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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 andrewinski1
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. The bottle says 2009. There is a nice off-white fluffy head atop a clear dark amber/brown body.

The aroma is full of prune and cinnamon spice. There is a slight note of molasses and vanilla.

The taste balances the fruity, prune-like yeast influence with the dark malts. There is a great vanilla note here as well. There is a hint of spice in the finish, but ultimately finishes with a burst of juiciness.

This is medium bodied, with smooth carbonation. This is a real treat. I like Pannepot alright, but this is definitely a step up. (559 characters)

Photo of IPA35
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage

A really dark brown beer, hardly any light coming through at all. A medium off white head with reasonable retention. Beautiful.

Smells very good: big sweet dark fruits in here, caramel/brown sugar, oak, vanilla. Basically a nice quad with quite some oakiness.

The taste starts out with fruity sweetness. Nice and than it moves towards a more malt dominated taste. Quite a dry, roast-like maltiness. The oak gives it that distict woody, vanilla and toffee flavour, especially in the aftertaste. It works really well with this beer. Complex. A tasty brew for sure.

The mouthfeel is medium, for example the Westvleteren 12 has a more rich mouthfeel. Still, this is not bad at all and still rather creamy. Low to medium carbonation, which fits the style if you ask me.

Overall a great beer, I really like what the oak did to this beer. Now I just need to try the normal version! My second beer from this brewery and again this is very good. I will look out for more of their beers! (996 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 zeledonia
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage. Thanks to TJBurgess for the sweet extra, many moons ago. Tasted 16 August 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours deep chocolatey brown, clear on the pour but murky in the glass. It looked like amber oil coming out of the bottle - a viscous unbroken stream. Gentle pour to leave the yeast, led to not much head. And minimal lacing.

Smell is straight-up quad. Big and sweet, with loads of dark fruits. Prunes and dates, with a bit of brown sugar. Smooth and inviting.

Taste is slightly more complex than the smell, with many of the same elements, but some additions. Fruit is toned down somewhat, and there's a tobacco-like dark leafy character. Tasty stuff. A bit of alcohol comes on late, but much less than I'd expect at 10% ABV.

Mouthfeel is viscous and syrupy, as the appearance would suggest. Carbonation is spot-on at medium-low, and the finish is lasting and mellow, allowing those delicious sugary flavors to float around my mouth and slowly fade away.

I love quads. I wouldn't put this at the top of my list, but it's definitely quite good. Strong dark fruit flavors, complemented well by some those dark leafy flavors. And just like that, my glass is nearly empty (which makes me sad). (1,207 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 DavoleBomb
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. 2008 vintage. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this.

3.5 A: Murky plum brown color. A good bit of sediment came out, much more than what would just be yeast. Short lived frothy beige head. I'll cut it some slack since it's pretty old.

4.5 S: Great aroma on this. Tons of fruits, which are, in descending order - cherry, plum, more cherry, fig, date. Pleasant sugariness reminiscent of Pez candy. Plenty of caramel, candi sugar, and especially a "generic" spiciness. Light tobacco and raisin. This has an overarching earthy character, which I love in the Belgian quads. Lastly, oak to round things off.

4.0 T: The taste is also very good, but it lacks the power that the nose has. Oak is a bit more apparent in the taste. Otherwise, it's quite similar to the nose, but with less sugariness and fruits and a bit more earth. Same fruits exist, just less force from each. Same tobacco and raisin. The Pez thing isn't found in the taste. More dirty earthiness exists though.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good carbonation level, especially for this old. The carbonation could be a bit spritzier though, but overall it's okay.

4.5 D: The taste was between a 4.0 and a 4.5 so I'll make up the difference here. Very good beer and probably the best variant. The Grand Reserva covers up too many flavors for me to prefer that. (1,338 characters)

Photo of spdyfire83
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

234th Review
33cl bottle poured into wine glass
Vintage: 2009
Lot 32253728050711
BB: 16/08/2016

Enjoyed next to Pannepot (2010) and Pannepot Grand Reserva (2005)

A: Medium brown. Half (tan) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Smells of sweet toffee, oak, and raisin. Hint of spice, but loads of woodiness here. Very nice!

