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Pannepot Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 1,012
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 112
Gots: 182 | FT: 15
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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 kflack
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A special thanks to dogfishandi for this trade bonus!!

2008 Reserva LOT 4DD

A: Wow, thick! Small head the dissapears quickly.

S: Dried fruit,

T: A little sweetness, nice dried fruit. Mild hops. Kinda boozey?

M: Thin, but you can tell its bottle conditioned. Nice carbination for this style. Maybe aged a little long??

O: No hint as to the style off the bottle, just aged. I think its a good tripple?? Maybe a quad? Nice overall, but maybe aged a little long.

Photo of FosterJM
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Reaper16
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle -- 2008 vintage -- served into a Koningshoeven goblet

Pours a rich, tawny-garnet color. Held directly to light it takes on a more ruby shade. It shimmers with color, and looks like a fine sherry or Armagnac in the glass. Only the thinnest film of khaki foam formed; maybe it's the glass I used. It laces in tiny dots around the glass. While the head is lacking, the gorgeous color on the body makes up for it.

Lots going on in the nose (but you expected that, didn't you?) I'm hit immediately with aromas of fig jam, prunes and dried cherries. The cherry scent really blends in with the vanilla being thrown off by the oak barrels to make an aroma that is strongly reminiscent of the Gerber brand cherry-vanilla baby food. A touch of sherry (but not enough to indicate oxidation). Some dark grain scents show through. Like, really dark breadcrusts and over-cooked caramel.

The taste hits with a rush of candy sweetness and a flush of dark fruits. The plums give way to a brief cinnamon-meets-woodsy astringency play, before yielding to cherry. There's so much dried cherry here, and as the nose indicates, it plays well with the vanilla from the barrels. The oak doesn't try to take over, though. It lends some astringency and vanilla flavor, but it's remarkably balanced (relative to the rest of the beer, that is. I wouldn't call this a balanced beer on the whole. Too much sweetness for that) throughout the whole flavor profile. The malts are very sweet throughout the entire drink. Caramelly bread flavors; I am reminded of a bread pudding by the malt profile here. The midpalate reveals some musty, attic like flavor. It transitions to the finish where the cherry comes back for more, along with some honest-to-goodness earthy hop character.

Oak-aging usually thins a big beer out in terms of mouthfeel, and the French oak used for this beer is no exception. It's a nice, even, medium-bodied beer. That's a good thing given the large degree of sweetness that this beer has. It doesn't drink all gloopy (though it still feels incredibly sticky on your lips afterwards). It's predictably smooth, but I'm surprised at the amount of perceptible carbonation here. It doesn't detract from the beer, as it isn't very prominent. But when we're talking about a beer that lives and dies by its subtleties, I have to mention it.

Overall, Pannepot Reserva is one of the finest Quads I've ever had. I still like the standard Pannepot more, though. The spice profile in standard Pannepot is missed in this beer. What Reserva does so well, however, is to achieve a smoothness and subtlety that few other brewers could reproduce. Quads are usually reserved for the dessert portion of a meal, but Pannepot Reserva is subtle enough (yet still complex) to pair with duck or wild game. Don't hesitate to buy this incredible beer if you find it on store shelves.

Photo of keithmurray
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz, 2007 bottle poured into a chalice

Appearance - Cloudy, dark chestnut brown color, which yielded a little bit of a tan head

Smell - red wine, plums, red grapes

taste - Red grapes, plums, cherries, malt, wood, slight smokiness to this as well, for 10% ABV, the booze is well integrated into the balance of this beer

mouthfeel - medium to full bodied, highly carbonated, slightly sweet in the middle, a bit of a tart, sour finish, which is a good thing here is that makes sense

Mouthfeel - there are cheaper and more readily available Quads out there for regular drinking, but by itself, this was a good beverage, very complex on the palate, a sipper, I am glad I tried this, very good Quad - worth seeking out if you can get a hold of it.

Photo of CptBlackBeerd
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage poured into a tulip. Lot No. C4DD

A - Pours a murky dark amber with beautiful ruby and mahogany highlights. A Small one finger tan head with delicate lacing.

S - Very complex, but yet restrained. Wonderful dark fruit with sweet spice and earthy oak. Close your eyes for a truly old world Belgium experience.

T - Like the aroma, the taste is intoxicatingly complex. Toasted malt, plums, raisins, figs, cherries and vanilla nicely balanced with the oak and spice undertones. Wow, this is a great beer.

M - Silky smooth with medium body and minimal carbonation. The oak aging hides the alcohol almost completely. A slightly dry and tart finish like a fine wine.

