Pannepot Reserva - De Struise Brouwers
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4.65/5 rDev +8.1%
I purchased a few of these and have been sitting on them for some time. Today it just hit me to give it a try.
A - Deep deep brown with ruby corners and a deep tan head. The head sticks to the glass and remains as I drink it down.
S - Alcohol, plums and figs hit you first then some spice I can't put my finger on. Very unique nose.
T - Again dark fruits and a leather flavor. Molasses and caramel malts come next. This is so complex. The layers of flavor keep you guessing whats in here. As it warms some sweetness, almost cherry like, comes thru.
M - Rich and velvety. Nice low carbonation on this quad.
D - This thing is so smooth. The alcohol in the nose is completely absent in the taste...where is the 10%??
Overall a beauty! I cannot wait to try Black Albert after drinking this one!
08-13-2010 01:52:06 | More by boomer31
4.88/5 rDev +13.5%
A - Very dark brown/black cola color with a large, extraordinarily creamy, sticky, frothy beige head. Good retention that settles into a nice layer of creamy, sticky lace.
S - Lots of dark fruit with raisin, date, plum, and cherry aroma. Good amount of dark, caramel malt and molasses/slightly burnt brown sugar. Hints of chocolate and some oaky/vanilla aroma along with a strong spiced aroma and some yeast.
T - Similar to the nose with a good mixture of sweet malt and dark fruit with a good amount oak and spice. These make a good combination of all different taste. Molasses, caramel, and hints of chocolate come out with the malt. Similar dark fruit to the nose combines sweet and slightly tart flavor. Good amount of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and coriander are present. Slight oak and vanilla undertones are present throughout. No overly strong but definitely provide another layer of flavor. Very well balanced and complex beer.
M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Extremely smooth and creamy with a rich silky feel.
D - Very easy to drink with the smooth and creamy body and the nice balance and complexity. Really makes me want to keep drinking this.
Notes: Vintage 2007. Incredibly complex, yet very well balanced. Oak flavors aren't overly strong, but definitely present and make a great difference. Really great beer, recommended.
08-10-2010 02:54:36 | More by FreshHawk
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured into a Rock Art tulip. The body has an unfiltered plum brown color with a thin off-white head on top. Light lacing is left behind. Looks great for a dark Belgian.
The aroma is filled with oaky, dried figs, caramel sweetness and light cloves. Cherries, plums and mocha chocolate. Nice woodiness with a touch of smoked malt.
Tipping back the glass coats my tongue with creamy, smooth, oaked fruits, vinous chocolate and light alcohol. Caramel and oak barrel with a touch of coffee. Belgian spices linger in the background. A delicious mix of notes. Not sure if this is a Belgian quad or Belgian strong dark, but either way it is excellent.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with light carbonation and light warming alcohol. A touch of spice and bitterness. Almost velvety.
This is a very drinkable big beer and the bottle size is about the perfect serving size. I really enjoyed sipping on this beer and many thanks to sleepydave for bringing this over. I still haven't cracked one of my regular Pannepots, but after having this I'll have to try one of those soon. There are really no flaws associated with this beer and I think it has just become one of my favorite Belgians. I will definitely have to seek out another bottle of this.
08-01-2010 18:17:19 | More by sisuspeed
3.9/5 rDev -9.3%
"Old Monk's Ale" - 2007;
Pours dark brown with perhaps a deep red tint; thin tan head.
Nose is red plum, bright red fruit, grape/wine character in the nose;
Mouthfeel is creamy, malty and rich feeling.
Flavors are sweet-smoke sugar; sweet coffee and deep whiskey/chocolate with espresso. Complex, layered, sweet character and a nice alcohol character.
Drinks well and one of the few of this type I'd like colder than room temperature. this is more of a sipping dessert beer.
Nice a bit unique. Carmel/toffee/coffee/malty finish with just a burnt carmel bitter finish.
Probably couldn't drink a lot this; too rich and sweet. Nice for a small amount. Like dessert.
07-23-2010 04:48:33 | More by GRG1313
3.63/5 rDev -15.6%
Chilled bottle into a glass. Generously shared by nickd717. Thanks Nick. From notes.
A: Pours a very dark maroon body with translucent edges. The pour produces a finger of light tan foam. Good retention, leaving a moderate collar and some scattered film on top when all is said and done.
S: Plums, raisins, coriander, pepper. Light booze. Oak. Vanilla, caramel, green apple.
