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Pannepot Reserva | De Struise Brouwers

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Pannepot ReservaPannepot Reserva
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2007

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Reviews: 373 | Ratings: 1,103
Photo of twelvsies
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of three versions of Pannepot I've had the pleasure of sampling recently. This one, aged in French oak barrels, 2008 version. This one has a soft pour, as an aged ale should, relatively calm, russet brown. Definitely picking up plenty of oak in the nose, a nice layer. All the typical Pannepot flavor is there, but the barreling and aging and wood have mellowed it out quite a bit. Very nice. Layers of sweet spiced plum, raisin, rum, cake, nice matlyness and depth. Leathery. Velvety but slightly thinned out mouthfeel from the usual version. This is an outstanding beer - quite different really from the standard Pannepot. Not necessarily better or worse, but a different beast. Having sampled the regular Pannepot, the Reserva, the Pannepeut (Danish), and the Pannepot Wild, I have to say my favorite is the old standard issue, with a good year or two of age on it. But they all have their quirks making each one different, which is why we like beer. Cheers.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of dubinsky
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage poured into my Chimay chalice. I purchased a 2007 vintage as well to do a comparison.

A - Pours a deep murky/hazy brown with a dark one finger tan head. There wasn't much head retention as i drank it. Really reminds me of what a flat cola looks like in a glass.

S - Alcohol esters, dark stone fruits and figs hit you first then a really unusuall rusty smell.

T - Earthy dark fruits, raisins, dark cherry, tobacco and leather are the first things that i am tasting. Caramel and molasses malts round off the flavors. There is a lot going on in this beer. I feel like i have ADD while drinking. The layers are so complex. As it warms more flavors keep coming through.

M - Nice, light carbonation, that feels very rich and velvety in my mouth.

D - This is one smooth quad. I am completely forgetting how strong this beer is since its not hot in the very least.

Its not the best smelling quad, but its arguably one of the best tasting and drinking quads i have had.

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Photo of JLeege
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage

Appearance- Pour is a deep brown with a one finger off white head. Decent retention, some spotty lacing.

Smell- sweet and malty. lots of dark fruits, cherry, plum

Taste- Much like the aroma, dark fruits all over the place, a tad tart. Fairly complex, some earthyness from the oak barrels is coming through as well. Picking up some caramel and vanilla too. Alcohol is virtually undetected.

Mouthfeel- smooth and creamy. Goes down very easy.

Overall- Expensive... Yes. Worth it... Yes! This is excellent, its going to be tough to try to cellar my other bottles.

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Photo of TJBurgess
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

#24

2008 Reserva
Poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Muddy-brown with a small off-white head. 4.0

S: Caramel with the light scent of oak. Sweet, apple cider hints that have me really anticipating this one. 4.5

T: Wow. Cinnamon, raisins, sweet spice? There's a warm cider undertone that makes the complexity that much more intriguing. This is much more complex than westy 12 or abt 12, both great beers in their own right. 5.0

M/D: Smooth and creamy. A nice lingering aftertaste that I never want to go away. The carbonation is nicely balanced and well put together and only adds to the greatness of this beer. Possibly the best quad I have had. 5.0

Cheers!

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a wine glass. 2008 vintage.

Pours a hazy dark brown with a thin light brown head. Nose is malty, funky and sweet. A bit of booze but not too much.

Taste is amazing. Possibly the best quad I've had. Rich and sweet, super complex and flavorful. Very easy drinking its so smooth and rich.

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz into snifter. 2008 vintage.
A: The body pours a rich, brown to light black body, that is very hazy around the edges where the most minimal light comes through. The light carbonation stream starts around the middle of the glass and rises with a constant preciseness. The head, a one finger pour, holds very well and does not retreat. The tan head, resembles a note of a lighter stout. The lacing on the glass is left in the pattern of a 45 degree angle at which the head is level while drinking.

S: A rich yeasty, raisin character . A deep and lingering aroma that denoted a rich, well aged and developed brew. Hints of spice, with nutmeg coming in at the most powerful. A deep waft senses a bit of warm brownies.

