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Pannepot Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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Ratings: 937
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 112
Gots: 173 | FT: 14
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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 muttyd
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep amber/brown pour with a thin fizzy head that fades to just a faint ring. Coats the glass nicely. Big Belgian Quad aromas in the nose - loads of spice/clove, dark fruits, toffee malts, some burnt coffee notes as well. Pretty much what I expected, but still very complex. Taste follows the nose but the sweet (slightly boozy) big malt flavors really kick in. Not as thick/creamy as other quads I've had, but still a nice meal in a bottle. Glad I picked up a few bottles of this!

muttyd, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of cbutova
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Found a bunch of 2008 vintages at a local store, was gonna buy a ton but probably just get a few, already tastes extremely OLD and worn down.

A- Extremely dark brown with a big, creamy light tan head that has good retention. Nice cloud and tons of fine lace.

S- Mostly stale caramel malt like an old ale. Some vanilla, dark fruit and light spice. Slight alcohol.

T- Flavorful but does not jump out and impress me like the 2006 Pannepot I had a few weeks back. Dark fruit comes in pretty big followed by some spice and vanilla. Oak not amazingly present.

MF- Light body feels kind of watery even. Low, silky carbonation. Pretty warm from alcohol.

DB- The regular Pannepot blew me away with complexity. This one just seems too old, I will have to find a newer bottle, it reminds of the 2007 Van Der Kaiser Blauw I had months back. A ton of stale caramel malt and nothing much else.

cbutova, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of Chizoad
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was expecting a little more out of this given the hefty price tag. 2008 vintage.

Poured a murky red-brown. Deep colors, like some slice of the earth. Weak head but good retention. Not a pretty beer but certainly it suggests you'll be drinking something interesting.

The nose is ok to enticing. Raisins and caramel when they decide to wake up, but they were usually sleeping. It wasn't something that made me sit up and take notice.

Raisins, bread, molasses, rum, and a boozy burn that actually really enhances the flavors. Harmonious but not outstanding.

Body on this beer is medium-heavy with active and very well done carbonation that complements the high alcohol percentage.

I enjoyed it while it lasted, but it didn't make me want to pour another one immediately.

Chizoad, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of Kshock
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very nice, deep ruby red color. little head retention, does have a nice lace. The head is a slightly off white color.

S- Very mild aroma, but is reminiscent of dark fruits. You can get a slight oak aroma out of it.

T- This beer has an awesome blend. You get dark fruits, brown sugar, and oak. All blend very seamlessly and has an amazing finish to it.

M- Another area where this beer shined. Incredible soft mouthfeel, with almost no residual flavors.

D- For a barrel aged Quad, this drinks very nicely. Could be a very dangerous combination :)

Kshock, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of perrymarcus
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle served in st. bernardus oversized wineglass. 2008 vintage.

pours a deep, murky chestnut with less than a finger of a light beige head... head somewhat quickly dissipates into a ring around the glass; average lacing.

bready, (dark) fruity aroma with notes of brown sugar and spice. nice aroma, but not quite as robust as i was hoping for.

flavor follows the aroma, with dark fruits, brown sugar, and spices pulling through, accompanied by oak and sweet malts. bit of a sour finish. very tasty; a nice recovery after the good if slightly underwhelming nose. as with most quads, as it warms the flavors of the beer really begin to emerge.

medium-plus bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. well-hidden 10% makes this one dangerously drinkable. in the final analysis i'd put it in my top tier of quads, though toward the back of the group.

perrymarcus, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of nerdrocker101
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage.

Pours a dark brown with a finger of off-white foamy head. This quickly dissipates to a thing layer across the top and some medium lacing on the glass.

Not a lot on the nose for me besides the raisin notes. I don't exactly have the best olfactory senses though.

Flavors of bread, raisin, plum, brown sugar and some noticeable booze. Somewhat yeasty as I would expect from a quad.

Full bodied, a little thick and slick. Adequate carbonation. Very drinkable, because I didn't even realize I was on my final sips.

nerdrocker101, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of djmichaelk
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a deep murky brown, with a two-finger head. Very little retention, however, fading in just 30 seconds or so. Nice lacing, though.

S - Raisins are the dominant note here, coupled with a combination of figs and breadiness that brings to mind Fig Newtons. I love Fig Newtons. Therefore, I love the smell of this beer. Great, now I'm hungry.

T - There's plenty of brown sugar and toffee flavors here, reminds me of a candy shop. That dark fruit is right up in your face, and lots of oatmeal cookie. Yum. The oak is very subtle, you have to search it out, but it fills in the flavor and darkens things just enough to give it more character. This is a great beer.

M - Full without being heavy, sweet without being cloying. It lingers just long enough and then finishes nice and dry just when it needs to.

D - It weighs in at 10%, but you'd never know it. It seems light enough that you could drink a pack of these without thinking.