T: Has a savory taste of plums, raisins, and green apple up front. Cocoa powder, caramel, brown sugar or molasses, vanilla, and oak come through in the mid-taste. The finish is spicy (pepper and coriander) with a light booze warmth to it.
M: Semi-dry for the style. Light booze warmth. Low-medium carbonation.
D: It's decent, but I prefer the original and the Grand Reserva to this one.
07-21-2010 18:19:46 | More by Arbitrator
4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
Poured into a Rochefort chalice from a 330ml bottle. Bottled in 2007.
A: a beautiful dark beer. Looks almost like a stout with a inche of red. I had to pour hard to get a head and it didnt last long enough to let me enjoy the smell before tasting it.
S: The caramel hits you first. There a fresh smell that I can't really identify and a vanilla aroma. No alcool smell.
T: Vanilla, cherry, strong alcool, caramel. Very sweet. It's strong alcool taste and it's sweetness remind me of the taste of curacao found in the "Babar bassin d'hiver". The after taste is like a mix of caramel and wisky.
M: Good, but the sugar leaves your mouth sticky like if you drink a not so cold coca-cola. Feels good, but more carbonization could give it a better mouthfeel.
D: I would not get two in a row. It's too sweet to drink often.
Overall, I think it's a really good bear, but I was expecting more. I had two traditionnal Pannepot 2007 before. For the first one, I had the same reaction. For the second one (not on the same day) I thought it was one of the best bear I knew. I found it better than the Rochefort 10. For this beer. the Pannepot Reserva 2007, I think it's between this two reaction. I would not get tired after a bear, but I could not drink more than one. And the Rochefort is still a better bear than this one.
07-07-2010 00:39:47 | More by hubearth
4.53/5 rDev +5.3%
Pours a great clear dark brown color with a nicely formed tan head and good lacing.
Aroma is fairly rich - sweet caramel and toffee and candied rum-soaked dark fruits. Some Belgian yeast also. Similar to a more balanced Pannepot, without too much oak presence.
Flavor is amazingly good. All the great aspects of Pannepot are there: caramel, toffee, date, prune, fig, along with some oak barrel and slight vanilla.
Incredible palate on this one. One of the smoothest beers I've ever had. Medium-full bodied with fairly soft carbonation.
An excellent beer overall. The others there didn't think it was quite so impressive, but damn, I thought it was good, and it's pretty rare too.
06-27-2010 22:54:06 | More by nickd717
3.75/5 rDev -12.8%
Picked this up at the brewery in Woestvleteren.
From a bottle into a chalice. Sampled directly after Pannepot 2008.
Note: This vintage has the name spelt out on the label using the Dutch spelling: "Pannepeut." A 2007 vintage.
APPEARANCE: Pours a 1 ½ finger medium-thick tan head with great retention. Deep sienna brown in color, opaque, with no visible carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a healthy foam cap that stays until the finish, but leaves no real lacing down the glass.
SMELL: A bit of a muted nose unfortunately. Some caramel malt and hints of spices and herbs, but not much else there. Pleasant, but not bold enough.
TASTE: Lots caramel malt and brown sugary sweetness. Some dark fruits, grapes and raisins perhaps, as well as notes of red wine through the middle. The finish shows some sweet and spicy alcohol along side some hop bitterness as well and leads into a bold but short lived aftertaste. Tasty for sure, and much more impressive than the nose had indicated.
PALATE: Medium body and not quite as creamy as hoped. Goes down smooth though, with a bit of an alcohol burn at the finish, though well measured, and finishes slightly dry on the palate.
OVERALL: Essentially, this brew is Pannepot without the added spices and herbs. Though Pannepeut is a nice beer on its own right, I don't think it even compares to Pannepot in terms of complexity and enjoyment. On the other hand, I can definitely see the appeal in this brew, and can understand why some would chose it over Pannepot. This is one I would have again, but would reach for the regular Pannepot nine times out of ten. Worth checking out to make up your own mind if you get the chance, and especially fun for a side-by-side.
06-18-2010 19:17:02 | More by Jeffo
4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
A: Dark with carbonated head.
S: Spice, vanilla and caramel. No alcohol smell at first.
T: Strong alcohol on taste, spicy caramel, chocolate and brown sugar. Well balanced flavours.
M: Medium body with complex carbonation.
D: Strong on taste, would be a great addition to a good creme brule.
