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Pannepot Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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Reviews: 360
Hads: 1,060
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 125
Gots: 196 | FT: 19
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2007

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Reviews: 360 | Hads: 1,060
Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
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!

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Photo of pdoran10
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of dgilks
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opaque dark brown colour with a smooth, tan head. Large head and good head retention.

Deep, dark caramel aroma with dried fig and raisin notes. Bold and complex.

Mildly sweet with the sugars being well attenuated creating a dark, rich caramel note. Plenty of fruit, herbal character and a light enteric thing that adds complexity without quite being offensive.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

I quite like this. There are some weird things going on but they all work together.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again to a generous BMan1113VR for this. Maybe on our next chance meeting I'll have a bottle in tow.

The beer appears tawny with a creamy head that lingers...lingers...lingers. What retention!

The nose is full of dark fruits (quite vinous) in the form of grapes and plums. Spices are evident, and the malt profile is bready and sweet with noticeable alcohol.

The flavor is also very fruity, with raisins, plums, and grapes. The sweetness has a candied sugar quality and the bready malt backbone is substantial. The finish is sugary sweet with lingering dark fruits.

The beer is medium-full bodied with a nice medium level of carbonation, though the mouthfeel is a tad thin and watery.

This is a big fruity and vinous quad. The 4-6 ounces that I tried was satiating.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brad for sending this one along as an extra in a recent trade.

The beer is a beautiful mahogany color, a good inch of tan colored foam on top. A decent, quarter inch thick, ring forms and survives throughout the entirety of the beer. Good presentation but not the best I've seen from a quad, hardly any lacing.

The first thing I get off the aroma is a delicious combination of dark fruits, raisins, dates, prunes, figs, and hints of berries. Then I detect a good dose of vanilla, oak, nutmeg, woodsy licorice, and a healthy underlying fruity alcohol. Cinnamon and caramel begin to show up as the beer breathes. Very complex quad, I'm still putting this jigsaw together, or taking it apart I should say. Hints of cherries throughout, a little more licorice, toasted malts, and brown sugar. Spicy but I don't think it is as spicy as the regular Pannepot. Some mustiness that comes across well, more like a wet oak aroma. Slightly peppery. A bit of chocolate makes an appearance as well. The chocolate and caramel aromas become more pronounced as the beer warms up. Wow, it smells like a multi-grain bread with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, raisins, and topped with caramel and chocolate! Some rum soaked raisins are also in there. Overall, wonderful aroma.

Starts off with some malty sweetness, and brown sugar on the lips and tip of the tongue. Mid-palate it opens up the ripe prunes and fleshy, sweet, raisins. The finish is slightly spicy with a rush of toasted malts and caramel. Some sweet and candied cherry flavors in the second sip and a warming alcohol finish. Caramel and fruit sweetness in the finish. I don't know. I guess it was hard for this to live up to the aroma, it is just missing something. Some cola flavors as well.

Very decent mouthfeel, I wish the carbonation was a little more lively and soft...it feels a bit watery in mid-palate. Alcohol is well hidden, only a little bit in the tail of the sip to help warm you up. The mouthfeel is a tad thin as the carbonation doesn't really lift the beer.

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Photo of zac16125
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330mL bottle poured into a goblet
2009 Vintage

A: pours an opaque cola dark brown, with 1 fingers width of light tan head, which dissipatea down quickly to a thin rim and outer ring which remains throughout the.drink, leaves small patches of lacing

S: some dark fruits, tons of booze, a red wine aroma, hints of dark cocoa, a touch of oak, the booze is really heavy in the aroma

T: clove, dark fruits, peppery spice, fig and plum, a touch of hop bitterness on the finish

M/D: smooth, decently carbonated, medium bodied, ABV is completely masked and drinkability is dangerously high 4.5

O: well above average but lacking the punch of the great quads.  In comparison to the regular pannepot, of which I drank a 2011, I'd say that one was better.  The booze and heat mellowed in this one (likely more due to the age than the barrel treatment) but unfortunately the quanitity of aroma and flavor has also mellowed, plus little of the oak character came out in this brew. Definitely worth a drink, but not as great as I anticipated/hoped, and no where near the level of westy 12 or rochefort 10.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage

A: Pours reddish-brown with high clarity. Mediocre head quickly dies down to a film of bubble.

S: Brown sugar and caramel. Raisin, strawberry, orange peel.

T: Starts off woody, then waves of caramel, vanilla, bready malts, toffee.

