, prune, and dark belgian candi sugar complement toasted oak and a hint of belgian yeast. Raisins emerge as it warms.

Boozy oak, with sweet maple backbone and underlying dark fruit notes of fig, prunes, and raisins form the flavor profile. Hints of rum and vanilla add complexity at the peppery finish.

Body is moderate, with minimal carbonation and lots of alcohol heat.

Pretty hot. Could use some aging to calm that down, but the flavor and aroma were more subtle than expected. Somewhat disappointing. Overrated, imo. (639 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Trappistes Rochefort chalice. Poured a deep reddish brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, bread, raisins, and sweet alcohol on the followthrough. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This one wasn't quite as smooth as the Old Fisherman's Ale with similar age on it, but was still quite nice. The alcohol on this one definitely made itself present on the followthrough without doubt. Hard to believe that with this one having 4 years on it already. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance! (818 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip. 2008 vintage.

(A)- Pours a very dark brown color with very faint mahogany highlights. Produced a good frothy tan head with good retention behind it. Some stringy lacing left behind.

(S)- Very dry with an earthy clay, yeast, and banana aroma. Some dark ripe fruits of plum and dates, but subtle.

(T)- Very similar to the smell, only totally backwards. A huge dark fruit profile of plum, raisin, and dates. Subtle banana. A light dusty cocoa in there too with a dry earthy clay finish. Very nice.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Smooth and rich, with great ABV integration; in no way does this feel like 10%. Thicker and richer than the original Pannepot.

(D)- A great take on the style. Thicker in texture than I expected, but it added an additional richness to the beer somehow. Smooth as can be with great flavors. Extremely easy to consume and enjoy; my bottle did not last long. (937 characters)

Photo of popery
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, 1/24/11. Excellent beer. Pours dark brown with a small-ish beige head. Combines Pannepot’s huge fruity, malty flavors with drying oak overtones. Raisins, plums, prunes, figs, dates, molasses, caramel, spice, sherry and wood. The taste is fairly sweet but ends with a dry oak flavor. Lush mouthfeel that, again, mostly dries out in the end. Just makes me hunger all the more for the Grande Reserva. Edit: I later tried this beer against the GR and, while my scores for this beer dropped slightly, I definitely preferred it to the GR, which was a bit disappointing. (577 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite a beer, quite a beer. Poured at a good temperature with a small to medium sized, tan, foamy head and no lace. Color is an opaque brown in the balloon part of the glass and in the narrrower part a hazy/cloudy amber orange red with some particulates and some tiny bubble trails. Aroma is malt, yeast, roast, fruit, red wine. Flavor is like nose, very nicely balanced, with bitter, sweet, and tang all pronounced, yet harmonious. Body is full, lush, mouth filling and carbonation is perfect. Finish is like flavor, tapers slowly, and has only a little alcohol warmth. Wonderful beer! (586 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber to brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, oaky and dark fruit. In the taste, dark fruits, a mellow oaky taste, and just a pinch of alcohol. A small alcohol bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry oak and small alcohol like aftertaste. A nice oak presence with a dark fruit sweet to dryness, a really nice sipper. (351 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottle received in a recent trade. '09 vintage. Thanks Adam!

Pours a dark purplish brown, almost black, with a short lived half inch head, and no lacing. Looks still.

Smells pretty grapey, a bit vinous, with some chocolate, tobacco, sherry, and slight oxidation.

This tastes amazing, but I'm not sure it's an improvement on regular Pannepot. There's a great dark fruit flavor, raisin puree, dark cherries, grapes, wine, sherry, and some slight but pleasant oxidation. As it warms, I get a bit more malt complexity in the form of chocolate and tobacco. This is at an age where it's probably gonna start falling off soon- the oxidation is at a pleasant level, but it might get worse soon.

This is medium bodied, with a silky and oily mouthfeel, and a very low level of carbonation. It's a slow sipper for sure, but not because of the alcohol- it's not present at all at about 6 years old.

This is a really nicely done beer that has aged quite nicely. I don't know how it tastes fresh, but at 6 years old, it's quite tasty. Regular Pannepot is probably better, but I wouldn't kick this one out of bed. (1,103 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this side by side with Pannepot, both 2006 vintages.

A - Basically looked the same, a brown colored beer with a little red on the edges. There wasn't much of a head, and it disappeared quickly.

S - Didn't like the nose on this one qas much. Dark fruits, toffee, brown sugar, and a little bit of vanilla, but not quite as sweet or smooth smelling as Pannepot, and with a noticable bit more alcohol.

T - I did like the taste more. Sweeter, and with more of a caramel quality. Dark fruits, particularly figs, a little bit of raisin, a little spice, brown sugar, and a slight alcohol burn. Felt like it was more smoothed out.

M - Not quite full bodied, with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O - Good beer, just like Pannepot was. I'd actually prefer to drink this one more, as it was smoother, but they were both winners. (828 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark, murky brown with a pillowy, lingering khaki head.

