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Pannepot Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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979 Ratings
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Ratings: 979
Reviews: 350
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 112
Gots: 171 | FT: 13
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2007)
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Photo of JRG
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Popped a bottle from 2008 and poured it into my goblet...

Poured a very dark reddish brown with a tan head that grew to just over a finger's width...

I smelled the oakiness, some spices (cloves and such), molasses, and some fruitiness- dried cherries, raisins... along with some hints of alcohol on the nose.

Tastes much like it smells, but smoother than expected... First sip brought caramel, and the dark fruits I was smelling, molasses and brown sugar, a little spice, then a hint of oakiness and some slight alcohol warming...

It had a full-bodied feel in the mouth, low carbonation (but that's great with this brew), and very smooth going down...

Overall, a very enjoyable beer for Christmas night... I was eating some toffee that was topped with almonds and milk chocolate while I had this- and the pairing was incredible!! Perfect beer for the toffee!

Photo of callmescraps
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been on the lookout for this one forever, finally ran into it. Opened Christmas Eve after getting all my presents under the tree.

Appearance- Dark, chestnut brown. Very rich. A full inch of light, beige/mocha head. Big bubbles. Settles quickly into not much.

Smell- Dried fruit, raisins, figs? Some cola smell. Spice cake. Chocolate covered stone fruit.

Taste- More cola. A nice spice mixture. It's well integrated, so not overpowering. Light chocolate as well. Cocoa powder. Some cherry, just a hint. There is a pleasant almost tartness. A sherry character. Very nice and complex, but not overwhelming. Some tannin and some oak.

Mouthfeel- Lovely carbonation. Light.

Drinkability- No hint of the 10% abv. Goes down almost too easy.

Really excellent beer. Just lovely. Would be very interested to try the regular.

Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep burgundy color with a big head and lots of lace. The aroma is brown sugar and earthy notes with some raisins, some floral notes, and a good nutty and spicy character. The flavor is raisny again but has a nice spicy and earthy bit with some molasses and a warming booziness. The palate is very full but a little bit slick. Really a damn rich delicious beer.

Photo of Brez07
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Novare Res. 16oz pour served in my chalice. Not sure of the year on this one

A: Dark crimson hue. Just a whisp of white colored head. No lacing

S: Some crisp apple, cherry, caramel, molasses and a touch of oak

T: Slightly oaky. Notes of sherry. Some light fruit (apple/cherry), molasses. Kinda hard to lock down all the flavors in this

M: Full bodied. Very smooth. Some carbonation, don't really notice it though

D: Very complex quad. Zero sign of alcohol. As I said, hard to get all flavors because there were so many. Was very excited to see this on tap

Photo of TMoney2591
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

2008 vintage. Nice to see more random goodness flowing at the Firk. This one pours a nice obsidian topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises figs, brown sugar, light molasses, light black cherry, red apples, and some very light roasted malts. The taste holds notes roasted malts, light-ish molasses, brown sugar, figs, red apple, red grapes, chocolate, and some very light coffee. The body is a slightly hefty medium, with a light carbonation and a very smooth feel. Overall, a very nice quad that ends up being dangerously drinkable.

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

11.2oz bottle poured into Delirium tulip.

2008 Vintage.

A- Pours a nice molasses brown with a good fingers worth of head that recedes slowly and leaves some nice soapy lacing around the edge of the glass.

S- Rich, dark fruits, dates, figs, some black cherries. There is also a little pie crust filling graham cracker-ness in there as well. This is what a quad should smell like.

T- Hand down the best tasting Quad I have had. The cherries are pronounced and the other dark fruits are more than just a nuance of the beer. The malt is there and so is a touch of hops but there is so much more. The oak is barely noticeable, but lends a soothing touch to the brew.

M- Spot on, full bodied that just glides down the throat. Smooth in every aspect. The carbonation is there but doesn't take away from this beer.

D- If you can get your hands on this, do. This is my favorite style and it doesn't get any better than this. No alcohol present the entire time sipping this brew.

Photo of hardy008
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 Vintage

Chestnut brown with a one finger tan head which vanishes quickly and leaves no lacing. The aroma has pears, candi sugar, grapes, dates, oak, and a heavy amount of alcohol.

The taste is just like the aroma. Pears, candi sugar, grapes, dates, oak, and alcohol. It is also sweet and boozy. A lot of alcohol heat in this beer.

Medium to full bodied. Sweet, smooth, decent carbonation, and a lot of alcohol heat. A nice tasting Quadrupel, but far from my favorite of the style. There is too much alcohol heat for my liking.