M: Fairly high carbonation, maybe a hair more than I'd like, but combined with the relative dryness, keeps it quite drinkable.

O: Good sipper. Not mind-blowing, but well-done.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pannepot Reserva Vertical(2009, 2010 and 2011(Old Fisherman's Ale)) 10 smells the sweetest, 09 is earthy with dark fruits and 11 has huge Belgian yeast notes. 09 - chocolate, dark fruits, oak. Absolutely zero sweetness. 10 - super smooth, chocolate covered cherries, oak. Little bit of sweetness. 11 - raisins, prunes, clove, oak, Belgian yeast. Sweetest of the bunch. I'd have to go 10 > 11 > 09. The 09 was just way too dry.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a bulb glass a deep amber tinged chesnut brown with a thick two finger tannish colored ead that held well.Aromas of deep dark fruit aka...raisins,prunes,and candied orange peel,almost a spiced cake element to it.Flavors again have a spiced cake note to it with some candied fruit,I dont really detect the calvadose barrel aging much though.A very good beer but maybe a bit overrated?

2008 vintage.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
2008 vintage
A- This beer pours a dense opaque brown body with a light sticky tan cream head that leaves register marks after each sip. There is some jetsam of trub swirling around in the body.

S- The aroma of dark candi sugar is soft with a tartness of fruit and red wine tannins to follow. There is a oaky vanilla note that comes through in the finish as the beer warms.

T- The sweet candi sugar is dark and raw with a jam sweetness to it and a cream flavor to follow. The finish is pretty clean from the fizz.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight fizz that is full in the finish. There is a creamy texture and a very soft alcohol warmth that hangs on the tongue after each sip.

O- This beer has some nice flavor with a subtle complexity and a soft woody note. There is a nice full sweetness but a little more alcohol to cut it would be nice. There are very faint notes of brett and yeast character that would be nice to taste more of but they just didn't come through.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
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

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Photo of russwbeck
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage on-tap at Max's Belgian Beer Fest. Tried directly after the 2005 Grand Reserva.

It looks the same as the Grand Reserva, but with a better head. The smell is much less roasty and lacks some of the mellowed characteristics I loved on the 05 GR. Very Belgian, sweet, sugary, malty. Moving to the taste, this is balanced and light, the taste is more focused on dark fruits, candied sugar, and Belgian yeasts. While it is balanced, it might need some age. Slight harsh boozy finish, medium body low carbonation. Pretty damn drinkable. This was very good, should have had it before the Grand Reserva. it's just not as good.

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Photo of mmahut
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a GI goblet

A - Dark chestnut brown with a slight reddish hue. Looks to have a medium body. Only a small layer of foam sits on top like a layer of moss on a pond

S - Malty nose. It is bready, has dates, figs and raisins, tart cherries, brown sugar, and light oak.

T - Up front, there are dark fruits with dates and figs. There is also bread malt, brown sugar, and light oak. The finish is slightly astringent with light lemon and oak as well as a brandy-like alcohol kick

MF - Creamy body that just rolls and coats the tongue. Low carbonation overall. Finish is slightly astringent with oak and it is warming alcohol that lingers on

O - Great beer. The time in the barrel allows the flavors to mellow out and blend together better than they do in regular Pannepot.

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Photo of mechamifune
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a super deep red/near brown. Hardly any head to speak of....what is there is slightly tan, very whispy. Looks a little thin. Nothing offputting but nothing iniviting.
Smell is dark fruits, candi sugar and alcohol
Taste stays in line with the smell, followed by a distinct warming sensation. After a few sips I notice a lingering spicyness in the aftertaste
Mouthfeel seems a little thin given the abv . As I get further through the bottle though it starts to feel about right as the flavor profile doesn't overwhelm and feels smooth. Carbonation seems about right....a sipper for sure.
Overall this beer is about what you would expect if you are familiar with the style. A bit smoother than most (this being from 2008 helps that a bit I would imagine) in the genre. As with most quads and bsda's I can appreciate the complexity of the taste and can enjoy it as a slow sipper, but I just can't find that flavor note that makes me really fall in love with it the way I do a great IPA or IS. Then again, I paid $9 for 11.2 ounces of this, so maybe it's for the best.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage. Thanks to TJBurgess for the sweet extra, many moons ago. Tasted 16 August 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours deep chocolatey brown, clear on the pour but murky in the glass. It looked like amber oil coming out of the bottle - a viscous unbroken stream. Gentle pour to leave the yeast, led to not much head. And minimal lacing.

