Pannepot Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 357
Hads: 1,036
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 4.94%
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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 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 schlimenhaumer
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2008 bottle into a Delirium tulip at low altitude. Expectations are quite high given the rating and recommendations from friends.

A: Pours a beautiful opaque ruby color with a creamy two-finger off-white head that fades away to a cap that lasts all the way through. Heavy lacing.

S: Maraschino cherries, caramel, some spice and a bit of oak. Alcohol is present in the background. The smell is good, but not quite excellent.

T: The taste is much more complex than I expected after smelling this. Cherry fruitiness up front gives way to prune and candy sugar sweetness; it's easy to appreciate the oak aging here. There's plenty of spice toward the end, most notably coriander. The finish is slightly boozy and cleanses the palate for the next sip.

M: Medium-bodied and quite dry. Suits the flavors nicely, but it's not particularly impressive.

D: This is a very good beer -- especially in terms of flavor -- but it could definitely use some improvement in terms of mouthfeel. The alcohol comes through to a significant extent and makes this one a bit of a sipper. (1,081 characters)

Photo of haazer
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage.

A- Hard pour produces a lopsided kahlua head. About a finger in height, with some tall standing bubbles on top. The brew is an opaque dark mohagony with some violet undertones. Appears to have some lacing on the sides.

S- First whiffs are actually vinous and grapelike. As I dig in there are more dark fruits and subtleties of oak. Some caramel, toffee, bready malt and candied sugar. Just a marvelous nose with lots of aromas that blend well.

T- Big on dark fruit. Lots of plums and figs. Theres a syrup like sweetness and malts. A bit of toffee and mary jane like candy that I get in a lot of dubbels. The oak from the barrel starts on the backend and its real nice. Its a nice smooth oak flavor.

M- Medium to full bodied quad with a medium amount of carbonation. Very smooth. Syrup like in texture. Some heat in the mouth as the booze hasn't completely gone away.

O- The nose was great, it was very easy drinking, but I expected a little more in the taste honestly. This is a great quad and I believe the age has helped. Not the strongest quad at 10% but the booze is definitely in the background and if this were fresh I could see it being harsh. Highly recommended. Will pick up another aged bottle if I see this on shelves. (1,251 characters)

Photo of ahq514
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into St Bernardus chalice. 2008 vintage. Bottled April of 2009 according to the label.

Pours a very dark amber color, but I wouldn't call it brown. Suspended yeast floating around. A thin head that leaves off white bubbles on top. Appears to have fairly low carbonation. Not much lacing.

Aroma is very complex and the aromas are very well integrated so it is hard to pick up a lot of specifics for me. There is a strong dose of oak. Typical quad qualities - sweet, strong malt, low amount of hops, and dark fruits and spiciness from the yeast. Very nicely balanced.

Very smooth. Like I mentioned in the aroma, it is a nicely balanced and well integrated beer. There are some oaky, vanilla like characteristics but they are much more subdued than I would have imagined. The oak plays more a part in the finish. Up front is sweet, strong doses of malt. Yeast characteristics make their way in with a stronger case for the spice, but still with a nice dark fruit presence. Then the oak makes itself known, but plays more of a complementary role than a dominant one.

Nice just less than full body. Lower carbonation. The age on this bad boy has made it very drinkable. No alcohol bite.

This is a great quad. Very complex, not over the top, nice complementary oak, well balanced. Hope to get my hands on another vintage of this beer. (1,360 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 haz77
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage

A - Pours a very dark brown with a red hue when held up to the light. An inch of tight tan head recedes to a firm cap. Nothing to dislike here.

S - Coffee, cocoa, caramel, apple, rum, dark dried fruit, cinnamon, anise. Lovely complexity and depth.

T - Initial flavour is all dark dried fruit. Milk chocolate pushes through before being nudged aside by sweet caramel and a soft spike of rum in the middle of the drink. Finish is light medicinal phenols and soft drying bitterness of hops. Subtle herbal hops linger in the aftertaste along with dark chocolate and woodiness. Great balance and an adept transition of flavours.

M - Full mouthfeel is made lighter initially by refined, yet fizzy carbonation. Once this fades more creaminess evolves. Doesn't quite reach the same heights as the Grand Reserva I had recently, but certainly very good.