T/M: Hugely complex, from the moment the brew hits the lips, to the last very notion that beer was on the palate, all flavors are dancing and projecting different notes off each other. The front is a bold spice that rushes over the tongue and creates a warming effect. The mellow mouthfeel, shows the hidden, but present alcohol and backs up on the warming. The mouthfeel leave the mouth a waxy coating that releases flavors throughout. Notes of cinnamon and clove are found in the body. A very pleasant, rich note of raisins is underlining the experience. While malts do play a large role in this sensory experience, the hops do add a bit of bitterness on the finish. With a smooth luster of yellow cake on the off taste, this seals the deal. A great all around brew.

D: I find this to be an overly drinkable brew for the style. A beer that is great to sit back and enjoy while you take all the flavors and complexities in. The 10.00% alcohol is a bit present and if it would be masked a little different, I feel this would have received a 5 in score. None the less, stellar brew.

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Photo of bum732
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Raisins, burnt sugar, dark fruits, cinnamon, clove, other x-mas spices, caramel, earthy sweet toffee, touch of oak, lots of aromas

L: Dark brown, murky, light tan head that dissipates. Great lacing.

T: Spicy sweet toffee malt with a mellow but bold clove/earthiness. Medium spicy bitterness that dries slightly with some toffee and cinnamon. Touch of oak, but very restrained.

M: Medium-full body, somewhat slick on the palate without being cloying.

A really complex beer like most quads, love all the flavors and how they melded together. If it wasn't for the price, i could drink this all the time.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.61/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Anno 2008

Appearance -- Pours a rich mahogany brown with hazy chocolate highlights. Head is thin, creamy, bubbly in the center. Pretty much beautiful.

Smell -- Raisin, fig, red grape, spice. Nose is a bit muted as compared to the original.

Taste -- Dried fruits up front, specifically prune and raisin, red grapeskin tannin, brown sugar, dark chocolate. Lots of spice in this version of Pannepot, like hot cinnamon and black pepper. Finish is raisin, herbal hops, and black pepper. The oak aging is pretty subdued; lumberyard oaky tannin

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full in body, moderate carbonation. A little bit of oak and grape skin tannins toward the finish.

Drinkability -- I have to admit that this is quite good, although this is making me want to revisit the original; I think I liked it better. I think the oak aging may have bogged down all of the bright and exciting flavors of the original Fisherman's Ale.

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Photo of muttyd
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep amber/brown pour with a thin fizzy head that fades to just a faint ring. Coats the glass nicely. Big Belgian Quad aromas in the nose - loads of spice/clove, dark fruits, toffee malts, some burnt coffee notes as well. Pretty much what I expected, but still very complex. Taste follows the nose but the sweet (slightly boozy) big malt flavors really kick in. Not as thick/creamy as other quads I've had, but still a nice meal in a bottle. Glad I picked up a few bottles of this!

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Photo of cbutova
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Chizoad
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was expecting a little more out of this given the hefty price tag. 2008 vintage.

Poured a murky red-brown. Deep colors, like some slice of the earth. Weak head but good retention. Not a pretty beer but certainly it suggests you'll be drinking something interesting.

The nose is ok to enticing. Raisins and caramel when they decide to wake up, but they were usually sleeping. It wasn't something that made me sit up and take notice.

Raisins, bread, molasses, rum, and a boozy burn that actually really enhances the flavors. Harmonious but not outstanding.

Body on this beer is medium-heavy with active and very well done carbonation that complements the high alcohol percentage.

I enjoyed it while it lasted, but it didn't make me want to pour another one immediately.

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Photo of Kshock
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very nice, deep ruby red color. little head retention, does have a nice lace. The head is a slightly off white color.

S- Very mild aroma, but is reminiscent of dark fruits. You can get a slight oak aroma out of it.

T- This beer has an awesome blend. You get dark fruits, brown sugar, and oak. All blend very seamlessly and has an amazing finish to it.

M- Another area where this beer shined. Incredible soft mouthfeel, with almost no residual flavors.