Smell is straight-up quad. Big and sweet, with loads of dark fruits. Prunes and dates, with a bit of brown sugar. Smooth and inviting.

Taste is slightly more complex than the smell, with many of the same elements, but some additions. Fruit is toned down somewhat, and there's a tobacco-like dark leafy character. Tasty stuff. A bit of alcohol comes on late, but much less than I'd expect at 10% ABV.

Mouthfeel is viscous and syrupy, as the appearance would suggest. Carbonation is spot-on at medium-low, and the finish is lasting and mellow, allowing those delicious sugary flavors to float around my mouth and slowly fade away.

I love quads. I wouldn't put this at the top of my list, but it's definitely quite good. Strong dark fruit flavors, complemented well by some those dark leafy flavors. And just like that, my glass is nearly empty (which makes me sad).

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Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, dated 2006. Pours a murky brownish tea color with a thin white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film.

The aroma is sweet brown sugary malts, figs, and a little wood.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts, some dark fruits, earthy yeast and some spices with a light grassy bitterness at the finish. The alcohol is present at the finish, but not overdone. The mouthfeel is medium to full with soft carbonation.

Overall, a nice dessert type beer.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage.

Appearance – Pours a hazy brown into a tulip. Less than a finger of slight tan head is achieved with a moderate pour.

Smell – Lots of dark fruits, toffee, malts, slight oxidation. Honestly not much else.

Taste – As with the aroma, dark fruits up front. Plums, raisins, and prunes. Alcohol, spices, yeast. Slight rum and a hint of dark sweet cherries. More booze as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, lower carbonation.

Overall – A good quad, but there is a heavy metallic taste I just can’t get past. I have a couple other vintages I will re-rate when I try them.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a deep dirty cloudy brown color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of bubblegum ester with some candi sugar and some light spices. Taste is comprised of a sweet malt base which is well balance with some bubblegum ester and some light spicy yeast at the end. Very well balance with no apparent alcohol and a full body with great carbonation. I thought it was slightly less complex then the regular version but I would have to do a side-by-side comparison.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's been awhile since I had this at Novare Res on-tap, but I've finally gotten around to transferring over this review from my limited notes.

12oz pour

Pours a nice deep amber with a smallish tan head, no cap, hardly any lacing.

Smell is mostly malty with hints of spice, caramel, not picking up much of a wood characteristic though.

Taste is spicy with a caramel malt backing, lightly woody oak presence, alcohol is well hidden with only a slight burn on the tongue but no real heat to speak of, creamy mouthfeel with a nice crisp carbonation.

I think I prefer this version over the regular, shame it's much harder to find.

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Photo of Mandark
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage
Pours a lovely light brown, somewhat hazy with reddish hints. Minimal head, very little lacing.
First whiff is boozy! Then raisins, caramel, oak, grape, a little toast.
Right off the bat the booze is there again in the taste, but it is quickly replaced by a cascade of different malts, the varietals of which I can't identify by name but each seeming to surge and then fade, each overlapping the other. The result is all the flavors contained in the aroma, with the caramel supreme. Very sweet, but not cloying, balanced by an earthiness. If the label didn't mention that it was aged on oak, one could miss it: the wood is there in the taste but it melds with the other flavors and does not overwhelm. There's a spiciness to the finish as well, a little burn. A whole lot of things I cannot adequately identify are going on in this beer, and that is a good thing.

Now that I've had a three year old version, I'd like to try this fresh---this is still a sipper, a lot of heat in the nose and the taste, even now, and I'd like to know exactly what time has done to this. It made me think of how much I still have to learn about beer, and how pleasurable that process will be.

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Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of Overlord
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Tevering99 for the extra. I've been wanting to try this for a while now.

Pours a murky brown with an inch or two tan foam head. For the style, attractive.

Smell is sweet, sweet, sweet. Caramel, belgian candi, and ... brown sugar? The taste is much the same, overwhelmingly sweet with some spices in there to give it complexity. Plums and raisins make an appearance.

I was really afraid that I would drink this and be unable to tell the difference between this and the "normal" Pannepot. Unless my taste buds are completely deceiving me, they both share a similar fruity base, but are completely different animals. These has much less complexity in the fruit/spice background, and is a much sweeter beer (though they're both high on the sugariness).

Good, but I prefer the other.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Pannepot Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.