T: Soft balance of dark fruits and fig along with oak, toffee sweetness, and touch of spice. Warming booze rounds this one out, but the balance of oak and dark fruit is sublime.

M: Full bodied with even carbonation.

O: Of the three, this was my second favorite. The oak character adds a lot to this beer and I think it is very well balanced and smooth. (679 characters)

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

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. (1,976 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 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 zac16125
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330mL bottle poured into a goblet
2009 Vintage

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. (1,100 characters)

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

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 (891 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (511 characters)

Photo of bfields4
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (479 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
3.56/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

O: 3.5 (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 Dope
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle, approximately 3 years old.

A: A dark brown pour with a big fluffy very light brown head floating on top. Retention is good, takes a long time to fade away. Leaves some pretty heavy lacing on the glass.

S: Wonderful dark fruits like cherries, grapes and raisin. Maybe a little fig? Caramel malt and some molasses. Oaky vanilla. A bit of stinging esters. I get a whiff of cocoa here and there.

T: A lot going on in here. Up front, some oak and dark fruits, similar to the aroma. Sweet caramel and molasses (maybe a little toffee in the middle?). Some cocoa on the back end as the oaky vanilla finishes it off.

M: Fairly thick, not syrupy though. Smooth.

O: Pretty much you would expect, tastes like normal pannepot with some oak aspects added in. This is a little older vintage than my regular pannepot and the flavors seem to have melded a bit, making it a bit smoother. A good quad either way, very complex and intricate. (943 characters)

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

What a luxury to get to have a 2008 Reserva right after trying the Grand Reserva 2005!

A: pours a medium brown into a dark brown-black, nearly opaque tulip; decent beige head settles into a thin film that lingered

S: notes of sugars and malts, some fruits and some cocoa

T: dark fruits pervade, fainter dryness than the 2005 Grand Reserva, more bold fruit and sweet malt flavors

M: a tad heavier than the GR 2005, but I was less aware of the alcohol (perhaps because I'd just had a GR 2005) - rich and sweet

O: man, what a double-header I just had - the Reserva 2008 is a heartier drink than the GR 2005 (IMO), a little sweeter and bolder, or less refined, if you will, but equally deserving and rewarding. My respect for De Struise's Pannepot line grows with every drink. Cheers!

...and then (over a month later (5-27-12)) got to compare the 2008 to a 2009 Reserva - quick notes: the 2008 was sweeter, smoother, and less sharp/spicy; the dark fruit tastes of the 2008 had a darker, riper flavor - and I know this may go against the consensus, but I think I liked the 2009 a teensy bit more - I like the crisper, spicier taste in this beer (probably why the standard Pannepot (2011 as of my reviews here), is my overall favorite (by a hair's breadth, mind you)).
And in the big picture, Pannepot, as a whole, is a top 10 all-time beer - one that immediately captured my imagination and tastebuds.
Buy any Pannepot you find. (1,431 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours an opaque very dark brown with some amber hues. A finger of dense cream foam. Retention is quite good.

S: Strong dark fruits start off with caramel and light bourbon in the background.

T: Much drier than the nose, but the dark fruits are still there in the way of figs. I also get bready malts, toffee and brown sugar with some nutmeg. I really like how De Struise packs lots of flavor and complexity in this beer while not making it overly sweet like many quads.

M: Moderate to thick mouthfeel with creamy carbonation.