D- For a barrel aged Quad, this drinks very nicely. Could be a very dangerous combination :)

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle served in st. bernardus oversized wineglass. 2008 vintage.

pours a deep, murky chestnut with less than a finger of a light beige head... head somewhat quickly dissipates into a ring around the glass; average lacing.

bready, (dark) fruity aroma with notes of brown sugar and spice. nice aroma, but not quite as robust as i was hoping for.

flavor follows the aroma, with dark fruits, brown sugar, and spices pulling through, accompanied by oak and sweet malts. bit of a sour finish. very tasty; a nice recovery after the good if slightly underwhelming nose. as with most quads, as it warms the flavors of the beer really begin to emerge.

medium-plus bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. well-hidden 10% makes this one dangerously drinkable. in the final analysis i'd put it in my top tier of quads, though toward the back of the group.

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Photo of nerdrocker101
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage.

Pours a dark brown with a finger of off-white foamy head. This quickly dissipates to a thing layer across the top and some medium lacing on the glass.

Not a lot on the nose for me besides the raisin notes. I don't exactly have the best olfactory senses though.

Flavors of bread, raisin, plum, brown sugar and some noticeable booze. Somewhat yeasty as I would expect from a quad.

Full bodied, a little thick and slick. Adequate carbonation. Very drinkable, because I didn't even realize I was on my final sips.

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Photo of djmichaelk
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a deep murky brown, with a two-finger head. Very little retention, however, fading in just 30 seconds or so. Nice lacing, though.

S - Raisins are the dominant note here, coupled with a combination of figs and breadiness that brings to mind Fig Newtons. I love Fig Newtons. Therefore, I love the smell of this beer. Great, now I'm hungry.

T - There's plenty of brown sugar and toffee flavors here, reminds me of a candy shop. That dark fruit is right up in your face, and lots of oatmeal cookie. Yum. The oak is very subtle, you have to search it out, but it fills in the flavor and darkens things just enough to give it more character. This is a great beer.

M - Full without being heavy, sweet without being cloying. It lingers just long enough and then finishes nice and dry just when it needs to.

D - It weighs in at 10%, but you'd never know it. It seems light enough that you could drink a pack of these without thinking.

O - This is one I've been waiting a while to try, and it didn't disappoint. I'll be picking up a few more next time I'm in the city.

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Photo of Mavajo
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is vinuous with some dark fruits and a smidge of coffee. The vinuous character appears again in a big, big way in the taste - absolutely delicious. It's backed up by a dark fruit character with subtle notes of chocolate/coffee. Also layered with spices and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is excellent. Medium-heavy bodied with perfect carbonation.

This really is a tremendous beer. I was seriously disappointed by Pannepot and found it overly roasty. However, the barrel aging has completely muffled those notes in the Reserva and added a huge vinuous character. Phenomenal quad.

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

Vintage 2008. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Trois Pistoles(Unibroue) chalice. Pours a mild brownish color with a tinge of caramel. Fills the glass a darker brown with a faint dark red grape color. A medium size, about a finger and a half...of off white creamy head forms with decent retention and leaves nice, yet quick sliding fizzy lacing.

Aroma is nice, but a little disappointing...because it's not real strong. But overall, it's inviting. Plums, raisins, Belgian yeast, and malts. Picking up some booze and wood.

Flavor is definitely interesting. It's very good, but completely different from the traditional Pannepot. This has a lot more over-ripe fruit notes. Some raisins and dates, and also some sweet fruits like plums. Medium body, medium carbonation, mild booze...with basically no booze warmth/burn. Great tasting beer though overall from De Struise!

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Photo of jamie2dope
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is from 2008, and was purchased at Downtown Wine and Spirits in Somerville. The pour reveals an opaque brownish beer, with some ruby hues, and two fingers of white heading. Nose is of juicy dark fruits such as prunes, figs, grapes and dates. Some brown bread and mild alcohol can also be picked up on as it warms. Big blast of candied sugar in the beginning of the taste, followed by more dark fruit nectar, quick hit of hops and carbonation right toward the finish, and a lingering dryness at the end. The body of this beer is big and in your face, and filled with complexities. Drinkability is excellent for a sipper like this. Allow this one to unfold for sure. I would also recommend pairing this with food. Last time I matched this up with a Filet Mignon, which was nice, however I would personally recommend some kind of creamy blue cheese. Excellent stuff here from Struise, right up there with the examples the Trappists make.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage on-tap at Ebenezer's. Cellphone notes. (Also had a 2008 bottle at a tasting later on, changed some things.)