D - This is an absolute fabulous quad. Very delectable and one of my overall favorites. I just want to hold it like a good sherry, so I can inhale between sips.

Photo of Kinsman
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Almost walked right by these bottles of the 2008 vintage yesterday but fortunately I found them.

Pours a hazy mahogany brown color body with lighter caramel coloring and a decent looking tan colored head but unfortunately I didn't pour aggressively enough to really get the head I wanted.

Aroma is juicy and fruity initially with hints of raisins or grapes with some pear and apple hints too. Oak character seems to be giving a bit of its woody and vanilla like aroma before the spices can be detected.

Taste is wonderfully complex with lots of sweetness with notes of raisins and maybe fig but also some sweeter honey like flavors. Bitter unsweetened chocolate flavors are also noticeable but all this sweetness is nicely offset but the woody character of the oak and some of the spice. I'm guessing clove and coriander are the primary culprits here but its hard to be sure.

Mouthfeel is wonderfully well executed being smooth and creamy with a slightly tart feel to it too. Overall, I'm really loving this beer. A bit different than some other quads but quite delicious.

Photo of wschmit
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008, 12 oz., into a Perfect Pint.

A: Pours a murky, orange amber, topped with a half-inch of tan head that leaves a bit of sticky lacing. Not much apparent carbonation in the body.

S: Very carmelized and boozy up front, mellowing into a mild, sherry-like sweetness with a touch of vanilla.

T: Not sweet for a big quad, more dry than I expected. Slightly astringent and woody, but not much. Otherwise, a sort of generic malt flavor dominates--a little chocolate and caramel, but otherwise a subdued, raisin taste, with some booze presence. Some earthy hopping lingers in the end.

M: Lower end of the carbonation scale suits this well enough. I taste the alcohol, but the sensation warms pleasantly.

D: It goes down easily for a big beer, but hard to imagine drinking several of these. Quads are pretty extravagant, I find; this one's on the restrained end.

Photo of CaptainTripps
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle poured into a Tulip
Reviewing from notes 2/21/11

A: A nice dark mahogany/coca cola color with slight orange hues on the edges. Came with about a fingers worth of a off white head that left a decent amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Most people find this beer to less flagrant, but i am expierencing the exact opposite. Strong dark fruit notes are present along with some spice and slight sweet cherry. Also a great deal amount of oak is coming out as well (this is after all aged for 14 months in french oak barrels).

T: Oak and currents go hand in hand with this beer. Some other dark fruits are present: raisons, plums and figs but not as apparent as the currents. Also a little bit of spice coming through as well but not over powering.

M: Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation throughout. Alcohol is non-exsistant in this beer. Very well hidden probably due to its age.

D: Very high with this beer, a great drinking Quad thats hard to put down. A little pricey for a 11.5ml bottle (about 8 bucks here in Oregon) but worth it from time to time.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this one a few times over the years.. mainly from Inflatablechair... But... now, suddenly we are getting them in Boise!! Yaayy!!

2008 375 shared with Sam tonight... poured into my small tulip. Thin tannish head atop a hazed deep amber brew.

Nose is boozy and pretty oak forward with some toasty malts and hints of raisin... good malt presence with an interesting plummy quality.

Flavor is not as rich as the nose... but still pretty nice.. mildly malty and a bit sweeter than I appreciate... some lite cherry ester notes... overall the malt profile is lighter than expected... oak is present but really shows on the more heavy side toward the finish and it combines with a lingering sweetness...

Pretty nice.. the oak never goes too far and just adds a nice layer of complexity from front to back..


Photo of ptykozoon
3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark woody, textured brown. Spotty islands, not too much of anything in the foamage dept.

Apple, belgian yeast, raisin, prune. Toned down however. I always feel like De Struise's beers should be more impressive in the nose dept.

Nutty, caramilzed sugar, light oak.

Alcohol very well handled.

Good quad, but lacks the umph. I think my bottle was an '06 or '08 or something. I'm gonna need one of these fresh as I doubt they get that much better with age. The ABV is perfect, but the flavors are DYING.

Photo of mondegreen
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage, 11.2oz bottle. Poured into a balloon tulip.

Pours a cola brown. When held to the light, the soft brown flows into red highlights. A thin tan head bubbles up gently.

The nose is a delicate mix of spices, dark fruit, and subtle yeast.

Taste mirrors the smell, except there is a very very slight tart note on the tongue.

Mouth is nice and smooth, drinks great for a great big quad.

Photo of Daigaro70
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

copped this on the word of matt capone @ capone's bottle shop.
i've sipped so many good beers over the years since that chimay in 98'. it's crazy this is even my first review, but being in philly it makes sense (this really is a beer city). i would definitely take my time with this, it almost seems to good to be true until you get to the end and you go WTF that was a good brew.