D - Another variation of Pannepot and another winner. So easy to sip despite packing a big punch. Alcohol only revealed in the rum note and lightly warming aftertaste, otherwise expertly masked. A cracker. (1,067 characters)

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

2008 bottle

A: Dark brown with a tan head that clings to the sides.

S: Apple, cherries, raisins, spice, and sweet caramel malt. Smells great!

T: Complex brew here. Much like the nose, but brown sugar comes in a lot more at the end. Slight oak is in the mix as well as even hint of vanilla. 10%? WHERE?

M: Medium to thin body that goes down completely smooth.

O: The best Quad I’ve had. (397 characters)

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- 2009 vintage cellared on 13-Jan-12.
- Poured into St. Bernardus balloon glass on 18-Apr-14 (aged about 5 years).

Smells like a sweet, creamy, sophisticated Barleywine with candied sugar.

Getting the bitter yeast because I poured a bit too much of the sediment (poured real carefully too... I hate it when this happens). Behind all the yeasty nasty I get from the sediment, I get the well-rounded, beautiful Quad with the velvet malty, caramel body and hints of spices.

One of the best Belgian Quads out there. Not sure if I appreciate the oak age as much because the regular Pannepot (and even Pannepeut) is just as good when aged. If you consider yourself a fan of Belgian Quads and have not had this one yet, then you're not complete yet. (748 characters)

Photo of Dubber55
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009

Pours a dark amber/chestnut color with 1/4 finger of bubbles that quickly dissipate.

Smells of Belgian yeast, banana, oak, raisins, pears and savory holiday spice like nutmeg, clove, allspice, etc.

Taste is much the same. Starts off with some nice oak, rum soaked raisins, clove, banana, bubble gum, pears. A slight hint of alcohol but very smooth and not out of place. Not overly sweet at all.

Medium to low carbonation. A little thin for 10%. Very nice balance of flavors. A slight bit tannic finish from the oak barrel.

I don't like QUads usually but this is excellent. Most Belgians are overpowered by the yeast but this has great balance of flavors. As good as this is, I had a regular Pannepot of similar age and I thought it was slightly better. This is still a great beer (790 characters)

Photo of JaredKent
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 Vintage Bottle, poured into a Tulip Glass

Appearance: This quad poured a nice finger of head. A very creamy looking, tan head stands up nicely over time. The color is very dark, typical of quadruples. A chocolate brown appearance with a very slight hint of garnet. Around a 27-29 SRM.

Scent: Raisins, prunes, lots of dried fruit up front. I get warm aromas; cinnamon, caramel, heavy malt. On the finish I get a bit of sherry. Very little hop aromas. There seems to be a lot going on in this beer. Lots of complexity in the nose.

Taste: Just like on the aroma rich, stone fruit as well as dried fruit flavors up front. The taste of oak is prominent throughout, but it doesn't overwhelm the other flavors. Mild sweetness is complemented by a strong malt taste, which provides a hint of bitterness towards the back of the beer. Just a touch of spice at the very end of this beer. Complex with minimal hop flavors and just a slight presence of the high alcohol content.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and heavy bodied. The mild sweetness works wonderfully with the slight bitterness of the roasted malts. Light carbonation on this beer.

Overall: I have had a few quadruples, but not many. This was definitely enjoyable and easy to drink. This Belgian Quad has been aged on oak but the oak doesn't overpower the beer. The flavors work wonderfully with each other and this 2008 vintage has aged exceptionally well. I wish I had more than one bottle of this vintage. (1,462 characters)

Photo of tsauce2
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: 2009 Vintage. 11.2 fl oz bottle in to a globe glass.

A: SRM is dark brown. Nearly opaque. Head is cream/very light tan, very creamy, 1 in, dissipates to 1 cm. Light/medium carbonation. Light lacing.

S: Belgian yeast and spices. Mild malt base.

T: Oak is immediately noticable. Belgian yeast imparts its classic flavor. Spices are robust yet well integrated and restrained. Dark fruit appears to be incorporated. Balanced malt and hop presence. A bit of alcohol is noticable. Aftertaste is light malt and spice with a touch of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied overall, but a bit light for a quad due to the oak aging. Very complex mf with the big ingredient base and oak notes. Oak smooths out the beer noticably, creating mf that is rounded. Carbonation adds a bit of creaminess.