I suspect I would like the traditional Old Fisherman's Ale better.

Photo of BeerNemesis
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pannepot Reserva - Old Fisherman's Ale | 330 ml. | 10.0% ABV | 2008 vintage

Brewer: De Struise Brouwers
Style: Quadrupel (Quad)
Glass: Duvel tulip

Presentation:
The label looks something like a Roman mosaic of a sailboat. It looks very good.

Appearance:
Murky brownish-red. The anemic, mocha-milky head settles into a thin and disparate layer of bubbles.

Aroma:
Hmm, not getting too much out of the nose. Reminds me of toasted whole grain bread and raisins.

Taste:
Complex, uncompromising taste. It seeps deep into the tongue infusing it with the hefty sweetness of dark fruits--plums, raisins, and fig. Dark caramel and warm molasses round out the fruity flavor. It is toasted grain--charred bread crust to be exact--that creates the platform atop which intricate flavor structures assemble, stretch, strive, and erupt into a kaleidoscopic array of flavors. Orange peal, coriander, and ground pepper are imbedded into undulating walls of oaky malts. And then a vinous undercurrent threatens to plunge the whole proposition into chaos. The tannic transmutes, in the end, into something more like anise, silky, funky and expansive. Alcohol is infused into everything. It accompanies all stages of development.

Mouthfeel:
Heavy, almost viscous. Carbonation is there but you don't notice it.

Harmony:
A beautiful drink. It will leave you tired, but not weary. There is a feeling of accomplishment that grows throughout the process of understanding how all the flavors develop and coexist harmoniously.

Would I get it again?:
Oh yeah.

Bottled: ?
Served: December 8, 2010

Photo of BARFLYB
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a New Jersey shelf for cheaper than I found the original in PA. Stoked to try this one out, never thought I would see this. 2008 vintage.

Into the snifter Reserva pours out the standard bark brown deep dirty pond water out of the bottle becoming dark burgundy in the glass. With a tilted pour not getting any foam on top. Some swirls create some soda pop bubbles but nothing beyond that.

More wood focused in the nose as the original had a more dark fruit vibe. Big scents of wood/oak with underlining vanilla. Some apple and plum with with toasted malt, caramel, raisin, werthers.

Im blown away by how tame and tasty this is at once. Reserva is luscious while big in smooth oaky vanilla up front. The fruit takes a backseat but remains present. Some cocco, apple, plum, raisin, bourbon tones, just all together marvelous.

Feel is so smooth it's not funny. it just glides down the mouth leaving oak and malt sweetness but no heat or intrusion. Approaching full bodied with a light carb letting you know your not alone.

I really wish I grabbed more of this. It was a treat and a sipped mine for a hour or so smiling. Not being a great fan of the original, the barrel aging, or perhaps this vintage just clicked.

Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle served in my Bruery tulip. 2008 vintage, lot A4DD. Pours a dull chestnut with a slightly murky clarity. Head is half an inch, loose, off-white and embedded with tiny ringlets. Head quickly disperses into a solid skim and a frothy band around the edges of the bowl. Some spots and strands of lacing were revealed during the tasting. Nose is tannic, expresses some ethanol, dark fruit and a trace of oak, which was much more pungent off the cap pop, but is much more diffuse in the glass. Taste follows nose; however, ethanol character is not really present in the flavor profile and oak character all but disappears. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a mild, even carbonation and some very minor, residual alcohol heat at the finish. A very good Quad - great balance and a well-hidden abv contributes to its exceptional drinkability. Not sure how much aging would enhance the experience on this one, but it might be worth securing an additional bottle to sit on for a few years.

Photo of larryi86
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Split a 2008 bottle into two snifter

A- Dark brown with almost no head

S- Caramel and vanilla up front, some oak, honey, roasted malts, yeast, very amount of alcohol

T- Amazing complexity, the caramel and vanilla come out up front right away, nice roasted malts in the middle, finishes with hints of oak and honey with some nuttyness. Hints of spices through out. Small amount of alcohol burn, but really does not make you think 10% ABV

M- Full body, smooth, silky, chewy

D- Amazing, I wish I had bought two bottles. Must try.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into The Bruery tulip; another bottle grabbed at Brusin' Ales in Asheville.

Pours very dark brown, murky, with a thin but quite persistent creamy light brown head on top. Fantastic explosion of lacing as the glass recedes.

Nose is beautifully rich - densely bready, cocoa and clove with some spicy alcohol, dense figs mixing with a bit of a currant bite.