O: This beer is incredible. It's very complex yet easy to drink. There is no hint of ABV. It's fairly dry for a quad, but is packed with toffee and dark fruit flavor. Well worth seeking out. (753 characters)

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

2008 Vintage on-tap at Max's Belgian Beer Fest. Tried directly after the 2005 Grand Reserva.

It looks the same as the Grand Reserva, but with a better head. The smell is much less roasty and lacks some of the mellowed characteristics I loved on the 05 GR. Very Belgian, sweet, sugary, malty. Moving to the taste, this is balanced and light, the taste is more focused on dark fruits, candied sugar, and Belgian yeasts. While it is balanced, it might need some age. Slight harsh boozy finish, medium body low carbonation. Pretty damn drinkable. This was very good, should have had it before the Grand Reserva. it's just not as good. (631 characters)

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

2009

A: Very deep, dark brown color, one-finger dark khaki head with good retention, bit of lacing

S: Banana bread, dark fruits, caramel, spices

T: A lot going on here, dark fruits, some sweetness, some tartness and spiciness, good from start to finish

M: Good carbonation, smooth, medium-bodied, nice warming alcohol in finish

O: Very good Quad, perfect as a winter warmer, lucky to come across this and will have to pick up some more (440 characters)

Photo of jthahn
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip.
'09 bottle, opened March of 2012.

A - nothing too special about the appearance of the beer. dark...one finger head..etc,etc

S - definitely has an oak smell to it. take any bourbon barrel aged beer and just remove the sweetness of the bourbon and keep the wood intact, thats it.

T - this is where this beer delivers. i tend to vassilate on quads but i like this one. its strong, so i hesitate to call it really drinkable but thats what it is. the alcohol holds back, mostly due to the large amounts of oak, molasses and caramel that come through.

M - its right in the middle, probably right where it should be. not overly heavy and certainly not light either. the beer lingers on your tongue for a little while after drinking it.

O - I would definitely put this quad in a lineup of beers that i regularly drink, which is saying something for it being a quad. although the price tag would probably prohibit that, $6.99 for a single 12 oz.

If you want a reason to get this beer, then i would say to utilize it the same way you would a big bold red wine. a steak, a broiled pork chop...it would suit these things perfectly. (1,155 characters)

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Struise tulip.

2009 Vintage

A: Pours a dense and rich deep brown with 1/2 a finger of exceedingly creamy, dark khaki colored foam. Retention was excellent with some semblence of head lasting till the final sips.

S: Brown bread, banana, coconut, bruised dark fruit, rum drenched raisins, fudge brownies, and chocolate chip bread pudding.

T: See above with the addition of toasted caramel, clove, molassas, vanilla, and chocolate covered cherries.

M: Warming and sweet with an awesome alcohol burn that keeps everything in check.

0: Another classic entry in the Pannepot series. Keep 'em coming! (635 characters)

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

2008 Vintage; served in a Rochefort chalice

A- From what I've read this beer has a reputation for being "ugly". I actually think that the appearance is appropriate for the style, and the particular flavor of the beer itself. Thick, dark, brown which is translucent around the edges; a beer which is clearly full of flavor.

S- Strong alcohol mixed with a sweet vanilla and caramel. The goblet does no justice to the aroma of this beer.

T- Despite being almost 4 years old the high alcohol content is prominent, though it does not negatively effect the taste. Flavors quickly transition to a burst of sweet and smokey vanilla or caramel. The finish is long dry and bitter, but with a lingering smokiness. The oak aging has done this beer well.

M- The alcohol, again, causes an intense warming initial mouthfeel with little carbonation. This is followed by a long dry finish.

Overall this beer impressed me. It was a good elaboration on more traditional Quadruples that I have had. I will be returning to the store to by some more to age. (1,040 characters)

Photo of areich6
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with my good friend pchul4.

A: Pours with very little, light colored head. Dark brown coloring that looks pretty inviting.

S: Smells like dark fruits such as plums and black cherries. However, it also smells a little like bourbon to me, which is weird cuz it isn't bourbon barrel aged. Idk.

T: Really good. Tastes pretty similar to how it smells, with the dark fruits, but I can also make out a slight citrusy flavor, in addition to a very faint caramel like flavor. The dark fruit taste lingers in the mouth for a while. Cannot taste the alcohol barely at all.

M: Very smooth, with no bite from the alcohol, a little creamy and very drinkable.

O: This is a very good quad. (690 characters)

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