O: Fantastic. Quite a treat. Very well put together and for 10% ABV, quite easy to drink. Alcohol is very faint, which is surprising. Nice spice notes and a classic Belgian quad flavor. Will definitely drink again. (995 characters)

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

I had this on tap at Churchkey.

A: Dark, dark brown, with a bit of translucence mixed with some leatheriness that made it difficult to totally see through, but not impossible. There were a few bubbles posing as a head, but nothing fancy.

S: Strong, buttery smell of oak killed the Belgian quality making the score barrel-aging - 10, Belgian funk - 2.

T: I would best describe this as delectable bourbon infused date juice, with brown sugar. Additionally, the finish was about the smoothest one I've experienced this side of the Milky Way galaxy.

M: Not a trace of booze or undesirable bitterness. It was absolutely remarkable how easily this one goes down considering its high octane. The was virtually no lacing on the glass OR the palate.

O: I'd been wanting to try this one for a while and it definitely didn't disappoint. I'm usually not a big fan of Quads, but this was no Quad, this was candy! (904 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Churchkey: 2008 vintage

Pannepot Reserva pours a dark brown color with a thin cocoa head in my snifter glass. Good lacing on this beer. The nose is oak, bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruit- really nice. The taste is the same as the nose, with a little coffee added in. The feel is out of this world. SUPER smooth, velvety and amazing. I've never had a big beer that goes down this easily, and is this amazing feel wise. Overall- Highly recommended you try this if you have a chance.. (493 characters)

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

2009 vintage

pours a deep brownish black with huge fluff creamy head. bits of lacing. nice retention.

very bright with red wine and oak with old cherry.

alcohol is mixed in through out. add in some funk and sweet dark fruit. bits of aged oak really sticks out, some dry red wine really shines through out.

light and easy, slightly fluffy. mild to moderate carbonation. dry in the back.

taste vert fresh, i would think some time could really mellow this out. i'll have to maybe buy another. (495 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ive been staring at this at Sams for a good 3 months now, but thanks djbutters, I dont have to worry about it anymore.

Dark muddy brown in color. Off-white ring floats at the top of the snifter.

Smell is sweet, full of candied sugar, carmalized plums, and brown sugar coated raisins. Nice and complex, booze melds in somewhere, but isnt too much. I like it.

I really feel the brown sugar and caramelized sugars, but not too much. The dry feeling from the sugar is balanced by the latent sweetness from the brown sugar. Its really not as sweet as I would expect from a quad. It almost feels like SA Maple Pecan Porter. Maple and brown sugar really take the forefront. The dark fruits from the smell are noticeably absent.

Usually when a quad is very sweet, it leaves a sugar coating in your mouth, but the age has really mellowed out, and left the remnants of caramelized sugars. I like it alot more than the fruity, overly sweet quads (938 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle tasted blind courtesy of Retail1LO, thanks again!

Pours a really murky brown color, with a small white head. Not a very pretty looking beer in the glass.

Aromas are of nuts, caramel, and oak. Smells much better than it looks.

Taste is sugary sweet, hints of brown sugar, caramel, and nuts. Finish is warm, with some earthiness and light booze.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full, not heavy though, very nice body.

Overall, a very tasty brew, a bit one demensional with tastes being on the sweet side. Also kind of an ugly duckling... (539 characters)

Photo of birderbeerer
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle, drinking date of this review.

Deep chestnut, the only color seen in direct light. A one inch head quickly settles into a tight, thin layer of head.

A wonderful, rich aroma. Loads of figs. raisins, cherries, sweet malts, molasses, licorice. Wonderful. So deep and rich. Bit of booze but there's enough other aroma to support the booze.

Very complex taste as well. Follows the aroma. Plus chocolate. And some light spice, which offsets the sweetness perfectly. Chewy. Very dry finish. Moves from sweet and refreshing to chewy and fulfilling to a lingering dryness.

One of the greats. (599 characters)

Photo of timtim
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark dark brown (almost black) with a tan head. nose is dark fruit (mainly plum to me), spice, caramel, and charred wood. lots of layers, but humble at the same time. taste follows suit with some added vanilla and grain tastes, and i find almost a smoky hint in the end... and chocolate? pretty sweet, but not cloying. almost full body with a rustic kind of feel. very very good. (379 characters)

Photo of hippityhops85
4.97/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok, this may be the best beer I've ever had.