06-09-2010 14:34:46 | More by mmahut
3.95/5 rDev -8.1%
OK...doing a vertical of the 06, 07, and 08. The 06 had a small head, slight aroma of alcohol and caramel malts, and flavor of caramel malts, slight cider, some citrus and a decent lingering after taste. The 07 had a medium head, strong aroma of malts and alcohol, significant carbonation and some rough notes of malts and alcohol. The 08 was like wood cleaner, ethanol, and bandaids. I'll hope this was just a bad bottle!
06-06-2010 03:22:42 | More by DenverLogan
3.73/5 rDev -13.3%
I drank this from a 11.2 oz bottle from the De Struise web shop...The beer pours medium brown, like a quad should look but a little lighter of a brown than the pannepot. There are tons of yeasy floaties. The head is disappointing, only rising a little then gone right away...The aroma is really dark fruits, raisins, caramel with a slight hop finish...The taste is ok, doesn't quite live up to a great quad though. A little light in feel and a very alcoholic finish. The taste is in general is just kind of flat.
05-28-2010 23:39:00 | More by jrallen34
3.83/5 rDev -10.9%
2008 bottle gives dark brown sightly cloudy with beige head that disappears quickly. Aroma dark fruits and Belgian yeasts. Taste chocolate, dark fruits, spice, yeast, acidic. Thick creamy mouth feel. Medium finish with mild-moderate bitterness. Alcohol well disguised.
Not as tasty, creamy or complex as the Pannepot but still a decent beer.
05-14-2010 01:37:53 | More by randjuke
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
Sampled a 33cl Bottle, 2007 Vintage. Newer label reads "Pannepeut".
A- An aggressive pour produced a 1" foamy tan head, which slowly dissipated, leaving some decent lacing behind. Haze layer was reasonably retained. The body was a hazy dark garnet color, with no visible carbonation.
S- Smells rich, malty and yeasty. The malt character is soft and rich with melanoidins. The yeast character comes over breadlike and distinctly Belgian. Nuances of candi sugar, cinnamon and raisins throughout the nose.
T- Big stewed malts are right up front, infused with lesser flavors of yeast, cinnamon and raisiny esters. Midway, some booziness and hop bitterness begins to overtake the malt, which lasts throughout a peppery finish. The flavor of candied lemongrass echoes on the palate for what seems like forever.
M- A big chewy body, packed with a soft carbonation. Slightly textured from unattenuated sugar, and VERY slightly astringent (this astringency is the only thing keeping this from being a perfect '5' in the mouthfeel department). Some nice warming sensations from the alcohol as it goes down as well.
D- A dangerously quaffable beverage, particularly given its high ABV. I certainly wish we had this available in the States!
05-06-2010 00:31:52 | More by jgasparine
4.55/5 rDev +5.8%
A-pours a hazy deep red with notes of purple and lots of sediment floating around. A tan creamy bubbly head sets on top, two full fingers. It lingers for a moment and slides down the glass slowly.
S-the nose is quite light. What is there is very solid, but it is so faint. Toasted grains set in up front, it is slightly bready behind. Dark fruits take over and hold on throughout the rest of the aroma. Cherries and plums in the back with notes of oak and vanilla.
T-the taste is much bigger than the nose and is extremely good. Bready and slightly toasted up front. Dark fruits dominate and take over quickly. Sweet malty goodness, dark cherries, plums, and raisins slighly soaked in rum. There is some light chocolaty malts lying underneath it all in the back. Notes of oak and vanilla are faint but present towards the finish.
M-medium to full body, extremely smooth and creamy. Carbonation is perfect, crisp finish but no bite or prickly feeling in the back. Very inviting and soft on the palate throughout.
D-this is extremely tasty and big, great feel on the palate, hides the alcohol extremely well. The oak aging is faint and subtle; but still present.
04-14-2010 01:40:51 | More by cpetrone84
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
2006 vintage. Poured from 11.2oz bottle. Review from notes.
A- Pours a darker brown color when held to the light shows some red hues. One finger tan head comes and stays for a short while before dying down. Light streaking lacing on the sides of the glass.
S- Bigger darker fruits in the front end of this beer. Some light apple aroma as well that stands out than the darker fruits. Light caramel malts make up the backing of this in the aroma. Light alcohol in this as well that burns the nose.
T- Big green apple flavors clash with a light darker fruits. Caramel bready malts are the backbone of this beer. Light yeasty notes come in throughout the entire beer. Alcohol comes up in the backend and makes this beer more balance overall.