S: Aromas of ripe plums, red grapes, oak, spices, port, and dark chocolate are abundant on the nose. Complex and welcoming at the same time.

T: Notes of port, spiced pears, cream, pepper, plums, dark chocolate, red table grapes, and oak wash across the palate. The finish is spicy and sweet with notes of dark chocolate, oak, and port.

M: Full bodied, creamy, silky, and smooth. The alcohol is very well-hidden. Very easy to drink for an ale of this strength.

O: This is one of my favorite quads. It is also one of the best barrel-aged beers I've tried. This is one not to miss. (649 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was pumped to score 3 of the 2008's on a recent trip to IL.

a - opened the 33cl bottle and filled my La Trappe chalice. poured the classic deep brown almost plum color with some thickness and a thin creamy head. the entire bottle perfectly filled the glass.

s - YUM. strong candy with grapejuice. dark fruit but perfect sweetness. get out your notebooks my friends... this, is what a quad should smell like. top of the mountain.

t - exceptional. fantastic sweetness and deep strong grape flavoring. perhaps a touch too sweet, but damn if this isn't a finely crafted brew.

m - even before i could rip into that amazing flavor, my mouth told me that this was far and away the creamiest richest most wonderful quad to pass through my lips. on the money...really feels like something you'd drink in a monestary.

o - every now and again you drink a beer that is in a space of it's own for the style. a beer that you feel ultimately exemplifies everything that you love and look for in a beer of that style. and for a style that i adore, this beer stands at the top of the mountain with few others even in the same ballpark. extremely glad to have 2 more bottles of this exact vintage. my hats off to you, de struise...my hats off to you. (1,238 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours dark brown out of the bottle and settles into a dark mahogany in the glass. The head is fluffy and off-white and dissipates fairly quickly to a ring with good lacing. The aroma is sweet with dark fruit, plums and raisins, and a bit of candied sugar and roasted malts. There are some spices in the aroma but very faint. The taste is a little less complex than the original version with a little less spiciness and a heavy dose of grape sweetness. There's a little bit of cola flavor in there as well on top of a roasted malt base with some caramel tones. The mourhfeel is medium bodied with a little less carbonation than the original. There is a little less sour kick on this one and, for me, leads to a slightly more drinkable beer. Either way, this is a slight notch below the original but a great beer on its own. (853 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Found a bunch of 2008 vintages at a local store, was gonna buy a ton but probably just get a few, already tastes extremely OLD and worn down.

A- Extremely dark brown with a big, creamy light tan head that has good retention. Nice cloud and tons of fine lace.

S- Mostly stale caramel malt like an old ale. Some vanilla, dark fruit and light spice. Slight alcohol.

T- Flavorful but does not jump out and impress me like the 2006 Pannepot I had a few weeks back. Dark fruit comes in pretty big followed by some spice and vanilla. Oak not amazingly present.

MF- Light body feels kind of watery even. Low, silky carbonation. Pretty warm from alcohol.

DB- The regular Pannepot blew me away with complexity. This one just seems too old, I will have to find a newer bottle, it reminds of the 2007 Van Der Kaiser Blauw I had months back. A ton of stale caramel malt and nothing much else. (905 characters)

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

2008 release into a goblet

A - Pours a beautiful deep but translucent mahogany with half a finger of splotchy tan head. Head fades to a collar pretty quickly and leaves only small amounts of lacing.

S - Caramel and toffee, a bit of candi sugar, rum-soaked plum and fig, a bit of cinnamon and pepper. Very inviting aroma.

T - Initially a bit sweet, with candi sugar and caramel, but very quickly the sweetness is balanced with some spices that bring a bit of dryness, plum and a bit of raisin, and some noticeable alcohol. Finishes mostly dry, though there is some lingering sticky sweetness.

M - Initially medium with soem sticky sweetness. Finishes with some dryness.

O - Very enjoyable quad from Struise. There is some apparent alcohol, but it is not detracting in the least. It really works well with the fruits and spices. (831 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I had the 2009 at Torst.

This comes in a rich dark brown, black color with a small head.

There is a big bready plum aroma. It's somewhat mellow without big booze and of dark fruits.

The flavor is similar to the aroma. It has a clean finish with this wonderful fresh pop despite being barrel aged. There's burnt caramel and sugar flavor. It has some prot wine characteristics. It really is one of the best quads I've had.

The mouthfeel is what I love because it has such a creamy smooth character. (500 characters)

Photo of Satchboogie
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz 2008 vintage poured into a Rochefort chalice

A: Dark brown, opaque, 1/2 inch bubbly off-white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Strong, brown sugar, dark fruits (figs, plums) and almost a little sour apple, spicy alcohol.

T: Everything in the nose is there. The first thing to come is the sugar (brown sugar and molasses) and dark fruits(plum, fig, dates, little prune), there's some underlying spices reminiscent of a christmas food (likely nutmeg, clove, etc). Malt is a lightly roasted and has a nice spiced dark fruit cake tastes. Alcohol is present and acts a little spicy (not heat/pepper wise) and earthy. There's a decent amount of oak and a little vanilla in the background. There's quite a lot going on, the oak plays a light undertone, and everything is really well balanced (all the flavors/nuances are pretty much there from start to finish). Finish is nice and warm. I really can't think of any improvement besides maybe a bit more oak presence.

