Pannepot Reserva - De Struise Brouwers
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4.43/5 rDev +3%
As a tremendous delicacy of a beer, the Pannepot takes the succulent Chimay Grand Reserve-like flavor, then makes is more savory and less carbonated- then the real magic happens. The oak aging delivers similar caramel, vanilla, and wood character that's given to bourbon with the same treatment.
The dark and purple-hued beer carries a more predominant brown color with yeasty haze that impedes light. Modestly carbonated at first, the rise of a thick blanket of foam reduces without the higher effervescent character of Trois Pistoles or Chimay Blue. Instead a swirl of the glass recaptures the espresso-like off white creme time after time.
Succulent aromas first explore the dialogue of fruity esters and spicy phenols with plumb, red grape, date, and vinous wines that balance against cracked peppercorn, light clove, and bourbony alcohols. Caramel, maple syrup, coffee, and toast round out the highly complex aromatic bill.
Malty flavors start the show with caramel sweetness, part from the barrel and part from malts, also show the taste of full bodied red wines, savory chocolate, coffee, vanilla, coconut, maple syrup, and mild toast. The interplay of plumbs, prunes, figs, dates, raisins, cherries against the oak tannin, peppercorn, cinnamon, and whiskey alcohols simply deliver wave after wave of complex flavors that just keep coming.
Full bodied, yet somewhat delicate to the palate- the beer's residual sweetness keeps it weighted, as does the milder carbonated value. But the patient development towards a semi-sweet, near-fusal alcohols, and powdery tannin texture closes the beer and allowing for a long savory-sweet finish to reward the palate long after the beer has disappeared.
With so much complexity built into the beer, it's an absolute delight to the taste buds as it will make a fine complement to any dinner in place of that port wine or cognac. For comparison's sake, there's just a few nuances that keeps it from competing with Rochefort 10.
06-22-2012 04:33:25 | More by BEERchitect
4.95/5 rDev +15.1%
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!
05-25-2012 19:57:56 | More by drpimento
4.05/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
05-23-2012 21:00:35 | More by kscaldef
4.05/5 rDev -5.8%
330mL bottle poured into a goblet
A: pours an opaque cola dark brown, with 1 fingers width of light tan head, which dissipatea down quickly to a thin rim and outer ring which remains throughout the.drink, leaves small patches of lacing
S: some dark fruits, tons of booze, a red wine aroma, hints of dark cocoa, a touch of oak, the booze is really heavy in the aroma
T: clove, dark fruits, peppery spice, fig and plum, a touch of hop bitterness on the finish
M/D: smooth, decently carbonated, medium bodied, ABV is completely masked and drinkability is dangerously high 4.5
O: well above average but lacking the punch of the great quads. In comparison to the regular pannepot, of which I drank a 2011, I'd say that one was better. The booze and heat mellowed in this one (likely more due to the age than the barrel treatment) but unfortunately the quanitity of aroma and flavor has also mellowed, plus little of the oak character came out in this brew. Definitely worth a drink, but not as great as I anticipated/hoped, and no where near the level of westy 12 or rochefort 10.
05-20-2012 02:30:02 | More by zac16125
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
11.2oz bottle served in st. bernardus oversized wineglass. 2008 vintage.
pours a deep, murky chestnut while yielding a 3/4" light beige head that 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 and exceeds the aroma with dark fruits, brown sugar, and spices pulling through in an amplified form, accompanied by oak and sweet malts. bit of a sour finish. very tasty; a nice recovery after the 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.
original review on: 09-14-2010
05-12-2012 05:04:46 | More by BostonHops
4.43/5 rDev +3%
Bottle - vintage 2009, purchased for $8.99 per bottle. Poured into Orval Glass
A: Dark Brown, cola like but murkier. Half a finger head.
S: Spices, caramel, some dark fruit and oak notes
T: Chocolate, oak, caramel, dark fruits, fig, sweetness from brown sugar, a bit of boozy finish.
M: Relatively crispy mouth feel due to the amount of carbonation. Medium body.
O: I really liked this a lot. Maybe a tad bit too sweet for me, but well balanced, savory, and complex. Oak aging really added to this beer.
05-02-2012 03:28:38 | More by sukwonee
4.48/5 rDev +4.2%
Dark amber brown hazy body. Brown lacy head.
Oak barrel vanilla, peppery lots of spices. Sweet molasses malty and dark fruit aroma.
Lots of fruit from dark grape, plumb, fig, etc. to a nice lighter cherry. Belgian estery flavors and spices provide for a nice complexity.
Very smooth and lighter than expected. Still chewy, but not quite as heavy as some other quads. Lots of complexity, easy to drink and very hidden alcohol. Such a beautiful beer. I may perfer this to westy.
04-26-2012 02:10:38 | More by bfields4
3.55/5 rDev -17.4%
De Struise Pannepot Reserva is a decent quad but I didn't love it. I had the 2009 version.
A: Dark red/brown colour and a 5 mm head that lasts pretty well. 4.5
S: Malty with a hint of alcohol. 3.5
T: Malty with strong dried fruit flavour and some acidity. A little alcohol noticable at the end.3.5
M: A little thin. 3.5
04-25-2012 02:47:22 | More by vandemonian
Pannepot Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
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