Pours dark brown with a small off-white head. Eventually turns to a thick ring and leaves a bit of lacing.

Much like the smell of the regular Pannepot but less intense. (Chocolate, dark fruits, leather.)

Taste is still excellent, a bit more complexity I think. Chocolate, brown sugar, toast, licorice, biscuit malt, spice, leather, dark fruits and a bit of hops. Absolutely no alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is good but would definitely improve with age.

I love the regular Pannepot and this was close I'd say, but it would only get better over time. The oak adds another level of flavors and smooths things out a bit. Didn't mess with the formula too much unlike Pannepot Wild which I wasn't a fan of.

** 9/6/14 - Had my last 2008 today. At ~6 years old the flavors were feeling a little muted but still nice. Classic Pannepot yeast profile, brown sugar, caramel, spice and dark fruit aplenty. More oak than I remember previously, comes through pretty well. Very easy to drink, maybe one of the smoothest 10% beers in recent memory. Mouthfeel felt a bit on the limper side.

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Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008

A: Pours a really dark mahogany with a one finger head that dissipates into a thin covering with some appetizing lacing.

S: smells like an aged barley wine. lots of dark raisin or currant, molasses and a bit of tobacco. has just a touch of an herbal profile. Has the characteristics of a really well made old ale... my fav style btw. I get some damp wood out of it after a while

T: like the smell but a bit more subtle. it has a nice belgium old funk... like an old closet but a closet with something good in it that makes you take a deep breath of it. if i didnt know it was aged on oak i wouldnt be able to detect it but right at the end i get the woody character with the dry vanilla taste from it.

M: It amazes me how thin it is. i really enjoy the carb level. just enough pop in it to let some flavor out but not a tongue stinger at all.

D: the mouth feel lets me down this beer even though i dont want to because its tasty and i want to savor it. really hardly any alcohol detected and the flavors really flow well. i would love to find a bottle of some older vintages.

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Photo of boomer31
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased a few of these and have been sitting on them for some time. Today it just hit me to give it a try.

2006 bottle

A - Deep deep brown with ruby corners and a deep tan head. The head sticks to the glass and remains as I drink it down.

S - Alcohol, plums and figs hit you first then some spice I can't put my finger on. Very unique nose.

T - Again dark fruits and a leather flavor. Molasses and caramel malts come next. This is so complex. The layers of flavor keep you guessing whats in here. As it warms some sweetness, almost cherry like, comes thru.

M - Rich and velvety. Nice low carbonation on this quad.

D - This thing is so smooth. The alcohol in the nose is completely absent in the taste...where is the 10%??

Overall a beauty! I cannot wait to try Black Albert after drinking this one!

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Very dark brown/black cola color with a large, extraordinarily creamy, sticky, frothy beige head. Good retention that settles into a nice layer of creamy, sticky lace.

S - Lots of dark fruit with raisin, date, plum, and cherry aroma. Good amount of dark, caramel malt and molasses/slightly burnt brown sugar. Hints of chocolate and some oaky/vanilla aroma along with a strong spiced aroma and some yeast.

T - Similar to the nose with a good mixture of sweet malt and dark fruit with a good amount oak and spice. These make a good combination of all different taste. Molasses, caramel, and hints of chocolate come out with the malt. Similar dark fruit to the nose combines sweet and slightly tart flavor. Good amount of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and coriander are present. Slight oak and vanilla undertones are present throughout. No overly strong but definitely provide another layer of flavor. Very well balanced and complex beer.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Extremely smooth and creamy with a rich silky feel.

D - Very easy to drink with the smooth and creamy body and the nice balance and complexity. Really makes me want to keep drinking this.

Notes: Vintage 2007. Incredibly complex, yet very well balanced. Oak flavors aren't overly strong, but definitely present and make a great difference. Really great beer, recommended.

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Pannepot Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.