M: Carbonation is a bit high for a quad, but does work well. The body is very thick and viscous, almost syrupy and coats everything. Extremely smooth and velvety although the higher carbonation does break it up just a bit, but I like how fine the carbonation is.

D: I only had one bottle and had to keep myself from guzzling this down. It was extremely tastes and went down way to easily, the alcohol really only added to the taste/experience rather than being "boozy".

This isn't an earth shattering beer, but I found it near perfect for the style. Paired wonderfully with 18-month aged Gouda. My only regret was not buying more than one bottle! Finish this glass had me begging for more. (1,663 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle of the '08 vintage, poured into a medium-sized Duvel tulip.

A: Clear, deep reddish brown body under a thin tan cap. Ok retention, spotty lace. Fairly pedestrian, but solid.

S: Incredible. Rich plum, raisin, spice, and vanilla. Very toasty, almost chocolatey malt. Wow.

T: A little less terrific, with all the flavors hinted at in the nose coming through in a subdued manner. Fruit and spice follow toasty malt, and significant booze closes things out. Not oas oaky as the nose promised, but still good.

M: Creamy medium body with tons of creamy carbonation. Nice.

O: This was a very good Quad indeed, but I felt that somehow the barrel subdued the powerful flavors of the regular version without adding as much new complexity as can be found in the Grand Reserva. Given the choice, I'd buy the regular over this every time.

Cheers! (849 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

331st review on BA
bottle to snifter
11.2oz 2008

App- A lighter brown color with garnet highlights. The head was 1/2 inch quick receding with very little retention or lacing. Quite what I expected.

Smell- Big quad scents. The oaky vanilla is upfront with some medicinal cherry/dark fruit scents. A little burnt sugar as you inhale deeply with a little fresh bread.

Taste- Why are quads just so smooth and delicious. Retorical I know. Warming flavors with the cherries and the ABV coming through nicely. Pleasnt caramel sweetness with a balanced flavor profile with each ingredient doing its job.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carb level. A tad thin but okay and had a slight boozy cherry finish.

Drink- One of the best quads I have had. It was well rounded, not over bearing, assertive when it needed to be but yet delicate with the profile. Would like to have a few more vintages. (891 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (1,188 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2006

Pours a very dark brown with a dense one inch of tan head that has great retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass surface.

The aroma is packed full of dark fruit, spice, candied surgar, and alcohol.

Complex flavors of figs, dates, prunes, raisins, not overly sweet, and some warmth from the alcohol. Spice is unusual and unidentifiable. I usually do not like alcohol flavor in my beer but it adds another flavor profile I was not able to appreciate in other beers.

Medium body with low carbonation. Semi-creamy texture to the body until the alcohol stings the tongue.

The 10% ABV is noticable but is not harsh. Not going to drink more than a bottle during a session. A bit expensive as well but I liked this Quad more than others I have drank.

Serving type: bottle (787 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (919 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Poured a nice chestnut brown with a light caramel head. The head is made up of tiny uniform bubbles that lingered for a long time leaving a thick lace on my St. Bernardus chalice.

S – Sweet yet roasted malt, and dark rum soaked chocolate covered cherries. A hint of fig and raisin as it warms.

T – Begins with strong dark chocolate taste with hints of burnt brown sugar. Figs and raisins can also be noted.

M – Full bodied with ample carbonation.

D – Thick yet drinkable.

Overall: It does not rank up there the with ABT quads, but is a nice beer nonetheless. Nice sweet brown sugar tastes mingled with dark fruits. It's an easy drinker at such a high ABV. I am eager to try the Belgian verison to see how this one stacks up. (742 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This 0.33l bottle is courtesy of Brabander. Vintage 2009, with PNP No. 4 and best by date of 16/08/2016 on the label. Enjoyed outside on a breezy, Fall day...

Poured into a small tulip; it is a very deep, dark, opaque brown. Head is tan, foamy and fine, sitting at 1/2". Carbo is steady and plentiful, while the lacing is decent. Smells of ripe, dark fruit and some caramelized brown sugar. Body is medium-plus, and it is quite smooth heading down.

It does have some oak in the flavor, along with good doses of dates, raisins and figs. Mix in a touch of caramel and some hints of rummy brown bread And molasses next. It also has light touches of roasty bitterness. A tasty, well-made brew. Thnx, Thijs! Prosit!

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

750ml bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis. 2005 Vintage. Opened to a very lout and audible pop.

Poured a medium to deeper reddish tinged brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of wood, dark fruits -raisins and plums-, caramel, and some earthiness. The wood really came out more and more as I spent time with this one. Tastes of wood, the same dark fruits, and vanilla. Alcohol content well hidden. (417 characters)

Pannepot Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.