Photo of drewba
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark, muddy brown and red peeking out when it moves around. Pours a finger tan head which produces some nice bubbles, but mostly a tight, tiny bubbled film on top with a healthy ring.

S - Lots-o-spice; orange peel, coriander, nutmeg. Some plum, raisin, sweet molasses and bread with a slight meaty & smokey quality, and a little booze heat. The spices aren't really my thing, so while this doesn't smell great to me, the nose is fairly pungent.

T - Lots of dark fruit, but isn't overstated and mixes in fairly well with the spices. Dry raisin, sweet plum, fig, leather, tobacco, nutty bread, cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg, molasses, mostly in that order. The oak is well done, lending a soft dryness, but it's very subtle. The interesting blend of spice is dominating here, going long into the aftertaste.

M - Comes out oh-so-creamy with a perfect amount of carbonation, but once that fades I'm left with an unusual grittyness in the mouthfeel.

D - I happen to not enjoy the spice cabinet things going on in this beer, so it severely hampers its drinkability for me. I do keep coming back for the wonderful mouthfeel, it's so damn creamy.

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage poured into an Orval chalice. Deep mahagony/garnet color. Very little to no head, I expected a puffy one, shucks. Plums, raisins, dark chewy bread and green apple aromatic qualities. The palate is lightly spicy, chewy dried fruit such as raisin, plum and cranberry. Deep dark yeasty bread. Green apple and calvados, hints of sweet oak, not cloying neither is it dry. Leathery and full well attenuated mouthfeel, but not thin. This is really a fine, fine ale; wish I had bought 2 instead of 1.

Photo of 05Harley
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2008 Lot C 4 DD

Purchased through Lakeview Liquors, Chicago, Illinois

Price - $9.04/bottle

Appearance: A murky reddish brown pours from the bottle with bits of sediment followed by a lite tan head which appears briefly for a moment before fading out and retreating to the edge of the glass. Lacing tries to make a stand but falls slowly back into the liquid sensation.

Smell: The nose is filled with grapes, plums, cherries, spices and wood.

Taste: A near perfect balance between sweet and bitterness. Brown sugar, vanilla and oak. This is where this beer shines.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a medium to thick body. Very little carbonation almost flat like. Dry in the finish.

Drinkability: Bring it on. At 10% its super smooth and dangerous if your not careful. Though I prefer the regular version over this, it still stands out as another fine offering from a great brewery.

Photo of foogerd
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage.

A- Dark dirty brown body, looks muddy. Coffee colored small head which died out to leave carbonation bubbles.

S- Smashed raisins, figs and tons of wood. Brown sugared malts as well.

T- Roasted nutty brown sugar, vanilla, light chocolate, some sweet dark cherry flavor. Woody spicy finish with a bit of bitterness seemingly from oxidation. Colder the brew tasted more metallic and bitter as it warmed up it grew to be sweeter and tastier.

M- Full bodied velvety feel.

D- Very tasty as it warms.

I bought two bottles im reviewing the second one I had, this one seems to have a metallic oxidized character when its cold, as opposed to the first bottle which was absolute perfection. So I am subjective considering that the first bottle really blew me away. I would have given the first bottle a 5 in taste.

UPDATE: I tasted a third bottle on 3/14/11 sans any oxidation which was seriously out of this world for a Quad, I have heard of some reports of oxidation but I would tell you to definitely take the chance. Im going to update my score on taste from a 4 to a 4.5

Photo of Burt
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 2008 lot A 4 DD, served in a Chimay Chalice

Brown with a reddish hue, lots of carbonation in the glass but thin off white head that sticks around the way down. Very little lacing on the glass.

Sweet metallic aroma. Smell reminds me of a Duchesse De Bourgogne. Can smell some of the alcohol.

Sweet up front dried fruit in the middle with a nice light spice finish.

Very smooth and velvety, a little burn from the alcohol.

This was one of the best beers that I have had so far. I could drink quite a few of these if I could get more of this. Blown away by this one.