Taste is more savory than expected - notes of richly spiced sweetbreads, figs and raisins, a lightly tart vinous note that brings to mind red grape skins and currants, very light earthiness on the finish that's got a bit of breadcrust. Alcohol and yeast bring loads of clove and just general spiciness to this one. A savory, almost leathery quality to it, though much more appealing in action than in description. Beautifully balanced between tart and sweet, spicy and savory. Every aspect perfect complementary to the other 3.

Mouthfeel is lightly fluffy, carbonation massages the tongue over a medium-full body that isn't heavy at all. Beautifully done.

Fantastic drinkability. Excellent all-around beer, but the flavor and mouthfeel really bump this one up. Beautiful.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 11/16/10

Lot A 4 DD

Flat brown color, not quite dull. Looks murky until held to the light as a few crimson highlights emerge. Two fingers of toasted brown foam. Head retention thins to 1/8th inch layer leaving decent swaths of lace.

The aroma is deep with notes of raisin & other dark fruit hints, brown sugar, bread, a touch of caramel. A little sweetness to be had. Woody with undertones of yeast. Spices emerge after swirling the glass.

Dark fruit flavors (plum & raisins) intermingle with a toasted blend of not-too-sweet sugars - brown sugar, caramel & cocoa. Nice spicy aspect throughout. The flavors really start to gel over time. Once it starts to warm & open up, oak flavors become apparent. Some bready notions, especially on the second pour. A dash of cinnamon.

The feel is kind of watery but doesn't strike me as too thin; in fact it fleshes out as it warms. Carbonation has a bit of a kick initially but calms down half way through each sip. Finishes dry enough with a slight gritty feel.

At 10% abv the alcohol is very well hidden & drinkability benefits because of it. Appreciable heat is minimized, though it does have a warming effect. The second pour is actually murky, as some of the sediment made it into the glass; it also seems a hair sweeter. In any case, worth a shot.

Photo of paulozanello
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso.

Pours a very dark brown color, not quite black, with little to no light going thru the glass. Head is very silky and thin and has a beige color. No lacing on this one, after about 5 minutes it looks like a glass of wine.

Aroma could be a little stronger and I get lots of dark fruit, raisins, yeasty esters and a port-wine/alcohol note in the end.

This beer tastes very good. Lots of dark fruit (plums, figs, raisings) upfront with a honey-like sweetness throughout. Towards the end of the sip I can definitely get some oak character along with a hint of noble hops. The aftertaste is very rich and yeasty with some alcohol warmth and red grape astrigency.

Body is medium to high and carbonation is on the lower side making this beer incredibly smooth. I find it hard to believe that it is 10% abv.

Very pleasant on the palate and highly drinkable, this is what Belgian beer is all about.

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

Thanks to Smalls for hooking me up with this beauty! Nice ruby-brown pour with a quickly fading head and great lacing. Unique nutty nose with prunes, oak, caramel, red wine, and a touch of vanilla. The taste mirrors the nose and is just as complex. The nuttiness and complexity makes this stand out from other quads I've had. It reminds me of a nice red wine. Very woody and smooth and the vanilla and oak get really noticeable as it warms. The alcohol is really well disguised. Definitely the smoothest, most drinkable and enjoyable quad I've ever had. Another world class offering from De Struise!

Photo of Chincino
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured into a tulip glass. It's color was a dark brown with very little off-white foamy head. Alcohol is well-hidden and it doesn't drink like a 10% abv beer. It is medium-bodied with little carbonation. Drinkability is good with this beer.

Photo of pwoods
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz brown bottle poured into a Westmalle chalice.

A: Pours very deep brown with no light shining through. Moderate head on the pour with some retention, mostly holding at a thick skim. Decent lacing.

S: Deep malty aromas with some complex spicing. No definite spices but a pleasant spiciness. Some light sweet aroma in the back, maybe from the oak. Maybe a touch of some blood/metallic. Overall, somewhat subtle.

T/M: Awesome flavor. The signature Pannepot dark spicy malts, almost brown breadish. Some pleasant alcohol that has mellowed and doesn't really have much heat. Moderate yeast profile with a bit of spice. The oak aging isn't huge in this beer and I think I'd actually like to see a bit more. Attentuation doesn't seem as high as much Belgians of this style but it does have just a bit of dryness in the finish. Carbonation doesn't seem quite as high as it should be, and might be causing some lack of dryness.

D: Very tasty beer and I could drink gallons of anything Urbain makes.

