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Pannepot Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

969 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 969
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 113
Gots: 173 | 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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5/5  rDev +16%

SGToliver, Aug 22, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16%

mcphish22, Feb 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16%

MEW, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of hippityhops85
4.97/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok, this may be the best beer I've ever had.

Pours a DEEP chestnut brown. Opaque in the center with a gradient towards burnt umber at the edges of the glass. Minimal white head leaving a slick on top of the beer.

The nose has the most amount of dark fruits I've EVER smelled. Deep, dark plums, deep cinnamon, overwhelmingly delicious smelling

The taste just combines it all together. So much dark fruit, slight chocolate tones, slight coffee tones. Overall a wonderful amalgamation of flavors.

The mouthfeel is perfect. Low carbonation combined with a medium heavy bodied just brings the dark fruits to life. Unbelievable.

I really don't know how to rightly describe this beer. It's decadent. It's over the top. It's something I wish I could buy by the case.

It's better than Westy 12. By a LONG shot.

hippityhops85, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of drpimento
4.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite a beer, quite a beer. Poured at a good temperature with a small to medium sized, tan, foamy head and no lace. Color is an opaque brown in the balloon part of the glass and in the narrrower part a hazy/cloudy amber orange red with some particulates and some tiny bubble trails. Aroma is malt, yeast, roast, fruit, red wine. Flavor is like nose, very nicely balanced, with bitter, sweet, and tang all pronounced, yet harmonious. Body is full, lush, mouth filling and carbonation is perfect. Finish is like flavor, tapers slowly, and has only a little alcohol warmth. Wonderful beer!

drpimento, May 25, 2012
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.93/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

eduardolinhalis, Oct 17, 2009
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4.9/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

larryi86, Nov 25, 2010
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4.9/5  rDev +13.7%

gfg0020, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of themind
4.89/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing beer! It's sweet, dark roasty fruit dominates the palate. You can taste the subtle oak flavor making this a perfectly balanced Quad. This is Pennepot on steroids!The beer hides the ABV very well making this brew very drinkable.This beer is Legendary! its just so smooth. This beats Abt 12 which is tough to do.

Bottom Line: World Class Quad!

themind, Nov 09, 2013
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4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The head quickly turns rocky as three fingers of deep biscuity tan bubbles fade slowly leaving a bit of lace. Body is almost black but does show lots of brown on the edges when held to light. Nose is a big bold rustic spice profile. Some phenol spices with tones of leather, wood, sun scorched soil, raisins and dark fruit all come through on the nose. With first sip you immediately take a step back and say wow!, this beer is something special. First off I have to say that this is probably the best I've ever had a 10% alcohol hidden, and that is totally a complement. Rich toffee and bready malts are mixed with dark fruits for a wonderful complexity. Creamy smooth with lengthy richness and soft spices all through the palate. Carbonation is just right and carries all the flavors well. Oak is classic in this one and really adds maturity. Mouthfeel is oh so lovely and slightly thick. You would really have to stop me from drinking this beer all night, but at some time you could remind me that it is $23 a bottle and 10% alcohol.

SPLITGRIN, Mar 21, 2009
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4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
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
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4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz poured into a snifter
2010 Vintage

A- Pours muddy dark brown. Turns black in the glass. A surprising two finger brown head. An intimidating looking beer.

S- Dark fruits, plum, figs, raisins. A caramel and candy sugar. A Belgian yeasty twang. Nice stuff

T- A syrupy beer. A good bittersweet balance. A massive dark fruit flavor profile starts this beer off. Candied raisins, ripe plums, a cherry pit flavor and a fig newton taste both in fruit and breaddy crust. A Roasted caramel and breaddy backbone. A slight char. A bit of dryness and crisp feel from the oak barrels. A bit of chocolate and pepper. A slight twang and spiciness from the yeast but the body and bold dark fruit flavor dominates the nose.

M- So much feel to this beer its fantastic. Silky smooth and great carbonation. A treat to the tongue.

O- Not a cheap beer but a fantastic value. $8.50 a bottle? I may need to get more. The best quad I have had to date, simply fantastic stuff. If this is the Reserva, whats the Grand Reserva taste like?

TwelveOunces, Jul 02, 2013
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4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2009

A-very dark brown with a thin tan head

S-strong dark belgian grains and caramels. some brown sugars. smells potent. some oak in there.

T-comes in with amazing taste of creamy dark belgian malts and dog breath. ooo this tastes like a true belgian. some peppercorn. oh this beer just makes love to every inch of my mouth. it pleases every sense. i'm truly impressed. the after-taste is awesome with good dark belgian malts and sugars. wow this is a good beer.