Photo of basica
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - From a 2007 vintage bottle, pours an opaque dark amber-brown into my De Struise tulip yielding a three-finger thick, pretty and creamy tan head that grows slightly after the initial pour, retaining well and lacing the glass as it finally settles; a high scorer in the appearance department (5)

S - Rich nose of dark fruits, chocolate, caramel and a bready malt backing along with some yeasty notes (4.5)

T - Brown sugar sweetness upfront quickly breaking into intense notes of molasses, spices and dark fruits with suggestions of plums, grapes and raisins, all masterfully blended with a light touch of phenols; chocolates, dark fruits as well as hints of malts and oak were present in the slightly spicy and peppery finish (5)

M - Close to full-bodied thickness with minimal carbonation, going down with a creamy smoothness and a pleasant warming (4.5)

D - Almost flawless in general, with a complex blend of flavors that best appeal to my palates; extremely easy drinking albeit being a pretty bold and characterful beer at the same time. (5)

Compared to the 2006 Vintage regular Pannepot, the 2007 Reserva is clearly better. In the looks department, the Reserva was darker and the head formed with a creamy goodness as the beer poured. The nose is a tad bolder for the Reserva; taste was also bolder and sweeter yet with lower perceived alcholic phenols which were masterfully blended with the dark fruits and molasses making it extremely delectable. The thickness this time was done right as well though not yet perfect. Now this is setting a pretty high standard for the Grand Reserva that will come next in my horizontal tasting journey.

Photo of NorCalYeti
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

taste- caramel, tart apple, brown sugar, popcorn, alcohol

color- deep amber/walnut brown

clarity- clear but dark and dense

smell- red wine, oak, whiskey, alcohol, shoe leather, tart, dark fruit, brown sugar, belgian yeast, biscuits

body- smooth on the palate, hop bite at the front of the mouth, pleasant medium-length finish, oily in the finish as the beer warms, well balanced although i think the hop component comes out on top

appearance- fine, soft, active carbonation although i did not agitate the beer when poured. thin off-white head with medium-weight lace and medium-length retention

overall impression- a great quad and one worth seeking out...a strong contender at 10%

notes and comments- this review is for a 2008 vintaqe. lots of yeast caked to the bottom of the bottle yet it didn't transfer to the glass...nice. first had this beer at trappist in oakland a couple of months ago

beer spy- monument liquors, concord ca, 12/1/10, $6.99, 11.2 oz. bottle

glassware: tulip

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

Poured from 330ml bottle (2006) into a tulip glass. Pours an opaque dark maple syrup / hazy brown color with medium, lasting, even head of uniformly sized medium foam. Aroma is rich, spicy (savory), and seasonal with notes of nuts, dried fruit, caramel, plump raisin, vanilla, and typical Belgian candi. Flavor is an interesting amalgam of standard Belgie strong ale flavors, nutmeg, sweet hops, and a long savory finish again reminding of caramelized roasted foods. Medium palate is fully appropriate and strong alcohol is mostly unnoticed except for the nice buzz.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.47/5  rDev +4%
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.

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

A - Poured from a 2007 vintage bottle into a Chimay goblet. Pours and has the highlights of dark raisin flesh. A medium, khaki head settles on top before dissipating into a film.

S - Strong sweet aroma of raisins, figs, cherries, malt, toffee and brown sugar.

T - Nice and sweet with a strong malt characteristic. Toffee and dark brown sugar, just a little bit of cherry tart. Potent alcohol taste lingers in the finish.

M - Medium bodied, chewy.

Photo of jsh420
3.35/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


pours muddy amber brown with one finger head that faded to a film and left some spotted lacing

smells of sweet brown sugar and dark fruit (not very strong or complex)

taste is a little better - you get the oak - the brown sugar tastes a little burnt - nutty dark fruit malts - and a nice spicy yeast bite on the finish

mouthfeel - medium body with very little carbonation

drinkability was so so - i had high expectations for this beer after trying the regular pannepot but that was an 2007 - i still have one to age so if it gets better after a year or 2 i will change my ratings

Photo of ToasterChef
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. Served in my Uprising Chalice at Novare Res, NYE 2010.

A: Dark brown liquid with a soapy brown skim of foam on top. Opaque. I was expecting a more impressive head; honestly, I'm a little disappointed.

S: Nutty, spiced aroma. A touch of sweetness.

T: Plums and prunes. Crystal sugar. Some alcohol and a touch of black cherries. Seltzer at the finish.

M: This is a tad syrupy. It leaves a flavorful coat. The carbonation tingles.

D: This is pretty drinkable, but I expected more out of this beer. In the future, I will stick with the regular Pannepot, or spring for a Grand Reserva, both of which I enjoyed more than this version.

Photo of pdoran10
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark brown color that lets almost no light through into a pint glass. One finger of off white head that leaves impressive lacing.

Smell is brown sugar, sweet cantdy breaded malt, a hint of alcohol heat.

taste is sweet nutmeg and nutty up front. A complex blend of Belgian malt sweetness and molasses. Very interesting flavors.

thick mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. very robust well made beer here.

Highly drinkable quad not much alcohol heat. Really nice smooth beer.

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Pannepot Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 1,012 ratings.