Photo of ne0m00re
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/05/10- Had a 33 cL botle of the 2007 Pannepeut Old Monk's Ale.
A: Murky brown, pours a nice cream head that dies to an active collar and film.
S: Raisins, molasses, some leafy moldy hops, dark candi sugar, figs, bourbon (w/o the barrel).
T: Very sweet tar-caramel, cigar/molasses/raisins are big players here. Quick on the tongue. Mild leafy bitterness fades to a nutty bourbon roast finish. Mildly lingers.
M: Slightly thinner but with a mildly creamy carbonation. Sticky linger.
D: Pretty good, a little boozey.

Photo of richmof
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pannepeut 2007 in Chez Moeder Lambic (they didn't have the one I actually wanted). New young bartender made a point of pouring the beer and then made a hames of it...oh well. Even though there was way too much frothy head, some good head retained and stuck with us till the end. The beer itself was chestnut brown and quite cloudy (maybe to do with pour).

Dark fruits come through on the nose but also some malt and brandy. This follows through on the palate and it is almost like a christmas pudding - lots of dark fruit: figs, caramelised cherries, dates etc. There is clearly some biscuit malt there as well and the hopping counteracts some of the sweetness. Overall, it is a little too sweet for me (had a 2008 recently and wonder if the extra year is too much for the beer?). Really intense flavour for sure but quite heavy and I would struggle to drink more than one.

Photo of levifunk
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage.

a - pour is dark brown with minimum head that dissipates immediately.

s - smell is carmalized brown sugar, plum, and spice

t - plum and brown sugar sweetness. very smooth. some booze flavor, but at 10% that's expected. some spice, but mostly a malty sweet flavor.

m - medium body. carbonation is low, but enough there to keep it from feeling syrupy.

overall - very tasty, I threw a second bottle in the cellar. This will age phenomenally. I'm surprised the lack of oak I taste/smell.

Photo of impending
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 33cl into a tulip. Pours a very deep reddish mahogany. Minor head dissipated rather quickly, low carbonation.

Aroma is rather highly spiced for a quad, much more than just the typical dark ripe fruits - superb.

Medium bodied mouthfeel. The aging is immediately obvious. Not too sweet. I expected the aging to mellow the alcohol but it is surprisingly obvious although it has no warmth. Still somewhat vinous as is Pannepot but the finish has been improved as the bitterness is down a notch, doesn't have the same burnt finish. I wish the after taste lingered longer

I prefer this over the regular Pannepot as the flavor is smoother from start to finish likely due to a year of age. While the barrel is obvious it is not dominant. De Struise certainly is interesting!
cheers
jd

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

2008 bottle poured into a new belgium glass. Opaque brown with ruby edges, small mocha head with some lacing. Smell is caramel and sweet malt up front followed by wet barrel, sweet tobacco, and a hint of orange peel. Taste is not as big as I thought it would be. Only slightly sweet, caramel malts with a touch of bitterness and milk chocolate coffee. Doesn't have the characteristic quad yeast flavor i was expecting. Long roasty aftertaste and alcohol is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is more like a stout then a quad - medium to heavy and a mild carbonation. A great beer overall, although I am not sure it is completely within the style parameters. As far as the BA style description goes, it fits.

Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a dark amber color, perhaps we could call it mahogany with a fluffy tan head on top.

S: There are lots of different dark fruit aromas here, perhaps some figs, plums, raisins, along with a non-dark fruit--pears. A lot of caramel malt, brown sugar, and a hint of bread.

T: A mild spiciness followed by an intense dark, sweet fruitiness. Raisins, plums, figs, cherries, and brown sugar with a hint of alcohol and perhaps even a bit of oak.

M: The body is medium to full with a very creamy and full level of carbonation.

D: I like the regular Pannepot a fair amount and this is even better. A really fantastic beer and one that I would easily drink again.

Photo of adrock7309
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 2008 into a chimay goblet. Great dark brownish red color with almost no head and slight lacing along the ridge of the top of the glass. Some large bubbles centered at the top. Letting it warm a bit before i dig in.

Great yeast spice up front with a nice nose of alcohol. Tons of candy sugar notes and raisin flavors abound. Slight carbonation but enough.

Great Beer!!!

Photo of SilentSabre
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, cloudy, brown body with a two finger thick, dense, foamy head. This looks very nice.
Smell is very sweet with plenty of toasted malt aromas and some mild spices. Also a little bit of dark fruits, namely raisins.

Flavour is big dark fruits; whiskey soaked raisins and cooked plums. A bit of caramel, and at 10%, a decent bit of detectable alcohol. This is a bit strong, but certainly very well crafted; a sipper, for sure.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and silky; almost oily, but not offensively so. Very well crafted, but a 'one and done' for sure.

Pannepot Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
96 out of 100 based on 979 ratings.