M-so thick and creamy. good amount of carbonation with a dry finish

O-i think every sip i take, i taste something new and different. this beer is too complex to accurately review. so much is happening. so much is going on. its so drinkable. i'm not sure where the 10% is, because i can't taste it in this quad. simply put, best quad i've ever had.

AdamBear, Oct 04, 2012
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4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - From a 2007 vintage bottle, pours an opaque dark amber-brown into my De Struise tulip yielding a three-finger thick, pretty and creamy tan head that grows slightly after the initial pour, retaining well and lacing the glass as it finally settles; a high scorer in the appearance department (5)

S - Rich nose of dark fruits, chocolate, caramel and a bready malt backing along with some yeasty notes (4.5)

T - Brown sugar sweetness upfront quickly breaking into intense notes of molasses, spices and dark fruits with suggestions of plums, grapes and raisins, all masterfully blended with a light touch of phenols; chocolates, dark fruits as well as hints of malts and oak were present in the slightly spicy and peppery finish (5)

M - Close to full-bodied thickness with minimal carbonation, going down with a creamy smoothness and a pleasant warming (4.5)

D - Almost flawless in general, with a complex blend of flavors that best appeal to my palates; extremely easy drinking albeit being a pretty bold and characterful beer at the same time. (5)

Compared to the 2006 Vintage regular Pannepot, the 2007 Reserva is clearly better. In the looks department, the Reserva was darker and the head formed with a creamy goodness as the beer poured. The nose is a tad bolder for the Reserva; taste was also bolder and sweeter yet with lower perceived alcholic phenols which were masterfully blended with the dark fruits and molasses making it extremely delectable. The thickness this time was done right as well though not yet perfect. Now this is setting a pretty high standard for the Grand Reserva that will come next in my horizontal tasting journey.

basica, Feb 11, 2011
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4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

#24

2008 Reserva
Poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Muddy-brown with a small off-white head. 4.0

S: Caramel with the light scent of oak. Sweet, apple cider hints that have me really anticipating this one. 4.5

T: Wow. Cinnamon, raisins, sweet spice? There's a warm cider undertone that makes the complexity that much more intriguing. This is much more complex than westy 12 or abt 12, both great beers in their own right. 5.0

M/D: Smooth and creamy. A nice lingering aftertaste that I never want to go away. The carbonation is nicely balanced and well put together and only adds to the greatness of this beer. Possibly the best quad I have had. 5.0

Cheers!

TJBurgess, Oct 05, 2010
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4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 version

Deep murky brown with a short lived 3/4" tan head that quickly settles to a rim job (hehe)....and some deep sea foam from the somewhat aggressive pour

Smell: sugar plums....nutmeg...earthy notes...sweet fiigs ...quite pleasing to the nose

Taste: WOWW....this is rediculoulsy good and complex....all figs...and I mean all figs...sweet thick molasses...dark fruits...creme brulee maltiness....so good

Mouthfeel: Beautiful from the get go....thick and smooth...not cloying...great sipper

Overall: World class ...i haven't had this in years and I am not sure why now...have to soon revisit...do try..

nuggetsofnectar, Apr 19, 2011
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4.85/5  rDev +12.5%

I have had both the reserva and the regular releases for years. Both are of the same quality, generally, although the reserva has some deep, port-like flavors that have developed more than the regular. Both are world class quad's, right up there with the Trappist offerings.

Wobbly, Dec 23, 2013
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4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage poured into a tulip. Lot No. C4DD

A - Pours a murky dark amber with beautiful ruby and mahogany highlights. A Small one finger tan head with delicate lacing.

S - Very complex, but yet restrained. Wonderful dark fruit with sweet spice and earthy oak. Close your eyes for a truly old world Belgium experience.

T - Like the aroma, the taste is intoxicatingly complex. Toasted malt, plums, raisins, figs, cherries and vanilla nicely balanced with the oak and spice undertones. Wow, this is a great beer.

M - Silky smooth with medium body and minimal carbonation. The oak aging hides the alcohol almost completely. A slightly dry and tart finish like a fine wine.

D - This is an absolute fabulous quad. Very delectable and one of my overall favorites. I just want to hold it like a good sherry, so I can inhale between sips.

CptBlackBeerd, Mar 06, 2011
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4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having never before had this brew in any of it's different
incarnations, I admit I was pretty damn excited to give it a whirl. Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. Smells of figs, raisins, malt, and nuts. Superb on the palate; plummy, raisiny, almost vinious. With a depth of character that could cause one to contemplate drinking 4 or 5 of these in one day just to nail down all the tastes/senses that this outstanding beer presents. I love Achel Extra, but this to me is WAY better...Now I'll have to get my hands on the other versions.