M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Alcohol dries the palate nicely with each sip. Big green apple burst left on the palate with some light alcohol and bready malts left in the aftertaste. Flavors are a little crushed together but it works out very well with this beer.
D- This was a very enjoyable treat that I wish I had a couple more of. I wouldn't mind getting a couple more to cellar a little longer. I think this one should be a staple on most people's lists of beers to try.
04-10-2010 17:57:44 | More by alleykatking
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
Pours dark brown/black with a thin head despite initially gushing from the bottle. Aromas of deep caramel, vanilla, nuttiness, and alcohol. Palate is of more vanilla, a fruitiness of cherries or blackberries, rose water, and a little oak. A slightly tart finish with a bit of sweetness, carbonation, wetness, and vanilla exhale that evokes a cream soda.
02-09-2010 19:55:24 | More by gyllstromk
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
3 way blind taste test alongside pannepot grand reserva 2006 and westvleteren 8. Nice dark appearance with a creamy beige head. A very clean ripe white fruit smell, I get pears here mostly, and something reminiscent of soap also gets me. Taste is quite malty, lot's of those pears still around and a good boozy taste. Beautiful silky smooth mouthfeel, a real success.
01-17-2010 21:02:36 | More by Luk13
District of Columbia
4.65/5 rDev +8.1%
2007 vintage tasted at the Kulminator in September 2008.
A: Murky ruby red with thin white head.
S: Aroma of nutmeg and allspice, maybe some vanilla.
T/M: Full-bodied balanced malt, hops and spice - figs and dates, raisins, that vary throughout, Complex mix of flavors and a long bitter finish.
D: Outstanding brew.
01-09-2010 03:36:18 | More by Travlr
4.75/5 rDev +10.5%
Barrel aged Pannepot all I can say is WOW.The smoothness that the barrel aging adds is over the top and if there were any edges on Pannepot. Which I never detected any Panny by itself is a World Class brew. The barrel aging adds a whole new depth to this Struise masterpiece. All the wonderfull flavors from the Pannepot the carmel vanilla spice smoothness and the added aroma of the oak aging truly push this beer into a aficionados cellar collection to be savored. My highest praise . A true masterpiece. Its METAL
12-28-2009 23:44:11 | More by hrking
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
2007 bottle served in an Orval goblet on 11/16/2009
Aroma - Deep, rich aoma of dark fruit. Some apple. Very wine like. Mild alcohol. The aroma is very upfront in this beer
Appearance - Dark brown with a red hue. Very little light gets through. Tan head poured 1 fingerwidth and stayed at one fingerwidth. Very nice head retention. Ok lacing.
Taste - Much like the aroma a very deep rich flavor of dark fruits and dark sugars (molasses); however, it's not sweet. This is followed by caramel malt and spicesSome bitterness I believe due to the alcohol. Slight lingering spice and bitterness. Complex beyond my words.
Mouth Feel - Heavy body. Several reviews say low carbonation, but it has a lot of carbonation; however, it is very smooth. Alcohol is present, but is not hot and is very well covered. Lingering spice and slight lingering bitterness. Almost cloying.
Overall Impression - This is different from the quads that I ususally drink (St. Bernardus 12, Gouden Carolus Grand Cru, etc.), but it is definitely a great beer. If only I could get this on a regular basis. I can't speak to the accuracy of its world wide rating, but I can understand why people would rate it so highly. This is a must get if you can. I would even recommend mail ordering it if you can't get it locally. As and after thought, I think Gouden Carolus Grand Cru is still my favorite quad.
11-16-2009 23:18:45 | More by Hullabaloo2
4.43/5 rDev +3%
Had @ Lion's Pride.
A: Has a big frothy 2 finger + head that's bowing and sticking over the top of the glass. Very hazy and sediment filled maroon brown color.
N: Some aged sour fruity malts, some crisp aromas come through with some light spices and almost a funky wild yeast like aroma.
T: Starts slightly sour with an almost funk and fruit taste, some candi sugar that's lightly sweetening it. The great crazy Belgian yeast really sticks its head out to let you know. Some light creamy chocolate and more dark plum like fruits. More spices and spicey yeast, a light oak and vanilla. Lots of complex flavors blended together well.
M: Semi thick with lots of carbonation and light spice
F: Almost bready qualities coming through now, pretty dry but still somewhat syrupy in the center. The long Belgian quad like taste seems to teeter out over time, but the Belgian sweetness, sour fruits, and funky yeast really just stick to your taste memory for a while.