O - This is one I've been waiting a while to try, and it didn't disappoint. I'll be picking up a few more next time I'm in the city.

djmichaelk, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of Mavajo
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is vinuous with some dark fruits and a smidge of coffee. The vinuous character appears again in a big, big way in the taste - absolutely delicious. It's backed up by a dark fruit character with subtle notes of chocolate/coffee. Also layered with spices and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is excellent. Medium-heavy bodied with perfect carbonation.

This really is a tremendous beer. I was seriously disappointed by Pannepot and found it overly roasty. However, the barrel aging has completely muffled those notes in the Reserva and added a huge vinuous character. Phenomenal quad.

Mavajo, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Trois Pistoles(Unibroue) chalice. Pours a mild brownish color with a tinge of caramel. Fills the glass a darker brown with a faint dark red grape color. A medium size, about a finger and a half...of off white creamy head forms with decent retention and leaves nice, yet quick sliding fizzy lacing.

Aroma is nice, but a little disappointing...because it's not real strong. But overall, it's inviting. Plums, raisins, Belgian yeast, and malts. Picking up some booze and wood.

Flavor is definitely interesting. It's very good, but completely different from the traditional Pannepot. This has a lot more over-ripe fruit notes. Some raisins and dates, and also some sweet fruits like plums. Medium body, medium carbonation, mild booze...with basically no booze warmth/burn. Great tasting beer though overall from De Struise!

ShadesOfGray, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of jamie2dope
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is from 2008, and was purchased at Downtown Wine and Spirits in Somerville. The pour reveals an opaque brownish beer, with some ruby hues, and two fingers of white heading. Nose is of juicy dark fruits such as prunes, figs, grapes and dates. Some brown bread and mild alcohol can also be picked up on as it warms. Big blast of candied sugar in the beginning of the taste, followed by more dark fruit nectar, quick hit of hops and carbonation right toward the finish, and a lingering dryness at the end. The body of this beer is big and in your face, and filled with complexities. Drinkability is excellent for a sipper like this. Allow this one to unfold for sure. I would also recommend pairing this with food. Last time I matched this up with a Filet Mignon, which was nice, however I would personally recommend some kind of creamy blue cheese. Excellent stuff here from Struise, right up there with the examples the Trappists make.

jamie2dope, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of Chico1985
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage on-tap at Ebenezer's. Cellphone notes. (Also had a 2008 bottle at a tasting later on, changed some things.)

Pours dark brown with a small off-white head. Eventually turns to a thick ring and leaves a bit of lacing.

Much like the smell of the regular Pannepot but less intense. (Chocolate, dark fruits, leather.)

Taste is still excellent, a bit more complexity I think. Chocolate, brown sugar, toast, licorice, biscuit malt, spice, leather, dark fruits and a bit of hops. Absolutely no alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is good but would definitely improve with age.

I love the regular Pannepot and this was close I'd say, but it would only get better over time. The oak adds another level of flavors and smooths things out a bit. Didn't mess with the formula too much unlike Pannepot Wild which I wasn't a fan of.

** 9/6/14 - Had my last 2008 today. At ~6 years old the flavors were feeling a little muted but still nice. Classic Pannepot yeast profile, brown sugar, caramel, spice and dark fruit aplenty. More oak than I remember previously, comes through pretty well. Very easy to drink, maybe one of the smoothest 10% beers in recent memory. Mouthfeel felt a bit on the limper side.

Chico1985, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008

A: Pours a really dark mahogany with a one finger head that dissipates into a thin covering with some appetizing lacing.

S: smells like an aged barley wine. lots of dark raisin or currant, molasses and a bit of tobacco. has just a touch of an herbal profile. Has the characteristics of a really well made old ale... my fav style btw. I get some damp wood out of it after a while

T: like the smell but a bit more subtle. it has a nice belgium old funk... like an old closet but a closet with something good in it that makes you take a deep breath of it. if i didnt know it was aged on oak i wouldnt be able to detect it but right at the end i get the woody character with the dry vanilla taste from it.

M: It amazes me how thin it is. i really enjoy the carb level. just enough pop in it to let some flavor out but not a tongue stinger at all.

D: the mouth feel lets me down this beer even though i dont want to because its tasty and i want to savor it. really hardly any alcohol detected and the flavors really flow well. i would love to find a bottle of some older vintages.

chefmikeanderson, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of boomer31
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

2006 bottle

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!

boomer31, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

FreshHawk, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of sisuspeed
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage

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.

sisuspeed, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"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.

GRG1313, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of Arbitrator
3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Arbitrator, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of hubearth
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

hubearth, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of nickd717
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle.

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.

nickd717, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of Jeffo
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Jeffo, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of mmahut
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

mmahut, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of DenverLogan
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

DenverLogan, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jrallen34, May 29, 2010
Photo of randjuke
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

randjuke, May 14, 2010
Photo of jgasparine
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

jgasparine, May 06, 2010
Pannepot Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
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