Pours a DEEP chestnut brown. Opaque in the center with a gradient towards burnt umber at the edges of the glass. Minimal white head leaving a slick on top of the beer.

The nose has the most amount of dark fruits I've EVER smelled. Deep, dark plums, deep cinnamon, overwhelmingly delicious smelling

The taste just combines it all together. So much dark fruit, slight chocolate tones, slight coffee tones. Overall a wonderful amalgamation of flavors.

The mouthfeel is perfect. Low carbonation combined with a medium heavy bodied just brings the dark fruits to life. Unbelievable.

I really don't know how to rightly describe this beer. It's decadent. It's over the top. It's something I wish I could buy by the case.

It's better than Westy 12. By a LONG shot. (810 characters)

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage. Old Fisherman's Ale Aged on Oak. Poured from 33cl bottle into Chalice. Thanks to Kendall for hooking this up.

A. Poured about an inch of head. Good retention. Moderate lacing. Almost permanent collar of head. Color is very dark brown.

S. Aroma comes wafting up as soon as I start pouring. Stong dark fruit smell, raisins, figs, and a some grape. Pretty sweet smelling. Candi sugar. Caramel malt. Really nice quad smell. Maybe a little bit of woody oak as it warms. Stronger smelling that Pannepot, and sweeter.

T. Taste has a nice caramel malt flavor. Really the dominant flavor, followed by some dark fruit. I actually do a get a little coffee on the finish with just a bit of chocolate as well. Very interesting. Really good tasting quad. A touch sweeter and a little more complex than regular Pannepot.

M. Medium/full bodied. Low carbonation. Sweet beer, but finishes pretty dry. Has a bit of lingering sweetness, and probably a little bit more than Pannepot.

O. Had Pannepot last night and thought it was great. I think the Reserva is probably a touch better. Both are excellent quads. Very smooth and refined beers. Tommorow brings Pannepot Grand Reserva, if it is anything like the first 2 I have had it will be a great beer. (1,251 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)

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

2008 vintage, 11.2 oz bottle split between two snifters, as Chowdahead and I did a side-by-side with a 2010 Pannepot. Color is an amber/brown, lighter than regular Pannepot and similar to a barrel-aged barleywine. Nose is Pannepot-esque but the booze notes are much more prevalent. I love side-by-side tastings, as they really give you an opportunity to see how aging or barrel-aging affects a base beer. This one did not disappoint. Notes of dark fruit, molasses, honey, subtle spice, caramel, even some port. There is truly no other beer like Pannepot in the world - I love it. A pefect beer for my 100th BA review! (617 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 Dreadnaught33
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened up a 2008 vintage into a tulip.

A: Opaque dark brown beer with crimson highlights. Nice small pinky of head that'd off white to tan, amazing lacing.

S: Has great classic quad smells, some ripe dark fruits, brown sugar, lots of nice belgian spices, and more. Caramel. A little sweet subtle oak.

T: All the smell is there with great balance, and a little extra spice and sweet corn mixture. A nice super dark caramel mixed belgian quad mix. Not super complex, but good.

M: Not thick, just medium.

Overall it's good, but doesn't stand up to some of the bigger ones IMHO. (582 characters)

Photo of GallowsThief
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my tulip. Picked up at Brawley’s.

A – Poured out a deep amber brown that was cloudy. Produced one finger of tannish head that dissipated quickly.

S – Beautiful smell with dark fruits like figs and cherry. Grapes, molasses and brown sugar as well. Nice and sweet in the nose.

T – Much like the nose this one is nice and sweet to start but not cloying. The dark fruits and brown sugar are noticeable in the flavors and balance well. I get a good bit of grape in the taste. Amazingly the ABV is not overbearing at 10%. Its warming and you can feel it but not like expected.

M – Smooth over the palate. Moderately carbonated. Medium to full bodied. Drying at the end.

O – Very nice brew indeed with just great tastes all rolled up together. Has a nice sweetness and makes a great sipper. (839 characters)

Pannepot Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.