11-02-2009 13:58:57 | More by jlindros
4.43/5 rDev +3%
A: Dark reddish brown with a medium-sized pale beige head. Good head retention and nice lacings.
S: Deep and rich malty aromas. Lots of fruity notes (cherries, plums, figs, currants) - this is like a fruit basket! Tagging along the fruits are notes of wood, cola and chocolaty fudge, and wonderful caramel notes. Very vinous. Some spicy yeast. Very complex, almost overwhelming.
T: At first, the taste is very very reminiscent of red wine- fruity notes, wood, earth and spices make for one vinous experience. After a few sips, things get easier to sort out and the red wine character decreases to some extent. Some malts, but not very powerful. Lovely balance of sweet caramel, fudge, and notes of ripe dark fruits (but not as complex as in the smell). Dry woody notes linger on, Belgian yeast, spices and earth. The sweetness is balanced by a gentle tart note that sticks around to the finish. The finish is mildly bitter with notes of well integrated warming alcohol, currants, wood, mild phenols and hints of iron. Beautiful and rich, very well balanced.
M: Surprisingly light with rather high levels of carbonation. The mouthfeel definitely makes the beer dangerously easy to drink.
D: Very good, better than the Grand Reserva version.
10-29-2009 22:57:35 | More by ricke
4.93/5 rDev +14.7%
330ml bottle poured in a chalice.
A: Pours a deep amber to brown color with many particles floating around. Head is medium and very beige. Retention is slow, however it never disappears completely. A small bubbled layer remains with many lacings left
S: Very fruity and sweet. Strong candy on the nose. Notes of dark chocolate and coffee. Wood. Roasted malts and yeasts. Earthy hops
T: Taste is intense. Very tasty beer. Sweet upfront. Candy, roasted malts, liquor, dark fruits. Notes of chocolate and coffee
M: Extremely creamy beer. Molasses. Low carbonation
O: Very close to the regular Pannepot. A bit milder on alcohol and taste but, of course, a brilliant beer
10-17-2009 17:01:53 | More by eduardolinhalis
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
My 600th review. This, like the strong majority, is a live review. Poured from the same 11.2 oz. bottle that I purchased at De Bier Tempel in Brugge, Belgium on or about 6 9 09 for 2.50 Euros. I took it with me all over Italy, finally returning at the end of June. I poured it into my Three Philosopher's tulip glass.
A Dark body that reveals dark red/mahogony colors under very direct light. Head is a medium to light brown creamy one cm that dissipated to about 0.5 cm within a few minutes. The very creamy head reminds me of the head of a Westy 12, pillow soft, with remnants of the last pour visible. 5.0
S Medium to dark roast malt with dark fruits to the nose as well. I might even pick up some licorice. I do not smell alcohol which one might expect at a 10% level. 4.0
T Well, big malt and those dark fruits are certainly in the front, one of my first impressions is that it reminds me of a Thomas Hardy Ale. This beer is much lighter in the feel to thick, syrupy Thomas Hardy Ale. I do not taste any of the hops mentioned on the label but several of the other things that I mentioned are listed on the label. Things like dark fruit, licorice and the malt taste. Interesting, challenging, deep. 4.5
M Just like other DSB beers, this feel is wonderfully smooth, and I do not "feel" the alchol at the level that is indicated. A really great mouthfeel. 5.0
D Well I eagerly awaited every sip and enjoyed each one but this is a style that does not lend itself to "drinkability." That being said, I would have loved to have a second one right after this one was gone. 4.0
Notes: Suitable beer for my 600th, a one off beer that I brought back from Belgium myself. Its depth and the mastery shown in how it presents were an honor to experience.
09-09-2009 04:06:32 | More by adamette
4.58/5 rDev +6.5%
Pours a dark mahogany with a silky tan head and some light lacing. Settles to a velvety cover.
Nose has dark bready malts, raisins, figs, oak, red wine, vanilla, tart cherries, spices, toffee and chocolate fudge.
Taste also has a great burgundy wine presence over rich malts, ripe pitted fruits, cocoa, vanilla, wood and dark caramelized sugars.
Creamy body is delicately carbonated. Another amazing beer from Struise. Urbain is the man! Great malty quad, perfectly compimented by the barrel aging that adds a slightly dry wine and oak presence.
09-08-2009 02:32:09 | More by rye726
Pannepot Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
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