TheFifthSun, Mar 14, 2008
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4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- 1 1/2" tan head on a very dark brown body. Left a nice lacing on top and lacing stuck to sides of glass very nicely.
S- Very nice big oak aroma with vanillas and the hot alcohol. Dark Fruits, toffee, alcohol all tickle the nose. Very light hint of grass hops in there also with little spice.
T-Right off the bat the alcohol from the barrels comes through very strong. The wood flavor is very strong also but not over powering. Toffee, cloves, spices, dark fruits, dry grass all come through and nicley balanced. The alcohol is very present but not over whelming, just makes it a great sipper. Dry wood and earthy notes are left in the aftertaste along with a nice bitterness on the tip of the tongue.
M- Full/medium body with medium carbonation. Had sort of the same carbonation feel as champagne just not near as much.
D- It starts out a bit rough but you really do warm up to it very nicley. I wish I could even find someone to trade this with me. Great beer and I would love to have it again but chances probably aren't to high. Thanks to Delirium Cafe for carrying this.

BlindPig, Aug 01, 2007
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4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2008 bottling poured into a La Trappe chalice. The pour is dark and mysterious with nice mahogany highlights along the sides of the glass. Not much head, but enough to leave a nice thin lacing on the surface. The nose is simply divine. I smell gingerbread, dark fruits, cocoa, cookie dough, and rum. There is just so much there and all of it smells delicious.

Full-bodied, velvety smooth feel, and a luscious, extremely rich, malty flavor. The beer tastes like liquid spiced cake. Loads of rich, bready malt, brown sugar, honey, dark chocolate, toffee, raisins, and dates all meld together perfectly. That distinctive puff-pastry taste of Belgian yeast adds the perfect dry, biscuity, earthy hint to the richness. A warming, rummy alcohol whiff on the finish merely makes the flavors richer and gives the beer a port-like character.

A phenomenal beer. The flavor is so far off-the-charts I need new charts. I suppose it feels just a bit thin for all that flavor and I hate to compare every quad to those nice bottle-conditioned Trappist Ales, but this one did come off as a tad under-carbonated. Still, if you like quads and come across this one, you must pick it up. Expensive, but definitely worth a try. The flavor and complexity are simply unsurpassed.

deadonhisfeet, Jun 22, 2013
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4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the 2007 vintage ...

A: Pours a burnt umber color with a medium-high opacity. A light tan head forms on top with fading but lasting retention and good lacing.

S: Caramel candy covered apple is what this reminds me of! smells great. Other flavors linger as well however, notably fruity ones (raisin, bing cherry) but also some subdued toasted grain.

T: Once again I'm blown away by these guys. This stuff is so complex, and so freaken great. Dark sweet and slightly tart fruit meets spice and a red apple candy coating. Dry finishing overall despite the sweet flavors, props on the bitter level within the beer to keep it all in balance. This one might age better and the pannepot reserva. Ill need a few more bottles.

M: Thick but only to hold onto a menagerie of flavor.

O: fantastic stuff, highly drinkable despite the abv. This is a triumph. Why aren't more Quads this interesting!?

flannelman808, Apr 27, 2011
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4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage. Mahogany color doesn't light threw it even when backlit. No highlights, nothing. Fizzy head lasts a few seconds at best. No lacing.

Oak barrel, vanilla, mellow boozy esters, malty richness and dark fruit.

Sweet malty richness, mild bitterness, sour cherries and other dark fruit, oak, vanilla, and chocolate, all blending delightfully within the overall funky Belgian yeast character. Very yummy.

Super rich full body with mild but perfect carbonation. Luscious viscous texture, modest warming and a smooth finish.

Yum. I love Pannepot in all its forms. But there have been times when it didn't live up to my fond memories. This was not one of those times. This is an expertly made and deliriously delicious beer.

sprucetip, Oct 27, 2011
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4.76/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2011 Vintage. Poured from the bottle into a chalice.

Pours a deep, nearly opaque brown with a dark tan head that fades away to a dusting on top. There is some obvious sedimentation and a fair number of floaties.

The aroma is quite amazing. Deep and malty sweetness, caramel, toffee, dark dried fruit, leather and yeasty bread all coming through. As it warms a bit, even hints of dark chocolate.

The taste slowly builds on the tongue. there's sweet malt and light fruit up front growing to bitter dark chocolate and dark roast coffee and even hints of soy, although it's understated. As it warms, I get more raisin, even some fresh grape. There is a long lasting dryness on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is quite amazing. It's rich and smooth and creamy with a little bubbly feel as well.

This is a pretty remarkable drinking experience. You must try it. Awesome.

SD-Alefan, Jun 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Prospero, Mar 05, 2014
Pannepot Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
96 out of 100 based on 969 ratings.