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Pannepot Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 1,005
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 111
Gots: 180 | 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 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.

Photo of nwu008
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

From a 2008 Bottle

A -- rich brown. Pours with a thick head which disapates down to a quarter inch.

S -- Richly nutty with raisin and figs.

T -- Simiar to smell, nutty with dried fruit and and brown sugar or molasses

M - smooth and rich, excellent

D - drinks well for the high abv, but the rich flavors like the drinkablity

Overall an excellent Old Ale/Quad. One of the best tasted to date.

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

2008. Deep toffee colour with a tan cap of fine bubbles. Nice lacing, decent head retention. Great aroma. Bready and toasty malts, earthy, prunes, raisins, almost a spicy wood character, light alcohol. Nice flavour too. A little sugary but far from cloying, caramel and molasses, with more of a fresh plum fruitiness and less of a prune and fig dried fruit character. Honey, spices, and alcohol were all mild and balanced, as was a hint of oak flavour and astringency. Medium plus body with lowish, well integrated carbonation that made it feel a bit lighter. Overall this was a really well balanced beer, very tasty and quite drinkable for a quad.

Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I received this in a recent trade with chefmikeanderson (thanks for the beers, bro!). Bottle is a 2008 vintage, and the review is from notes taken on 1/14/2011 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: When I crack the cap, there is a strange, nearly purple/plumb ring of what appears to be yeast sticking to the underside; pour is a dark plumb, caramel color; starts with a full one finger creamy tan head with good retention; body is dark and murky, nearly opaque; head eventually fades to a thin, but full cap, and it leaves fair washes and spots of lacing holding to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Tons of rich and ripe dark fruits -- smells strongly of raisins and figs, and they have a slightly candied presence about them; a rich, sweet caramel/toffee maltiness is underneath the fruitiness; slight presence of alcohol in there, but it seems really well blended

Taste: Wow, very heavy on the dark, ripe and candied fruits with the same flavors mentioned above in the smell (lots of fig, raisins, and even a bit of a white grape flavor to it); definite sweet maltiness that has some aspects of caramel/toffee to it; mild astringent woodiness from the time in the barrel, but it's not really over done and adds a bit of an earthy bitterness to it as well as a hint of vanilla; aftertaste is very much the alcoholic bite, and it's definitely woody -- kind of reminiscent of bourbon or whiskey barrel aged offerings.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium weight and the carbonation is present, but it's soft and fitting of the style; a moderately sticky, rather thin coating is left on the roof of the mouth; gums are left tingly from the ABV and the belly is left warm from it as well.

Drinkability: Overall, it's definitely a great beer, but I find the sweetness from the malts and dark fruit aspects to become a bit much and it comes across as a bit too sweet for my palate and stomach; ABV is also high so I don't think I could drink too much of this in one sitting, and the 11.2 ounce bottle I'm sure will prove to be just enough; I'm glad I got two bottles of this in the trade as I'm hoping that additional time in the bottle will help mellow out the astringency of the alcohol. Excellent overall though.

Photo of crossovert
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle. Reserva, 2008 vintage, No4.

It is a beaut when it pours. It is black in the snifter with a plum purple/red colored hue when held to light. The head is off-white and tightly foamed. It sticks for a bit and recedes to a few spots of lacing.

The smell is full-force. It is HUGE and filled primarily with raisins, kirschwasser, almond extract, perfumey alcohol, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, and spice.

The flavor is much the same, just a really flavorful quad. It has tons of dark fruit flavors, caramel, toffee, dark bread, and dark candi sugar. There is also a hint of spiciness but nto really too much oak as there was in the smell. It is medium-full bodied with a prickling carbonation, an alcoholic tinge, and a dry finish. It is sweet, but not overly so, it is smooth and drinkable

A fantastic brew from a great brewery

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage.

Pours a muddy dark brown with a thin head.

Aromas of toffee, raisin, brown sugar, kirsch liqueur, butterscotch, cognac, and molasses.

Molasses is prominent on the palate with secondary flavors of raisin, cocoa, fig, and brown sugar. Light oak notes arrive on the finish with a vague spice wrapping things up.

The body creamy and smooth with absolutely no sharpness. yet, it never becomes syrupy or overly rich.

The balance of flavor is extraordinary. Sweet, but not cloying, fruity, but not overbearing. Spice and oak just add a kiss of complexity to the finish. A well constructed brew that's deserves to be near the top of the Best Quad list.

Photo of thepeter
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage, poured a dark brown. murky, mohogany with not much of a head that turned to No head pretty quickly. Not very much lacing left either. Got some of the expected smells of dark fruit, yeast, roast nut, candy sugar spice and a bit of funk. Tastes were a muted version of the smell the dark candied fruit and yeast were certainly present, along with a nuttiness and a bit of tart funk, which I did not expect. the feel was quite smooth but not as creamy as I remember it being in the past. Never the less I could drink this till I pass out. the Alc is not very present and the flavors are all wonderful, plus, in the end I think my bottle was not as good as others. Not sure what happened but know this beer is better than my experience this time around.

Photo of seeswo
3.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage bought from the Webshop.

Appears dark, almost cherry brown in color, with minimal head. Nose of oak and mild cherry. Smells decent, but reserved.

Taste is not too sweet, but with a touch of cherry or other fruit sweetness. A bit of oak. A bit boozy, though not too much. The taste doesn't totally come together for me, like it is missing a bit of punch or direction. Maybe I'm not good with subtlety.

Medium mouthfeel that comes in a bit thinner than expected. Taste doesn't carry long with a very slight dry finish.

Found it to be very drinkable and it was not as much of a sipper as I was expecting. Maybe a bit of alcohol burn holds this back a touch, but not too much.

Pannepot Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 1,005 ratings.